The big loser in the recent Sunday night clash of the Aussie dramas was the first episode of the new series of Rake (ABC1, Sundays, 8.30 p.m.). Which makes no sense if you think about it, because Rake is an actual good show that’s entertaining on its own merits, while both Seven’s INXS miniseries and Nine’s Schapelle Corby telemovie were firmly in the trash TV bracket.
So, DC doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to movies. Sure, The Dark Knight trilogy is a high point (though I have serious beef with The Dark Knight Rises), but most other (live-action) attempts have been sub-par at best. (Opinions on Man of Steel are divisive to say the least.) So, when local comic sage Darren told me that Superman: Earth One was what Man of Steel should’ve been, I was cautiously optimistic – the comic stories are inspirational for a reason, after all. I definitely wasn’t disappointed.
The brand new Kylie Minogue single is here and it is safe, safe, safe. There seems to be a cloud of controversy surrounding the release of ‘Into the Blue’ as well, with many online claiming Kylie plagiarised fellow Australian songstress Delta Goodrem’s ‘Sitting on Top of the World’. But THEN AGAIN, Delta HERSELF copped claims of plagiarism when she released ‘Sitting on Top of the World’ last year, after claims Goodrem had actually stolen the riff and melody (the same one Kylie’s used!) from Arcade Fire’s ‘Rebellion (Lies)’. Amazingly, when asked about it, Delta’s response was so flawless she may as well have said ‘I’ve never even heard of Arcade Fire’. Will Kylie take the same approach?
Woot! There’s a new Me First and the Gimme Gimmes album on the way. The record will feature punk rock versions of songs by divas of the Christina Aguilera/Mariah Carey/Barbara Streisand/Lady Gaga variety. Even so, it’s gonna be AMAZING! This tour better come out to Australia, because if it DOESN’T… *shakes fist*
Spicks and Specks is back! And if last night’s episode was any guide, it’s like it never left. Well, apart from all the hosts now being brand new people, but even then they managed to fill the various slots in the S&S machine without too much going too wrong. As someone who was never that big a fan of the original series, I may have failed to pick up on the no doubt many subtle differences between the old and new versions; I’m also fully aware that the original cast members were so well-loved by the general population.
Anthologies are cool. Horror movies are cool. Despite this, I’ve never really been enthused about horror movie anthologies. For me a lot of horror relies on world building. It’s the slow increase in tension; the building of fear as I lose myself further into the movie. When there is less room for this slower build I feel a lot of horror loses what makes it scary. V/H/S, however, proves me wrong. V/H/S has five separate found footage stories surrounded by a sixth story about some burglars stealing videotapes. Each tape they watch makes them realise that perhaps everything going on in the house isn’t kosher.
The biggest surprise of 2013 came from The Queen Bee herself when, at the very last minute, she casually dropped an entire album with videos to accompany each song onto iTunes and blew all of our minds. Bey has – at least up until 2011’s 4 – never really been an album’s artist. 4 showed incredible potential, but on this self-titled affair the growth is leaps and bounds ahead of anything she’s done before. 14 spectacular baby-making tracks that finally give King B the kind of material somebody of her stature deserves.
Lead guitarist Greg Hetson has parted ways with Bad Religion for personal reasons. Filling in from this point on is John Dimkich from The Cult – interesting choice; let’s see how it pans out! Local alt-rock heroes ODD have a huge one coming up at the Barwon Club this Friday night (February 7th, to be exact!) with headliners SONS OF STEREO and hardcore punks HOPES ABANDONED opening. This will be Hopes Abandoned’s first show in Forte territory in almost two years. Get there early, it’s gonna be a doozy!