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  • It Comes at Night

    It Comes at Night

    ★★½

    Hollywood, you have a forest problem. Forests are amazing things: supporting amazing ecosystems, generating the oxygen that keeps us alive, providing environments of gentle beauty. But your portrayal of them is shamefully #problematic. In less enlightened times, when intersectionality was best understood as some dude who was good making unprotected left hand turns, it was easier to forgive the demonizing portrayals, as seen in THE EVIL DEAD and BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. But now, everywhere you look, there's portrayals of forests…

  • Hotel Coolgardie

    Hotel Coolgardie

    ★★★½

    Did a Q&A with the director, Pete Gleeson, who showed his observational bona-fides by namedropping the Maysles alongside an Aussie doc I'd never heard of, RATS IN THE RANKS. Looking forward to what's next. In the meantime, check this out if you're in New Zealand or Australia - it's showing at Rialto in Auckland, for one - as while it's not the highest fidelity image, it deserves the big screen for the communal audience discomfort.

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★

    Saw this weeks ago but been under NZ embargo, and suspect my reaction would be even more positive if I had written a review at the time and/or hadn't been worn down by the haters, who are legion and seem to take enormous pride in their position. I sincerely get that there are flaws in this film, and I have zero issue with someone filing their "not for me" review and moving on, but I also fully believe that there…

  • The Long Day Closes

    The Long Day Closes

    ★★★★½

    Perhaps you're like me, and haven't seen much Davies, but you've seen enough Loach and Leigh to feel like you've got the measure of things when it comes to British kitchen-sink miserablism, and autobiographical coming of age stories have no special appeal for you, and you saw THE HOUSE OF MIRTH sixteen years ago and it quickly faded into a miasma of costume dramas, bubbling between THE END OF THE AFFAIR and AN IDEAL HUSBAND and a passel of Austen…