Double Roasters. 2-4 Canley Vale Ave, Canley Vale. On the edge of Canley Vale, close to its train station, lies this newly opened cafe with a focus on delicious, instagram-friendly food. The inside is reminiscent of Blackwood Pantry in Cronulla, with lots of light timber and white walls. It’s a beautiful space, and they’ve made […]
Stan: Elf We watched this 2003 Will Ferrell movie with the kids. It’s G-rated, though has a few scary moments in it. Many laughs, though. Ferrell was in fine form, and Jon Favreau did a solid job on the direction.
Netflix: Killer Elite I was looking for a simple popcorn flick, and lured in by knowing this was a Jason Statham film, and by Clive Owen’s terrible moustache on the poster. It was actually more nuanced and interesting as an action/drama. Lots of well-composed frames, and oddly lots of Australian actors.
Movie: The Founder Decided to see this knowing precious little about the movie except (broadly) the subject matter, and that it was a Michael Keaton film. It’s a biopic of a man with a lot of drive, and a lot of flaws, and has some scenes (notably the marriage sub-plot) that will stay with me […]
Movie: Doctor Strange Another visit to the Marvel universe. Visually spectacular, owing much to “inception”. Has a car crash which was a genuine jump moment (even though I knew from a review that it was going to happen). Running time is a bit long, but it creates its own world effectively and has enough laughs […]
Hell or High Water – watch it for a Jeff Bridges performance, or a character study, or an indictment against the treatment of the working poor in Texas – it’s a dark, violent-in-places story of an anti-hero and a law-man.
Movie: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back The opening scene of Jack Reacher 2 – which is in the trailer – pans across the aftermath of a hand-to-hand fight, while the eponymous aggressor Tom Cruise sits in a nearby diner, waiting for law enforcement to arrive. Rather than starting with an action scene, we start after it. […]
Di Lorenzo Coffee. 14 Hartill-Law Avenue, Bardwell Park. I’ve driven past this place a few times, and when I was due for a late lunch, I thought I’d call in. There’s a lot of Pinocchio-themed toys and artwork on the walls and around the coffee machine, and the menu is even inside a Pinocchio storybook. Tasty […]
In this podcast interview with Moira Weigel surveying the landscape of dating apps, and looking back at the history of “dating” – how women joining the workforce changed the nature of courtship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, one idea in particular stood out to me. Measurement. We are trying to make everything into […]
I’m back, yet again, to rewatching the West Wing now that there’s a podcast about it from Josh Malina and Hrishikesh Hirway (who I had heard of from his other podcast Song Exploder (try this episode about a Long Winters song “The Commander Thinks Aloud”). This watch has been another level of insights. For a show made and […]