Thursday, 11 December 2008
Friday, 5 December 2008
Anyhoo, I saw Baz Lurhmann's 'Australia'. I don't know what the critics are talking about, the movie is BRILLIANT. I'm not going to give away too much in case you have not yet seen it, but here are my thoughts on the film.
Nicole Kidman plays her uptight character to a tee. She is hilarious. Remember Kidman as the snobby Satine in Moulin Rouge? If you found her funny then you are going to find Lady Sarah Ashley just as amusing. And you're meant to. You will also fall in love with this character.
Hugh Jackman is, of course, great. But I'm biaised, because I think I am in love with Hugh Jackman.
Once again Catherine Martin has outdone herself with the art direction. The way they have portrayed the Northern Territory inspires you to book a flight there straight away.
The discussion of the Stolen Generation has been done respectfully, but this movie is a great way to highlight Australia's not-so-pretty human rights record to the rest of the world. A big kudos, however, for mentioning Rudd's apology this year in the opening titles.
There have been complaints in the papers about there being too many stories in the film. I must have missed something because I believe I watched only one story. If Lurhmann had of just told one part of it I believe you would walk away from the screening feeling disappointed.
I'm a big sook. There's no denying it. So naturally I found the love story, the relationship between the Indigenous and the Europeans & the bombing of Darwin by the Japanese, all very emotional. I had a big lump in my throat throughout the entire movie, thank goodness for Jumbo Sized Diet Cokes!
My score? 9/10.
Thursday, 4 December 2008
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Natalie Bloom commenced Bloom Pty. Ltd. in 1993 in Australia at the age of 22 with an abundance of youthful energy and passion.
Bloom grew from humble beginnings and was originally based in Natalie’s family home. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (R.M.I.T.), Natalie worked briefly as a graphic designer in a small studio. She quickly realised the limitations of this position and the need for another outlet for her creative energy. Bloom began with a couple of quirky product ideas a strong design influence and a whole lot of heart.
[bio taken from the Bloom website]
Natalie Bloom is most definitely an inspiration to me, and her career path is one that I want to follow.
I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of her book, Beauty in Bloom. The above images are a sneak peek at the inside pages.
All the best style blogs are listed on this site. They have been very selective so you don't need to sift through the crap.
This has the potential to go two ways with me. I could be completely inspired to go through my wardrobe that is bursting at the seams to recycle & revamp some of my old favourites. Or; I could feel miserable and wail, 'I have no clothes!' for the next few weeks.
I guess we will just have to wait and see where my latest addiction [and source of procrastination] takes me.
Monday, 24 November 2008
Sunday, 23 November 2008
This song was released in 1991; I was in Grade 4 at the time. One of my birthday presents received that year was the much coveted 'Dangerous' album. I popped my little cassette tape in my school bag, and waited patiently over the following few days for a time to present & impress my school yard friends with my new prized possession. I was looking for just the right moment. Luckily, for me, it was Autumn and therefore; we had plenty of Wet Lunches.
['Wet Lunch' was just another way of our teachers saying 'you have to stay inside at lunchtime because it is raining'.]
Now normally I wasn't huge on a Wet Lunch. I enjoyed running around having bark fights with my besties. But I decided that the time had come to revolutionise the otherwise boring Wet Lunch.
At the first opportunity, I pulled out my cassette tape to show my classmates. Immediately, we pushed all the tables and chairs to the side of the classroom to form a small dance floor in the middle. I popped Dangerous in the communal tape deck, Fast Forward to said song & pressed Play. The entire room belted out the first verse. But it was when the chorus started that the energy of 30+ Grade 4s exploded. My friends and I started busting out some very serious dance moves in our mock disco. There were kicks flying above heads, air punches, body waves and of course, lots of moon walking.
This would be a routine my pals and I would continue throughout many a Wet Lunch, until we parted ways, 2 years later at our Grade 6 graduation.
It is my favourite of all Michael Jackson songs; not just the song itself but also the awesome film clip.
Friday, 21 November 2008
Monday, 17 November 2008
Thursday, 13 November 2008
Remember when the rumours started flying when they got together? It was when they had just finished filming Mr & Mrs Smith [something tells me they didn't read the script before they signed up to that]. And then Steven Klein took these photos for W magazine. I mean, they are set in the 1960's with my crush + girl crush draped in beautiful designer threads as the subjects? Of course I fell in love with them instantly. Above are some of my favourites.
Anyhoo, now I read that Brad has stepped up and shared his folio of family shots again for W magazine. Expect a Part II of this post.
I am genuinely overjoyed for the Americans. Hope is something I have always had in my life, so words cannot describe how happy it makes me that this incredible man has returned that to people who were starting to think there was no more hope. In one act of [almost] unison, the Americans have moved in leaps and bounds to remedy a trashed reputation.
Something I kept repeating to my parents during dinner table discussions in the lead up to election day was, 'doesn't he look REAL?'. He is 'real' but he also looks like a President. He commands the respect of a President but at the same time he shows respect for the common man. And damn, although it will be a [very] tough job, I think he is going to be a great President. I'm a teensy bit jealous he isn't my President.
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Monday, 10 November 2008
Well, one [to me, important] reason is that I admire how the photographer puts much more thought into his or her photo because they only have 12-16 frames to work with. I'll be honest with you, I find the 60 photos of your debaucherous night out that you uploaded onto Facebook a little tired after the umpteenth album [perhaps entitled drunken night out] appeared in my Home Feed.
Don't you just love the look and feel of your parents old photos? I do. There's a mood in them you just can't capture in a digital image. I am aware that after you purchase an older camera & pay for film, processing and printing onto matte stock, its a costly exercise and that is where digital conquers [especially in these economically uncertain times]. But in my opinion [and remember, this is MY blog], it is worth spending the dollars.
I'm not completely dissing digital, I appreciate the convenience of owning a digital camera, so much so, I own one myself. And, I really enjoy looking at people's digital images on their Flickr, there is some amazing photography being produced with digital cameras.
But, my love affair with film will never cease to exist.
Apart from the blonde hair, not much else has changed about me since having the above photo taken [circa 1983, Mum?]. I'm still 'mad as a cut snake'.
Cluster Ballooning is actually a recognised sport.
Thursday, 6 November 2008
Sunday, 2 November 2008
Friday, 31 October 2008
Meanwhile, on Thursday night Meg invited me to her friend Tim's preview of his documentary called Burmese Dreaming. I had previously seen Tim's photography from Burma at a charity auction just a couple of years ago & was impressed with his work, so jumped at the chance to see his film.
The documentary was amazing. A lot of the footage he took when in Burma was confiscated by the military, so when he came back to Australia many of the 'chapters' of his story were missing. He has managed to piece together what he was left with brilliantly, as the narrator, a Burmese father's daughter, guides you through everyday life in the country.
Because of the success of his first preview, he will be holding another preview this Thursday at The Auction Rooms in North Melbourne [awesome venue BTW]. I highly recommend you get yourself down there. It's a fundraiser by the way! You can bid on his photography! Click on the above flyer to enlarge for more details of the event.
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Sunday, 26 October 2008
There's not much on there at the moment, but I'll post updates here when new photos are added.
Clicky click click.
Friday, 24 October 2008
Thursday, 23 October 2008
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
I'm a bit the same with my photos & drawings. I will send them on their way to the tip or recycling plant, and then later when I decide I am going to use them in my folio, I ask 'and whereabouts did I put them again? Oh, the bin. Crap!'
Regardless of my level of satisfaction with a drawing, photo or painting, it is all part of my ongoing development as an 'artist'. So:
Must. Not. Delete/Throw Out. Anything.
This little pic nearly ended up in the electronic Recycle Bin, but I saved it in its 11th hour.
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
But, alas, I am on a self-imposed spending ban. Damn you ANZ for giving me a credit card. Damn you!