New to Netflix: Anelka: Misunderstood – Musing on one of football’s bad boys is intriguing but unconvincing

Diva. Mercurial. Arrogant. Scorer. Precocious. Genius. None of these accurately describe one of football's most heralded young stars and notable journeymen, Nicolas Anelka. Netflix's new documentary guides us through the clubs and controversies of Anelka's storied career while unravelling the myths and misinformation around the former France international. He was once the most sought-after young … Continue reading New to Netflix: Anelka: Misunderstood – Musing on one of football’s bad boys is intriguing but unconvincing

New to Netflix: Have a Good Trip – Comedy documentary about acid is a funny 90-minute joyride through the human mind

Becoming one with the bed. Helping to birth a calf. Hanging out with homeless people. Actors, musicians, and other celebrities share their sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant, and always out-there stories about their experiences on acid. Strap yourself in – it’s going to be a helluva trip. One of the first lines in Have a Good … Continue reading New to Netflix: Have a Good Trip – Comedy documentary about acid is a funny 90-minute joyride through the human mind

One from TriCoast: Bombshells & Dollies – Interesting documentary sheds light on misunderstood pin up girl culture

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Celebrating pin up culture and all things vintage, the annual Miss Viva Las Vegas Pin Up Contest sees 1950s enthusiasts battle it out onstage out for the chance to win the coveted crown. We follow twelve contestants from all over the world as they prepare for the biggest day of their lives in sunny Las … Continue reading One from TriCoast: Bombshells & Dollies – Interesting documentary sheds light on misunderstood pin up girl culture

Maui’s Hook: A powerful look at embracing death while choosing life

This documentary/fiction narrative crossover sees Māori psychologist and filmmaker Paora Joseph embark on a journey of grieving and healing with five other families from Taranaki to Cape Reinga, exploring the love and loss behind New Zealand’s surprisingly high rate of suicide. The strangest thing about Māori filmmaker Paora Joseph’s Maui’s Hook isn’t that it’s a … Continue reading Maui’s Hook: A powerful look at embracing death while choosing life

NZIFF 18 Special – A Mother Brings Her Son to be Shot: Interesting premise and a delivery that shoots to kill

One night, a mother takes her son to be shot in both knee caps as a punishment for drug dealing. What follows is an intense exploration of life under the shadow of armed, dissident Republican groups that control parts of the city of Derry, Northern Ireland. We explore the world of danger, politics and community … Continue reading NZIFF 18 Special – A Mother Brings Her Son to be Shot: Interesting premise and a delivery that shoots to kill