I’ve seen four gorgeously entertaining films this week. I’d dipped my toes into the NZ International Film Festival last weekend,but this week was all about film – although I did finally get to see Indian Ink’s Krishnan’s Diary, which more than lived up to the rave reviews (it’s on until Saturday).
But back to films. Bullet points will make this simplest.
- One Man, Two Guvnors – This is a filmed National Theatre performance of a ridiculously funny play. It is based on Goldini’s Harlequin Servant of Two Masters, is set in the 60s and had me laughing way too loud in the cinema – this was okay because everyone else was laughing just as much, even the perfectly dressed elderly folk. The Herald’s tough critic Peter Calder gave it seven stars out of five. So bloody good.
- Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson’s latest masterpiece, a beautifully shot story of runaways, camping and family. The cast is brilliant and the story brought back memories of my brother and I camping down the back of a farm in Te Uku. Last year’s movie of this sort was the equally good Submarine. This was one of the ‘don’t miss’ films of the festival and I’ve heard rumours that it’ll be released here later is year.
- Diana Vreeland The Eye Has To Travel – Before there was Anna Wintour, there was Diana Vreeland, the most influential woman in fashion for the middle decades of the 1900s and someone with an extraordinary world view. From her friendship of Chanel, her discovery of faces like Bacall, to her ability to take the American woman to somewhere she hadn’t dreamed of – Vreeland was a visionary and an adventurer. She may have infuriated many, but her ideas were spectacular. I want to cut my hair like hers, remind me when I turn 40.
- The Princess Bride – oh how I adore this film, and it was even better in a bar filled with fans who laughed, cheered and knew all he important lines. You may think this is a kid’s movie, but I think it is a comedy gem, and Westley is one the great heroes. Kudos to Dave and Dan for making it happen and to Britomart Country Club for the hot water bottles! Next month’s film is Labyrinth and I cannot wait.
More film festival awesomeness this week, plus Gluttony at LATE at the Museum and ATC’s Awatea, which I hear is incredible. I’m looking forward to seeing the third of this trio of plays by Bruce Mason.