Challengers

June 8, 2024 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | FILM, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

Dir.  Luca Guadagnino (2024) Our fabulous Guest Reviewer, Rita, gives us her thoughts on “Challengers”.  Thank you, Rita, we didn’t get to see it, all we know about it is that there’s a lot of tennis, so we thank you for your input.  NB We know Rita well and she is anything but shallow! See also Rita’s equally pithy review of “Fremont“. The three main characters are awful people in my view but my mind became addled and distracted by the overwhelming physical gorgeousness of Tashi (played effectively by Zendaya).  Thus, I have exposed my shallow nature, but I would…

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Fremont

June 8, 2024 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | FILM, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

Directed by Babak Jalali (2023) Our insightful Guest Reviewer, Rita, gives us her thoughts on “Fremont”.   Rita exhorted us to see it and we are really sorry that we missed it, because Rita knows what is what.  So thank you Rita.  Please send us more reviews of the weird and the wonderful.  See also Rita’s equally succinct review of “Challengers“. I am really interested in your critique(s) on this film. I was gripped by this strange but engaging little gem.  Loved the odd beauty of the following.  She said, “I brought you a deer.”  He replied, “I wanted a deer.” …

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Scatterbrain

May 29, 2024 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | Poetry, WRITING & LITERATURE |

By E. H. Visiak (1878-1972) He goes wool-gathering ‘neath the stars; He hath a screw loose: Scatterbrain. He hath a window loose that jars Open to heaven, and falls shut again.

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Barrie Kosky’s Das Rheingold

November 5, 2023 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | FILM, MUSIC, OPERA, Opera, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS, WAGNER |

(Palace Nova, October 2023) Reviewed by Philippa Thomas Barrie Kosky’s Das Rheingold worked superbly in the live screened London Royal Opera performance seen by some lucky Adelaide Wagner lovers at our Palace Nova Prospect cinema this month. The screening included a short explanatory interview with Kosky and conductor Antonio Pappano, where Kosky explained that his own planned Ring cycle deals with “recognisable human beings with all their flaws” within a context of “the unexplained“. His stress is on the origins from Greek tragedy rather than Norse mythology. Many opera critics have reviewed this production positively – both Pappano’s conducting and…

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The Old City

October 26, 2023 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | LIFE, Short Stories |

By Margot Jakobsen Moments of teenage conflict with Dad, explode into my adult mind. “You treat me like the enemy!”, he says. “You are!” Then softening, “Dad, you’re damaged by the war.” “What!? Are you a psychiatrist, now?” “You don’t win by yelling the loudest!” “You don’t respect me.” “You have to deserve respect!” No surrender. I left Adelaide for Sydney, and that was hard for him to forgive. Now my father, the school librarian, is in a beige, plastic casket in the wall to ceiling shelves that I made some time ago out of cypress floorboards. I enclosed some…

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