Thursday, August 31, 2006

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada: A Film Exposed Review

The FilmExposed newsletter went out today and I was surprised to see my Three Burials... review has been attached to the UK DVD release.

This was actually my "interview" review, the one they asked me to send in at the drop of a hat to get a seat on the bus. It never was posted so I posted it here myself. Now it's popped up, so you can check it out if you missed it.

Don, you'll especially like the line:

"It is a well-worn adage but landscape is most definitely the main character of this film."

I really enjoyed this flick. I probably wouldn't have seen it if it weren't assigned owing to my ambivalence towards Westerns and my animosity towards Tommy Lee (and anyone else with a double barrel first name). I stand overwhelmingly corrected on both counts.

Haul ass to FilmExposed for the whole kit and kaboodle.

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At 6:00 pm, Blogger Donald said...

I'm planning on becoming an agent, with my sole client being "the landscape". I'll clean up!

I am beginning to think that all of these strepsils are affecting my brain...

At 6:05 pm, Blogger Mike Scott said...

Let's hope your client never picks up an Oscar. However will he/she/it fit into the Kodak Theatre?

At 1:48 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A mate and his boyfriend used to own a sex shop called Kit and Kaboodle, right here in Melbourne, down some lane (where else?) complete with backrooms.

No, I was never a patron.


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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Westgarth (book of) Revelations

Westgarth Re-opening
Watts In Westgarth?

Last night, dear friend, Richard took me along to the opening of Ana Kokkinos' The Book of Revelation at the re-opening of the redeveloped Westgarth Cinema.

I won't say too much about the film, since I am covering it for FilmExposed (though I'm not sure when they will plan to run it because it will be a while before the UK release), but I will say that my reaction, along with the majority of the audience was somewhere between meh and urgh. I really wanted to like the film because I loved Kokkinos' work on Head On but, no, meh, urgh!

On any other night I would have been stabbing myself with a rusty fork for wasting my time and money on such a work but last night I wasn't worried in the slightest because it was a red carpet shin-dig with free red, tasty morsels and people to watch, all in the luxurious environs of the redeveloped cinema.

As the new carpet smell wafted between us, we listened to the platitudes fly and watched the flashes glare at the stars and their dangerously sharp cheekbones. Watching the media types scramble for the stars is highly amusing; watching the stars try to get some time to themselves is even more amusing. I loved the banality of the whole affair. And I loved the cinema.

The only other film I had seen at the Westgarth was a screening of John Carpenter's The Ghosts of Mars, the film that plundered the world's precious supply of neon zinc cream, where the "ghosts" looked like they'd been attacked by Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever. Back then it was grubby and had wonderfully unstable seats. Now it's all dolled up. The original fitting are all still there, the seats have been comfified and the balcony has been enclosed and split into two new cinemas. It is a truly classy venue and one I'll be heading back to very soon to see a good film.

Thanks, Richard!

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At 1:31 pm, Blogger richardwatts said...

My pleasure mate - and I'll definitely join you in returning to the Westgarth soon - now, bring on Macbeth!

At 10:48 pm, Anonymous Ange said...

No sign of Alex Demitrides??

James and I are off to see 'Woman In Black' on Monday for my birthday. Should be good!

At 1:58 am, Blogger Kamikaze Camel said...

I'm seeing Macbeth on Sunday!

(that is all, I've already discussed Revelation)


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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Look Mum, Finger Socks!

Finger Socks
Went to another hand therapy session yesterday (it's a Monday morning thing) and, according to Kate, everything seems to be coming along nicely. A few developments in the exercises but nothing too dramatic. I do get to work on my limp wrist though, so that is something.

The latest addition to my "therapy couture" are these snug fitting finger socks. They are not actually socks at all, they are pieces of elastic tape to pressure my fingers into a less sausagey state. I suppose they are the physical manifestation of peer pressure.

The best thing is, this stuff only seems to stick to itself. Genius!

On my way home, I decided that I am going to buy some Post-It-Notes and carry them with me wherever I go so I can leave notes for people when they are not in. Yesterday Richard's door would have carried the message: The world is not enough! Don't ask me, I don't understand either.

Further on my way home, I passed the blackfellas outside Smith St ANZ. One of them shouted out, "You've been in a fight, mate" to which I nodded knowingly in reply. Then one of the women Leytoned up and screamed, "COME ONNNN!!!" I laughed out loud, mainly because I'd been making the joke all week but she was the first person to actually notice my splint's uncanny likeness to our country's premier bogan.

I do miss the Aboriginal sense of humour. I really must see Ten Canoes

UPDATE: Apparently blather blog was inspired wax visual on the theme of Paganini Hewitt.

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At 3:16 pm, Blogger richardwatts said...

I was at work sorry mate. A post-it note would have fun to find when I got home, though! See you tonight, for more cinematic fun. Oh, and did I mention red carpets, champagne and movie and TV stars? Real ones this time, I promise. ;-)

At 3:52 pm, Blogger Mike Scott said...

Then I'll make sure to bring my camera and my girly squealing voice.

Will you catch me if I faint?

At 12:22 am, Blogger richardwatts said...

Only if you catch me if I get drunk and fall down the stairs - lucky that didn't happen hey?

At 3:27 am, Blogger Anomie-Atlanta said...

I think you need to add yarn hair and googly eyes to the finger bandages and put on elaborate shows with them.

At 7:22 am, Blogger czechOUT said...

A bit Mumma Tee Tee from Carry On Screamng, if you ask me.

Anyway, OT as they say. I've been tempted to post on the merits of Martin Guerre original West End cast, or 1999 "chamber" version.

Apart from you, I don't think any of my other readers would get it.... (and don't let Jo Riding swing it for you)

At 8:37 am, Blogger Mike Scott said...

You should post on whatever takes your fancy. I'm sure that half my posts bewilder everyone out there. They cope!


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Monday, August 28, 2006

Look Both Ways: A FilmExposed Review

If you read my previous post you'd know that this review took three films to write. If you are at all intrigued...

The review starts like this:

In her first feature, award winning Australian animator Sarah Watt tackles the hefty issues of death, grief and the pain of surviving. After being delivered an uncertain prognosis for his newly diagnosed testicular cancer, photojournalist Nick (McInnes), is sent to cover the death of a man in a tragic train accident. There, Nick meets Meryl (Clarke), an artist crippled by paranoid delusions of death and destruction...

And ends like this:

... Many of the plotlines seem to wallow, undeveloped in the bleakness, and in the face of the irrevocable certainty of death the film struggles to find anything profoundly new to say. Then again, that is comfortable in itself, in a way, for it is the little hopes that we end up clinging to which can bring the biggest rewards.

For the guts of it click over to FilmExposed

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Faster Pussycat, Procrastinate, Procrastinate!!!

Last night, after taking in Look Both Ways on DVD, I settled in to write my review for FilmExposed. It was a bit of a late starter this one so I was under a bucket load of pressure. While I typed I decided to put on a film in the background. Bad move.

While I didn't get much of the review written, the whole divided attention scenario helped me to enjoy these two mediocre films immensely.

First up, Big Eden, you know, that film with the guy from Ellen. I'd spent a long time avoiding this one, or trying to sit through it (some of it seemed quite familiar), it always just seemed a little dull. In the end it was but with my mind trying to get on with work, Big Eden seemed the more enticing option.

I was eventually won over by the film's quaint country folk rooting FOR the guys to get together. Eden, indeed!

It was calming to watch a queer film where the gay issues are not the biggest issues. And it kept my mind off my work, which hadn't progressed past a few sentences, so out came...

Derek Jarman's Sebastiane.

Um, well... I couldn't really get over the suspicion that all the film was going to amount to was well-shot soft-core with English schoolboys, all grown up, showing off their Latin skills.

I was first aroused (suspicion-wise) during the slow motion sequence where Leonardo Treviglio spent six minutes pouring water over his naked body.

So yes, Jarman proved the existence of God!


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I Wanna Play!

I'm feeling a little left out with all my fellow bloggers coming out of the closet electronically. So, I've decided to share some of the diary I kept when I decided to bust forth onto the scene almost (fucking hell!) ten years ago.

Let me set the scene: I was living and working in the desert in Western Australia. My backyard looked like this:

A few months before in Broome, heart a-quiver, I had bought my gay magazine and decided to come out. You join this rather sad predicament after I had already broken off my long long term relationship with my girlfriend and resolved myself to tell my parents

28 October 1996
What a strange time to begin to write a diary, I mean I have only been living in Jigalong for the past nine months. Really this should have been started back then and then all the monumental events of the past year could have been covered as they unfolded. Unfortunately hindsight is little compensation for the loss of opportunity and it now falls to me to write about the myriad of ideas constantly adrift in my mind in no justifiable order.

Spurs- what has prompted me to set my thought into some palpable shape? Well my life it is a changing and living in Jigalong has necessitated this as an outlet for my mind otherwise I am quite sure I will go completely mad. But right now all I can think about is going to sleep so I shall have to continue this tomorrow or whenever.

29 October 1996
So pour out all your thoughts if it be your whim. Where to start? The fact that I am gay and cannot tell anybody up here about it. How do I explain to three men who only want to get there rocks off with anything with tits and one guy who proports to be open minded but nearly looses his lunch every time that he sees any fag action on the television that I couldn’t give a fuck about women and that I would rather have something more substantial between my thighs.

I really couldn’t give a fuck about what they think and there are only two things stopping me from shocking the whole damn lot of them. The first is the fact that I haven’t yet told my parents and I really couldn’t handle them finding out from anybody else purely because they might be upset that I didn’t confide in them. Personally I am beginning to feel that this might be indicative of my very optimistic view of how the whole revelation deal is going to pan out, but really how else can I survive in life if I don’t have some faith in my family. Secondly I really don’t know how the community and the kids would react to my homosexuality. My greatest fear is that they would no longer allow me to teach here any more, maybe that is being rather more pessimistic but it gives me a decent excuse for me to keep my little secrets if that is what I am sub-consciously desiring.

Well I suppose I have explained why I am now writing this diary, hopefully it will prove to be a window into my caged soul and somewhere I may go to confide my problems to the world.

Well let us discuss what I want in life now that I have reevaluated how I am going to live my life, that is really how it turned out to be because although I have known I am gay for some time it has only been in the last few months that I have given any thought to the way this will impact on my life. In fact I have only in that time considered that a wife and three kids simply will not be a part of my future, and that is a shame and somewhat depressing every now and then when I stop to think about it. So what is going to take the place of this life of normality which I have always taken for granted would be mine? What can I say? I have nothing to role model such a lifestyle and that makes it very difficult to think of a gay lifestyle after the age of thirty, surely there must be some elderly fags around maybe I’ll see them when I hit the scene.

But how do I see my life being happy without a socially accepted girlfriend? It has been one of the most freeing consequences of breaking up with Melanie to find that I now consciously think of my next relationship being with a guy and it is truly amazing how liberating that feels- to dream, to live to experience love and pain and desire. All the feelings I had cut off in order to survive now return and I burn inside to feel them for the first time. I imagine myself with some other guy to be able to run my fingers through his hair and to actually want to kiss him rather than ashamedly try to ignore all the advances. Too be able to touch and squeeze and rub without wondering why I don’t feel excited over the whole affair. Of course finding a guy I can do this with is another matter especially since I know not where to begin, and I am not willing to have meaningless sex with a horde of men to find Mr. Right, strange that I still cling to my romantic notions in the strangest of situations.

SBLJ, what a different headspace. Do you want to know more? There are plenty big dramas to come...

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At 3:09 am, Blogger Freestyleguy said...

I could have written that last paragraph in the past few days (although wouldn't have expressed it so eloquently). It perfectly sums up everything I'm thinking and feeling right now.
Roll on episode 2.

At 11:21 am, Blogger richardwatts said...

Sweeeeeeet. Some lovely sentiments there amidst the angst, mate. Melodrama thy name was young Mike! Makes me wish I'd kept a journal in my teens, now...

At 12:16 pm, Blogger Mike Scott said...

That's the beauty of coming out... everyone goes through similar shit.

Yes, Richard, you are right, I did (do) have a penchant for over-dramatisation!

At 2:06 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1996... when I learnt what falling head-over-heels in love was really like -- as in really, really, and not like anything I had experienced prior.

Awwwww, it's been a bit memory lane this visit.





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Sunday, August 27, 2006

The Gayest of Tears

"Stripes are in this season..."

I recently blabbed to y'all how I have taken to Bunburying through my iPod to see what is thrown at me. Yesterday it was a memory from days long passed.

As I arrived at the bus stop on Hoddle St. my iPod whisked me off to the coast of Maine with the song "If I Loved You" from Rogers and Hammerstein's Carousel (I told you my iPod could surprise).

In times like these I tend to regress back to my hyper-emotional days. Key triggers are musicals and Disney films... okay, only the musical ones, so I suppose it is just a musicals thing.

Still with me?

Listening to the song reminded me just how brilliantly innovative these artists were. In a six minute song, the two leads meet, fall in love and basically get engaged all through explaining how they don't love each other. It's lush, heartbreaking and had me quietly tearing up at the back of the bus. The true beauty of it all is that it is believable, or maybe that is just me. There's no happy ending so that sort of adds to the credibility factor.

I'll be tracking down the film version so you haven't heard the last of this yet... sorry!

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At 12:40 am, Blogger czechOUT said...

Musicals, so are my life...OK. Let me explain. I'm not working in the theatre. But I love musical theatre. I go very ften, and often often over. I see the same thing time again.

I relate musical moments to events in my lfe. It's a multi- way thing. Someone will say something and I know a line which mirrors what they say. Or I relate a moment of theatre (ie song) to a moment in my life. Or I relate a song to my life.

I think you do to...? Did I read you right?


(ps I got some stuff on blog about theatre I've seen...most recently Last 5 Years, Evita Ave Q)

At 12:47 am, Blogger czechOUT said...

ps, as I'm writing I'm watching Rent on DVD. For the 3rd time. I've seen Rent in London 4 times.

Favourite moments:

When Angel goes shopping with Collins, for new coat (from memory while listening to diff song)

You don't have to do this

Hush your mouth it's Christmas

I do not deserve you Angel, give, give, all you do is give

What's on the floor, let's see some more..


and when Roger is singing to Mimi at the end, and she dies...OMG, so many tears.

I often cry in the theatre too, at the same moments!

At 1:10 am, Blogger Mike Scott said...

I was a huge fan for a long time but nothing has taken my fancy for years.

Did manage to catch my favourite, Sunday In The Park With George before I had to abruptly leave London.

There were others I was hanging out to see but they'll have to wait.

As for RENT, I take issue with the film but I loved the theatre production. Hope you're enjoying it (again).

I'm watching Derek Jarman's Sebastiane while trying to write a review for Look Both Ways, which my editor wanted yesterday.


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The Short End Of The Bus

Twitch has cunningly ferreted out the full trailer for John Cameron Mitchell's new filum, Shortbus.

When I first read about the genesis of this film a few years back, I was a little skeptical. Audition tapes, nudity, real sex, "come and create your character with us"; it was all a little fluffy (don't mind the pun) but from the looks of things, it seems to have come together extremely well and it has been well gushed-at in Cannes.

Whether or not we get to see it in the Commonwealth of Censorship Australia is another matter. Yeah, they eventually let 9 Songs through their ever more strangling net but that was straight sex and we uranists haven't fared quite so well.

I guess all we can do is keep our fingers crossed and hope that Cannes still holds some weight.

Then again, it is always good to get out and protest with Dave and Margs!

Now, go get sexy!

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At 3:33 pm, Blogger YarravillePaul said...

Looks like a great film.
Hope it does get through the Australian censors.

Unlike Damon&Hunter....

At 4:36 pm, Blogger Mike Scott said...

I am sure it will. They eventually let through Mysterious Skin and I am sure it won't have the rallying power of that film.

Then, I have learnt never to overestimate our country's managers.


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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Bugger, but... Fuck Yeah!

Tonight, I had fully intended to attend the opening of Soccer Australia's re-revamped A-League (it's "Version 2.0" apparently).

Unfortunately, wandering back from entertainments yesterday evening, I noticed an inordinate number of Melbourne Victory strips wandering around.

Last night, I would have full intended to attend...

During an unwarranted pitstop at *cough* KFC, I tapped a supporter on the shoulder and received the good news. A 2:0 victory for Victory against Adelaide, a team we haven't manage to score against in seven matches!

Looks like the boys from Brazil were a wise investment.

Full Match Report

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The View From Here

Another view from here...

Sometimes the world outside scares the shit out of me.

Just something new to fight against, I suppose.

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At 10:49 am, Blogger richardwatts said...


At 12:21 am, Blogger Donald said...

If you're ever feeling down, a great movie to watch is "Bring It On". It has a fun cast, and an attitude that says: "Step up, bitches! We are going to kick your ass."

There's also another good, fairly recent film called (if I remember correctly): "Don't Fuck With My Friends", (the link seems to be down on IMDB). It's a little dramatic in places, but trust me, it has a happy ending.

At 12:29 am, Blogger Mike Scott said...

Bring It On is ACE! Samara just suggested Mean Girls, which I still haven't seen.

We just watched Saved!

Thank you Jesus!

At 12:34 am, Blogger Donald said...

Mean Girls is very good indeed. But sadly, I think it's when L-Loh hit her peak...(she was very good in Freaky Friday though!...and now I have said too much.)

Saved was cute....but didn't we already discuss that? Hmmm...

At 12:37 am, Blogger Mike Scott said...

Yeah we have, the girls hadn't seen it.

At 3:23 pm, Anonymous shamil said...

its LL Don. And she's hitting new peaks asw far as I'm concerned (drinkin all night , not turning up to work ... yeah !)

At 3:39 pm, Blogger Mike Scott said...

I prefer Blohan or Ho'han (via Dlisted)

To each his, or her, or its own.

I noticed that William H. Macy ripped into her.

It's kinda like the whole mature aged student thing at Uni really, isn't it?


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All Bow

Overnight the trailer popped up for Stephen Frears' new film, The Queen, which stars Helen Mirren as, well, the queen.

There is something incredibly audacious about releasing a film that covers this subject matter (the death of the Princess of Wales), from this viewpoint (that of the queen herself, her family and the Prime Minister) and in what seems to be a grounded and introspective manner (there is little here to remind us of the appallingly sensationalist docu-dramas of the early nineties).

One wonders, with respect to a production such as this, how much involvement these public figures have had in the development. While the film doesn't appear to be seeking to spark discussion on any specific agenda, it is speaking with the queen's voice and casting the incomparable Helen Mirren in the role can only further cement this conceit.

The film looks astoundingly good. It is hard to hear what is going on in the trailer because there is some serious Oscar buzz. Frears is a consummate film maker who has delivered some classics (My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons) and looking back at his oeuvre I am astounded at the classics I have missed (The Grifters, Prick Up Your Ears).

Get thee hence and greet The Queen

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At 10:45 am, Blogger richardwatts said...

You haven't seen Prick Up Your Ears? Outrageous - you must!

At 10:49 am, Blogger Mike Scott said...

Leave me be, I'm already nursing a gaping hole in my film experience without you rubbing salt into it!

You'll be at me for not having seen Casablanca next. ; )

At 9:38 pm, Blogger richardwatts said...

How about Double Indemnity or Sunset Boulevard? If you tell me you haven't seen wither we so have to have a DVD night.

At 12:03 am, Blogger Mike Scott said...

Sunset Boulevard, yes.

Double Indemnity, no...

At 5:42 am, Blogger richardwatts said...

DVD night! DVD night!

At 9:16 am, Blogger RC said...

this film seems very exciting, especially helen mirren's involvement with it.

in a way it reminds me of the upcoming film "Bobby" as well, just a little more recent and centering in on the effects of others.

--RC of


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Thursday, August 24, 2006

The Craw

The Craw
Some devotees of the site have been begging for photos of my hand since the stitches were removed earlier this week (you macabre devils, you), so I oblige.

Kate and Kate have given me some exercises to ensure the scar tissue doesn't attach too firmly to the tendons. There is very little movement at the moment and I have to be tres careful that I don't reopen the wound but apart from that, everything is peachy apparently.

It is quite awkward getting through the day one-handed. You'd be surprised at the menial tasks that rely on both hands. It can be frustrating but everyone is very helpful.

Helsa has already renamed it "The Craw", so beware!!!

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At 5:28 pm, Blogger Donald said...

Oh's nothing a quick dab of Clinique Stop Signs Hand Repair can't handle!

Seriously though, it is certainly looking better. Keep up your exercises or (Kate)x(Kate) will be on your ass, ohhhkaaay?!

At 1:16 am, Anonymous Ange said...

I like it! It's like a little puppy. Well, if that's puppy is a Chinese Crested, then it is...

At 8:15 am, Blogger Mike Scott said...

OMSBLJ, that made me laugh, just when I really needed one!


At 10:16 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 11:32 pm, Blogger Mike Scott said...

Stuart, Caddie,

Please rest assured that I have received your email and will respond in due course.

I believe such matters are better resolved in a more private forum.



At 8:40 am, Blogger RC said...

the craw...what a fun name.

At 10:12 am, Blogger Mike Scott said...


Well, if you can't laugh, what can you do?

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Is that deleted message what I think it is?


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Adam and Steve (or She's The Man) and She's The Man (or What You Will)

I took in two crowd pleasing comedies the other day. I don't know why I am posting them together but for some reason I have an inkling that there is some reason (and it is not because they both star Julie Hagerty, beloved star of Flying High nee Airplane).

Both were pretty broad comedies, one for the "gay" set and one for the "teenage girl" set. Of course arguments can be made that one of the sets encompasses the other - I'll leave that up to your imagination. Normally I would have run a mile (okay, half a mile) from Adam and Steve, it's the sort of bland, well-meaning comedy that plays to the masses and bores me shitless. It had a couple of trump cards though... Parker Posey, indie film goddess extraordinaire and Mango himself, Chris Kattan (Can you hold the moon in your mouth? Such is Mango!).

They helped marginally but nowhere near enough to lift the film out of the mire of mediocrity. They do share one of the film's funniest exchanges:
Yeah, he is a shrink. I think he knows more about this stuff than us. He has a degree. We just have Oprah.

Oprah has made it impossible for me to have a close relationship with anyone besides Oprah.

She's The Man was holding the aces though: Channing Tatum and Shakespeare.

Channing Tatum...

'Nuff said!

Shakespeare... I've always loved the teen flick updates of the Bard, especially the comedies (which only makes me wonder why I missed A Midsummer Night's Rave). I know they're crap, but they're good crap, and Twelfth Night is one of my favourite plays.

Amanda Bynes was really likeable as Viola/Sebastian and they worked the play pretty well, even if they did castrate Malvolio's plot line a little severely.

What does all this say about me? Am I a fifteen year old girl? Maybe but I hide it well, at least I hope so. I think, teen comedies are so far removed from my reality that I can enjoy them as a spectator (and dream of getting into Channing's shorts). Gay comedies hit too close to home and play off stereotypes that I just don't subscribe to so I'll stick to the morbid, arty European fag films (spaced out with teen flicks, of course).

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At 1:26 pm, Blogger Donald said...

As Elaine used to say: "Get out of here!!"

I have a draft post (now redundant) of my review of "Adam & Steve", and the line I quoted as being the only moment of genuine hilarity, was Parker Posey's comment on Oprah. (That and Julie Hagerty spilling coffee on her daughter; "Coffee's off!")

Either we are synchronous (did our cycles align over the time we were travelling?) else we are victims of the same popular culture. Yikes!

Julie Hagerty - is there a funnier person on this Earth??


We are just so, like, teenage girls, right?

And just remember, Channing is like, mine bi-atch.

At 1:59 pm, Blogger Mike Scott said...

Of course there is a funnier woman on Earth...

Her name is Cloris Leachman.

Funny, thy name is Cloris!

"Those who are tardy do not get fruit cup!"


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Is this where you live?

Originally uploaded by No-necked Monsters.


At 4:39 am, Blogger Anomie-Atlanta said...

This looks like the HKB building in Hong Kong. It was built with the sharp corners pointing toward the competitors office to mess with the competitors feng shui.

At 12:56 pm, Blogger Mike Scott said...

I like it: architectural sabotage.


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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Digging In

On account of the recent meme, a timely visit by a fellow Battlestar Galactica devotee and, I suppose, my recent return to Melbourne, I've been noticing the growing web of Oz bloggers out there, especially in Melbourne.

I've always blogged on an island. A friend recently berated me (friendlily) for being an impersonal blogger. I don't suppose No-necked Monsters ever really set out to be an online diary, though it has skipped through that field at times. I guess I always kept a rein on that side of the blog out of respect for my partner. Now that our relationship has come to an abrupt conclusion, I may gaily wander those fields more often, maybe.

Anyway, I just wanted to let y'all know that I've added an Oz blog section in the sidebar as I am going to start paddling off my island and out into the shimmery blogosphere. If you are an Oz blogger, pipe up, shout out, drop in...

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At 2:16 am, Blogger richardwatts said...

You cannot escape the Blogsphere, Mike; it will draw you in...

At 3:00 pm, Blogger Kamikaze Camel said...

er, thanks!

I'd never seen you around before but you've added me so that's nice! I'll throw u a link from my blog.

Geelong is where it's happenin'!

...except not.

At 3:38 pm, Blogger Mike Scott said...

Fuck, I just realised there is probably some time honoured protocol or tea ceremony that I'm not following.

That's not like me *cough*

If I'm being rude or ungainly, feel free to put me in my place.


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What Price Freedom (of Information)?

I just wanted to bring your attention to the activities of my goodest of friends, and part-time armchair activist, Don over at Blather-Blog.

He is currently locking horns with the Attorney General's Office over some legal advice our Prime Autocrat Minister reportedly received concerning the legality of the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay.

At the beginning of July this year, he put in a freedom of information request for the documents. He says it much more pretty like:
I request the following documents:

Any and all legal advice provided to the Commonwealth Government regarding the legality (or otherwise) under international law of the military commissions established by the United States of America to try detainees held in Guantanamo, Cuba, or elsewhere.

I consider that any claim to legal professional privilege under Section 42 of the Act has been waived by the disclosure of the substance of the advice received, by the Prime Minister, who publicly stated on 30 June 2006: “Our advice had been, as had the American Government's advice . . . that it was lawful.”

The Commonwealth Government has knowingly and voluntarily disclosed the (alleged) substance of the documents, and therefore waived any legal professional privilege over those documents.
Of course, nothing is ever simple or cheap. At this point in time Don is paying the (not insubstantial) processing charges, after his submission for a waiver was bureaucratically denied.

He is going to go them hammer and tongs, even enlisting some of his friends who are still practising law to ensure they can't weasel their way out.

Have fun following the paper trail...

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At 8:46 pm, Blogger Donald said...

Oops, I re-ordered the 'FOI Update' numbers in my post headings, cause I skipped "2", so I think you may need to re-do the links. Sorry.

But otherwise, thank you for the shout-out!

At 8:51 pm, Blogger Mike Scott said...

I was wondering what was going on with that.

You may wanna take your address off the final letter, too.

As for the shout, anything to add to the groundswell.

At 8:55 pm, Blogger Donald said...

Hey, snap, I just did that!

Mind you, it's been a while since I had a stalker... Maybe I am losing my touch?


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What's in a meme?

I've been memed. What the fuck does that mean?

No, seriously, leave a comment and tell me where they pulled that name from because I can't be bothered looking up the wiki.

Aaaaanyway, this little gem comes courtesy of Richard at the newly-christened Watts With Words? and says (and I quote):
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that “cool” or “intellectual” book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
Ladies and ladies, I reach next to my pillow and I present to you an excerpt from the (graphic) novel Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (luckily page 123 fell on one of the written pages):

We have labored (sic) long to build a heaven, only to find it populated with horrors.

It is the oldest of ironies that are still the most satisfying: man, when preparing for bloody war, will orate loudly and most eloquently in the name of peace. The dichotomy is not an invention of the twentieth century, yet it is in this century that the most striking examples of the phenomena appeared. Never before has man pursued global harmony more vocally while amassing stockpiles of weapons so devastating in their effect.
I'm actually really enjoying it. It is my first graphic novel and I am resoundingly impressed.

Now let's tag (and reveal my meagre collection of blog pals)...

blather blog
It's All About Me!

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At 6:59 pm, Blogger Donald said...

But who watches the Watchmen?!

I'll have to lend you "Jimmy Corrigan" by Chris incredible. (And with pictures too!)

At 8:40 pm, Blogger Mike Scott said...

That's kinda the point!

At 1:28 am, Anonymous Ange said...

Hmmm...the nearest 'book' to me is a branch newsletter.

First few sentences I can see:

We recently took our 3 children (ages 3, 5 and 8) to the Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth and I have to admit I wasn't prepared to be terribly impressed. Now this isn't because I'm overly fussy (my husband might disagree!), it's just that we used to live close to the fabulous Blue Planet Aquarium near Chester. However, we had a surprisingly good time at the Blue Reef despite the fact that we went on a very busy Bank Holiday Monday.

It gets better the further in you get, I promise. There's intrigue, family feuds, forgotten love. Fascinating reading.

At 2:11 am, Blogger richardwatts said...

Let me know when you've finished The Watchmen, Mike, and I'll try and get you hooked on V for Vendetta, The Doom Patrol, or The Invisibles...

At 2:13 am, Blogger richardwatts said...

Oh, and here's your meme definition from Wikipedia.

"The term "meme" (IPA: [miːm], not "mem"), coined in 1976 by Richard Dawkins, refers to a replicator of cultural information that one mind transmits (verbally or by demonstration) to another mind. Dawkins said, 'Examples of memes are tunes, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches. Other examples include deities, concepts, ideas, theories, opinions, beliefs, practices, habits, dances and moods which propagate within a culture.'


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Monday, August 21, 2006

City Smackdown: Melbourne vs. London

Melbourne Reflection
Not really, just an excuse to post some photos of Melbourne.

Where London is all domes and marble facades, Melbourne is predominately line and glass. It is interesting that I never think of it that way.

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At 8:47 pm, Blogger richardwatts said...

Tag, you're it!

At 10:36 am, Anonymous shamil said...

Ah but does London have tribes of monomaniacal joggin rocky wannabes bent on impeding gentle alcoholics looking for an evening libation or six? Er probably yes.


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Final Reviews

The last of my film reviews went up on FilmExposed yesterday evening.

Ironically, they were the first and the last that I wrote.

I should have sat on them both a while longer because they don't flow that well but, hell, they are published anyway.

You can check them out by clicking on the pics above.

Don't stop visiting the site because I will be back, one way or another. You can subscribe to their newsletter by visiting the site or send me an email and I'll get them to add you to their list. There are a reasonable amount of giveaways too so don't be shy.

Alternatively, there is a new RSS feed for the reviews. Just plug feed:// into your RSS reader.

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Welcomes Home

Instant Brownies
More catch ups with more friends. Had dinner with N, A, R and JP (that's Neale, Andrew, Rick and, um, JP) last night. The lasagne came in three varieties and the brownies were ultra-fresh, as in "Would you like some brownies for dessert?" -"Yes, that sounds lovely!" -"Okay, I'll just head to the kitchen and whip some up" fresh.

So good to see the boys again.

Shiny Face
Night before, I caught up with Glen at his swanky new address with the killer views.


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At 12:52 pm, Blogger richardwatts said...

So how was Glen's party?

At 2:38 pm, Blogger Mike Scott said...

The roof was cold and wet. The house was as lovely as the conversation.

It was quiet, but then that's all I can really cope with at the moment.


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Oi, Is This A Dagger, Mate?

I don't bitch and moan... much... but since i've been back in Oztralia, I've found myself bitching and moaning non-stop about Bell Shakespeare Company. I don't know what it is about Bell that sets me off so badly. Perhaps it is my frustration at not having a solid and reliable Shakespearean troupe down here. Bell has such promise and almost always squanders it with aplomb. It is probably a case of so near yet so far.

It is teeth-grindingly frustrating.

But I've not come here to belly-ache; I've come to let you know that something wicked is this way coming. Next month, my new boyfriend, Sam Worthington, is starring in Geoffrey "Romper Stomper" Wright's film version of Macbeth.

You can check out the trailer over at the official website.

It probably smacks of hypocrisy, given that I have railed so vociferously against Bell's anachronistic theatrical updates, but I think cinematic Shakespeare needs that lift or they end up wallowing in the dankness of Eliza-Jacobean England. Of course, it can be done well (McKellen's Richard III) or abysmally (Ethan Hawke's Hamlet), and I think this one shows promise. I have some quibbles but my fingers are tightly crossed.

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At 11:41 am, Blogger richardwatts said...

Sam. *drool*


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Well, it's all over!

But what a fantastic result. I'm so glad Pete and Glyn were together in the end.

Do make sure to watch Pete's interview with Davina, especially if you haven't seen him much on YouTube.

The housemates say it best but I'd like to echo how brilliant it was to see such a rare human being on reality television.

And finally, there have been some requests for more Nikki, so please enjoy:

Nikki and the bed incident
Nikki and the air conditioning incident (in English)
Nikki and the air conditioning incident (in Welsh)
Nikki and the case of the ghetto slag
Nikki and the mp3 player incident (a MUST see!)

Or, if you can't be bovered with all that, check out her Best Bits montage



At 7:14 pm, Blogger Donald said...

I'm so glad he won...second only to Nikki in terms of hilarity.

At 7:17 pm, Blogger Donald said...

Oh - and thanks for all of the Nikki links. God, my mind is so corrupted.

At 7:56 pm, Blogger Mike Scott said...

Who are you and what have you done with the Donald who said:

I wonder if I am truly out of touch with the zeitgeist, when the entire Big Brother bollocks just strikes me as nothing but vacuous, self-perpetuating tedium wrapped in product-placements.


At 12:20 am, Blogger Donald said...

Yes, but...but...

Okay, okay. (Bastard!)

Can I at least qualify that my comments were more aimed at the Australian BB? Where was our Pete? (Wankers!)

Plus, at the time I had not seen, nor heard the walking, talking astonishment that is Nikki!

Oh, who am I kidding.

I concede.


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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Brick (or, You talk funny like!)

One of the positive things about coming home is that I will be able to catch a few flicks I missed in the UK. Yesterday, Richard and I caught Brick at the Kino.

While I wasn't blown away I was certainly impressed, immensely impressed. Director Rian Johnson, despite not being able to spell his own name, has an real eye for making the screen pretty - a talent that is considerably lacking in the world of American independent cinema. And original to boot.

Playing like Veronica Mars on steroids, Brick is über-noirish and set in a conspicuously deserted high school. Everyone natters away as if they've been surviving on an unhealthy diet of pulpy detective novels, so much so that it would be easy to look at Brick as a classic from a bygone era if it weren't so try-hard. The film trades heavily off this conceit, so heavily that when it breaks it totters on the edge of silliness.

Luckily, Johnson is aware of this gaping hole of credibility and he manages to patch it up with some deft, self knowing comedy (the scenes with the mother are absolute gold).

The performances are wryly perfect, excepting the femme fatale, who is neither femme nor fatal, except for her acting.

All in all, an expert play. The flick lands just on the right side of Bugsy Malone. At the end it feels like a great popcorner, surprising given its heavy themes. Personally, I think that is quite an achievement. Rian is certainly a name to watch.

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At 2:35 am, Blogger richardwatts said...

So, what to see next? Doing anything Sunday arvo?

At 4:50 am, Anonymous James said...

We watched that last night! I really liked it, and it really did remind me of Bugsy Malone. A great idea though, I love the final scene, leaves a great mystery behind.

At 11:44 am, Blogger Mike Scott said...

I must have missed the mystery. I thought it tied up quite neatly.

At 5:10 pm, Blogger richardwatts said...

I thought the final scene nicely implied that Brains had been corrupted by the femme fatale, without being too obvious about it...


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Friday, August 18, 2006

¿Qué hacen Los Killers?

What are The Killers up to?

Their new album Sam's Town has been slated for release in early October and by the sounds/looks of things, they've traded all their shimmery, sequiny glam-pop-rock for a Fellini-esque, Maria Full Of Grace-aping feel with heavy Springsteen overtones.

Confusing, but I like it. The lead single, When You Were Young left me a little cold to begin with but had me in its thrall by the end (and you too can check it out at either if the sites below).

The music video has a trailer, which is bizarre and looks to have a very sombre lead in that is not on the single.

The new(ish) website is another thing entirely.

Well, a reinvention is as good as a holiday.

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The Question du jour

Last night, at the newly, almost exactly the same Q+A, there was one question on everyone's lips:

"What is it like being back in Melbourne?"

Well, it's like this:

Melbourne Sky
And this, which I love:

Cherry Blossom
And this:

Magnolia II
And this:

Please Hold...
In words, it is comfortable and nurturing and safe. I can walk down the street and feel I understand people. This world makes complete sense, so much sense that it is like a dream you don't question, you just let it flow around you and through you.

Then I look at my hand and I know why I've come back here, and the rest of the world becomes my unfinished business. It is weird to be back here so quickly and under these circumstances. It is like someone took some scissors to my life - cut me out and stuck me back here without consulting me. Yes, it is exactly what I need but that doesn't make any easier.

And then there's this and this and this:

And everyone else who fronted up. I love you all. It was like I'd only just seen you last week. Sorry I didn't get to chat to everyone at length. I'm wearing my cement boots at the moment though, and with this hand I can't untie them, so I'll be here for a while and I know I'll see you again in no time.

Hell, if the weather keeps up there may be a bbq around the corner.


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At 12:13 pm, Blogger Donald said...

Excellent pics Mike, I lurve the blossom, and your macro worked very well on the Magnolia.

Back to work, back to work...

At 12:29 pm, Blogger Mike Scott said...

Yeah it works well at about that distance but anything closer it won't pick up.

Otherwise I would have had the most bitchin' photo of the baby birches outside the TATE Modern.

I think they're birches.

At 7:37 pm, Blogger Donald said...

I think you'll find that they are

At 5:15 am, Blogger Mike Scott said...

They be playas!


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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd

To all those Sondheim fans out there, you can officially uncross your fingers.

It was announced today that Tim Burton's film version of Sweeney Todd starring Johnny Depp is definitely going ahead. Rehearsals in November, filming in February, release in late 2007.

I think Burton is perfect for the job. He should be able to take the stage show and flesh out the macabre blood bath into a fully fledged film. In other words this should be more Chicago than Rent.

And Depp as Benji Barker. Classic. He's not the typical vision of Todd but I know he'll muster the much needed presence.

Apparently Sondheim had him audition to check that his voice wasn't too rock n' roll for the role. It's good to see the old man ensuring that they don't fuck this one up. At least it can't be worse than A Little Night Music (yes it was filmed and quite justifiably forgotten).

Props to Ain't It Cool and Dark Horizons fo breaking.

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At 10:05 pm, Blogger Donald said...


I've said it before, and I'll say it again:

Sondheim Rocks!

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At 12:10 pm, Blogger Mike Scott said...

Isn't it just!


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Boooring... For A Little While

I have to really sit down and think about some constructive way to occupy my time, or some work I can manage while me hand repairs itself (with the help of Kate and Kate, and me I suppose).

There is a light on the horizon. It is not constructive, nor is it work: it is television!

I am sure some of you are dying to know when your shows are coming back.

Prison Break - August 21
House - September 5
The Wire - September 10
Veronica Mars - October 3
Lost - October 4
Battlestar Galactica - October 6

Lots of fun ahead on all fronts. But where what is going to fill the gaping void left by Alias?

Fear not viewers, there are some hopeful glimmers.

Brothers and Sisters: Set in Los Angeles, follows the ups and downs of the Walker family after their father William dies unexpectedly. The siblings each face new challenges after the safety net of their father is gone.

*cough* Six Feet Under *cough*

Alias Connection? Ron Rifkin and Balthazar Getty, plus executive producer/sometime director, Ken Olin

Anything Else Decent? Rachel Griffifths *cough* Six Feet Under *cough* and Sally Field

Premieres: September 24

Six Degrees: Six very different New Yorkers go about their lives without realizing the impact they're having on one another - yet. A mysterious web of coincidences will gradually draw these strangers closer, changing the course of their lives forever. Is it happenstance? Fate? Is there a greater force at work in our world, guiding us along and connecting our lives?

Alias Connection? Same producers - headed by Abrams

Anything Else Decent? Jay Hernandez who still owns my heart after he sweltered through Crazy/Beautiful

Premieres: September 21

Heroes: A serial saga about people all over the world discovering that they have superpowers and trying to deal with how this change affects their lives. The relatable superheroes include Peter Petrelli, a 30-year-old male nurse who believes can fly, Diego Medina, a 28-year-old junkie who has the ability to paint images of the future when he is high, Niki Sanders, a 33-year-old Las Vegas showgirl who can do incredible things with mirrors, Hiro Makamura, a 24-year-old Japanese comic-book geek who literally makes time stand still, D.L. Hawkins, a 31-year-old inmate who can transport himself through walls, Matt Parkman, a beat cop who can hears other people's thoughts, and Claire Bennet, 17-year-old cheerleader who defies death at every turn. Not only are they discovering what having superpowers means to them but also the larger picture of where their superpowers come from. Eventually their superpowers draw them together when they try to evade the series' antagonist who wants to harness their super-DNA for himself. Their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world.

Alias Connection? Not much - Greg Grunberg, but there are Buffy links too!

Anything Else Decent? Superheroes? Everything else is decent!!!

Premieres: September 25

Oh, and Jenny's new film, Catch and Release has a trailer now. Really, it does. Go see!

Thanks to for the dates and summaries.

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At 5:47 pm, Blogger richardwatts said...

Heroes sounds a little The 4400 don't you think...?

Oh, and you wanna go see a movie Friday arvo?

At 6:19 pm, Blogger Mike Scott said...

I thought that too but I think the actual superhero schtick (and decent acting) should raise it above that steamer.

At 6:20 pm, Blogger Mike Scott said...

As for the movie, sounds good. What you thinking?

At 10:03 pm, Blogger Donald said...

I know I'm a big sucka for saying this, but I am hanging out for more "Lost" (yes, you can stop cringing now) and "Galactica" of course.

At 5:44 pm, Blogger eMack said...

Check out the new BSG Series 3 promo trailer on YouTube. It frakking rocks!

Bring on 6 Oct!

At 4:43 pm, Blogger Mike Scott said...

Thanks man.


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