Tag Archives: arts

May 06

Farewell to the art posts.

It is with mixed feelings that I inform my regular readers of this blog (have I told you lately that I love you?) that I have removed virtually all the art posts from these pages. The reason behind this is, primarily, the spate of negative comments I received because I used Wikipedia as the information source. Because I […]

January 07

Panabrite: The Baroque Atrium – experiments with electronic sound. (music review)

I never thought a vocoder could produce a sound that moved me after ELO ruined them forever, but Panabrite’s The Baroque Atrium is an album filled with surprises and that’s just one of them. Panabrite is the solo recording project for Norm Chambers and this is the second album under that moniker. This is a beautifully made record […]

January 05

The NOW now festival – A Festival of Exploratory / Spontaneous / Experimental / Improvised / Outsider / Other Musics.

January is always a busy time for Sydney-siders with our festival on and all, but this year I’ve decided to stick to the lesser known realms (even though Nick – i am madly in love with you – Cave is in town) and check out some art projects and such. I’ll be attending the Now Now festival – […]

Seven Samurai – Akira Kurosawa starts a trend.

What a great pleasure it was to watch Seven Samurai! Despite the timeless beauty of Seven Samurai, it is when the film is seen in context that the power of its resonance through the ages is best recognised. This is a film made in  1954 at a time when Japan was reeling from the aftershocks of American […]

Happy Birthday Djuna Barnes

Djuna Barnes (June 12, 1892 – June 18, 1982) was an American writer who played an important part in the development of 20th century English language modernist writing and was one of the key figures in 1920s and 30s bohemian Paris after filling a similar role in the Greenwich Village of the teens. Her novel Nightwood became a cult work of modern fiction, helped by an introduction by T. S. Eliot. […]

Announcing: The Lisa Thatcher Newsletter

A warm and very friendly greeting to all the lovely folk that pop in and read this blog. I want to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your visits. I feel very encouraged by the strength of your response.  The blog has now hit the “regular” 100,000 visits a month club […]

Stroszek: Herzog and the ultimate road trip

Ultimate road trip is right! I just finished watching Stroszek. It’s been an odd Herzog week for me. First I saw Heart of Glass and now Stroszek. Bruno S will be in all my dreams this week. Not sure that’s such a good thing. I did speak about the interesting arrival of Bruno S into […]

Heart of Glass – Herzog hypnotizes everyone.

I’ve just watched Heart of Glass. You know the one – the Herzog film where he hypnotizes his entire cast. Everyone, except for the mystic who plays the central role and (thankfully) the professional glass blowers in the film, are hypnotized before their scene. This gives the film a totally bizarre feel, as if the […]

Ikiru – Akira Kurosawa and what it means to live

What an absolutely beautiful film. This was pure delight from start to finish. An established masterpiece, Ikiru was made in 1952, between Rashomon and Seven Samurai, and stars Takashi Shimura. He played the woodcutter in Rashomon, leader of the Seven Samurai and in Ikiru he’s a crabbed, middle-aged civil servant suddenly faced with his imminent […]