Posted in November 2012

Thoughts on three skinhead films

Thoughts on three skinhead films

The word skinhead usually conjures up swastikas and other race hate memorabilia but skinheads were not always sutured to racist politics or ideas, in fact, many of the racists that came into play during the late 1980’s and 1990’s shaved their heads to look more intimidating and had nothing to do with skinheads per se … 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