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RN 2/13: High Society

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Dan and Kailey are joined by president of the Wellington Film Society Chris Hormann to talk about this year’s programme (mostly shared with the rest of the country), the importance of film societies in a world where theatrical presentation is becoming rare for arthouse films. The trio also discuss current releases The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Jupiter Ascending, Focus and others.

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Mark Wahlberg continues to polarize opinion regarding his acting prowess, but what certainly doesn’t help his sway is taking on parts that don’t help his credentials in anyway. Yes, on paper you could argue that Rupert Wyatt’s remake of the classic The Gambler had all the makings of all a solid film. However, after the film unceremoniously flopped at the tail end of 2014, many have questioned whether Wahlberg will now relinquish his acting duties for the time being and head behind the camera for an extended amount of time.

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RN 2/12: Cinquante nuances de Grey

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Dan and Kailey are joined by Sarah Reese, director of the Alliance Française French Film Festival, to talk about this year’s event which opened in Auckland on 19 February, and RNZ Afternoons reviewer Sarah McMullan and Kaarin Macaulay step up to discuss the hottest ticket in town, Fifty Shades of Grey.

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RN 2/11: Wild in the country

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Online commentator, reviewer and raconteur Steve Gray joins Kailey and Dan on the line from Hamilton, New Zealand, to help review Reese Witherspoon in Wild, Julianne Moore in Still Alice and Johnny Depp in Mortdecai. Steve also has top TV watching tips for 2015 including Adam Curtis’ Bitter Lake.

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First Nine to Noon appearance of the year

Nine to Noon podcast iconAfter what seems like weeks of holidays, Summer Noelles and Matinee Idles, Radio New Zealand National is pretty much back to normal which means the return of my fortnightly movie reviews. Let this be a little placeholder now that Rancho Notorious has become a fortnightly release.

This week: Still Alice, Force Majeure, American Sniper, Unbroken and a little snipe at Birdman.

As an added bonus, here’s Rancho Notorious co-host Kailey Carruthers talking to Lynn Freeman on Sunday’s Standing Room Only arts show.

Plus, New Zealand International Film Festival director Bill Gosden and I talking to Lynn earlier this summer about the future of New Zealand film under the new film commission régime of David Gibson.

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RN 2/10: Straight to video

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Dan and Kailey are joined by Steve Austin on the line from Auckland to talk about “Straight to Video”, his blog reviewing the increasing number of films that don’t get a theatrical release in New Zealand (including James Gray’s The Immigrant). He sticks around to help the team review Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper which stars Bradley Cooper as an all-American hero traumatised by the Iraq war.

Plus, Kailey interviews Tess and Jamie from the Circa Theatre production of Seed.

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