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Cheap emotions (at the movies)

Cheap emotions (at the movies)

. On Colin Firth & Julianne Moore, Ken Branagh & Kurt Wallander, and the Hurt Locker Movies can make you cry, so can TV. Pop songs manage it frequently, classical occasionally. Books now and then, and theatre almost never. Art, once in a lifetime. Recall Noel Coward: “Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.” +++ . […]

Friday Mulch: Tarantino defended; and a 40-yr-old drumbeat

Friday Mulch: Tarantino defended; and a 40-yr-old drumbeat

___ The Amen break To talk fascinatingly about 40-year-old drum break you don’t know that you know. Brilliantly oblique! This is the apparent subject of a fantastic youtube recording of what amounts to an art project, but which is also a dissertation or argument for open copyright as an essential ingredient in the health of […]

The Hollywood strangle, and a broken bowl

The Hollywood strangle, and a broken bowl

On my morning surf, I found buried deep in The Age‘s website this fascinating article by Paul Kalina. (Micro-rant, rhetorical query: Why are the arts sections [not even dignified by the word “Arts”] of Fairfax websites so shite?) Kalina has written about the indie doco Into the Shadows, recent joint winner of Best Australian Film […]

Tarantino and “comic violence”

Tarantino and “comic violence”

NB: Includes mild spoilers to Inglourious Basterds, Violence and Language. Here’s the big joke: eight vengeful Jewish American soldiers roam the fields of France between 1941-44 killing German soldiers, and under the direction of their hillbilly Lieutenant (Brad Pitt), scalps them. Literally. In close-up technicolor. If they are allowed to live, for propaganda purposes, a […]

Vogue & the chill of Wintour

Vogue & the chill of Wintour

Whenever anyone says they don’t care for fashion I think of Meryl Streep as an ash blond, looking down her nose – and I wish (like Woody Allen with Marshall McLuhan in Annie Hall) I could just call out Streep from the crowd to give her speech. In The Devil Wears Prada, Streep plays Miranda […]

Brüno: satire or rorschach? Ich bin ein wurstlieber

Brüno: satire or rorschach? Ich bin ein wurstlieber

Brüno. Yes, well, here’s the thing. I laughed myself sick in some parts of the movie. And other parts dumbstrike with a sensation between gobsmackedness and speechlessness. Agogness, maybe. For a few days I had no idea what to think about it – it is, as Nietzsche might say, beyond good and evil. +++ Locally […]

Samson and Delilah wake in fright

Samson and Delilah wake in fright

These two crazy cinematic mindbombs have been doing the rounds for a while now. One of them for thirty-eight years. But they do linger – they’ve been ticking in my head for weeks. These dinkum films made decades apart have much in common: they’re both set in red Oz a long way from the City; […]

Time, life, movies

Time, life, movies

A friend said it was “fun” so we eventually saw State of Play. Rattling along, it did turn out to be a kind of sophisticated, adult fun – just don’t follow the plot too closely or ask why the core interest swings from military industrial complex to single villain simplex. It also makes the case […]