Archive for April, 2010

29/04/10

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 [...]

27/04/10

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 [...]

27/04/10

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 [...]

27/04/10

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 [...]

27/04/10

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 [...]

26/04/10

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 [...]

26/04/10

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 [...]

26/04/10

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 [...]

26/04/10

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 [...]