Oscar night 2013

Oscar night 2013
Well just for a change, instead of waiting it out for the evening broadcast/repeat broadcast of the Oscars here this year, I dropped the kids home at 3pm and found it was live on TV here (which it usually isn’t), so I just watched the rest of it live. That’s all the stuff that won’t ...

Gangster Squad — old school adventure

Gangster Squad -- old school adventure
Went out to see Gangster Squad tonight. I’d thought the name was kind of off putting beforehand, but it suits the movie well. It’s a 1940s gangster movie, with some basis in reality (but loads of fiction as well) that is quite entertaining, but also very deliberately old fashioned. I’m finding a lot of post ...

Oscar nominations release 1

Oscar nominations release
Announced just after I went to bed, so I get up this morning to hear about the new Oscar nomination list. Four Australians nominated (update: three actors and one tech for makeup/hairstyling in The Hobbit). The BBC has an excellent full list of all nominations. The biggest shock or inconsistency for me is the directors ...

Wreck-it Ralph and the perfect heroic journey

Wreck-it Ralph and the perfect heroic journey
Went over to Dubbo today with Will and Alex to see Wreck-it Ralph. And despite being surprisingly expensive and a bit of a strain to get over there (thank you boys) I had a great time and it is a really, really great movie. It’s part homage to computer games old and new, and part ...

On Thor, Avengers and shared universes

On Thor, Avengers and shared universes
Watched Thor with my sons yesterday afternoon — had not seen it yet. Great fun movie, some excellent scenes and really great actors over the various roles. It makes our viewing of the extended Marvel film universe almost up to date (we haven’t seen any of the recent Hulk movies, but with the successful change ...

The Invention of Lying… our Apple TV first

We got an Apple TV last week. It’s an amazing little device that fits in the palm of your hand and sits next to the TV as classy looking as any AV component. It has a variety of functions (and more when I can get the XBMC add-on running for it), but the core stuff ...

Introducing Star Wars

One Saturday afternoon just recently, I sat down with Will and we watched Star Wars together for the first time. No doubt it’s a bit grown up for him right now (in story, not in “content”), but he enjoyed it anyway, and took it in in his own way. I mean, what’s not to like, ...

Toy Story 3!

Toy Story 3!
Pixar can really do no wrong. Toy Story 3 is just such a fun movie; so well made, well performed, moving, funny, adventurous and fulfilling. Can’t put it better than that. I took Will, and Alex (for the first time), and the daughter of a friend, to see the movie at Blacktown Hoyts while we’re ...

Movie review: The Princess and the Frog

Pixar has been accused by various people of having killed off Hollywood’s (and by extention the audience’s) interest in 2D animation. A ridiculous accusation of course, but when John Lasseter took over running all of Disney Animation in 2006, he heard that talk, and decided to prove it wrong anyway. He immediately put into production ...

Movie Review: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

I had a cheap movie voucher that ran out at the end of the weekend, so decided to check this out with Will, who had expressed some interest. But I wasn’t so sure… it looked fun, but I wasn’t sure about it. And while it wasn’t Pixar, it was pretty entertaining, really cute, with a ...
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