One of the hit premieres out of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival this year was New Zealand’s comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople. The film comes from What We Do in the Shadows director Taika Waititi, who is preparing to make the jump to big budget filmmaking with Thor: Ragnarok at Marvel Studios, and his latest film proves why he’s one of the best and brightest filmmakers working today.
Sam Neill plays a grumpy old man who ends up stuck with a chubby little orphan named Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison in a breakthrough performance) after his sweet wife passes away, just when the young lad was starting to feel at home in the middle of nowhere. But the two unlikely family members end up on the run together from the law when Ricky decides he doesn’t want to go back to child services and some miscommunication pegs his foster uncle as a kidnapper. What ensues is a hilarious trip through the wilderness that is just as heartwarming as it is raucously funny.
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Posted on Monday, February 1st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Oh, look – another day, another post featuring director Taika Waititi. What can we say? We like the guy. And we like his movies. And we like Marvel movies, so we like that he’s directing Thor: Ragnarok and we like that he’s saying all of the right things.
And that brings us to the latest piece of news to travel from his mouth to your web browser: the Hulk, who normally doesn’t have a lot to say between smashing things, may be a bit more vocal now that he gets to play galactic buddy cop with Thor.
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Posted on Monday, January 25th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
At some point, we’re just going to have to rebrand this whole /Film thing as Taika Waititi fan site. We haven’t been shy about out love for What We Do in the Shadows and we’ve sunk our teeth into every morsel of Thor: Ragnarok news that has come our way. We even just ran a positive review of his new movie, Hunt For the Wilderpeople, which just played at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s safe to say that he’s one of our current favorite directors.
And now he’s shed some more moonlight on the spin-off to What We Do in the Shadows, which will focus on the pack of werewolves who rear their furry heads a few times in the original movie. And it has a title so good that we’re going to force you to hit the jump to actually read it.
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Posted on Sunday, January 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
Taika Waititi had a minor breakthrough last year with What We Do in the Shadows, and is about to have a much bigger one with Thor: Ragnarok, but in between he’s managed to squeeze in the delightful Hunt for the Wilderpeople. A sort of live-action Up with dashes of Roald Dahl, Wes Anderson, and Thelma & Louise, all filtered through Waititi’s own warm, offbeat sense of humor, Wilderpeople looks destined to become a new childhood classic. Read More »
If you loved What We Do in the Shadows as much as the entire crew at /Film did, then you’ll want to keep your ear to the ground to find out when director Taika Waititi‘s next film hits theaters. Hunt for the Wilderpeople just debuted this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival, and it’s a worthy follow-up to the filmmaker’s vampire comedy, and it has even more heart to go with the hiliarity this time around. Thankfully, a short Hunt for the Wilderpeople trailer has just arrived to give you a taste of the movie. Watch! Read More »
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Posted on Friday, October 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Thor: Ragnarok has finally found a director to bring about the end of days. Taika Waititi, who last helmed the vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, is reportedly in talks to direct the Marvel sequel. Learn more about the new Thor Ragnarok director after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015 by Angie Han
If you’ve seen enough vampire shows and movies — and there are always plenty to choose from — you’ve probably noticed that they feature some conflicting mythology. Do these creatures of the night sparkle when exposed into sunlight, or burst into flames? Can they control your mind, or just read it? Fortunately, the real vampires of What We Do in the Shadows are here to set the record straight.
In a new Funny or Die video, Viago (Taika Waititi) and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) lay out 7 vampire truths. Along the way, they dispel stereotypes (they don’t all wear capes… except the ones that do) and reveal personal tastes. (Evanescence is big with bloodsuckers, apparently.) Watch the What We Do in the Shadows vampire rules after the jump. Read More »
Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi (Eagle vs. Shark) play centuries-old vampires in the comedy What We Do in the Shadows, which they also wrote and directed. The film is akin to a Christopher Guest take on the vampires vs. werewolves conflict, but imbued with the humor that will be familiar to fans of Flight of the Conchords. It’s a very funny movie with innumerable small, clever touches. And this What We Do in the Shadows trailer is the first to really capture what makes the film work — it’s a great trailer. Read More »
Written and directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, What We Do in the Shadows is a funny mock documentary that exposes the nighttime world of New Zealand’s vampire underworld. Though in fact, the scene is more like a dysfunctional flat than an “underworld,” even though the flatmates are all, technically, monsters. As monsters go, some of them seem pretty OK. Now, just a few weeks before the film opens in the UK, we’ve got the first six minute of the comedy for your enjoyment. Watch the What We Do in the Shadows opening below.
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