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Arts

October 14, 2017

There were too many good films this year to write a concise list, but it certainly helps that I’ve already written GLOWING reviews for mother!, My Life As A Courgette and IT. The list below is not exhaustive. Further recommendations are Raw and Get Out for some alternative horror fun; Logan and Split for violent […]

October 9, 2017

Tales from the Spice Rack is a collection of ten minute performances of published plays, either taken in their entirety or as extracts from longer works. The 18 fragrant pieces were divided into two seasons, “Salt” and “Pepper”, alternately performed over four nights. We question why “Salt” and “Pepper” were deemed the most apt of […]

October 9, 2017

The other day I started sketching out a “Best Films of the Year” list. This was as much a precautionary measure for an upcoming Salient issue as a tactical device to dispatch questions along the lines of “what should I watch?” with ease. As it turned out, half of the list were documentaries. This year, […]

October 9, 2017

1. Green plastic bag draping fork in the tree. 2. Wooden toy (a chubby horse or cow) with dangling legs, draped next to the green plastic bag. 3. Dirty jar — would be big enough to pickle something in. About the same size as the jar with a lid that didn’t fit that I pickled […]

October 9, 2017

With his show Nathan For You that began its fourth season in late September, Nathan Fielder is the hero we need but don’t quite deserve in television right now. Having graduated from business school in Canada with “really good grades,” Nathan’s goal is to help small business owners increase their profits through ingenious and out-of-the-box […]

October 9, 2017

It’s no secret that video game publishers are greedy. While a successful triple-A game can generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, the upfront cost of $100 or more that us Kiwis pay is never enough. They are always looking for new ways to extract more cash from us that don’t require too large […]

October 9, 2017

When I talked with a musician about visual art, I should have known that the music would creep into everything, but there’s not always much to gain by keeping them so separate. I ask what his earliest memory of art is anyway. There was a really old painting that my mother had on the wall, […]

October 9, 2017

Approaching my last article for Salient as music co-editor, I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of things that I still wanted to write about and haven’t (a love letter to Kate Bush, a robust appreciation piece about the Spice Girls — I could go on). But I couldn’t pass up the chance to […]

October 9, 2017

It would be hard (almost a sin, maybe?) to write about podcasts and not mention Serial. Now three-years old, this true crime podcast is widely considered the catalyst of the “podcast resurgence.” It broke records by becoming the fastest podcast to reach five million downloads in the history of iTunes — the podcast equivalent of going viral. […]