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Ria Hall Performs 'Rules of Engagement' at The NZ Festival

Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 8:15 am | Howard Davis

Concerned with the perennial themes of conflict and resistance, Rules of Engagement took five years for Ria Hall to complete. Her key inspiration came specifically from a letter written by Henare Taratoa (Ngāi Te Rangi) in March 1864 to the Governor ... More >>

Paul Thomas Anderson's Seamless Phantom Thread

Friday, 2 February 2018, 9:41 am | Howard Davis

"There is an air of quiet death in this house - and I don't like the way it smells." - Reynolds Woodcock. More >>

From Free Press to Fancy Dress - Spielberg's 'The Post'

Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 10:46 am | Howard Davis

Steven Spielberg's The Post is an opportune newsroom drama in which a corrupt Republican president wages war against the "liberal media," as The Washington Post 's plucky proprietor risks economic and legal ruin to bring the Pentagon Papers to ... More >>

The Black Dog of Empire - Joe Wright's 'Darkest Hour'

Friday, 12 January 2018, 9:38 am | Howard Davis

"The wonderful thing is that 3/4 of the population of the world imagine that Churchill is one of the Strategists of History, a second Marlborough, and the other 1/4 have no idea what a public menace he is and has been throughout this war! It ... More >>

Anger Begets Anger - 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing ...'

Friday, 5 January 2018, 9:58 am | Howard Davis

For fans of what Ricky Gervais termed "number movies" (Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven, Ocean's 11, Se7en, etc.), Martin McDonagh's latest offering will no doubt be a welcome addition to the roster. The Irish playwright turned screenwriter ... More >>

Sexting in George Dawe's 'Genevieve' - Part II

Thursday, 21 December 2017, 12:02 pm | Howard Davis

Born in 1781, eight years after Coleridge, information about George Dawe's life and career is much more sketchy. His father was an artist and mezzotint engraver who worked with Hogarth and Turner, while George Morland was Dawe's godfather and painted ... More >>

Sexting in George Dawe's 'Genevieve' - Part I

Wednesday, 20 December 2017, 8:34 am | Howard Davis

Genevieve (from by a poem by S.T. Coleridge entitled 'Love' - George Dawe, 1812 Her pure and eloquent blood Spoke in her cheeks, and so distinctly wrought, That one might almost say, her body thought. - John Donne, Second Anniversary . More >>

Ten x Ten: One Hundred of Te Papa's Best-Loved Art Works

Friday, 8 December 2017, 10:01 am | Howard Davis

Wellingtonians can look forward to some wonderful displays of art in 2018 with the imminent redesign and renovation of exhibition spaces in both Te Papa and City Gallery. When it opens in March 2018, Toi Art, the new gallery at Te Papa, will increase the ... More >>

Christopher Pugsley’s 'The Camera in the Crowd'

Monday, 4 December 2017, 11:39 am | Howard Davis

Christopher Pugsley’s The Camera in the Crowd - Filming in New Zealand Peace and War 1895-1920 More >>

Album of the Year - Van Morrison's 'Roll with the Punches'

Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 7:46 am | Howard Davis

There are traditionally three or four different Van Morrisons at any given time, depending on the album. His more recent recordings reflect as many musical angles as can fit within the seventy minute CD format: R&B, jazz, folk, soul, and blues, ... More >>

A Musical Axis - Brahms, Mahler, & Sibelius

Monday, 13 November 2017, 8:30 am | Howard Davis

Dutch violinist Janine Jensen and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra performed a fascinating programme of complementary pieces at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre on Friday night - Johannes Brahms' warm and exquisitely subtle Symphony No. 3 in ... More >>

Bic Runga Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of 'Drive'

Monday, 6 November 2017, 8:15 am | Howard Davis

Blessed with a delicate yet broad vocal range that possesses a wispy, gossamer quality, and an uncanny ability to compose both haunting and catchy melodies, Bic Runga is a naturalised New Zealand treasure. "You say it Bec, rather than Bic," ... More >>

Conflict & Resistance - Ria Hall's 'Rules of Engagement'

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 8:52 am | Howard Davis

The Tauranga Campaign was a six-month-long armed conflict in the Bay of Plenty in early 1864, part of the New Zealand Wars that were fought over issues of land ownership and sovereignty. The campaign was a sequel to the invasion of Waikato aimed at crushing ... More >>

'Another Time, Another Place' - David Friesen Trio Live

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 8:22 am | Howard Davis

"It has been said of David Friesen that he does for the art of bass playing what Pythagoras did for the triangle." - Patrick Hinley, Jazz Times. More >>

'The Father' - Descending Into the Depths of Dementia

Monday, 16 October 2017, 8:36 am | Howard Davis

“The world as it stands is no narrow illusion, no phantasm, no evil dream of the night; we wake up to it, forever and ever; and we can neither forget it nor deny it nor dispense with it.” - Henry James. More >>

Howard Davis Review: 'Blade Runner' Redivivus

Monday, 9 October 2017, 8:41 am | Howard Davis

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. Reissued in a Director's Cut format a decade later, it was rated as one of the greatest movies ... More >>

Rob McLeod - 'Beyond Fashion'

Monday, 2 October 2017, 8:16 am | Howard Davis

'Colourful' doesn't even begin to do justice to Rob McLeod's oeuvre . While his garish, sclerotic aesthetic owes much to the sixties' countercultural propensity to shock and awe, above all there's a resilient strain of humor that has remained ... More >>

Imani Winds Blow Across Aotearoa

Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 9:36 am | Howard Davis

"There's a big, vivacious, steel-belt of a sound Imani gets when playing at the top of its lungs that is most appealing" - Peter Dobrin, The Philadelphia Inquirer. More >>

Sonic Textiles – The Black Seeds' 'Fabric'

Monday, 25 September 2017, 8:47 am | Howard Davis

By now a national institution, The Black Seeds have just embarked on a release tour to promote their sixth studio album, Fabric . Formed in Wellington in 1998 when founder, guitarist, and lead singer Barnaby Weir was working at Radio Active, their music ... More >>

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 >>



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