26 January 2008

Big Day Out

Friday 18 January - it was a pretty big day... Tiki Tane, Kate Nash, Spoon, Dizzee Rascal, Pluto, Arcade Fire, Shihad, Bjork, Rage Against the Machine, LCD Soundsystem, Supergroove

How about some pathetic cellphone photos to set the scene?!

Clich├ęd scene-setting atmosphere shot

Bjork & her awesome costume

Bjork is the little dot on stage

25 January 2008

Boy oh Boy!

Evette has a little baby boy: Jackson Phoenix!! He's an early bird too - he wasn't due until February 12th!

Can't wait to babysit.

16 January 2008

Brad Renfro - Dead!

Saw this headline and was a little stunned. I've seen quite a few movies that he is in... how utterly sad and tragic.

Read the complete E! News article here: Former Child Star Renfro Dead

Brad Renfro, the former one-to-watch whose acting work was often overshadowed by reports of drug abuse and legal troubles, was found dead Tuesday morning at his Los Angeles home. He was 25.
The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said that paramedics pronounced him dead at 9:00 a.m. after friends he had spent the previous evening with called 911. Cause of death has not yet been determined and an autopsy could take place as early as Wednesday.
Coroner's Office chief investigator Craig Harvey said that Renfro had been drinking alcohol last night but it's too soon to tell whether that was a factor.
Renfro made his big-screen debut opposite Tommy Lee Jones and Susan Sarandon in the adaptation of the John Grisham bestseller The Client when he was 12. He worked steadily over the years but never quite recaptured the buzz that surrounded him as a child star as reports of his struggles with substance abuse outweighed all other publicity.

01 January 2008

Upcoming Movie Wish List #7

(In no particular order of preference!)
Last updated: 23-Aug-09

This is a list of movies that I've compiled from the net or in a mag that I am going to look out for this year (end of 2007/2008)

The Dead Girl (check out the cast!)
Priceless (Audrey Tautou)
The Jane Austen Book Club (Read the book & loved it)
Enchanted (looked cute)
Hitman (never played the game but its Timothy Olymphant!!!)
I Am Legend (Read the short story – vampires!)
30 Days of Night (Read the comic – more vampires!!!!!)
Darjeeling Limited (Yay for Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson)

The Mist
No Country for Old Men
PS I Love You (Hilary Swank & Gerald Butler)
Sweeny Todd (Burton/Depp awesomeness)

The Orphanage (ooooo scary!)
Cassandra's Dream (Woody Allen)
27 Dresses
Teeth (sounds fucked up so deserved a mention)
Be Kind, Rewind (Michael Gondry, Jack Black...)

The Air I Breathe (I'm a sucker for Buffy... also stars Forest Whitaker)
The Eye (I'm there for Parker Posey)
The Spiderwick Chronicles (Based on kids books, but looks very cool - & quite scary for little ones)
Definately, Maybe (Yes, its a RomCom, but it could be a good one)

Charlie Bartlett (Good cast - recently watches Season 1 of Huff, so looking forward to seeing Anton Yelchin on the big screen)
The Signal (Indie horror)
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
Semi-Pro (Can't resist Will Ferrell)
The Other Boleyn Girl (Didn't much enjoy the book, but with this awesome cast I may like the movie)

Possession (Yes, Buffy herself again)
Penelope (Christina Ricci, Reese Witherspoon, James McAvoy & a pig snout)
Snow Angels
Funny Games U.S. (Naomi Watts thriller)

Books Read [2008]

52 books read for 2008 (ha!)

03 Jan: Everything is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer
25 Jan: Atonement, by Ian McEwan
01 Feb: Running with Scissors, by Augusten Burroughs
09 Feb: The Cold Moon, by Jeffery Deaver
20 Feb: Let the Right One In, by John Ajvide Lindqvist
09 Mar: Heartsick, by Chelsea Cain
21 Mar: The Flirt, by Kathleen Tessaro
21 Mar: Body Surfing, by Anita Shreve
04 May: The Nameless Day, by Sara Douglass (Book 1)
10 May: After River, by Donna Milner
11 May: The Wounded Hawk, by Sara Douglass (Book 2)
12 May: The Nanny Diaries, by Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin
18 May: The Crippled Angel, by Sara Douglass (Book 3)
21 May: The Cutting, by Lee Tulloch
30 May: The Woman in the Lobby, by Lee Tulloch
02 Jun: Shopaholic and Sister, by Sophie Kinsella
10 Jun: Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
11 Jun: Shopaholic and Baby, by Sophie Kinsella
11 Jun: Darkly Dreaming Dexter, by Jeff Lindsay
14 Jun: Moon Called, by Patricia Briggs
26 Jun: Poison Study, by Maria V Synder
05 Jul: Book Lover, by Jennifer Kaufman & Karen Mack
06 Jul: Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer
09 Jul: No Country For Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy
27 Jul: Tell it to the Skies, by Erica James
01 Aug: Dearly devoted Dexter, by Jeff Lindsay
10 Aug: Ferney, by James Long
18 Aug: Mona Lisa awakening, by Sunny
20 Aug: From dead to worse, by Charlaine Harris
21 Aug: Season of the witch, by Natasha Mostert
24 Aug: Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer
26 Aug: New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer
27 Aug: Bright Shiny Morning, by James Frey
30 Aug: The Sleeping Doll by Deaver, Jeffery
13 Sep: Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) by Meyer, Stephenie
13 Sep: The Broken Window: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel by Deaver, Jeffery
15 Sep: Blood Noir (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 16) by Hamilton, Laurell K.
19 Sep: Mona Lisa Blossoming (Monere Book 2) by Sunny
24 Sep: Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4) by Meyer, Stephenie
18 Oct: Sweetheart by Cain, Chelsea
26 Oct: Mona Lisa Craving: A Novel of the Monere (Book 3) by Sunny
26 Oct: Embrace the Night (Cassie Palmer, Book 3) by Chance, Karen
27 Oct: Lucinda, Darkly: The Demon Princess Chronicles by Sunny
06 Nov: Blood Bound (Mercedes Thompson, Book #2) by Briggs, Patricia
16 Nov: Greywalker (Greywalker, Book 1) by Richardson, Kat
28 Nov: Christine Falls: A Novel by Black, Benjamin
01 Dec: Testimony by Shreve, Anita
17 Dec: In the Dark by Billingham, Mark
26 Dec: Iron Kissed (Mercedes Thompson, Book #3) by Briggs, Patricia
27 Dec: Gene by Pavlou, Stel
29 Dec: The Camel Bookmobile by Hamilton, Masha

Concerts Rocked [2008]

12 Jan: Kings of Leon @ Vector Arena

18 Jan: Big Day Out @ Mt Smart Stadium
Rage Against the Machine, Bjork, Arcade Fire, Shihad, LCD Soundsystem, Scribe, Unkle, Dizzee Rascal, Supergroove, Battles, The Clean, Katchafire, Carl Cox, Krafty Cuts and MC Dynamite, The Phoenix Foundation, Billy Bragg, SJD, Grinspoon, Hilltop Hoods, Bleeders, Paul Kelly, Anti-Flag, The Nightwatchman, Tiki Taane, Dr Octagon and Kutmaster Kurt, Liam Finn, Cut Off Your Hands, Kate Nash, Op Shop, Pluto, Die! Die! Die!, Havoc, Collapsing Cities, Enter Shakiri, Operator Please, Shy Child, Brand New, Spoon, Dam Native, The Checks, Young Sid, Antagonist, Motocade, White Birds and Lemons, Spoon, Aceyalone, The Shocking Pinks, Missing Teeth, Mu, Battle Circus , Surf City, Dick ‘Magik’ Johnson, False Start, All Left Out, The Kingsland Vinyl Appreciation Society, Solstate, The Exiles, The Electric Confectionaires, Kerretta, The Lookie Loos, Pig Out.

22 Mar: Blues/Roots Festival @ Dakota Field, Whitianga (Coromandel)
I enjoyed: Herbs, Pluto, The Checks, The Lookie Loos, KT Tunstell, WILCO!!!!!, Xavier Rudd...

13 Jun: The Bravery @ The Kings Arms
Awesome. Awesome. AWESOME! Sing-a-long songs, rock'n'roll that you can dance to... brilliant performance!

Movies Seen [2008]

35 movies seen for 2008

01 Jan: Beowulf 3D (Awesome seeing it in 3D, although felt utterly nauseous afterwards)
02 Jan: The Darjeeling Limited
03 Jan: I Am Legend
12 Jan: Priceless
31 Jan: Sweeney Todd
02 Feb: The Jane Austen Book Club
08 Feb: Juno
10 Feb: Gloomy Sunday (Again - fantastic Hungarian/German film I went to 5 or so years ago)
12 Feb: Once
16 Feb: No Country For Old Men
01 Mar: 27 Dresses
03 Mar: Run Fat Boy Run
25 Apr: U2 3D
27 Apr: Nim's Island
03 May: Iron Man
14 May: I'm Not There
24 May: Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull
24 May: Lars and the Real Girl
01 Jun: Shine a Light (Rolling Stone doco)
07 Jun: Sex and the City
09 Jul: Speedracer
20 Jul: Hancock

40th Auckland International Film Festival
12 Jul: Sukiyaki Western Django
16 Jul: Be Kind Rewind
19 Jul: Up The Yangtze
23 Jul: Let the Right One in
?? Jul: Gomarrah
?? Jul: The Savages

26 Jul: The Dark Knight
03 Sep: Hell Boy 2
14 Sep: Wanted
24 Sep: Taken
25 Oct: Pineapple Express
30 Oct: How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
13 Dec: Twilight