Things I also remember going to but haven't got the tickets for: Mark Kozelek, Mountain Goats, There Will be Blood, Where the Wild Things Are, Summer Hours, Star Trek, Monsters v Aliens 3D, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Bruno, En-Trance (Yumi Umiumare), Time Ninjas.
- Daniel Kitson C-90, 17 Oct 07
w/ Wei and Peter and maybe others, I forgot. I enjoyed it, though not as much as Kitson's stand-up. A little sentimental.
- No Country for Old Men, 28 Dec 07
w/ Wei and Howard (I think).
- Sufjan Stevens, 17 Jan 08
w/ Wei. Sufjan and his large and happy band was very good, though I remember being a bit tired and grumpy that evening.
- Juno, 11 Feb 08
w/ Wei. Very sweet, liked it a lot.
- Josie Long, 22 March 08
w/ Wei. Funny and quirky and self-consciously childlike. Somewhat Kitsonesque, minus the misanthropy/arrogance.
- Love Song, 1 Apr 08
w/ Wei. Liked this quite a bit. The character of Bean was very cute. The acting was perhaps a little mannered for my taste, but the play went from funny to genuinely intriguing.
- Dark Knight, 14 Aug 08
w/ Sam? There were some little kids in the audience who were obviously scared, and I felt quite annoyed with their parents for bringing them to such an un-child-friendly film.
- Lands End, 15 Aug 08
w/ Wei. Many amazing dreamlike set pieces involving inflated plastic sheeting and puppets.
- Wall-E, 3 Oct 08
- The Drones, 18 Oct 08
- Vientiane - Luang Prabang, 18 Nov 08
- Luang Prabang Museum, Nov 08
In what was the Laos Royal Palace before they were removed by the Communists.
- Luang Prabang - Siem Reap, 24 Nov 08
- Hanuman shadow puppet show, Phnom Penh, 29 Nov 08
- Angkor Watt pass, 25 Nov - 1 Dec 08
- Penang - KL, 30 Nov
- Slumdog Millionaire, 24 Jan 09
w/ Wei. I liked it, though not quite as much as everyone else.
- Poor Boy, 26 Jan 09
w/ Wei and someone else who I forgot. I like Tim Finn's songs. And I like stories. But putting them together added up to less than the sum of their parts in this case. Not helped by the story sucking.
- I Love You Bro, 13 Feb 09
w/ Wei. A one-man show recounting the true-life events of a English kid who gets way over his head in a cybersexual relationship. Really good!
- Gareth Liddiard, 20 Feb 09
w/ Sam. I enjoyed this even more than The Drones - he has such a powerful presence and the smaller somewhat formal venue really gave him a chance to show it.
- The International, 24 Feb 08
w/ Alice and friends. I was never bored during this film, but that's the only nice thing I can find to say about it.
- Mortal Engine, 4 Mar 09
w/o Wei as we'd just broken up. It was a fantastic performance, the AR lighting was very amazing and inspiring.
- Watchmen, 14 Mar 09
w/ Andrew. I enjoyed it for the same reasons as the comic - mainly the very ambitious scope of the plot. The sadistic violence not so much.
- Let the Right One In, 6 Apr 09
w/ Sally. Really really liked it. (Sally was a bit disturbed though I think, and hassled me about being a horror fan for some months after.) The stylish and understated violence was rather the opposite of Watchmen.
- The Pajama Men, 8 Apr 09
w/ Alice. 19 or so creepy and absurd plays performed as near to simultaneously as 2 men in pyjamas can. The funniest show I've seen for a few years.
- Bottle Rockets, 8 Apr 09
w/ Alice. Not so funny, particularly straight after the Pyjama Men.
- Zappa plays Zappa, 16 Apr 09
w/ Darcy. Great as expected, though not as good as the previous show, due to lack of Ike Willis, Steve Vai and Caroliner Hardcore Ecstasy. Dweezil also bagged out Napoleon MB at one point and came off as an asshole to my ears.
- Wes Snelling in Kiosk, 21 Apr 09
w/ Claire. Sweet and good-humoured but a bit nothing. Not as humorous as we thought it'd be seeing as it was in the Comedy Festival.
- Threadless, 26 May 09
w/ Jenna. Talk by a couple of the guys from Threadless.com. Suspect their success is as much to do with the product (t-shirts) as the crowdsourcing business model, though they do that very well too I gather.
- Samson and Delilah, 6 Jun 09
w/ Andrew. Felt very sad, liked very much.
- Optimism, 9 Jun 09
w/ Claire. Wasn't familiar enough with Candide or its time to know which bits were straight, which were Voltaire's satire and which were the director's own additions.Thus uninterpreted, I found it messy and dull, though with quite a few snatches of fun.
- Avenue Q, 9 Jul 09
w/ Alice and friends. Cheekiness masquerading as subversiveness, and sentiment masquerading as depth. And a (Polynesian?) woman masquerading as Gary Coleman.
- I Spy Levis promotion, Jul 09
w/Ruby and Anton. Ran into James at South Melbourne market who said 'ask me for my pants' so I did and won some jeans (LPs). They're too tight though.
- Parking ticket, 17 Jul 09
Ran fast enough to at least stop them towing the stupid car onto their truck.
- MIFF, Jul/Aug 09
Pierrot Le Fou **
Paper Soldier ****
Love Exposure ****
5 Lost at Sea ***
White Ribbon **
Hurt Locker ****
- Rockabye, 15 Aug 09
w/ Claire and Rachel. Hamfisted exploration of celebrity and race politics, bluntly acted. I remember thinking there were some interesting psychological threads that I would have rather seen followed up than the broader themes, but I think I think that quite often.
- Inglourious Basterds, 27 Aug 09
w/ Alice and Adrian. I'm not a Tarantino fan but I really enjoyed this, and found the cinematic revenge fantasy of the ending quite moving in its childish defiance of the reality of WW2.
- Liquid Desire, Salvador Dali 21 Sep 09
w/ Sian, Milo & Digby, and also Mum and Dad. The first (Baird accompanied) visit was a little short, but the second with Mum and Dad was great. I really liked the imperfect physicalness of the paintings, and came away much more sympathetic to Dali than before.
- District 9, 22 Sep 09
w/ Alice and friends. Enjoyable, though I already knew the gist of it, so the fun of surprise wasn't there. Maybe I was a bit tired I think. Being tired seems to really affect my enjoyment of movies/performances.
- Up (3D), 26 Sep 09
w/ Mum and Dad. Really liked the 2 act structure - reminded me of Life is Beautiful, and Wall-E. Like Wall-E the second act was a more conventional adventure and has stuck in my mind less since.
(Good thing Dad figured out Mum's 3D glasses were stuffed before the film started.)
- Semi Permanent, 9-11 Oct 09
w/ Jono, Nat, Nick, Josh (until he did a Josh and disappeared without warning). Note to self: if you're ever presenting at a conference, don't talk much about yourself as people don't care about you until they care about your work. And even then.
- Apocalypse Bear Trilogy, 17 Oct 09
w/ Howard. Made it with 2 minutes to spare after babysitting Milo, then getting dropped into town by Sam, taking 2 trams, then sprinting.
Perhaps this makes more sense in the context of Lally Katz's other work? Held my attention but wasn't entirely satisfying.
- 500 Days of Summer, 26 Oct 09
w/ Vera. Really fun, I like JGL and I'm glad he didn't end up with his manipulative self-centred gf who wasn't all that hot anyway.
- Moon, 17 Nov 09
w/ Alice and Ben. Good, though interesting clone ethics psychology took a back seat to plot. Always a mistake.
- Les Claypool, 4 Dec 09
w/ Darcy. Wasn't v. familiar with his music. Unusual sound - primal grooves but a very high degree of musicianship. A pretty eccentric show too - the band all wore odd latex masks the whole time, and he was either wearing a bowler hat or a full-face pig mask or monkey mask.
- Akron/Family, 10 Dec 09
w/ Howard. Really really great. Joy!
(My optimistic over-purchasing of tickets left me with a spare though.)
- Why? 14 Dec 09
Even better than I thought, live. The sound was beefed up by 2/3 of Fog and though they didn't depart from the recordings, much they're all fantastic songs. (Thankfully my second spare ticket in a week was resold on the door, which made me feel like less of a doofus.)