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Review: Wright on, wrong driver, Baby

About a month ago, the company I work for got an invite to a special preview screening of a film called Baby Driver. I’d never heard of it, not seen a trailer, didn’t know it existed until this invitation arrived in my inbox, and tbh, the poster looked bleh so I didn’t rush to check it out. Then I saw the name Edgar Wright. Made huge by his directorial ties to Simon Pegg/Nick Frost classics Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz (plus others but these are the best), Wright has established himself as man who creates fun, frenetic and just plain cool shit for the big screen. After that, I was all about whatever the fuck Baby Driver was. Continue reading

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Two weeks ago I went back to Brisbane to spend time with my mum, and to make use of my ticket to see the utterly incomparable Hans Zimmer live with a friend. The depth and scope of his work in cinema over his lifetime is astounding. We both absolutely nerded the fuck out when our favourite scores were played, because sometimes music affects you to your bone marrow. I will never get over the way I feel when I hear the below, nor the fact I heard it live with my own ears while my eyes stared, overwhelmed, at the man who created it and the musicians who brought it to life. Thank you Hans. What an extraordinary evening.

Play this at my funeral.

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I think Johnny Depp is well past his use-by date. Not only have his last, oh, bajillion, performances sucked, but he’s an absolute mess in interviews now (that Ellen show thing made me queasy) and his rep as a human is obviously pretty fucked after the “alleged” abuse against Amber Heard. Anyway. I’m over him as a person and as a concept, and aside from the fact I’m forced to watch his Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts, I actively try to steer clear of films he has a role in. This article by The Hollywood Reporter had me gasping aloud though; an absolutely fascinating investigation of Depp’s spiral out of favour/out of money.

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YA wunderkinds Jennifer Niven and Nicola Yoon talk to MTV about the importance and underestimation of YA fiction in pop culture.

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My obsession with everything The Cusp publishes continues with these four tips to keeping on top of your health at work. As someone who often writes “look after yourself” at the bottom of the incessant to do list of life, these are simple and easy things to keep in mind/implement.

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The bloody Oscar nominations are out and I am SO HAPPY because Tanna has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film! I’m also stoked for Land of Mine, a Scandinavian film on the clearing of landmines from the coastlines of Europe after the second World War, and the fact that Arrival (a genre film) has been given a nod for Best Feature. Literally cried that Lin-Manuel Miranda has the chance to become the youngest EGOT recipient ever for his track How Far I’ll Go from the Moana soundtrack, and that Lion–an Australian film!–has been recognised across multiple categories. Speaking of Lion, are you wondering why Dev Patel has been relegated to the Best Supporting Actor nominee when he is clearly a lead? Take a look at this piece by Stephen A Russell for SBS on the push for a new category to recognise the contribution of stellar casts

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I grew up listening to a pretty eclectic collection of music thanks to my punk Dad and my hippie Mum. Van Morrison was on frequent rotation, and I know that my mum will weep desperately when he stops making music (ie dies because he’ll never stop tbh). Anyway, BBCRadio ran a program last week on the influence of Van’s incredible career, and it is magic (Glen Hansard is my foreverking and I never tire of his rendition of Into The Mystic). If you’re a Brown Eyed Girl like me, catch it before the link expires on February 20!

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Adaptations are swell when they’re done right. But with such a wealth of top-notch literature coming out of Australia, why aren’t we (or any other filmmaking country for that matter) optioning more of it for screen? Mark Poole looked into this over at The Guardian back in 2014, but it’s just as relevant today.

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Anne Gracie is by far one of my favourite romance writers, and all-round excellent human being. Over on her blog, she’s got tips on procrastination, beating perfectionism and getting on with your writing. Thanks Anne!

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Kicking off today with this blistering piece over on Junkee about just how important intersectional feminism is ❤

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The Urban List has done up a handy (and also Expedia-sponsored) list of tips for when you’re thinking about planning your next trip overseas. Get packing!

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When I was roadtripping around England with my Mum, we stopped in Winchester for a number of reasons. One of them was to glimpse the famed Round Table of the Arthurian Legends, but as luck would have it, The Great Hall was closed the day we passed through. Good job, life. Anyway, if the words “arthurian legends” or “round table” mean nothing to you, The Conversation has enlisted Arthurian scholar Amy Brown to talk us through the basics of the stories.

For good measure, here’s the ridiculous but infinitely watchable trailer for Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur adaptation, set for release in March.

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Are you vaguely terrible with money? Perhaps you’re like me and have almost always none because shitty wage + outrageous cost of living is fucked? Here are eight tips to help you kick your year off right.

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I am literally dying with excitement about these 12 Australian films to catch in 2017. Lion was by far one of the most moving and honest things I’ve ever seen, so I can’t wait to see what else is in store for filmgoers this year.

Cool Stuff Sunday: New Years edition

Holy shit guys, we’ve finally made it! Good-fucking-bye to you, 2016; see you in the seventh circle of hell!

New year, new stuff. Have a bunch of great ways to kick off your 2017.

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Make sure you’re practicing some self-care this year. We’ve all had a shithouse time of it for the last 365 days, so pull your socks up and employ some of these tips to look after yourselves, babes ❤

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Something that wasn’t shit about 2016 was the amount of incredible literature published. The Guardian asked some of Australia’s best-loved authors for their tops picks from 2016.

On the topic of “best of 2016” lists: the 50 best podcasts, and the 10 worst movies!

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Make a resolution to get off your butt and get healthy this year? I probably did. Find your new running track in Brisbane here, take a holiday for your health here, pack better work lunches here, and if you just wanna work on yourself in the privacy and comfort of your own home, here are 5 core strengthening exercises that require only one thing: a wall.

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If you want to travel more in 2017, get reading:

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And finally, if you’ve set your sights on the dating scene, or just need some new ideas to enliven date night with your number one bae (I’m so sorry, I wrote this in 2016 and bae will definitely never appear in any future CSS posts), The Cusp have put together some super ideas that won’t empty your wallet.

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Go forth into the bright sunshine of a new year my sweet babies. You deserve it x

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Further to last week’s NatGeo list, take a gander at AWOL’s top 15 places to visit in 2017 and get booking!

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Some absolutely beautiful photos from the opening day of Disneyland in 1955 over at Buzzfeed! (omg can we just take a moment for the PERFECT Debbie Reynolds tho?! *crying*)

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The session made it clear just how much of a marathon the filmmaking process is, especially at the high end. Seven months of negotiating with Universal. Half a year waiting for Winslet. Two years of convincing a private investor to pony up part of the $2 million gap, to go along with the negotiations for facilities deals and producer contribution that made up the rest of it. Five years to get rights. A year of waiting because Winslet got pregnant, which added two million to the budget and forced Maslin to have to rejig the financing (money doesn’t wait around). Seven years to get from option to screen.

The Dressmaker is one of my favourite films from 2015, and recently, producer Sarah Maslin broke down the details for financing the project. Some great insights into the depths she researched and planned for, and some actual numbers for all you budding filmmakers out there.

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Instead of an interjection of “I’m not racist, but…”, or “I have Asian friends and they make jokes like this all the time”, perhaps the next phrase to come out of your mouth should be, “tell me more about this, I’m listening”. We all have much to learn from one another, and it can be difficult to make progress when all you can hear is a cacophony of voices, shouting over each other, and unwilling to make compromises.

My pal, Yen-Rong Wong is an amazing human, and also wrote this excellent piece for Catalogue on Australia’s rampant casual racism.

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The Australian Romance Readers Association recently collated responses from their annual readers survey which has delivered some super interesting results in terms of genres and ages of the romance reading demographic. You can read the findings, and a link to the full list of results at the link above.

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Since being diagnosed with PCOS two years ago, I’ve been trying to figure out how to manage my symptoms without resorting to the Pill, and having decided not to approach with hormonal supplements, I’ve been at a loss as to how to go about finding the right alternative. Today, a friend posted a link to this excellent piece over at MindBodyGreen on natural things you can do right now to manage symptoms of PCOS. Generally speaking I’m not the world’s biggest natural medicine advocate, but Mum’s a naturopath so I’ve always been surrounded by it, and I’m so thrilled to have found a place that’s encouraging PCOS-ers to approach it with natural solutions.

Cool Stuff Sunday: bumper edition

So for the first time in months, I haven’t posted for two Sundays in a row 😦 I AM SORRY LOYAL HUMANS, I was very very not alive after a major work project/event and several uni deadlines happened in the space of ten days. My gift to you is a GIGANTIC edition of Cool Stuff Sunday today, so enjoy many ridiculous things that I’ve found over the last fortnight. You’re welcome.

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I am a very annoying, affectionate person. My friends both love and hate me if we haven’t seen each other in a while, because one of the ways I express emotional reactions is by touching another human being, i.e. I will hug them for a very long time and smoosh their beautiful faces. Anyway, Mental_Floss has put together some “rules” (i really don’t know why they’re calling them rules but ok M_F, you do you) about touch, and how important it can be in alleviating some symptoms of depression.

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Speaking of it, a new study has found that depression may actually originate–at least for some people–in our immune systems. Take a look at this article over at the Sydney Morning Herald for one of the most interesting reads on neuroscience this week.

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The TOM HANKS TAKEDOWN over on Buzzfeed was amazingly gripping for a roasting of one of my faves??? Charting the rise and fall of Hanx is pretty spectacular, and so insanely in-depth that I’m left wondering if, in fact, the author has done their entire PhD on him. (Nice one if so).

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It’s November so as is my body’s wont, I’m getting itchy feet again. I’ve seen some berserk travel deals in the last month, and finally investigated what the heck an error fare is thanks to my buddy Tofu Traveler, who has some excellent tips for getting your cheap on when planning your next trip.

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R U INTROVERT? Have some tips about doing life.

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Who loves Beyonce? Me! Most of the time. If you do too, take a look at these mash-ups of Bey tunes with other excellent tunes. I’m particularly stoked with the Partition/Bitch Better Have My Money track, and the Halo/Fire Meet Gasoline mash-up is scratching at my insides, but basically these are all magnificent.

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Not part of the Beyhive?

Head over to the NME for a collection of Bowie’s isolated vocals on some of his most masterful pieces. What magic we have lost this year 😦

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An important discussion on what we need to talk about with our children when we talk about consent and body autonomy. 

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Pete Souza, the man behind the lens over the course of Barack Obama’s presidency has shared some of his favourite ever photographs of the outgoing President (jesus that’s hard to write). Wonderful, funny, heartwarming and poignant. I’m gonna miss this guy.

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Am absolutely loving my rewatch of Sailor Moon currently, and stumbled across these 15 things you might not know about good old meatball head. GET IT TOGETHER, TUXEDO MASK!

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And to take us out, here’s a thing. I saw A Monster Calls earlier in the week, and it annihilated what was left of me after a pretty huge fortnight. It was an absolutely beautiful retelling of Patrick Ness’ work, but make sure you take someone who’s going to hold your hand while you heave wracking sobs next to them.

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Arts workers famously earn fuck all money (can attest to the veracity of the statement), so ArtsHub have done us a solid and complied a list of 50 Ways to Make A Living in The Arts! Hooray!

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One of my fave movies from the last few years, Turbo Kid, is getting a flippin’ sequel guys. Oh ma gadddddd ❤ Here’s the film clip/prequel too.

ALSO, SEE TURBO KID IF YOU HAVEN’T YET.

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Fancy a trip through the English countryside? (Yes is the only correct answer to that btw). Take a squiz at these beautiful Austen-esque accommodation options over at Verily and get planning. I am beside myself in love with the Northanger Abbey Suffolk priory and need to live there yesterday.

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Taika Waititi is one of my favourite human beings on the planet, and this interview is a prime example of why. Creative nomad. Just. MARRY ME ALREADY.

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Feminist reads! Added these to my TBR list, and would like to add Unspeakable Things by Laurie Penny to the mix.

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It’s been a crap day, so please enjoy things that have made me happy before midday happened.

I’ve been bursting to post this video on every social media channel possible since I saw Sing Street on Tuesday because I love everything about this ever so please enjoy this Back to The Future-inspired clip in which Aiden Gillen/Littlefinger dad-dances. You heard me.

This makes me so happy. GO SEE SING STREET.

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San Diego Comic-Con is on again. You know how I know? Because about a thousand awesome trailers just hit my Facebook feed thanks to the massive platform it is for launching good shit™. Please enjoy the many I have watched this morning:

I do heartily enjoy Lego movies/video games so this is gon’ be CUTE.

 

They promised us The Biggest Kong Ever and they defs did, but you’re gonna need a lot of peanut butter to fill that one…

 

 

(it was a great joke, don’t pretend otherwise)

 

Am I excited or completely baffled by Guy Ritchie’s take on the Excalibur legend? You tell me, I don’t even know.

 

So…. Just….. YES.

 

In an interesting turn of events, the full trailer actually leaves me wondering why they’ve decided to film version of Eddie Redmayne’s PokemonGo experience????????? But it’s Potterverse so I will be there, at the first session, in my Hermione costume because yOU CANNOT TAKE THIS AWAY FROM ME.

 

White Stripes + Jason Momoa + Ezra Miller + Batfleck = I AM SO READY

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This perfect Craigslist ad for a breakup blender is possibly my third favourite thing on the internet today (I really like trailers okay)

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Adaptations are probably my most favourite thing in the world. They combine one cool thing with another, eg books with film or television, and music underneath. There’s probably nothing better to me than a truly wondrous adaptation (some greats that spring to mind are Ang Lee’s Sense & Sensibility and Life of Pi, Philip Martin’s Birdsong, and of course, HBO’s Game of Thrones–read the book and then tell me the first season isn’t infinitely better). There are a billion others worthy of love, and B&P have released a list of adaptations coming in 2016 to look out for. Yaaaaaassss.

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Grammarly is one of my fave grammar resources, and recently they posted a quick bit about the phrase ‘bad rap’, which is often confused (by me and a whole bunch of you) with ‘bad wrap’. Anyway, I was v excited for the clarification, so go and get learned.

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Speaking of raps, a video is doing the rounds on my FB after the #Brexit vote of British rapper/amazing human being Akala–whom you may remember from the TedX talk I posted recently about Shakespeare & hip hop. He appeared on Frankie Boyle’s Election Autopsy in 2015, and gave this incredible response to the question of racism in Britain.

You can find the full segment on YouTube.

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Lastly, on this cold but kinda nice Sunday, we need to talk about M.I.L.F.$ by Fergie. Here it is if you haven’t seen/heard it. Prepare yourself.

So. I mean. Like. Just. Dang. This is the most ridiculous song I’ve ever heard or seen a video for but I straight up love it. I don’t know what it is. Babes being babes? Celebrating (albeit in the strangest way possible) motherhood and still being ridic hot? Chrissy Teigen (my kween) just being in it? Hugely styled everything? Terrible choreography? Spelling out every word in the second verse? Fergie’s comeback? I don’t even know but I am so ready for this ridiculous album to drop.

Review: The Revenant retires my eyes from the game

I’d heard both good and unpleasant things about Alejandro Iñárritu’s revenge adaptation, The Revenant. I’d heard it compared to Grand Budapest Hotel in that every shot is an artwork, and I’d also heard it was long and boring. What I didn’t know a whole lot about before I went in was the storyworld. I had a basic awareness of the “son of revered man killed by jerk, man seeks slow and torturous death for jerk” plot, but that was kind of it.

So, armed with little knowledge and a bunch of mixed reviews, I strode into the cinema with a sliver of hope. What I got in return was the joy of watching what was unmistakably the most visually sublime piece of artistry I’ve seen in decades, and also the most traumatising. Continue reading