Favourite Film’s of 2016

Here are some of my favourite films from 2016. Before we begin though, here is my list of ‘would probably definitely be on this list if I had seen it yet’: Kubo and the Two Strings, Rogue One, Moana, Sing Street, La La Land, Loving, Hacksaw Ridge.

In no particular order …

Zootopia

One of the first films I saw this year and boy did we get off to a fantastic start. This film about talking animals contains countless layers of commentary on gender inequality and racism. While being oh so clever and hilarious. Continue reading

2016 Favourites

Let’s face it, 2016 hasn’t been the best year. Some crazy stuff has gone down, some legends have passed away. So here are some of my favourite pick-me-ups of 2016.

Jenna Marbles Dog Wedding

In the wake of the US presidential election, Jenna married her two dogs to bring some love and happiness into the world. It’s beautiful. Continue reading

What do cheese, toilet paper, milk, steak, shampoo and spinach have in common?

RSZPlasticBefore you start on drawing up your spreadsheets and making comparative lists to find the common denominator in this question, let me put your questioning mind at ease: Plastic.

Perhaps it might seem an odd thing to find in common, but it’s nearly impossible to buy these products (and in fact most of our consumables) in New Zealand without purchasing plastic. Think about it. How do you get any form of meat in NZ without it wrapped plastic packaging? Own a farm you say? Well I can tell you that I’ve received farm meat before, and the butcher puts your prized animal in plastic bags. Continue reading

Biopics

Biopics have to be one of my favourite genres of film (and I LOVE film). There’s something about (almost, sometimes vaguely) true stories being told visually and aurally that immerses you in moments of history like nothing else. This is a list of some of my favourite Biopics (I’ve used the term loosely) and why they have made an impact on me personally. At the end I have added a list of Biopics that I haven’t seen yet, but would definitely make the list if I had (and I definitely plan to watch them). Continue reading

Dumpster Diving: A Short Introduction

One night I was heading to an ice rink with my youth group for a fun night of snowballs, skates and falling over. Half way to Paradice the young guys in the back said they hadn’t had dinner, so I smiled and told them cheekily I knew a place on the way where they could eat for free. I pointed it out to the youth leader who was driving, we pulled into a parking lot and I told them I’d be back for a couple of minutes. A couple of minutes past, and I came back with a black plastic bag full of donuts. “This isn’t super nutritious, but it will fill you up for sure,” I said.

“Where’d you get this?”

“From the rubbish bin behind Dunkin Donuts.” Continue reading

Discovering Podcasts

I know, podcasts are nothing new. And it’s not like I didn’t know what they were, I’d just never actually deliberately downloaded one. Until this week.

I study full time and work part time, both in the city, so I catch a lot of buses. For the past few years I have listened to music on these buses, the same songs and albums over and over again. The result is me spending the hour plus I spend doing nothing but sitting down withdrawn and dazed. Like a zombie.

I read a blogpost at the beginning of this year about small things you can do that maybe aid in your new years resolutions. One of these points was downloading podcasts to make the most of your daily commute. So I downloaded Serial. Continue reading