Theoretically, the screen industry should have all the talent at its fingertips to communicate the socio-economic value of what it does. To date, it hasn’t done much to do so.
Sure, film subsidies may work in practice, but do they work in theory?
It’s about time we cut the crap about Jacinda Ardern being only a show pony.
Society teaches people that admitting to bad behaviour means accepting punishment and giving up support, which is why most people will try deny it.
Primarily, Meryl Streep’s critical speech last night at the Golden Globes was a defence of journalism and of journalists.
An obsessive tale of two Westerns
David Bowie never endorsed Velvet Goldmine but it has become the ideal tribute film.
The Sundance TV series Rectify takes the difficulties of faith, forgiveness and family seriously
Why David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows is a teenage sensation.
Niceness can be a career option…
Point Break : Is there any point to a reboot of one of the greatest action movies of the 1990s?
Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory is still the greatest World War I film.
Make your own film festival, from movies available free online.
How does David Lynch’s Wild at Heart look, 25 years later?
It felt like a remarkably good year for cinema. And that was without getting Godard in 3D.
In Mockingjay Part One, everyone’s working for the media
In Gone Girl, David Fincher’s cold perfectionism makes black humour out of tabloid shocks- and may even complete a media-age revenge trilogy
An alien Scarlett Johansson gets under your skin.
Youth, art and radical politics in the Olivier Assayas film After May
Gareth Edwards reboots Godzilla – the monster that’s all metaphor.
Teen moviedom’s greatest black comedy, a quarter of a century later
In films like A Separation and The Past, Asghar Farhadi has become Iran’s most celebrated cultural export. There’s a price.
Why Spike Jonze’s Her could be the most romantic film of the year.
The year the movies got small, and the small screen got big
Is Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen’s so-called “return to form” really as good as they say?
Sandra Bullock and the space/light dimension…
Maybe Pacific Rim is the best film that Guillermo Del Toro could have made right now
Silver Linings Playbook, Liberal Arts and the universal love for Jennifer Lawrence
The best (and worst) films of 2012
Does John Key know the conditions facing Kiwi workers within US film and TV productions here?