A year ago, I was living my best life on holiday in New Zealand. I have missed that country every day since my return to the States, and have been not-so-secretly plotting my (permanent) return to the country I fell deeply in love with.

Until then, I’ll settle for watching films set in New Zealand, and/or written by or starring Kiwis. I want you to fall in love with this country as much as I have, and to celebrate the talented filmmakers from there. So, without further ado, let’s talk film.

Marvel

It’s main event time! Thor: Ragnarok, the third installment in Marvel’s Thor storyline, was released last weekend. It’s been called the best Thor film to date by critics and viewers alike and has received surprising rave reviews. But can the Asgardian-centric franchise, which began in 2011, compare to fresher, wittier, and more daring space epics like Guardians of the Galaxy?

*spoiler-ish content ahead*