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Brisbane 1982

30 years too late, but I've just come accross Australian social documentary photographer Rennie Ellis. Above is "At the pub, Brisbane 1982" - a photo which says so much of a time and a place. Below is one from a 1978 AC/DC tour.

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26th Aug 2014 - Add Comment - Tweet

Blood Ties

Cliched, pretentious, utterly derivative wanna-be-Scorcese gangster pic. Forgettable.


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26th Aug 2014

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Night Moves

Slow pace and a dry execution let down this promising environmentally friendly indie thriller.


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25th Aug 2014

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Up

If you like being punched in the emotional face you'll love this Pixar tearjerker. One of the best openings ever.


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25th Aug 2014

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Short Attention Span Theatre: Between The Planet of the Apes

Here's three quick shorts to bridge the gap between the and Rise the Dawn of the P.O.T.A.

One / Two / Three

Funded by 20th Century Fox and produced by Vice's Motherboard.

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24th Aug 2014 - Add Comment - Tweet

Enough Said

Smartly-scripted romcom that flips a lot of tropes for analysis through the middle-aged divorcee lens.


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24th Aug 2014

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Godzilla

Underwhelming monster pic that's surprising similar to the '98 model. The trailer promised a more suspense.


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24th Aug 2014

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Gravity

Without the 3D or IMAX, this visually impressive space flick stretches a little too thin.


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23rd Aug 2014

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Saab

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23rd Aug 2014

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Promo Promo: Real Estate

Old school high concept/low budget video for Real Estate's track 'Crime'. Watch out for the Blood-sucking-extreme-sports-enthusiasts.

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22nd Aug 2014 - Add Comment - Tweet

LAST FM: On heavy rotation

Currently playing at Chimp HQ:

2 Guns

Good concept and smart-ass but derivative script, hampered by two of the least subtle actors in Hollywood.


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21st Aug 2014

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Mini Concorde

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20th Aug 2014

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Lone Star

Thoughtful, multi layered modern cowboy pic, examining division through the generations of a Texan town.


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18th Aug 2014

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The Impossible

Intense tsunami drama. Well meaning and powerful in places, but essentially not serving a purpose.


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18th Aug 2014

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Rust and Bone

Complex French indie favourite that fails to completely engage.


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17th Aug 2014

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Road testing the new local.

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17th Aug 2014

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The Washington Snipers

Accomplished feature debut from Sundance '13. Stylish, beautifully shot, but underdeveloped.


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17th Aug 2014

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Saving Mr Banks

Forgettable, plodding Mary Poppins-related biography. Full of stars, but a bit low on magic.


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16th Aug 2014

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Thor

The Dark World

Star Wars meets LOTR for a forgettable entry into the Marvel universe.


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16th Aug 2014

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I'm a kilo of Mexican food heavier.

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15th Aug 2014

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14th Aug 2014

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You'd better talk to my mother...

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13th Aug 2014

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The Fisher King

Erratic, wacky morality tale from Terry Gilliam. Uneven, but elevated hugely by Bridges & Williams.

Halliwell says: Enjoyable more for its director's extravagances than for its attempt at modern myth-making, and finally too diffuse to be taken seriously.**


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12th Aug 2014

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12th Aug 2014

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Promo Promo: Tweedy

Here's a promo for Jeff Tweedy's new band Tweedy - featuring his son Spencer on drums. The album is out September 26th, and they're releasing a new track every week if you pre-order.

Playing the Palladium in November.

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11th Aug 2014 - Add Comment - Tweet

The Sessions

Gentle, old-fashioned indie drama. Coming of age with a twist.


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11th Aug 2014

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Lunch.

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11th Aug 2014

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Buff. Still dominating their market sector.

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11th Aug 2014

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Finally framed up this @lpoper photo. Thanks dude! x

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10th Aug 2014

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Locke

Pretentious, boring gimmick movie that unfolds like a tedious, drunken anecdote in a joke Welsh accent.


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9th Aug 2014

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The Lady In The Lake

Glacially paced Raymond Chandler mystery, hampered immensely by the peep show camera style.

Halliwell says: Complex private eye yarn which makes the original Chandler dialogue sound childish by over-reliance on the subjective camera method: we see the hero's face only when he looks in a mirror. An experiment that failed because it was not really understood.*


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8th Aug 2014

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Are you Mike D or Spike Jonze

Some good stuff in the latest Mike D-edited edition of Monster Children magazine, including the film below and a double edged driving playlist, curated by Mike D and Spike Jonze. I've only got two of the tracks in the Mike D playlist, but pretty much everything except Rock Lopster for Spike Jonze'.

THE SUBURBAN
Mike D, Kassia Meador, Rob Machado, Photographer Morgan Maassen
THEIR PLAYLIST
Frank Ocean, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Diplo - Hero
Portugal. The Man - Work All Day
Jai Paul - BTSTU (demo)
Can - Sing Swan Song
Silver Apples - Lovefingers
T Rex - Life’s a Gas
Neil Young - Journey Through the Past
Led Zeppelin - Good Times Bad Times
Soko feat. Ariel Pink - Monster Love
MIA feat. The Weeknd - Sexodus
Major Lazer - Get Free
Jai Paul - Jasmine (demo)
Cassius - I <3 U So
Brian Eno - Some of Them Are Old
Christian Tiger School - Various cuts
Darkside - Golden Arrow
Chromatics - Tick of the Clock
Kanye West feat. Bon Iver - Lost in the World
Chief Keef - Citgo
Kanye West - Blood on the Leaves
EPMD - You Gots to Chill


THE JEEP
Spike Jonze, Ford Archbold, Alex Knost, Tanner Rozunko and cinematographer Alex Kopps
THEIR PLAYLIST
Billy Joel - The Longest Time (start a 6am drive with this and everyone is feeling pretty good)
Jane’s Addiction - Summertime Rolls
Girls - Summertime
Guided by Voices - A Salty Salute
David Bowie - Five Years
Pavement - In the Mouth a Desert
Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting on You)
The Strokes - Someday (As we got closer to the spot, we would start picking it up…)
Minor Threat - Salad Days
X - Los Angeles
Television Personalities - Part Time Punks
Velvet Underground - Lady Godiva’s Operation
Pavement - Gold Soundz
The B-52’s - Rock Lobster

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5th Aug 2014 - Add Comment - Tweet

Last Ride

Stylish, forgettable small aussie drama about a bad fella bonding with his young son while on the run.


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4th Aug 2014

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Mistaken For Strangers

Intriguing self-referential rock doc about The National ...that quickly runs out of steam.


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3rd Aug 2014

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Ad Nauseum: Every Day Is Day One

Despite the underlying Samsung sponsorship, this is essentially a beautiful promo for how great surfing is. Shot by one of my favourite DOPs - Grieg Fraser.

More info here.

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2nd Aug 2014 - Add Comment - Tweet

Not Waving But Drowning

Decent debut from Devyn Waitt, capturing a solid old school 90s indie vibe.


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2nd Aug 2014

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Captain America

The Winter Soldier

Solid sequel that manages to stay away from too much CGI hokum for a 70s vibe.


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2nd Aug 2014

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