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Thor: Ragnarok
The Marvel Universe's funniest movie to date
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Film Review  November 3, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...Directed by: Taika Waititi. Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins and Rachel House...."

... Vs Liger?
New Zealander Taika Waititi doesn't mind if you compare his charmed comedy to Napoleon Dynamite
Screens Story  March 9, 2007, by James Renovitch
"...With all of the luck Eagle vs Shark has had on the festival circuit, SXSW better pull out something special to impress writer/director Taika Waititi. "The script for the feature was workshopped at the Sundance Filmmaker Lab," he says, "where they invite six or eight screenwriters." What's more, Miramax "bought the film off a promo reel at Cannes last year..."

Living Among Us
Bloodless vampire found footage should stay in the shadows
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Film Review  February 2, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Taika Waititi’s glorious spoof casts a long-fingered shadow over what would be a fresh concept a decade ago, but that’s the least of the problems here. Foremost of these is that Living Among Us ticks off every convention of the found footage format, and does so with low-level tedium..."

Academy Award-Nominated Short Films 2004
A program of eight short films nominated for live-action and animated Academy Awards in 2004.
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Film Review  April 1, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...Quiet and contemplative, it captures both the internal fantasy life of children and the surreality of the wartime home front. "Two Cars, One Night," from New Zealand’s Taika Waititi, is a perfectly pitched story of three Maori children left to their own devices when their parents hit a local bar..."

What We Do in the Shadows
Cleverly executed, this vampire spoof by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, is a lot of fun.
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Film Review  February 27, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. Starring: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stuart Rutherford, Ben Fransham, Rhys Darby, Jackie van Beek, Elena Stejko and Jason Hoyte...."

Boy
Set on the eastern New Zealand coast in 1984, Boy is a wisp of a story, but originally told by the director of Eagle vs Shark.
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Film Review  April 6, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Taika Waititi. Starring: James Rolleston, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu and Taika Waititi...."

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Kiwi comedy offers a wealth of belly laughs
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Film Review  July 15, 2016, by Josh Kupecki
"...Directed by: Taika Waititi. Starring: Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House and Rhys Darby...."

Eagle vs Shark
Like Napoleon Dynamite, Eagle vs Shark is a little wisp of a movie, a lightweight feature loaded with montage and hung on the multidimensional performance of Loren Horsley as Lily.
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Film Review  July 20, 2007, by Marrit Ingman
"...Directed by: Taika Waititi. Starring: Jemaine Clement, Loren Horsley, Brian Sergent, Craig Hall, Rachel House, Cohen Holloway, Joel Tobeck and Morag Hills..."

DVDanger: What We Do in the Shadows
Jemaine Clement lets the vampires talk
DAILY Screens  July 21, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Owing as much of a debt to classic British flatsharing comedy The Young Ones as it does to Bram Stoker, it's a collaboration between Flight of the Conchords star Jemaine Clement and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs. Shark)..."

SXSW Swings Into Action with 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Director
Film fest adds major names plus eight new films to the slate
DAILY Screens  February 12, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...What We Do In the Shadows D: Taika Waititi & Jermaine Clement Cast: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer From Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement who shared writing, directing and acting duties, What We Do In the Shadows is a hilarious comedy chock full of one-liners that showcases whether you’re immortal or human, life is better with friends. Special Events..."

SXSW Film Adds Midnighters and More
Horror lineup announced, plus shorts and more
DAILY Screens  February 9, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Hunt For The Wilderpeople New Zealand Director/Screenwriter: Taika Waititi Ricky (Julian Dennison) is a defiant city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Sam Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush, in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure from director Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows). Cast: Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Oscar Kightley, Rhys Darby, Stan Walker, Cohen Holloway, Mike Minogue, Troy Kingi..."

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
The “world’s first Iranian feminist vampire spaghetti western” is a spooky doozy
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Film Review  April 10, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...It’s been a terrorific time for fans of cinematic neckbiters lately. First came Jim Jarmusch’s hypnotically sanguine Only Lovers Left Alive; then Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows, a dead-on satire of vampiric tropes, opened just over a month ago; and now the audacious first feature from writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour has come to claim the title of the “world’s first Iranian feminist vampire spaghetti western.” It’s a spooky, moody doozy of a debut, lensed by Director of Photography Lyle Vincent in a radiant monochrome that somehow makes even the darkness sparkle...."

SXSW Film Review: Heavy Trip
A future cult classic, this Scandinavian export lacks the killer riffs
DAILY SXSW  March 12, 2018, by Josh Kupecki
"...Heavy Trip is a sweet and quirky comedy, reminiscent of Taika Waititi’s early work (specifically Eagle vs Shark), with each character having their own idiosyncrasies that play out to general comedic effect. But the film plays out like a Wayne’s World-lite, lacking all but the nondiegetic guitar sounds that accompanied that film (at one point, a character says, “We’re on a mission from Satan.”)..."

The Austin Chronicle Top 10 Films of 2017
The year in cinema, and the Chronicle’s top 10 lists
Screens Story  December 28, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Dunkirk rewrote the rules for the contemporary war movie, and found new intimacy in the crowd. Just look at the superhero scene, where Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman), James Mangold (Logan), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) found new powers, new faces, and new representation..."

Your Weekend in Film
Time of our lives
DAILY Screens  November 3, 2017, by The Screens Staff
"...The God of Thunder is out to stop the long-prophesized destruction of his homeland from becoming true. Kimberley Jones: “With equal gusto, Ragnarok director Taika Waititi … imprints his particular comic sensibility onto this certainly corporate entertainment, drenching it in Eighties synth and Day-Glo colors, and clocking more jokes per minute than any of Marvel’s predecessors.” 3.5 stars. Also Reviewed [image-2]..."

SXSW Film Review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Family-friendly comedy is quirky fun
DAILY Screens  March 12, 2016, by Michael Agresta
"...Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a funny film to encounter at a festival – a broad, crowd-pleasing PG comedy from the director of an upcoming superhero sequel (Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok), starring the guy from the original Jurassic Park (Sam Neill)...."

One in a Crowd: Peace Officer
SXSW documentary on police violence needs finishing funds
DAILY Screens  February 13, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...• A double-whammy from back in January: Paper Cuts, which brings together some of the team from local horror Meet Me There (see "Meet Me There Meets Horror Halfway"), is practically halfway to its $15,000 goal with less than 24 hours to go. So maybe some backers who were hoping to get hilarious New Zealand vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows on to American screens might want to redirect their cash, since Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi's SXSW 2014 hit has made its ambitious $400,000 target...."

Sundance Announces Shorts Program
Texans get the nod
DAILY Screens  December 8, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...Said Yutani, "It's a thrill to see short filmmaking alums such as Jennifer Arnold, the Barnes Brothers, Louis CK, Tamra Davis, Mark and Jay Duplass, Debra Granik, Nicole Holofcener, Eric Mendelsohn, David Michod, Shirin Neshat, Spencer Susser, Taika Waititi, Ken Wardrop, and Sam Taylor Wood return to Sundance with feature films this year."..."

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