New Zealand International Film Festival 2011

Andrew Stephens, Sunday the 10th of July, 2011

The This post was automatically imported from my old sandfly.net.nz blog. It may look a little weird since it was not originally written for this format. Film Festival is back in town, and this year I have promised myself to get organised and see the films that stand out. Here is my provisional list (links go to youtube trailers):

The Tree of Life It has the whiff of Oscar-bait about it, but the trailer looks good.

Taxi Driver "Are you looking at me? I don't see anyone else here." This film gets referenced in all sorts of places, and it annoys me that I have never seen it.

Nosferatu I have seen this before, but not with an orchestra providing the music. Everybody's favourite count munches his way across Europe, staying one step ahead of international copyright law.

Space Battleship Yamato I have never seen the Manga this live action film is based on, but I am a sucker for bombastic alien invasion tales. For a nation that suffered greatly as a result of World War II, Japan's films sure do reference it a lot.

The Trip Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are two of my favourite comedians, and this film looks like a flimsy excuse for them to expose on their warped world views for over an hour. Sounds fine to me.

Animation Now 2011 Every year I say that I want to see the collection of animation shorts. This year I will.

Hot Coffee This year's official Be-Outraged-At-Corporate-America film.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams I am a sucker for 3D films, caves, and pictures of animals.

How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster? A documentary about an architect.

Hobo with a Shotgun How can you go passed a title like that? Does Rutger Hauer need the money this badly?

Troll Hunter Vampires have been killed by Twilight, the werewolves' moon is waning, zombies are well played out; this generation is crying out for a new monster. Between this film and The Hobbit, I am getting in on the ground floor with trolls.

Are there any I have overlooked?