23 June 2011

NZFF 2011

(Edited: Friday 24th June)
(Edited: Saturday 25th June)
(Edited: Monday 29th August)
It's been ages since I've posted, but: it's that time of the year again... the New Zealand International Film Festival (simply referred to as NZFF).

I thought I'd start a posting with my choices. There are usually at least 30 films I want to see, but alas, it's not possible! So, the painful prioritising process (PPP) has to start, including knocking off films that have a general release coming soon ('soon' being the opperative word; I don't want to wait a whole nother year to see a film I want to see NOW hehe).

I have a system (that involves different coloured post-it notes...) that takes me through the schedule about 10 times! But it takes time to make selections and then to fit them in, especially when most films only screen twice.

But, seriously:

(I wasn't kidding about the post-its!)

My initial run has seen me mark 33 films! ('+' indicate high interest lol - 19 of the 33)
+Melancholia imdb
+Arrietty imdb
+The Tree of Life (released in NZ 25th August) imdb
+Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horrors (original film with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra live)
+Elite Squad: The Enemy Within imdb (note: sequel to awesomeness!!)
Let the Bullets Fly imdb
Winter Vacation imdb
Incendies (I've seen the preview at the Rialto so must be coming here soon) imdb
The Round Up imdb
The Screen Illusion imdb (looks like this is from French TV)
A Separation imdb
Footnote imdb
The Solitude of Prime Numbers imdb
Gantz: Perfect Answer imdb
+Space Battleship Yamato imdb
The First Grader imdb (released at Rialto on 1st September)
+The Trip imdb
+Meek's Cutoff imdb
+Terri imdb
Beginners imdb
+Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey imdb
+The Guard (released at Rialto on 1st September) imdb
Heartbeats imdb
+Sleeping Beauty imdb
+Submarine imdb
Snowtown imdb
+Take Shelter imdb
+The Yellow Sea imdb
+POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold imdb (high chance of general release)
+Page One: Inside the New York Times imdb
+Jiro Dreams of Sushi imdb
+13 Assassins imdb
The Man from Nowhere imdb

Then, we start building the 'MUST see' list using PPP (in no particular order):
1. Melancholia
2. Arrietty
3. Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horrors (original film with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra live)
4. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
5. Space Battleship Yamato
6. The Trip
7. Meek's Cutoff
8. Terri
9. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
10. Submarine
11. Take Shelter
12. The Yellow Sea
13. POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (ended up giving my ticket away)
12. Page One: Inside the New York Times
13. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
14. 13 Assassins
15. Incendies (I was off work and the time was good - awesome film)
16. La Acacias (Had a 2 for 1 screening; glad I went!)

To be continued...

Well, early bird tickets went on sale this morning. After a considerable struggle with the bloody ticketing site, I have booked in... 14 films. Excited (yet don't want to see my credit card bill!!!).

And, in the end I saw 16!!

15-Jul: Elmo
15-Jul: Incendies
15-Jul: Submarine
15-Jul: Meek's Cutoff
15-Jul: 13 Assassins
20-Jul: Take Shelter
20-Jul: La Acacias
22-Jul: Arriety
22-Jul: Jiro Dreams of Sushi
22-Jul: Page One (Story of the New York Times)
23-Jul: Terri
26-Jul: Space Battleship Yamato
26-Jul: Elite Squad 2
28-Jul: Gantz 2 (Perfect Answer)
29-Jul: Melancholia
31-Jul: Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horrors (original film with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra live)