Interview // The RAPTURE
Interview // The RAPTURE
Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
Gratuitous Burger Post
Gratuitous Burger Post
Diplo Gets His Vogue On
Diplo Gets His Vogue On
Beyoncé - 4
We swear this isn't an ironic listening. We love Beyoncé and 4. OK, we might unironically skip straight to track 5, 'Party', produced by Kanye West and with rap by Andre3000, because we ain't no stay-home-mums that need all those ballads about being broken hearted and finding the right person. But, after that, the album turns into a beautiful compilation of classic r'n'b, soul and a bit of sweat-inducing booty tracks - not too many though - that sound surprisingly courageous considering the actual state of pop music. And for that, we bow down and hail Queen B. P.S. Get the deluxe version, for those extra couple of amazing tracks.
Bassike
The name of this label has been interpreted in many ways; from 'bass-seekey' to 'base-ike', but the correct way describes exactly what this label is about: BASIC. Bassike delivers easily breezily cut staples with an interesting little twist that keeps them from being your run of the mill. For those that live in climates like that of Australia (where Bassike hails from) or Brazil, you'll know how easy it is to make fashion faux pas when the weather gets hot and the prospect of wearing anything but a bathing suit becomes slightly unappealing; Bassike is all and everything you need.
Game of Thrones
Before watching HBO's Game of Thrones, I assumed the series would tend a bit more towards the blood-dripping Danish movie Valhalla Rising rather than fairy-tale stories a lá 'Lord of the Rings'; and for that I didn't really like the series at the beginning. But slowly, I found myself submitting to tales of bad kings, midget juggernauts, savage warriors and... dragons. And that happened probably because there aren't exactly good guys and bad guys here, like there are in Tolkien stories - and that is, of course, a simplification of his work. Another reason I relented to this series is because of the intriguing political backstage element that leads to the ever-happening dance of thrones. Oh, and did I mention the gratuitous nekkid-ness?
The Norfolk // Sydney, Australia
Of the slew of new spots having opened up in Sydney in the last six months, The Norfolk on Cleveland St in Surry Hills has been one fated with success. Owned by some of the same kids that have brought The Flinders back to life (and currently, it's incredibly quick onset of 'The Norms'), you'll undoubtedly find The Norfolk rammed with all kinds, vying for a bite, a beer and a spot in the garden out back. The aim of the game is to cultivate Aussie pub culture at it's best; and it's doing a pretty decent job so far - if only you could get a table!
Super Sad True Love Story
Super Sad True Love Story is the third book from the writer of the best selling Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart. Incidentally, I read him name dropped in Flavorpill's Ultimate Hipster Reading list and in the same sentence as James Franco (they're buds, apaprently) just before I finished his latest offering. Don't let any of that put you off, or take away any of the sad scary brilliance of Super Sad True Love Story; written from the perspective of one 39 year old Lenny Abramov, son of Russian immigrants and in love with the impossibly cute and cruel Eunice Park. A satire that cuts to the bone, Super Sad True Love Story is exactly it's title. And it's good.
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Game of Thrones
Before watching HBO's Game of Thrones, I assumed the series would tend a bit more towards the blood-dripping Danish movie Valhalla Rising rather than fairy-tale stories a lá 'Lord of the Rings'; and for that I didn't really like the series at the beginning. But slowly, I found myself submitting to tales of bad kings, midget juggernauts, savage warriors and... dragons. And that happened probably because there aren't exactly good guys and bad guys here, like there are in Tolkien stories - and that is, of course, a simplification of his work. Another reason I relented to this series is because of the intriguing political backstage element that leads to the ever-happening dance of thrones. Oh, and did I mention the gratuitous nekkid-ness?
July 28, 2011
This is England ‘86

One thing that makes me feel stronger about series rather than movies is that you can follow the life of the characters for a longer period; but I always end up liking movies better because they usually have a better plot. So with this, I was incredibly impressed with the transition of This is England the film into the series This is England ‘86, for producing the best of both worlds. This brilliantly written show takes what is reality, with historical moments and a bit of illusion and turns it into a plot full of humor, drama and violence. AND it has an impressive soundtrack.

December 16, 2010
Boys Before Flowers
My delight knows no bounds when it comes to this Korean soap, called Boys Before Flowers, an adaptation of Japanese manga Hana Yori Dango. This show SHITS on your Gossip Girl, 90210 bollocks. It has EVERYthing. Literally, it has me squealing with delight, laughing uproariously and getting teary - AND it has an insane budget to carry it all off. It's all based on this super high class school in Korea owned by an international mega power of a company called Shinhwa. A quartet of heirs rule Shinhwa High with an iron fist, and they're called F4 (made up of a bunch of K-popstars turned actors. DON'T YOU LOVE IT ALREADY!?!). When commoner Guem JanDi gets accepted on scholarship, mayhem ensues - but will she be accepted by F4? Seriously, I DIE FOR THIS SHIT.
September 22, 2010
Freaks and Geeks
I don’t think any series will treat teenagers the same way that Freaks and Geeks did almost 10 years ago. Although relying on every teen American cliché they could, this series was the closest thing to reality you could get whilst still being something fun and interesting to watch – cause, you know, life is boring. With bands like The Who, The Clash and XTC being either part of episodes or the soundtrack, this 80’s based cult show was short-lived (only 18 episodes), but long enough to enrich the careers of some young actors (i.e. James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Busy Philipps and, erm, Linda Cardellini) and is greatly missed. Can we have a movie about them meeting again in the 00’s?
June 22, 2010
How To Make It In America
Fans of Entourage will have a similar show to watch during the season break because the creative team behind the HBO series have released a new program called How To Make It In America. Instead of the glamour and ever-available-sex in the rich Hollywood world, the show focuses on the lives of some buddies in NYC trying to make it – from the boring 9 to 5 jobs to scams and the hustle of both. Some characters have charisma and some not so much - KiD CuDi would've fit better into Entourage - but all make this a very promising series.
March 15, 2010
LOST

Honestly, who isn’t? The sixth and final season of Lost, one of the best series ever created, just started and we are sure spending more time talking, reading and thinking about it than watching it. Well, from what we read some mysteries won’t be answered (the real meaning of the numbers, anyone?), but if there's something we've learned from accompanying Locke’s island friends (and enemies) is that the travel is always more enjoyable than the actual place it’s taking you to. Well, not if the smoke monster is trying to kill you.

February 08, 2010
Burn Notice
Burn Notice is a USA Network series about a spy who got burned - which they remind you of in every scene. Although following the
basic style of American television, the series will catch all you dudes out there (sorry, girls won't like this) who like watching things explode in the most diverse ways. And like any good spy show, it teaches you how to make homemade bombs with boring things (a modern version of MacGyver). Plus Bruce Campbell is a lead character. And he's looking all Morrissey like.
October 13, 2009
Hung
Highschool '84: Ray Drecker is king. Girls want to do him, boys want to be him – he’s popular, a sports star and destined for bigger things. Fast forward to today and he's a history teacher and basketball coach at the same school who's house has just burned down and who's wife has left him for a shorter but more successful man. He ain't got no prospects or money. But he's still super hot…and has a big ol’ penis. This is the premise of HBO's Hung. We're reluctant to term the delicate biz Ray Drecker gets into as prostitution, but with the help of a former pity shag, he gingerly decides to capitalise on his, ahem, asset.
August 14, 2009
Nurse Jackie
Instead of another series that explores the lives of yet more doctors, Nurse Jackie depicts instead, the life of it's namesake, a nurse by the name of, well, Jackie. Played brilliantly by the one and only Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie brings a whole other meaning to the term 'leading a double life', seperating her home life and her professional one with a wall bigger than the one in China. It's a scenario that prompts questions about the definitions of what's generally termed as right and wrong in one's everyday life - all the while being 100% sympathetic to the often ethically questionable, yet undeniably noble modus operandus of Nurse Jackie. It's made us realise that we would be the worst nurses, because simply, it would break our stony cold hearts to be that nice to people.
July 08, 2009
Weeds
With equal parts of drama and humor starts the fifth season of the Showtime series Weeds. By now you should be familiar with Nancy Botwin (as played by the wonderful Mary-Louise Parker) who started selling Weed after her husband died and left her with two teenagers, a useless brother-in-law and some complicated friends. In season four, Nancy chose to work with the DEA to try to stop the narc-traffic around the Mexican borders. Now though, she's going to have to pay after the Mexican drug ring managed to find out this tiny little detail. The only thing that can save her is if she delivers a healthy baby boy that also happens to be the son of the Mexican Drug Lord who's trying to kill her...
June 17, 2009
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