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Destination Flavour: Singapore (2016)

15 Sep

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MasterChef winner, Adam Liaw takes us on what should be his most promising journey yet visiting his ancestral home of Singapore, unfortunately Destination Flavour: Singapore serves up more misses than hits. Continue reading

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Paterson (2016)

5 Aug

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Festival darling Jim Jarmusch’s latest offering, Paterson, wont win him any new fans, but it also wouldn’t disappoint his loyal following.

A loose ode to William Carlos Williams’ epic poem about the city of Patterson, which has spawned so many of America’s poetic greats, Paterson is visual poetry that tends to suffer from the mental drift of slow cinema.

The film follows Patterson native Paterson (Adam Driver), a bus driver whose mind is constantly absorbing the details of his surrounds and putting them into words in his poetry journal. His Partner Laura (Golshifteh Farahani) is living poetry; a human symphony of pattern and rhythm with the self imposed constraint of living in black and white.

A special mention must be made of the glorious Nellie, a rescued English bulldog who won the Palm Dog for her performance as Marvin. I would say that my affection for dogs sways me, but it’s clear that I am not her only fan. Her trainers spoke of her sense of humour, something all dog lovers will attest to, and which she clearly has in spades.

Jarmusch is clever as always, deftly weaving in motifs that are fitting and witty, and the film tends towards a very softly sweet human aspect, generously warm and funny without being too obvious about it. But slow cinema will never be everyone’s cup of tea, and Paterson could have done with some nips and tucks even in this loose forum. Still worth a watch on a rainy day, and fans of Jarmusch’s previous works will find much to love here.

 

Ed.

 

Before the Flood (2016)

12 Jul

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Unless you have been living under a rock for the last decade, or have willfully tuned out of the news Before the Flood probably wont advance your understanding of climate change and the issues which underpin it in modern times. Continue reading

Tokyo Story (1953)

24 Feb

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Yasujirô Ozu’s much praised masterpiece Tokyo Story has been re-released courtesy of Madman Entertainment, six decades on it is still a landmark in auteur cinema. Continue reading

National Bird: Drone Wars (2016)

12 Feb
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With the increasing prevalence of drones in our daily lives it was inevitable that film-makers would seek to examine the dark side of what has become the symbol of 21st century warfare. Told through the stories of three U.S military veterans National Bird exposes the emotional and physical toll of the drone program on both operators and their targets alike.

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National Geographic – The WWII Collection: History’s Darkest Hour (2016)

19 Aug
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Comprising four titles ‘Inside World War II’, ‘The Hunt for Hitler’, Nazi Megastructures and Nazi Megastructures 2  National Geographic presents a somewhat eclectic mix of WWII titles with it’s latest  collection. While I initially had some reservations about the broad selection of topics I was pleasantly surprised with what National Geographic offered.

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Cronenberg Collection (1975-83)

10 Aug

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An excellent starting point for any cinephile keen on experiencing one of cinema’s most boundary pushing auteur; this Cronenberg Collection brings together three films which offer a fair representation of Cronenberg’s inimitable style. Continue reading

The Fashion Collection (2015, 4 DVD Box Set)

6 Jun

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It’s no secret that I’m a die hard fashion victim. My closet, if you can call it that, stretches well beyond five metres of racks, and includes something I call “the shoe room”. Indulgent? Yes. Remorseful? No. So when I saw this tasty morsel, a collection of four dvd documentaries on fashion, which married my twin passions for clothing and cinema, I was sold…come home to mummy, darling. Continue reading

Cats the Musical- The Civic Theatre 2015

12 Sep

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With a pitter patter, crash, and clatter Andrew Lloyd Webber’s acclaimed musical Cats burst onto the Civic’s stage last night to thunderous applause. The show struck a chord with audiences new and old alike, having undergone a fairly substantial nip and tuck for the 2015 which breathed new life into one of the West End’s longest running musicals. Continue reading

Divas: Anika Moa & Julia Deans Perform with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (25 June)

26 Jun

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Lets be honest; this was never going to be a bad review. When salt of the earth story teller Anika Moa, Julia Deans with her voice of pure crystal, and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra perform together you know the stars are going to align for an evening of warmth and magic. With that in mind, I braved the abominable Auckland cold for a feast of musical soul food. Continue reading