FILM TEASER: Moana (2016)

Genre: Animation | Disney
Directed by: Ron Clements and John Musker
Starring: Auli’i Carvalho and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Written by: Taika Waititi

To those who know me well, you will already know that my all-time favourite New Zealand filmmaker is Taika Waititi.  He is the talented, Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter who brought us such films as Two Cars, One Night (2004)Boy (2010)What We Do in the Shadows (2014), and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016).  But, most admirably, he is the writer behind the soon-to-be-released film Moana, which will see the much-anticipated introduction of the newest Disney princess. Continue reading

FILM REVIEW: Finding Dory (2016)

Genre: Animation | Comedy
Directed by: Andrew Stanton
Starring: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks and Hayden Rolence
Written by: Andrew Stanton and Victoria Strouse.

Last night, my friend and I decided that we were in the mood to see an animated flick.  At the ripe age of 23, we were expecting to be, at the very least, two of the oldest people in the theatre.  Much to our amusement, the theatre only had people in their 20’s, overcome with childhood nostalgia, hoping to score front-row seats to the film.  What were we there to see, you may ask?  We were there to see none other than Finding Dory, the sequel to the 2003 Disney/Pixar smash hit Finding Nemo, which has finally swum onto the big screen after years of anticipation. Continue reading

‘Love Another Mother’ This Mother’s Day

Why hello there!

I know what you’re thinking – it’s been a long time!  A lot has been happening over the last month – I moved back to Dunedin and settled into postgraduate study – but I am beyond excited to reconnect with you all and let you in on what’s been happening in my life lately.

The big question on my mind for the last few weeks has been this: What are you doing for your mother this Mother’s Day?  I know that for some people the answer to this is always simple: a nice card, a box of chocolate and maybe some flowers.  But the reality is that for some mothers out there this is not going to be the case.  Some families just do not have the means to celebrate their mother or show her just how much they appreciate her. Continue reading

Types Of People At The Airport

For those of you who read my previous blog post, you’ll already know that I have returned to Dunedin for my University year.  This involved one hell of a journey, driving from Hamilton to Auckland, flying Auckland to Christchurch and finally onto Dunedin.

As much as I love travel – and I love travel – this journey included a ten hour wait at Christchurch airport.  Admittedly this isn’t exactly the ideal scenario when travelling; it is always preferable to fly direct or at least have minimal time in transit.  However, as well as a keen lover of travel, I also happen to enjoy indulging in a bit of good ol-fashioned people watching.

Ten hours is a long time to sit at the same booth, in the same departure lounge, with ever-changing crowds of people walking past. So this week I decided to cram all ten hours of people watching into one video: Types Of People At The Airport. Continue reading

Mushroom Sauce For Steak

I have spent the entire Christmas – New Year summer period at my parent’s home in Hamilton.  As per tradition, we always try to make a big deal of our final family dinner at the end of the summer – after all, there’s nothing quite like ending another holiday on a good note!

Our favourite meal is simple: steak, crunchy potatoes and sauce.  The only real decision that needs to be made for a meal plan such as this is “what sauce should I make?”.  As with most things, I like to take the BEST option… which is always Mushroom Sauce. Continue reading

What ’50 Shades Of Grey’ Taught Me About Love

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that yesterday was Valentine’s Day.

This time last year, the movie version of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ was released.  Do you remember the story?  It involves a young college graduate named Anastasia Steele who begins dating the successful businessman Christian Grey, only to discover that he is a sexual sadist who wants to lure her over to the dark side of his deepest desires.

But what you may not know is that this story of fetishism has been read by women the world over, and apparently they find it to be very erotic and emotionally fulfilling.  All I can conclude from that is that this story must be an encyclopaedia full of information about love.

So, in celebration of that very fact, I decided to make a video called “What 50 Shades Of Grey Taught Me About Love”.  Check it out! Continue reading

Happy GALentines Day

This morning I woke up painfully aware of one, simple fact: I am single.

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Dr. Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory

That probably came off as the most depressing blog post intro that I have ever written.

Believe me when I say this: I am incredibly happy with my current single-status and the life that I am living.  The popular culture narrative around being single is founded on ideas of loneliness and loss, and it irks me that people are under the assumption that a single life is an empty life.  I feel that I lead a happy and full life, and I am the best version of myself I can be. Continue reading

The Kanye West – Taylor Swift Debacle Continues

For all the Soutside n****s who will know me the best

I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex

Why? I made that b***h famous

God damn, I made that b***h famous

All I can say is this – typical.

Kanye West, a rapper who seems to revel in the limelight that controversy brings, has recently debuted his seventh studio album ‘The Life of Pablo’.  Whilst many of his songs host attention-grabbing lyrics, perhaps intended to spawn backlash or at the very least gossip, it are his lyrics in the song ‘Famous’ featuring Rihanna that really take the cake. Continue reading

Super Bowl AKA The Beyoncé Show: An Open Letter To Queen Bee

Dear Beyoncé:

Let me start with this: I am a HUGE fan.  I was a Beyoncé fan when you were a member of Destiny’s Child, promoting a healthy body image for “Bootylicious” women the globe over.  I remained a Beyoncé fan when you branched off as a “Naughty Girl” and fell “Crazy In Love”.  I continued to be a Beyoncé fan, now that you are “Flawless”, and I have no intention of changing my fan status now that you are pushing social issues you are passionate about. Continue reading