Goodbye Mad Men, it’s been sweet

Goodbye Mad Men, it’s been sweet

Well I don’t know about anyone else but I went through so many tissues for the last ep!  Am a very sad panda now. And here’s to Betty Draper.  I know some people disliked her but she had so much depth and despite (or maybe because of) her many faults, I loved her, plus she was[read more…]

The Game (2014)

The Game (2014)

If anyone hasn’t watched the brilliant, underrated BBC show The Game, you really should.  I’m in the middle of this 6 part, British, historical, cold war mini series set in 1972; it’s wonderfully acted and fascinating to watch. The filming of this really gets to me.  There’s so much more to historical TV or movies than slapping[read more…]

The Affair (Showtime) & Bloodline (Netflix)

The Affair (Showtime) & Bloodline (Netflix)

So basically my life now is waiting for season 2 of both these awesome series; drama/mystery The Affair and drama/thriller Bloodline. Our very own Ben Mendelsohn is so bloody amazing in Bloodline, it’s worth watching just for him.  Both shows should be massively cheesy (affair, marriage breakdowns and murder in the Hamptons + family secrets, black sheep son returning[read more…]

Australian TV to watch out for in 2015

Australian TV to watch out for in 2015

So, here are some intriguing Australian shows to keep an eye out for this year: The Secret River (ABC); A TV adaptation of Kate Grenville’s novel, this 2 part dramatic miniseries follows the story of a convict and his wife who are sent to the penal colony of NSW in the 1800s.  The ugly conflict stemming[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…]

ANZAC Girls (ABC series)

ANZAC Girls (ABC series)

I’m really enjoying the new ABC historical drama series ANZAC Girls, based on true stories from war nurses’ experiences at Gallipoli and depicting a group of Australian and New Zealand nurses in WWI, their war work and personal lives.  As an ex-registered nurse I still love watching anything nurse related and this is so out of the realm of my reality it’s[read more…]

Happy Friday

Happy Friday

Haha!  This made me laugh when I saw it on Orange is the New Black the other day. Happy Friday all. Image via Video from

British crime dramas

British crime dramas

British crime and mystery is one of my favourite genres in TV watching.  I love how realistic English TV and movies are; refreshingly ordinary characters who are captivatingly flawed and often showing violence in a non-gratuitous, particularly subtle yet unnerving way.  The main characters are usually always troubled or dark, in a way the average person can relate to.  You could say[read more…]

Freaks and Geeks

Freaks and Geeks

Does anyone remember this late 90s show?  It was way ahead of its time, yet seriously underrated, which is probably why it only ever lasted one season.  I love revisiting old shows and watching this now makes me realise how funny and heart warming, yet dark it was.  The writing, comedic timing, characters and storylines were subtle and insightful and practically everybody was in it!  Much like[read more…]

Carlotta (ABC telemovie)

Carlotta (ABC telemovie)

I’m really looking forward to watching Carlotta this Thursday.  The ABC TV movie spans the early formative and difficult years of Les Girls Cabaret female impersonator, then transgender pioneer Carlotta through the socially turbulent 1960s and 70s in Kings Cross, Sydney.  The role of Carlotta is played by Jessica Marais of Love Child (another great TV production this year!).  Carlotta is[read more…]

Puberty Blues s2 catch up

Puberty Blues s2 catch up

I love this coming-of-age show so much.  It resonates with me, growing up in northern NSW in the 80s, but is also cleverly and beautifully written, acted and filmed (some scenes genuinely hit so close to home, I feel the writers are in my head somehow).  It also has that weirdly Australian quality of making you laugh, cry[read more…]

The Graduate

The Graduate

The Graduate is in my top 5 list of favourite movies ever; a classic which, for some reason, resonated with me when I first saw it at age 12 (maybe the fact that I stayed up late watching it on TV when I was supposed to be in bed).  I’ve seen it heaps of times[read more…]

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

These boots are made for walkin’

These boots are made for walkin’

I saw a cover of this on Love Child last night and wanted to listen to the original. Brilliant. Image of album cover, Nancy Sinatra via: CD and LP Video belongs to: weissebrauen

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…]

INXS: Never Tear Us Apart (2 part biopic)

INXS: Never Tear Us Apart (2 part biopic)

Can’t wait to see this!  I grew up with INXS, like a lot of Gen Xers and will sadly always remember the day Michael died (you know you’re getting on a bit when you start saying things like, I remember when such and such died). Youtube video from: INXSVEVO Images from TV series: INXS: Never Tear Us Apart,[read more…]

Australian TV to watch out for in 2014

Australian TV to watch out for in 2014

I spotted the promo for this channel 9 series starring lovely Jessica Marais a few nights ago and immediately thought, oh I want to see this!  I know, I know, it’s another 60s historical drama, a genre I unashamedly love  (and bears maybe a passing resemblance to recent UK series Breathless) but also …. it’s Aussie, set in[read more…]

Nigella’s lime chocolate cheesecake

Nigella’s lime chocolate cheesecake

In support of Nigella, whom I love (and I won’t hear a bad word about her, or read it for that matter), I thought I’d make one of her classics on the weekend. I really enjoyed the combination of chocolate and lime in this!  Also, this recipe is pretty basic in that there’s no flour or sour cream[read more…]

Breathless (UK)

Breathless (UK)

A new historical drama has just finished showing in the UK; Breathless, a 6 part series depicting doctors and nurses working in a London hospital in the early 1960s.  Much like Mad Men and Call the Midwife, it portrays the complications of life in a time of strict social expectations and upheaval. I love the look[read more…]

The Returned (2012, France)

The Returned (2012, France)

I just started watching the eerie French supernatural (8 part) series, The Returned and it’s really intriguing.  Based on the French movie Les Revenants (They Came Back), the show focuses on a small Alpine village which experiences the sudden reappearance of inhabitants previously thought to be dead.  Having not aged nor realising how much time has[read more…]

Breaking Bad finale

Breaking Bad finale

A fine, upstanding ending for Breaking Bad that sadly, we didn’t get with Dexter (why!! So many whys and sloppiness re: Dexter last ep). And I didn’t think I’d be sad but I was!  The song at the end was spot on.  Epic series and I’ll miss it. Image from TV series Breaking Bad, USA via: Business Insider

Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black

Am loving this new Netflix show I’ve been lucky enough to see a few eps of; with great casting and writing, it encompasses darkly funny humour, characters I feel real empathy for and occasional scary moments in a low budget setting. The plot has Piper, a young woman from an affluent background sentenced to prison for a crime committed in her past[read more…]

Sharehouse posters from my youth

Sharehouse posters from my youth

I’m starting to feel a bit gloomy about the recent trend of bagging the 90s (hey, it was the last iconic era and it ruled ok?!  Get back to me in 10-20 years’ time and tell me if any of us even vaguely remember any music or movies from the last decade), anyway … posters from your sharehouse past is quite funny and spot-on. [read more…]

What I’ve been watching

What I’ve been watching

Your Sister’s Sister    Orange is the New Black House of Cards Dates Breaking Bad X-Files Monster The Killing The LA Complex Gilmore Girls Rake Fish Tank Mud Dr Who Better Man Low Winter Sun All images are from the movies as titled

Regina Spektor – you’ve got time

Regina Spektor – you’ve got time

I love this cool, catchy tune by Regina, original theme song for the new(ish) show Orange is the New Black.  Have a great weekend! Image via: Milkshakes

Top 10 TV deaths (spoilers)

Top 10 TV deaths (spoilers)

I know talking about TV deaths sounds a bit morbid (eep) and not my usual Happy Friday but here in Australia we’re still sad about Patrick’s death from Offspring.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I tend to become very emotionally invested in TV characters and their lives and deaths so here are the most significant ones to[read more…]

The Americans

The Americans

I’m really enjoying this series.  Like any child of the 80s, I grew up learning about cold war politics and still find it fascinating. The Americans, set in 1981 USA, stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys depicting undercover soviet agents masquerading as a seemingly normal, suburban American family.  With it’s references to the KGB and FBI, loyalty to the[read more…]