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Arthouse Audit: A24’s ‘Swiss Army Man’ Slices ‘The Neon Demon’

26 June 2016 10:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A24 is having a strong 2016. They started out winning Oscars for three films (“Room,” “Ex Machina” and “Amy”), took smart horror flick “The Witch” wide to great success, and now with “The Lobster ” and “Swiss Army Man,” can claim the two highest per theater average limited openings of the year.  And they’ve done what other companies seem not to be able to do: reached a younger audience quite different from those that have elevated such adult hits as “Eye in the Sky” and “Hello, My Name Is Doris.”

Among the elevated number of prime openings fleshing out the summer specialized release schedule, the surprise second best was “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” (The Orchard), a New Zealand countryside story that could become a sleeper success with wider audiences.

The other shocker: the complete failure of Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon” (Amazon Studios/Broad Green), which despite major advance »

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Review: 'Hunt For The Wilderpeople' is a charming coming-of-age adventure story

23 June 2016 2:35 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Taika Waititi has been quietly building his body of work as a filmmaker with a distinctive comic voice and a deadpan absurdist shooting style. Eagle vs Shark was a sweet little romantic comedy with a real voice, and What We Do In The Shadows is a laugh-out-loud deflation of film vampires from every era. With his latest film, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Waititi really comes into focus as a filmmaker, and he’s got an exceptional sense of control over some tricky material. It helps that Sam Neill gives one of his very best performances as Hec, a grizzled old man who lives on a remote farm with Bella (Rima Te Wiata, who was delightful in Housebound). When the foster care system brings them a 12-year-old boy named Ricky (Julian Dennison), Bella is able to forge a connection to him. It’s not easy, but once Ricky starts to get comfortable, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Taika Waititi Explains Why 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' Is Like a Kid's Fantasy Movie

22 June 2016 7:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

When most people think of movies and New Zealand, they jump to Peter Jackson and Lord of the Rings. As well they should, since Jackson's movies shifted the rest of the world's perception of New Zealand into a picturesque fantasy land. But New Zealand's film industry hasn't only given great landscapes to the world, they're also exporting some very, very funny people who keep climbing higher and higher in Hollywood. One New Zealander whose career is rocketing off is Taika Waititi (pictured above). He first started to catch international eyes in the late 2000s thanks to work on Flight of the Conchords and Eagle vs. Shark, but it was 2014's vampire documentary What We Do In the Shadows that seemed to really start a career...

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Director Taika Waititi Reveals How He’ll Bring The Charm Of His Quirky New Zealand Blockbusters To Marvel

21 June 2016 9:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For most independent filmmakers, making the jump from their own modestly budgeted films to a box office hit is the endgame, the big dream, the ever-dangling carrot on a stick. For “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” director Taika Waititi, it’s already old hat. The New Zealand director may be on the cusp of shooting his very first Hollywood feature – the third “Thor” standalone film, due out in November of next year – but the “Boy” and “What We Do In the Shadows” director is already very familiar with making smash hits that entire countries adore.

“Wilderpeople,” which debuted at Sundance back in January, is already a huge success in New Zealand, ranking as the highest-grossing locally-produced feature film of all time (as of last week, it had made over $8.3 million in New Zealand alone; for some context, that’s nearly $5 million more than “Captain America: Civil War”). But it’s hardly »

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‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ Exclusive Video: Director Taika Waititi Provides Rules For Survival

20 June 2016 11:45 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hunt for the Wilderpeople” follows Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison), a scrappy young city kid known to cause plenty of trouble, who is sent by child welfare services to live in the country with foster Aunt Bella (Rima Te Wiata) and mysterious, grumpy Uncle Hec (Sam Neill). But when Ricky flees to the bush, Uncle Hec chases after him only for child services to believe the mentally unstable Hec kidnapped the boy. Now, they must band together in order to best survive in the wild. In this exclusive clip below, see director Taika Waititi discuss his personal rules for survival in the bush.

Read More: Sundance Review: Taika Waititi’s ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ Starring Sam Neill & Julian Dennison

Director Taika Waititi’s 2005 short film “Two Cars, One Night” was nominated for an Oscar. He has also previously directed the features “Eagle vs. Shark,” starring Jemaine Clement, one of two members »

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Who's Side Is Thor Really on in Captain America: Civil War?

16 June 2016 5:42 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When Captain America: Civil War hit theaters, practically every character who has been previously established in the Marvel Universe was accounted for, with two notable exceptions, Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth). In the months leading up to Captain America: Civil War, it was confirmed that Hulk would return in Thor: Ragnarok, where both heroes would go on a "cosmic road trip" together. With both Hulk and Thor out of the picture for Civil War, many fans have wondered which side these heroes would take in this epic battle. Now, one of Marvel's new directors is offering an interesting theory.

Earlier this year, Taika Waititi signed on to direct Thor: Ragnarok, which was seen by many as an unusual choice. The filmmaker is best known for his comedies such as Eagle vs. Shark, What We Do In the Shadows and his work on the cult classic TV series Flight of the Conchords. »

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Taika Waititi Updates the 'What We Do in the Shadows' Sequel Status, Plus: Thor's 'Civil War' Allegiance

16 June 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

When Taikai Waititi was hired to direct Thor: Ragnarok, a lot of people the world over probably did a bit of a, "Who?" He's not quite yet a household name despite the actor-writer-director-producer's credits including Flight of the Conchords, Eagle vs Shark, Boy, Green Lantern, The Inbetweeners, and What We Do In the Shadows. His newest movie is the adventure comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople, starring Sam Neil as the gruff foster uncle of a kid on the run from the New Zealand government. It's a very funny, very touching movie about finding family in unexpected places and is well worth seeking out when it hits theaters on June 24, 2016. Fandango recently spoke with Waititi about Hunt for the Wilderpeople, but we'll save that part of our...

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- Peter Hall

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Team Iron Man or Team Cap? 'Thor: Ragnarok' Director Tells Us Which Team Thor Would Pick

15 June 2016 10:37 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

When Taika Waititi was hired to direct Thor: Ragnarok, a lot of people the world over probably did a bit of a "Who?" You may not recognize the name, but the actor-writer-director-producer's credits include Flight of the Conchords, Eagle vs Shark, Boy, Green Lantern, The Inbetweeners and What We Do in the Shadows. His newest movie is the adventure-comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople, starring Sam Neill as the gruff foster uncle of a kid on the run from the New Zealand...

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Team Iron Man or Team Cap? 'Thor: Ragnarok' Director Tells Us Whom Thor Would Side With

15 June 2016 10:37 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

When Taika Waititi was hired to direct Thor: Ragnarok, a lot of people the world over probably did a bit of a "Who?" You may not recognize the name, but the actor-writer-director-producer's credits include Flight of the Conchords, Eagle vs Shark, Boy, Green Lantern, The Inbetweeners and What We Do in the Shadows. His newest movie is the adventure-comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople, starring Sam Neill as the gruff foster uncle of a kid on the run from the New Zealand...

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Team Iron Man or Team Cap? 'Thor: Ragnarok' Director Tells Us Who Thor Would Side With

15 June 2016 10:37 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

When Taika Waititi was hired to direct Thor: Ragnarok, a lot of people the world over probably did a bit of a "Who?" You may not recognize the name, but the actor-writer-director-producer's credits include Flight of the Conchords, Eagle vs Shark, Boy, Green Lantern, The Inbetweeners and What We Do in the Shadows. His newest movie is the adventure comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople, starring Sam Neill as the gruff foster uncle of a kid on the run from the New Zealand...

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Captain Marvel: Jennifer Kent on director shortlist

2 June 2016 10:46 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Two potential directors for Captain Marvel have emerged, and one of them is Babadook director Jennifer Kent...

It only seems like a few minutes ago when word broke that Brie Larson is the favourite to play the lead in Captain Marvel, but now there's talk of who could be in line to direct. According to THR (thanks, Collider), there are two possible candidates on Marvel's list: Niki Caro, director of the 2002 drama Whale Rider, and Jennifer Kent, who brought us the intimate horror, The Babadook.

They're interesting choices and no mistake, and a good example of how Marvel's willing to seek out more leftfield directors rather than veteran blockbuster filmmakers. Taika Waititi, who like Caro is from New Zealand, previously brought us the quirky comedies Eagle Vs Shark and the outright classic What We Do In The Shadows - and now he's busy putting together Thor: Ragnarok for Marvel. »

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Thor 3 Director Gets Explosion Advice from His Marvel Peers

12 May 2016 4:24 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in October, shortly after director Taika Waititi signed on to direct Thor: Ragnarok, a report surfaced that claimed this third Thor adventure was the Marvel Cinematic Universe's darkest movie yet. The report claimed that Taika Waititi, best known for light-hearted indie comedies like Eagle vs. Shark and last year's What We Do In the Shadows, was brought on to add some comedic balance into the mix. While we'll have to wait until next November to see how this balance plays out when Thor 3 hits theaters, the filmmaker showed off his humorous side yesterday in a spirited Twitter conversation with Marvel directors James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Peyton Reed (Ant-Man).

Last night, the director took to his Twitter page to ask James Gunn and Peyton Reed how many explosions he should put in his movie. The director added that he currently only has one explosion, and it's »

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New Trailer Sees Sam Neill And Julian Dennison Embark On A Hunt For The Wilderpeople

28 April 2016 8:01 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Throughout his short and blistering career, Taika Waititi has served up quirky indie romance in Eagle Vs. Shark and cast blinding light on a house filled with vampires in the really rather excellent horror comedy, What We Do In The Shadows.

It’s enough to give ardent Marvelites a tease of what’s to come, too, considering that the New Zealand filmmaker is set to helm next year’s Thor: Raganrok. But before whisking moviegoers back to the decadent halls of Asgard, Waititi is on the verge of releasing a much more intimate adventure in Hunt For the Wilderpeople.

Lifting inspiration from Barry Crump’s acclaimed 1995 adventure novel Wild Pork And Watercressa, Hunt for the Wilderpeople places Sam Neill in the shoes of Hec, a grizzled and curmudgeonly foster uncle who reluctantly agrees to take care of Ricky, a stubborn city kid (Julian Dennison). As an unlikely pair of not-so-happy campers, »

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Watch: New U.S. Trailer For Taika Waititi's Comedy 'Hunt For The Wilderpeople'

27 April 2016 11:22 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Know for his distinctive brand of comedy, which has earned him a cult following, Taika Waititi, who has helmed pictures like "Eagle Vs. Shark" and "What We Do In The Shadows," didn't seem like the obvious choice when he was tapped by Marvel to direct "Thor: Ragnarok." But according to Marvel honcho Kevin Feige, there's a method to the madness.  Read More: Sundance Review: Taika Waititi's 'Hunt For The Wilderpeople' Starring Sam Neill & Julian Dennison “We choose from a pool of filmmakers not who have done big, giant films before but who have done interesting things that made us stop and go, ‘That’s cool,’” he told Vulture. “That’s the criterion for a meeting. Then we need to see if they’re up to the task of working on something this collaborative and this intensive — because a very expensive, big-budget movie that has a release date is inherently intense. »

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25 great movie comedies that run for 90 minutes or less

2 March 2016 1:52 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Need a good laugh, but only got an hour and a half? Might we recommend this little lot...

I’m of the firm belief that films work most effectively when their runtime is 90 minutes or less. It forces an economy of story and dialogue which propels the film into its best self. No bloated middle, extended ending, or wasted stories here. This goes double for comedies. They should never outstay their welcome. But they seem to be getting longer, as we recently pointed out here.

So to refresh your movie comedy palette, here are 25 films that are 90 minutes or under. I’ve tried to avoid the more obvious ones, and shine a light on those comedies which might have gone a bit unappreciated over the years, but are well worth a hour and a half of your time. This lean runtime isn’t a guarantee of greatness of course, »

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Sundance Interview: 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' Director Taika Waititi

5 February 2016 4:40 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"With comedy, the rules are always changing. I don't even know any of the rules. It's probably better to not even know the rules." I love Taika Waititi's movies. At my very first Sundance in 2007, I flipped for a little New Zealand comedy called Eagle vs Shark. It was my first introduction to Taika Waititi and actor Jemaine Clement, and I've been a fan of both ever since. Ten years later and Taika is back at Sundance with his latest film, titled Hunt for the Wilderpeople, an adventure in the New Zealand bush starring Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. The film was one of my favorites of the festival, it's hilarious and so much fun to watch. I'm looking forward to the film opening in theaters so everyone else can see it and enjoy it, too. At Sundance this year, I was lucky enough to catch 15 minutes with Taika »

- Alex Billington

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'Thor: Ragnarok' Funnier Than 'Thor: The Dark World'?

24 January 2016 10:08 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fans have long been used to expecting the unexpected when it comes to the Marvel movies, especially when it comes to the studio's choice of directors. No one expected the studio to hire Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) to direct Thor: Ragnarok, but the move made more sense when producer and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed he wanted the director to inject more humor into Thor: Ragnarok. The Wrap caught up with the filmmaker at the Sundance Film Festival, where he briefly discussed his approach to the humor.

"Just take what they've done before. I'm just going to take the second Thor film and just add some jokes to that."

Taika Waititi signed on to direct back in October, and we also reported that Mark Ruffalo is coming back as Hulk. Both Thor and Hulk are said to go on a "cosmic road trip" in this superhero sequel, »

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Sundance 2016: Taika Waititi's 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' is Pure Fun

23 January 2016 10:06 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Taika Waititi is back and better than ever! No seriously, this film is Taika's best yet, and I've been following him ever since I saw Eagle vs Shark premiered at Sundance 10 years ago. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is the latest feature from Kiwi director Taika Waititi, who writes and directs and also has a small role in the film. Set mostly in the New Zealand "bush", the mostly uninhabited forested wilderness taking up some of the island, the story is about a troublemaker foster care kid named Ricky Baker who finds his true family when he's taken from the city to the countryside. I laughed my ass off, but the film actually has an immense amount of heart, too. By the end I was a fan of Ricky Baker and his "screw this" attitude and wanted more. At first it seems like Ricky (played by newcomer Julian Dennison) won't fit in, »

- Alex Billington

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Sundance 2016: Most Anticipated

13 January 2016 5:00 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Sundance Film Festival brings the most original storytellers together with the most adventurous audiences for its annual program of dramatic and documentary films, shorts, New Frontier films, installations, performances, panel discussions, and dynamic music events. Since 1985, hundreds of films launched at the Festival have gained critical recognition, received commercial distribution, and reached worldwide audiences eager for fresh perspectives and new voices. Year after year, the Festival pursues new ways to introduce more people to the most original and authentic storytelling.

Love & Friendship

Directed and written by Whit Stillman

Ireland/France/Netherlands, 2016

The Last Days of Disco, Metropolitan, and Barcelona were amongst the best of 90s independent cinema, if one had the stomach for incessant dissections of ego, academia, and capitalism. With more talking than action, director/writer Whit Stillman brought us complex comedies of manners that had to be intently listened to in order to distill satisfaction. Selfish and »

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