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Film

March 30, 2009

Changeling is a disappointing return to form for director Clint Eastwood. Especially considered in relation to the success of his next feature Gran Torino, which was so openly racist and featured such bad performances, audiences would find it hard not be in stitches. And Clint played the lead role. And Clint sang the end credit […]

March 23, 2009

As I write this review, all across the city many people will be enjoying the revelry of the famous Irish holiday that is St Patrick’s day. Strangely, I have just finished watching Hunger, a shattering depiction of Irish Republican Bobby Sands’ infamous 1981 hunger strike. With resurgence in violence in Ireland last week, Hunger seems […]

March 23, 2009

Unfortunately, by the time this issue of Salient has come to print, the DocNZ festival will have just concluded in Wellington, and will be on its way to Christchurch. Though it is a bit late to plug the festival, it’s still worth noting the programme operates as a useful guide for seeking out some great […]

March 23, 2009

The question isn’t “why haven’t you seen Hedwig and the Angry Inch”? No, the real question is why haven’t you bought the DVD, watched the doco, bought the soundtrack, memorised every song on it and staged an amateur performance? Seriously, I’m about halfway through that list, you’d better get cracking. Hedwig is the tale of […]

March 20, 2009

Lucio is a fascinating documentary about an anarchist bricklayer called Lucio Urtubia,who devoted his life working against those in corrupt power. Lucio follows this radical’s life surrounding many significant revolutionary events in the mid to late 20th century, from his humble Northern Spanish beginnings in the midst of the Spanish Civil War, his recruitment into […]

March 16, 2009

Everyone knows or has known a newborn atheist. Having just recently made the discovery that when we die we aren’t going to face the big sky bully but rot in the ground, they rage around attacking religion like it touched their children. Luckily, people tend to grow out of this. They soon realise that while […]

March 16, 2009

The music video, at least within the hip hop community, has always been a venue for autobiographical fiction. Everything is exaggerated and enhanced to surreal degrees of decadence or poverty, but always based on some fundamental truths about the lives of the people involved. Notorious, a biopic about Biggie Smalls of “The Notorious B.I.G.” fame, […]

March 16, 2009

JCVD stands for—yes—Jean-Claude Van Damme. Let me state first and foremost this is the best film I have seen starring Van Damme, although my last points of reference are Double Team with Dennis Rodman, and the abominable Knock Off, which boasted the worst theme song I have ever heard. Yet, for as long as I […]

March 16, 2009

Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts is a documentary which celebrates the complex life of aging composer Philip Glass; an artist so dedicated to his craft and so full of humanity that he is a fascinating subject to watch and holds the audience’s interest for the near two hour running time. Glass portrays […]