Friday, September 23, 2011
Say hello to my little friend! That’s right, the world’s greatest rags-to-gangster-riches tale—starring Al Pacino in what is arguably his best performance ever—is now available on Blu Ray, with more features than a machine-gun full of bullets including an all-new doco, deleted scenes, picture-in-picture interviews, plus one of the coolest Blu Ray features ever created: the Scarface Scoreboard where you can count the number of “F” words used and tally the number of bullets fired throughout the film! AWESOMENESS!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
There are just some places where people really shouldn’t live. That Amityville house is one of them. Jaws’ favourite haunt, Amity Island, is another (mmm, sensing a theme here). Thankfully the town of Woodsboro doesn’t have an ‘Amity’ in it… but it does have a killer called Ghostface, as poor old Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) discovers when she returns to her hometown on the last leg of a tour to launch her new self-help book. Does the book contain enough advice to help a whole new generation of kids escape the slashing knife of Ghostface?
Watch your back, because one of the best horror franshises in history returns for the first time in over 10 years. The original Scream broke the mold—the traditional rules of the horror genre were cut to ribbons, the film’s victims made logical choices and they still ended up cut to ribbons too, and now more than a decade on, horror maestro Wes Craven continues to surprise and scare us!
New decade, new rules. The big question is, can Sydney, Gale and Sheriff Dewey survive the chop a fourth time??
About 20 minutes ago I finished writing The Pearl Trilogy, my tender gay coming-of-age romance set in Australia's harsh yet beautiful Top End! I LOVED writing these novellas, and combined they form a novel of which I am truly proud. I loved writing about my land and the characters who are so integral to what it means to be Australian. I hope you love reading it as much I I loved writing it!
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Ah, wouldn’t it be nice to have a super power? Those X-Men don’t know how good they’ve got it! Sure they keep crying “poor us” and claiming they’re discriminated against, but come on, is there anything cooler than being a mutant (with the possible exception of being a vampire, but that’s a whole other article)! I mean really, who are they kidding? Imagine being invited to a BBQ at Professor Xavier’s School for the Gifted! It’d go something like this…
You pull up outside the Mansion… sorry, the ‘School’… for the Gifted in your 1987 Mazda with a box of Cadbury Favourites (because the Professor told you not to bring a thing). Professor X’s home is so humungous you instantly start turning green with envy—which is possibly as close to being a mutant as you’ll ever get—before Magneto steps forward to greet you.
“Welcome (insert your name here),” Magneto says, promptly twisting the metal body of your Mazda into the shape of a Maserati.
“Wow!” you gush in awe, dropping your Favourites all over the driveway. “Do I get to keep the car?”
Magneto simply laughs maliciously before transforming your new Maserati into a rusty old Fiat Bambino. “Don’t be ridiculous, I just wanted to tease you before making you feel puny and powerless. Enjoy the party.”
Deflated you head through the house and find the BBQ in full swing in the backyard. Over by the fountain Colossus is using his shiny biceps to chat up the ladies. You feel like strutting over there and saying “You know, girls, he may have buns of steel (literally), but everyone knows tin men don’t have hearts!” But then again, his fists glint in the sunlight, so you think twice about it.
That’s when Jean Grey catches your eye. You stroll on over to talk to her, at which point she simply says, “Walk away, you’re not my type.” Strangely enough you find yourself walking away, mumbling to yourself, “Gee, she’s convincing!”
You try playing celebrity head with Mystique, but she’s no fun because she keeps accidentally morphing into the famous people you’re supposed to guess. Over at the barbie, Cyclops uses too much blaster ray and burns your sausages. And when you try to have a whinge to Nightcrawler that this is the worst party you’ve ever been to, he doesn’t just politely mutter something about mingling with the other guests… no, he teleports away from you!
‘Mutants,’ you think to yourself as you leave the party in your new rust-bucket. ‘Just as well they’re so good at saving the world, because they’re lousy at hosting BBQs!’
Friday, August 26, 2011
They say that youth is wasted on the young, but this movie was NOT wasted on me! I didn't know much about it going in, but this sensational little Aussie film is a riveting eye-opener to the concepts of love and power in today's youth. Everything relevant in the world of kids' today—the way they communicate, that notion of always being in contact with each other, but not really having any true emotional contact at all—is poured into the movie as a tense match between innocence and guilt is played out in a high school setting. One thing I loved was the complete absence of any adults whatsoever in this movie. These kids are the entire world of this film. This movie gets a solid 8 out of 10 from me!