Go Your Own Way, Neil!

May 4, 2018 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC |

Fleetwood Mac have sacked an angry egomaniac…. …..and replaced him with a nastier, flimsier version…. Why?  Why?  Have Stevie, et al actually heard the horror that is the sound of Crowded House’s “Always Take the Weather With You”?  What ghastly offences against nature are to follow? Justin Bieber fronting The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, penis sock and all? Kanye West replacing Brian Wilson in The Beach Boys? Taylor Swift and The Imposters? Beyoncé heading-up a re-formed Velvet Underground? [P adds: these are genuine nightmare scenarios, particularly if you’re a fan of Elvis or Lou!  How about the Cadbury Gorilla replacing Lars on drums…

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Ready Player One (dir. Steven Spielberg)

May 3, 2018 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Drama Film, FILM, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

"Somebody stop me!"

For our review of Ernest Cline’s book (and an outline of the story), and our comments on Steven Spielberg’s infantalising influence, please click here. Spielberg started this movie, then left it while he popped out to make Transformers: The Last Knight, The Post and possibly a few others. And it shows. Spielberg’s story-telling is almost always childish, repetitive, and thin*.  It’s even poorer than usual here, as is the over-used, tediously monumental CGI (perhaps Ready Player One is meant to be seen on a 3D or iMax screen?  It looked wobbly round the edges and blurry at our viewing). The film (co-scripted by Ernest Cline,…

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The Lady and the Unicorn

April 28, 2018 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | ART, CRAFT, HISTORY |

NSW Art Gallery, Sydney, April 2018 Prosper Mérimée (1803-1870), author of Carmen (1845), while Inspector-General of Historic Monuments of France, discovered these old wall rugs, c. 1500, hanging wanly at the otherwise inconsequential Chateau de Boussac, a couple of hundred kilometres south-east of Tours. Recognising their vivid design and luminous finish, he began the tortuous task of acquiring them for the State, where they were finally ensconced, safe from rats and the damp, in the Musée de Cluny in Paris. From early February until late June, they are in Sydney where all and sundry, even The Varnished Culture who objects…

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The Little Village

April 26, 2018 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Annabel Lee, ART, CRAFT, TRAVEL |

New York City, April 2018 – The Whitney moved from the upper East side to the charmingly-named meat-packing district, swelling the capacity to display its great stock of American art, but it left behind, over the road, a little piece of pixie masterpiece. The elegant building on 940 Madison Avenue is now an ‘Apple’ store, and nestled in the top right office ledge is a tiny village… This is one of several created by Charles Simonds. “Since 1970 Simonds has created Dwelling places for an imaginary civilization of “Little People” who are migrating through the streets of neighborhoods in cities throughout…

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Little Miracles: the Thorne Gallery

April 21, 2018 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | ART, CRAFT, HISTORY, USA History |

English Roman Catholic Church model, portraying a standard of its type as at the late 13th Century (recent addition)

Art Institute Chicago, April 2018 – The Thorne Miniature Rooms were painstakingly built, on a scale of one inch to one foot, according to models conceived by Mrs. James Ward Thorne of Chicago and constructed between 1932 and 1940.  They are presented in framed booths in the Thorne Gallery in the lower level of the Chicago Art Institute, which have, in addition, superb, tasteful and realistic back-lighting. These are wonderful in their detail, whether we are offered a paper-walled Japanese room: …or early American interiors, in all their homely glory, whether kitchens: …or this Virginia parlour: French style is also beautifully presented,…

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