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ADAM GOODALL

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Adam makes a living at the Dunedin District Court, but makes a life as a playwright, director and writer. He writes The State of Things with Judah Finnigan.


Adam makes a living at the Dunedin District Court, but makes a life as a playwright, director, and writer for Gameplanet, Pantograph Punch and now The Wireless. He has many opinions about movies, and was named Best Reviewer at the 2012 Aotearoa Student Press Awards for those opinions. He hopes to someday own a shiba inu.


Content by Adam

Movie review: Interstellar

In space, no one can hear you scream – but in Christopher Nolan's latest, there's certainly a whole lot of talking. Spoilers ahead.

Movie review: Whiplash

Damien Chazelle's first feature film, a "student-teacher music drama", is 105 minutes of emotional and psychological warfare.

Movie review: Get On Up

Get On Up opens strong but struggles to keep the groove that would have made it more than the usual Hollywood biopic.

Cool girls, mean girls, gone girls

Gone Girl purring with ill intent. It's what you want out of a seedy thriller, writes Adam Goodall.

Simpson v Sampsan: Love and homage

A futuristic couch gag and a Family Guy crossover episode both aim to show appreciation for The Simpsons' legacy – but only one captures its spirit.

Movie review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

"This isn’t candy. This isn’t froth. This is an acid reflux." Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle reboot brings Adam Goodall out of his shell.

The Giver: The revolution will be pretty familiar, actually

The kind of uprising presented to young people in The Giver doesn't reflect well on the filmmakers – or our generation.

Movie review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy doesn't need to be an 'unlikely success' for it to have value.

Movie review: The Last Saint

Adam Goodall finds the scrawling crime epic to be lacking in funding, but not ambition.

The NZIFF Diaries: Fin

With Adam Goodall's final wrap from the international film festival, we now return to our regular scheduled programming.

The NZIFF Diaries: Part VII

Technical difficulties aside, Adam Goodall finds cinema to be a window to experience – some more universal than others.

The NZIFF Diaries: Part V

Adam Goodall is still not entirely sure about some of the NZFF films he has seen - but he's happy with the provocation.

The NZIFF Diaries: Part III

Adam Goodall reports back with his findings of the New Zealand International Film Festival – well, those films that made it down South.

The stuff of nightmares

The "slow, sustained torture" of The Babadook – like a pair of hands gently resting on your neck.

Snap back to REALITi: A conversation about the future

Director Jonathan King had no big budget for his third film, which meant he was free to let it could be "what it was – a bit strange and skewed”.

Matthew VanDyke: A fighter on film

Adam Goodall talks to the revolutionary, activist filmmaker and media commentator Matthew VanDyke, the subject of the documentary Point and Shoot.

The NZ Film Festival: The Wireless playbook

Ready your spreadsheets: Adam Goodall and Judah Finnigan pick their favourites of the film festival.

Love in the time of vampires

By all accounts, What We Do In The Shadows is 'a cult classic in the making'. But its sense of loss is what gives its comedy some bite.

What We Do In The Shadows: Interview with Cori Gonzalez-Macuer

Cori Gonzalez-Macuer talks about playing a loudmouth vampire in What We Do In The Shadows.

A film of South Auckland's asphalt and metal

Adam Goodall falls for "one of the best NZ films of the past decade", Curtis Vowell's Fantail.

Ida: Squaring with the past

Adam Goodall finds a lot to explore in Paweł Pawlikowski's "oddly out of time" film, Ida.

Of God(zilla) and Men

The tension between mankind's self-interest and the environment is the least of Godzilla's problems.

This headline is not a joke about Bad Neighbors/Neighbours

Bad Neighbours is fantastically funny, writes Adam Goodall, and Zac Efron is a revelation - and not just because of his abs.

Only Lovers Left Alive: In praise of cool

Jim Jarmusch's luxurious vampire mess-around is going to seem like the coolest thing in the world if you're more into literature and guitars than you are jobs or housekeeping or money.

Cannes you dig it? Yes, we Cannes!

Film bloggers Adam Goodall and Judah Finnigan are looking forward to the Cannes Film Festival. A lot.

Young adult cinema and 'knowing something of the world'

Deride them as "video game" movies if you must, but a lot of criticism of young adult cinema is simply because young people watch it.

A critic, but not made of stone

Adam Goodall reviews the Dunedin heats from the 48 Hour film festival.

Move over Sundance

Adam Goodall reports from the highlight in Dunedin's filmic calendar, the 48HOURS Film Festival.

The Raid 2: Now we're just showing off

Adam Goodall reviews the latest release from Welsh director Gareth Evans.

The sound of freedom, the image of tedium

Adam Goodall reviews 3 Mile Limit.

Awards talk: Part two

Part two of Adam Goodall and Judah Finnigan's coverage of the 2014 Oscars.

It's never been new and it never gets old

Adam Goodall on the Coen Brothers’ latest movie, Inside Llewyn Davis.

Adam and Judah talk about the Oscars because of social expectation

Film bloggers Adam Goodall and Judah Finnigan begin their rundown of the 2014 Oscars.

So I am watching 12 Years a Slave

Adam Goodall on Steve McQueen's historical drama 12 Years a Slave.

So I am watching 12 Years a Slave

"I am aware that I can take the easy way out – talk about it in a purely aesthetic sense, leaving questions of politic at the door."

Bringing in a replacement

I'm still not sure about the NZ International Film Festival’s ‘Autumn Events’...

A Capote poster

In 2006, I always told people I wanted to be like Philip Seymour Hoffman, a man I’d barely seen act.

Let's talk about Sundance

With few distributors willing to take a punt, Sundance becomes a sad attempt at predicting what we might get

Thoughts about Short Term 12

Short Term 12 could have treated a home for at-risk youth as a place of sadness and fear. Instead, it’s full of light.

You probably missed these films in 2013. Silly.

I’m just saying you might have missed a few films. Don't worry, you got all of 2014 to catch up

Trickle-down violence

The difference is that society was, and still is, fine with his methods ...

The Forest for the Ents

The film outright stops in its tracks once or twice to lay the foundations for LOTR ...

The restoration of Geoff Murphy

His fingerprints are all over most major landmarks of our cinema resurgence in the 1980s...

Easing the pain of awards season

The three-month trek to the Academy Awards begins.

On living without a multiplex

I didn't have time to build the emotional attachment to Hoyts Octagon that a lot of my friends seemed to have ...

No country for women

The Counselor is a film about evil – the evil that lurks in our hearts ...

'Content rubber-neckers'

Film bloggers Hugh and Adam tackle classification, downloading, and parental controls.

Fear of a Blockbuster planet

If the biggest name in home entertainment can't survive, what about the little guys?

Of Construction Toys & Comic Book Heroes

...both films are carriages on a corporation's money train.

What is The State of Things?

What we’re watching has become as important as what we watch...

The Grand Universe

Earth is a passive bystander, an indifferent orb of green and blue.

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