2019: The Year of the Tiger

October 15, 2019 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

The Year Before The Varnished Culture summarised Glenelg Football Team’s 2018 season in emojis – see here. The Tigers won their last 6 matches in 2018, including a close one at Prospect against North Adelaide, the eventual 2018 Premier.  It showed that, in retrospect, despite a 9:9 win-loss record, Coach Mark Stone’s message was getting through. 2019 Minor Round The augury was good, and the 2019 Minor Round was much happier: whilst we were pipped at the post by Norwood in Round 1, and narrowly headed by South at Noarlunga in Round 10, the first half of the season had…

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The Conformist

October 13, 2019 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Drama Film, FILM, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

(Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci) (1970) Italian Film Festival, Adelaide, 2019 “Judas hanged himself, or at any rate thought he could not avoid hanging himself, because the people who had suggested the betrayal and paid him for it did not then have the courage to support and justify him; but he would not kill himself nor give himself over to despair, because behind him…he saw the crowds collected in the squares to applaud the man under whose command he served, and, implicitly, to justify him, the man who obeyed orders. His final thought was that he was receiving nothing, in the…

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Malibu Drive

October 11, 2019 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

The Railway Hotel, Port Adelaide, Saturday 28 September 2019 A cover band with street cred, “Malibu Drive” had and gave a great time at the Port on Saturday Night a couple of weeks back. Whereas bog-standard pub bands comprise guitar, bass, drum and one mediocre lead vocal, here was a 7-Man Monster with as many good vocalists as Fleetwood Mac has.  This line-up carries a big repertoire and enables them to traverse numerous genres with ease (see programme notes below). The house was full: and full of Funk, Pop and soft Rock, delivering joy to a cross-section of groovers of…

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Kris Kristofferson

September 20, 2019 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, 17 September 2019 Kris is a versatile man: a scholar, a soldier, an actor (of sorts) and a country music living legend. If we sound snippy about his film career, it’s because they’ve been so many more misses than hits (think Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, The Last Movie, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, or Heaven’s Gate – those last 3 would grace many a worst-list) – but we’ll give him inter alia: Blume In Love, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, and though he’s oddly cast, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town. He’s in his 80s now, ye…

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Dean Spanley

September 5, 2019 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Comedy Film, FILM, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

(Directed by Toa Fraser) (2009) Lord Dunsany (Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany; 24 July 1878 – 25 October 1957) wrote a book in 1936 called “Conversations with Dean Spanley,” a whimsical piece about reincarnation (as well as re-living).  The whimsy continues in this film curio, based on the book. Middle-aged London gadabout Fisk (Jeremy Northam) visits his crabby father (Peter O’Toole) every Thursday.  Old Mr. Fisk might inhabit Edwardian times but his heart and soul are rooted in the early Victorian – a sense of duty, plain common sense and a robust attitude to loss.  (Men die…

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