Parasite

October 20, 2019 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | FILM, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

(Directed by Bong Joon-ho) (2019) Mercury Cinema, OzAsia Festival, Adelaide, October 2019 Parasite begins as broad comedy, turns dark, and ends in ambiguity. The down-at-heel Kim family, ‘semi’ basement dwellers living in squalor, inveigle themselves, one by one, into the retinue of the rich and flashy Park family. The machinations by which they become attached, in turn, as tutor, art therapist, chauffeur and housekeeper are amusingly (though improbably) done. (We particularly liked the references to over-hyped abstract expressionist Jean-Michel Basquiat, the ‘artist’ referenced by Kim’s ‘art-expert’ daughter after a brief surf on Google). For a while, all is well, and…

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Amazing Leonardo

October 20, 2019 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, Drama Film, FILM, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

(Directed by Jesus Garces Lambert) (2019) Made to mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, “Amazing Leonardo” has its moments but seems to suffer from constraints of more than budget. This is potted dramatic biography of the great artist, of which much is known through his notes and the art history of Vasari; here we tend to focus mainly on work during his patronage in Milan by its Duke, Ludovico Sforza, (informed by the work of art historian Pietro C. Marani of the Politecnico di Milano, who assisted Walter Isaacson in his recent book.) Italian A-lister Luca Argentero…

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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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