September 13, 2019

I finished my M.Ed on measurement of superstitions back in 2011, but around Friday the thirteenth (which can happen about three times a year! In 2019, it’s just for today) I’ll have a few people getting in touch with me to talk about the associated beliefs about the day. So here’s a few pointers for anyone going ‘wtf, isn’t it the same as every other day in the year? Just how problematic can superstitions get?’ Being superstitious is a world-wide… Read more

July 27, 2019

After the experience of watching the new Veronica Mars which arrived this month with a fourth season (I can’t be bothered reviewing it, but here’s a spoiler about my views on what they’ve done with it here), I decided to watch some local television instead – so I turned to Lambs of God. Many years ago I read the book Lambs of God by Marele Day and I considered it to be rather akin to the literary potboilers by the likes of Colleen McCullough:… Read more

July 15, 2019

Hail Satan? is a 2019 American documentary film about The Satanic Temple, including its origins and grassroots political activism, directed by Penny Lane. It is currently showing at the Revelation Film Festival in Perth, as a part of its general screening schedule. I had the chance to catch it tonight at Luna Leederville and it should be out for general purchase before the end of the month via all the usual download and DVD providers. “I feel the sense that the devil has a very… Read more

July 4, 2019

It’s raining like you wouldn’t believe here – in fact, it’s going to carry on through to the weekend and possibly beyond. Which makes it just in time for me to finally bury myself in some work and get some research finished, I guess! But, in the meantime, here’s something for you to marvel at… Lou Bega’s ‘Mambo Number Five’ sung by 156 Movies. Read more

July 1, 2019

I’ve just posted a Patreon-only post for anyone interested in a more tidier version of the notes I took at the various panels and talks at #SupaNova2019, but you can also check them out on my social media pages (Facebook and Instagram). If there’s one additional thing I’d like to add to those notes, it would be something that was being said at the end of another panel discussion (you can download the podcast, episode #125!) for the live recorded… Read more

June 17, 2019

This will date me terribly, but I have vague memories of the Banana Splits TV show, or at least the theme song. This is because of re-runs on Australian TV back in the day, aired during lazy Sunday afternoons when there was nothing else to watch. In these days of streaming TV, it seems impossible that anyone could complain there is ‘nothing on TV to watch’, although it might explain why I tend to read rather than watch TV. I… Read more

June 13, 2019

If you have a look at the 2019 Curtin English and Literature Conference for this year, a gathering for students for either the WACE English or Literature subjects, you’ll find a lecture on ‘Characterisation in The Handmaid’s Tale’. ‘Explor[ing] the fundamental device of characterisation by considering structure, language and point of view in the popular studied text, The Handmaid’s Tale’ is relevant to both of the subjects taught across this state. As the TV series was broadcast to great acclaim,… Read more

June 13, 2019

A woman walks into a bookstore wearing two bowler hats at the same time, goes up to the desk and asks ‘Do you have any kazoos?” – one of my many experiences at Embiggen Books. This is a difficult post to write (I am mindful that the people of Embiggen Books must find it so much more difficult in comparison), mostly because I’m dealing with illness and the sadness of being unable to visit this bookstore one last time. But… Read more

June 7, 2019

You’ll have to excuse the brevity of this post on “What We Do In The Shadows”; I’m typing from what has been a twelve-hour shivering nest on the couch, surrounded by Lemsip, books by Sally Rooney and Joanne Ramos, and a man-sized box of tissues (why ‘man sized’? Seriously, just say ‘for people who really can’t handle the sneezes in a small decorous manner and when suffering with a cold tend to tear regular sized tissues in half every time… Read more

May 31, 2019

Good Omens is now screening worldwide (on Amazon Prime in Australia). I was under the impression after seeing Bill Nighy in nearly every British film that has arrived in Australia over the past few years, that I was probably getting a little confused with what David Tennant was doing with his portrayal of Crowley. But no, it seems are doing a quick Google, there is indeed a little bit of the louche emanating from even the early photos of the production,… Read more

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