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Arts

August 7, 2016

★★★★½ Director: Jeremy Saulnier   It’s hard to tell if the horror genre is finally setting into its renaissance period. Sure, there are still dozens of terrible horror films pumped out every year on what seems like an assembly line of recycled ideas and terrible clichés, but the resurgence of critically acclaimed horror films is […]

August 7, 2016

★★★★ Director: Thorsten Schütte   Frank Zappa was a prolific musician and composer from the early 1960s until he died of prostate cancer in 1993. Unlike the more “traditional” music documentary style where the filmmaker interviews distant friends and family who often barely knew them (see every Kurt Cobain, Elliot Smith, and Nick Drake documentary […]

August 7, 2016

★★★★★ Author: Warsan Shire Publisher: Flipped Eye   Some of you may know Warsan Shire as the young woman who wrote the words that accompanied Beyonce’s Lemonade. What some of you may not know is that Shire was the first Young Poet Laureate for London, and she is also a voice for the marginalized. In […]

August 7, 2016

★★★★ Author: Garth Greenwell Publisher: Picador   On paper, this novel isn’t one that I usually would have picked up of my own volition. It centres on a gay American man residing in Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria, who seeks sex and connection in a public bathroom and gets a whole lot more than […]

July 31, 2016

There are some radical things going on around the world. People, artists, communities, and organisations seem to produce some of the best work when they are stuck staring at the face of adversity. I wonder if the social projects that come out of this adversity are more art than art? One such radical thing is […]

July 31, 2016

Stranger Things is a perfect show.

July 31, 2016

For 22 brilliant years the Young and Hungry Festival has been inspiring young people to engage in everything from acting, stage-management, playwriting, and more. This year the festival produced three plays, shown in succession (from 6.30–10.30pm) for a two-week season at BATS Theatre.     Bloody Hell Jesus (Get Your Own Friends) Writer: Lucy Craig […]

July 31, 2016

Melbourne based band Plastic will be hitting our shores for three shows in Auckland and Wellington. The boys are no strangers to New Zealand, and in fact the majority of them can call Auckland their hometown. We caught up with them ahead of their tour to chat about butter chicken pies and what to expect […]

July 31, 2016

★★★★★ Unlike my usual style of linking food to music, I chose not to do so for this review after hearing multiple commentators  dismiss  this album. I believe it denotes a subtle turning point in the Atlanta rap scene, and the wider rap industry as a whole, and so I will do my best to […]

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