movie: Nightcrawler

Movie: Nightcrawler (2014) Jake Gyllenhall produced and stars in this action/drama. A tale of a drifter who finds the thing he’s passionate about. In his case, it’s being a nightcrawler – someone who drives around taking video of crime scenes to sell to TV stations’ news programmes. Gyllenhall’s performance is really great: creepy, persuasive, and filled with […]

Central Roasters, Sydney CBD (near Town Hall)

Central Roasters Coffee (and a range of single origins from different roasters). Shop 4, Central Lane, Sydney (near Pitt St, but essentially an unmarked shop in an alley). This is one you’ll only find if you know what you’re looking for. Central Lane runs from George St to Pitt St, opposite the giant Event Cinema […]

movie: gone girl

Gone Girl is the latest David Fincher movie. Brilliant visually, in the vein of the old Dirty Harry movies. A mix of creepy, mysterious, funny, and over-the-top in terms of its violence and other content. Not for the faint of heart.

media: Grand Piano

Grand Piano is an obscure team-up between Elijah Wood and John Cusack. The premise is ridiculous, and it’s clearly a short film stretched out to feature length. Elijah Wood is the virtuoso piano player, back to the stage for the first time in five years after an embarrassing case of stage fright. Cusack, a disembodied voice […]

media: Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia is one of those movies I’d always wanted to see, but never quite made time for it. It’s on the best movie lists for a reason – beautiful, sweeping views of the dessert. If you’re looking for strong female characters (or any female characters), you’re in the wrong place.

book: Mindset: How you can fulfil your potential

Mindset: How You Can Fulfill Your Potential On a parenting course, this book was recommended: it makes the distinction between two kinds of mindsets, and explains how to move from one to the other. On the one hand, the fixed mindset – where your response to failure is to blame yourself, and avoid the situation […]