The Adjustment Bureau – A Review

9 04 2011

The concept behind The Adjustment Bureau is quite original, and first-time writer/director George Nolfi should be congratulated for bringing it to life on screen. As an adaptation of a Philip K Dick story, this science fiction, fantasy, thriller (with a hint of romance thrown in) starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt is hugely entertaining.

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True Grit – A Review

27 01 2011

I can’t ever say I’ve been compelled to watch a western at any stage of my lifetime.  I don’t recall giving up my Saturday afternoons to engage in any of John Wayne’s films.  I find this somewhat ironic given that True Grit is not only a western I felt compelled to see, but it is also a remake of the film that scored Wayne an Oscar in 1969.  In this adaptation of Charles Portis‘ novel of the same name, Joel and Ethan Coen have written and directed a truly masterful story for the screen.

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It’s Christmas, c’est Noel

24 12 2010

It’s Christmas!  That wonderful time of year where you give presents to your loved ones (and some that aren’t so loved) in the hope of receiving some of your own in return; eating as much glazed ham, roast turkey and pavlova as you can before being rolled away from the table; and listening to cheesy Christmas tunes while you fight with hundreds of other shoppers in shopping centres across the city.  I love this time of year! 

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Seeing U2 a dream come true

9 12 2010

I was as giddy as a school girl after her first kiss… Perhaps that’s how best I can explain the excitement I felt seeing one of my favourite bands in the world live tonight.  I wasn’t phased by the prospect of bad weather (predicted rain and possible thunder storms), as I entered Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium and was overwhelmed by the space-like stage arrangement that hovered high above me in the sky.  U2’s 360° tour was in town, and I – as a long-time fan – was eagerly awaiting the chance to get carried away with it!  I had never seen them live, and I was living a dream.

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The A Team – A Review

17 06 2010

I remember first hearing about Joe Carnahan doing a movie-length version of the classic 80s television show, The A-Team, and thinking ‘Dear God, No!’ .  Growing in up that era, there are some things that I had hoped would remain sacred; particularly that the fashion would never rear its head again (at least not seriously), and that certain shows like The A-Team would be left forever as a fond memory of my childhood.  But alas, there are a great number of television show-come feature film that left much to be desired – AEon Flux, The Brady Bunch, Scooby Doo and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to name but a few – so you could understand my cautious optimism heading into this one. Read on

The Pink Floyd Experience

26 05 2010

Let me be honest for a minute.  I am not a die-hard Pink Floyd fan.  I cannot recite the words to every song from every album the band ever made, but after being immersed in the music for near on three hours last night at Brisbane’s Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), that may well change.  The Pink Floyd Experience echoes all that made the original band the epic rock and roll icons that they have become. 

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The Hurt Locker – A Review

7 03 2010

“The rush of battle is a potent and often lethal addiction, for war is a drug”.  This is the opening quotation in the latest war film, The Hurt Locker.  It is a stark quote from the best-selling novel War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning by New York Times war correspondent, Chris Hedges and is one that stays with you and proves true throughout this film.

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