Tag Archive: Best of 2011

[REVIEW] Kenneth Lonergan’s MARGARET is a hugely ambitious near-masterpiece

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Kenneth Lonergan’s long-delayed follow-up to his critically acclaimed, Oscar-nominated 2000 drama You Can Count on Me is the absurdly ambitious and admirable Margaret, the release of which has been mired in controversy. It screened in Auckland over the Easter weekend as part of the 2012 World Cinema Showcase, and can next be seen in Wellington this weekend, followed …

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[Watch] The Hollywood Reporter’s hour-long round tables with 2011′s award-worthy actors, actresses, directors & writers

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Every year during awards season, The Hollywood Reporter somehow manages to organise the schedules of nearly every actor, actress, writer and director of the year’s best films to sit down and discuss said films as well as their craft. For the 2011 Actors Roundtable, they’ve brought together an interesting group of lead and supporting actors (pictured above), which are: George …

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[Review] DRIVE is the best film of 2011

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Disclaimer: Drive is not The Fast and the Furious: The Notebook Edition. If you are expecting this film to be a full-throttle, noisy, CGI-riddled action-fest starring that babe from the romantic film with Rachel McAdams, you are in the wrong place. Like this woman. However, if you are partial to a superbly-acted, purposefully-paced and artfully-stylised …

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[Review] PROJECT NIM (NZFF)

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Project Nim is the latest documentary from James Marsh, director of the Academy Award-winning Man On Wire. In each film Marsh takes a well-known, media-friendly event from the ’70s and gives it context with a meticulous and impressive mix of archival footage, interviews and dramatic re-enactments. The film is based on the book Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would …

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[Review] 13 ASSASSINS (NZFF)

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13 Assassins is the latest release from Japan’s most prolific director, Takashi Miike, who is responsible for countless film festival favourites including Audition, Ichi the Killer and Sukiyaki Western Django. What may surprise some about 13 Assassins is the relative lack of gore that Miike is best known for, but this shouldn’t come as too much of …

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The Antlers’ Peter Silberman discusses influences

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The Antlers Burst Apart is one of my favourite discoveries of 2011 so far. I highly recommend it to fans of fellow Brooklyn psych-rockers Animal Collective, Yeasayer and MGMT as well as anyone with an appreciation for Radiohead and Air. In fact, both of those bands are listed as heavy influences on Burst Apart in Steregum’s …

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