NZIFF Review – ‘Rūrangi’

New Zealand’s powerful new film offers genuine representation of Aotearoa’s transgender community in both performative and production roles. Rūrangi explores issues that directly affect the trans community, including important conversations about mental health, familial tensions, and the impact we have on the environment. Burnt out trans activist Caz Davis returns to Rūrangi, the rural dairy …

Netflix Review – ‘The Old Guard’

THE OLD GUARD (2020) – clockwise from top: Matthias Schoenaerts (“Booker”), Charlize Theron (“Andy”), Luca Marinelli (“Nicky”). Photo Credit: AIMEE SPINKS/NETFLIX ©2020 Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Greg Rucka and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond The Lights), The Old Guard is a gritty, grounded, action-packed story that shows living forever is harder than …

Netflix Review – ‘The Half of It’

The Half Of It – Leah Lewis, Collin Chou – Photo Credit: Netflix / KC Bailey Shy, straight-A student Ellie (Leah Lewis – Nancy Drew) is hired by sweet but inarticulate jock Paul (Daniel Diemer – Sacred Lies), who needs help winning over a popular girl. But their new and unlikely friendship gets complicated when …

Netflix Review – ‘Hollywood’

Ryan Murphy, mostly known for creating iconic tv-series such as Nip/Tuck, American Horror Story and Glee, is ready to unleash a somewhat unconventional take on the Hollywood-dream. ‘Hollywood’ is his second series made for Netflix (after 2019’s ‘The Politician’) and is something we haven’t really seen from him before. Ian Brennan (Scream Queens) co-created ‘Hollywood’, …

Mardi Gras Film Festival Review – ‘Top 3’

Swedish animated film Top 3, part of this this year’s Mardi Gras Film Festival program, is straightforward and tells its story in a very unique way. In this funny, bittersweet romantic comedy, perpetual list-maker Anton (Eric Ernerstedt) falls in love with David (Jonas Jonsson), but things start to go awry when Anton realises that his …

Netflix Review – ‘Messiah: Season 1’

“You are what you believe.” The religious-based thriller series, Messiah, is one of the first new Netflix Originals of 2020. Created by Michael Petroni, known for writing films such as, The Book Thief and The Rite, the story unfolds from the points of view of multiple narrators. When CIA officer Eva Geller (Michelle Monaghan) uncovers …

Stan Drops New Trailer For Highly Anticipated Return Series ‘The L Word: Generation Q’

The official trailer for the highly-anticipated new SHOWTIME® series THE L WORD: GENERATION Q has just been released. Premiering on Monday, 9 December, it’s the sequel to the groundbreaking drama series THE L WORD®, which originally ran from 2004 to 2009. The new series continues to follow the intermingled lives of Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals), Alice Pieszecki (Leisha Hailey) …