Thursday, August 28, 2014

Spring is in the Air

Thank god this Sunday marks the end of one hell of a long Winter 2014. My god I can hardly wait until Spring 2014 and more importantly Summer 2014/2015. Most importantly I can't wait to bring you the real Sydney Festival 2015 again (last year in January grab a look at some of the good stuff Sydney had to offer)

I really love Summer now Winter I just get lazy as all shit. I do hope to complete another Sugar (more like sweet free) September so keep your eyes on the BLOG for lot's of healthy shit on this BLOG next month.

So as Spring looms and over on my other BLOG Flashing off the Record you can see September music lists all September long! Also this week you could have caught my review to the wonderful Courtney Love at Sydney's Enmore Theatre.

So what does Spring bring? New boot camp, a trip to the USA and maybe even a few surprises. I am super pumped to go all travel BLOG again whilst over in the USA and I will have a countdown on this BLOG in the lead up to the big trip.

So until my weekend of Lady Gaga and the Central Coast, peace out folks x

Monday, August 25, 2014

Alan Ball - what has become of you

So I just watched the final EVER episode of True Blood. I want those seven years of my life back. I have recently said this series has been truly dreadful but the final episode took the cake.

After Six Feet Under left our screens years ago Alan Ball's truly wonderful series had one of the best farewell episodes ever. People always refer to this as the benchmark of a way to conclude a long running show. Admitting Alan Ball did start to take the back seat when the series went a little South (not the deep South where it's based) in it's 5th Season.

After Witches, Vampires, Were Wolves, Were Panthers & more there was little left except some crazy Vampire-Zombie hybrids which was like The Walking Dead V True Blood which seemed to be a short lived after thought and nothing really came of it.

Actually come to think nothing explored this season really made much sense, yes (SPOILER ALERT) Bill, Tara and Alcide all came to their true ends but Eric & Pam, such shit endings, like Sarah Newlin, just lame, the Japanese gangsters was quickly just washed away. Jason's random hook up after Hoyt rejected some Alaskan bird was just weird and lazy and Hoyt + Jessica's wedding was just boring and over long.

Too be honest I could have just switched off, but I am a finisher and I have stuck with this for 6 previous seasons and truly seasons 1-4 were wonderful. Yes even the witches (superb) was more watchable than this drawn out non conclusive seasons. Even the Dexter season 8 finale was a masterpiece compared to this. It is a great argument for shows to end when they are on a high and not like True Blood on an extreme low.

The Bill death scene was just over long and so boring. I wanted to jump in that grave and stake the mother fucker myself.

True Blood Season 7 episode 10, what a fucking red hot mess. So disappointing.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tommy Little is... Funny

I haven't been to Sydney's Comedy store in a while and it was a nice return to a good show by young Tommy Little. And by young and in his own words 29 is not young, young but still young enough for old comedy fans to think he has some growth time.

Tommy's latest show is Middleclass Gangster, it's not controversial, it's polite and almost Rove like comedy. He swears but he never goes over the line despite saying their is casual racism in his show. For $30 a ticket and an hour of your time you can be sure Tommy is going to deliver and with the friendly 7pm time slot I was in heaven.

Tommy as well is not bad looking which almost makes the hour not only funny but east on the eye.

Tommy has had a couple of appearances on the ABC in Time of Our Lives appearing as the divine Claudia Karvan's rebound and in the recent episode of Back Seat Drivers, he now is also hitting 6% of Melbourne folk on breakfast radio on the NOVA network.

Like Sydney NOVA is not doing so great and the sounds different quote is not really ringing true, it's a little more like sounds similar.

That aside Tommy is a media figure on the way up, whether it's the indie ABC way and on the road to replacing the likes of Will Anderson and Adam Hills (although fellow up start Josh Earl already tried) or a new version of Merrick & Rosso, Tommy Little is on a roll.

His show, funny all the way and not over the top offensive trying too hard. That said I think if Tommy does play his cards right (which at the end of the show he sells coffee mugs and shakes your hand on the way out) I think this guy is one to watch. Being managed as well by Australia's hottest comedy producers Token does hurt either.

Tommy Little hell yes I will be seeing you in Sydney next time, what a champ and a seemingly nice and normal dude off the stage too well done.

Whilst we are on comedy some other ace gigs to look out for in Sin City:

Former Spicks & Specks Host JOSH EARL

JOEL CREASEY is rude and crude, and that's the way I like comedy.

RHYS NICHOLSON has attitude, good and his a Sydney local even better check him out.

MATT OKINE co-hosts Breakfast on JJJ and has a little more reach than Tommy on the radio thing and recently shared a pic showing he has a short tail, weird but true.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Film Freak 2014 - The Expendables 3

Sequel to The Expendables & The Expendables 2, the 2014 version is slightly longer, has a smaller budget than the previous film and has introduced some new characters.

Each film has gotten slightly longer and the problem with that is action films need to be tight. This one the longest is not tight at all, I did miss the very start of the film due to my lateness plus a trainee on the checkout but still the start is great, then it lacks excitement, then it picks up and so on.

The first film was well rounded at 99 minutes, the second added 4 minutes (like the Madonna song) and now from 99 minutes to 126 is a little overblown. Yes the action scenes are still well done but the added extras were just a little average and under cooked. The one line jokes fall flat as and some of the acting is D grade at best.

Let's go retro for my prior reviews on films one and two for a minute, I in the day gave both of these films 3 Stars which is fairly nice really right? This film however I may have to be a bit more honest and harsh as to say I am really horrified by the fact another 2 possible sequels are on the way plus a lady one. Oh brother.

I gave the trailer a spin in a prior blog entry below so I won't bore you with it again now, so let's just say The Expendables 3, may not be a great film but it's action scenes are pleasing and not over the top with gore. Kind of a flash back to the 80's, 90's before good special effects and make up.

I am torn should I continue to give these average mega guest starring films 3 Stars or should I be honest to you dear readers and say this is truthfully a 2.5 Star film. Yes it's $10 this week long at Hoyts and that's really all one should pay for this.

Otherwise the Inbetweeners 2 is showing and despite the reviews the first one actually surprised me and I enjoyed it on a flight from here to someone else far, far away.

Enjoy the weekend and see you at Tommy Little tonight.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Weekend is almost here (thank fuck)

The weekend is a fish fart away and I have to say that is a good thing. A week that has seen Australian stage celebrated at Sydney's Capitol Theatre (I can hear ten show queens and a few fag hags out there saying "I am still hungover and wasn't the Lion King's track lovely), Clive Palmer and Lambie take on China, so much new music has been released and the music festival avalanche for 2014/2015 begins.

Weekends are amazing and this weekend if your in the mood for a film The Expendables 3 is the Hoyts $10 film of the week, take a look below:

God I can't wait to see it. Also at the end of this weekend start of next week True Blood finally comes to an end after a fucking terrible mess of a final season. All I can say is WHY?

Remember Alan Ball's first TV masterpiece Six Feet Under and it's wonderful send off? Let's only hope the last episode resolves the whole, Bill, Eric & Sookie series 7 snore fest, what will become of Jason? Actually I just can't wait till I can close this chapter in my life, it has been such a chore to watch each episode this season. So depressing!

Anyway back to weekends and what else is good about weekends:

- Lazy morning sleep ins.
- Being able to drink a coffee slowly and kick back and relaxing whilst not worrying about this fucking rain and getting from place to place.
- Binge TV viewing.
- Watching Nicki Minaj's Anaconda music video on repeat???

Have you seen this? Originally the CD single cover was bad enough:

Like for real? Are you serious? This is just to much, like how clean is that G String? I just feel nasty looking at her butt. And then the video and the lyrics, so random and so in the front running for the most random and novelty song of 2014. Like you can't take this at all seriously?

I am sure I once blogged about Nicki originally being fierce on the Kanye track "Monster" and now this below par pop/porn. She is an interesting creature but the young girls like her. Expect more prostitutes coming to a street corner near you. I love disposable pop culture.

We have so much reality TV, music is so poorly valued and films are downloaded by the dozen on the Torrents so why value the arts hey!

Back off my high horse and I do hope to bring you a film review this weekend however I will be busy:

Tommy Little at the amazing Sydney's Comedy Store on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon some Bridgeclimb before Courtney Love at Sydney's amazing Enmore Theatre. So we will see, if anything I am really dying to see the Expendables 3. I am 90% sure I saw one of these films in a lovely Thai cinema.

So dear readers have yourselves a lovely weekend and give that Nicki Minaj clip a look if you need a laugh, man she is all sorts of tacky.

G Night....

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Q&A Performance Reviews

Last night's Q&A is again getting lot's of press this morning, it's again proving intellectual discussion is far more interesting that bogans in a Glasshouse or the next big popstar (or maybe someone who sells around 1,200 albums in their first week and then fades, fades away very quickly and suddenly, like the record label never actually heard of them) yes Clive Palmer turned it up last night!

So here is my David & Margaret star rating for each panelist last night:

Heather Ridout - A woman who spoke truths, backed it up with facts and spoke extremely well. Yes she was compassionate like me and actually cared about the youth of this nation so I give her a glowing 4 stars.

John Falzon - Like Heather spoke truths about the recent (doomed) budget and Joe Hockey's constant incompetence and also looked at the reality of society with these strong measures. 4 Stars.

Warren Truss - Deputy Prime Minister and pull the Liberal line. Clearly out classed, under prepared and out classed by fellow panelists. It's not that I am not willing to listen to Liberal points of view it's just they never make sense and can never be backed up with hard facts (unless from the 1950's) and to be honest he looked as though he couldn't give a shit. He has a driver, a large super waiting for him, so what's the point sit it out and hope the uneducated continue to vote for tired old slogans like Stop the Boats. 1 Star.

Penny Wong - Flawless as always, she admits Labor made mistakes (and my god have they ever with refugees, if you didn't try to be popular you would have allowed people in and process people efficiently saving millions of dollars and keeping people out of dreadful detention centres) but she also backs up here arguments and engages in the questioner and answers the question. Both Truss and Palmer lacked question answering last night. Wong is a superstar, a role model to women, gays and people in general. She is a fantastic public speaker and has great confidence and someone who I would love to be a potential leader of what could be an amazing nation. 4.5 Stars

Clive Palmer - It's like he had Lambie do a quick survey around Harris Street pre show and asked people what they wanted to hear Clive say tonight and then he rolled it out like a theatresports performance. Palmer has made headlines this morning with an attack on the Chinese Government and could help QA as a show continue to grow viewers and audience involvement. It's been a year for Q&A this year, in studio protest against Pyne, controversial panelists and now Palmer. As much as I wanted to believe he is here for the good of the country I think he says a lot that he know will be popular in the headlining grabbing general public. 2 Stars.