Pinch punch, first of the month.. and no return. Yes, it’s July, which means it’s the very month that the Telecom 2007 New Zealand International Film Festivals, to give it it’s full title, kicks off in earnest, starting here in the merry old city of Dorkland (July 13 – 29), before donning big boots and tramping round the rest of these green and fertile islands untill the end of November, no less. Hurrahs all around then.
One filum that is eagerly awaited by your cauldron commentator, uber-nerd and trainspotting compu-dweeb, me aka shenanigans, is Eagle Vs Shark, the long awaited feature length debut from Oscar darling Taika Waititi (nominated for his highly acclaimed short Two Cars One Night).
two cars one night
Following down that glorius geek-chic path forged by that most singular example of the genre, the wee gem, Napolean Dynamite, Eagle vs Shark, to quote the film festival website, ‘is the tale of two socially awkward misfits and the strange ways they try to find love; through revenge on high-school bullies, burgers, and video games.’ Featuring the performances of Lauren Horsley and Jermain Clement (one half of comedic geniuses Flight of the Conchords, who are doing rather nicely themselves overseas, thank you very much..) and with music from The Phoenix Foundation, this movie promises to be splendid on every level. especially if the reviews are to be believed. Already this film has won 5 film awards and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance film Festival. Phew, and rounds of applause, indeed.
also recommended is a thorough checking out of the film’s official website, which is a delight in itself, with charming games, delicious downloads, lovely links and all sorts of other golden goodies to feast your eyes and ears on.
the film screens as part of the international film festival on the 25th and 26th of July, at 8.30 pm and 11am respectively at the Civic Theatre, before it’s general release at the end of August. so, who wants to come and watch it with me??
ok.. that’s me, but i’ll leave you with this a particularly choice quote:
Man on phone: D’you want to leave a message?
Jarrod: Tell him that justice is waiting for him.
Man on phone: OK Justin. Thank you. Bye bye. [hangs up]
Jarrod: No, justice. Justice.