When a Fruit Tingle Sucks

May 30, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

(Glenelg vs Adelaide, Glenelg Oval, 29 May, 2021) A beautiful late autumn day at Glenelg, nary a breeze, sun up all day, cold as a witch’s whatever.  The Adelaide Crows (at SANFL level) are a good idea for a football team – talent, certainly, but they seem more inclined to collect stats and avoid injury so they have a show of playing in ‘The Show’ the following week, rather than have a genuine go. Luke Reynolds (five) and Liam McBean (four) kicked nine goals between them, 3 more than the entire opposition. Exciting newcomer Gibson Turner kicked 3 goals, one…

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

May 27, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Classic Film, FILM, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

(Directed by John Ford) (1962) We accept violence in the defense of life, liberty or country, on the sports field, or in delivering the brutal, hurtful truth. We get all of this, in various forms, in John Ford’s most intriguing film.  When it first came out, the critics hated it – ‘dull’ and ‘predictable’ was the general consensus. But after one gets over the shock of James Stewart playing a young law student, or John Wayne wooing young-enough-to-be-his-daughter Vera Miles, we can see that this film is really a classic, the Monolith of all westerns*, focused on the genre’s key…

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Tiger Times Again

May 24, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Glenelg vs Everyone, May 2021 1 May, 2021: After a close but decisive win over the Olde Enemy, Glenelg had three challenging matches to conclude in order to perch atop the premiership table. North have been a bit off their feed this year but always challenge at Prospect Oval, that weirdly configured graveyard for visiting teams arriving unprepared. However, the Tigers saw the threat off. Glenelg 15.10 (100) North Adelaide 10.9 (69) 9 May 2021: Glenelg hosted struggling Sturt at the bay. For a struggling side, they do a good impression of the other: it was an arm wrestle all…

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Please Don’t Go: I Think You Should Leave

May 21, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Comedy, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS, TV SERIES |

I Think You Should Leave (By Tim Robinson, et al) (Netflix, 2019) The Varnished Culture has long been a fan of the Theatre of Embarrassment. I Think You Should Leave, created and driven by newcomer Robinson, adds demented anger and Kafkaesque punishment to embarrassment, and it’s the funniest thing in years. A collection of sketches involve a central character who is the carnal embodiment of the current zeitgeist, in terms of obsessive egotism, transferred anger, rampant obscurantism, excessive fussiness and florid querulousness. We cannot wait for a commissioned but Covid-delayed second series. Our favourites: The job applicant, meeting at a…

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Ship of Fools

(By Tucker Carlson) (2018) The brilliant TV pundit Carlson (one of the few Americans in the public square who understand irony) is perhaps better on screen than in print. Still, this is an amusing, engaging, stimulating and un-footnoted overview of America’s political and corporate elites, and how they, like the Emperor with no clothes, disport their naked ambition with a staggering immunity from introspection. Carlson is a rock-solid conservative, and has plenty to say about American liberal idiocy and childishness, but that doesn’t mean he can’t or won’t train a metaphorical AR-15 on the Republican Party as well. In fact,…

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