Tag Archives: entertainment

January 21

Hitchcock – A Wikipedia guide to Psycho from Sasha Gervasi. (Film Review)

What an odd film! I’m not sure which side of the fence to fall on after watching Hitchcock. For a film I thought would be terrible, I had a rather good time.  I was compelled to go home directly and watch Psycho, currently shown for free all over the net – something I think is […]

January 19

Ono – Ennui: A really good reason to love the 80’s (Music Review)

Ok, so here is a better reason to love the 80’s than even the Eurythmics.  The impossible to underestimate importance of Ono and particularly the powerhouse front man Travis P. (or simply Travis – check his website here) who adds the spiritual angst to the bands tempered electronics, is evident in their influence (I discovered […]

January 15

Hampton Grease Band – Music to Eat: Insanity as music. (Music Review)

Music to Eat is the only ever band produced by the great avant rock band, Hampton Grease Band.  Released in 1971, this double album is said to the the second lowest selling album in Columbia’s history, only outdone for lowest place by a Maharishi Mahesh Yogi yoga instructional record.  Shocking I know, but the band […]

January 15

Django Unchained – Tarantino and the Spaghetti Western (film review)

“Ever with grief and all too long Are men and women born in the world; But yet we shall live our lives together, Sigurth and I. Sink down, Giantess!” Helreið Brynhildar (Broom-Hilda’s ride to Hell) Exploitation films have this wonderful retro look now that we’re all PC’d-past and grown our brains to incorporate awareness. In […]

January 13

The NOW Now right now – Day four. (festival review)

Unfortunately for me, day four is my last day at the NOW Now Festival. I have to put out a huge round of thanks to the organizers,  Andrew Brooks, Jeremy Tatar, Laura Altman, Rishin Singh and Sam Pettigrew for a truly amazing festival. Fortunately the events I went to were all well attended so I […]

January 09

Gangster Squad – Ruben Fleischer’s good v’s evil. (film review)

Next year it will be thirty years since Brian de Palma made The Untouchables (I know!  I know!) one of the many rough parodies of Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, which was made sixty-two years earlier. Gangster Squad is our latest incarnation in the long running homage (we even have the all-important massacre on the steps scene) to a […]

January 06

Short and Sweet – a little bit of this and a little bit of that in ten minutes. (Theatre)

Well, hot on the heels of The Now Now music festival, I’ll be heading off to The Short and Sweet theatre festival. Short+Sweet began life in Newtown (Sydney, and my home base) has expanded nationally to Melbourne, the Central Coast, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle, Townsville and Rockhampton; as well as internationally to Auckland, Malaysia, Singapore, […]

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 – […]

January 02

Why I still love Queen, even after my discovery of good music.

I had cause to reflect on Freddy Mercury tonight. My father sent me an email begging me to turn on my television which he knows is only used for films. Not much will convince me to turn on my TV but the lure of Freddy Mercury did it. I think of myself as having a rather delayed […]

January 01

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – What’s not to love after all? (film review)

“In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a Hobbit Hole, and that means comfort.” — The […]