Hi there everyone! I hope you’re all having a swell week – I’ve just finished celebrating my birthday, so I’m writing this column slightly hungover and quite content. Unfortunately, the twin terrors of life and responsibility have come rampaging back from their brief holiday to remind me there are, in fact, things that I should be doing – primarily, reading comics!
Bon Scott is a legend of Australian rock and roll. The skinny front man from AC/DC had charm and charisma by the bucketful. He could sing, he could swagger he could play the bagpipes. During a period when Brian Cadd and Barry Crocker were topping the Australian charts, Bon was more than a breath of fresh air. He was the double strength Red Bull to music’s vanilla flavour at the time.
Hey there everyone! I hope you’re all having a grand ol’ time wandering around catching Pokemon – I know am – and, if by some miracle you’ve missed the phenomenon that is Pokemon Go: how on earth did you manage it? Bad weather and almost gale-force winds mean nothing to us aspiring Pokemon masters. But enough about mobile games – it’s time to talk comics!
With the Melbourne International Film Festival just around the corner, now’s your big chance to see a whole bunch of the kind of films usually only seen inside tiny YouTube windows. With the flood of film festivals these days – if you can name a corner of the world, chances are they’ve got their own film festival – MIFF isn’t quite as all-encompassing as it once was.
While it may seem like festival season doesn’t kick in until the warmer months, there’s something about winter that seems so fitting for bunkering down, grabbing a glass of wine and listening to blues music.
The thing I like the most about winter is when it ends. However, we are almost half way through the dreaded season and our local farmers have plenty to smile about with bucketloads of rain to replenish their crops. At least it pleases some of us.
If you ask around it seems like nobody likes sequels. “Where are the new ideas?”, movie-goers cry. And fair enough too, as pretty much every blockbuster this year (and every other year) is a remake or a reboot. And yet audiences keep on turning out for sequels and remakes. Everyone says the Ghostbusters remake looks iffy; yet everyone’s still planning to check it out at some stage.
A few years ago Melbourne blues man Greg Dodd, came up with “Blues for Lost Souls.” This was a gig to raise money for the homeless, and it started from a raising few hundred dollars to being so successful that last year they raised enough money to buy a van for Father Bob’s operation.