11.05. Hatewatching. The shows we love to hate.


The clever folks at Slate Culture Gab-Fest were discussing Hate-watching this week, following on from an article by Emily Nussbaum in the New Yorker about Hate-watching the new show “SMASH”.
She gets pretty cranky about the show, but realises she is enjoying it.
“I realize my vehemence is slightly suspect. I mean, why would I go out of my way to watch a show that makes me so mad? On some level, I’m obviously enjoying it.”

Made me think about some of the shows I watch.
I don’t really watch shows that make me angry. That only happens when I accidentally turn on Andrew Bolt on a Sunday morning.
But it got me thinking about alot of the shows on TV. Especially reality shows. Especially on Pay TV. And why we watch them. Not all the emotions they evoke are positive…
I’ve illustrated my personal emotional fire warning scale in the diagram above.

What shows are you on your current fire danger scale??
What categories do you like? Any you would like to add?

20.04. That dress you have to have!

I like this dress. Like I really like it.
Kathy Novak was wearing it last night on SBS news.
So I tweeted SBS News to ask who the dress was by.
And it’s vintage. Oh, no. That means I can’t go and buy it.
What I know about the dress: she bought it at Di Nuovo in Paddington and it’s a Rachel Comey design.
If anyone can help me find out what the dress is called or track one down, I would be forever grateful!

Di Nuovo
92 William Street
Paddington

Oh, and Anton Enus checked the tag for Kathy. And tweeted me. That kind of made my night too!

22.03. Finally, The Hunger Games, the movie

I am a Johnny-come-lately to the The Hunger Games franchise, so the wait for the movie has not been as long as for some other people- in fact only a couple of weeks.  But I’ve been looking forward to seeing Katniss brought to life on the big screen very much, and would have been devastated by a dud version.

But I’m not devastated, I’m absolutely delighted.

The casting, the story adaptation, the visualisation- all perfect in my opinion.

Source: billboard.com via Norman on Pinterest

The casting of Jennifer Laurence as Katniss is brilliant, she has the perfect mix of strength and fragility, beauty and muscle to personify the empathetic, brave and strong character.  

Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark is great too- in his first scene at the reaping he seems incredibly small and boy-like, but grows into his destiny with the character beautifully.

Woody Harrelson (Haymitch) and Lenny Kravitz (Cinna) bring the smaller roles to life with great depth and in Harrelson’s case, the right mix of wisdom and humour.  Lenny’s gold eyeshadow is bound to take off as a trend- not many men can wear eyeshadow, but wow, can Lenny pull it off!

The story adaptation incorporates a look from outside of Katniss’ perspective at the role of the game-makers and what is happening outside the arena- things that in the book Katniss can only guess at.  I felt this lent alot of depth to the story and really worked.  I’m sure though there will be plenty of people who disagree!

The costumes as well deserve a mention.  They take Katniss from ruffian tomboy to glamourous reality TV star quite seamlessly and believably.  The “Girl on Fire” outfit is amazing- I was wondering how they would bring that to life and I found it spectacular, as is the red dress Katniss wears to her first interview.

Source: google.com via Steph on Pinterest

A couple of things I was happy the filmmakers left out. And I am grateful they did.  There is no hip and happening soundtrack, something that irritates me in alot of new movies where the music feels like bad merchandising. There isn’t much music in the film at all and what music there is, fits in neatly with the rest of the film.

The other omission is masses of special effects.  The film is quite naturalistic, with a focus on the human beings.  I liked that very much!

So those are my thoughts on the film particularly as a fan of the book.  Katniss is the absolute heroine of our time and I am so glad that girls and young women have a hero in a film who is beautiful, smart and strong, and not just beholden to some bloke to take care of her.

Katniss Power Forever.

Five stars from me.

Would love to hear what everyone else is thinking about the film.  Do you love it as much as I did?

15.03. The Walking Dead


Let me be clear. I am not a horror fan. I don’t even usually like sci-fi and fantasy that much. I couldn’t quite get into True Blood.
But suddenly I am loving things I never used to love. The Hunger Games. Game of Thrones.
And now, The Walking Dead.
I’ve had the first few eps on my iq for ages. I’d heard the buzz and wanted to see what it was all about. So I gave it a crack. And love it!
The premise: Police Officer Rick Grimes goes into a coma after an arrest gone wrong. He awakens, several weeks later, to find the world gone haywire.
Dead bodies and blood everywhere and a padlocked room with the warning “Don’t Open. Dead Inside” from behind which we see the haunting fingers poking out and the groans of a zombie crowd.

The world has been changed by a virus that has turned most of the population into zombies. And so, Rick goes on a mission to find his wife and child.
The first two eps were great. So why do I like it?
1. It’s totally believable- taking the zombie premise to the max with the promise of plenty more to come.
I love the moral ambiguities of zombie infestation, like if your wife is infected and becomes a zombie, would you/ should you put her out of her misery?
Also believable, the characters. Ethnically diverse and with an obnoxious redneck (realistic, not just a caricature), the cast is reflective of a realer America than the usual white bread horror movie casts.
2. Its funny. Zombies make me laugh. They’re clumsy and apart from being so undead, they’re quite comedic.
3. At the same time it’s rivetingly scary.

I am completely hooked and very happy to have found a TV show that I like.

If you want to get on board, it looks like Foxtel are running a bit of a catch up marathon this Sunday the 18th March. On fX (where the fashion channel used to be).

Watch it. If you dare ;)

06.03. Annie Hall discovered

Yes, it’s probably a crime, but I have only just seen the movie Annie Hall. It was amazing.
I would recommend it for anyone who…
…has ever been in a relationship
…can’t stand going in to the cinema after the movie has started
…hates know-it-all culture snobs and shallow TV types
…says what they think, whether they should or not
…has thoughts that run at a million miles an hour
…likes people watching
…has an overactive imagination

It is incredibly funny, smart and true. And so fresh given it was made in 1977.
Oh yeah, and Diane Keaton wears great outfits!

Let me leave you with the final line of the film.
Alvy Singer (the Woody Allen character)
“I thought of that old joke, y’know, the, this… this guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, “Doc, uh, my brother’s crazy; he thinks he’s a chicken.” And, uh, the doctor says, “Well, why don’t you turn him in?” The guy says, “I would, but I need the eggs.” Well, I guess that’s pretty much now how I feel about relationships; y’know, they’re totally irrational, and crazy, and absurd, and… but, uh, I guess we keep goin’ through it because, uh, most of us… need the eggs.”