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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Writer/director John Michael McDonagh made an impressive debut in 2011 with The Guard, which served as a hilarious showcase for the great Brendan Gleeson. The pair are returning to NZ screens next week with an even blacker comedy, Calvary, which follows the story of a good priest (Gleeson) who is faced with troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. If the promise of more McDonagh and Gleeson magic isn’t enough to make you head straight to your local cinema, the film’s stellar supporting cast of Aidan Gillen, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Dylan Moran, M. Emmet Walsh and Gleeson’s talented son Domhnall certainly ought to be! A Fistful of Culture has three double passes to this must-see film up for grabs thanks to Trigger Marketing, so be sure to enter below for your chance to win.
Chronicling the Belfast punk scene that exploded during the peak of The Troubles, Good Vibrations earned rave reviews in the UK last year — particularly for its star, Richard Dormer — and NZ audiences can catch the film at Rialto Cinemas from this week. With a soundtrack that features Good Vibrations acts Rudi, The Outcasts and The Undertones, as well as such era-appropriate icons as The Shangri-Las, Small Faces, David Bowie, Hank Williams and Suicide, this will be a must-see for music enthusiasts. A Fistful of Culture has five prize packs to giveaway thanks to Trigger Marketing, including a double pass to the film as well as the soundtrack on CD, and you can find the competition details below.
Jim Jarmusch’s ridiculously cool Only Lovers Left Alive is one of the most enjoyable films of the past year, not to mention a stellar addition to the filmmaker’s incomparable oeuvre — as those lucky enough to catch it at the 2013 NZ International Film Festival will attest — so NZ audiences should get excited to discover (or rediscover) the film as it slinks it’s way back to our screens this week. Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston star as an effortlessly sexy pair of immortal lovers who reunite following some time apart, and both give terrific performances, with memorable supporting turns from John Hurt, Anton Yelchin, Mia Wasikowska and Jeffrey Wright. Jarmusch conjures such a rich, decadently cool atmosphere here that you utterly lose yourself to the film’s unique rhythm, and A Fistful of Culture is thrilled to be giving away three double passes courtesy of Trigger Marketing.