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Avoiding Salo

As I was reminded by my recent Tribeca experiences, one great thing about film festivals is that you can see films that might not be released in your home country. You can watch Iranian documentaries, or Norwegian films with names like Turn me on, goddammit. If you’re in Australia, it’s your only chance to watch […]

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Tribeca Film Fest – final comments (only 8 days late!)

Since the Tribeca Film Festival ended, I’ve been exhausted. Actually, I was exhausted for most of the time it was still happening. If you are a film buff at a film festival, and are given a pass to allow to watch as many films as you want (plus the journalistic obligation to see as many […]

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Tribeca Days

Through most of the Tribeca Film Festival, I spent my time at Chelsea, the cool New York district that isn’t actually that close to the Tribeca district. That’s where most of the screenings (and the press office) are located. Still, the first so-called “Tribeca” Film Festival I covered, only a few months ago (but it […]

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Goodbye (belatedly), Sarah Jane and the Brigadier

I haven’t been blogging in the past week – partly because I’ve been busy at the Tribeca Film Festival, and partly because… well, I usually only blog weekly. (I know, some people did Tribeca blogs. I wish I had time to watch all the films, do all the interviews and press conferences, have all the […]

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Astrology for Realists

If you read this blog, you’re probably the sort of person who checks out the horoscope at the other end of Times2. When I was a teenager, I was a big fan of astrology. I seriously believed in it, but that’s because I’m a Pisces and we’re loopy enough to believe in that stuff. Of […]

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Eating Britain

For a few of the past days, I’ve been visiting London. Like most Australians, of course, I’ve been here before, and as a seasoned traveler, I don’t waste time with the usual tourist traps. Forget the overhyped London Eye, the overpriced Madam Tussaud’s, the overrated Trafalgar Square and The Fat Duck. I have been experiencing […]

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Queensland Rocks

Currently writing from Boston, Massachusetts (USA, in case you still need more details). I’ve just been to London (UK, for the record). Still writing a lot. Hence, I’m running late with the blog. I’ll fill you in as we go. As I mentioned last week, I recently visited Queensland, wearing my travel-writing hat. Many travel […]

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The Limits of Vegetarianism… and why they work so well

There’s a great misconception that vegetarians don’t eat anything. I was reminded of this at a staff Christmas party several years ago, when vegetarians were asked to register when they paid for their ticket. I did so, and while most other people enjoyed the selection of roast meat and sausages laid out over the barbecue, […]

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Sufferings and savings

It’s now four months since I was laid low in a car accident, which could have been much worse. Many people have pointed out that I was very lucky, and they’re absolutely right, though I still can’t help feeling that I would have been even luckier if an intoxicated driver had not rammed into me. […]

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Celluloid Remakes

Every year has its disappointments. Last year, as you’d probably agree, the worst one was The A-Team movie. Even the director confessed that he could have done better. While it wasn’t the worst movie of the year, flummery like Sex in the City 2 and Eclipse were so obviously going to be awful that nobody […]

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