March 9-15: Online

by Fiona Rae / 28 February, 2013
Hotere remembered; Oscar-winning animation; and smarter phones.

REMEMBERING HOTERE: To mark the passing of a great New Zealand artist, NZ On Screen has put together a collection that includes Sam Pillsbury’s short film from 1974 (a classic, says Ian Wedde in an accompanying note), and a 2001 documentary directed by Merata Mita that features a score of jazz, Maori and pop songs directed by Hirini Melbourne.

DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE: The Oscars are a lot of puffery, aren’t they? The good people at Screen Junkies have an antidote. Honest Trailers tells it like it is, using one of those big-screen trailer voices, from Avatar to Inception to The Dark Knight Rises. No one is safe, not even The Lord of the Rings, “an 11-hour New Zealand tourism commercial”.

VERY ANIMATED: On the other hand, Paperman, which won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film, is really rather lovely. It’s a mix of hand-drawn and computer animation, and is the first short film produced by the Walt Disney Animation -Studios to win an Academy Award since 1969.

IT’S FUN BEING A GIRL: Comediva ( is a bit like Funny or Die but with more cupcakes, ukuleles and Tina Fey references. The funny girls have created this spoof series in response to some god-awful reality show called Bad Girls Club. In BAMF Girls Club, Hermione (Harry Potter), Katniss (The Hunger Games), Michonne (The Walking Dead), Buffy, and Bella Swann (Twilight) move into a house together.

PHONE SMARTS: In the future, smartphones might be made of glass, like this one developed by a US technology company, or come as a series of cubes that can be assembled in whatever configuration the user chooses, like one of these 12 futuristic phone concepts.

SHAKE STREET: Remember the Harlem Shake internet sensation? Shortland Street has got in on the act. Also, the Crusaders. Does that mean it’s over now?
MostReadArticlesCollectionWidget - Most Read - Used in articles
AdvertModule - Advert - M-Rec / Halfpage


Climate change: New study finds worst case scenario might not be as bad
85994 2018-01-18 08:27:48Z Environment

Climate change: New study finds worst case scenari…

by Charlie Dreaver

Global warming's worst case scenario may not be as bad as previously thought, a new climate change study says.

Read more
The science of sibling rivalries
85949 2018-01-18 00:00:00Z Science

The science of sibling rivalries

by Sally Blundell

Who was the favourite? Who got the most? Sibling relationships set up patterns that last a lifetime.

Read more
The Post – movie review
85900 2018-01-18 00:00:00Z Movies

The Post – movie review

by Peter Calder

Meryl Streep shines in Steven Spielberg’s thrilling Nixon-era newspaper drama.

Read more
Homegrown rosé: The best of New Zealand's pink wine
86039 2018-01-18 00:00:00Z Wine

Homegrown rosé: The best of New Zealand's pink win…

by Michael Cooper

More people are reaching for a home-grown tinted tipple of rosé.

Read more
MetroLOLs for January
85710 2018-01-18 00:00:00Z Humour

MetroLOLs for January

by Metro

This month's LOLs include: Things your office is planning to implement in 2018 to “cater to millennials”.

Read more
Ending solo mum sanction could cost govt $25m a year
85960 2018-01-17 13:14:44Z Social issues

Ending solo mum sanction could cost govt $25m a ye…

by Craig McCulloch

Officials warn the cost could blow out "considerably" if the plan encourages more mothers not to name their baby's father.

Read more
Confessions of a shoplifter
85914 2018-01-17 07:11:11Z Crime

Confessions of a shoplifter

by Anonymous

A sticky-fingered habit finally catches up with a young Kiwi crim, who discovers the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Read more
Tidy Kiwis? We generate 734kg of waste each per year - and it's growing
85908 2018-01-17 06:59:32Z Environment

Tidy Kiwis? We generate 734kg of waste each per ye…

by Nita Blake-Persen

The government is vowing to cut the amount of waste New Zealanders create, which is estimated to be among the highest in the developed world.

Read more