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The Babadook (movie review)

2014 December 10
by emma

the babadook

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 it’s own right, is a seriously twisted, magical house of horrors, relying mostly on our own imagination instead of the usual obvious gory stuff we get these days.  It seemed to draw me in while I was watching, making me feel the way the characters felt and there wasn’t a neatly tied resolution at the end, ambiguity being the central theme.  I love proper horror movies like this, they never go out of style (although drinking a cup of tea while watching probably not a good idea, not to mention I found it hard to turn the lights off and go to sleep that night!).

As brilliantly acted and executed as this film is, unfortunately it didn’t go well on Australian release, shameful really but has been raved about in the US and other countries, thanks to Sundance screening, and has a sort of cult appeal now.  Can’t tell if either annoying cultural cringe or not enough publicity, as it was apparently only shown in 13 local cinemas, (or maybe it’s a bit of both).  We make awesome movies here; I love hearing Aussie accents and seeing familiar places in our movies, we have our own unique culture and talents which should be celebrated more.

Maybe the fact that this movie now has the American stamp of approval will give it more local credibility, I don’t know.  You could say this movie is one of Australia’s best kept secrets or you could say a it’s a bloody shame as it’s the best horror to come along in a while.

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Promotional images belong to the movie: The Babadook, Australia, 2014, Smoking Gun Productions

    Chocolate, salted peanut & maple caramel slice

    2014 December 7
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    by emma

    Are we sick of salty caramel things yet?  I hope this particular trend isn’t over because this slice is pretty epic; a dialled up version of old fashioned caramel slice to which I added some salted peanuts and a bit of maple (for a gluten-free version, see Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life).

    This is a great recipe for Christmas because you can take it to work or give it to some lovely people as gifts and it’s one of those decadent things you don’t feel guilty having around the holidays.

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      Black sticky rice antioxidant breakfast bowl

      2014 December 5

      Remember the black sticky rice pudding I made a while back?  Well lately, due to hot mornings and such, I’ve been cooking black glutinous rice and storing it in the fridge it for breakfasts for the next day or two and serving it with maple syrup, Greek yoghurt and berries.  It’s a really convenient breakfast if you make the rice the day before and it’s full of healthy, energy-giving ingredients and not only that, it tasted lovely, with lots of vanilla flavour and natural sweetness.

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      black sticky rice antioxidant breakfast

      black sticky rice antioxidant breakfast

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      black sticky rice antioxidant breakfast

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        Time lapsing (some awesome videos to check out)

        2014 December 3
        by emma

        Time lapse photography/film is so trippy isn’t it?  I’ve a few videos below I found recently, of places I want to travel to.  Like a lot of Australians, I’m wildly attracted to pure, clean, coldness in countries such as our neighbour New Zealand and Scandinavia.

        Have a look, they’ll give you an incredible sense of perspective and are so achingly beautiful.

        Videos from:
        Rustad Media
        NN Photography
        Martin Heck

          Spaghetti alla puttanesca

          2014 November 30

          spaghetti puttanesca

          This classic Italian recipe, which I changed a bit by using cherry tomatoes, is amazingly flavourful.  The trifecta (so unpopular when I was a kid but now I love them) of olives, capers and anchovies make for a delicious dish without being overpowering at all.  I really enjoyed this!

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          spaghetti puttanesca

          spaghetti puttanesca

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            Happy Friday

            2014 November 28
            by emma

            Happy almost summer Friday guys. Hope you all have a good weekend.

            surfing
            byron bay beach
            watermelon summer

              What’s new @ Lush

              2014 November 27

              I love me some Lush so here are a few of my favourite things in the store currently;

               

               

              Some pretty Christmas presents for a special person maybe?

                Saying goodbye to At the Movies

                2014 November 26
                by emma

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                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 almost 20 years, from their first show The Movie Show on SBS to At the Movies on the ABC.

                They’ve been one of the few constants in my life since school and uni and TV won’t be the same without them; I’ve found so many gems watching them, that I might not have heard of or bothered watching, given the lack of promotion and airplay a lot of independent and lesser known movies receive nowadays.

                Thanks Margaret and David you legends!

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                in-the-heat-of-the-night-posterinfinite manPridea kind of loving

                Movie posters from:
                The Knife in the Water, USA, 1962
                Ice Storm, USA, 1997
                Blue Velvet, USA, 1986
                Muriel’s Wedding, Australia, 1994
                In the Heat of the Night, USA, 1967

                The Infinite Man, Australia, 2014
                Pride, UK, 2014
                A Kind of Loving, UK 1962

                Image of Margaret and David via: speaker tv

                  Oven baked crispy spicy onion rings with lime chilli yoghurt dip

                  2014 November 23

                  Sometimes I prefer fried onion rings to chips, sacrilege I know!  I’ve never made them though because the take-away ones are pretty good.  With our milk delivery the other day though, we received the quarterly magazine which had a recipe for onion rings in it so I spontaneously thought I’d give it a go and they were surprisingly easy, not only the process but the fact that I had all the ingredients already (I love that!).

                  Crunchy, spicy and great on their own with dips, this crispy little snack would also be brilliant alongside a home-made burger.

                  And now that I feel so clever for making these, I might have a go at crumbed calamari one day!

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                    Cocktail Fridays: strawberry iced tea (non-alcoholic)

                    2014 November 21
                    by emma

                    Iced tea is so lovely; for those super hot days when even I, a hard-core tea drinker can’t handle hot tea, it’s a refreshing drink to keep chilled in the fridge.  I prefer mine only slightly sweetened but to enhance the strawberry flavour you do need at least a teaspoon per serving.

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                    strawberry iced tea

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