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Down in the Treme

Down in the Treme

Written by David Simon, the person behind the acclaimed series, The Wire, Treme is a 10-part HBO series that dramatises the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina’s effect on the people of New Orleans — specifically in that district known as the Treme — and it is so good that it bears repeated viewing.  (Please note, there are spoilers in what follows.) Like […]

It Might Get Loud

It Might Get Loud

CD Review It Might Get Loud Davis Guggenheim (dir.) (thru Sony) I finally got around to watching this documentary and am happy to report that it turned out to be much better than I thought it would. In fact, I pretty much dare anyone who likes guitars and/or guitar-based rock and blues to not like […]

Brilliant Decemberists' gig

Brilliant Decemberists' gig

For those of you who missed the recent Australian concerts by The Decemberists (a category that includes me, unfortunately), they have just posted their gig from the Metro in Sydney on the wonderful Moshcam site. Ninety minutes of music and chatter, it’s a must-see for fans. If you don’t know the band, it’s a pretty […]

Crazy Heart

Crazy Heart

If you saw the Golden Globes the other day, you might’ve noticed that Jeff Bridges won the best-actor gong for his role in the music movie Crazy Heart.  Quite looking forward to seeing it: Crazy Heart is a 2009 American musical–drama film, written and directed by Scott Cooper and based on the 1987 novel of the […]

Bran Nue Dae a missed opportunity

Bran Nue Dae a missed opportunity

Happy New Year, everybody.  Let’s get started. As far as I can tell, my colleague, Luke, over at Cinetology hasn’t reviewed the new Australia movie Bran Nue Dae as yet, so I hope I’m not creating a demarcation dispute by offering up some views on the show, which I saw with the family yesterday.  I […]

The alleged Michael Jackson

The alleged Michael Jackson

I saw the new (almost old by now) Michael Jackson concert doco, This Is It, the other day and I have to say I was pretty enthralled.  Yes, we have to allow for the fact that it was edited to show him at his best, that it is part of propaganda push to secure his […]

Lenny, or: a normative rant about how to film a concert

Lenny, or: a normative rant about how to film a concert

Review Leonard Cohen Live in London DVD (Columbia)  I often wonder with concert DVDs who watches them and the circumstances under which they watched. Is it people who missed the concert and want to catch up? Or is it people who saw the concert and want a momento? And do they watch it alone or […]

His aim is okay

His aim is okay

Wonder if you’d had a chance to watch the Elvis Costello interview show called Spectacle? It’s on Friday nights on ABC 2, repeated the following Thursday. I first heard about it a while back and mentioned it to a mate who said he doubted he could be bothered given that he could barely stand Elvis, […]