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Content Sponge #3

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Welcome to the third of my semi-regular Content Sponge! posts where I write about the telly, films and (sometimes) books I have ingested lately. TELEVISION Doctor Who (Seasons 1-4/2005-08) I have deeply disliked Matt Smith as the latest Doctor and his poorly conceived adventures (Spitfires flying in space, multi-coloured Daleks, various stupid hats, pointless babbling) so much, […]

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Content Sponge #2

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Welcome to the second of my semi-regular Content Sponge! posts where I write about the telly, films and books I have ingested lately. HOMELAND (2012) I have seen the first couple of episodes and feel perhaps this was overly hyped as a great piece of television.  I will let the PR folk describe the premise: […]

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Content Sponge! #1

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Isn’t the last day of the year a fine time for beginning things? Content Sponge! with its superfluous exclamation mark will be an ambiguously titled semi-regular feature on this ‘blog. It will be less about the happiness of sea sponges and more to do with my brief commentary on films and television seen in the […]

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Film Review: Dirty Deeds

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(2002) AUSTRALIA, 110 mins DIRECTOR: David Caesar | CAST: Bryan Brown, Toni Collette, John Goodman, Sam Neill, Sam Worthington, Kestie Morassi, Felix Williamson, Andrew S. Gilbert, William McInnes |RATING: 2/5 It’s 1969 and the American Mafia wants to get a piece of the Australian poker-machine market. Two Chicago Mafiosi, (Goodman and Williamson) are dispatched to […]

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Glitter (2001)

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Billie, a young girl with an alcoholic mother and an absent father is sent to an orphanage when her mother is no longer capable of looking after her. Billie overcomes this difficult beginning to become a session singer in New York City. There she is discovered by a club DJ who helps her to become […]

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Film Review: RED

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(2010) USA, 111mins DIRECTOR: Robert Schwentke | CAST: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich| RATING: 3.5/5 When his idyllic life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive. Frank Moses (Willis) is clearly bored with retirement in his suburban home. […]

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Zumbo

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I caught up with the second episode of the SBS show ZUMBO last night. A docu-reality-lifestyle melange of six episodes ostensibly about the working life of famed Sydney patissier Adriano Zumbo, but it was nothing of the kind. It wasn’t a documentary’s bootlace. For those who don’t know who Adriano Zumbo is, his site helpfully […]

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Film Review: Tron Legacy

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(2010) USA, 125 minutes DIRECTOR: Joseph Kosinski | CAST: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner |RATING: 2/5 I prepared for TRON: Legacy by watching the original TRON (1982) and despite the difficulty of finding a copy, one was secured. It was my first viewing of the flick since I saw it in cinemas in 1982. And here […]

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Pain is Temporary, Pride is Forever (2010)

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PAIN IS TEMPORARY, PRIDE IS FOREVER is the title of Joshua Lee’s documentary.  The 55 minute film documents the journey of Australian Nick Tower who travels to Thailand and Cambodia to train as a kick boxer and along the way battles with his inner demons. Perth film followers will recognize Lee from his earlier works […]

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Film Review: Let Me In

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(2010), USA, 115 minutes DIRECTOR: Matt Reeves | CAST: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Elias Koteas |  RATING: 4/5 In Los Alamos, New Mexico, during the winter of 1983, a bullied young boy befriends a 12-year-old girl who lives in secrecy with her father in the apartment next door. Meanwhile, the local police investigate a […]