December 8-14: Onlineby Fiona Rae
The Guardian Film Show; Christmas craft ideas; and new season TV series Nashville.
NERDS #1: You can’t move on the internet for film reviews, news and obsessive fans, but there are a couple of podcasts that we have learnt to trust: BBC Radio 4’s Film Programme, which has great interviews and features as well as reviews, and the local Cinematica, featuring Dan Slevin, Simon Werry and Kailey Carruthers, “recorded live in Petone, New Zealand”.
FILM NERDS #2: The Guardian’s film critics go one further by putting their chats on video. The Guardian Film Show features reviewers Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw and Catherine Shoard and it’s good to see that the traditional dishevelled journalist is still a thing.
THE MINES OF PARK ROAD POST: Wellington’s red-carpet premiere for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is over, but the dwarves at Park Road Post production facility were working until just two days before. The latest production diary, introduced by Peter Jackson, features animators, digital effects supervisors, editors, concept artists and sound designers – and the soundtrack being recorded at Abbey Road.
PRETTY LIGHTS: Need a five-minute time-waster? This time-lapse video of the natural and person-made world is beautifully shot and has cool electronic music. Lukas Kaupenjohann’s time lapse video of Christchurch before the earthquakes is now online at the Herald.
GOOD COUNTRY: TVNZ’s 2013 season announcement included Nashville, a country music soap full of love triangles, politics, powerful families, money and music. The good news is that its musical director is T Bone Burnett, who has commissioned songs from the likes of the Civil Wars, Elvis Costello and Gillian Welch. Here are two of the show’s stars – ironically an Australian and a Brit – singing the Civil Wars’ If I Didn’t Know Better. Here are the Civil Wars doing the song.
CARDBOARD CHRISTMAS: Who needs expensive Christmas decorations? “Online pinboard” Pinterest has craft ideas to keep everyone busy for hours. We especially like the ice skates covered in glitter. Not really.
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