It Follows (2015)

It Follows (2015)

Eeep.  Saw this brilliant low budget, indie horror flick a while back and loved it’s dreamlike quality and creepiness while paying homage to a bunch of 80s horror movies (spotted some subtle Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween and Carrie in there). Have a great weekend! All images from the movie: It Follows, USA, 2015

A tribute to Wes

A tribute to Wes

My adolescence wouldn’t have been the same without sleepovers with my friends and Wes Craven’s awesome movies. Thanks for the screams Wes. Images from and belong to Wes Craven films: Scream, 1996 Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984 The People Under the Stairs, 1991 The Last House on the Left, 1972 The Hills have Eyes, 1977 Scream, 1996[read more…]

Happy Friday

Happy Friday

I found some random photos of celebs this week.  Check out Robin Williams below as a lad!  It broke my heart into a million tiny pieces seeing him so young and cheeky.  Also, 15 year old Judd Apatow with Jerry Seinfeld (!) – history made eh? Have a great weekend all. All photos via: this is not porn[read more…]

London – The Modern Babylon (2012)

London – The Modern Babylon (2012)

  If you have a chance, check out this brilliant British documentary (I caught the last half of it recently and would love to see the whole thing if I can get a hold of it). Packed with iconic music, images and social and political events throughout London’s diverse and fascinating history, it looks at[read more…]

Happy Friday (and Glastonbury the Movie)

Happy Friday (and Glastonbury the Movie)

I spotted this trailer for Glastonbury the Movie in Flashback recently (initial release in 1996 and re-released in 2012 with extra footage) and it looks brilliant.  As the official site says, this is old school early 90s Glastonbury, before mobile phones and social networking, when it was all about the music. Fun times for those who were there!  Have[read more…]

Happy Friday

Happy Friday

Have a relaxing weekend all 🙂 And some cute kitty cat shenanigans from Simon’s Cat:     Image belongs to the movie: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, USA, 1961, Paramount Pictures

Nadja à Paris

Nadja à Paris

I spotted this little gem the other day – a delightful short film by French new wave director Éric Rohmer, which follows a young university exchange student, Nadja Tesich, in 1960s Paris.  Nadja narrates her way around her favourite haunts in Paris doing the simplest of things; running through a sunny park, people watching from a coffee shop, chatting[read more…]

Play Misty For Me (1971)

Play Misty For Me (1971)

As someone who loves old movies before my time, I felt I had to talk about one of my favourites; Clint Eastwood’s 1971 directorial debut (and starring in), Play Misty For Me. Set in California’s beautiful Carmel and Monterey (always nostalgic for me because I spent some time in that area with my mum’s family when I was[read more…]

The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything

Such a beautiful, fascinating movie.  Watch it if you haven’t!  Sometimes I feel a bit gloomy about recent movies, a couple of years back I wasn’t really happy with anything I watched.  Lately though, there’s been some great movies out, including this one with two such believable, sympathetic leads.  Honestly, after having been a registered[read more…]

David Lynch: Between Two Worlds @ QAGOMA

David Lynch: Between Two Worlds @ QAGOMA

Being young in the 90s and a film buff, I’m a massive David Lynch fan and have watched most of his movies (including Eraserhead which I saw at the Old Dendy back in the day when it was a cool, studenty cinema which you had to walk up a dark, unpopulated street to get to, and[read more…]

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

I LOVE this scene from the beautiful movie, The Skeleton Twins, it’s so awesome (I find it incredibly difficult not to sing along to it – child of the 80s alert).  And here’s gorgeous Kristen Wiig’s last show send-off on SNL. Image from the movie: The Skeleton Twins, USA, 2014, Duplass Brothers Productions, Venture Forth

Nightcrawler (movie review)

Nightcrawler (movie review)

Has anyone seen this?  It’s so intense! In neo noir thriller crime style, a bit like Drive but grubbier and more stark, this excellent film shows the desperate scavengers of society the average person never sees.  Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal as we’ve never really seen him before (edging into a sort of method acting which seems to be trending now, think[read more…]

Happy Friday

Happy Friday

I’ve been revisiting the beautiful 2006 movie The Painted Veil, based on Somerset Maugham’s 1920s novel and starring Naomi Watts and Ed Norton; both visually stunning and wonderfully performed, I recommend this film if you haven’t seen it.  The scenery is so breathtaking, every time I watch it I want to travel to rural China. And I really want the[read more…]

The Visitor (2007)

The Visitor (2007)

Widower Walter, a humble, quiet university professor plodding through a fairly institutionalised life in Connecticut years after the death of his wife, reluctantly travels to New York to read a research paper for a colleague in The Visitor.  On arriving at his flat, he finds two asylum seekers living there and from that moment, his quiet, comfortable[read more…]

Movie trailers

Movie trailers

Some movie trailers which look interesting if you feel like having a gander!   (Top image is a scan from an old postcard; trailers are official movie trailers from YouTube)

The Babadook (movie review)

The Babadook (movie review)

Remember being frightened as a kid of monsters under the bed or the boogeyman? Well The Babadook is so much scarier than that! Brilliantly executed in a stark, genuinely creepy way, this old-school psychological horror movie about a widow and her difficult relationship with her troubled son reminded me of Tim Burton, the Exorcist and the Haunting (1963) all at once, but in[read more…]

Saying goodbye to At the Movies

Saying goodbye to At the Movies

As most Australians know by now, At the Movies is ending on 9th December (for ever!  Can’t believe it).  As an enthusiastic movie buff, I’m actually really gloomy about this (not to mention the hammering ABC is copping re: funding cuts!).  I’ve been watching Margaret and David and their friendly banter, disagreements and movie prowess for[read more…]

Celebrating vintage movies

Celebrating vintage movies

I’ve been getting into old Jane Fonda movies lately; Barefoot in the Park, Klute, Coming Home and On Golden Pond to be precise.  Gosh it was a different world back then!  I find it difficult enough to come to terms with how much the world’s changed in the last few years but to go back[read more…]

The Two Faces of January (movie review)

The Two Faces of January (movie review)

I watched The Two Faces of January recently; this subtle psychological thriller set in the early 60s and based on the 1964 novel of the same name is in film noir style, very stylish and really enjoyable. The storyline’s based on 3 main characters – a seemingly wealthy and glamorous couple and a young man, one of whom[read more…]

Enough Said (2013)

Enough Said (2013)

I really enjoyed this cute, heart warming movie. Enough Said is a grown-up romantic indie comedy basically; about being middle aged and worrying about the future, dealing with children leaving for university, divorce, single parenting and attempting to meet potential partners at a stage of life which must be hard when life experiences start to weigh you down.[read more…]

Salinger

Salinger

I always feel like a cliché saying The Catcher in the Rye is one of my favourite novels as a gen Xer, however I truly did love this novel when I read it at school and the several times I read it until I was around 20.  I tried reading it a few years ago and while I[read more…]

Get On Up (2014)

Get On Up (2014)

I’m waiting excitedly to see Get On Up, about the life of James Brown, produced by Mick Jagger and starring Dan Aykroyd (who also starred in The Blues Brothers so hello, another brilliant movie).  Like a lot of Gen Xers, mostly thanks to my parents, I love rhythm & blues artists like James, Otis Redding, Aretha[read more…]

Happy Friday

Happy Friday

Such a sweet photo of Audrey Hepburn and her pet deer; click here for more cuteness. Happy Friday the 13th guys! Image of Audrey Hepburn via: Buzzfeed

Happy Friday

Happy Friday

From this movie.  Have a happy weekend all. GIF via: Moxie Gumption

Fargo the series (FX)

Fargo the series (FX)

Oh this!  The new FX series Fargo, based on the awesome 1996 movie starring William H. Macy, Frances McDormand and Steve Buscemi, starts soon.  Cannot.wait. See here for heaps more brilliant trailers. Video belongs to:  FX Networks Image from: the movie Fargo, 1996, USA, Coen brothers, Working Title Films

Happy Friday (let’s dance!)

Happy Friday (let’s dance!)

Woop!  I’d love to go out dancing this weekend.  Hope everyone has a great one. Images belong to: The Summer of Love via: OAK GIF of the movie Footloose, 1984, USA, via The Tonight Show Summer Solstice via: Wikipedia The movie Dirty Dancing, 1987, USA, Great American Films Limited The movie Saturday Night Fever, 1977, USA, Robert Stigwood Organisation The[read more…]

Footloose tribute

Footloose tribute

Hah, loved this so much!  Go Kevin. Top image from movie: Footloose, 1984, USA, Paramount Pictures Video is the property of the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon

Charlotte Rampling

Charlotte Rampling

I’ve always really liked the coolly enigmatic British actress Charlotte Rampling; she’s often in disturbing yet fascinating movies (and I love that, in Britain at least, female actors are still going strong in decent roles as they become older).  Some of her movies I’ve seen lately include: Swimming Pool (trailer below) Never Let Me Go I, Anna[read more…]

True Detective

True Detective

Has anyone seen the latest offering from HBO, True Detective?  We saw the last episode tonight and it was an epic finale to an absolutely brilliant, very dark series depicting two detectives in Louisiana played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, sort of southern gothic I guess you might call it (can’t say much more than that without giving[read more…]