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Weekly music round up #34

November 2, 2015

Breaking down the best new releases each week for your interest, this week we have a listen to Groeni, Kurt Vile, Deerhunter, and Kelela. Groeni – Hinde (Self Released) Treading a line between folky experimentation and lush electronica, Wellington-based trio Groeni have quickly evolved into a richly-detailed sonic force. [Read more]

Sicario (2015)

October 23, 2015

Sicario (2015) Director: Denis Villeneuve Starring:  Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Daniel Kaluuya, and Jon Berthnal Rating: 4/5 Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario portrays issues related to the drug trade across the US/Mexico border as some sort of surreal nightmare. This approach doesn’t lose any emotional [Read more]

Far From Men (2014)

October 14, 2015

Far From Men (2014) Director: David Oelhoffen Starring; Viggo Mortensen, Reda Kateb Rating: 5/5 Although set during the beginnings of the Algerian War of Independence, French director David Oelhoffen’s Far From Men transpires as more of an existential Western. Viggo Mortensen is in a career best performance as a [Read more]

Weekly Music Round Up #33

October 7, 2015

Julia Holter – Have You in My Wilderness (Domino) With her third solo album, California-based Julia Holter has achieved the first total masterpiece of her career, an incredibly enjoyable epic of experimental pop that sounds completely timeless. With lyrics spoken more as pure prose than rhymes, Holter’s poetry [Read more]

Everest (2015)

October 7, 2015

Everest (2015) Director: Baltasar Kormákur Starring: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Emily Watson, Robin Wright, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Martin Henderson, and Jake Gyllenhaal Rating: 4/5 Brought to the screen with surprising sincerity, and produced on the sort of immense scale that does its title [Read more]

The Wolfpack (2015)

September 21, 2015

The Wolfpack (2015) Director: Crystal Moselle Rating: 3.5/5 Crystal Moselle’s documentary The Wolfpack details the lives of the Angulo family, from the Lower East Side of Manhattan, whose strange tale offers not only a vivid insight into the mechanisms of the nuclear family, but also an ode to the power of narrative [Read more]

Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld (2015) NZIFF Review

September 20, 2015

Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld (2015) Director: Takashi Miike Starring: Yayan Ruhian, Lily Frankie, Hayato Ichihara, Riko Narumi, and Reiko Takashima. Rating: 3.5/5 While not up there with his very best, Japanese auteur Takashi Miike’s latest genre mash-up, Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the [Read more]

Weekly Music Round Up #31

September 17, 2015

Breaking down the best new releases each week for your interest, this week we have a listen to The Phoenix Foundation, Julio Bashmore, Dr. Dre, and Seven Davis Jr. The Phoenix Foundation – Give up Your Dreams (Universal) There’s something instantly satisfying as soon as you hear The Phoenix Foundation’s new [Read more]

The Duke of Burgundy (2014) NZIFF Review

September 17, 2015

The Duke of Burgundy (2014) Director: Peter Strickland Starring: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D’Anna Rating: 4/5 British writer/director Peter Strickland  is one of the more distinctive film voices of recent times. And he has carved out a niche for himself by offering material that fuses genre narratives with a [Read more]
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