Wall-E day!

Speaking from experience, Wall-E, released today in Australia, is a magnificent movie. Possibly the best movie this year. It’s funny, clever, child-savy, astute, insightful, awe-inspiring and just plain appealing. Pixar really can do no wrong. And I know this because I saw it three weeks ago at a special screening, with Will, and he’s the ...

The geekiest thing I’ve seen in ages — but funny!

With the Large Hadron Collider opening up at CERN in Switzerland this week, and the attendant media idiocy over whether this will mean “the end of the world” (or just their juvenile need to play-up that joke), it’s instead really refreshing to see this kind of “PR”. A science writer who works at the centre, ...

The highs and lows of Wall-E 2

It was a big day today as I took Will to his first ever big screen movie. We went to see a special charity screening of Wall-E, the new Pixar movie. And before you take the title above the wrong way, the movie was great. Warm, funny, clever and original, it was brilliant in the ...

Highs and lows

Highs: The first part of Joss Whedon’s “Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” is streaming live now (though slightly poorly from Australia…) Funny stuff, clever tunes and that clear Whedon polish from something so seemingly “small”. Lows: Of all the things that Emusic could have gone and posted “We’re sorry. This album is unavailable for download in ...

Carousel jumping book choices

Am quite tired right now … it’s that usual thing about getting to the last weeknight and really starting to feel it. It’s quite usual for Thursday nigt but it doesn’t last. Picked up some new books today. Finally got myself one of Scott Westerfeld’s YA books — been curious as to how they read, ...

Blade Runner redux

Watced the final cut of Blade Runner tonight, the apparently final version of a movie I haven’t seen for many years. It holds up now as one of the supremely “pure” science fiction movies ever made, and very much as an “art film” as well. As good as it is, it’s also kind of easy ...

The Saturday that felt like a Sunday

Real quiet one today, nice and slow, not doing a lot except some cleaning at home and watching some movies. Watched most of Cars again with Will and Alex … felt very cute and cozy in a family way, and Cars is very watchable even on multiple repeats. Been reading up on some Cars stuff ...

The workplace of the future

Talking Points Memo is a political blog/commentary/news site from the US that I’ve read for years now, and it’s top notch. It’s leftish, but a real reportage site, better than most mainstream news, and really fair. It was started by one guy, but now has 9 or 10 staff in a few locations. They have ...

The best f*&ken band in the world

Well, in my world, at least. The Hold Steady, straight out of Brooklyn, via Minneapolis originally, have a new album out next month, and a new single out, well, today. I’ve been waiting for this for months, had been keeping an eye on their website … and now I’ve heard it for the first time ...

Popcorn entertainment from the inventors

Saw the latest Indiana Jones movie last night (well, this evening, it’s late now 🙂 ) and it was damn good fun. Popcorn entertainment from the two masters who invented the blockbuster, is the best way I can put it. A greatly entertaining outing by all, with top marks to Cate Blanchett in her wonderfully ...
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