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Review: The Dead Lands

by Steve Newall, from Reviews October 30 2014,

Conventional wisdom would have you think a pre-colonial Māori action movie in Te Reo would be a suicidal commercial proposition. Then again, conventional wisdom is responsible for so much dreck littering bargain bins and has never produced the patu-wielding, arse-kicking, uniquely Aotearoan action of The Dead Lands. For many Kiwis, the period setting and Māori language ... Read on.

October 29 2014,

Top Ten Movies This Halloween

by Aaron Yap, from Lists

It’s almost that time of year again where buying candy in bulk and giving it to children won’t get you arrested. Good luck with sifting through the year’s dead celebs for a suitable outfit, or just throwing ... Read on.

October 28 2014,

Letter from the Editor: We Want Your Advice

by Ed, Flicks.co.nz, from News

Ahoy there. This is an open letter to our wonderful readers and users, written because we want your help. Flicks, now 10 years old in NZ and about one year old in Australia, is a small team working very hard to bring you what... Read on.

Show Me Shorts Finalists Announced

by Ed, Flicks.co.nz, from News October 28 2014,

New Zealand’s only Academy Awards®-accredited film festival, Show Me Shorts, has announced the finalists for its awards. The nominees for the coveted Best Film Award are: Matthew Saville and Julia Parnell for Dive; Abigail Greenwood and Kate Prior for Eleven; and Greg Wood, Levi Slavin and Declan Cahill for Helmut Makes a Quilt. Saville’s dark ... Read on.

October 24 2014,

Review: Love, Rosie

by Frances Morton, from Reviews

A rom-com about boy-girl best friends is hardly going to floor you with surprises. And neither do you want it to. Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Clalfin) are both so charming and lovely on the eye – even in times of hea... Read on.

Interview: ‘The Dead Lands’ composer Don McGlashan

by Steve Newall, from The Flicks Interviews October 24 2014,

Pre-colonial Māori action epic The Dead Lands is almost upon us. We’ve seen it and it rules! Among the many standout elements (kickass action sequences, the depiction of an Aotearoa we’ve never seen before, Toa Fraser’s poetic direction, the 100% Te Reo dialogue) is an unsettling, ominous score by Don McGlashan, heavy on the synth tones ... Read on.

October 24 2014,

Five Easy Pieces (and Five Easy Trailers)

by Ed, Flicks.co.nz, from News

  ① Brad Pitt and Louis CK on Between Two Ferns.   ② John Williams’ Star Wars theme, sung by goats.   ③ Scorsese, De Palma, Allen and Polanski analyse key scenes from their movies.   ④ Air New Zealand has a ne... Read on.

October 23 2014,

Review: This is Where I Leave You

by Rebecca Barry Hill, from Reviews

Reading Jonathan Tropper’s novel on which this film is based was oddly comforting, yet not particularly life-changing. An ordinary guy with an ordinary family (sort of), is forced to confront the reality that none of them a... Read on.

Review: Fury

by Steve Newall, from Reviews October 23 2014,

War is hell. And according to Fury it’s also really, really muddy. We’re talking Glastonbury levels of mud, though this version of World War 2 seems absent of any chavvy Englishmen. To be fair, that’s not too surprising, given director David Ayer’s tight focus on the American crew of the titular Sherman tank as it advances into ... Read on.

October 22 2014,

Review: Whiplash

by Liam Maguren, from Reviews

As a stress-inducing exercise in cinematic asphyxiation, Whiplash is this year’s Gravity. Where Alfonso Cuarón’s film placed an astronaut into merciless space, writer-director Damien Chazelle chucks 19-year-old jazz d... Read on.

October 22 2014,

Top 10 Fake Movie Musos

by Steve Newall, from News

With kickass music flick Whiplash about to hit screens and picking up plenty of critical praise (including a five-star review here on Flicks), we got thinking about other films’ depictions of fictitious musos. No biopic... Read on.