Archive | May, 2013

The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible

23 May


With the weather being as tempestuous as it has been of late, very few things are worth leaving the comfort of your home for in Auckland: The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible is without a doubt one of them. Continue reading


Deez Nuts: Bout It!

8 May

deez nutz

It’s always interesting to note which elements are incorporated and excised when listening to hybrid genres. For their part, Australian Rapcore band Deez Nuts are fundamentally lyrically influenced by the power fantasies of gangsta rap, recontextualising its swagger within the slacker ideals and homosocial pseudo-militaristic tendencies of hardcore punk. With the addition of the growling metal-inflected vocals of tracks such as Go Fuck Yourself, there is no doubt that this is a platter of elements vaguely pissed-off white boys are supposed to like. Continue reading

The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)

7 May

the reluctant fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist is exactly the kind of espionage flick I love – precisely because it isn’t one. Masquerading as an action-packed hostage drama, complete with kidnappings, snipers and special agents, I had set myself up to be thoroughly disinterested in what I predicted to be a tired tale of Pakistan versus the U S of A. However, I couldn’t have been more wrong about Mira Nair’s thrilling take on the well-loved novel by Mohsin Hamid Continue reading