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Arts

May 25, 2009

Nuclear war. We can’t really fathom the unadulterated dread, the pure fear these two words carried for previous generations. Why should we? Nuclear war stopped being threatening around the time most of us were being born, learning to speak, learning to walk. The bombs may still exist, but the actual threat of war is an […]

May 25, 2009

Yet another war movie, yet another point of view; but this one is a keeper. Defiance is an all-rounder—your dad will probably love it, your guy mates will love the action and your girl mates will love the eye candy. Jamie Bell has certainly outgrown his Billy Elliot years and Daniel Craig is on fire […]

May 25, 2009

If there is one thing that New Zealand filmmakers can do, it is small-scale intimate personal profile documentaries. There seems to be something in the water heater out in our fair isles that has no other effect but to make us want to point cameras at people for extended periods of time and then cut […]

May 25, 2009

Vampires are attacking from all directions! Or should I say, all mediums. We have adult vampires on TV in True Blood, teen vampires in print and on the big screen in Twilight, and now we have child vampires in Tomas Alfredson’s film Let The Right One In. There’s a vampire out there for everyone. And […]

May 25, 2009
May 25, 2009

The Apollo Association are a fresh sound on the Wellington scene, with last Thursday being only their second live public performance, upon which they definitely made their mark. Taking their name from the Greek god of music, Apollo, the trio includes Matt Pipe on keys, Chris Sullivan on guitar and Henry Harrison on drums. Although […]

May 25, 2009

This week, NZ Music Month 2009 draws to a close. That’s right; the party’s over for another year, which means the end of free and frequent gigs, and the marking of one’s torso with a bull’s-eye courtesy of Hallensteins. The event succeeds in its aim to “showcase homegrown talent”, giving local bands support and exposure. […]

May 25, 2009

Parachute. My and Yazir’s lifeline to wholeness. That’s what he said. And maybe. People like Jimi Hendrix were spawned on this kind of stuff. And me and Yazir needed to find out.. Not for ourselves but for everyone, in a more cosmic sense. Not that I would have even gone near words like ‘cosmic’ before […]

May 25, 2009

At the risk of setting the tone of this review in the first line—fuck this band. The powers that be have pushed yet another black hole of creativity into the limelight, to the eagerly awaiting zombie hordes. Let’s be clear here: Midnight Youth are the last thing NZ music needs. Rigidly formulaic to the point […]