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That Sugar Film (2014)

April 24, 2015

That Sugar Film (2014) Director: Damon Gameau Rating: 4/5 Any thoughts that a film about the dangers of sugar might be a stretch at feature length dissolve fairly quickly in Damon Gameau’s excellent documentary That Sugar Film, in which the Australian director enthusiastically tackles his topic head on, signing up for a [Read more]

Weekly music round up #21

April 22, 2015

Breaking down the best new releases each week for your interest, this week we have a listen to Toro Y Moi, Sufjan Stevens, Father, and SJD. Toro Y Moi – What For? (Carpark) Chazwick Bundick aka Toro Y Moi, is often seen as the founder of the chillwave movement, and darling of the blogosphere which helped create the term, [Read more]

Weekly music round up #20

April 22, 2015

Breaking down the best new releases each week for your interest, this week we have a listen to Earl Sweatshirt, Jam City, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Flako. Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside (Columbia / Tan Cressida) Still just 21, Earl Sweatshirt already seems like he’s been around a [Read more]

Film review: Inherent Vice (2014)

April 21, 2015

Inherent Vice (2014) Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Katherine Waterston, Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Martin Short, Reese Witherspoon, Eric Roberts, and Owen Wilson. Rating: 5/5 Paul Thomas Anderson’s films are in a romantic way, an ode to the ‘New Hollywood’ era of film-making, [Read more]

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]

Wild Tales (2014)

March 24, 2015

Wild Tales (2014) Director: Damián Szifrón Starring: Érica Rivas, Osmar Núñez, Ricardo Darín, Oscar Martínez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, and Julieta Zylberberg Rating: 4/5 Containing the sort of graphic content you might not normally associate with a Best Foreign Film Academy Award nomination, Damián Szifrón’s Wild [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]
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