Marvel's new blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok isn't like any Thor movie previously – that's because it has quirky New Zealand director Taika Waititi at the helm. No idea who that is? We've rounded up his previous movies to give you a taster of what to expect...
Eagle vs. Shark (2007)
The director's breakout movie is an offbeat, whimsical and meandering comedy about the sweet relationship between two social outcasts. Flight of the Conchords star Jemaine Clement plays electronics store worker Jarrod who falls head over heels for songwriter Lily (Loren Taylor), their ensuing journey together putting the odd in odyssey.
Video games, computer hackers and dysfunctional families are all thrown into the mix but its this little vignette that best demonstrates Waititi's deadpan sense of humour, as Jarrod psyches himself for an upcoming confrontation with former school bully, Eric (Dave Fane).
Never theatrically released in the UK at the time (it is however showing on Film4 next Friday), Waititi's bittersweet coming-of-age comedy demonstrates he can do compassion and warmth as well as massive belly laughs.
Set in 1984 it follows 11-year-old Michael Jackson fan Boy (played by a sensational James Rolleston) who is preparing to meet his absentee father (played by Waititi), around whom he has built a sensational mythology.
Awash with the sort of New Zealand landscapes you most certainly didn't get in Lord of the Rings, laced with the director's characteristically sly zingers and with a rockingly retro soundtrack, it's a good primer for the sweetness underling Thor: Ragnarok's rampant strangeness.
What We Do In the Shadows (2014)
One of the best comedies of recent years, this ghoulish offering hits on the inspired notion of four Wellington-based vampires who agree to let a documentary crew record their daily (or nightly) routine.
It's a fabulous scenario and Waititi, working again with Jemaine Clement on both co-starring and co-writing duties, milks it for all its worth. Everything from arguments over bloodstained dishes to the problems of dressing up when you can't see your own reflection make for a deliriously funny yet oddly sweet experience.
Vampire or not, anyone who's ever house-shared with other people either at university or professionally is sure to get a massive kick out of this riotously rib-tickling hit. And the presence of ancient, Nosferatu-esque vampire Petyr lurking in the basement just makes everything funnier. A TV spinoff and new movie We're Wolves are both in the offing.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
Waititi's most recent movie prior to Ragnarok was another winner, an affectionate and hilarious ode to the New Zealand wilderness as well as one of the most affable buddy movies in recent memory.
Screen veteran Sam Neill and scene-stealing newcomer Julian Dennison light up the screen as the relucant stepfather/stepson duo who flee into the bush and inaugurate a massive nationwide manhunt by the child services department. It's as wacky as one would expect yet underscored with genuine depth of feeling for its central characters, both lonely in their own unique ways.
Even so it's Rachel House as relentless official Paula who runs away with the movie, comparing herself to the Terminator and Dennison's Ricky as the wimpier incarnation of Sarah Connor. (Check out our interview with Sam and Julian here.)
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