Showing posts from October, 2016

Inferno - Film Review

What: Inferno Directed by: Ron Howard Cast Includes: Ben Foster, Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Omar Sy, and Ana Ularu Inferno is the third movie installment of the Dan Brown books centred around the character of Professor Robert Langdon (Hanks) - the previous installments including The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons . In my opinion this is the least successful of the three movies both in terms of content and cinematography. I usually don't begin by talking about the mechanical aspects of entertainment, but with this film the cinematographic techniques employed by Howard are central to both its construct and themes. In many ways, this is one of the cleverest constructions I have seen in film making. The themes of the story and the book work around the question of illusion and understanding, and Howard has chosen to construct the film around the very modern concept of the affective turn. Modern philosophy questions our relationship to the

Scotch & Soda - Circus Review

What: Scotch & Soda Where: Wonderland Spiegeltent When: 12-23 October Performed by: Company 2 and The Uncanny Carnival Band Photo courtesy of Encore PR Is that a sporan under your kilt or are you just pleased to see me? You are guaranteed to have some of the best fun you've had in your life finding out the answer to this question and more when you go and see Scotch & Soda at Wonderland Spiegeltent. Scotch & Soda is a circus experience which has been created with an irresistible sense of fun and it has more shock and awe and delight than finding out who shot JR. It is an hour and a half of non-stop, rollicking silliness and virtuosity delivered with the insouciance and unpredictability of a rowdy night in a whisky bar in Louisiana during Mardi Gras. Technically you can get up at any point to get a drink throughout the show but I confess I couldn't bare to take my eyes off the stage for long enough to take advantage of the real bar. This is a big

Waiting For Waiting For Godot - Theatre Review

What: Waiting For Waiting For Godot Where: Kindred Studios When: 29 September - 2 October Written by: Nicholas Lah Directed by: Gabrielle Savrone Performed by: Salman Arif, , Nichola Jayne, Nicholas Lah, and Izzy Sumers Izzy Sumers and Nicholas Lah - image courtesy of Nicholas Lah Waiting for Waiting for Godot is a new play written by Lah and being performed as part of this year's Melbourne Fringe Festival. It is being presented at Kindred Studios in Footscray, which is a wonderful choice because of the unusual height of that stage which had the possibility to echo the scope and scale of libraries across time, and the existential properties of the mind. Of course, none of this matters because Waiting for Waiting for Godot has absolutely nothing to do with Beckett, or existentialism, or... well anything of significance really. It is a play about a man trying find a copy of the Beckett and supposedly being thwarted at every turn.  Except that is not true. In th