Coming Home in the Dark – Film Review

When a peaceful picnic in rural New Zealand gets interrupted by two mysterious men, schoolteacher Hoagie (Erik Thomson – Storm Boy) and his family are irreversibly ripped apart and taken on a hellish joyride into the depths of the night. James Ashcroft’s ‘Coming Home in the Dark’ kicks things off shockingly effective. A parent’s worst …

LAAPFF Short Film Review – ‘Hinekura’ & ‘Liliu’

The 36th edition of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has kicked off and we decided to dive into some short films. The short films are selected and grouped in themes. Our first duo is part of “Pacific Cinewaves” – cinematic love letters to the living culture of the Pacific. ‘Hinekura’ On the day she …

TIFF20 Review – ‘Shadow In The Cloud’

The first half of Roseanne Liang’s first feature in almost a decade, plays like an atypical World War II movie with a serious The Twilight Zone-vibe. WAAF officer Maude Garrett (Chloë Grace Moretz – ‘Greta’) gets assigned to a dodgy B-17 Flying Fortress carrying the name “The Fool’s Errand”, where she is custodian of a …

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 …