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Weekly music round up #19

March 24, 2015

Breaking down the best new releases each week for your interest, this week we have a listen to Kendrick Lamar, Inkswel, Death Grips, and Laura Marling. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly (Top Dawg/Intersope/Aftermath) Kendrick Lamar’s follow-up to 2012′s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City is an undeniably complex and [Read more]

Homegrown: the seedlings and the fully grown

March 19, 2015

Homegrown is nationally known, loved, and hated for bringing together the biggest acts in New Zealand music, while also providing a platform for less recognised acts to grind their teeth. This year, I made it my mission to check out as many acts on as many stages as I could. I began my day by discovering A Girl Named Mo at [Read more]

Weekly music round up #18

March 18, 2015

Breaking down the best new releases each week for your interest, this week we have a listen to Trinity Roots, Modest Mouse, Will Butler, and Indian Wells.   Trinity Roots – Citizen (Trinity Roots) Wellington based trio, Trinity Roots, have made us wait ten years for the follow-up to platinum selling Home, Land, and [Read more]

Weekly music round up #17

March 17, 2015

Breaking down the best new releases each week for your interest, this week we have a listen to Groeni, Of Montreal, Levon Vincent, and Estère. Groeni – Hewn (Project Mooncircle) Wellington-based Groeni makes folk music with electronic instrumentation and processed vocals, somehow connecting the UK-based future garage [Read more]

FRENCH FILM DELIGHTS

March 16, 2015

The Alliance Française French Film Festival is a yearly event that has grown from relatively humble beginnings in 2012 to showcase 32 feature films in 2015, including many that have come directly from screening in competition at the Cannes and Toronto film festivals. “It has been a really exciting year for us from a [Read more]

REVIEW: BIRDMAN

March 16, 2015

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu Starring: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, and Zach Galifianakis Rating: 3.5/5 There is no faulting the technical accomplishments within Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), a film that follows the [Read more]

LIFE IS STRANGE: GAME REVIEW

March 14, 2015

Life is Strange: Episode one (2015) Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Xbox360 Rating: 3.5/5 Life is Strange tells the story of Maxine, a photography student who discovers she has the ability to alter time. Interwoven is the mystery that surrounds the disappearance of a local girl called [Read more]

DARK PLACES: BOOK REVIEW

March 14, 2015

Dark Places Author: Gillian Flynn Rating: 3.5/5 I picked up this book the day after I watched Gone Girl, thinking there couldn’t possibly be anything crazier than that movie, and Gillian Flynn’s book, which the movie is based on. Dark Places is a journey into the mind of Libby Day, the sullen sole survivor of the [Read more]

Force Majeure: Film Review

March 14, 2015

Force Majeure (2014) Director: Ruben Östlund Starring; Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli Rating: 4/5 You might not expect a film about the breakdown of a family to also be funny, and indeed much of Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure deals with that subject head on, yet as he examines a marriage falling apart in [Read more]

Big Hero 6: Film Review

March 13, 2015

Big Hero 6 (2014) Director: Don Hall & Chris Williams Starring; Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, Scott Adsit Rating: 4/5 While many will be disappointed that this rather lightweight adventure film beat Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises, to the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, it’s undeniably a highly enjoyable [Read more]
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