Wednesday, December 30, 2009

favourites of 2009

Favourite movies:
District 9
Star Trek

Favourite albums:
La Roux-La Roux
Passion Pit- Manners
The xx- The xx
The Temper Trap- Conditions
Lily Allen- It's Not Me, It's You

Favourite new artists:
Passion Pit
The xx
Miike Snow
Mumford & Sons
La Roux
Hungry Kids of Hungary

Check out Rolling Stones top 100 songs of the decade.

and their top 10 films of the decade.
both fantastic lists.

photo from yosigo on flickr

life seems much more simple now


Tuesday, December 29, 2009


"The earth is like a spaceship that didn't come with an operating manual" R. Buckminster Fuller

tim walker

tim walker's photography seems to possess a unique magical essence in each of his photos.



The film Avatar, to put it simply, was EPIC.


James Cameron you are a

Monday, December 21, 2009

triple j's hottest 100

my list:
  • The Basics - With This Ship
  • Boy and Bear - Mexican Mavis
  • La Roux - Bulletproof
  • Lily Allen - 22
  • Mumford and Sons - Little Lion Man
  • Passion Pit - Little Secrets
  • Passion Pit - The Reeling
  • Paul Dempsey - Ramona Was A Waitress
  • Phoenix - 1901
  • Temper Trap, The - Down River
I found this an extremely difficult task to complete; I had a list of about 25 songs and had to cut it back to only 10. I feel as if 2009 has been a great year for new artists and bands. I really enjoyed the Australian music scene this year; a great mix of indie/alternative artists and great hip-hop acts appeared. Many bands had great comebacks and released albums that satisfied their many fans (Eg. Muse). However, some bands released news albums which were pretty average compared to their older stuff (Eg. The Killers). I'll probably compile a list of a good/bad albums for 2009. Until then, ciao.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

where the wild things are

I cannot recall reading the book when I was younger but from glancing quickly through the picture book, the book seemed to lack a detailed storyline; the main focus of the book were on the accompanying drawings. With the film, there may be a beginning (Max running away), a middle (his time away from home) and an ending (journey home) but whilst watching the film, these sections all blend into one dreamlike film that seems to lack a clearly defined story. In any other film, the lack of a storyline would lead to a catastrophic film but due to the way this film has been delicately crafted, the film does not need to rely on a sturdy script for the film to bloom.

The film takes the viewer on a trancelike journey into the wild imagination of the protagonist Max (Max Records). One watches hazily as we are introduced to the mysterious creatures of the islands whose one-liners create ripples of laughter throughout the cinema. Other points in the film cause a mellow and heartfelt mood to be experienced. Do not be surprised if you begin to feel a tad disheartened.

This is not a kid’s film; kids would be quite confused with the story of the film and would find it disturbing. I believe that some mothers would have a hard time watching this film due to the honest portrayal of the mother’s parenting hardships; a single mother raising two kids, dealing with raging tempers and a runaway child. On that note, the performance by Max Records was terrific. He is such a young talented actor who provided a very genuine and honest performance.

'It’s a strange thing that this story has had such a hold over generations of children; it’s quite a dark tale. And that darkness is in the film' Margaret (At the Movies).

One of the main standouts of the film was definitely the aesthetics of the film. The setting (along the coast of Victoria) is picturesque and the colours of the film are just divine. There were so many scenes in which I wanted to take a photo to set as my wallpaper. The cinematography creates a very mystical and dreamlike setting; the handheld camera furthermore creates a more intimate feeling. The dreamlike and imaginative feel of this film is what makes it so easy to like the film. It is so easy to watch and let your mind float away. However, once the film finishes it is difficult to verbalise why you actually liked the film. You end up saying something along the lines of 'wow that was different’.

The soundtrack is fantastic. To put it simply, it makes the film. Without the songs and beats that accompany the little dialogue, the film would be rather dull. I downloaded the soundtrack shortly after watching the film and I have been listening to it on repeat. Take a listen to ‘Hidaway’ by Karen O and the Kids. Such a chilled and magical soundtrack; definitely takes you away from reality.