Features & Reviews—Recent and Popular

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The long, friendly shadow of My Neighbor Totoro
On the lineage and legacy of Hayao Miyazaki’s most enduring film.
Horst, Late Turner, Gerhard Richter, et al.
JIHEE JUNN on iconic fashion images, Turner’s late masterpieces at the Tate Britain, new and recent works by Gerhard Richter, plus more.
The Best of Film in 2014
The cinematic year as remembered by our editors and contributors.
A Birthday Lecture
LANA DOYLE’s account of the fifth annual Birthday Lecture of the Katherine Mansfield Society at the Keynes Library, 46 Gordon Square, London.
BOT OR NOT: An interview with Oscar Schwartz
A conversation with the Melbourne-based poet and researcher on robot poetry and what humans can learn from computers.
Facing the Music
Ian Jorgensen (Blink), trailblazing founder of A Low Hum and Puppies, on music as a commodity, the death of live music, mainstream media, and the problem with APRA.
Bogart and beyond
ALEXANDER BISLEY interviews film culture tsar Adrian Wootton on Humphrey Bogart, Patricia Highsmith, John le Carré, and Katharine Hepburn.
Championing The Stranger and The Lady from Shanghai
Two Orson Welles films still vital and almost joyful in their imposed messiness.
Contemplating National Gallery and PRISMISM
The parallel spaces of Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery documentary and Auckland artist Emil McAvoy’s first exhibition of paintings.
The Fiddler and the Arborist
JOAN FLEMING interviews American expat poets Steven Toussaint and Lee Posna.
Frederick Wiseman, Florian Habicht + others
BRANNAVAN GNANALINGAM leads a series of conversations with local and international filmmakers at the New Zealand International Film Festival.
Conversations: The Tone of Things
Talking Jake the movie, scriptwriting as a means to an end, collaboration vs. authorship, and finding the right tone with DOUG DILLAMAN.
FEMEN and Me
Ukraine is Not a Brothel director Kitty Green tells LAURA SUZUKI about befriending the founders of the radical Feminist protest group.
Auckland Writers Festival
LAURA SUZUKI and DOUG DILLAMAN spend time with Irvine Welsh, A.M. Homes, Eimear McBride, Alice Walker, Eleanor Catton, Jang Jin-sung, and others.
Conversations: Newer Testaments with Amy Brown
Lumière’s former creative writing editor talks to JOAN FLEMING about The Odour of Sanctity, sainthood, creativity through faith, and the line between poetry and prose.
Liam Finn, Wide Awake + The Nihilist
ALEXANDER BISLEY’s in-depth conversation with Liam Finn, plus JAMES MANNING on “a stunning album that keeps on giving.”
Spotlight on Sydney + Melbourne
Gary Shteyngart, Reza Aslan, Steve James, and Vivid Sydney; Patrice Tipoki of Les Misérables, plus Joe Swanberg at the Melbourne International Film Festival
Reconsidering Funny Face
TIM WONG on the fashionable/unfashionable style of Stanley Donen’s 1957 musical.
Simon Starling: In Speculum
The Turner Prize-winning conceptual artist discusses his practice with THOMASIN SLEIGH on the occasion of a major survey of his work.
What Exactly is The Wolf of Wall Street Selling?
LAURA SUZUKI checks the fine print on Martin Scorsese’s razzle-dazzle new film.
A Correspondence with Eleanor Catton
JOAN FLEMING gathers exquisite thoughts on writing and reading from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Luminaries.

Film

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Alexander Bisley: Jemaine Clement, Denis O’Hare, Tyler Perry, All Is Lost, The Coens, Naomie Harris, Nebraska, Quotes from the 51st NYFF, Tom Hanks, Vincent Ward, Paul Greengrass, John Clarke, Guillermo Arriaga, Park Chan-wook, Toa Fraser, Mike Lerner, Alex Gibney.
Alice May Connolly: Scenes in My Head, Performance as spectacle in The Master.
Brannavan Gnanalingam: Concerning Violence, Timbuktu, The Wonders, The Reunion, Force Majeure, Home from Home, Winter Sleep, Our Sunhi, Holy Motors, Outtakes 2014, Reel Brazil 2014, The Connection, Toomelah, Vanya on 42nd Street, Eureka, Zazie dans le Métro, Graeme Cowley.
Doug Dillaman: The Point of It, National Gallery, Borgman, Enemy, Unnatural History, Housebound, Making REALITi, Snowpiercer, French Film Festival 2014.
Jacob Powell: Leviathan, Winter Sleep, It Follows, Boyhood, Land Ho!, Maps to the Stars, The Rover, The Double, Kung Fu Elliot, E-Team, Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, Frank, God Help the Girl, Short Term 12, Andrew Bujalski on Computer Chess.
Laura Suzuki: The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Patema Inverted, 52 Tuesdays, Hard to Be a God, Big Men, The beautiful emptiness of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity.
Melinda Jackson: Screen Edge Forum 2014, Big Screen Symposium 2013.
Nathan Joe: German Film Festival 2014, Wild Tales, The Reunion, Two Days, One Night, Venus in Fur, Under the Skin, Love Is Strange, Lilting.
Steve Garden: Crime and no punishment, The Tree of Life.
Tim Wong: Cold in July, Show People, Under the Skin, Manakamana, Hard to Be a God, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, The Congress, Snowpiercer, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Exhibition, Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, Story of My Death, Fish & Cat, The World in Miniature, Black Moon, Bringing Up Baby, Breaking Bad’s bad habits.

Books

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Alexander Bisley: Masha Gessen, Pico Iyer, Sylvie Simmons.
Alice May Connolly: Alison Bechdel.
Brannavan Gnanalingam: Marcus Chown, Pip Adam, Eleanor Catton.
Doug Dillaman: An Hour with Marcus Chown.
Joan Fleming: Craig Cliff on The Mannequin Makers.
Emma Adams: Terry Castle, Rebecca Macfie.
Kimaya Mcintosh: Scarlett Thomas, Junot Díaz’s This is How You Lose Her.
Laura Suzuki: Eimear McBride, Sandor Katz.
Saradha Koirala: Rising to the Surface, Stuff I’ve Been Reading, A History of Silence, Unspeakable Secrets of the Aro Valley, How to Speak New Zenglish, Shehan Karunatilaka, Auckland Writers & Readers Festival, I’m Your Man.

Music

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Alexander Bisley: Jon Toogood, Seven NYC cultural highlights, Chali 2na, Kris Kristofferson & Steve Earle, Charles Bradley, Neko Case, Jessica Rivera, Kody Nielson, Leonard Cohen, Jerry Zigmont, Lord of the Echo, Lil B, Anna Coddington, Mark Turner.
Barney Chunn: Estère Rising, Nesian Mystik, The Bads.
Brannavan Gnanalingam: Ludwig Treviranus.
Doug Dillaman: Wellington Jazz Festival, Yo La Tengo, Frente Cumbiero.
James Manning: Lake Street Dive, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Homegrown, Booga Beazley, Eminem.
Ksenia Khor: Rhythm and Vines.
P.R. Harris: Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas, Hopkinson Smith, Leonard Cohen.
Tim Glasgow: E/N/T’s Central Complex, Timothy Blackman on This Country.

Theatre & Performing Arts

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Alexander Bisley: Marc Labreche, Dave Armstrong, Jim Moriarty.
Alice May Connolly: Riddiford Street: Season 3, The Road That Wasn’t There, Needles and Opium.
Charles Bisley: A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay.
Ksenia Khor: War Horse, Coriolanus.
Maggie White: Bus Ticket, Moving On, Revelations, Wild Man.
Michael Boyes: The Pianist, Black Faggot, The Flying Dutchman, Madame Butterfly.
Mohamad Atif Slim: Wicked, Reimagining La Belle et la Bête.
Nathan Joe: Shepherd, Peter Pan, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Ladykillers, One Man, Two Guvnors, Stag Weekend, Blood Brothers.
Sam Brooks: The Blind Date Project, Hauraki Horror, At the Wake, HeLa, Young and Hungry, Trees Beneath the Lake, Ivy, The Night Sky, Wild Bees, …Him, Belleville.
Samuel Phillips: Isaac’s Eye, The Pitman Painters, Tut, God-belly, Everything is Surrounded, The Mountebank, All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever.
Steve Wakeem: Equivocation, An Iliad, My Stories, Your Emails.

Visual Arts

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Alexander Bisley: Ans Westra.
Andy Palmer: Peter McLeavey, Condemned, the grass is awfully green, Old New World, River-Road: Journeys Through Ecology.
Renee Gerlich: Site + Story + Object: A Theory of Engagement.
Thomasin Sleigh: 5th Auckland Triennial, The Stuttering Conversation: Art New Zealand in 2013, Watermarking at the Liverpool Biennial.
Tim Wong: Minutes from ‘The Clock’.

Scrapbook—Audio/Visual Excerpts

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•  Illustration: “John Clarke” by Elina Nykänen / “Iceland” by Hikalu Clarke / “Noam Chomsky” by Matt Kambic / “Tilda Swinton” by Anna Tokareva.
•  The Lumière Photo Essay: Joey Bada$$ and Run the Jewels, by Ambrose Hickman / Rhythm and Vines, by James Black / Estère by Daniel Rose.