Otago Daily Times: Film

Actors back 'Birdman' in march towards Oscars

Actors back 'Birdman' in march towards Oscars

"Birdman," a satirical film about acting in the unforgiving world of show business, has won top honors from Hollywood's actors in an important show of support for its march toward the best picture Oscar.

War effort fails on home front

War effort fails on home front

When you think about it dispassionately, there are plenty of female war correspondents on our news screens, but somehow we still think of it as a male occupation.

Emotions laid bare in drama

After a surfeit of Scandinavian films that have invariably been dubbed ''Nordic Noir'', it's quite refreshing to watch a Swedish film that doesn't involve a criminal investigation, though Force Majeure is anything but light and happiness.

'Birdman', 'Budapest' lead Oscar nominations

'Birdman', 'Budapest' lead Oscar nominations

Show business satire "Birdman" and colorful caper "The Grand Budapest Hotel," have captured nine Academy Award nominations each, including best picture, for a year recognized for its original feats in filmmaking.

Avatar sequels are running a year behind schedule

Avatar sequels are running a year behind schedule

Film director James Cameron has revealed that the first of his New Zealand-made Avatar sequels are running a year behind schedule because of delays in completing the scripts.

Writers Guild nominations announced

Independent films "Boyhood" and "Whiplash" as well as superhero blockbuster "Guardians of the Galaxy" have received Writers Guild Awards nominations on Wednesday in one of Hollywood's top annual honours.

'Birdman' filmmaker finds award nominations ironic

'Birdman' filmmaker finds award nominations ironic

"Birdman" sits on a rather privileged perch as a favorite for film industry awards, but director Alejandro Inarritu can only laugh at the irony that he, like his protagonist in the show biz satire, is caught up in the quest for validation.

Mindlessly entertaining action fare for those blob-out days

Mindlessly entertaining action fare for those blob-out days

Summer can be taxing. But, after long days chasing children or long nights pouring chasers, a bit of mindless action fits the bill as the perfect cure.

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