“Hunt for the Wilderpeople”: “Secondhand Lions” meets “Thelma and Louise”

[Piki Films, Defender Films, Curious Film]
Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Sam Neill and Rhys Darby
Directed by Taika Waititi

The comedy "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" which played at Tribeca on Thursday has made me want to go back and explore the filmography of director Taika Waititi. Because if "Hunt" is any indication, Waititi is likely destined to become New Zealand’s answer to America’s Wes Anderson and England’s Edgar Wright—a highly-idiosyncratic and stylized comedic filmmaker. But whereas the bulk of Anderson and ... more >


The daily drudgery of being a vampire in WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

Film premiered at Sundance 2014
Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi
Directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi

Ever since the “Twilight” franchise the label “vampire film” seems to invite derision or at the very least weariness, from viewers who believe that stories of vampires have long outstayed their welcome. And yet, regardless of the ambivalence towards vampire films there's no shortage of filmmakers willing to take a stab at them. The results run the gamut from the painfully mediocre to the ... more >