Archive for April, 2010

First Laughs – 2 plus hours of HAH!

First Laughs – 2 plus hours of HAH!

by / April 29, 2010 / No Comments

The dense three week cheesecake of the comic that is the Comedy festival kicked off last Sunday with First Laughs. A smorgasboard of some of the talents available during the coming weeks, it was a wonderful (if long) way to kick off the giggles. Ben Hurley MC’d with wit, aplomb and a sharp (if occasionally [...]

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Still Walking

Still Walking

by / April 27, 2010 / No Comments

The classics of Japanese cinematic drama are often films which examine the intricacies of relationships between family members. Still Walking firmly establishes itself firmly in this tradition of Japanese Cinema and is among the best studies of family relations ever committed to film. Still Walking follows Ryota (Ryu), a 40-year-old Japanese man who brings his [...]

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Sister Smile

Sister Smile

by / April 27, 2010 / No Comments

While a film about singing nuns might call to mind Whoopi Goldberg, this film is nothing like Sister Act. An older generation may take nostalgic delight to ‘the singing nun’, who had the hit song ‘Dominique’ in 1963, but Sister Smile tells a more harrowing side to the story. Jeanine Deckers is a talented and [...]

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Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass

by / April 27, 2010 / [ 2 Comments ]

Kick-Ass is one of the most gleefully irresponsible films I have ever seen. It is also one of the better ones in theatres this year. Like Watchmen before it, it applies the idea of the superhero to a realistic setting but, while Watchmen is set in an alternative version of the 1980s, Kick-Ass takes place [...]

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Out of Sync: Big Black – Songs About Fucking

by / April 27, 2010 / [ 8 Comments ]

Where Salient takes a look at an album that was out of sync with the prevailing musical zeitgeist at the time of its release, but has managed to gain new lustre with the benefit of retrospect. 1987: Big Black – Songs About Fucking (Touch & Go) “I think I fucked your girlfriend once / Maybe [...]

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Close Encounters of the Underwater Kind

by / April 26, 2010 / 1 Comment

The idea that life might exist elsewhere in the universe has fascinated humanity for thousands of years. Salient feature writer Matthew Cunningham explores an obscure underwater world in our neighbourhood where life might very well exist today—and may be discovered within our lifetimes. In case you haven’t heard, Avatar is awesome. An alien moon circling [...]

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Editorial

Editorial

by / April 26, 2010 / No Comments

Last production day the internet in the Salient office cut out—mysteriously—for about an hour. No internet means, basically, no Salient. Not to mention no Gmail chat, Facebook, Twitter, and no way of sending the final magazine file to the printers in Tauranga. The internet did come back up—finally—after a number of frantic phone calls to [...]

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Brandishing booze…

Brandishing booze…

by / April 26, 2010 / No Comments

Alcohol advertising in New Zealand is regulated through a voluntary system administered by the Advertising Standards Authority. The ASA maintains this self-regulated regime by developing codes of practice and is funded by the industries it regulates. The Code for Advertising Liquor establishes principles and guidelines for alcohol advertising, and the Advertising Code of Ethics generally [...]

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Student Loans Get a Re-Shuffle

Student Loans Get a Re-Shuffle

by / April 26, 2010 / No Comments

Few Students Re-Joyce* Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce keeps messing with students, drip feeding changes, and keeping us all unsettled with what the hell he is going to say next. Joyce last week outlined changes that may include placing time limits and minimum pass rates on loan eligibility, increasing fees on expensive courses and cutting [...]

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That’s so gay

That’s so gay

by / April 26, 2010 / No Comments

Last week Out Wellington Inc held an art exhibition in Thistle Hall, Under the Rainbow. It was pretty mean. There was some neat artwork and some not so neat artwork, all submitted by people of Wellington’s queer community and relating to their experiences as a queer person. These pieces were sold off in a blind [...]

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