5 Reasons to Learn Ancient Greek – New Beginners’ Class!

June 18, 2018 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | HISTORY |

As TVC devotees know, I am in my fifth year of Ancient (or, more properly, Classical) Greek at the WEA with Dr Alessandro Boria.  Now, for the first time we will have a beginners’ class as well as the more advanced class.  Here are 5 good reasons why you should sign up today to the new class:- Here are the first two reasons, which it is compulsory for us to recite – Learning a language develops and hones the brain – the older the language, the more ancient its roots in human thought and the better for the grey matter; You would…

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Hereditary

June 15, 2018 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Drama Film, FILM, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

Toni Overdoes It.

(dir. Ari Aster) (2018) Aster’s first feature performs well on The Babadook Horror Movie Scale.  There’s a large, unnaturally dark house, the topography of which is unclear, with curtains, a basement and lamp-lit corners; an insect invasion or two; a cute shaggy pet dog (not long for this world), and a creepy kid. Hereditary reminds us though, to add to the list – a medium, a séance, lights which might be ectoplasm, reflections of faces, a room which must not be entered until The Big Reveal, books which no-one opens until The Big Reveal, and old photographs which are just lying about, un-examined, until The…

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Chappaquiddick

(Directed by John Curran) (2018) We all know what we know of the story: in July 1968 Edward Kennedy, Senator for Massachusetts, competed in the annual Edgartown Yacht Club Regatta.  Most of the Senator’s entourage were staying at a hotel on the mainland.  A cottage on Chappaquiddick Island (near to the larger island of Martha’s Vineyard) was hired for a reunion of The Boiler Room Girls, six single women in their twenties who had worked for Robert Kennedy during his fatal presidential campaign. At sometime during the night of Friday July 18, the Senator and a secretary, Mary Jo Kopechne, left the…

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Wings of Desire

June 13, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Classic Film, FILM, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

(Directed by Wim Wenders) (1988) Having recently seen the great Bruno Ganz In some OK and under par films, TVC decided to attend the closing night of the German Film Festival in Adelaide and get amongst the champagne and canapés (and we should confirm that we did not, and do not make a habit, of accepting free tickets or hospitality). Wings of Desire is Wenders’ great masterpiece, in which two “recording” angels, Damiel (Bruno) and Cassiel (Otto Sander), swan about Berlin (an historic and increasingly bizarre town, described by its Mayor a while ago as “poor but sexy.”) The photography of the city…

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A loss is a loss is a loss

June 12, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Glenelg v North Adelaide, Gliderol (Open Air) Stadium, 11 June 2018 We dreaded the Queen’s Birthday match – the Roosters crowing at the top of the table and the Tigers skulking down in 9th place.  Predictably, North’s legion of fair-weather fans had come out of the woodwork, and they were in strong voice. This may have influenced the umpires to decide not to report a North player for using his elbow on a Bay player’s head, but what else is new? North are a class team and move the ball into their multi-pronged attack with verve. The Bays rely on perspiration rather than…

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