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 ...

Boardwalk Empire season three finale

Boardwalk Empire season three finale
A few weeks behind on this one, but been catching up on things we couldn’t watch while away in Sydney all through November until mid-December. But what a finale it was! Boardwalk Empire this season had been interesting, but in a slowly paced, occasionally meandering kind of way. Character drama and one or two moments of ...

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 ...

Brothers talk League episode 1

This is a new one for the site, a bit of an experiment really. My first foray into podcasts, as my brother Wayne and I jump into the world of Rugby League and the NRL. Wayne is a great talker when it comes to Rugby League, and I thought we’d try a podcast format which ...

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 ...

Toy Story 1 & 2 in 3D!

Got some freebies from work to see previews of the re-released Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3D, so naturally I had to take Will 🙂 We both know the two movies inside out, but he’s never seen either on the big screen, and I last saw Toy Story at the movies nearly 15 ...

Movie review: Couples Retreat

Movie review: Couples Retreat
A special night tonight… it’s Sallie’s birthday and we arranged things so the kids could be looked after for a few hours. For the first time in months we have an evening to ourselves. Couldn’t exactly be too extravagent, so we went up to the Westpoint entertainment level for dinner and a movie. We had ...
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