Finally got around to seeing the movie of this last night. Suddenly realised how much I missed the series even though the end of the movie felt somewh...moreFinally got around to seeing the movie of this last night. Suddenly realised how much I missed the series even though the end of the movie felt somewhat unsatisfactory and left it open for a lot more questions. I wonder how much the complete boxed set of the series is? (less)
An angry, intense portrayal of skinhead gang life in Australia. Violence, drama and tragedy all play a part in the lives of these lawless and prejudice...moreAn angry, intense portrayal of skinhead gang life in Australia. Violence, drama and tragedy all play a part in the lives of these lawless and prejudiced youths. The film incited major public debate at the time, and it's violence condemned as appalling. Some critics say it's about racism, and is not racist: and that the story ultimately reveals the futility of Hando's (Crowe) skinhead lifestyle.
Film Victoria maintained that it was a sophisticated story that allowed the audience & readers "ways to deal with the negative aspects of our modern Australian society". (keep your medical insurance at top cover!)
Granted there are some sophisticated filmic techniques for it's time but it's also gritty and raw and it's shocking to the senses. I saw it after being beaten up by a mad horde of "Killing Joke" fans (skinheads) which was probably a bad move on my part but timing is everything (you learn sooner or later). Had the book or film been created earlier - I would not have ventured so blithely into a club full of frustrated bored skinheads to take photographs. (They were ok about the photos just not that I had hair). Knowledge is everything. I got a few retalitatory punches in but mostly protected my camera, some bits of me have never recovered. I don't think the book is a masterpiece of literature more a grim moral story, for at the end Hando gets his just desserts. The lesson wasn't absorbed very well: for Romper Stomper seems now in hindsight to be a bitter foretaste of the 2005 Cronulla riots (which were a series of sectarian clashes and mob violence originating in Cronulla). Only the victims were different.
Only "just" sat through the movie. Way too much blue tint. Lots of cheesy fake flying in the forest by Robert Patterson and who told Kirsten Stewart s...moreOnly "just" sat through the movie. Way too much blue tint. Lots of cheesy fake flying in the forest by Robert Patterson and who told Kirsten Stewart she can act? Are those rapid facial tics of hers supposed to be expressions?
I did like the way the baseball match was shot though the whole film seems to be full of Mormon allegory. Can see how it is a big hit with teens: longing and sexual tension. Not going to bother with the book.(less)
One of my all time favourite movies. I had this on VHS tape (yes remember them?)and played it so much the tape stretched,warped,crackled, buckled and...moreOne of my all time favourite movies. I had this on VHS tape (yes remember them?)and played it so much the tape stretched,warped,crackled, buckled and finally stuck inside the player. Must get around to grabbing a copy on DVD. At long last Sydney Opera House is playing Don Giovanni in September 2011 and I aim to make my opera viewing debut - it's been an unbearable wait since 1984..of course the Sydney Opera isn't playing a bawdy house version like the film and I may be disappointed with the visuals, but not the music. Now I better track down this book in preparation. I have my opera glasses at the ready. (less)
30/12/2010 Black forest cake and cheap champers has got the better of me - review to follow shortly.. ******************************* So far monumental...more30/12/2010 Black forest cake and cheap champers has got the better of me - review to follow shortly.. ******************************* So far monumentally profound in a weird kind of serendipitous epiphaneia - well to me anyway: it's like trying to describe the dawning of the light upon the darkness of my own mongrel family tree and perhaps that is what is so illuminating about it. *************************************************************************
Found we have this in the TBR box & forgot to list it on GR, must have bought it on one of the last 2nd hand buying sprees (all you can fit in a bag for $10).
Planning on doing a similar quest at some point like J. Safran Foer does in this book, but need more information before embarking. Veiled clues & family stories hint that my maternal Gr.Gr. Grandfather & possibly his grandson's wife's family came from somewhere in those ever shifting borderlands around what was once known as Volhynia.
**************************** 23 01/2011 Finally got around to watching the dvd tonight. Compared to the book Alex is the main character in the film, followed by the grandfather, then Jonathan. The movie has been lambasted elsewhere for leaving out this and that, but I think you have to appreciate the directors' vision and that it's difficult to translate a book totally. What everyone takes from a book is individual, ditto it's only human to transpose that into film differently. The film did clear up some confusion for me, ie. who Alex's grandfather was in relation to the woman in the sunflower field and in relation to Jonathan's grandfather - the book kind of fuddled me there. It's shot in the Ukraine and the countryside is beautiful...... Not sure if it's worth mentioning but my daughter wondered why Jonathan was collecting dirt from beside the river.......this is a thing Jewish people do when visiting Holocaust sites, so they can take home some piece of their loved ones - the book doesn't mention Jonathan being a collector...(where he collects dirt, photographs, grasshoppers and things of family significance)......but the film adds this characteristic. It works for me. I liked it. There was a silence not visible in the book - and that made it more poignant - but the book fills the silence with the history of the river ~ which is also poignant in another way. For those who like history. Once again as in the book the dinner sequence where the potato falls on the floor has me in stitches. This is a Ukrainian custom. You have to share that which falls on the floor. It also reminds me of the emails my daughter sent me when she was in the Ukraine, "send food, all you can get here is potatoes and meat". (less)
Now I have the book - library borrow. (is much thinner than I imagined).
Just caught up with the film Into the Wild directed by Sean Penn & writte...moreNow I have the book - library borrow. (is much thinner than I imagined).
Just caught up with the film Into the Wild directed by Sean Penn & written by Krakauer - the true story of Chris McCandless' journey into the wilds of Alaska, which was released in September of 2007. The wild scenery was breathtaking, the cityscapes gritty & reminiscent of Kerouac's trainhopping, along with the storyline to some extent. I have not got hold of Krakauer's book yet and missed the first 15 minutes of the film I hope to find it soon to understand McCandles better (hoping there is more detail from his journal) and to compare his inner journey with Walden by Thoreau - by far Thoreau did it more safely... Apparently there is some discrepancy between the book and film over McCandles actual cause of death. The final scenes, while meant I assume to be spiritually uplifting (for McCandles) were pretty disturbing to me.
The soundtrack impressed me and was surprised that Pearl Jam's vocalist Eddie Vedder wrote most of it, being a collection of folksy, rootsy tunes. Kirsten Stewart (Twilight, The Runaways) sang two songs, and helped write one - which surprised me, since my introduction to Kirsten Stewart was in the film "Twilight" and I wasn't overly impressed...(all that blinking). The first song was called "Tracy’s Song", written by David Baerwald and Kristen Stewart, and performed by Kristen Stewart. The second was called "Angel from Montgomery" written by John Prine in 1971, and performed by Kristen Stewart and Emile Hirsch (who plays Chris McCandles). Stewart’s singing experience was probably factored in when she was considered for the part of Joan Jett in "The Runaways".
disclaimer; While I don't recommend hitchhiking or trainhopping: The definitive instructional bible on trainhopping is Duffy Littlejohn’s book Hopping Freight Trains in America. Also there is information online, such as “How to Hop a Freight Train” by Wes Modes at http://www.thespoon.com/trainhop/trai....(less)
The nun's at my high school thought our class incorrigible. They hoped this book would save us, (well in combination with the movie) starring Sidney P...moreThe nun's at my high school thought our class incorrigible. They hoped this book would save us, (well in combination with the movie) starring Sidney Poitier as Thackeray and Lulu as Barbara "Babs" Pegg and the film's title song "To Sir, with Love", sung by Lulu, - it did save quite a few of us. Some of us still read books! Only those who passed the English exam (included an essay on the book) were allowed the excursion to see the film. (less)