Archive | August, 2012

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe announce Vita titles

30 Aug

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe have announced the release of more than 100 PS1 classic titles for Playstation Vita earlier today. Available titles include Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid, and my personal favourites Crash Bandicoot, Tekken 2, and Tomb Raider II. Continue reading

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20 Cigarettes (2010)

27 Aug

With its ironic, devastating and deeply human portrayal of the horrors of war, director Aureliano Amadei’s debut creation 20 Cigarettes is something of a revolution in a genre that has so far been largely ignored by European cinema. Continue reading

2012 Battle of the Bands

27 Aug

 After three months and 20 shows across 5 cities, the 2012 NZ Battle of the Bands concludes this weekend at Auckland’s Kings Arms on Friday the 31st of August and Juice Bar on Saturday the 1st of September. Continue reading

EVENT Cinemas’ Action Sports Sessions Presents: First Love

27 Aug

I have to come clean and admit that I was more than a little reluctant to review Claire Gorman’s First Love, given that it combines two of my biggest pet peeves: sports and teenage girls. I can say with utmost sincerity, that First Love totally turned my expectations upside down. Continue reading

Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present (2012)

24 Aug

It is hard to believe that a woman as poised and well put-together as Marina Abramovic is responsible for some of the most provocative and disturbing pieces of performance art of the 20th century. Continue reading

2012 17th Annual Italian Film Festival

20 Aug

The Italian Film Festival officially launched its programme at the Rialto last week with film writers and cinephiles alike in attendance. Once again festival curator Tony Lambert and his team have sourced Italy’s finest cinematic offerings to create a festival of international standards. Continue reading

No (2012)

17 Aug

How do you sell the concept of democracy to a nation paralyzed and divided by over a decade of repression, brutality and disappearances? In what way could the largely commercialised medium of television be used to convince the populace of such a nation that the democratic process is even a possibility, and that the ‘dissent’ embodied by their act of voting won’t be used to endanger their own lives? Continue reading

Interview: Nigel McCulloch, writer/director of Hounds

15 Aug

In a year that has been especially hard on homegrown television, one comedy pulled through, garnering an audience of loyal fans. While Golden and The GC failed to live up to expectations, Hounds asserted itself as a comedy of world class standards. Last week I sat down with the show’s co-creator Nigel McCulloch to talk about Hounds‘ recipe for success and ‘that’ review. Continue reading

Blur: 21 (Complete Box Set)

13 Aug

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the release of Leisure Blur have released a complete box set of all seven of their studio albums, entitled 21. This will probably come as a cold comfort to those fans who pegged their hopes on the new album Graham Coxon talked about back in February (for all intents and purposes this appears to have been derailed with just two of the proposed tracks making it out of the studio alive), but it is still a brilliant addition to any fan’s collection. Continue reading

The Hunt (Jagten) (2012)

10 Aug

Some fourteen years after the release of The Celebration – the film that cemented his reputation -Thomas Vinterberg returns to the heavy subject matter of child sexual abuse. Continue reading