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Arts

May 26, 2008

Ripe is supposedly the culmination of 3 years of song-writing from the radio-rock loving, Claire Danes-dating, earnest self-indulgent album cover photo-taking, one-time musical boy genius Aussie Ben Lee. The 12 tracks here were apparently whittled down from over 80. 80? 80 of these bloody insipid tracks existed at one point?!

May 26, 2008

Directed by Nelson McCornick The reaction that I had to this movie was rather like the reaction I have to most movies of this type: If this movie were a comedy I would have loved it. Sadly, laughter doesn’t seem to be the reaction that the director of a slasher-horror is going for. So my […]

May 26, 2008

New Fiction Mo Zhi Hong, The Year of the Shanghai Shark (Auckland, Penguin, 2008) Hai Long is an orphaned pickpocket, living with his uncle on the money provided by rich foreigners’ wallets in the North-Eastern Chinese city of Dalian during 2003 – the year of SARS and the invasion of Iraq.

May 26, 2008

Taking the spirit of New Zealand Music Month by the horns, I bring you the mix-tape of ‘New Zealand songs that, if you are unlucky enough to hear at any raging party, signal that it has reached that fateful point, the time to grab your coat, gloves, hat and scarves (it’s fucking cold at the […]

May 26, 2008

Before you reach deep into your pockets and shell out for a ticket to The Last Five Years you must look deep into your heart and ask yourself one very important question, “Do I really, truly, actually, like Musical Theatre?” And I’m not asking here if you like raindrops on roses, choric dance routines or […]

May 26, 2008

Game: Assassin’s Creed Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC (windows) Genre: 3rd person adventure Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Publisher: Ubisoft I really don’t know what I think about Assassin’s Creed. Half of me wants to proudly proclaim it the spiritual successor of the Prince of Persia series, and probably one the best games on offer this summer.

May 26, 2008

The Minnesotan hip hop duo of Slug and Ant know that sleep is the cousin of death. In the last year alone they’ve released four EPs (one each season), a Christmas-gift downloadable LP from rhymesayers.com, and this; their sixth ‘official’ studio album.

May 26, 2008

What a fantastic production! I went into the theatre a bit agitated and restless and, to be honest, wasn’t totally convinced I really wanted to be there. I mean, the last thing anyone (especially me) really wants to see in this day and age is a story about an American prancing about and preaching his […]

May 26, 2008

Directed by Jeff Kanew The basic premise of Revenge of the Nerds is that Louis Skolnick (Robert Carradine) and Gillbert Lowell (Anthony Edwards) are fairly hardcore nerds. In their first year at Adams College; a school where the Grid Iron team reigns supreme and nerds are treated much like Jews were Nazi Germany (short of […]

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