Go Set A Watchman

Posted 12:37pm Sunday 29th May 2016

There are some stories that hurt to read. They really can cut you up for a while. Go Set A Watchman is in my top ten on the heartbreak book list for a number of reasons. Written before the famous To Kill a Mockingbird but published as a sequel, it is accepted as being Mockingbird’s first Read more...

Lemonade Beyonce

Posted 1:01pm Sunday 22nd May 2016

Beyoncé dropped Lemonade on the 23rd of April, 2016. It is her sixth album, first released on Tidal with an incredible hour long film. I think it’s safe to say I’m not the only person who signed up for the thirty day free trial just to hear Queen B’s sweet, sweet beats, Read more...

The Jungle Book



Posted 1:05pm Sunday 8th May 2016

Rating: A The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau, is a noble re-invention of the whimsical Disney animated version that stemmed from the classic books by Rudyard Kipling.  Raised by a family of wolves in the Indian jungle, the hero of the story, the human boy Mowgli (played by Neel Read more...

Allegiant

Posted 12:21pm Sunday 1st May 2016

Rating: C+ I wanted to give Allegiant a chance, I swear. I walked into that cinema, illegal chips under jacket, with clean judgment and an open mind. Excited, if anything, to see director Robert Schwentke amend the travesty that was Insurgent. Alas. Allegiant is the third installment to the Read more...

Tomorrow there will be Apricots

Posted 1:08pm Sunday 24th April 2016

14 year old Lorca is obsessed with reading cooking books in an attempt to win the love and respect of her mother Nancy, an icy chef who grieves the death of her husband. Lorca struggles with her mother’s uncaring nature and cooks the most delicious sounding treats in attempt to woo and prevent Read more...

Florence and the Uffizi Gallery

Posted 12:37pm Sunday 24th April 2016

Rating: B+ Florence and the Uffizi Gallery is my entire art history course for this semester. But try not to let that put you off. In a tiny cinema this simple documentary swept me out of my seat into another country, for a high quality tour of Italian Renaissance art. Directed by Luca Viotto Read more...

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Posted 12:28pm Sunday 17th April 2016

Rating: A+ I never used to be a fan of New Zealand films, though I could see their value, they seemed to follow their own rules that I didn’t understand (seeming a bit too small budget for my liking), until I saw Hunt for the Wilderpeople.  Directed and written by the glorious Taika Read more...

Tracks

Posted 12:15pm Sunday 10th April 2016

This is the first travel book I have ever fallen in love with. I haven’t read many in my time—growing up in a family of mountaineers makes the climbing books strewn about the house too ordinary to appear interesting enough to devour — and the ones I have perused were always too Read more...

Health Professors Rally For Sugar Tax

Posted 10:34am Sunday 10th April 2016

Several health experts around the country have proposed that sugary drinks such as coke, fanta and sprite be taxed to help combat New Zealand’s high rate of child obesity (fourth highest in the world), diabetes and heart disease. Over 70 health academics have voiced their opinions, Read more...

10 cloverfield lane

Posted 1:44pm Sunday 3rd April 2016

Rating: A- In the film world, 10 Cloverfield Lane is essentially ‘The House at the End of the Street meets War of the Worlds’. And really, you know a film is doing its job when you forget to eat your Kit-Kat... or alternatively feel too sick to eat your Kit-Kat.  Directed Read more...

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