Watchman: the review

I could take myself to the movies by myself a lot more than I have, but I don’t seem to. With Blacktown movies now just up the road, it might be a good idea, especially on cheap Tuesdays. Finally I made the move, and finally saw Watchmen, the long-awaited adaptation of the legendary graphic novel. ...

Birthday’s and the Slumdog Millionaire

Birthday things today. Took Will to karate, which he always enjoys, regardless of what he gets up to, then managed to get away about an hour after that. The lateness didn’t help timing for the day, and there was at least one totally unnecessary argument (which is always terrible and stupid in retrospect), but Sallie ...

Karate Boy and Pixar Studios

Took Will to karate again today… he had fun, but I couldn’t really hide some disappointment as well… he didn’t try much, didn’t focus at all, didn’t follow anyone’s instructions. I know he’s only four, but we’re trying to get him to mature a bit… he’s supposed to start school next year, and he’s doing ...

Oscars 2009

Watched the Oscars last night, doing my usual semi-inexplicable obsessive view of the whole event. For the first time ever they were shown live here, in mid afternoon, and then repeated at night in a cutdown version. That probably explains why I missed the writing categories… It was largely as expected win-wise, with Sean Penn ...

Review: Gran Torino

I’ve been a bit lax with these in the last few weeks, just coasting on link-blogging, which isn’t terrible, but of course, there should be more. Saw a preview of Gran Torino not too long ago. In what might just be Clint Eastwood’s acting role (although I fully see him working to 100 now), he ...

Best of 2008

I actually reviewed a lot of things here this year. Some of my best: Best music: The Hold Steady, Stay Positive. Reviews Best movie: Wall-E. Review Best US TV: Burn Notice. Review. Best local: Underbelly. The guide Best news: Obama wins. Posts Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailLike this:Like Loading...

Bolt: Not every animation is by Pixar

“Bolt” was quite a fun movie. I went and saw it with Will this afternoon, and it was a fun kids movie. But evidenced by the above title, of course every kids movie can’t be by Pixar, or at Pixar quality level. That said, this one did benefit by having John Lasseter as executive producer, ...

Film addict test

Have noticed that I’m not seeing as many movies these days as I’d like (though for some reason early in the year is always better than late in the year). But this online test is a slightly different measure of your film “addictiveness”. By quizzing on how many of IMDB’s top 250 films you’ve seen, ...

Yes, drive-ins still exist

Went out to some local second-hand markets this morning, a first in our new local area. Nothing unusual about that, since we go to markets a lot. But these were a little different, as they’re held on Sunday morning at the Blacktown Twin Drive-in. And… One, I didn’t know they existed still, and two, I’m ...

An unexpected surprise

Each Friday (local time), John Scalzi writes a column for the AMC Channel site on science fiction movies. A month ago he asked readers to submit questions for him — reportedly he got a lot. I sent one in, not expecting much from it, but today have discovered something quite surprising. He’s done his first ...
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