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October 6, 2008

When thinking about the last Salient film section I looked to the film section of ‘04 for advice about how to go out with style, but instead we decided to have a couple of drinks, give ourselves awards and talk about our favourite films:

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

To farewell the Salient music pages for 2008 we were planning a tedious 2008-Musicin- Review piece for our final edition, but deciding that is a) lame and b) boring we decided to look over our favourite albums released over the year. Realising that there actually weren’t enough from 2008, we extended the list to our […]

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 […]

October 4, 2008

It’s funny to think that just a few months ago, Sarah Kane was barely a blip on my radar. Yet in the space of just a few months, I’ve been exposed to two of her most daring and provocative works. They sure don’t describe her as a Brutalist for nothing – her work certainly commands a strong reaction. Kat Thomas’ production of Kane’s Blasted at Toi Whakaari is a remarkable realisation of Kane’s first play, and is every bit as intense and dangerous as I was expecting.

October 3, 2008

I decided to finish this year’s game reviews section with a major rager of an article. In response to the seriousness of the last couple of weeks, I’ve decided to write an article which is serious yet contemplative, modern yet contemporary, amusing yet steeped in mythology. If you are expecting an extension of the WoW […]

September 29, 2008

I put a record on, a vinyl record. It’s Wolf Parade’s new album At Mount Zoomer.The needle protests as it is reluctantly dragged from its cradle and dropped carelessly onto the spinning black vortex below.

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 […]