Author: Amanda Clarke

Review: What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows follows a group of four flatmates, Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) and Petyr (Ben Fransham) living in Wellington as they go about their lives. Shot in a documentary style, the film highlights the everyday trials and tribulations that come from sharing a flat with incompatible personalities. The catch—they are vampires, trying to stay under the radar as they hunt for victims and try to navigate their undead existence. Over the last decade or so the vampire myth has become part of popular culture and that is what writers/directors Waititi...

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Review: Two Days, One Night

Two Days, One Night tells the story of Sandra, a young mother, who discovers upon her return to work that her colleges have voted for a bonus instead of keeping her on. After convincing her boss to agree to another vote, Sandra has the weekend, the titular two day and one night, to get a majority to agree to lose their bonuses so she can keep her job. It doesn’t seem like that kind of film, but by the time Sandra meets with her final co-worker on the second day, the tension has built to a level that rivals...

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2015 Predictions: Rise of the small films

There are only two things I ask of the film industry for 2015, and I hope these predictions come true. First, can we please cool it with the superhero films and young adult adaptations? I realize that this is a long shot, as due to the success of Marvel’s film and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay at the box office, it looks like these trends are going to continue for a while yet. Marvel already has two films scheduled to come out in 2015 plus a new tv show and have announced their planned films through 2019. There is also...

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Review: Big Eyes

Big Eyes is the story of Margaret Keane (Amy Adams). Married in the 1950s to Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), Walter became famous for his paintings of big eyed children, except the work was not his. For the better part of two decades, Walter passed Margaret’s work off as his own. The film follows her life from her first divorce until the public revelation of Margaret as the true author of the works. Big Eyes is far and away the best film that Tim Burton has made in at least a decade. It takes awhile to get going, with a...

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The TFS List: five greatest advances in cinema

The history of film has been driven by technical innovations and inventions as the studios all try to compete to create the next big spectacle that will increase their chances of a hit and reduce their costs. Here are five of the most important technological developments that have revolutionized the film industry for better or worse. Synchronized Sound After the invention of the film camera and projector, the most important technical innovation in cinema history has to be that of synchronized sound. Since the invention of motion pictures, people were attempting to record sound along with the image. Edison...

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