21 December 2009

Under Great White Northern Lights

O.M.G. I want!

UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS chronicles the Stripes’ Canadian tour that took place over two years ago. Jack and Meg did it up right – they played every province and territory in the country, and not just in traditional venues. They played in a boat! On a bus! In a park! The results were all captured by a film crew for the documentary.

The Stripes are now issuing a massive box set to be released on March 16. The limited edition set will include UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS on DVD, along with a DVD of the Stripes’ 10th anniversary show in Nova Scotia, a 16-track live album from one of the dates on Canadian tour (in both vinyl and on CD), a live 7”, a tour book clocking in at over 200 pages (with photos by Autumn de Wilde and a foreword by the incomparable Jim Jarmusch), and a silk screen print. The DVD will also be available separately on March 16.

Box set at The White Stripes website here!! It's only... 110 pounds plus postage *gulp*

Movie Wish List #12

There are so many cool films coming out I actually had to stop listing them all here! (I'll save them for a later post e.g. Kick Ass, Clash of the Titans etc). These will keep us going for a long while:

Last Updated:24 March 2011

Avatar [imdb] - NZ Release 16 December 2009
Director: James Cameron; Starring: Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez
The Plot: A band of humans are pitted in a battle against a distant planet's indigenous population.
The hype for this film is crazt. The 3D is meant to be awesome.

Sherlock Holmes [imdb] - NZ Release 26 December 2009
Director: Guy Ritchie; Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams
The Plot: Detective Sherlock Holmes (Downey Jr.) and his stalwart partner Watson (Law) engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo [imdb] - NZ Release 26 December 2009
Director: Niels Arden Oplevc; Starring: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Peter Haber
The Plot: Swedish thriller based on Stieg Larsson's novel about a journalist and a young female hacker.

Whip It [imdb] - NZ Release 7 January 2010
Director: Drew Barrymore; Starring: Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore, Marcia Gay Harden, Shannon Eagen, Zoe Bell, Juliette Lewis
The Plot: In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin.

Fantastic Mr Fox [imdb] - NZ Release 7 January 2010
Director: Wes Anderson; Starring (voices of): George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Jarvis Cocker, Wes Anderson
The Plot: Angry farmers, tired of sharing their chickens with a sly fox, look to get rid of their opponent and his family.

Up in the Air [imdb] - NZ Release 14 January 2010
Director: Jason Reitman; Starring: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Melanie Lynskey, Danny McBride, Zach Galifianakis
The Plot: Ryan Bingham (Clooney) is a corporate-downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.

Nine [imdb] - NZ Release 28 January 2010
Director: Rob Marshall; Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson
The Plot: Famous film director Guido Contini (Day-Lewis) struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother.

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire [imdb] - NZ Release 4 February 2010
Director: Lee Daniels; Starring: Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz
The Plot: In Harlem, an overweight, illiterate teen (Sidibe) who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.

Edge of Darkness [imdb] - NZ Release 4 February 2010
Director: Martin Campbell; Starring: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston
The Plot: As homicide detective Thomas Craven (Gibson) investigates the death of his activist daughter, he uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent (Winstone) tasked with cleaning up the evidence.

The Book of Eli [imdb] - NZ Release 18 February 2010
Director: Albert Hughes Allen Hughes; Starring: Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Michael Gamb,on, Jennifer Beals, Gary Oldman
The Plot: In a post-apocalyptic United States, a lone man (Washington) fights his way across the country in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.

Shutter Island [imdb] - NZ Release 25 February 2010
Director: Martin Scorsese; Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams. Patrica Clarkson
The Plot: When a psychotic killer (Mortimer) disappears from a mental institution on Shutter Island, a pair of U.S. Marshals (Ruffalo and DiCaprio) race against the clock in order to track her down.

Alice in Wonderland [imdb] - NZ Release 4 March 2010
Director: Tim Burton; Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Stephen Fry, Christopher Lee, Michael Sheen, Alan Rickman, Matt Lucas, Marton Csokas
The Plot: 19-year-old Alice (Wasikowska) returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's reign of terror.

Daybreakers [imdb] - NZ Release 11 March 2010
Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig; Starring: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill
The Plot: In the year 2017, a plague has transformed most every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher (Hawke) works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.

MicMacs [imdb]
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet; Starring: Dany Boon, André Dussollier, Nicolas Marié, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Yolande Moreau, Dominique Pinon
The Plot: A man is accidently shot in the head, survives due to a medical miracle, but ends up homeless. He is befriended by an eccentric bunch of misfits, who help him plot to take down the weapons manufacturers responsible for the bullet used in his shooting.
From the genuis director that gave us Amelie, The City of Lost Children, and Delicatessen - I'm *really* excited to see this film. I hope it gets a NZ release soon, or I might be tempted to buy the DVD from overseas.

Armored [imdb]
Director: Nimród Antal; Staring: Columbus Short, Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne, Jean Jeno, Skeet Urlich
The Plot: A newbie guard for an armored truck company is coerced by his veteran coworkers to steal a truck containing $42 million. But a wrinkle in their supposedly foolproof plan divides the group, leading to a potentially deadly resolution.
'Vacancy' wasn't bad (also by Nimród Antal). I am guessing this will be full of action. Plus I am bias towards Jean Reno (Matt Dillon and Skeet Urlich help too!).

Brothers [imdb]
Director: Jim Sheridan; Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire
The Plot: Sam Cahill (Maguire) returns from being held as a prisoner-of-war in Afghanistan to find that his ex-con brother (Gyllenhaal) has become the man, of sorts, of the household where Sam's wife, Grace (Portman) had been living under the assumption that she was a widow.

The Last Station [imdb]
Director: Michael Hoffman; Starring: Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, Christopher Plummer, Paul Giamatti
The Plot: The Countess Sofya (Mirren), wife and muse to Leo Tolstoy (Plummer), uses every trick of seduction on her husband's loyal disciple (McAvoy), whom she believes was the person responsible for Tolstoy signing a new will that leaves his work and property to the Russian people.
A total of 5 Independent Spirit Awards nominations greeted the period piece a few days before its U.S. release. Will it be matched (at least) by its Oscar tally?

Youth in Revolt [imdb]
Director: Miguel Arteta; Starring: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Ray Liotta, Steve Buscemi, Jean Smart, and Zach Galifianakis
The Plot: Like most teens, young Nick Twisp (Cera) is ruled by his libido. And from the recesses of a trailer park in Northern California, Twisp concocts a plan -- make that multiple schemes -- to lose his virginity to a local girl, the precocious Sheeni Saunders (Doubleday).

Legion [imdb]
Director: Scott Stewart; Starring: Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Charles S. Dutton, Lucas Black
The Plot: At a remote truck stop diner, in the wake of a biblical apocalypse, a group of strangers unwittingly become humanity's last line of defense when they discover the diner's young waitress is pregnant with the messiah.

When in Rome [imdb]
Director: Mark Steven Johnson; Starring: Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Angelica Huston, Will Arnett, Jon Heder
The Plot: Beth (Bell) is a young, ambitious New Yorker who is completely unlucky in love. However, when she impulsively steals some coins from a reputed fountain of love during a whirlwind trip to Rome, she finds herself aggressively pursued by a band of suitors.
Cos I am a sucker for Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell), Will Arnett, Jon Heder, and Rome.

A Couple of Dicks [imdb]
Director: Kevin Smith; Starring: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jason Lee, Sean Williams Scott, Adam Brody, Kevin Pollack
The Plot: A comedy about two cops (Willis and Jordan) whose adventures include locating a stolen baseball card, rescuing a woman, and dealing with gangsters and their laundered money.
This cast directed by Kevin Smith - how could it go wrong?!

Japanese Tarantino!

Auction for Audrey Hepburn Dresses

Waaaaah! Wish I had a spare 60,000 pounds!

Link at stuff.co.nz

11 December 2009

Best of Lists: Albums

NME's 'Top 50 Albums of 2009'. I've listed the top 10 here, and bolded my favs:

10. Jamie T 'Kings and Queens'
09. Fever Ray 'Fever Ray'
08. Fuck Buttons 'Tarot Sport'
07. The Big Pink 'A Brief History of Love'
06. Grizzly Bear 'Veckatimest'
05. Animal Collective 'Merriweather Post Pavalion'
04. Wild Beasts 'Two Dancers'
03. Yeah Yeah Yeahs 'It's Blitz!'
02. The XX 'The xx'
01. The Horrors 'Primary Colours'

(4 of the top 10 I have never heard of!)

The full list is at NME

(Special Mentions: 34. Phoenix 'Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix', 26. Florence and The Machine 'Lungs', 23. Doves 'Kingdom of Rust', 22. Bat For Lashes 'Two Suns', 16. Mumford and Sons 'Sigh No More')

Best of Lists: Albums

NME have compiled 'Top 100 albums of the Decade'. I've listed the top 20 here. My favs are in bold:

20. Blur 'Think Tank' (2003)
19. The White Stripes 'White Blood Cells' (2001)
18. The White Stripes 'Elephant' (2003)
17. Sufjan Stevens 'Illinois' (2005)
16. The Streets 'A Grand Don't Come For Free' (2004)
15. Queens of The Stone Age 'Songs For The Deaf' (2003)
14. Radiohead 'Kid A' (2000)
13. The Shins 'Wincing The Night Away' (2007)
12. At The Drive-In 'Relationship of Command' (2000)
11. LCD Soundsystem 'sound of Silver' (2007)
10. Radiohead 'In Rainbows' (2007)
09. The Streets 'Original Pirate Material' (2002)
08. Interpol 'Turn On The Bright Lights' (2002)
07. Arcade Fire 'Funeral' (2004)
06. PJ Harvey 'Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea (2000)
05. Yeah Yeah Yeahs 'Fever To Tell' (2003)
04. Arctic Monkeys 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' (2006)
03. Primal Scream 'XTRMNTR' (2000)
02. The Libertines 'Up The Bracket' (2002)
01. The Strokes 'Is This It' (2001)

See the whole list at NME

(Special Mentions: 87. Bon Iver 'For Emma, Forever Ago', 79. Kings of Leon 'Youth and Young Manhood', 75. The Shins 'chutes Too Narrow', 70. Glasvegas 'Glasvegas', 65. Muse 'Black Holes and Revelations', 49. Muse 'Absolution', 43. Wilco 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot', 42. Vampire Weekend 'Vampire Weekend', 40. Ryan Adams 'Gold', 38. Bloc Party 'Silent Alarm', 37. The Knife 'Silent Shout', 33. Arcade Fire 'Neon Bible', 32. Yeah Yeah Yeahs 'Show Your Bones')

Best of Lists: Songs

Tis the season for Top/Best Of lists. NME announced their 'Top 100 tracks of the Decade'. Here are the top 20. My favs are in bold:

01. Beyonce Knowles - Crazy In Love
02. MGMT - Time To Pretend
03. The Strokes - Hard To Explain
04. MIA - Paper Planes
05. OutKast - Hey Ya!
06. The Rapture - House Of Jealous Lovers
07. Klaxons - Golden Skans
08. Blur - Out Of Time
09. Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
10. Arctic Monkeys - A Certain Romance
11. The Libertines - Can't Stand Me Now
12. The Streets - Dry Your Eyes
13. The Walkmen - The Rat
14. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
15. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Bang
16. Rihanna - Umbrella
17. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps
18. OutKast - Ms Jackson
19. Radiohead - Reckoner
20. Hot Chip - Over And Over

See all 100 here

Best of Lists: Movies

Flicks.co.nz released not a 'Top Movies of 2009'; they went whole hog, and announced their take on 'Top 50 Movies of the DECADE'!

I've bolded my favs. There are only two I haven't seen ('Grizzly Bear', and '4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days' - I have the latter at home to see though)

50. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
49. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
48. Whale Rider (2002)
47. Sunshine (2007)
46. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
45. Pineapple Express (2008)
44. The Descent (2005)
43. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
42. Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (2003)
41. The Squid and the Whale (2005)
40. Grizzly Man (2005)
39. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
38. The Pianist (2002)
37. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
36. Memento (2000)
35. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
34. District 9 (2009)
33. The Science of Sleep (2006)
32. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
31. The Incredibles (2004)
30. Amelie (2001)
29. A History of Violence (2005)
28. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
27. Irreversible (2002)
26. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
25. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
24. Apocalypto (2006)
23. Spirited Away (2001)
22. Battle Royale (2000)
21. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
20. Wall-E (2008)
19. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
18. Pan's Labyrinth (2007)
17. Moulin Rouge! (2001)
16. Mulholland Dr. (2001)
15. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
14. The Lives of Others (2006)
13. Let The Right One In (2008)
12. Zodiac (2007)
11. Adaptation (2002)
10. Children of Men (2006)
09. The Dark Knight (2008)
08. Lost in Translation (2003)
07. Donnie Darko (2001)
06. City of God (2002)
05. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
04. Oldboy (2003)
03. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)
02. There Will Be Blood (2007)
01. No Country For Old Men (2007)

Check out the list here at flicks.co.nz for full reviews.

10 December 2009

Wednesday Squee!

Chocolates were delivered to my work for me (yes, from Rob). So sweet.

09 December 2009


The Animal Collective gig Tuesday night was fairly epic. I had a great time, but only wish they played a little more from their latest album. Blurry mobile phone pic follows:

08 December 2009

Animal Collective Tuesday

Animal Collective Tuesday! (also, yay Google - celebrating E C Segar's, creator of Popeye's, Birthday)

07 December 2009

05 December 2009

Bit & Bobs

  • Back in August I blogged about Steven Spielberg's remake of the film 'Harvery' (which I love!). I was a little horrified to think of it being remade, so I am pleased to say I just read this: Spielbery Dumps 'Harvery'. Apparently there were problems with the script (the original is just fine!) and he couldn't find a star to take on the role of Elwood P Dowd (he approached Tom Hanks, then Robert Downey Jr). Unfortunately, Fox 200 Studio is still working on the project.
  • It's too soon to go on a Movie Wishlist, but I've been reading about 'Hesher', which is screening at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. It's written and directed by Spencer Susser, and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson, and Natalie Portman. The plot sounds intriguing: A mysterious, anarchical trickster descends on the lives of a family struggling to deal with a painful loss.
  • We (Jo, Becs, Rich, and I) had our last 'Project Runway' marathon for season 6. Not my favourite season I have to say, but we had fun. This morning I was shocked to learn that Bravo (that used to run 'PR') has it's own fashion challenge show called 'Launch My Line'. How can this be?! No Tim, no Heidi... no "make it work". However, I am disturbed and also curious to read that some reviewers are saying its "fiercer" than 'PR'. I'm skeptical. Read about 'Launch My Line' here.
  • Rumours are around again about an 'Entourage' film, with executive producer Mark Wahlberg saying: "We’ll see; there could be more, but then a movie." In the meantime I am just happy that there will be more of the show - it's a huge hit and there are at least 2 more seasons in it's future (being worked on now).
  • Another film that is a little while away is 'Master'. The religious drama, set in 1950s America, will be fifth collaboration between director of 'There Will Be Blood' and Oscar-winning actor. Hoffman acted in Anderson's debut feature 'Hard Eight' back in 1996 and took supporting roles in 'Boogie Nights', 'Magnolia' and 'Punch-Drunk Love'. The film will star Hoffman as an intellectual in the mould of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard, who sets up a successful faith-based organisation. Variety reports that the tale focuses on the relationship between "the master" and his pupil – a young drifter who joins the group and then starts to doubt its ideals and ambitions.
  • 'The 40 Year Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It' is an actual movie. Straight to DVD. It's going to suck. I don't think I've heard of even one of the cast. And no, this isn't a Wayans' brothers movie.

03 December 2009

Difficult Difficult Lemon Difficult

The office is almost empty. It's rainy and grey outside, but today is our charity golf day. I'm not involved (a blessing), which leaves me at work, surrounded by 30-odd empty desks. There are perhaps 6 people on this floor.

I'm a little off task (due to the general ghost-town feel of this place). I kinda wish I could just skive off home (I'll probably leave early), but it's nice to be able to just do my own thing in the office, without being interrupted (I get to blog etc, which is completely unwork-related!)

Due to dead office, I did get to go through my BRAND NEW 2010 diary. I took quiet-bliss in filling in all the birthdays, anniversaries, concerts I have so far, and holidays (I'm a geek).

This week has been generally less busy, though I have been roped into organising the staff xmas party (STRESS!!!).

I managed to see 'New Moon' again (with a twihard friend, and a friend who hadn't seen it yet). We had fun hanging out, and seeing it a second time wasn't so bad.

Last night Rob came over for dinner. We got Thai take-out across the street, drank wine, and watched 'In The Loop' ("It's going to be easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy" "No, it's going to difficult-difficult-lemon-difficult"). It was nice to have a lowkey night. Really nice :)

Unfortunately I was super-stressed and tired yesterday evening before Rob arrived, and I had a meltdown :( Went into crazy-lady tidying and yelling at poor Rich. Then there were tears! Talk about irrational female behaviour (although some of the reasons I was upset were completely valid). Everything is sorted for now though.

Tomorrow night Rich and I are hosting the last 'Project Runway' watching marathon (to the end of Season 6). In addition to great viewing, fun company, and alcohol, we have planned a great menu (aka Rich has planned a great menu. It's not that I don't cook; it's that he loves to cook so much he mostly does it).

I am hoping to catch 'Where the Wild Things Are' at the cinema on Saturday sometime (already saw 'Zombieland' - it rocked!!). I also need to make this years Xmas cards (big job), tidy our under-the-stairs-cupboard (bigger job), read library books, watch some DVDs that need to be sent back, and hopefully finish off the last of my Xmas shopping.

Next week is looking CRAZY; something every night! Movies on Monday ('Valentino: The Last Emperor'), Animal Collective concert Tuesday (YAY!), Dinner with Danielle Wednesday (yum), Dinner with Rob's work Thursday (*gulp* and *eek*), and a work lunch on Friday (which will no doubt lead into afternoon drinking...).

That's all for now I think. Should really get back to work.

02 December 2009

Happy Birthday Guadalupe

New Killers track/video (starring Luke Perry hehe!).
It's The Killers annual Xmas song, but also for (RED), the organisation that raises $$ for the Global Fund through the power of good music.