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The Slightly Correct Political Show 26: Early voting. Is a vote for the Conservatives a wasted vote? Was the Moment of Truth a missed opportunity?

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In this final pre-election episode – a debate on the merits of early voting, the idea of wasted votes and ponder if a Conservatives vote is indeed wasted and mull over Kim Dotcom’s much hyped ‘Moment of Truth’ and try to figure out who it actually helped.

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This episode features Pat Brittenden (@patbrittenden), Chris Brain (@Chris_Brain), Jeremy Elwood (@jeremyelwood). The Slightly Correct Political Show is published by Global Voice Media – the home of NZ’s favourite podcasts.

NZ Tech Podcast 197: Apple iPhone 6, Apple Pay, Apple Watch, TechEd, Logitech Video Conferencing, ThinkPad Tablet 10, .NZ domains

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This week we discuss Microsoft TechEd, the Minecraft acquisition, Logitech’s new CC3000e Video Conferencing system, Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 10 and big change coming for .NZ domains. We also share thoughts on Apple iPhone 6, Apple Pay and Apple Watch.

This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz) and supported by Vector Communications. Published by NZ’s Podcast specialists – Global Voice Media.

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NZ Tech Podcast 196: Digital Nationz, Destiny, IFA Berlin, GM’s hands free driving

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This episode we discuss Digital Nationz, Chorus broadband pricing, gaming sensation Destiny, IFA Berlin announcements from Samsung, Sony, Microsoft, Intel, HP, Motorola, Asus and others. Along with the new Blu-Ray, 2degrees 4G in Wellington and GM’s hands free driving.

This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Peter Hall (@dnzpete) and supported by Vector Communications. Published by NZ’s Podcast specialists – Global Voice Media.

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The Giver – Film Review by Wal Reid

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I really tried really hard not to like this movie. These new “Teenult” films do my head in (Fault In Our Stars, Hunger Games, Divergent) it’s not that they are bad or anything but I just can’t seem to stomach the pubescent clatter. The Giver will appeal to those fans of the book however I think also to people in a similar position as myself, wanting a good entertaining watch without trying too hard to analyse the plot.

Having never heard of the film or book I pleasantly welcomed the film’s “Orwellian” subtleties. A perfect society governed by rules to benefit the greater good: Use precise language, wear the assigned clothing, do not lie etc. on paper it sounds like a dream, however when Jonas (Aussie newbie Brenton Thwaites) the Receiver of Memories is trained by the Giver (Jeff Bridges) he gets a taste of lost memories love, passion, war, knowledge (nobody sees colour so as not to be racist) all the supposedly corrupt characteristics that spell doom for the community, he now realises that their society is fake and sets out to restore those “lost” emotions while fighting the powers that be, who of course try to turn his best friend Asher (Cameron Monaghan) & childhood love Fiona (Odeya Rush) against him. Later in the film he develops feelings for her and begins to see glimpses of colour on her body, which we find out is due to Jonas rejecting an emotion suppressor administered daily to the minions.

The film is by no means a cinematic masterpiece nor does it set out to be, to be honest any film that takes on a visual translation of a bestselling book is asking for trouble. However quibbles aside I found The Giver to be light hearted enough to be entertaining with some decent acting to subside the boredom within.

Meryl Streep as the icy Chief Elder & Jeff Bridges as the doting but mentoring Giver add experience and provenance to a richly endowed cast, of course one cannot forget country artist Taylor Swift whose 15 minutes of fame as Rosemary is rather a forgettable affair. This is probably the closest I’ll come to handing out accolades for a teen flick, but unlike the others The Giver can rest assured that its mission accomplished

*** 3/5

Predestination – Film Review by Wal Reid

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Time travel is always a tricky genre to make into an entertaining watch, not only does continuity have to match the story but also the challenge so the audience gets it in one hit. Successful attempts have been the excellent 2007 Spanish film “Time Crimes”, Adrien Brody in “The Jacket” and of course the “Back to The Future” movies

The story revolves around a time-travelling Temporal Agent played by Ethan Hawke. On his final assignment, notable Aussie actor (Game Of Thrones) Noah Taylor who is his boss issues instruction to pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time, the “Fizzle Bomber” a lunatic 70’s terrorist who threatens to blow up New York City and kill thousands. He then recruits John Doe an intersex writer for a woman’s magazine who he strikes up a relationship with in a bar where he works.

Australian actor Sarah Snook (John Doe) for me is a real find, a young androgynous Jodie Foster she plays both parts pre and post-operation roles with gusto convincingly. The first 50 minutes of the film is an engaging dialogue in a bar between Hawke and Snook, she excels with her story that “will blow you away” as a bet to win a bottle of whiskey, recounting her upbringing in an orphanage as an ugly “duckling” without experiencing real love, before having a baby and choosing to live her life as a man.

Ethan Hawke is perfect as the almost broken agent hell-bent on one last go to catch the Fizzle Bomber before being decommissioned to live out his days, early retirement is ensured because time travel can bring upon health risks (who would’ve thought?)

Aussie directors The Spierig Brothers have done a great job to disguise modern day Melbourne (albeit a couple of skyline shots) writing a solid screenplay based on Robert A. Heinlein short story All You Zombies and taken a punt casting a couple of Australian actors in lead roles looks to have paid off. However one would’ve thought the violin case time machine was an antiquated look, but as Hawke explains, given that time travel was invented in the 80s this may explain the strange looking stringed “flux capacitor”

This is by no means an easy watch, it’s a film that demands every iota of attention as its story fabric weaves between different decades and time travel sub plots. If you do however, you will be rewarded with an absolute ripper of a film experience that will have you guessing to the end – time travel: what a bitch

*** 3/5

Housebound Review – Written/Directed by Gerard Johnstone

After hearing about the scares this film had been generating overseas and of course Sir Peter lauding the films endorsement, it was hard to stay away from this movie

2014 has yielded an unusually bumper crop of fantastic local films this year, almost spooky (no pun intended) considering the sheer financial undertaking and massive production costs, the vampire romp-com What We Do in the Shadows (no horror relation) and Housebound play tag team with the scare-com tag, with some horror zealots touting the film “picks up where Peter Jackson’s “Braindead” leaves off”

Yes, there’s blood splatter, some really good scares along the way that keep you in suspense trying to guess who the baddie is (clue: there is a murderer running rampant) from beginning to end there are some genuinely funny lines, the audience I was watching with were in stitches

But first, let’s start from the beginning. Scene one: The film begins with opening scene of rebel Kylie Bucknell (Morgana O’Reilly) trying to steal an ATM (kids don’t try this at home) she is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention, hence her Housebound state. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam (Rima Te Wiata) – an innocuous busy-body who’s convinced that the house is haunted, Kylie finds out listening to her mother relate the spooky house story to well-known ZB talkback host Andrew Dickens on national radio and is dismissed as a ‘crack pot’ – of course we know she isn’t

Kylie’s suspects something wrong when she starts to notice doors opening by themselves, noises and unexplained goings on in the basement (The toilet scene is a highlight). She begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her mother’s overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a pissed spirit who’s not particularly thrilled about her homecoming. Together with ambling court security guard Amos (Juice TV’s Glen-Paul Waru) who happens to be a part time Ghostbuster, the two try and put the pieces together to find out the cause of the strange happenings (check out the annoying but creepy Motorola phone tune (Hello Moto..)

The film clocks more laughs I’ve seen in ages, nice touches that keep the film ticking along nicely. O’Reilly suits the neurotic stroppy Kylie hell-bent on causing trouble, her sassy pissed-off character defines the movie’s lead role as she interacts wonderfully with cast in the Cluedo-esque whodunit. GP Waru is on fire in this film his one liners and aloof naivety is a must watch (“you can’t punch ectoplasm”) also great to see Rima Te Wiata back on the big screen, she’s a revelation and you forget how funny she is. With such a strong cast, Housebound draws upon the experience of seasoned actors like Cameron Rhodes (The Doctor) Mick Innes (The creepy neighbour) to carry off one of this years surprise hit films

Shot on a modest budget the film looks a million bucks and the well timed comedic laughs are many, for a while I had a fear of going to visit my parents just in case I heard ZB’s Andrew Dickens on the radio. Gerard Johnstone’s Housebound movie screams “Hitbound” If you’re scratching for a great laugh while being scared to death Housebound will tick the boxes, it will also make you think twice about using your humble cheese grater

4/5

The Slightly Correct Political Show 24: Judith Collins ‘crushed’, Conservatives link not smacking kids to prostitution, Winston has a dilemma

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Leaders debates, a Minister being sacked, National looking more than rattled, a Conservative MP thinking you need to smack your kids to keep them off the pipe and more – it’s a hectic episodes to match an even more hectic week of politics.

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This episode features Pat Brittenden (@patbrittenden), Chris Brain (@Chris_Brain), Jeremy Elwood (@jeremyelwood). The Slightly Correct Political Show is published by Global Voice Media – the home of NZ’s favourite podcasts.

NZ Tech Podcast 195: Network for Learning, Uber Wellington, ThinkPad Tablet 10, Video Ezy online streaming

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We discuss Network for Learning, Uber’s arrival in Wellington, the Lenovo ThinkPad 10 tablet, Video Ezy’s jump into Video on Demand, the rise of the server and we look forward to IFA Berlin (for Samsung Note 4, Sony Xperia Z3) and Apple’s upcoming launch.

And we feature a taste of our new audio intro and outro.

This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Andy Schick (@andy_schick). Published by NZ’s Podcast specialists – Global Voice Media.

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Win Tickets To Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (yeah)

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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is coming to cinemas September 18, and the good folks at Roadshow Films & NZ Entertainment Podcast are giving you the chance WIN one of 10 double passes.

The Plot

Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller’s visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Eva Green stars as Ava, a temptress who enlists Dwight McCarthy (Brolin) in a bid to escape her ex-husband. Joseph Gordon Levitt plays Johnny, a mysterious gambler set on taking down his sworn enemy in a high stakes game of life and death. Weaving together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales, the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more notorious inhabitants. Newcomers Juno Temple and Jeremy Piven join the all-star cast including Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba, and Jaime King who will be making their return to Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

The Hook up

Email your name, address & phone number to competitions@globalvoicemedia.com by Saturday the 13th of September 2014, Winners drawn Sunday 14th September – you can enter as many times as you like!

Trailer

In Cinemas September 18. R16: Contains graphic violence and sex scenes