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  • Waiting for Guffman
  • Bad Boy Bubby
  • The Apostle
  • Love Serenade

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  • Billy Cobham's: New Morning The Paris Concert

    ★★★★

  • Glenn Wool: You Don't Go to Hell for Eating Elephants

    ★★★½

  • Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould

    ★★★★★

  • Glenn Gould: Off the Record

    ★★★★★

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  • Grizzly Man

    Grizzly Man

    Timothy Treadwell is one of the great flawed characters of cinema. But he is (or rather was) – and this is the best part – real; he was no creation – Treadwell was a real human and he filmed himself on a strange quest to become something other than a real human – extra-real, unreal, surreal – whatever his ambition might have been we may never truly know. But from the hours of footage that survive, Werner Herzog has fashioned…

  • The Proposition

    The Proposition

    Charlie Burns (Guy Pearce) is an outlaw given the film’s titular proposition; Captain Stanley (Ray Winstone) releases him while holding his baby brother Mikey (Richard Wilson) prisoner. The deal? Charlie must kill the leader of the Burns’ gang, brother Arthur (Danny Huston) or else Mikey will hang on Christmas Day. The setting is the Outback of Queensland, 1880s, but it could be America around the time of the confederates. The screenplay comes from Nick Cave, who, along with Bad Seed…

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  • Bill Direen: A Memory of Others

    Bill Direen: A Memory of Others

    Simon Ogston is making the New Zealand music/arts docos where you can’t believe your luck – your favourite cult act, finally, is being correctly, lovingly examined. At a previous film festival it was his take on The Skeptics – and his work returns to this year’s upcoming festival with this tender portrait of writer, poet, performer, musician, Bill Direen.

    Ogston’s camera is never far from the Dunedin-based Direen as he packs to embark on a tour of the country; that’s…

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    I grew up with Top Gun – I remember seeing it at the cinema, later I inherited the RayBans (from my older brother) and the soundtrack was everywhere, one of a handful of mid/late-80s soundtrack albums that really had a huge impact on my listening – not so much on my taste as on the overall experience of taking in an album; particularly a soundtrack album.

    All that said, I don’t much care for the film. And to be sure,…