11 November 2011

PORTISHEAD 10 Nov 2011

FINALLY! Portishead have always been on my 'must see list'. I was in heaven at Vector :)

Setlist:

1. Silence
2. Hunter
3. Nylon Smile
4. Mysterons
5. The Rip
6. Sour Times
7. Magic Doors
8. Wandering Star
9. Machine Gun
10. Over
11. Glory Box
12. Chase the Tear
13. Cowboys
14. Threads

Encore:
15. Roads
16. We Carry On

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05 November 2011

Naked and Famous 04 Nov 2011

Was cool to see Naked and Famous at the Town Hall - I was feeling a little ill though, which didn't help. Still, they played The Sun - my fav track.

Setlist:

1. The Ends
2. A Wolf in Geek's Clothing
3. Punching in a Dream
4. Spank
5. The Sun
6. Bells
7. Frayed
8. All of This
9. Birds
10. No Way
11. Eyes
12. Jilted Lovers
13. Dadada
14 Girls Like You

Encore:
15. Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! (The Mint Chicks cover)
16. Serenade
17. Young Blood

11 September 2011

More TV shows!!

I thought my list was long! Here's a list of new shows starting soon that my brother sent me (there is a few that overlap with mine)

Ringer (CW)
Premieres Tuesday, September 13, 9pm
What Is It? Sarah Michelle Geller returns to TV to play a poor woman who is on the run and starts impersonating her posh twin sister when she goes missing. Sounds confusing—and kickass.
Should You Watch It? Oh, hell yes!

H8R (CW)
Premieres Wednesday, September 14, 8pm
What Is It? A celebrity confronts a real life schmo who talked crap about them on the internet and makes him (or her) say it to his (or her) face. Snooki and Kim Kardashian are already on board.
Should You Watch It? This will probably get old fast, but it will be cute for a few episodes.

Up All Night (NBC)
Premieres Wednesday, September 14, 10pm
What Is It? Underappreciated comedic actors Will Arnett and Christina Applegate play new parents trying to balance their social and professional lives with a new kid. Maya Rudolph is part of a strong supporting cast.
Should You Watch It? Though the concept threatens to get staler than a 3-day-old used Pamper, Arnett and Applegate are always a treat.

Free Agents (NBC)
Premieres Wednesday, September 14, 10:30pm
What Is It? Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn play PR agents who have a drunken one night stand and then have to keep working together.
Should You Watch It? If you want to watch this then you've never had to deal with PR people.

The Secret Circle (CW)
Premieres Thursday, September 15, 9pm
What Is It? The Vampire Diaries with witches.
Should You Watch It? If you are under 18, it's social suicide not to. If you're older, well, there are a lot worse things you could be watching. Like Grey's Anatomy.

2 Broke Girls (CBS)
Premieres Monday, September 19, 9:30pm
What Is It? A rich girl has to get a job at a diner after her Daddy Warbucks is locked in jail and she ends up moving in with the poor girl she works with at the diner.
Should You Watch It? This has a laugh track and is written by Michael Patrick King, who we still haven't forgiven for Sex and the City 2: Menopause Never Sleeps. So, no.

The Playboy Club (NBC)
Premieres Monday, September 19, 10pm
What Is It? It's like Mad Men but with skimpier costumes, worse writing, and Eddie Cibrian. Damn, he's hot. But he plays some fancy playboy who helps a waitress cover up a murder after she kills a guy with her high heel in the first episode. Yes, with her high heel. That is a real thing. Watch the trailer!
Should You Watch It? Does Hugh Hefner have a smooth nutsack?

New Girl (FOX)
Premieres Tuesday, September 20, 9pm
What Is It? Indie movie vegan singer Zooey Deschanel gets dumped by her boyfriend and moves in with three bachelors have have to teach her how to find love again. No party animals were harmed in the making of this show.
Should You Watch It? This looks like it has the potential to be funny, but it also looks like you might want to claw Zooey's face off after 10 minutes.

Unforgettable (CBS)
Premieres Tuesday, September 20, 10pm
What Is It? Poppy Montgomery (NCISCSIBVD: Special Victims Unit New York) plays a detective who solves crime—with her memory. Yes, she's a crime solver with a photographic memory. Why not just make her a witch or something cool? Zombie? Vampire? No. She can remember things. Criminals beware!
Should You Watch It? You should forget it entirely.

The X Factor (FOX)
Premieres Wednesday, September 21, 8pm
What Is It? Simon Cowell gets the old gang together for this talent show, which is basically like American Idol: Original Recipe but with a few changes. Groups and old people are allowed and the judges coach the singers throughout the season. God help whoever gets stuck with Paula Abdul.
Should You Watch It? Did you like American Idol?

Revenge (ABC)
Premieres Wednesday, September 21, 10pm
What Is It? That girl from Brothers & Sisters goes to the Hamptons to get revenge on the woman she blames for tearing her family apart by becoming a part of her world and marrying her son.
Should You Watch It? We really need a new sudsy show to replace the over-picked carcass of Gossip Girl, but something about this just seems a bit off.

Charlie's Angels (ABC)
Premieres Thursday, September 22, 8pm
What Is It? Three hot chicks (this time Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh) fighting crime, just like the original. Jiggle, jiggle, jiggle.
Should You Watch It? Sure, if you're a teenage boy who doesn't have Skinemax. Actually, this has a shot to be fun, but consider our skepticism high.

Whitney (NBC)
Premieres Thursday, September 22, 9:30pm
What Is It? Comedian Whitney Cummings plays an annoying girl with a boyfriend and she annoys people and its supposed to be funny like she's Larry David or something, but she's not.
Should You Watch It? Our enthusiasm is completely curbed.

Person of Interest (CBS)
Premieres Thursday, September 22, and 9pm
What Is It? Created by J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan (brother of Inception's Christopher) this psychic spy series follows a billionaire who developed software that can predict who is going to be involved in crime. He teams up with a former CIA agent to help prevent crime from ever happening again. As things usually do when Mr. Abrams is involved, mysteries will sprout from mysteries.
Should You Watch It? My interest is high.

Prime Suspect (NBC)
Premieres Thursday, September 22, 10pm
What Is It? Maria Bellow takes over the role of tough lady detective Jane Timoney that earned Helen Mirren an Emmy or two. She's fighting crime and a sexiest police department with her scowling ways.
Should You Watch It? The original series (a PBS staple) was great, but something about Bello in this role seems grating. Give it an episode or three before deciding if it sucks.

A Gifted Man (CBS)
Premieres Friday, September 23, 8pm
What Is It? It's Ghost Whisperer, M.D.Patrick Wilson plays a doctor who talks to the ghost of his dead wife and, I don't know, stuff happens.
Should You Watch It? If you do, I wouldn’t get too attached.

Pan Am (ABC)
Premieres Sunday, September 25, 10pm
What Is It? The lives and loves of a group of '60s stewardesses (we can call them that, right?) who work for the airline. It's Mad Men with more ladies, and Christina Ricci!
Should You Watch It? Simply, yes.

Terra Nova (FOX)
Premieres Monday, September 26, 8pm
What Is It? This much-delayed project from Steven Spielberg is about a family that leave a dystopian future to go back to prehistoric times to find a way to save their dying planet. Dinosaur chases abound.
Should You Watch It? It looks dramatic, expensive, and pretty damn cool.

Hart of Dixie (CW)
Premieres Monday, September 26, 9pm
What Is It? Rachel Bilson returns to TV (did we miss her or something?) as a fancy doctor who has to go down south and open a medical practice. It's called Southern Exposure.
Should You Watch It? Eh, just watch those ice cream ads Bilson made with Karl Lagerfeld instead.

Suburgatory (ABC)
Premieres Wednesday, September 28, 8:30pm
What Is It? A teenage girl has to leave her hip home in the city for the suburbs when her father finds a box of condoms in her dresser. Would he rather find that or a baby in her uterus? Hmm? Lots of jokes about how the suburbs suck ensue.
Should You Watch It? Those of us that wanted to escape the suburbs already have. Why go back?

How to Be a Gentleman (CBS)
Premieres Thursday, September 29, 8:30pm
What Is It? Bert's a man's man, Andrew's a gentleman. This fall they will teach each other a little bit about becoming a better man!
Should You Watch It? No.

Homeland (SHO)
Premieres Sunday, October 2, 10pm
What Is It? Claire Danes plays a skeptical CIA agent investigating the preternatural length of her eyebrows or some other sort of spooky CIA black-ops in Baghdad type stuff. Oh, Mandy Patinkin is there too. Maybe he'll sing some Sondheim.
Should You Watch It? I have a feeling this is one of those shows people will watch and I won't and they'll be all like "You have to watch Homeland," and their insistence will make me not want to so I'll never watch it and then like four seasons in I'll decide to watch them all on DVD and think, "God, you are such an asshole for not watching this show when it started." I have a feeling it will be like that. Or not.

American Horror Story (FX)
Premieres Wednesday, October 5, 10pm
What Is It? A couple (Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton of Friday Night Lights fame) move to L.A. and move into a house that is haunted by ghosts or something. Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, and Dennis O'Hare are also involved, so the cast is shaping up to be, uh, killer.
Should You Watch It? This was created by Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck, Glee), so it will be awesome for eight episodes, then start to suck and then there will be a serial killer and then we'll all roll our eyes and say, "Remember when American Horror Story was good?" That will all happen in season one.

Enlightened (HBO)
Premieres Monday, October 10, 9:30pm
What Is It? Screenwriter Mike White's comedy about a woman (Laura Dern, back from the dead) who has a spiritual reawakening in rehab and now wants to convert her intire family, including her mother (played by Dern's real life mother Diane Ladd).
Should You Watch It? Yes, but HBO on a Monday? Weird.

Last Man Standing (ABC)
Premieres Tuesday, October 11, 8pm
What Is It? Sitcom starring Tim Allen, previously titled “Man Up” and “Last Days of Man.” While Mike is king of the hill at work, he's the odd man out in a home that is dominated by women -- namely his wife, Vanessa, and their three daughters, 22- year-old Kristin, 17-year-old Mandy and 14-year-old Eve. After being a stay-at-home mom for years, Vanessa recently returned to the workplace and was quickly promoted (much to the dismay of her primarily male co-workers). As a result of Vanessa's increased work load, Mike is pulled into more hands-on parenting than ever before.
Should You Watch It? It looks like Home Improvement for women.

Man Up (ABC)
Premieres Tuesday, October 18, 8:30
What Is It? Three guys have to learn how to be men again. Yes, because that is the number one problem facing America today: how men aren't allowed to be fat and play video games and scream in public and slag off on their wives and kids. God, it is so hard to be straight, white, and male, isn't it? Assholes.
Should You Watch It? How many shows about learning to be better men do we need this season?

Grimm (NBC)
Premieres Friday, October 21, 9pm
What Is It? Some kid who used to be on MTV's The Gauntlet plays a detective who is the last in the long line of monster hunters and he has to hunt monsters with his magic powers. Well, it's better than being a detective with lots of memory power.
Should You Watch It? It's Friday, Friday, Gotta get down on Friday. Also, Friday night death slot.

Once Upon a Time (ABC)
Premieres Sunday, October 23, 8pm
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What Is It? A town in Maine is actually filled with characters from fairy tales, and they slowly awaken and start to figure out who they really are.
Should You Watch It? This could be cute, especially if you have kids. But don't get too invested.

Allen Gregory (FOX)
Premieres Sunday, October 30, at 8:30pm
What Is It? The latest addition to their all-animated Sunday night features a super precocious millionaire kid who is forced to attend second grade with the rest of the plebs. Johan Hill does the voice.
Should You Watch It? This doesn't look half bad, and it makes it even better that you don't actually have to look at Jonah Hill.

Hell on Wheels (AMC)
Premieres Sunday, November 6, 10pm
What Is It? Cable's biggest prestige network (sorry HBO) goes all Western on our asses with this show about the building of the Continental Railroad. Because that is boring, there is also a story about a Confederate soldier out for vengeance against the Yanks who killed his wife.
Should You Watch It? If you don't then you hate the south and you hate America. Just remember that.

I Hate My Teenage Daughter (FOX)
Premieres Wednesday, November 23, 9:30pm
What Is It? Jamie Pressley and (Tony winner) Katie Finneran play two middle-aged mothers who hate the mean girls their bitchy daughters have turned into and try to reform them while also trying to befriend them.
Should You Watch It? It seems really stupid, but I said the same thing about Raising Hope last year, and was totally wrong, so, who knows, maybe it will be good. Also, Jamie Pressley.

01 September 2011

September TV Shows

A whole heap of new* and favourite TV shows start up in September in the US. Here is my list so far! (some of the dates might not be exact, as I have found different ones posted)

06 Sep: Sons of Anarchy (season 4)
13 Sep: The Ringer*
15 Sep: The Vampire Diaries (season 3)
15 Sep: The Secret Circle*

20 Sep: New Girl*
20 Sep: Glee (season 3)
20 Sep: Raising Hope (season 2)
21 Sep: Modern Family (season 3)
23 Sep: Supernatural (season 7)
23 Sep: Fringe (season 4)
25 Sep: Boardwalk Empire (season 2)
26 Sep: Gossip Girl (season 5)
26 Sep: Hart of Dixie*
28 Sep: The Good Wife (season 3)

October brings with it Dexter, Chuck, and The Walking Dead!

There is a rather comprehensive list here

29 August 2011

RIP Blog, Long Live Twitter?!

It has been aggggeesss since I posted anything good here. Over the years I have kept this thing going - posting random thoughts and tid-bits that amuse me. But lately I have been a bad blogger.

Social Media is huge now... except there isn't more time (just more ways to waste/spent time!). I struggle with Facebook (kinda hate it) - boooooy does it uber-time-suckage.

However, I love twitter (for those of you that still aren't on board, don't quite get it, and file it as narcissistic, read this awesome article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/03/weekinreview/03carr.html

I do twitter personal bits and pieces (to share with my friends), yet I get to follow news, music, TV, movies, shops etc that I like (plus @DeathStarPR = hilarious!)  - all the info I am interested in, sent to me in 140 character bites. Then I can share that stuff with my followers!

I think my blog has been spluttering along due to my twittering; things I am excited about, I can instantly declare to twitter via my BlackBerry or desktop.

But, here I am, reviving it (slightly). This blog won't die (even if you want it to :P ), it's just sloooowed down!

I plan to write a (proper) post very soon. Just don't hold your breath (so far I have managed to update my movies and concerts).

03 August 2011

Modest Mouse 02 Aug 2011

Setlist:

1. Black Cadillacs
2. 3rd Planet
3. I Came as a Rat
4. Dashboard
5. Bukowski
6. The Whale Song
7. Heart Cooks Brain
8. Invisible
9. Poison the Well
10. Blame It on the Tetons
11. Doin' the Cockroach
12. Dance Hall
13. Float On
14. Wild Packs of Family Dogs
15. Parting of the Sensory

Encore:
16. Trailer Trash
17. King Rat
18. Dramamine
19. The View

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23 June 2011

NZFF 2011

(Edited: Friday 24th June)
(Edited: Saturday 25th June)
(Edited: Monday 29th August)
It's been ages since I've posted, but: it's that time of the year again... the New Zealand International Film Festival (simply referred to as NZFF).

I thought I'd start a posting with my choices. There are usually at least 30 films I want to see, but alas, it's not possible! So, the painful prioritising process (PPP) has to start, including knocking off films that have a general release coming soon ('soon' being the opperative word; I don't want to wait a whole nother year to see a film I want to see NOW hehe).

I have a system (that involves different coloured post-it notes...) that takes me through the schedule about 10 times! But it takes time to make selections and then to fit them in, especially when most films only screen twice.

But, seriously:


(I wasn't kidding about the post-its!)

My initial run has seen me mark 33 films! ('+' indicate high interest lol - 19 of the 33)
+Melancholia imdb
+Arrietty imdb
+The Tree of Life (released in NZ 25th August) imdb
+Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horrors (original film with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra live)
+Elite Squad: The Enemy Within imdb (note: sequel to awesomeness!!)
Let the Bullets Fly imdb
Winter Vacation imdb
Incendies (I've seen the preview at the Rialto so must be coming here soon) imdb
The Round Up imdb
The Screen Illusion imdb (looks like this is from French TV)
A Separation imdb
Footnote imdb
The Solitude of Prime Numbers imdb
Gantz: Perfect Answer imdb
+Space Battleship Yamato imdb
The First Grader imdb (released at Rialto on 1st September)
+The Trip imdb
+Meek's Cutoff imdb
+Terri imdb
Beginners imdb
+Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey imdb
+The Guard (released at Rialto on 1st September) imdb
Heartbeats imdb
+Sleeping Beauty imdb
+Submarine imdb
Snowtown imdb
+Take Shelter imdb
+The Yellow Sea imdb
+POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold imdb (high chance of general release)
+Page One: Inside the New York Times imdb
+Jiro Dreams of Sushi imdb
+13 Assassins imdb
The Man from Nowhere imdb

Then, we start building the 'MUST see' list using PPP (in no particular order):
1. Melancholia
2. Arrietty
3. Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horrors (original film with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra live)
4. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
5. Space Battleship Yamato
6. The Trip
7. Meek's Cutoff
8. Terri
9. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
10. Submarine
11. Take Shelter
12. The Yellow Sea
13. POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (ended up giving my ticket away)
12. Page One: Inside the New York Times
13. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
14. 13 Assassins
15. Incendies (I was off work and the time was good - awesome film)
16. La Acacias (Had a 2 for 1 screening; glad I went!)


To be continued...

Well, early bird tickets went on sale this morning. After a considerable struggle with the bloody ticketing site, I have booked in... 14 films. Excited (yet don't want to see my credit card bill!!!).

And, in the end I saw 16!!

15-Jul: Elmo
15-Jul: Incendies
15-Jul: Submarine
15-Jul: Meek's Cutoff
15-Jul: 13 Assassins
20-Jul: Take Shelter
20-Jul: La Acacias
22-Jul: Arriety
22-Jul: Jiro Dreams of Sushi
22-Jul: Page One (Story of the New York Times)
23-Jul: Terri
26-Jul: Space Battleship Yamato
26-Jul: Elite Squad 2
28-Jul: Gantz 2 (Perfect Answer)
29-Jul: Melancholia
31-Jul: Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horrors (original film with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra live)

08 May 2011

Long time, No blog

It's late/early, and I should be more than just in bed; I should be sound asleep. But I felt like writing a quick note - it's been such a long time since I last wrote! As I type this the wind is howling outside, and the rain is pouring. I love it when I am safe and snuggly inside, while the weather goes wild outside.

Tonight I baked my first ever Banana Cake... And despite a small baking POWDER, baking SODA mishap, it looks great... I just hope it tastes great! It's to be a team effort, as my brother is in charge of the icing. It's in celebration of Mother's Day and my Mum's Birthday tomorrow (well, her actual bday is 10th).

While I did this I watched a new Glee episode and a new Vampire Diaries episode. Both made me cry - one was because of Fleetwood Mac songs (WTF?!), and the other was because of deaths... Oh how it's awesome to be all emotional :P  (I blame them for the aforementioned ingredients mishap).

Ok, I had planned to write more, but my eyes are drooping shut, and I can't be sure anything I am typing is actually English. So, bring on those sweet dreams...

PS: I saw 'Your Highness' last night. Funny, but not as funny as it could've been. They could've done so much more with it.

06 March 2011

The Law of Friendship

(Ed: Rant alert! Rant alert!)

I've been thinking about friendship a lot lately. Friends come and go in your life. In my experience, as you get older you have less friends - but they are closer friendships. When you are at school, growing up, you are surrounded with people you call 'friends'. But when you leave school, it's only the true friendships that survive that - the people that are still around when that same thing that throws you together is gone. I've found that it happens with jobs too - you have these 'friends' that you lunch with and email jokes to. But when you change jobs, how many of them do you stay in contact with? I admit, I tried to stay in contact with my ex-colleagues when I changed jobs more than four years ago. But my contact with them got less and less... Until now, when it is nonexistent. I regret this - they are great people. But by the same token, it takes two.

So, that got me thinking: when is a friendship not a friendship? Sometimes it's not just a 'drifting apart' thing. Sometimes there is conflict. I had a big emotional argument with a friend of mine back in 1999-2000. I can hardly remember what it was about now... But I remember we tried to patch it over - meet up with a party. When I arrived, I learnt she had left before I had arrived, even though she knew what time I was coming. Friendship death. There was a mourning period - and you start looking at the loss... and it was then that I realised I had finally seen the light; I was a better friend, and had been following in her shadow for so long.

I am not being egotistical here - it's just the truth. I was a better friend. If there was a contract that was entered into at the start of the friendship, she broke the terms by taking too much and not giving; the careful balance of friendship was destroyed. If only there were friendship lawyers...

It was many years later that I lost another 'friend' from more than just the drift from friend to acquaintance. This was an online friend. To me, friendship is friendship, whether you have met face-to-face or not. The friendship was balanced... Then things started to not add up. Lies?, I wondered. So, I started digging, googling, talking to others, asking her questions... She figured out something was up - I *knew*. It turned out this friend I had supported wasn't even the person I thought she was: she never lived in the place she said she lived, she was years younger than she had said, and she *never* had twins. I had no idea who this person really was - and she avoided me, then announced she was 'too much of a drama queen to be my friend'. That's one way to say it... In the end, I mourned. I was again hurt for being a sucker - but, it was her loss.

It is maybe fitting then, that the next causality of my friendship was a friend of hers. Another online friend. Another than broke the 'friendship contract'. No terrible lies this time, just white lies - but I *knew* they were white lies, and that still feels like a slap in the face. No, this 'friend' had their own issues, ones I tried to make allowances for - but, there is a point when even those don't fly. Because friendship is a balance, a seamless effort, a give-and-take flow... It all leads up to *caring* for someone - for their feelings, situation, opinion etc. You are in this relationship because you *want* to be friends. You *trust* them.

How do you know when someone doesn't CARE for you anymore? How do you know when they don't actually VALUE your friendship, or you are a human being? This is how I knew - what my 'friendship lawyer' would use as evidence in the hope that I should be given compensation (ha!) - First, they screwed up. Hey, we all screw up. Friends forgive. So, I gave my forgiveness, and they gave their word that things would change; that they would make an effort to make it up to me. They didn't. Not once. I sat, and waited, and watched. Nothing. Until I couldn't stand it anymore, so in my anger (because by this stage my hurt had bloomed into rage) I demanded to know what was happening with this friendship. Did they want to be my friend?? I got the same reply - apologies and promises... But, oh yes, they wanted my friendship... Trust had been broken and there was no effort to even try to build this back up. How can you be someone's friend if you don't trust them? (Answer: you can't).

How many false promises would it take for you to snap? To realise they don't care for you? They don't value you? Would it take two, three, four? How about then hearing excuses about not being online - but knowing that they were. How about then seeing them being friends to others - but not you. How about, against your better judgement, helping them make up with another mutual friend - but NOT YOU?

Would you snap then? Would you sue them in 'friendship court' for breach of contract??

I did. I snapped. Well, I said the oh-so-painful line: you are not my friend. For me it all added up - each time hurt more, made me madder. But the final snapping point was when they were MIA for a terrible week in my life - when every single one of my friends spoke to me at least once- online and real life friends. But not them. Not even to say 'hello' - because if they had, they could've then stepped in as a friend. Instead I watched and waited, their absence more telling than anything else - because it was only an absence towards me (they were there, just not for me, see). It hurts, doesn't it? It's more than being left-out. This isn't being picked last for a sports team. This is just needing your friends, because you have always been there for them...

Now I mourn I third time - made more painful by the fact that they really don't care. The loss of me isn't felt by them. Do you know how I know this? Because they said nothing - other than admitting to being a 'jackass'. No, there are waaaaay better words for what they are. It actually meant nothing to them that I am now officially gone as a friend. They didn't even NOTICE when I left - I had to tell them. Again, I *know* I am a better friend, and it's their loss once more. But when someone makes you feel like nothing, it makes you do THIS - write a huge ramble on what friendship is, so as to try and understand why... There are many whys - for all I know they are pleased to be free of me (no less hurtful to my heart). I guess a better question for me at this point is: HOW?- How can a person treat another 'friend' with so much... fucking indifference? It was a relationship between two people... It was never about me just giving and giving... But that's what happened.

I am no angel. I have been at fault. In all three cases there are things I could've done differently. I have learnt lessons now. And maybe it means I will give my friendship out more carefully - friendship pre-nup anyone?!

I don't want to lose any more friends. I feel I am at a place now where I have awesome friends - I value and care for them so very much. Do we need to take out 'friendship insurance' in the event it all turns to rancid custard?? I don't know what the answer is really, which is another reason I am writing this - in a hope that suddenly I'll be enlightened. Where's the light??

In these three unlucky cases something blinded me - Were they ever really my friends?? I know the first loss was - and that was hardest. It turns out I never really knew the second, so it was the lies and my gullibility that hurt me. And the third... that's still too raw. But I do feel lighter at having said what I wanted to them, even if no false promises were offered this time - even if they didn't say this time: no, wait, I will try harder, I'll be a good friend. Did they give up on me long before I gave up on them? And if that's the case, what was it that made me an undesirable friend?

Friendship is: trust, honestly, loyalty, unconditional acceptance, caring (and possibly even love), compromise, commonality (in something if not in many things - even when opposites attract there is at least one thing that brings you together), comfortable with each other, concerned with the happiness of each other, RESPECT, requires some effort and understanding, support... The list goes on. And just reading these words, when they start to go, it's when you know something is wrong with the friendship.

Trying to define it doesn't do actual friendship justice!

Friendship law is unwritten. There are no hard and fast rules. No contract, or lawyers. The reward for friendship is friendship itself. Unfortunately, the loss of a friend often punishes both sides, no matter who the fuckwit was.

08 February 2011

Sufjan Stevens 07 Feb 2011

Age of Adz Tour

This concert is one I'll never forget! I love Sufjan's music, but that hadn't prepared me for the show he put on. It was amazing and magical and captivating. I took my brother, who vaguely knew the music - he was blown away and is now a huge fan! He took awesome sounds and jammed them out into epic ones :)

Setlist:
1. Seven Swans
2. Too Much
3. Age of Adz
4. Heirloom
5. I Walked
6. Now That I'm Older
7. Futile Devices
8. Get Real Get Right
9. Vesuvius
10. Impossible Soul

Encore:
11. Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois
12. To Be Alone With You
13. Chicago 

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01 February 2011

Laneway Festival 2011

The St Jerome's Laneways Festival @ Aotea Square (YEASAYER - FOALS - LADYHAWKE - DEERHUNTER - BLONDE REDHEAD - CHILDREN’S HOUR - WARPAINT - BEACH HOUSE - ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFITTI - LAWRENCE ARABIA - HOLY FUCK - AN EMERALD CITY)

This was Auckland's 2nd ever Laneway Festival, and my FIRST!  I had an fantastic chilled day of music :)

Mobile photos:

Ariel Pink



Warpaint



Ladyhawke



Deerhunter



Yeasayer (highlight of the day!)



Beach House



Foals (I was at the back)

14 January 2011

The National 13 Jan 2011

The night was a-mazing! I couldn't have asked for a better gig from The National!! To cap it all off, Matt climbed to the mezzanine floor and jumped on the table we were at!!

Setlist:
1. Start A War
2. Anyone's Ghost
3. Baby, We'll Be Fine
4. Bloodbuzz Ohio
5. Secret Meeting
6. Slow Show
7. Afraid Of Everyone
8. Conversation 16
9. Little Faith
10. Abel
11. Apartment Story
12. Sorrow
13. Green Gloves
14. England
15. Fake Empire

Encore:
16. Mistaken For Strangers
17. Mr. November
18. About Today
19. Terrible Love
20. Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks (Acoustic)

Mobile Photos

I swear it's Matt Berninger- the back of him! He climbed table RIGHT by us 


01 January 2011

DVD Collection

I've been looking online for a while now for a website that allows users to manage their DVD collections. The functionality I want isn't complicated: I simply want a free, web-based organiser, that allows a detailed export, and the ability to mark DVDs as 'on loan'. I haven't found the perfect one yet, but I thought I'd share some of the sites I've looked at:
  • DVD Corral: I've helpfully noted this site as 'crap'.
  • Movie Collector Plus: The export function isn't great (it can export to Excel, but limited fields). Does have a nice 'loan' feature.
  • DVD Aficionado: No export function; Can't mark loans (if you have loaned out to friends).
  • Guru Lib: Nice little site that allows you to manage all collections (DVDs, books, games etc) - just not quite right for me.
  • Veedemus:Simple and effective. DVDs can be marked as 'on loan'; export is limited. You can add your own 'tags', which is cool. Not quite detailed enough for me.
  • DVD Count: System seems a bit buggy. Not right for me.
  • Chasing The Frog: Free; loads of adverts though. Can't mark DVDs 'on loan'.
  • DVD Crate: Again, lots of function; just not quite right.

Google 2011

Movies Seen [2011]

My movie consumption is much lower than what it used to be, but it seems to be on the rise again...

2010=35; 2009= 39; 2008=35; 2007 = 31; 2006 = 23; 2005 = 56

...I still try to keep track by posting them here!

18 Jan: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 1.
02 Feb: True Grit
14 Feb: Charade (1963)
16 Feb: Unknown
08 Mar: The King's Speech
11 Mar: Blue Valentine
23 Mar: Red Riding Hood
29 Mar: Rango
30 Mar: I Am Number Four
02 Apr: Paul
04 Apr: Sucker Punch
20 Apr: Scream 4
22 Apr: Fast and Furious 5
29 Apr: Thor 3D
02 May: Source Code
06 May: Your Highness
03 Jun: Hangover 2
04 Jun: Pirates of the Carribean 4
05 Jun: X-Men: First Class
19 Jun: Barney's Version
21 Jun: Bridesmaids
22 Jun: Bad Teacher
26 Jun: Super 8
09-Jul: The Company Men
10-Jul: Transformers 3 (3D)
30-Jul: Mrs Carey's Concert

NZ Film Festival 2011
15-Jul: Elmo
15-Jul: Incendies
15-Jul: Submarine
15-Jul: Meek's Cutoff
15-Jul: 13 Assassins
20-Jul: Take Shelter
20-Jul: La Acacias
22-Jul: Arriety
22-Jul: Jiro Dreams of Sushi
22-Jul: Page One (Story of the New York Times)
23-Jul: Terri
26-Jul: Space Battleship Yamato
26-Jul: Elite Squad 2
28-Jul: Gantz 2 (Perfect Answer)
29-Jul: Melancholia
31-Jul: Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horrors (original film with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra live)

07-Aug: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 (3D)
30-Aug: Priest (3D)
31-Aug: The Help
03-Sep: Crazy Stupid Love
08 Oct: Jane Eyre
26 Oct: Fright Night 3D (remake)
02 Nov: The Thing
11 Nov: Drive
23 Nov: Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn part 1
10 Dec: Immortals (3D)

(On the darkside/down-low: The American, Black Swan, The Town)

Concerts Rocked [2011]

13 Jan: The National @ The Powerstation [Herald Review] [Stuff Review] [My Night]
31 Jan: The St Jerome's Laneways Festival @ Aotea Square (YEASAYER - FOALS - LADYHAWKE - DEERHUNTER - BLONDE REDHEAD - CHILDREN’S HOUR - WARPAINT - BEACH HOUSE - ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFITTI - LAWRENCE ARABIA - HOLY FUCK - AN EMERALD CITY) [My Day/Night]
07 Feb: Sufjan Stevens @ Bruce Mason Centre [My Night]
02 Aug: Modest Mouse @ The Powerstation [Review] [My Night]
04 Nov: Naked and Famous @ Auckland Town Hall [My Night]
10 Nov: PORTISHEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! @ Vector Arena [Review] [My Night]