Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Cracker: Air New Zealand: Flash as a…,

    stand-by topic of discussion in a taxi. Stops me being grievously but silently offended when some driver who obviously spends all day flicking between Laws and Leighton starts telling me what's wrong with New Zealand these days...

    I reckon there should be some way of demanding a discount for the dubious pleasure of having to listen to the retarded views of some taxi-drivers---or those who tune their radios to Radio Rhema. There must be some effective but courteous way of saying "I'm hiring you to provide transport, not to subject me to your warped view of the world'

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  • Cracker: Wallywood,

    if you don't listen to their alternative points of view it means you don't believe in an open society and the free pursuit of knowledge, but then quickly it becomes apparent that they are predicated on the absolute denial of every other possible explanation or interpretation

    Pretty much describes the doctrine of libertarianism, too?

    I would have though all this curry talk would have 'spiced' things up for you.

    Freewheeling Friday seems to have come early this week. But this is no way to curry favour :-)

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  • Hard News: Ready for the Weekend,

    Media 7 was top-notch last night but I am still not warming to The Ad Show which followed. They need perspectives from outside the advertising industry, and less self-congratulation.

    One weekend I don't need to angst about the Chiefs. It is their turn for a cup of tea and a lie-down.
    Going to the The Old Crow Medicine Show tonight. I hope they are good.

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  • Cracker: Wallywood,

    hordes of students scrambling at my door all day.

    Well for Christ's sake man. Let them out!

    Well, I have plastered over the claw marks and hosed down the floor. Only two left in our foyer, currently watching a re-screening of a rather bonkers Japanese movie Fine,Totally Fine (2009).

    Has anyone else seen Taika Waititi's Boy yet? I was rather disappointed with it but I would be interested in other responses as I am currently attempting to set up an interview with him, for an Aust mag.

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  • Cracker: Wallywood,

    A balloon that had been taunting him just out of reach

    Was it a red balloon (another smart-arse film reference here!)? Enjoying this discussion, which I would like to contribute to but I have had hordes of students scrambling at my door all day.

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  • Cracker: Wallywood,

    I think that from a cultural point of view this is not harmless but actually quite unhealthy.

    Extremely well put. Gio. That is why I do what I do, by trying to avoid the twin perils of over-estimating or under-estimating the cultural impact of media. Also pointing out the fearful contradictions of contemporary culture eg those folk who champion Avatar as an anti-corporate, anti-imperialist film, when all the profits are flowing to Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation, for cripes sake!

    I'll go and watch a French film that includes a 15 minute sequence of a guy cycling up a hill, with nothing on the soundtrack except his tortured breathing.

    I should loan you my DVD copy of the Welsh documentary sleep furiously,(2008) which features a 10 minute long, static shot of sheep meandering across a North Wales mountainside. Some may think it tedious; I think it generates a long moment of quiet reflection which is dream-like.

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  • Southerly: This Week in Parliament,

    The connection between camels and Steven Joyce is something to do with date palms?

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  • Hard News: The Exploding Banana Scandal,

    You don't need explosives if you want to watch the Chiefs being destroyed. It happens most weeks anyway.

    Unkind, unkind! Perhaps they could have set Sione on them.

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  • Cracker: Wallywood,

    Geoff I'm still interested if you have access to any info on actual movie popularity. I'd also be keen to read that Sight & Sound interview if you can post a link.

    Box office is the prevailing measure, even though it often employs very creative accounting.

    The Tarantino interview doesn't appear to be available electronically (or I can't find it) but I am happy to send you a copy through ye old postal system. Just bung me an email <lealand@waikato.ac.nz> with your address.

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  • Cracker: Wallywood,

    Thanks, Chris. This is kind of illuminating but to get into questions about why NZ education institutions are so eager to enrol foreign fee-paying students is a nest of vipers. I have had some brilliant Chinese students (one is currently finishing a PhD) but others in desperation in my office because they cannot pass minimum requirements (even though university marking scales are weighted towards passing). And this is not to go into buying-in assignments and other unethical practices.

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