Arts

September 3, 2007

Pig Hunt. The best new New Zealand play I’ve seen…for a long time. Maybe it’s because I love gender issues. Maybe it’s because I love Wainui. Maybe it’s cos I’m sick of dragging my boyfriend to boring theatre all year, and for once he was genuinely excited post-performance.

September 3, 2007

Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People This astoundingly beautiful album from awkwardly named Montreal Indie group Broken Social Scene remains the most significant musical discovery I have ever made. My response upon initially hearing this record was akin to the feeling one often gets whilst reading a particularly poignant passage in a […]

September 3, 2007

Die Hard fans rejoice! No longer do we have to put up with pseudo John McClanes, Bruce Willis is back as the real McCoy in Die Hard 4.0. The villain this time around is no corporate cool Alan Rickman or Simple Simon Jeremy Irons, but an unconvincing computer geek who feels slighted by the powers […]

September 3, 2007

As far as blockbuster action films go, I’m a bit of a pretentious tosser and tend to write them off as entertainment for inferior minds. However, there is such thing as an excellent action thriller, and the Bourne movies fall squarely into this category.

September 3, 2007

The oddly ungrammatical title of Louise Wareham Leonard’s second novel is supposed to evoke the fractured interpersonal relationships of the main characters, and the difficulty the narrator, Holly, has in connecting with others, both in love and family matters.

September 3, 2007

Have your met our rabbit? by Michael Stevens tells the story of fussy, buttoned-up housewife Hella (Alice O’Donoghue) and John (Gareth Hobbs), an American friend of her son who comes to stay at Hella’s house. Neither speaks each other’s language (though they both speak English to us, the audience).

September 3, 2007

Christ, another hackneyed English “Indie rock” band. Like the Arctic Monkeys and the Kaiser Chiefs before them, the Pigeon Detectives spew forth an average blend of distracting English drawling, flat guitar riffs, rudimentary drumming, and banal lyrical themes.

September 3, 2007

I’d been looking forward to seeing Bloc Party for a long time, slightly gutted, however, with the venue change from the burnt out St James (ideally situated in town for post-function drinks and trouble making) to the TelstraClear Pacific in Manakau.

September 3, 2007

This film is a real step towards Michael Moore’s former greatness. While Sicko does not come close to being as good as Roger and Me, it does represent a massive step up from the incoherent Fahrenheit 9/11. His return to form comes from his return to actually having a point to make, which is that […]