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Hugh Lilly is a freelance film critic living in Auckland. He writes The State of Things with Adam Goodall.

Hugh Lilly is a freelance film critic living in Auckland. Over the years he’s written for the New Zealand Listener, ONFILM magazine, and The Pantograph Punch. He likes Wes Anderson more than most people, and every time he watches Vertigo it seems like the best movie of all time. (The same thing happens with Paul Simon’s Graceland.) He knows all the words to the Ja Rule & Ashanti track “What’s Luv?” He has sporadically maintained a blog at, and tweets at @insequential.

Content by Hugh

Big budgets and small pay

Should filmmakers who find themselves unwelcome in LA just become TV-makers?

Against Imagination: A Post-Theatrical Spoiler for “Gravity”

Here, even, is what happens after the stunted conversation ended.

'Content rubber-neckers'

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

On the Bechdel test

Three decades on, has anything changed for women in Hollywood?

Academy ratio

What makes The Grand Budapest Hotel more over-the-top than Wes Anderson's previous work?

What is The State of Things?

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

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