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Marr on Rudd: “BHP and Rio Tinto want to destroy the government”

Marr on Rudd: “BHP and Rio Tinto want to destroy the government”

“BHP and Rio Tinto want to destroy the government. They want to get rid of Rudd,” said David Marr, a man not short of an opinion. Stellar Marr. (No, that’s not her name.) Last night at the Wheeler Centre, interviewed by Robert Manne, the journalist David Marr put in a stellar performance as he talked […]

Masterpiece cinema (Animal Kingdom, The White Ribbon)

Masterpiece cinema (Animal Kingdom, The White Ribbon)

I managed to finally see The White Ribbon, knowing almost nothing about it. Lucky me. If you haven’t seen it, don’t wait for the DVD — its immaculate monochrome was made for hi-tech big screens. . They hated The White Ribbon: David Edelstein, New York magazine: (Director Michael) Haneke’s contempt for humanity had congealed into […]

Within the Hollow Crown (winter thoughts)
My iBrain can’t concentrate. Imagine the kids’! Discuss.

My iBrain can’t concentrate. Imagine the kids’! Discuss.

All this chitter-chatter, chitter-chatter bout Shmatta, shmatta, shmatta Does it matter? does it matter? Shattered. Look at me, I’m in tatters! I’m a shattered. — The Rolling Stones

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Three and a half minutes of Pure action movie cliches

Why sit through two hours of action movie puff when the payoff is about 15 minutes of multi-million exploding car crashes? Because we think we want Story.When what we want is Thrill. Story is the cover, the rationale. We really just want Mayhem. To see Matt and Bruce and Tom and Mel and Keanu and […]

Death of an American dream (Hopper and Sex and the City)

Death of an American dream (Hopper and Sex and the City)

Dennis Hopper: “you kids, you got no respect for nothing” “After many hours of listening to Hopper talk … it became increasingly clear that he needed to tell his own story … When I think about Hopper, I hear his voice in my head: the nasal Kansas vowels; the cowboy twang; and last but not […]

Weekend buffet, the food of love (Mozart and Tallis)

Weekend buffet, the food of love (Mozart and Tallis)

If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting … Twelfth Night Stuffed. Fed to the gills and licking our chops. Friday night was the MSO‘s bash at a pops program with Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, the K.466 – where British conductor Howard Shelley also got to ply […]

The old man loves his iPad

The old man loves his iPad

Jane says, I could hear squealing from way over here. I say, I wasn’t squealing – they were appropriate expressions of excitement. Indeed. One of our clever young things was showing me the wonderwalls of the new office iPad. It must be said, the ebook on the iPad is very good: the type crisp, the […]

On drawing David Malouf

On drawing David Malouf

Insomnia, writing a blog post, ABR philantropy, and making a picture with a lens, and then a pencil. . How to write a blog post I had an itch to write a post that would tie a knot in the thread connecting Thick of It, Modern Family, MasterChef, Jason Akermanis and ex-Minister David Campbell. But […]