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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 […]

September 29, 2008

This week’s anime is Jigoku Shoujo or ‘Hellgirl’. Like Mushishi, one can drop in and out at any time as each episode has a stand alone story. The general gist is that, in each episode, somebody has been tormented to varying degrees and they can have revenge or justice upon their tormentor by calling upon […]

September 29, 2008

I don’t know if I should be disgusted by this pointless rehash of the worst of 80s cock rock, or simply mystified. After all, this ‘artwork’ passed through so many hands before it got to me. Songs were written, worked on, performed, recorded, mixed, produced, compiled into an album that was pressed, designed and publicised […]

September 29, 2008

A Brain, an Athlete, a Basket Case, a Princess and a Criminal are all in school for weekend detention. None of them know each other; none of them needs to. From how they all dress, they know everything they need to about what they are like as people. Everything relevant, conveyed purely by sight.

September 29, 2008

Hailed as an icon of New Zealand theatre, Toa Fraser’s Bare celebrates its tenth anniversary with this Silo Theatre production at Downstage. Under the direction of Oliver Driver, Morgana O’Reilly and Curtis Vowell commit convincingly to fifteen characters, whom they impressively flip between. A highlight was certainly O’Reilly’s hilariously “profound” lecturer.