Seven Psychopaths (2012)

Martin McDonagh’s last film was In Bruges – a spiky, acerbic, unpredictable black comedy/crime thriller. Seven Psychopaths is all those things and many more. The film follows a possibly alcoholic Marty Farahan (get it?) and his attempts to write a film called …Seven Psychopaths. He’s worried that the screenplay that’s supposed to be about “love…

Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (III) (2012)

The abrasive attitude that was so exciting about Crystal Castles’ early work has faded away on (III) in preference of a dreamier sound. If their debut was a grimy in-your-face concert, this album is a cold labyrinth, Alice’s voice coming from the depths, buried under sinister swaths and pulses of sound. (III) embraces complexity that…

Bob’s Burgers – Season 1 (2011)

Bob’s Burgers is a good show that doesn’t strive for greatness and is the better for it. It’s often compared to Family Guy, but the two shows have little in common aside from being animation with a preference for absurd humour. It’s closer to King of the Hill, embracing a lackadaisical pace that enhances an…

My Ideal Bookshelf

Writing about books is hard. If nothing else, it becomes painfully apparent that you’re trying to use words to encapsulate a work of art whose author has already spent hour after hour choosing the exact right words. I have an incomplete Top 20 Books list sitting my hard drive I just can’t get right. But…

Big Brother Australia Finale (2012)

Reality programming thrives on artifice. Artificial competitions, constraints and, more often than not, contestants who adopt a persona that they think will be more marketable than just being themselves. Big Brother certainly involves a ton of artifice, with twenty four hours of footage edited into a half hour or so by producers crafting a narrative…

Rope (1948)

The conceit of Rope is that it takes place in real time. A recently murdered corpse lies – concealed – in his murderers’ apartment, filmed with a single unbroken shot. The camera gimmick is executed with less panache than I’d expect from Hitchcock, including an unnecessary cut right after the credits. Aside from some unsubtle…