Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Hard News: Chicken soup,

    Double-strength chicken soup all round, I say. Winter seems to have arrived, even though my capiscums are still thriving..

    A good afternoon to listen to two new CDs (yes, I still buy 'em!): Ali Farka Toure & Toumani, and Jonsi Go.

    If you are also idling your way around the web, you might like to visit my new research website, at http://www.historyoftvinnz.com. You could be the first person to register and post a comment!

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  • 2010: The Cultural YTD,

    Gaylene ... She's a very solid person

    She is more than solid; she is stupendous. I rang her a couple of nights ago, seeking to set up an interview for the Australian media mag Metro (I have recently done such an interview with Taika Waititi). I rang her cell-phone, assuming she was in Wellington, but wasn't able to leave a message. Our phone rang 30 minutes later--it was Gaylene calling from the Cannes Film Festival!

    Tony Barry is tremendous in Home By Christmas and it is such an interesting film in the way it is structured.

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  • 2010: The Cultural YTD,

    I am pretty much in accord with you, Cecelia. I need another Hobbit movie about as much as I need a hole in the head. If you are looking for another thoughtful movie which explores the dislocation and uncertainty of identity in a scifi settimng, I highly recommend the 2009 movie Moon (directed by Duncan Jones, David Bowie's son).

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  • 2010: The Cultural YTD,

    Sorry, I mean May.

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  • 2010: The Cultural YTD,

    The Ebert piece is fine for first year students to engage with (they all have to write an essay on Avatar as their final assignment, poor dears!) as it is an interesting counter to the general hype and hysteria about 3-D but a more interesting article appeared in The New Yorker in March, as http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2010/03/08/100308crat_atlarge_lane

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  • 2010: The Cultural YTD,

    Al Green at The Civic in January started the year off with a roar, a sigh, a moan, a murmur and two hours of deep pleasure and delight. Nothing else in 2010 has yet come near this experience.

    Looking back on 2009, I do find it a little disturbing that Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream was the best-selling global record in 2009, shifting some 8.3 million units. A triumph of middle-brow culture?

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  • Up Front: The Up Front Guide: Dressing…,

    Re Emma's Dark and Brooding category: it is probably best to recall Woody Allen's caution that It is very difficult to appear Byronic without appearing to be moronic

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  • Up Front: The Up Front Guide: Dressing…,

    Baudrillard, Bathes and Derrida are for real men.

    As in regular bathing maketh the man? I think you mean Barthes. But such an ignoble end--being run over by a laundry van (the kind of connection that Ian Dalziel would relish?)

    As for philosophers, give me Raymond Williams any day. Very generous in spirit, and he became more radical as he grew older (as we all should).

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  • Hard News: Changing Times,

    I defy you to point out a band that sounds like The Phoenix Foundation from anywhere else. Or The Chills for that matter. Or early Enz.

    I know I was being provocative (have I been taking lessons from Robbie?) but I think it is a legitimate question. You hear it in The Phoenix Foundation; I don't (but I hear echoes of Arcade Fire and Grizzly Bear). I hear it in the Patea Maori Club and Little Bushman. I don't know if that makes it less or more valid. But don't worry, for I do follow NZ music (bought a The Eastern CD just recently and have just sent off for a copy of Buffalo)

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  • Hard News: Changing Times,

    As Steve Allen once famously declared Imitation is the sincerest form of television , is it also the case with the great majority of popular music? What is intrinsically 'New Zealand' about New Zealand music--other than te reo Maori and Pacific Island influences, of course?

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