Archive for October, 2009

12/10/09

I was really excited about seeing 500 Days of Summer. You see, I’m in love with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, most recognisible as the cute kid from 3rd Rock From the Sun and 10 Things I Hate About You, but brilliant in Mysterious Skin and Brick. Unfortunately, 500 Days didn’t match up to the other challenging films [...]

12/10/09

Second-year Digital Photographics student Raymond James was last week suspended from his photography course, DSDN244, for failing to meet the course requirements. After an unsuccessful attempt to get a failed assignment re-marked, James protested in the nude in front of his lecture theatre and was subsequently removed from campus and arrested. Salient was contacted by [...]

12/10/09

Anno 1404 is an interesting little wee game, and so far I’ve had a lot of fun playing it. It’s novel, it’s interesting, it’s incredibly well made, but it’s also very boring. I’m usually a pretty big fan of the real-time strategy genre. Games like Civilization 4 have been the backbone of my gaming life. [...]

12/10/09

An Education is the latest film from Danish director Lone Scherfig. Her breakthrough film, Italian for Beginners, made Danish director Lars von Trier vomit when he saw it. This is the same Lars von Trier who directed Antichrist and orgy-tastic The Idiots; the same Lars von Trier who published a diary he had kept while [...]

12/10/09

2009. It’s not over yet, but it might as well be considering this is the last issue (the ultimate issue, if you will) of Salient. Hells teeth, where do I begin. Has 2009 been a good year for film? Well, I would say yes. It was certainly a damn sight better than 2008 but still [...]

12/10/09

In the sullenly sparkly 80s, before there were computerised RPGs, there was Dungeons and Dragons. This was how people played computer games before computers were mainstream. A complex set of rules defined a game where combat was resolved using the role of dice. A problem lay in the intricacy of the game, and could be [...]

12/10/09

“Oh, people read news,” man about town BK Drinkwater reassured me. “People read news.” I have been lied to by BK Drinkwater before. In 2003, the man who lived E34 at Weir House told me that Radiohead’s ‘We Suck Young Blood’ had “killed” his clown. He later recanted saying he never had a clown and [...]

12/10/09

In what’s being described as a masterstroke of ingenuity not seen from a student association since… well… ever, VUWSAAR has invested in a $20,000 coin-operated surfboard ride in a bid to bring back one of its most strident of critics. Former VUSWAAR Camping Officer Sam Oldman resigned his post in a fit of blossom-cheeked rage [...]

12/10/09

Theatre for children is very much of a form. You go in knowing what you’re getting and really all you can hope is that it is done well. And, to get it out of the way, The Ant and The Grasshopper, the latest production from Kidzstuff theatre, does it well. Really well. Like super well. [...]