Plot Changes

I had the pleasure of seeing two fantastic films recently, each with its own unique appeal.

The first was “Of An Age,” a movie that almost lost me during the opening sequence with its frenetic pace and my lack of sympathy for the characters.

However, I’m so glad I stuck with it because the rest of the film unfolds at a much more leisurely pace and captures the heart of a young man who’s finally accepting his sexuality.… Read the rest “Plot Changes”


“A word of warning, it’s Valentine’s Day, and it’s pretty busy down on the street”, I said to my neighbor, as we chatted briefly today in the back laneway.

It’s ALWAYS busy on Valentine’s Day at our end of Crown Street. As a long-term single person, I always forget about it every year until I’m confronted by all the doe-eyed couples at nearby restaurants. As I sat and enjoyed a late afternoon beer at the nearby bar, The Nocturne, a young woman walked in with a huge box of roses.… Read the rest “Doco”

Life is a cabaret

I don’t remember exactly when I first saw the movie “Cabaret”, but it must have been when I was in my early teens (late 1970s). As a young “soon-to-be” gay boy living in a country town, it was life-changing.

I’ll never forget the scene when it was revealed Brian Roberts “liked men”. It was such an affirming scene for me at such a young age. I then went on to develop a huge crush on the actor playing the role, Michael York.… Read the rest “Life is a cabaret”

Movie Weekend

“This is definitely a film by Almodovar”, I thought to myself with a smile. Just when it seemed like it was going to be a fairly conventional film, there was a significant and (for me) unexpected twist in the plotline.

A friend and I went to see “Parallel Mothers” yesterday at the Verona Cinema in Paddington.

Neither of us knew much about the film, except that the plotline dealt with that classic story of babies at the hospital swapped at birth, and then raising each others children.… Read the rest “Movie Weekend”