Reviews

Koreans star on world screen

By Nevil Gibson | August 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Korea is not well known as a source of movies for New Zealand audiences, but that is changing. A growing market exists among Korean speakers — as it has for Chinese, Filipino and Indian movies — and distributors are meeting that need. But for non-Korean audiences, many of these fall … Read More about Koreans star on world screen

Hard dreams of Nashville

By Nevil Gibson | August 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Music-related movies, as opposed to generic musicals, havebecome a box office juggernaut in the past 12 months. Elton John’s Rocketman ($2.6 million) has jumped to fourth place behind two Marvel blockbusters, Avengers: Endgame ($9.5 million) and Captain Marvel ($4.2 million), and the Disney musical Aladdin ($2.8 million). Last year, Bohemian … Read More about Hard dreams of Nashville

Diversity dominates year’s best films

By Nevil Gibson | November 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

The response to calls for more diversity and racial balance in casts dominates this year’s best film lists. The comic-based blockbusters have started running out of steam and are also trying to change their gender stereotypes. November provides a convenient gap to sum up the year as the pre-Oscar season … Read More about Diversity dominates year’s best films

Race drama BlacKkKlansman packs punch

By Nevil Gibson | October 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Far from ignoring American race relations, Hollywood  filmmakers have been in the thick of it for decades. The rise of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, most recently depicted in LBJ, was accompanied by such classics of the liberal conscience as To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967) and In the … Read More about Race drama BlacKkKlansman packs punch

Festivals lighten winter gloom

By Nevil Gibson | August 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Quality films dry up in the northern hemisphere summer so the mid-winter film festivals here are a welcome alternative.

Marvel wins the double

By Nevil Gibson | June 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Box office success can never be guaranteed, even for blockbusters, but a lot of hype helps.