Break up films (kinda sorta)

Break up films (kinda sorta)

I’m kinda-sorta going through a break up type-thing (I think) at the moment and while everything I have read and everyone around me tells me to stay away from romance/love/rom-com’s (they aren’t a favourite genre anyhow), I have found myself with a need to revisit some ‘relationship’ films that explore the idea that love and … Continue reading

Closer: Psycho-sexual gymnastics

Closer: Psycho-sexual gymnastics

It’s difficult to ‘like’ “Closer”, but it’s difficult to simply dismiss it either – and this makes it an interesting film. I have been watching and re-watching Patrick Marber’s (1994) film adaptation of his stage drama for about 5 years; I have been enthralled every single time without every really putting my finger on exactly … Continue reading

The Virgin Suicides (I can soooo relate)

The Virgin Suicides (I can soooo relate)

Upfront confession: I am not a huge Sofia Coppola fan .. she tends toward the self-consciously artsy and feminist and I find I usually cannot look past this, it interferes with my suspension of disbelief. BUT. I have recently (re)watched her directorial debut “The Virgin Suicides” for the 3rd or 4th time and as flawed … Continue reading

Director Focus: Gus Van Sant

Director Focus: Gus Van Sant

I have decided to do a director focus regularly, mainly because many films that I enjoy can be clustered into directors so, it makes sense and will (hopefully) give some continuity. I’m starting with Gus Van Sant not because he is my favourite director, but because his body of work is sometimes overlooked in the … Continue reading

Pan’s Labyrinth

Pan’s Labyrinth

Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has created a mythical masterpiece in Pan’s Labyrinth. Part parable, part gothic phantasm, part social commentary, it is difficult to either describe Pan’s Labyrinth or, to praise it too much. This film truly is a masterpiece of cinema. Set in 1944 Spain, the fascists have won the civil war and … Continue reading

Don’t talk about …

Don’t talk about …

Someone had to do it: lay down some house rules that include ‘no talking about annoying hipster topics’. Guess all that chatter about obscure bands finally got to them. You can find this sign proudly displayed at a cafe in Caledonia Street, San Francisco.

More Aussie Crime: Animal Kingdom

More Aussie Crime: Animal Kingdom

I have just reviewed the harrowing ‘Snowtown’ (released in the US as ‘The Snowtown Murders’) here so I am going to review two more Australian films that deal with isolation, crime and the claustrophobia of circumstance; Animal Kingdom and Lantana.  Animal Kingdom is about a rather ordinary and uninteresting suburban crime family – the Cody’s – … Continue reading

Australian True Crime: Snowtown

Australian True Crime: Snowtown

Australian film has the ability to take the ordinary, the mundane and make it dirty and gritty, even downright uncomfortable. Evidence of this abounds in Snowtown, a 2011 film based on the ‘barrel murders’ of Snowtown in South Australia. Snowtown (released in the USA as “The Snowtown Murders”) is not an easy film to watch. … Continue reading

Top 25 TV Shows (post 1990)

Top 25 TV Shows (post 1990)

It’s sometimes really hard to know what TV shows are worth watching and will pay off your investment of time/money. The following 25 are those that I consider to be well above average and essential viewing for anyone interested in ‘quality’ TV (not a term I would have used pre 1990). Some are more mainstream … Continue reading

How Fred Killed Wesley Wyndam-Price (part 1)

How Fred Killed Wesley Wyndam-Price (part 1)

The Fall and Fall of Wesley Wyndam-Price (and Why I Can Watch it Over and Over Again) I have watched BtVS & Angel, in full, about 15 times each (and Firefly about 6 times, but i’m catching up) The Rise and Fall of Wesley Wyndam-Price Angel’s original side-kick was half-demon Doyle (played by Glenn Quinn) … Continue reading

Underbelly: Great Aussie Crime Drama

Underbelly: Great Aussie Crime Drama

If you live in Australia or NZ there is very little chance that you haven’t heard about or watched Underbelly. It all started with the original Underbelly , a 13 part series which depicted the Melbourne gangland wars that took place between 1995-2004. Although accused of inaccuracies, the hard-hitting drama was a hit across Australia … Continue reading

Firefly – if you love Joss Whedon . . .

Firefly – if you love Joss Whedon . . .

As a BtVS/Angel devotee, I often find myself asking other fans for their thoughts on “Firefly”, Whedon’s third TV series which he started at the end of Angel. I am horrified at how many people who adore BtVS & Angel have not or are not interested in seeing Firefly. I get the reluctance, I really do … Continue reading