Archive | July, 2012

The Last Ocean (2012)

31 Jul

Few mediums have the power to reach out and touch people the way cinema can, so I am always delighted when filmmakers harness its incredible potential to bring about real change. New Zealand’s own Peter Young aims to do just that with his forthcoming documentary The Last Ocean, which illuminates the impact of commercial fishing on the ecosystem of the Ross Sea. Continue reading


Rag Rewind #2 The Beginning is the End is the Beginning: The Smashing Pumpkins

27 Jul

With the release of The Dark Knight Rises (2012) earlier this week it seemed like the perfect time to write a Rewind on the Smashing Pumpkins’ The Beginning is the End is the Beginning. Continue reading

The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

23 Jul

New Zealand fans went to great lengths to secure The Cabin in the Woods for this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival. They were amply rewarded for their efforts on Friday night at the first official screening of the film. Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard’s send up of horror conventions and audiences alike was met with thunderous applause, and with good reason. Continue reading

Dirty Projectors: Swing Lo Magellan

22 Jul

Swing Lo Magellan is the Dirty Projectors sixth studio album and comes two years after critical darling Bitte Orca. Swing Lo Magellan is the most accessible album Dirty Projectors have far released so far, though this does not mean their sound has become any less distinctive. Continue reading

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

22 Jul

Wes Anderson’s films have always inhabited a grey area between childhood and adulthood that somehow ignores adolescence, displacing or subsuming it within such obsessions as theatre, prodigious careerism, or science. Continue reading

Where Do We Go Now? (2011)

21 Jul

Writer/Director Nadine Labaki defies convention in this film about the time old religious unrest between Christians and Muslims, to produce a film that is as funny as it is poignant. Continue reading

Le Tableau (2011)

21 Jul

Le Tableau (Dir. Jean-Francois Languionie, 2011) is a French/Belgian animated feature which tells the story of a group of mismatched characters in search of their creator, ‘The Painter’. Continue reading

The Smashing Pumkins: Pisces Iscariot (2012 Reissue)

18 Jul

I am generally dubious about B-sides and rarities albums. Too often they are lazy cash cows for tapped out artists, but Pisces Iscariot is the glittering exception to the rule. Continue reading

Rag Rewind #1 Return to Oz

18 Jul

In the spirit of print revivalism in which The Rag was conceived, this week the writing team will start our first column: Rag Rewind. As the name suggests Rag Rewind takes a second look at some of our favourite film, television and music releases from the past, beginning with my personal favourite Walter Murch’s Return to Oz (1985). Continue reading

The Kids Are Better Than Alright – I Wish (2011)

15 Jul

Hirokazu Kore-eda is a filmmaker after my own heart. His previous films often focus on the aftermath of an event that in most films would be the climax  – a husband’s suicide in Marborosi (1995), an act of terrorism and mass suicide in Distance (2001), or the anniversary of a sudden death in Still Walking (2008). Continue reading