Win a double pass to NIGHTCRAWLER starring Jake Gyllenhaal

Nightcrawler

Screenwriter Dan Gilroy’s impressive directorial debut Nightcrawler hits New Zealand cinemas this week, and A Fistful of Culture has five double passes to giveaway thanks to Trigger Marketing. The film details the sleazy world of L.A. crime journalism (”if it bleeds, it leads”), and Jake Gyllenhaal gives an utterly riveting, career-best performance as the opportunistic Lou Bloom. Gaunt, desperate and eerily charismatic, he is one of the most fascinating film characters in recent memory — a modern-day Travis Bickle — and Gyllenhaal’s intense portrayal makes this essential viewing. Read the rest of this entry »

Win a Studio Ghibli Blu-ray or DVD prize pack

The Tale of Studio Ghibli

In anticipation of The Tale of Studio Ghibli – a cinematic showcase celebrating the genius of filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro) and Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies) — A Fistful of Culture and Madman have put together two prize packs which include some of their best loved films. The first is made up of Princess MononokeMy Neighbors the Yamadas and Howl’s Moving Castle on Blu-ray, while the second has Spirited Away and Pom Poko on DVD. You can find the competition details below (please specify Blu-ray or DVD preference with your entry details), and be sure that you take this rare opportunity to catch some of the greatest animated films of all-time on the big screen! Read the rest of this entry »

Win a doppelgänger Blu-ray prize pack

The Double-Enemy

Two of the year’s most intriguing and enigmatic films — Richard Ayoade’s The Double and Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy – dealt with the discovery of a doppelgänger, so it’s only fitting that they should be given away together. For those who missed either at the NZ International Film Festival, both come highly recommended — Ayoade’s film is a wonderfully stylised and frequently hilarious head-trip with Jesse Eisenberg in great form, while Villeneuve’s is the more cerebral and creepy of the two, starring the increasingly impressive Jake Gyllenhaal. A Fistful of Culture has three Blu-ray prize packs available thanks to Madman and you can find the competition details below. Read the rest of this entry »

Win tickets to the Mo Brothers’ KILLERS

Killers

Timothy Tjahjanto (VHS2, ABCs of Death) and Kimo Stamboel (Macabre) aka the Mo Brothers have re-teamed on the gory thriller Killers, the first Indonesian-Japanese co-production of its genre. The intriguing story follows a deranged cat-and-mouse game between two serial killers (Kazuki Kitamura and Oka Antara) who post their increasingly violent crimes online. Following its Incredibly Strange debut at the 2014 NZ International Film Festival, the film is making a limited return to Auckland screens from this weekend, and A Fistful of Culture has secured double passes to this Saturday’s screening for two lucky readers courtesy of Vendetta Films. Read the rest of this entry »

Win THE RAID 2 on Blu-ray

The Raid 2

Perhaps the most breathlessly anticipated sequel of the year, Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2 picks up from right where his breakout 2012 Indonesian actioner left off, only upping the ante with fight scenes that incredibly manage to top the original for intensity as well as an admirably grander story. Now available on Blu-ray — with an Uncut 148-minute running time — A Fistful of Culture has three copies of this action extravaganza to giveaway with thanks to Madman. Read the rest of this entry »

Win 2013 NZIFF favourites on Blu-ray

Only Lovers-Great Beauty

Two of my absolute favourite films of last year’s NZ International Film Festival — and, in fact, the entire year — are now available on Blu-ray/DVD: Jim Jarmusch’s uber cool Only Lovers Left Alive and Paolo Sorrentino’s stunning The Great Beauty. A Fistful of Culture is combining blu-ray copies of both into three awesome prize packs courtesy of Madman, and you can find the competition details below.

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Win tickets to PREDESTINATION starring Ethan Hawke

Predestination

The Spierig brothers have reteamed with their Daybreakers star Ethan Hawke on another intriguing science fiction project. Predestination follows the life of a time-traveling ‘Temporal Agent’ (Hawke) as he pursues the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. Early reviews suggest that this film is a must-see for genre fans and boasts a breakout performance from Australian actress Sarah Snook, and A Fistful of Culture has your chance to win one of five double passes below, courtesy of Trigger Marketing. Read the rest of this entry »

Win a double pass to Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD

Boyhood

Fresh off its festival conquering run, Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making Boyhood is heading to New Zealand cinemas this week. This utterly unique and ambitious film follows a fictional Texan family — with Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as the separated parents — as the youngest son (Ellar Coltrane) literally grows up before our eyes. What sounds like a potential gimmick on paper is in fact a powerful yet subtle meditation on the passage of time, with the kind of natural performances and authentic dialogue that we expect from Linklater by now, and this remarkably affecting film is his crowning achievement. Undoubtedly the film of the year, Boyhood is a wonder that deserves to be shared and discussed, and A Fistful of Culture is proud to have five double passes to giveaway courtesy of Paramount.

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2014 NZ International Film Festival in Review

NZIFF 2014 Reviews

The 2014 NZ International Film Festival is in full swing in Auckland right now, with film lovers braving the cold for some big weekend and weeknight turnouts. I have been having an exhaustingly good time with this year’s selection, and you can find some of my reviews from the first week below — with more to come soon.

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2014 NZIFF highlights discussed on FOUR LIVE

Boyhood

Following the launch of the 2014 NZ International Film Festival in Auckland last week, I paid a visit to Four Live to recommend a few festival highlights with broad appeal — namely, Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer starring Chris Evans, Steven Knight’s Locke starring Tom Hardy, and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. Read the rest of this entry »

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