It’s no secret – well, it’s no secret if you’ve been reading this column – that movies have seasons. Over the course of a year, what’s available at the cinema changes; not just individual movies, but what kind of movies. On one level, this is obvious.This issue of Forte is out at the end of school holidays, and so over the last few weeks we’ve had a couple of hard-core kids’ movies on in cinemas – Sherman & Mr Peabody and The Lego Movie.
So, I’ve never been a huge fan of Captain America. He’s always come across as kinda cheesy, and, much like Superman, has that Boy Scout personality that just doesn’t sit well with me. I like my heroes with flaws, dang nabbit! Despite my distaste for the comic version of the character, I’ve particularly enjoyed the way he’s been portrayed on film by Chris Evans in the MCU. Captain America: The First Avenger turned my perception of Cap around and I absolutely loved the film.
For this issue of Splinters, it was strongly considered to embark on an ARIA chart round-up but, seeing as the current ARIA Singles Chart is dreary enough to make even the most potent of amphetamine addicts feel like falling flat on their faces after collapsing into unconsciousness, I figured we’d forget about that trash and focus all of our chart-related energy looking back on the glorious yesteryears.
Four years ago I was at the Anglesea Music Festival, on the prowl with my trusty recorder, searching out people to interview. One of the people I spotted was Jessey Jackson. She came across as young, self-assured and exuberant – just the sort of person for an interview, and so she was. It was a good interview; she happily talked about her music, her ambitions, the life she saw ahead.
I feel kinda bad about going on and on and on about all these rad music festivals happening overseas, so I’m just gonna let y’all know about one more exciting prospect before retiring the topic for a little bit. The 9th annual Amnesia Rock Fest will be taking place this June (20-21st) in Montebello, Canada, and has a line-up that is nothing short of jaw dropping: Motley Crue, NOFX, Megadeth, Weezer, Lagwagon, Cypress Hill, Danzig, Anti-Flag, Dead Kennedys, Henry Rollins…
One of the ABC’s more overlooked success stories of the last few years has been the Agony series of programs. Kicking off with the six-part Agony Uncles in 2012, writer/director/creator/host Adam Zwar went around to a bunch of his comedian mates – with a few wild cards mixed in, like former businessman John Elliot and his son – and asked them for their relationship advice.
Young Justice is never coming back – and that’s the worst thing in the world. Let me explain why. While Marvel definitely runs the cinematic world with its adaptations, the realm of animation has always firmly belonged to DC. The X-Men and Spider-Man series from the ’90s are borderline unwatchable these days due to their badly aged animation and fairly by the numbers exploration of character.
Gays and their enablers alike rejoiced earlier this month when Dame Kylie of Minogue released her twelfth studio album, Kiss Me Once. The record marks the first feature-length release from Minogue under her new management team, which just so happens to be helmed by Jay-Z, placing her under the extensive Roc Nation umbrella and, theoretically, opening more doors for her in the US than she could possibly dream of … Theoretically.