Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Hard News: A Real Alternative,

    Where's the curriculum for digital literacy?

    You will find it in NCEA Media Studies

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  • Southerly: Bay Area Blues,

    David: I can't wait to start wasting my time reading your new book.

    I would recommend a trip to Oakland (maybe during the daytime), to visit Jack London's Tavern, and see the freight trains trundle down the middle of the street past the Jack London Inn. There is a great farmer's market there too (on Friday, I recall).

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  • Hard News: New Zealand Weekend Television,

    I once saw a potato that, viewed from a certain angle, didn't look like Jim Bolger

    I once saw a picture of Jesus that looked like a slice of toast.

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  • Hard News: Rockin' the Casbah?,

    That said, the writing and coverage of virtually every other area of film is so good that I can forgive them.

    Yes, very much so. The August 2009 feature on the gangster figure in American films is superb. I also read all the reviews, even for films I may never see.

    What other film mags do you like? Film Comment is often good but I have gone off Empire in a big way--too full of puff and promotion.

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  • Hard News: Rockin' the Casbah?,

    Certainly, compared to Sight & Sound, which shares the same publishing house, it feels disappointing. For one, S&S seems to deal with "the now" while still retaining a robust and intelligent dialogue, not to mention covering an extremely wide range in styles and eras

    (Presuming we are talking about the same Sight & Sound):
    I agree. I treasure my 20+ year old collection of S&S but I would argue that they pay bugger-all attention to film from the South. I was recently wandering through back issues, and it very apparent that there has been very little written about Australian and NZ film (wrote them a letter about this but they never published it.


    So, does anyone else read The Word?

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  • Hard News: Rockin' the Casbah?,

    I reckon my students will be interested in those topics...See you there tomorrow.

    My favoured perspectives on music is Grant Smithies, Nick Bollinger Graeme Reid in NZ --and from abroad--the UK mag The Word (their tagline "Intelligent Life on Planet Rock"). They always have sharp writing, don't stint on criticism where it is warranted, and always have great counter-mount samplers. Does anyone else read it?

    My 16 year old daughter is currently keen on Kerrang, even though she does acknowledge that it is filled with look-alike/sound-alike hairy boy groups.

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  • Hard News: Food and drink,

    Does anyone else like Annabelle White's Food Detective column in the Star Times magazine?

    I do--raisin loaf this week? I also greatly enjoy the column by the woman who edits the New Zealand Gardener.

    [an aside here]...everything ok for the Media 7 record on Wednesday?

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  • Hard News: Food and drink,

    The pair leave for Mongolia on Tuesday and will be joined there by a team of three: a cook, a translator and a driver. They will spend two weeks camping in the Gobi Desert, and as the worm is supposedly attracted to tremors, they will set off some explosions to try to draw it to the surface.

    Is this for real? It sounds much too like one of my family's favourite movies: Tremors (dir. Ron Underwood, 1990)

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  • Hard News: Food and drink,

    Nadia Glavish was a real hoot!

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  • Seen Anything Good? Tales from the film…,

    (sorry Geoff, couldn't resist)

    Fair comment--but I hold to my opinion of Roger Hall

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