Archive for August, 2009

17/08/09

In a classic interview addressing the topic of “the inevitable backlash,” LCD Soundsystem’s commander-in-chief James Murphy pointed out that blending elements of rock and dance music was “typically… a really really bad idea, with really really bad results”. Of course, Murphy’s DFA label continues to act as a facilitator for the production of some of [...]

17/08/09

Something must have gone horribly wrong with the marketing for this film. As a testosterone‑burdened, socially conscious twenty‑something with a near‑permanent connection to all obligatory forms of media, it came as a mild offence to find that Sony had managed to miss me in their highly‑targeted and pervasive marketing campaign. Nonetheless, it is always a [...]

17/08/09

Have you ever considered what the year 2048 will hold? Students from Victoria University’s School of Architecture certainly have. The typically inert campus came alive last Friday evening as teams from Vic, Auckland University and UNITEC competed in Australasian design contest Superstudio. With only 24 hours to dream up what would become of petrol station [...]

17/08/09

Before we tread into the nitty grit of what exactly did and didn’t work, it needs to be said that Vienna Verona is an achievement. It is a step up. The step up that Three Spoon Theatre has needed to take for quite a while now. After their initial and dazzling success at the Fringe [...]

17/08/09

I watch documentary film to look at something real—and preferably shocking—without having to leave my own city. Every film is constructed by an artist, but when they’re constructed from footage of real people being themselves, we expect not to be lied to. The ‘Framing Reality’ section of this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival indicates [...]

17/08/09

Fantasy Ride is Ciara’s third album. Known for being a tomboy, it finds her looking at her persona from several different angles. On ‘Never Ever (ft Young Jeezy)’, she takes a soft approach, rethinking a relationship that’s not going anywhere, while on ‘Like a Surgeon’, she uses metaphor to talk herself up the way a [...]

17/08/09

An exhibition of energy balancing artwork by Henri-noel Venturini. What is perfection? If we saw it would we know what it looked liked? This was a question posed to me by one of my lecturers this week. Considering he’s rather middle-aged and balding (but trying to make up for it with a mullet and beard), [...]

17/08/09

A British Corporate, Brecht and Buddha. It sounds like a savvy alliterative joke that should have a racist or religiously offensive punch line. Instead these three things are all sources for theatrical entertainment in Impact | Collision, the first season of plays emerging from the theatre department’s directing course this year. Three men have been [...]

17/08/09

Public Enemies had all the components to make a great summer blockbuster. Two of the most interesting and intense actors of today going head to head. An ability to comment on the current economic situation as its set in 1930s America. A director with a penchant for elevating crime stories out of their genre. Unfortunately [...]