I got Blockbustered tonight! It’s not as uncomfortable as it sounds, trust me. Well ok sometimes it is torturously awful, like every last gram of life force has been sucked from you molecule by molecule. You despair of ever gaining back those hours lost to entertainment so vapid, it makes Continue Reading
ABBA "The Visitors" Deluxe Edition coming soon!
Where will I be on April 23? Why inside a JB HiFi store thank you very much snapping up a copy of the Deluxe Edition of ABBA’s final album, The Visitors, released in 1981. As with all the other deluxe editions that have been released to near universal acclaim, and Continue Reading
First impressions: "New Girl"
Well thank the TV gods – New Girl is as funny as hyped. You’d expect it would be somewhat funny since it does star the comedically-talented Zooey Deschanel, who is best known as the flaky but good-hearted, if self-centred on again, off again girlfriend of Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 500 Days Continue Reading
"Conatus" – Zola Jesus
Zola Jesus, or as her mum calls when she’s angry, Nika Rosa Danilova (from oft cold and frigid Wisconsin which explains the Icelandic sensibilities), is a woman who, like Kate Bush and Bat For Lashes, treads her own musical path, heeding not the siren song of mainstream ordinariness. And that Continue Reading
"Women on the 6th Floor" (review)
Women on the 6th Floor is a movie obsessed with class, race, money and power. But wait, it’s not as grim as that sentence makes it seem. In fact, the movie is a delight focusing on the great changes that many Western societies saw take place in the early 1960s, Continue Reading
"Hugo" (movie review)
Hugo, by famed director Martin Scorsese, is first and foremost a creation of great beauty. Filmed in 3D, which is used to great effect to draw us into the magical world of 1920s Paris, and specifically the Gare Montparnasse, where an orphan Hugo (Asa Butterfield) scurries around, sight unseen fixing Continue Reading
"The Muppets" (Review)
“Wacka Wacka!”“Kermieeeee….”“Mee mee mee…” I have had Muppet voices talking in my head for over 24 hours and I couldn’t be more delighted. After much too much time apart, I have spent quality time with the delightful icons of my childhood, and it was, without exception, every bit as good Continue Reading
I want to write it big in the movies!
You write a best selling novel that sweeps the world. You are feted and adored as a creative wunderkind, speaking to your generation. The press adores you. Readers hang on your every word. Everyone is beating a path to your door. Including Hollywood. They come a-calling, and buy the rights Continue Reading
"Manhattan in Reverse" – Peter F Hamilton
Britain’s premier writer of grand epic sci-fi has returned with his first collection of short stories since 1998’s A Second Chance at Eden. Of course calling any of the stories ‘short’ isn’t entirely accurate; the first story in the collection, ‘Watching Trees Grow’ goes for almost 90 pages, and the Continue Reading