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Arts

September 8, 2008

Female participation in music is an issue that gets my goat, again and again. There’s not nearly enough of it for a start. Then there are the pathetic stereotypes that rock music particularly is plagued by: the girlfriend-of-the-singer bass player, the whispery, coquettish front woman, the mock punk ‘girl power’ schtick of bands like The […]

September 8, 2008

Catherynne M Valente’s The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden (Bantam Spectra, 2006) and In the Cities of Coin and Spice (Bantam Spectra, 2007) Confronted with a fantasy novel published in two volumes, and split into several ‘books’, it would not be unreasonable to assume that it told of some epic adventure, with a hero […]

September 8, 2008

Directed by Phyllida Lloyd Take a 70s pop ‘band’ (if you can call them that), an unspoiled Greek island, and an actress whom in previous films has played a chick with boobs that tell the weather, and what do you end up seeing one sad Thursday morning? Mamma Mia! of course! My my, how could […]

September 8, 2008

Cripples, orphans, blind people, orphans pretending to be blind people – Long Division has a cast of characters ranging from the tragic to the downright peculiar. The THEA 304 directing shows are always an exciting lucky dip – the only thing you can count on getting is something unexpected. Season two kicks off with three […]

September 8, 2008

Hooray for quiet shows! “If it’s too loud, you’re too old” has long been my credo. Yet whilst the visceral thrills of such things as amps turned all the way up to 11, slamdancing, and that reassuring sound of tinnitus on the way home from the show have their place, sometimes its nice to go […]

September 8, 2008

Directed by Deepa Mehta On the night of 2 December 1998, two hundred followers of the Hindu nationalist party Shiv Sena stormed a cinema in suburban Mumbai and smashed equipment in protest at Deepa Mehta’s Fire. The film, which had been running to full houses for almost a month, offended them not so much because […]

September 8, 2008

Directed by Ole Christian Madsen Christoffer (Mads Mikkelsen, last seen in the compelling family drama After the Wedding, and, more notoriously, scratching Daniel Craig where the sun don’t shine in Casino Royale) and Maja travel from Denmark to Prague to retrieve Cristoffer’s father’s body. The father inexplicably left when Christoffer was 12, and had barely […]

September 8, 2008

Before I start to yap on about one of Wellington’s up and coming bands, I need to set the record straight. I assured these guys I would do my best to inform you all of the correct spelling, pronunciation and origin of ‘Batman Tiddabades’. You may have already heard of them, or heard something that […]

September 5, 2008

Bryan Bertino’s The Strangers is the perfect date movie. It’s the kind of film you watch with that significant someone, hold each other, get shit scared then go home and make hot passionate love. THIS IS NOT HOW I WATCHED THIS FILM! Like a fool I went with my equally wussy flatmate and got so […]