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Call to Arms

By | Blogging, Cinema and meta

As they say in the movies, “It’s quiet… too quiet.” Yeah, sorry about that but I’ve had a lot on recently.

Here’s the deal. In October last year (2013 if you are visiting here via Google and the date is not otherwise obvious) I had to stop editing ONFILM magazine due to the inconvenience of not being paid and had to find another gig. Cinematica was taking up a lot of also-not-being-paid time and, even though it was an enormous amount of fun and enjoyed by many people, it was impossible to justify financially the amount of time it took every week. Kailey leaving was probably the final straw.

FH_COVER_May2014Since Christmas I have been working as editor of FishHead magazine in Wellington, firstly as interim, then as former, and finally appointed to the permanent position in March. Learning a new magazine and a new market as well as getting a handle on the business side of things has meant that I haven’t had any time to keep these pages up. This may shock you but I haven’t even been able to watch as many films as I used to.

Anyway, FishHead is almost under control, Nine to Noon is chugging along and the private life is in the best shape ever, so it’s time to reinvigorate my  personal expression engine — Funerals & Snakes. In June you will see a new look here and a return to regular reviewing. Subscribers to the email newsletters will also get their weekly updates once again.

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Cinematica 5/14: Kailey’s Last Show

By | Audio and Cinema

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We do the American Hustle with David O. Russell and his cast of Oscar-nominees, take a trip to Burma with The Railway Man, ask whether it’s true that there’s no fool like an old fool in Last Vegas and say goodbye to Kailey after two and a half years.

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Cinematica 5/12: The one where we finally talk about the Golden Globes

By | Audio and Cinema

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Simon is on holiday so Dan and Kailey talk about 47 Ronin, The Book Thief and — yes — the Golden Globes, even though we swore we never would.

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Cinematica 5/11: Trigger Warnings

By | Audio and Cinema

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What we did on our holidays — The Wolf of Wall Street, August: Osage County, Short Term 12, Philomena and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

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Cinematica 5/10: 2013 Judged!

By | Audio and Cinema

Both of our epic two-part Cinematica “Best of 2013” episodes in one place. Go no further for holiday fun!

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Simon, Kailey and Dan (plus guests Graeme Tuckett, Darren Bevan, Sam McCosh, Rachel Taylor and Andrew Todd) look at the year in cinema — their top films, worst experiences, trends and what they are looking forward to in 2014.

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Part two of the epic summing up of cinema in 2013 — featuring Graeme Tuckett (again), Liam MagurenMarie O’SullivanDavid LarsenSarah Watt and Glenn Kenny.

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Cinematica 5/08: 6.096 metres from Stardom

By | Audio and Cinema

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Vince Vaughan remakes the Canadian hit Starbuck as Delivery Man, the late James Gandolfini stars with Julia-Louis Dreyfuss in Enough Said and the backing singers get the spotlight in 20 Feet from Stardom.

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