What we do in the Shadows (2014)

What we do in the Shadows - movie review - FOEC

What we do in the Shadows - movie review - Green Medal - FOEC

Vampires stalk the streets of Wellington in search of fun, friendship and virgins in the second feature film collaboration from Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi, which finds a documentary film crew capturing the less glamorous side of life after death.

Written & Directed by Jermaine Clement & Taika Waititi / Starring Jermaine Clement, Taiki Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macauer / Cinematography by Richard Bluck, D.J. Stipsen / Music by Plan 9 / Film Editing by Tom Eagles, Yana Gorskaya, Jonathan Woodford-Robinson / Production by Funny or Die, New Zealand Film Commission Read More


Borgman (2013)

Borgman 2013 review FOEC

Borgman 2013 review Green Medal FOECAffluent Dutch townies become the victims of an unholy force of justice in Alex van Warmerdam’s insidious black comedy. A hugely enjoyable tease from start to finish, Borgman almost overcomes its own obscurity but never amounts to more than the sum of its parts.

Written & Directed by Alex van Warmerdam / Starring Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval / Cinematography by Tom Erisman / Music by Vincent van Warmerdam / Editing by Job ter Burg / Production by Graniet Film  Read More

The Babadook (2014)


The-Babadook-FOEC-movie-review-medalJennifer Kent’s nerve jangling feature debut is the most textured, exiting and surprising horror movie of recent years; an expressionistic psychological odyssey rich in metaphor, humour and the sound of things going bump, bump, bump in the night.

Written & Directed by Jennifer Kent / Starring Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Benjamin Winspear, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West / Cinematography by Radek Ladczuk / Music by Simon Njoo / Production by Causeway Films Read More

The Guest (2014)

The Guest 2014-FOEC-review

The-Guest-2014-FOEC-review-worth a lookThe shadow of John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) looms large over Adam Winguard’s and Simon Barrett’s stylish and often amusing wanton killfest. Dan Stevens is wilfully cast against type as a menacing blue-eyed killing machine gone to ground in the home of a bereaved small-town family.

Directed by Adam Winguard / Written by Simon Barrett / Starring Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelly, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick / Cinematography by Robby Baumgartner / Music by Steve Moore / Production by HanWay Films, Snoot Entertainment Read More

The Expendables 3 (2014)

The Expendables 3-review-FOEC The-Expendables-3-rating-worth-a-lookIt is with a sense of surprise and relief that I salute The Expendables 3 as a half-decent movie, which justifies giving the ultimate-action-movie-mix-tape gimmick another spin for the sake of getting it right.

Directed by Patrick Hughes / Written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, Sylvester Stallone/ Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Arnold Schwarznegger, Harrison Ford / Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr. / Music by Brian Tyler / Production by Nu Image, Millennium Films Read More

A Touch of Sin (2013)

a-touch-of-sin-medal-FOEC-Over the Christmas break I helped my Dad begin his own blog, A Touch of Film, as an outlet for the reams of film reviews that he turns out each month. I’ve reposted his first published review, a semi-collaborative effort between both of us that was written up from our extensive discussions of Jia Zhangke’s direct and exquisitely composed Cannes prize-winner.


A Touch of Film


Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin is a shockingly bleak and sad tale of ordinary Chinese lives blighted by catastrophe in a rapidly changing modern world, giving the audience a good drubbing and with only a glimmer of hope at the end.

Written and directed Jia Zhangke, China/Japan, 2013

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)


captain america the winter soldier-silver medal-FOEC-reviewCaptain America and Black Widow must outrun the daggers tearing at the cloaks of super spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D. in the Russo brothers’ exhilarating throwback to the action blockbusters of the nineties.

Directed by Anthony & Joe Russo / Written by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely / Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson / Cinematography by Trent Opaloch / Music by Henry Jackman / Production by Marvel Studios Read More