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Mixed & Very Messy Metaphors - Darren Aronofsky's 'mother!'

Tuesday, 19 September 2017, 8:45 am | Howard Davis

Paramount probably suspected mother! would provoke a strong response, but the studio surely never imagined this elevated psychological horror-thriller would receive an F CinemaScore from US moviegoers. Only a dozen or so movies have been slapped with ... More >>

Sofia Coppola's Captivating & Confined 'The Beguiled'

Tuesday, 5 September 2017, 8:48 am | Howard Davis

Why did Sofia Coppola decide to remake Don Siegel's chilling 1971 cult movie? Apparently, it was co-producer and production designer Anne Ross who first suggested she check out Thomas Cullinan's 1966 novel A Painted Devil for a potential adaptation. Although ... More >>

Howard Davis: Tilting at Turbines - The Trip to Spain

Monday, 21 August 2017, 8:47 am | Howard Davis

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have now both broken the Big Fifty barrier, which seems to have brought a whole new level of angst to their midlife adventures - existential crises, mordant neuroses, and career insecurities, plus the usual spate of sardonic ... More >>

A Doll's House at Circa Theatre

Monday, 7 August 2017, 8:52 am | Howard Davis

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) is considered to be one of the founders of theatrical Modernism and is often referred to as "the father of realism" in the European tradition. Richard Hornby described him as "a profound poetic dramatist - the best since ... More >>

The Takács Quartet Play Haydn, Ritchie, Webern, & Dvorak.

Monday, 7 August 2017, 8:42 am | Howard Davis

With a repertoire that spans three centuries of classical masterpieces and contemporary compositions, the Takács Quartet has an international reputation for its delicate artistry and technical virtuosity. Now in its forty-third season, it was formed in ... More >>

Redmer Yska's A Strange Beautiful Excitement

Friday, 4 August 2017, 9:16 am | Howard Davis

"It’s not enough to say I immensely enjoyed A Strange Beautiful Excitement … it’s simply splendid." – Dame Fiona Kidman. More >>

Jonathan Mane-Wheoki: Colonial Gothic to Māori Renaissance

Monday, 31 July 2017, 8:59 am | Howard Davis

Jonathan Mane-Wheoki was an eminent New Zealand art historian, academic, and curator. The scope of his work was as far-ranging as its scale, ranging from the art and architectural history of Europe and Christianity to Maori and Pacific Island culture. Born in1943 ... More >>

Sitting Ducks - Christopher Nolan's Dizzying 'Dunkirk'

Friday, 21 July 2017, 9:28 am | Howard Davis

The British have an extraordinary penchant for celebrating catastrophic military defeats. It is not only the Battle of Hastings, the Charge of the Light Brigade, and Gallipoli that have become immortalized in prose, poetry, and movies. There have ... More >>

(Almost) A Family Affair - The Kuijken String Quartet

Monday, 17 July 2017, 9:05 am | Howard Davis

Chamber Music New Zealand has scored another coup with the Kuijken String Quartet's current tour of New Zealand. As the co-founder of both La Petite Bande in 1972 and the Kuijken String Quartet in 1986, Sigiswald Kuijken is internationally recognized ... More >>

Christopher Marlowe & 'The Tragedy of Dr. Faustus'

Monday, 26 June 2017, 11:04 am | Howard Davis

Director Devon Nuku has taken a risk by setting his abridged production of Christopher Marlowe’s The Tragedy of Doctor Faustus in the 1920s, and casting a woman as the learned academic who makes a pact with the devil to gain twenty-four years of granted wishes. More >>

A Gothic Melodrama - ’My Cousin Rachel’

Friday, 23 June 2017, 9:52 am | Howard Davis

A remake of the 1952 psychological melodrama (first adapted from Daphne du Maurier's 1951 novel by Nunnally Johnson and starring Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton), this new version of My Cousin Rachel was written by director Roger Michell. Beautifully ... More >>

Howard Davis Review: True Versatility - Dianne Reeves

Monday, 12 June 2017, 9:23 am | Howard Davis

Dianne Reeves was born in 1956 in Detroit, but grew up in Denver among a naturally talented musical family ... More >>

Howard Davis Review: True Versatility - Dianne Reeves

Monday, 12 June 2017, 9:20 am | Howard Davis

Dianne Reeves was born in 1956 in Detroit, but grew up in Denver among a naturally talented musical family ... More >>

Buddy Rich Redivivus - Dave Weckl & Rodger Fox

Friday, 9 June 2017, 9:46 am | Howard Davis

The Wellington Jazz Festival continues to attract jazz luminaries from around the globe. In the past two years we have been privileged to hear Chick Corea, Gary Burton, and Wayne Shorter's quartet. Somewhat misleadingly, Thursday night's headliners were ... More >>

Shape & Texture - Bill Frisell at Wellington Jazz Festival

Thursday, 8 June 2017, 9:39 am | Howard Davis

The Wellington Jazz Festival continues to attract jazz luminaries from around the globe. In the past two years we have been privileged to hear Chick Corea, Gary Burton, and Wayne Shorter's quartet. This year, we're privileged to hear three more stellar ... More >>

Four Old Bach Favourites - Howard Davis Review

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 11:06 am | Howard Davis

As part of Chamber Music New Zealand’s Kaleidoscopes Season, Masaaki Suzuki and the prestigious Juilliard415 ensemble performed superbly-executed renditions of four perennial crowd-pleasers - Bach's Orchestral Suite No 1 in C Major , the Concerto ... More >>

Kathryn Stott & the New Zealand String Quartet

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 10:49 am | Howard Davis

Known mainly for her interpretations of the French piano repertoire, pianist Kathryn Stott treated her audience to a virtuoso performance tinted with evanescent colours and a shimmering, elusive luminosity at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre. Accompanied ... More >>

Howard Davis Review: Olivier Assayas' 'Personal Shopper'

Monday, 24 April 2017, 5:18 pm | Howard Davis

Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper is stylish, mysterious, and very strange indeed. It manages to be both ghost story and suspense thriller, yet also a portrait of numbed loneliness and ennui , held together by an peculiarly inexpressive performance from ... More >>

Never Too Old to Rock & Roll - Jethro Tull

Friday, 21 April 2017, 11:26 am | Howard Davis

As Greil Marcus recently observed in an NYRB review of Robbie Robertson's autobiographical Testimony , in rock and roll there is always an origin story. In the case of Jethro Tull founder Ian Anderson, he claims to have been influenced by his father's big ... More >>

Review: The Contemporary Relevance of Denial

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 10:16 am | Howard Davis

Directed by Mick Jackson, from a screenplay by David Hare, based on Deborah Lipstadt's History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier , Denial has all the hallmarks of a riveting courtroom drama. More >>

 

 

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