Little Infinities Screening of The Fault In Our Stars in May – Entries Close Soon!

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Have you entered 20th Century Fox’s ‘Little Infinities Screening’ competition yet? If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? If you want to see The Fault In Our Stars sooner rather than later, and by soon we mean on the 11th of May (NZ Release is June 5th), go like the 20th Century Fox facebook page and ENTER THE COMP before it closes this Saturday.

Just fill out the form with your name, email, and social media usernames and post about it using the hashtag #littleinfinities (make sure your account’s public so the good folk from 20th Century Fox can see your posts!). If you’re one of the lucky fans picked at random, you’ll get two tickets to the screening on May 11 2014.

Hop to it nerdfighters! Okay? Okay.

Okay? Okay.

(Delayed) Music Monday: Kylie – Kiss Me Once

Kylie Minogue Kiss Me Once

Kylie
Kiss Me Once
Parlophone / Warner Bros.

Hello everyone, it’s me, Chloe! I know, where have I been all this time? But I am back, albeit with a slightly delayed edition of Music Monday. So without further ado, let us get into it.

I was NOT going to review this album, but to be honest I have a soft spot for Kylie. Pop music is what I grew up on, after all. Britney Spears, N’Sync, Backstreet Boys, FIVE, 911… list goes on. Do you guys remember The Moffatts? I do. I had their poster on my wall and everything.

BUT we are talking about Kylie here. Power pop dance queen Kylie. Do you remember back in the day when she was “Kylie Minogue”? Now she has one name and y’all know which Kylie we’re talking about. Move over Madonna.

Kiss Me Once is Kylie’s twelfth studio album, preceded by 2010’s Aprodite which I also own and yes, danced a lot to, shutupdon’tlookatme.

This is one of those albums with a whole bunch of songs. REALLY CHLOE? Wow. But yes, really. And while you’re listening to it, it’ll seem kinda derivative and pop, like yeah super smooth and catchy tunes Kylez, but y’know, how are you different to any other pop star who uses synths and has Pharrell channelling his Daft Punk influence behind the producers desk?

And then five hours later you’re lying in bed trying to sleep but there’s this tune in your head, like completely foreign, kind of like hearing this solemn yet moving song and not being able to place it and it plays in your head for about twenty seconds before it hits you – it’s the Game of Thrones theme song and you don’t even watch the damn show.

Except it’s the Kylie edition. And you’ll have remembered a lot more lyrics than you thought, too.

The album is about love and also sex, but more the romantic notion of love and the eventual sexytiemz, rather than S-E-X-X sex. It’s just really funky and smooth, upbeat and happy and just really… carefree, which may be a reflection of her new contract with Roc Nation Management.

Also of note re: Roc Nation – it’s Jay-Z’s label, which goes to explain the sort of hip-hop dubstep funk style thing going on with tracks such as “Sexercize.” This unfortunately did not jive with me on the music front but that’s okay.

Other producers on the album are Sia Furler, who executive-produced the album, and Ariel Reichstadt (who produced Haim’s album) for “If Only,” as well as MNEK on “Feels So Good” – and this wide variety of musical smorgasbordism shows across the album’s 11 tracks.

My favourites are “Les Sex” which I did NOT expect to like as much as I do, but it’s so ridic catchy. Close on its heels is “I Was Gonna Cancel” (our Pharrell track) which is one of those songs that you can mindlessly bop to, but take a closer listen to the lyrics:

Just hop out of the bed, go ahead face the day,
Who cares what you know?
Don’t let that in the way – no way!
Shut out all the doubt, just get up and go.
What’s on the other side?
You will never know unless you, go, go, go, girl…

I really do feel like there is a Message here until it gets to a far too repetitive pre-chorus, but you’ll never know unless you go, go, go – damn it.

And a reeeeeally nice song – actually all the songs on the album are nice, apart from “Mr President” ugh let’s just forget that’s on there – is “Beautiful,” which is a true-to-it’s-name ballad duet with the one and only singer of love*, Enrique Iglesias. It is honestly SO BEAUTIFUL albeit a little bit sad and also has sent AutoTune to therapy for being abused so bad. Okay maybe it’s not that great.

Kiss Me Once is a disco hit, although someone has poisoned my mind so every time I think of Kylie I think of gay men dancing to dark and smoky rooms with disco lights and a giant disco ball and overall it’s a really good time, but this may be a disservice to actual gay clubs which I do not frequent enough to speak upon with authority.

Anyway, I really enjoyed it and sometimes it’s good to just get back to your roots, if your roots are a genre-bending fun ride of IDGAF.

THREE-POINT-SEVEN-FIVE out of FIVE silent LOLs

*Singer of love if you are my age. If you are older it may be Elvis Presley, if you are younger I don’t know and I’m a little afraid to find out.

Game of Thrones 4×03 – Breaker of Chains Review

GOT.CerseiTroubling episode, no? Well, more troubling than usual that is. Let’s talk about what transpired tonight on our favourite cutthroat show, Game of Thrones. Most of the episode consisted of the immediate aftermath of the Purple Wedding (a framed Tyrion, a Sansa on the run!) while the rest of it was spent playing catch-ups with some of our other favourites. Beware of SPOILERS.

‘Breaker of Chains’ sets us up for what is sure to be the trial of the century, preparing us for the far-reaching ramifications of Joffrey’s murder, interspersed with scenes of Dany at Slaver’s Bay, Arya and The Hound on their way to the Eyrie, Jon Snow, Samwell Tarly and Gilly at Castle Black- Littlefinger and- haha jokes, he’s no one’s favourite. Okay, maybe he’s someone’s favourite- but not mine.

But first thing’s first, should we get right into that scene? I think we should, because the fandom is split, I mean really split, about what occurred in the Sept between Jaime and Cersei. On one hand, this series has never shied away from using rape as a plot device, while it’s not pretty you should know what you’ve invested your time in, and on the other hand there’s a chance that something has been lost in the translation from the page to our screen that changed what occurred in the Sept from consensual sex to outright rape. As someone who sped-read through all five books in the span of a week after binge-watching the first season, yes it’s possible when you’re procrastinating, I won’t pretend to be an expert on the finer details. However having said that, this was one of the scenes that stuck in my mind for a bit after reading A Storm of Swords because of the ew factor. I mean, c’mon guys- nasty incest is already gross without the added factor of nasty rapey incest beside the corpse of your nasty inbred child in your world’s place of worship? Ya nasty.

In the book, the scene could be interpreted as consensual- although the fact that the chapter is told from Jaime’s POV kind of pulls that into question. All of the information that is given to us reflects his subjective perception of what’s going on, and upon a second/third glance at the scene, Cersei does also protest at the start in the scene on the page. So is it really consensual in the book? Portraying something completely from a particular character’s point of view is hard to do onscreen, the closest way to mimic the book’s format would be to have a voice-over narrating and that’s just all kinds of no, amiright? It could be that by simply taking what occurs at face value and translating it onto the scene, stripped of any internal focalisation, the show depicts a much more unbiased account of what went down in that Sept. Ya dig?

I don’t want to spend anymore time talking about it, because other things did happen in this episode, but I’m curious to see what others made of the scene other than the usual ‘ew, naaaasty incest again‘. I continue to lament Cersei’s lack of agency and how it’s informed the development of her character- and the continued perpetuation of the patriarchy and how shitty it is for women in Westeros. We’ve got fans yelling about how the Sept scene undoes Jaime’s development so far (losing a hand for saving Brienne from rape and all that jazz) but what of Cersei’s?

 
Say what you will about Cersei, but that woman loves her children. Her character is defined by the men around her, Cersei is the daughter of a power-hungry man who married her off to a drunkard that never really wanted her, and the female half of a twincestuous relationship- with the other half not hearing her say no on the occasions she does say no to nastiness- she hates her younger brother not just for his being a dwarf but for -in her eyes- killing their mother and perhaps one day bringing about her own demise. Not to mention the fact that she spawns a monster of a son- who by the very fact that he was male was given the power (if not the respect) she felt she deserved. She wants to be her father, but she can’t because she’s a woman. Oh to be a woman ‘of power’ in Westeros, huh? Kudos to Lena Headey for her performance. For someone who hasn’t read the books she sure can embody that haughty, crazily trying to make up for her complete lack of agency, ruthless and utterly protective of her children lioness rather well. Joffrey was a monster but, as I said last week, his death was a tragedy for someone- his mother.
 

 
Tywin, not too bothered by the death of his eldest grandson, merely points out to the next in line (the sweet-tempered Tommen) that he is the next in line and gives him a history lesson on what makes a good king- over Joffrey’s grave and in the face of his grieving mother. Cersei’s expression as they walk off is one of sad-realisation that her role, after everything she’s put in or sacrificed, is so reduced that she can’t even keep her children from dying or at the very least in her own care.
 

Someone, for whom Joffrey’s death was not a tragedy was the Queen of Thorns. While Margaery is unsettled by what she witnessed, further strengthening the idea for viewers that she wasn’t involved in her new husband’s early demise, the Queen of Thorns is quick to say what we we’re all thinking, “You may not have enjoyed watching him die, but you enjoyed it more than you would’ve been being married to him, I can promise you that.” Lady Olenna needs to be around to show me how to life like she does- and how to poison kings without any of the backlash.

It’s good to see Arya and the Hound doing well- and the Hound continually teaching Arya the facts of their hellish life. Even if it means smashing and stealing from a farmer and his daughter who did nothing but take them in and give them food- after Arya’s quick wits saw her easily lie to the poor man about the Hound being her father and fighting for the Tullys. Which brings me to a very important question that’s gnawed at me since the Red Wedding, what happened to the Blackfish? Catelyn’s uncle? I mean I know what happens to him in the books, sorta, but we haven’t heard a word about Arya’s baddass great uncle. If the larger theme of this episode is the idea of ‘survival of the fittest’, the Blackfish is sure to have survived the Red Wedding. The Hound really hammers the idea that the weak die and the strong survive into Arya’s head- reminding her that most of her family is without a head for thinking that their world was an honourable place where justice prevails and the good come out on top.

Closer to the wall we’re confronted with the danger of the Wildlings breach and what it means for those poor folk caught in the crossfire. Once again, the Wildlings are the fittest in this case and when those Thenns tell that young boy they’re going to consume his mother and father the idea that being part of ‘the fittest’ perhaps means losing most of your humanity. We get to see Jon Snow! And he’s showing some sound judgement in regards to how the Night’s Watch should approach the ‘Wildling Problem’. Seeing Ygritte exercising her right as a free woman was great, but man the brutal killing of innocent folk is always a difficult thing to watch.

Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones - Breaker of Chains

And finally Daenerys Targaryan, ending the episode with a bang. She catapults barrels full of broken slave collars, a symbolic move and one that should prove fruitful, working in her favour as she diplomatically navigates herself, again, into the position of the people’s champion- she has the eyebrow down pat. It doesn’t hurt that she is also a rousing orator and her champion, Daario, basically owned the slave masters of Meereen’s champion. Dany doesn’t use her dragons this time, choosing the simpler avenue- her words. For a young Queen who initially began with less agency than Cersei, she has become one of the main power holders of the show. Sure, it’s all the way across the Narrow Sea- but everyone knows that eventually Dany will find her way to Westeros. Eventually.

 

Honourable Mentions:

- Because I spent so much time up there on other things I didn’t get to discuss my favourite heartbreaking scene from the episode. Tyrion’s conversation with his squire, Podrick. You come away heartbroken and fearful- both for Tyrion and the most loyal squire in all of Westeros- because it’s just not fair, is it? I’m sorry, but if you didn’t feel anything during this scene you’re a monster. Because Pod not only tries to smuggle Tyrion all the things he refuses to betray him- thus putting a bulls-eye on his own back. Honour is a dangerous thing to have in Westeros, especially in King’s Landing.

 
- Ugh, Littlefinger returns. That slimey slimey man. Sure he saves Sansa- but why? Also, he knew what would occur at the wedding, because he had something to do with it? Why does he crush the necklace? Why have it given to her to take it, crush a stone and throw it down onto Dontos pin-cushioned corpse? Spoiler alert, I do believe the foreshadowing is strong in this one. Alayne Stone?
 
- “When it comes to love, I don’t choose sides.” Oberyn explaining bi-sexuality in less than ten words tho’. I will admit, while his seksi time scenes may be lulz- I feel it detracts from his overall baddassery. When Tywin interrupts to speak to Oberyn about poisons, serving as the third judge in Tyrion’s trial and whatnot you find that Oberyn’s poison backstory is really stripped down. There’s more to this Dornish man than seksii-times with both men and woman and his excellent wordplay- he founded his own sellsword company for Stranger’s sake. So here’s to the show giving us more bamf and less fudgery.
 
- Samwell and Gilly and little baby Sam join us, hi Cassie, this week. It’s understandable that Sam would be protective of Gilly- he’s a decent bloak if a bit of a dunce- so duncey everyone thinks he’s bullshitting about killing a Wight. However he just comes off as patronising and his efforts a bit in vain.
 
- BOOK SPOILERS AHOY! Seeing Gilly’s baby again makes me wonder, have they completely shafted the so-called Wildling Prince storyline? Mance Raydar’s wife, Dalla, his baby (the Wildling Prince) and Dalla’s hot sister Val are noticeably absent- both onscreen and unmentioned. It’s an odd choice considering the large part played by Val at the Wall, which involves the Wildling Prince- Gilly’s baby and the Red Woman and an eventual trip across the Narrow Sea.

Puck Yes! Chris Lilley’s ‘Jonah From Tonga’ to Stream Online Before It Airs On TV.

Jonah From Tonga

Buzzfeed Australia revealed that the world premiere of Chris Lilley’s new series will be released on May 2. And that fans will be able to watch the whole of Jonah From Tonga online, before it hits TV screens. Remember how Jonah was unfairly shipped off to Tonga at the end of Summer Heights High? Well the best breakdancer in Australia and Tonga is apparently back and already wreaking havoc with a brand new crew (awww no Leon?!) and a more hardcase teacher it seems. The six-part series will premiere in an ABC iView binge, from 6 p.m. Friday May 2 until 6 p.m. Sunday May 4. Puck, here’s to hoping Australia will be kind to their NZ bros and let us in on the fun.

I’m just looking forward to seeing more of his relationship with his father, some of the biggest laughs came from Jonah’s interaction with his FOB dad. Tbh while J’amie King was alright, my favourite character has ALWAYS been Jonah. I suppose it’s because I could relate much more to Jonah than Ja’mie. So thug, much gangsta… such fob. Being a Poly, oh my golly. 

Being a Poly, oh my golly.
 
 

 

Hayao Miyazaki’s THE WIND RISES Headed Back To Cinemas for Limited Release

Master Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki’s final film The Wind Rises is heading back to cinemas for a limited season on April 24th, that’s next week! Catch it at the Bridgeway in Auckland, the Lighthouse Cuba in Wellington and the Rialto in Tauranga. Bridgeway is screening both the subtitled and dubbed versions of the film, while the Lighthouse will only be screening the subtitled version.

The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) follows Jiro from a young age into adulthood, he dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, but because he’s nearsighted he’s unable to become a pilot. Jiro joins the aircraft division of a major Japanese engineering company in 1927. His genius is soon recognized, and he grows to become one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers. The Wind Rises gives us key historical events which deeply affects the course of Jiro’s life, including The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the tuberculosis epidemic, and Japan’s plunge into war. It’s an epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.

The Wind Rises

The Fault In Our Stars “It’s A Metaphor” Clip

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ACK!

We all remember this moment, yeah? When Hazel and Augustus get a’talking and Augustus pulls out a cigarette and you’re with Hazel as she goes all ‘dude, wtf’ on him. But then he tells her he doesn’t light it and that it’s a metaphor and it’s just all the adorbs. You’ve gotta admit, Woodley and Elgort have great chemistry.

I don’t see Beatrice and Caleb Prior AT ALL.

The Fault In Our Stars opens in New Zealand cinemas on June 5th, 2014. Who’s ready for it?

Ranga God -Ed Sheeran- Performing One-off Auckland Show

On April 30th, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran will be performing in Auckland, thanks to 2degrees and everyone reading this, SHEERAN FOREVER.

Already being promoted by the online radio station iHeartRadio, his one free show will be  a chance for Ed to perform some tracks from his newest album x set to be released in New Zealand on June 20th.

It will be mine- because his first album was epic, and considering it’s the ginge musical god Ed Sheeran, his second album will be just as amazing.

We’ve also seen two tracks from his new album, SING and Don’t and if any of his other new tracks are like them, then I will- without a doubt- love them. Although to be fair, I love Ed Sheeran in general. He’s perfect and I’m so excited and happy for him, it’s almost embarrassing but it can’t be embarrassing because it’s Ed freaking Sheeran. Okay? He’s a ranga, he’s got red hair! Kissed by fire!

Ahem.

Click and register here to be into win free Ed Sheeran show tickets, I already signed up and now I’m hyperventilating just at the possibility of seeing him live again.

*dead*

 *comes back to life just to die again*