Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Dance Academy film review

Dance Academy was a pretty big hit among people my age when it aired on Australia's ABC TV a few years back. Now they've made it into a full-fledged movie. Of course I was excited to see it and record a little podcast discussion about it.



Listen above or click here to find more episodes of You Are What You Watch.

Seabreeze Festival antics

A few days ago the annual Seabreeze Festival was held at the Nightcliff foreshore in Darwin. This year my pimp Jennifer Dowling roped me into performing some monologues from the Spoken Word Stage, which she ran masterfully with a varied lineup of poets, singers and storytellers.

The canopy buckles under the strong breeze as honoured guest speaker Kate Holden shares some words

It was a lovely afternoon. Basically the Seabreeze Festival is just such a brilliant event. The weather's great this time of year, and the setting is superb; blue sky and blue ocean was our exotic backdrop.

The palm trees buckle under the strong breeze as myself says things

I mostly shared some monologues which I already had pretty much learned from previous projects, which were primarily by Shakespeare and Tom Stoppard.

The night concluded with an excellent excerpt from a show by Jazmine Productions

Cheers and congrats to JD and Samara Erlandson and everyone involved, good times.

Sideshow Sound does Rogue One Score Guide

I'm an enormous fan of so many podcasts, and Sideshow Sound Radio is one of the big ones. One of their coolest projects is a series of "Score Guide" episodes, in which they present and discuss the entirity of a beloved soundtrack, including clever insights and a range of opinions. To make these episodes hosts Wendell Jones and William Dodson regularly seek contributions from listeners. So when I heard they were doing a new Score Guide on Michael Giacchino's fabulous Rogue One, I thought I'd better send something in.

The episode is out today, and it's excellent, and sure enough you can hear a little bit of me towards the end. Here's a link to the show.


I find these podcasts so enjoyable and relaxing; it feels like listening to a full album of superb music with other people who love it just as much as I do. Which is very special because honestly, how many people do you come across in everyday life who listen to film soundtracks every day?

Not many.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Podcasting Doctor Who's 10th Season

The new season of Doctor Who has begun, and so returneth the Doctor Who recap podcast A Bad Case of Loving Who.


On this first episode I'm joined by regular co-host Chris to talk about the latest episode and some general issues surrounding the show. Listen below, or find out more about the podcast and all of its previous episodes over here.

Escucha"Season 10, Episode 1: "The Pilot"" en Spreaker.

It should be a fun season, and we'll likely be having a few guests dropping in along the way. Geronimo etc!

Friday, 14 April 2017

The Message of Doctor Who Video

Doctor Who, with all its stellar highs and cringeworthy lows, is my favourite TV show. As we head towards the beginning of the 10th season of the show this weekend, a made this video to renew my excitement. In the video I attempt to demonstrate just how pervasively recurring the show's themes of perseverence and optimism are. It's my belief that if you boiled the whole thing down, all it's action and style and adventures and monsters, those are the key elements you'd have: perseverence and optimism. Part video essay and part salivating fan montage, here's the video:

 

 Like many things in life, if I had known how much time and effort it would take to make this video I probably wouldn't have done it, but I'm glad I did.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Two New Podcasts: Movies and Memes

You know me, always keen to try a podcast.

Here are the first episodes of two new podcasts I just started, with hopefully many more episodes on the way!

The first is You Are What You Watch, a podcast for the charitable discussion of films, TV and occasionally games. I say charitable because I'm very keen to give bad movies a bit of respect. Even horrible movies are hard to make, and have their merits. That's irrelevent here though, because the first film we talk about is the fantastic Logan. Listen to the episode below, or go to the show's page here.



The other podcast is called Memeology. Memes are absolutely everywhere on the internet these days, and there are new ones popping up all the time in all kinds of places. In this podcast we casually study some of our favourite memes. Listen below or go to the Memeology page here.



As expected, there are a few audio issues in these programs, but I hope you enjoy them anyway! I can't wait to continue and improve them!

These shows aren't on iTunes just yet, but should be shortly.