Arts

September 20, 2015

Spending my formative first year suffering vitamin D deficiency within the depths of the third floor “dungeon” of Te Puni not only enabled prime observation of White Sandal syndrome, but also resulted in mass exposure to Dudebro culture. Despite the subsequent emotional trauma, residual inability to drink at a remotely responsible pace in any social […]

September 20, 2015

★★★ In October 2013, the renowned street artist Banksy began a month long residency in New York, where he created graffiti, installations and performance artworks in the city. Chris Moukarbel’s HBO documentary charts the interaction between the artist’s residency and the immense public reaction it garnered. Each day, Banksy would post a photo of a […]

September 20, 2015

★★½ This movie is serviceable, but it ends up feeling like a less satisfying version of Rocky. It charts the decline and eventual rise (again) of bruising boxing champion Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal), whose affinity for finishing every fight in an increasingly physically damaged state worries his wife (Rachel McAdams), who would be content with […]

September 20, 2015

★★★★ Amidst the glut of contemporary Hollywood films employing excess and stylishness to produce spectacle—and, all importantly, box office dollars—lies J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, a thoughtful return to simple storytelling and minimalist aesthetic. It’s slick and stylised, with a muted colour palette and precise clean cinematography, and comes off as a carefully considered […]

September 20, 2015

★★★ In 2010, director Crystal Moselle was walking down First Avenue, Manhattan, when a young boy with long black hair ran past her, followed by his five, near identical brothers. In what she claims to be a moment of pure instinct, Moselle ran after them, subsequently discovering their remarkable tale. The brothers had grown up […]

September 13, 2015

The NZ Flag Referendum is the latest work of art produced by the country of New Zealand. While advertised as a collaborative piece inclusive to members of the public, the piece has been heavily edited behind closed doors by a panel headed by Auckland-based artist John Key. Key, who largely works in performance pieces, rose […]

September 13, 2015

★★★★½ I may have mentioned it once before, but it bears repeating—horror and mental illness is a dangerous mix. Then again, it’s difficult to dislike something if you’ve haven’t experienced it before. Until Dawn is the first horror game I have actively chosen to purchase and play. I could easily have said “nope, I don’t […]

September 13, 2015

It’s impossible to ignore the effects that the ever-changing industry are having on the pockets of our creatives who are already struggling.

September 13, 2015

★★★ After years of radio silence Carly Rae Jepsen is back. She slipped into success with what could have been a one-hit-wonder, before disappearing as quickly as she appeared. An apparent 200 songs were written in preparation for her third album, and now three years after Kiss, it’s here.  E•MO•TION is an aptly named pop album, begging to […]