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


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


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


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 »

Win a DVD prize pack of 2013 NZIFF titles


With the much anticipated 2014 NZ International Film Festival launching in Auckland this week, A Fistful of Culture would like to celebrate by giving away a prize pack of highlights from last year’s programme: Jeremy Saulnier’s terrific revenge thriller Blue Ruin, Asghar Farhadi’s intricate relationship drama The Past, and Sarah Polley’s fascinating family documentary Stories We Tell. Each of these highly recommended titles are now available on DVD, and you can win the lot by entering below thanks to Madman. Read the rest of this entry »


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Matt Reeves’ terrific Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hits New Zealand cinemas today, and earlier this week I made a somewhat impromptu appearance on FOUR Live to discuss the film’s merits with host Drew Neemia, which you can find below. Read the rest of this entry »

Win a Studio Ghibli Blu-ray prize pack

Ghibli giveaway

Following the recent release of Hayao Miyazaki’s magnificent swansong, The Wind Rises, this month sees the long-awaited arrival of what may be Isao Takahata’s final film, The Tale of Princess Kaguya – screening at the 2014 NZ International Film Festival. In anticipation of this, A Fistful of Culture has teamed up with Madman on a prize pack of two Studio Ghibli favourites: Hiroyuki Morita’s The Cat Returns and Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece Princess Mononoke, both new to Blu-ray this month. Read the rest of this entry »

Picks from the 2014 NZ International Film Festival programme

NZIFF 2014 Picks

The New Zealand International Film Festival returns this month with your annual dose of the finest cinema from around the globe, including hot titles direct from Cannes, much-anticipated festival highlights from the past year, yet-to-be-discovered gems and of course some strong local content. Navigating the programme and selecting from the overwhelming line-up can be hard work, so in order to ease the decision-making process you can find my list of the festival’s must-see films below. Be sure to check back for reviews throughout the festival, and as always for more frequent updates you can follow A Fistful of Culture on Facebook and Twitter. Read the rest of this entry »

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