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Monday, 28 November 2011

Sunrise

What up, bitch?
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Childish Gambino’s album, "Camp", finally arrived this week. I’ve been listening to the album like crazy. Dude can do no wrong. One of the songs is used as the title for this post and is also included at the very end of the post.
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I had a ten hour shift (technically eight and a half but there was “training” involved at the beginning of the day) on Thursday. Didn’t think I’d make it through with just five – six hours of sleep but the shift went surprisingly quickly. It’s my only shift for the week though and I’m not rostered to work at all this week. I need to pick up more shifts…
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Had my radio training with SYN on the weekend. Had a blast with the training session and can't wait to actually present material on-air! Embarrassing myself over radio is much more tolerable than embarassing myself in front of a camera. I'd love to do a film/gaming program but it seems that there are already programs based on those two. I'd probably just have to find an angle on it but I'd just be happy talking games and films either way!
I'm legit considering to do graveyard shifts just so I can practice and get used to on-air recording as opposed to learning during the day or evening when more people are listening. We'll see where it goes from there.
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After radio training on Saturday I picked up these two comics, one of which I didn’t even plan on getting. I’ve been really wanting to read "Daytripper" for a very long time now but I just never gave it too much thought until recently and figured I should just get it. As for "5 Ronin", I just bought it because the cover looked so nice and then once I read the blurb, the concept for it sounded pretty cool (reappropriating five iconic Marvel heroes into feudal Japan as masterless samurai). Can’t wait to devour these books.
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I also bought tickets to see "Arrietty"! The Japanese Film Festival begins very soon! I haven’t bought the tickets to "Life Back Then" and "The Last Ronin" yet though and I should probably get on top of that before the session fills up!

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Oh and if you're from Melbourne and haven't heard yet, the program for the Rooftop Cinema has been released! You can find the program guide AT THIS LINK. I do believe that you have to be over 18 to actually see these films though being that the Rooftop Cinema is basically at the Rooftop Bar on Swanston Street (duh). Another reason why I should feel so lucky to live in Melbourne - such an amazing city for film buffs.
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WHAT I'VE BEEN WATCHING
I won't get into too much detail about the following movies but here are some of my thoughts on "Reign of Assassins", "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" and "Some Like It Hot".
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  • So much squandered potential!
  • A very shaky start and a very cliche-ridden plot makes for a very predictable film.
  • It's pretty cool to see Michelle Yeoh fight on screen again though and she looks great for her age.
  • Unfortunately her talents are almost wasted here - not much of a martial arts film to be honest.
  • I dunno, I just didn't really get much out of the film to be honest.
  • It looked great though, production value-wise.
  • And it's firmly rooted in the old-school of swordplay films but there wasn't much about the film that made it stand out or feel memorable.

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  • Surprisingly enjoyable film.
  • People say it's like a John Hughes film if he had lived to direct the kids of today.
  • I don't really agree with that but I think that the film captures the soaring spirit of youth, especially in today's world.
  • Yes, Michael Cera does play the awkward love-lorn teenager again but it's a shtick that's worked for him and I don't have much of a problem with it.
  • Kat Dennings' exuberance and charm makes me question whether or not we are actually seeing the character or just Kat appropriating her own personality onto the character.
  • Solid soundtrack - definitely worthy of your attention.
  • As much a 'romantic comedy' as it is a love letter to the city of New York.
  • Often reminded me of "The Longest Night In Shanghai".
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LOVE THIS PHOTO. The expression on Marilyn and Jack's faces are fantastic.
  • Great movie, hilarious comedy!
  • I had a lot of fun watching this film!
  • Definitely holds up well and has a certain timeless quality about it.
  • Fantastically written and never misses a beat.
  • Flawless pacing.
  • The cast are all equally amazing.
  • Marilyn Monroe is so goddamn alluring and she didn't even need to try.
  • But it's Jack Lemmon that steals the show not just with his comedic timing but also for his portrayal of Jerry/Daphne.
  • What else is there to say about this classic that hasn't already been said?
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No Tidbits of Film News from me this week. Sorry! Anyways, I'll leave it there. Have a listen to one of the tracks off Childish Gambino's newest album, "Camp". Enjoy your week, guys!



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Sunday, 20 November 2011

Reflection Eternal

Hey there!

Okay so I probably won't be getting "Modern Warfare 3" or "Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3" any time soon because I want to be able to give myself some free time to be able to catch up on a lot of films and television shows. That's not to say that I can't buy them right now, I'd just rather not since I know that these games will destroy any chance of me watching anything.

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My new comic book purchases for the week. Normally, I tend to see a lot of books with pretty awesome covers and buy them based on how gorgeous the artwork is and that's exactly the case with the three Batwoman books above. I'm lucky that Minotaur had all three as they tend to have one or two missing. Anyways, I'm really loving everything about Batwoman so far and I had no idea she was a lesbian who served as a soldier in the Middle East, only to be forced to leave due to the real world happenings of America's "Dont Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

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Also, I kinda rearranged my room recently. Everything's WAY more tidier now and a lot easier to... navigate. It was weird having a television just in the middle of the room with cords and wires hanging out everywhere and it got really irritating to look at. I even rearranged some of the posters and junk cause I'm awesome like that. So yeah, I reckon it looks good.

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Those of you who know me either from this blog or in real life know that I love "Community". Heck, I even based one of my uni presentations on the show! So it was with much bewilderment when NBC announced it's mid-season line up, only to have Community not listed among the returning shows. NBC has assured fans that it will be showing the rest of season three but for us Community fans, we won't know for sure when it will be (I honestly hope it's not for an entire year...).

The worst part of all this is that Community is in red alert because of this and the show may be cancelled as a result. That is of course, the worst case scenario. The show means so much to me and it's the only sitcom that I lovingly cling to each and every week.

I'll admit that Season 3 hasn't been all that great but already they've given us two fantastic episodes: Remedial Chaos Theory and the latest, Documentary Filmmaking: Redux. It's too bad that "Community" hasn't done well in the ratings but I think that they're a broken way of recording how successful a show is because CLEARLY it has an audience - one that's taken to the Internet and are doing everything in their power to help save the show.

So if you're reading this and are a fan of the show here are some ways you can help out:

  • Send a message to NBC, letting them know how much you enjoy the show and request that they keep the show running - http://www.nbc.com/contact/general/
  • Sign the Save Community petition - http://save-community.com/
  • If you have a Twitter, tag your Community-related tweets with #SixSeasonsAndAMovie, #SaveCommunity and/or #OccupyGreendales.
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WHAT I'VE BEEN WATCHING

This week, I watched Season 5 of "30 Rock" and the anime classic, "Cowboy Bebop" (about time, Hieu). Rather than talk about both, I'll only talk about "Cowboy Bebop" in dot point form since I'm pretty sure most people know how I feel about "30 Rock" (which had a great episode that took on feminism in this season by the way).

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  • I quite enjoyed the series but there was one thing that bothered me - it was very episodic.
  • Rather than a narrative that stretched out through the entire series, each episode was self contained.
  • Normally, I'm fine with this and a lot of anime series do this, if not all.
  • But something about it bothered me this time around. I'm not sure I can explain why though.
  • Aside from that one little thing, I found the show to be quite good.
  • It just didn't wow me as much as I thought it would considering the show's reputation as being not only a classic in anime but highly regarded as one of the best anime series of all time.
  • I guess it's because I've already seen the best anime series of all time - Neon Genesis Evangelion. But that's just a matter of personal opinion.
  • Great characters - Faye especially. I believe she's probably the show's best character as her arc was very well handled, moreso than Spike's I thought.
  • I also love that the show is, more or less, a celebration of the past. It's exemplified thorugh the characters with their attatchments to the past and through the very nature of the show too, drawing inspiration from film noir and Westerns - genres which are now considered to be relics of a past era.
  • I mean how the show was able to take these genres and then retool them within the context of this futuristic science fiction setting is just superb!
  • The show wouldn't suffer if the character of Edward was thrown out but he/she provided a lot of nice humour in the show. Put it this way, I wouldn't miss him/her but having him/her around isn't such a bad thing.
  • Shinichiro Watanabe created this and Samurai Champloo but I think I prefer Samurai Champloo over Cowboy Bebop.
  • I'll get around to watching the movie sometime soon, hopefully.

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TIDBITS OF FILM NEWS

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The first theatrical trailer for Pixar's upcoming epic, "Brave"!
Guys, guys, guys. Merida's hair! It is a thing of absolute beauty. It amazes me how much detail has gone not just into the surrounding visuals of the film but in her HAIR! I can't get enough of it. Merida is already as awesome as the actress voicing her, Kelly Macdonald (who can be seen in HBO's excellent series, "Boardwalk Empire"). Really looking forward to seeing "Brave" next year.


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Here are the all the character posters for Marvel's superhero team, "The Avengers". Guys, next year is going to be the year to end all Summer/Winter blockbusters.

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Film Set: Film Set:

Moving away from big Hollywood spectacles is something more low-key and old-fashioned - the first few set photos from Baz Lurhmann's much talked about adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. It's been a long time coming for this production which has gone through so many routes (at one point, Amanda Seyfried was tipped to play Daisy - the role which Mulligan now owns). The costumes guys. THE COSTUMES! And Carey is looking even more attractive with each movie she does, I swear.

Film Set: Film Set:

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Speaking of all things Amanda Seyfried, everyone knows I'm infatuated with her so here's the trailer for her next film, "Gone". It's about a young woman who is led to believe that the same person that kidnapped her some odd years ago has struck again and kidnapped her younger sister. Honestly, the trailer doesn't really sell me on the film (and Amanda even has a Batman moment, haha) and it just looks like another bland and forgettable thriller... without the thrills. Even the title of the film is amazingly uninspired.


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And finally, here's the first trailer for "Being Flynn" a drama that stars Robert De Niro and Paul Dano which centres itself a young writer and an absentee father. The trailer really sells the film and its actually kinda good to see De Niro doing something good for a change (although I might be in the minority here when I say that "Limitless" actually wasn't that bad... pretty enjoyable actually). Also we briefly see De Niro driving a taxi. DE NIRO. DRIVING A TAXI.

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And that's all this week! Now I present to you a short video documenting one of Japan's last remaining swordmakers, Korehira Watanabe. I honestly wish this was longer because what's shown here has the makings for a great documentary. Anyways, enjoy the video. I'll see you guys next week!


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Monday, 14 November 2011

A Real Hero

Howdy guys.

Short post this week. Why? Cause I didn't do anything relatively interesting this week (should that really come as a surprise to you guys?). I didn't even see any films this week. Poor me... I honestly don't remember anything from the week other than work on Monday night and Friday night as well as a trip to the Snag Stand on Thursday which was followed by window shopping for potential buys that I will hope to get around to in the near future. Schwing.

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Oh yeah, did I tell you guys that I won big on the Melbourne Cup last week? I didn't? Well now you know. My mum and I pitched in together and we won $1,500 from the Cup! I got given $250 worth of the cash. The rest of it went to our savings and stuff.

Guys, I've predicted it right every year! My dad said if horse 12 came first, we would've recieved $5,000 instead. Cuhhhh-razy. Yes, I'm allowed to brag on my own blog (even if what's being bragged is like a week old now but whatever). Probably going to go on a major shopping spree sometime soon. For normal people, I think shopping sprees consist of spending wildly on clothing. Not for me. I'll just waste that on video games and films. Boom.
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TIDBITS OF FILM NEWS

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Academy Award Winning Actor, Colin Firth ("The King's Speech", "A Single Man"), was recently offered the role for lead antagonist in Spike Lee's, "Oldboy".
This makes for a very, VERY interesting casting choice should Firth accept the role. Firth typically known for his clean cut, good guy, gentleman image would be looking to get downa nd dirty for this role (and those who've seen "Oldboy" will understand just how down and dirty he'll get, should he accept). Previous rumours saw Christian Bale possibly in contention for the antagonist role of the film. I'm all for Firth to take the role, to be honest. I'm probably the only person looking forward to the remake of this film.

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I believe next year there will be about two or three Snow White movies all in the realm of "dark fantasy" as opposed to the light-hearted fair we have come to known in years past. The following is the first official trailer for "Snow White and the Hunstman" which stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron. I'm actually quite impressed with the trailer, it actually doens't look too bad but then again it is a trailer and it's supposed to try and sell you on the idea of the film being good sooooooooo, I dunno. I was definitely surprised though.



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I'm not one to normally laugh hysterically during a trailer but this one did it for me. Successful trailer is successful. It showed up last week but I was too lazy to talk about it so here it is: the totally NSFW trailer for "21 Jump Street" starring Jonah Hill and, what seems to be, a very tolerable Channing Tatum. Loosely inspired by the original television series of the same name (the old stomping grounds of Johnny Depp who has a cameo in the film), two cops go undercover as high school teenagers and try to snuff out the drug ring within the school.


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And that's all this week. I'll get to watching movies sometime in the next two weeks. I've planned to just catch up on television shows this upcoming week. Adios!

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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Nightcall

Hello everybody.

This week's blog post title comes straight from the "Drive" soundtrack (full thoughts on the film below). If you haven't seen the film yet, get on it and then get on the soundtrack because it is flawless. FLAW-LESS.


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This is probably the most delayed post of the year for and I've made it my aim to put one post per week which has gone well so far. So to anyone who was actually looking forward to this post, I apologise for the delay. I've just been busy the over weekend.

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Bianca's behind the camera...

I can't remember much of last week but I do know that last week consisted of a small get together between friends. Ellen's already talked about it in one of her blog posts so I won't get into it too much. But yeah, quite chilled and fun shooting the shit and everything - as all good get togethers usually are. As someone who doesn't go out a lot, this is pretty much what I like to do when I do decide to actually head out with some friends.
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WHAT I'VE BEEN WATCHING


Last week I finally got the chance to catch "Drive" at the cinemas. The film stars Ryan Gosling as a Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals. This isn't the whole crux of the film there's more to it but that's just the basic set up for the character. And how appropriate as this film is more a character study than something that's driven primarily by the weight of its story.

Gosling excels as the no-named loner of the film, bringing forth flashes of Clint Eastwood's 'Man with no Name' and Robert De Niro's 'Travis Bickle'. Carey Mulligan's role, while rather limited, occupies enough space for her find to her footing amongst the rest of the well rounded supporting cast in Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman and Albert Brooks (in a role that's menacingly delicious). Unfortunately for Christina Hendricks, her role in the film is almost pointless.

For me this an action film with a very arthouse approach. It treats this genre with the utmost respect and injects enough intelligence into it without feeling pretentious. Slow camera tracking and occasional slow motion may make it feel pretentious and bog the pace of the film but what director Nicolas Winding Refn achieves with this is one of two things: a. it gets you into the head space of our driver through the combination of cinematography and music and b. adds an eerie layer of malice and tension throughout the rest of the film.

The first half the film feels restrained as inklings of action and violence break out here and there but not enough to be enamoured by. It's mostly to set up the romance between our two leads. The second half the film out of no where becomes incredibly violent - so violent in fact that you're pretty much taken by surprise by it. In that regard, I thought that it did well in trying to restrain itself and be as mellow as Gosling's character but once the proverbial "shit hits the fan" that's when the sickness inside his character begins to manifest. The comparison to Travis Bickle is more than appropriate in this case, no?

So far, in what has been a rather unimpressive year of quality films, "Drive" stands out above the pack as something that's intelligent, very well-crafted and most importantly - unique. It looks and sounds like something straight out of the '80s but not only is there a more modern focus over the film, there's also something distinctly different to it, which in this case would be Refn's stylized directorial stamp over the film. I'd go so far as to say that this is one of my favourite films of the year.

No trailer because the trailer literally tells you the entire film, I've just realised. The less you see the better.
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No "Tidbits of Film News" for this week because I'm lazy and last week's news was last week's news so yeah. Sorry about that folks. Next week, perhaps?

I'll leave it there. See you guys again this weekend hopefully.

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