Death Note is one of the most famous anime series of all time. It began life as a manga in 2003 written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. From there came the anime series, four live-action films, assorted live-action TV series plus – at time of writing – an impending English-language version by […]
A small town bank in West Texas is robbed. Two gunmen, only taking low denomination bills from the cash drawers. Then another bank, the same modus operandi. A third. The robbers taking only several thousand dollars each time, but leaving no evidence, no trail. On their trail, two lawmen, tracking them across the desert.
The concept of fan-created works is nothing new. From fan fiction, where new stories around existing properties are written for fun, through to paintings of favourite characters, there is a long tradition of this form of appreciation. But for three kids in Mississippi, the release of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark would lead […]
Hank (Paul Dano) is a man with no reason to live. Alone, stuck on a desert island with no hope of rescue, he is just about to end it all when a corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on the beach. It quickly turns out this is no ordinary corpse. First off, the corpse’s chronic and […]
Taika Waititi has been a talent constantly on the rise. First making his name as an actor, he then broke through as a director with the Oscar-nominated short film Two Cars, One Night before a sequence of feature films drew him further into the spotlight. As such, this may be his last New Zealand film […]
Takashi Miike has a global reputation as a purveyor of the wild, the edgy, the transgressive. In fact, the bulk of the Japanese director’s extensive filmography is more traditional fare, despite his standing as the international festival circuit’s enfante terrible. Yakuza Apocalypse, however, is exactly the kind of film you think of when you think […]
Nathan Robbins (Adam Dillon) finds himself at a police station with no recollection of the events that led him there. A quiet, agoraphobic young man who never leaves his apartment, Nathan must piece together what happened through an interview with Detective Miller (Nicholas Vince), knowing that whatever it was, it ended in blood and violence.
UK 2012 film Slasher House introduced the ultimate Final Girl trapped in an abandoned asylum with four serial killers. In the wake of that film, director MJ Dixon has set about creating prequel films for the killers, beginning with 2013’s Legacy of Thorn and now, 2015’s Cleaver: Rise of the Killer Clown.
The Look of Silence is a companion piece documentary to the Oscar-nominated 2012 doco The Act of Killing. Both were shot by German-American Joshua Oppenheimer and a team of mostly-anonymous (for their own protection) collaborators in Indonesia over a period of nearly a decade. The focus is on the military coup of 1965 and the […]
The Bafta-winning UK comedy series returns for a second season with further low-key adventures of the DMDC (Danebury Metal Detecting Club) as Andy, Lance and the rest of the gang are back…and still about as useless as always. Situations have changed since last we saw the group. Andy is now a father and has completed […]
One of the true strengths of TV comedy is that different styles can work. There can be broad, mile-a-minute laugh-fests, there can be dark, satirical pieces or even shows like BBC4’s Detectorists, where laconic, observational, character-driven humour wins the day.
Sometimes there are films that define their audience simply from their synopses. Korean animated feature Aachi & Ssipak is one such film. Set in a future where the main source of power is, uh, human faeces, two hoodlums (the titular Aachi and Ssipak) find themselves caught between the fascist government and a tribe of blue […]
Deathgasm began life as a competition entry. The second year of the New Zealand “Make My Movie” competition specialised in horror and the winning pitch was from Weta digital effects man Jason Lei Howden. As a result, he had $200,000 and a shooting schedule of less than three weeks to make it. The results are […]