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July 31, 2017

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” — Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene II (William Shakespeare)   This famous quote might work when trying to persuade someone that there’s no need to buy expensive brand names when the knock-offs are just as good, […]

July 24, 2017

Pencilled, Inked, and Coloured by Shawn McManus, Daniel Vozzo, Todd Klein, and Colleen Doran. Printed by Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics, Gaiman’s critically acclaimed graphic novel series The Sandman recreates the eponymous DC character as Dream, one of the seven Endless; a powerful being that is simultaneously lord of dreams and stories and their […]

April 10, 2017

Setting aside the sci-fi, fantasy, and superhero cross-genres, the action genre is still a rather large field to mine. Historically, we tend to associate Hollywood blockbuster action films directly with masculinity. Men like Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Sylvester Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger have oeuvres ranging across decades of action films that have brought them prestige […]

September 4, 2016

★★★★ Director: Dexter Fletcher   Loosely based on the true story of Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards—the first competitor to represent the UK in Olympic ski jumping and who was famous for persevering as an underdog and being a “heroic failure”—Eddie the Eagle may sound vaguely familiar to many. That’s because it has been in the works since […]

July 31, 2016

★★½ Director: Paul Feig   The last sentence in my previous article about Ghostbusters (2016) is haunting my ass. Ghostbusters, directed by Paul Feig, stars SNL comedy actresses Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, comedian Melissa McCarthy, as well as Chris Hemsworth in the re-incarnation of the 1984 cult classic Ghostbusters. The characters take the […]

July 24, 2016

The Ghostbusters remake, premiering in New Zealand on July 14, has been accused of being a money-grab for making the female-led cast the selling point of the film. With a star studded cast including Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, who’s to deny that these female comedy heavy-weights won’t pull a big audience? But for me, […]

July 17, 2016

In response to increasing demand for student accommodation in Wellington, Victoria University has announced that a new hall of residence will be opening in 2017. Located at 143 Willis Street, the hall reconfigures the current Tel Tower building. The layout of which, according to Jenny Bentley—Victoria’s Director of Campus Services, is “not ideal for office […]

May 15, 2016

★½ Director: Babak Najafi   London Has Fallen, the sequel to the 2013 blockbuster Olympus Has Fallen, does not necessitate prior knowledge of the recurring characters, nor does it require an appreciation for good cinema. You do need a strong stomach for violence and a predictable plotline. The film follows the exploits of Mike Banning […]

April 17, 2016

★★★ Directors: Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni   Kung Fu Panda 3’s tongue in cheek opening scene carries a tone that’s maintained throughout the film, especially when stereotypical narrative devices such as dramatic entrances and expository monologuing are brought to viewers’ attention and gently made fun of. Jonathan Aibel and Glen Berger, the seasoned […]