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 the rhetoric of self-help books and websites – a critique of all that’s wrong with LA and the shallows of the news cycle.

If you’re a fan of Taxi Driver, or gritty but beautiful shots of cities at night, it’s worth a look.

Central Roasters, Sydney CBD (near Town Hall)

Central Roasters, Sydney

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 complex. Head down the lane, and near the Pitt St end you’ll see some big windows and a glass door, and spot a small table with some water glasses, a cake display, and a selection of coffee-making gear.

Order a coffee or two from the counter, and if there’s a spot at one of the tables, take a seat. You’re in for a treat. They are making some great espresso-based coffees, and I’ve had there some of the best filter coffee in Sydney. Worth seeking out. Bring a friend, but not a crowd of people: they won’t all fit.

Central Roasters, Sydney


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 for much of the film, is a sniper who will end his life if he plays a single wrong note. How will it play out? You’ll have to watch it to find out. 

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 that led to the failure. On the other hand, the growth mindset, where failure is a chance to learn, and expand what you’re capable of doing.

There’s a mix in the book of content: some is helpful in raising children with a growth mindset, the rest is targeted at developing your own mindset. Full of practical examples, it’s worth a read.