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Film

October 6, 2008

About Sex and the City, Jenna Powell wrote “You expect a slaphappy rushed piece of shit and that is exactly what you get.” About Vantage Point, Haimona Peretini Gray wrote “Vantage Point has been described as having a ‘high-concept premise’, and this would be true if the writer had meant ‘premise that is fucking stupid’.”

October 6, 2008

Despite several Salienteers’ attempts at destroying the film Mary Poppins (and indirectly my childhood) through highlighting some alleged LSD and deviant sexual practices it is still my favourite movie. Maybe I just do not want to grow up but there is something about the film Mary Poppins that makes me feel all warm and happy […]

October 6, 2008

The theme of ‘man alone’ is portrayed so perfectly that it brings a tear to the eye. There are few films that carry a theme as well as Fitzcarraldo does. Fitzcarraldo tells the story of one man against the world. Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, also known as Fitzcarraldo, is a man with dreams. Klaus Kinski brings […]

September 29, 2008

There are deeper, dark things in this world. Time, and its terrible legacy upon those who have lived it, seeps from Rain of the Children through a succession of clips of a younger Vincent Ward with Nick Cave hair, artfully holding his palm over the lense, interviewing an old woman care for her son. It […]

September 29, 2008

This week’s anime is Jigoku Shoujo or ‘Hellgirl’. Like Mushishi, one can drop in and out at any time as each episode has a stand alone story. The general gist is that, in each episode, somebody has been tormented to varying degrees and they can have revenge or justice upon their tormentor by calling upon […]

September 29, 2008

A Brain, an Athlete, a Basket Case, a Princess and a Criminal are all in school for weekend detention. None of them know each other; none of them needs to. From how they all dress, they know everything they need to about what they are like as people. Everything relevant, conveyed purely by sight.

September 29, 2008

Truth be told, try as I might, I am not a film wanker. I do not delight in the harsh but oh so tragically beautiful minimalist portrayals of reality. That sentence sounds like it needs more appropriate adjectives so I’ll chuck edgy and raw in there as well.

September 22, 2008

Directed by Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza When I heard that a new Spanish zombie movie was making people throw-up and crap themselves in the theatre, there was no way I was missing out. And although I think I’m a pretty tough girl (I only flinched once or twice in The Dark Knight), it was […]

September 22, 2008

Mushi-shi follows a man named Ginko as he travels through the world encountering the Mushi in their various forms. The Mushi are a form of bacteria – for want of a better word – that appear throughout the world. They are used to explain certain natural occurences, for example, one boy becomes deaf due to […]