Paramount

April 24, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | FILM, TRAVEL |

"Open up, Jonesey!"

Paramount Studios, Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, April 2018 – TVC decided on something ‘touristy’ – a Hollywood studio tour. Spurning the hordes of kiddies likely to be at Universal, looking at the mangy old “Jaws” shark or the “Psycho” house, we went to venerable, staid old Paramount (producer of the first ‘Best’ Picture under the Academy system, “Wings”), which now incorporates the adjacent old RKO / Desilu studios. Unlike Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, you leave, rather than enter by the lucky Bronson Gate (not named after Charles Bronson – Bronson, aka Buchinsky, is named after the gate). Built on lemon and orange…

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The Party

April 23, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Comedy Film, Drama Film, FILM, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

(Directed by Sally Potter) (2017) Contrivance is self-evident in this short, slight, by-the-numbers retro film, a kind of cross between Albee, O’Neil and The Strange Death of Liberal England, looking almost as if staged during the Thatcher years. Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is Labor’s new Shadow Minister for Health, and pads about her inner London kitchen, preparing party snacks and smugly taking celebratory calls. Why this poisoned chalice without power is a cause for celebration is not clear. Certainly Janet’s cynical pal, April (Patricia Clarkson) doesn’t get it, but she keeps busy spraying about witless witticisms that prompt the odd nasty snicker…

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Should I Leave Again?

April 23, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Glenelg vs Eagles @ Woodville Oval, 22/4/18 Having fled the country after an insipid Good Friday performance against those perennial strugglers South*, naturally the Bays fired-up and started having a real go in my absence. After falling three points short against last years’ Grand Finallist Port, Glenelg then whipped Norwood by 5 odd goals, a patchy but impressive effort according to The Varnished Culture‘s mail. However, seeing Norwood flogged by North on TV on Saturday put that win into context. Thus with trepidation did we contemplate another trip to play that toxic hybrid, the Woodville-West-Torrens Eagles. Having matched the hosts…

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery

April 23, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | FILM, TRAVEL |

For whom the bells toll

Corner of Santa Monica Blvd & Van Ness Ave, Hollywood, April 2018 – The map seems almost impenetrable but still sounder than the map to live stars’ homes – …and Lohengrin predominates – Take it away, Johnny and Dee Dee: The swans, cats, peacocks, squirrels, and human mourners can find, among the “Garden of Eternal Love”, the “Garden of Jerusalem”, the “Plains of Abraham”, “the Pantheon”, the Garden of Beginners” and the “Garden of Legends”, such luminaries as Don Adams, William (“One-Shot”) Beaudine, Harry Cohn (of whom Red Skelton observed, noting the large crowds at his funeral, “When you give…

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Hollywoodland

April 22, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | TRAVEL |

Los Angeles, April 2018 – What a strange place Hollywood is.  As Dorothy Parker replied to the question ‘what is it like there?’ – ‘There is no there, there.’ As Clive James once commented: “…really, aren’t Americans strange? They are the new Japanese, living a life of ritual, with every evening an occasion and no one allowed to be alone.” Apart from the hackneyed (but to a movie fan, still stirring) markers of Old-Gold Hollywood, what defines it are the people, both gone and extant: Although the current inhabitants are a mixed bag of lollies…the grave, kindly old panhandling gentleman outside…

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