DUNKIRK “Masterpiece” Director Christopher Nolan, 107mins Review Glenn Blomfield

Masterpiece, an absolutely heart pounding immersive film experience. This tops as one of the most powerful cinema experiences I have had. Even more so with the IMAX screen experience, the soundscape, and Hans Zimmer’s score soundtrack, as it pounds through you, you literally feel the movie.

I was genuinely enthralled by the whole movie going experience. Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, and Harry Styles (One Direction pop Idol) co star. Filmed in Glorious 70mm, and IMAX.

Christopher Nolan directs, Scripted and Produced a World War II thriller drama, about the evacuation of British Troops from the French coastal city ‘Dunkirk’, with the Nazis hot on their tails. Christopher Nolan’s most powerful film to date, and that is saying something coming from a very strong of previous list of films eg ‘Momento’, ‘The Dark Knight’,’Inception’. DUNKIRK is not a film that you can easily shake, it stays with you long after the film has finished, a film that you wont forget, it will stand out as one of the most talked and remembered film of the decade to come. Firmly placed in the prestigious realm of one of the best war movies ever made, and plainly in the top greatest films ever made.

Conjures mood and style of Terrance Malick, i.e Thin Red Line (1998) , and the majestic strokes of Director Stanley Kubrick. The films narrative is designed through three different storylines all based around the same Days set of event, from the soldiers on the ground/beach, from the Air fighter planes, and the ships and boats. I am not going to go into any further in-depth about the storyline and any particular details, as the film is nothing but has to be seen and experienced, discover for your self the incredible ride that Christopher Nolan has deftly crafted.

Truly an amazing film, it is not what you typically expect narratively of a War Story, it is immersive, intense, suspenseful, you literally emotionally feel your way through it. Hardly any dialogue. It is like a mega budget Art House film, that pounds away at your senses. Swept away by the emotion of it by the finale, poignant, strong heart felt, and heroism. Human struggle trying to balance comprehension of how to deal and survive an unfathomable situation. Breathtaking!

Interview Marcus Bridge Singer from Northlane “Be yourself have fun.”

Popular metalcore group Northlane are on their way to New Zealand. The Sydney band are touring North America taking in countries like Chile and Mexico as they head our way down-under next month to play Wellington’s San Fran then Auckland at the iconic Kings Arms.

The Australian metalcore band from Sydney, formed in 2009. The band comprises of guitarists Jon Deiley and Josh Smith, bassist Alex Milovic, drummer Nic Pettersen and vocalist Marcus Bridge.

They’re touring their new album Mesmer, released earlier this year. Wal Reid caught up with vocalist Marcus Bridge, to talk life, music and his quarter Maori heritage.

WR: How’s the tour going?

MB: It’s been crazy. The vibe’s been crazy, ever since we’ve released Mesmer the feedback’s been extremely positive. It’s crazy seeing people losing it to these newer songs. When we released Node it was still a very tentative, “Oh, what’s going on here?” vibe from the crowd, but with Mesmer it’s been very positive, so we’re very stoked with that.

WR: You mean with the shift in the song writing and sound?

MB: For sure. I think with Node it kind of a very different change. Obviously, people familiar with Northlane and their earlier albums it’s definitely a shock, but for people who have settled in now and figured out what we’re all about, just know we’re doing what we love doing it. It’s definitely translating live and we’re loving it.

WR: Are you still writing new music as you’re touring the new album?

MB: We haven’t really had a chance to delve back into writing. Whenever we finish recording an album we always start the chat about “What we’re going to do next.” We’ve got a lot of ideas.

WR: I’m going to bring this up because we have close ties, Australia and New Zealand. Aussie bands like Violent Soho or The Amity Affliction have Kiwi members in them, how about your band?

MB: I’m actually quarter Maori. It’s weird I was brought up in Australia and I’ve actually never been to New Zealand prior to that tour we did last year. It’s pretty crazy actually, I remember getting called out in McDonalds once in Sydney. I had a fishbone necklace on and this guy asked, “Are you from New Zealand?”, I said “Yeah, I’m quarter Maori” and he said “I can tell because you say “Maoree” like that.” (laughter) I’ve figured out the pronunciation now, but I still feel weird saying it. I feel self-conscious about it after he called me out.

WR: What’s your favourite TV Show that you like to binge watch?

MB: That would-be Parks and Recreation. I just love every character on that, they always have social commentary sneakily put into it, whether it be “fast-food in America” or some of the latest season has gone on about social media and how they’re kind of “spying on you”, I also love that kind of humour – quite a show.

WR: Android or iPhone?

MB: We all have iPhones except Alex our bassist, he’s just switched over to the Google Pixel. I think he had problems with all his Apple stuff – he’s just ditched Apple, he’s got a PC now – he’s like, “Nah, no more.”

WR: Do you have any favourite NZ artists or bands?

MB: Let me think. I guess – do we still count the Finns as New Zealanders? We’ve adopted them so I’m not sure if we call them Australian or not? I love Crowded House, big fans. I like their attitude as well.

WR: Most bizarre request from a fan?

MB: So, we were in Wagga Wagga, we have these armband things and there were these people up the front they were literally trying to tear them off, “Can I have your wristband?”. I felt like this slap on arm and people trying to pull these things off. It wasn’t really a request but more of a ‘demand’.

WR: Have you guys ever had a ‘stalker’ like Mel from Flight of the Concords’?

MB: Nothing quite that bad (laughter) We’re pretty good I think. Flight of the Conchords, that’s another good one, good artists.

WR: Musical influences?

MB: There’s a lot of different stuff I listen to but I’m not sure if there’s a whole lot that directly influences me, however, one of my favourite bands is Panic! at the Disco. I think a lot of people find that quite strange considering I play in a ‘happy’ band I suppose. I’m more influenced by great vocals, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars – I’ve been listening to so much of that. I like musicians to do something wacky but still keep it memorable, catchy – all that fun stuff.

WR: Is your like of melodic singers an influence on your music given you play in a ‘screamo’ Metalcore band?

MB: Absolutely. Before I had joined Northlane I was in a pop/rock band. I think it’s about having fun, not pulling out that ‘tough guy’ Metal persona when I’m playing. It’s definitely important to be yourself and have fun. That’s the kind of thing people react to and enjoy when you’re playing live. I find it very hard not play without having a smile on my face because I’m having so much fun even though it may be juxtaposed to the style of music we’re playing.

Google AI gets creative, $386k tweet fine, trying unlimited LTE data, expanded low cost roaming – NZ Tech Podcast 346

BMW puts meetings in the car, Google’s stunning AI imagery, Vodafone expands $5 roaming, unlimited 4G LTE data in NZ, Slingshot Power vs TrustPower vs Flick, US border control vs cloud data, Twitter user who posted Ryanair terror threat fined $386,000.

Hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) and this week’s guests: Mike Nooney and Theo Gibson.

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A documentary that goes inside the worlds largest Refugee camp, Dabaad, which sits on the inside boarder of Kenya, across from Somalia.
1991 saw fleeing Refugees from the Somalia government collapse. Dabaads official count says there is 350, 000 Refugees, but in actuality the unofficial count climbs to 600,000 Refugees. UN Nations has an insurmountable challenge on there hands, as the documentary gives you an inside view of the politics. Also of course the feeling of hopelessness of the Refugees, trapped in a form of purgatory, a place they cant leave. Stateless people, as the title of the documentary states, ‘Warehoused’.
Watching the documentary you will feel the hopelessness, through a handful of key people that talk of their stories, from Refugees and workers for the UN NATIONS. Now I should say, this documentary is not all about negative plight, and negative connotation of Refugees. The documentary pushes for the human story, emphasise see them as individuals identify with them and there issues.
WAREHOUSED is very informative and educational, as metaphorically shown in the documentary learning is the most important thing that can be offered for anyone hoping for a future. Refugees schooled, educated to create a brighter future, which will be hopefully outside of the the walls of the Dabaad camp, dreams of a new life in countries like America.
Imagine a life where these Somalian Refugees, are homeless of any country, there home is in civil war unrest, trapped, not being able to work, not being able to build a better life. Life is all about limbo, now reaching four generations as Refugees, 25 years living in Dabaad Camp. Strong documentary, though at the same time only just a small slice of what is part of a unfathomable plight of human kind.

Warehoused Doco “unfathomable plight of humankind” Review Glenn Blomfield

A documentary that goes inside the worlds largest Refugee camp, Dabaad, which sits on the inside boarder of Kenya, across from Somalia.

1991 saw fleeing Refugees from the Somalia government collapse. Dabaads official count says there is 350, 000 Refugees, but in actuality the unofficial count climbs to 600,000 Refugees.
UN Nations has an insurmountable challenge on there hands, as the documentary gives you an inside view of the politics. Also of course the feeling of hopelessness of the Refugees, trapped in a form of purgatory, a place they cant leave. Stateless people, as the title of the documentary states, ‘Warehoused’.
Watching the documentary you will feel the hopelessness, through a handful of key people that talk of their stories, from refugees to workers for the UN NATIONS. Now I should say, this documentary is not all about negative plight, and negative connotation of Refugees. The documentary pushes for the human story, with emphasis given to individuals that identify with them and their issues.
Warehoused is very informative and educational, as metaphorically shown in the documentary, learning is the most important thing that can be offered for anyone hoping for a future. Refugees schooled, educated to create a brighter future, which will be hopefully outside of the the walls of the Dabaad camp, dreams spring of a new life in countries like America.
Imagine a life where these Somalian Refugees, are homeless of any country, their home is in civil war unrest, trapped, not being able to work, not being able to build a better life. Life is all about limbo, now reaching four generations of Refugees, 25 years living in Dabaad Camp.
Its a strong documentary, though at the same time only just a small slice of what is part of a unfathomable plight of human kind.

Paris Can Wait – “Cheesy but watchable” Movie Review Yulia Podrul 4/5

Choice is a beautiful thing to have, but what if you had way too many choices? What would you choose? – Brie de Meaux, Camembert, Munster, Livarot or Boursin?

I shall stop listing those fancy French words and get to my point. If you had to choose among those beautiful French cheeses and wines, of course you would try everything! When you are in France, ‘choice’ is a non-existent noun.

That is exactly what our character Anne (well played by Diane Lane) had to face. She decides to catch a ride to Paris with her husband’s business partner, Jacques (flirtatious Arnaud Viard). She puts an incredible effort trying to hide her interest for that French man.

When you go on a road trip with a French man, you have to be cautious of things you do with him. Once they see an opportunity to ‘blow your mind away’, they don’t stop. In just couple of days Jacques did everything that Anne missed out on during her 21 years of marriage. As a woman, I can assure you those creatures love extra attention that they cannot always receive during marriage.

Once they see certain attempts to be impressed, those fragile hearts will be easily seduced, unless your husband is a champion and gets everything right. Most men do know how to make a good solid impression, once the relationship flows into marriage, that might be a different story.

Anne was seduced (not literally) by Jacques’s attention. His actions were almost intimidating to Anne, but he got to the bottom of her heart. Arnaud’s Viard character for sure was not my favourite, he is a little cheesy (French after all, right?), too predictable, idealist, and way too expressive. As an actor, he has done well emerging those characteristics into the life of his character.

We all remember Diane Lane when she escaped the reality by buying an abandoned villa in Tuscany, and falling for a hot Italian macho Marcello, and we all know how the story ended. I adore the character she played in “Under the Tuscan Sun” film. It seems to be the trend for her to fall for European men. She is very natural and elegant actress, European environment suits Diane.

Alec Baldwin showed his busy nature by featuring for the first 10-15 minutes before he disappears completely until he leaves a voice message for Anne. We can only assume he was genuinely worried about letting his Frenchie business partner to take care of his wife.

Eleanor Coppola, the director of this film, decides to let our imagination go wild after the final scene. Was she feeling guilty? She probably was considering she is a married woman. Was she happy? Damn right, she was. Jacque has created an unforgettable memory for Anne, which worked out in her favour. She knows what she wants now, and no doubt her husband will respect her voice that demands to be happy.

So, would you prefer Brie de Meaux or Camembert? Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes or Domaine Romanée Conti? Long marriage with your wealthy husband or a day trip with his business partner? It is for you to choose, until then… Paris can wait

NZ Tech Podcast 345: World’s largest lithium-ion battery headed to Adelaide, Russia vs US, Solar Car, IoT networks

This week – World’s largest lithium-ion battery headed to South Australia, Russia vs US, Solar Car, Electric autonomous trucks, UFB 2 moving, NZ IoT networks, Bitcoin Exchange Hacked, audio tickets, Alibaba vs Amazon Echo, NZ Young Professionals Podcast.

Hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) and this week’s guests: Ed Mcknight and Bill Bennett.

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World’s largest lithium-ion battery headed to Adelaide, Russia vs US, Solar Car, IoT networks – NZ Tech Podcast 345

This week – World’s largest lithium-ion battery headed to South Australia, Russia vs US, Solar Car, Electric autonomous trucks, UFB 2 moving, NZ IoT networks, Bitcoin Exchange Hacked, audio tickets, Alibaba vs Amazon Echo, NZ Young Professionals Podcast.

Hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) and this week’s guests: Ed Mcknight and Bill Bennett.

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You can keep current with our latest NZ Tech Podcast updates via Twitter @NZTechPodcast, the NZ Tech Podcast website or the facebook page. Published by World Podcasts and Podcasts NZ

The Bads – The Tuning Fork

Whoever got Harry Lyon to play before The Bads is a bloody legend. The ex Hello Sailor & Coup D’état frontman was the night’s ‘pièce de résistance’.

His meandering around the guitar and knack of belting out a blinder or two, was just the tonic to kick-start the weekend.

Stripped down to just himself and guitar, he had no trouble connecting to the audience who were happy to drink and leave him to his own devices.

The simple narrative between songs was heartfelt, a bona-fide genuineness expressed in his music, including a brilliant stripped down Doctor I Like Your Medicine & reworked acoustic version of Hello Sailor’s Lying In The Sand – So, so good.

Its always a good omen when you can beeline your way to the front of the stage, avoid a stoush with languishing punters with drinks in hand. Even better, when the music isn’t blaring at you so you can listen without the hassle of ear plugs.

Lucky for me, this was the perfect scenario, as Bads’s duo Brett Adams (one time Mocker) & once-Cats-Away singer Dianne Swann took to the stage playing songs off their brand spanking new recording Losing Heroes.

Cruising straight into new tune Crash and Burn, Mr Adams & Ms Swann cavorted the stage, their sweet music emanating, caressing the ears of those in attendance, while I found myself preferring the live version of Spinning Wheel Turning Tides to the recording.

Guitar driven songs like California or Get It Right highlight wunderkind Adam’s guitar licks, reminiscent of Cold Chisel’s Ian Moss – tasty, but without its head up its technical arse.

Add to the mix talented multi-instrumentalist Dave Khan, legend skin basher Wayne Bell and ex Golden Horse Ben King on bass, and you have the formula for one hot night of music, a spectacle that’s impressive as any band I’ve seen of late.

There is nothing sibylline or cryptic about The Bads, if anything they are probably this country’s best kept secret, their brand of amiable Country Alt has many facets to like, most of all their knack of infectious catchy songs.

Tunes like California or Shelter Love are pop bliss tinged with Southern Rock phrasing, it just begs a listening audience. Adams & Swann’s voices complement each other as they work around the songs, whether harmonising or soloing it works.

At one point in the concert Swann, looked like nearly losing her shit during the set as she expostulated the sound guy to turn up the mic.

Pulling it together, she composed herself as they continued the momentum, each song given rapturous applause.

Him and Her (a song about Swann’s parents) while dedicating the title track Losing Heroes to fallen stalwarts Graham Brazier & Dave McAartney from Hello Sailor, even Tim Finn & son Harper got in on the act to sing a couple of songs – Split Enz’s Dirty Creature & a stirring I Shall Be Released by Bob Dylan.

It was a great night out as Swann asking the audience if they could end on a “quiet song”, “is that alright?” she asked as the band stirred back into life to give the punters one more thrill as they ended on Heartbreak Beach and the jangle of West with Dave Khan on electric fiddle heightening the mood.

The Bads are adult pop, MOR call it what you will, they’re like the ‘Arcade Fire for now’, just good songs with a mature edge.

Thanking the audience Swann was in “Great Shock”, but I think you must be doing something right if you have Tim Finn & Harry Lyon playing with you, its provenance enough that you are on the right track.

The band is touring both islands to support this album, which is deliciously available on vinyl also.

McDell Girls Dunes Band Releases New Video For ‘Horses’

Today Dunes (the musical combo of sisters Jamie & Tessa McDell) have shared a strikingly colourful, DIY music video for their debut track ‘Horses’. Created with the help of wizkid Benjamin Brooking, the video features clips from old family videos that play out over the bold spectrum of colours as the duo kicks up a storm of synchronised dance.

Of the video, Dunes say: “We thought it would be nice to add a personal sisterly touch, and do something a little psychedelic with the imagery. To add to that home-made vibe comes the dance moves, which remind me of performances we used to put on for our parents growing up. It’s a slightly unpolished and raw video that links strongly back to us, and the roots of our musical journey.”

The single, produced by Thomas Healy (Tiny Ruins, Clap Clap Riot, and Paquin) has featured on Apple Music’s Best of the Week playlist and VICE / NOISEY, who said of the track: “on first listen justifies their early comparisons to the big pop of Grimes and Purity Rings.”

Watch the video here as featured last night by ZM Online, or check it out below.