Greyhound Hotel – All the gigs I went to*

* – those that I have a verified record of at least.

2001 | 2002 | 2003
| 2004 | 2005 | 2006
|
2007 | 2008 | 2009

2001

The Starliners & Cabana Smoothie Karaoke
26/5/01

Twits Karaoke
9/9/2001

http://twitsgivemetheshits.timchuma.com/twitskaraoke.htm

2002

Fred Negro & Steve Prictor’s Karaoke
20/01/2002

The Gamma Rays
26/02/2002

Fred & Steve’s Karaoke
27/01/2002

2003

The Prayerbabies
30/04/2003

http://photos.timchuma.com/prayerbabies/index.htm

Prayerbabies & South of the River Community Choir
Thursday 18th December 2003

http://timchuma.com/2003/prayerbabies&choir.htm

Red Hot Poker Dots
26/04/2003

2004

Reopening of the Greyhound Hotel Band room
Featuring Prayerbabies, Violent Mood Swings, GUT, The Exotics, Gamma Rays,
Speed Demons & The Fuck Fucks
26/02/2004

http://photos.timchuma.com/ghbandroom/index.htm

2005

New Year’s Day 2005 Recovery at the Greyhound
with the Gamma Rays, Shonkytonk, Vaginabillies & Sin City (unseen)
http://photos.timchuma.com/NewYearsDay2005/index.html

Suzannah Espie & The Last Word
Sunday, 29th May, 2005

http://photos.timchuma.com/SELWGreyhoundHotel/index.html

P-TEX Christmas Show 2005
Saturday, 17th December, 2005

http://photos.timchuma.com/PTEXChristmasShow2005/index.html

2006

Rock’n’Roll Wrestling
Friday, 13th January, 2006

http://photos.timchuma.com/RocknRollWrestling/index.html

Hard Drive Bluegrass
Sunday, 22nd January 2006

http://photos.timchuma.com/HDBDMDD220106/index.html

Coreyoke for Corey’s Birthday
Sunday, 5th February, 2006

http://photos.timchuma.com/Coreyoke/index.html

Mrs Wainright
Sunday, 2nd April, 2006

http://photos.timchuma.com/MrsWainright020406/index.html

Slim Whittle’s Country Killed
Sunday, 30th April, 2006

http://photos.timchuma.com/SlimWhittle300406/

Suzannah Espie & The Last Word (special guest Jeff Lang)
Sunday 9th July 2006

http://photos.timchuma.com/SweetFeliciaBenefit/photos/photo45.html

Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Tribute
with the Maryhillbillys Trio, the Paddy Chong Orchestra, CW Stoneking, Tony
Shaw, Dave Last
Thursday, 17th August 2006

http://photos.timchuma.com/HeartbreakHotelElvisTribute/index.html

The Twits vs. Rock’n’Roll Wrestling
Friday, 13th October 2006
http://twitsgivemetheshits.timchuma.com/RocknRollWrestling/index.html

Kooky Karaoke
Sunday, 5th November 2006

http://photos.timchuma.com/KK051106/index.html

Dragaoke
Sunday, 10th December 2006
hosted by Frederica 100% Negro and Janelle down the Pint
featuring performances by Alicia, Damian, Jack, Justine,Mrs Mitchell, Lucy,
Mia, Margarine, Nick and Tiffany
http://photos.timchuma.com/Dragaoke/index.html

Fuck Fucks XMAS Show 2006
with Brothel & The Hybernators
Friday, 22nd December 2006
http://photos.timchuma.com/FuckFucksXMAS2006/index.html

2007

Suzannah Espie & the Last Word, Kooky Karaoke
with special guest Matt Walker
Sunday, 21st January 2007
http://photos.timchuma.com/Sunday210107/index.html

Rock & Roll Wrestling
with the Twits
Friday, 9th February 2007
http://twitsgivemetheshits.timchuma.com/RnRWrestling090207/index.html

The Detonators
Saturday, 10th February 2007
http://photos.timchuma.com/Detonators100207/index.html

X
with Killer Birds and Cold Harbour
Friday, 9th March 2007
http://photos.timchuma.com/XGH090307/

2007 Karaoke Oscars
Sunday, 11th March 2007
Hosted by Fred Negro and Johnny Down the Pint
Singers: George E Bean, Deb & Peter, Ewan, Bongo Womble, Amanda, Carla,
Jeff the Butcher, Melinda, Frank Lee Earnest, Dale
http://photos.timchuma.com/KaraokeOscars/index.html

Sunday night, Monday morning early
Jesse Bates’ Birthday
with various supports
http://photos.timchuma.com/JesseBatesBDay/

23rd March 2007
Bittersweet Kicks, Speed Demons, The Hybernators, Box Wars, Fuck Fucks
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound230307/

Sarah Carroll & the Unconscious Brothers
with special guests Suzannah Espie & Dan Warner
Sunday, 15th April 2007
http://photos.timchuma.com/SCRUBS150407/index.html

Wayward Fancies & Fingerbone Bill
Sunday, 3rd June 2007
http://photos.timchuma.com/WFFBBGH030607/index.html

The Brown Brothers, Maryhillbillys
Sunday 16th September 2007
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound160907/index.html

The Re-mains
with Bec and Den Hanrahan
Thursday 11th October 2007

The Hybernators
with Catgut Mary, Brigitte Handley & The Dark Shadows
Friday 16th November 2007
http://photos.timchuma.com/Hybernators161107/index.html

Gleny Rae and Her Tamworth Playboys
Thursday 22nd December 2007

http://photos.timchuma.com/GlenyRae221107/index.html

2008

Chuck’s Wagon, Prayerbabies, Toby’s last Karaoke
Sunday 10th February 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound100208/index.html

Sin City
with On The Prowl, Loveslaps
22nd February 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/SinCity220208/index.html

The Paesanos, The Joelenes
Sunday 13th January 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/Sunday130108/index.html

The Band Who Knew Too Much
Sunday 2nd March 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/BWKTM020308/index.html

Ghost Mountain, The Dirt
16th March 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/Sunday160308/index.html

Karaoke Oscars 2008
Sunday 23rd March 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/KaraokeOscars2008/index.html

The Re-mains
with Fireside Bellows
Thursday 27th March 2008

The Double Agents
Saturday 5th April 2008

http://photos.timchuma.com/EggsDoubleAgents050408/photo12.html

Dezperados CD Launch
with the Large No. 12’s
Saturday 12th April 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/DezperadosCDLaunch120408/index.html

Suzannah Espie & the Last Word
Sunday 22nd June 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/Suzannah220608/index.html

Rob Luckey & the Lucky Bastards
Sunday 6th July 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/RobLuckey060708/index.html

You Yangs
Thursday 24th July 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/YouYangs240708/index.html

The Stetson Family, The Snowdroppers, Kooky Karaoke
Sunday 17th August 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound170808/index.html

Crackwhore, Kamikaze, Killerbirds
Friday 22nd August 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound220808/index.html

Kooky Karaoke
Sunday 24th August 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/Sunday240808/photo16.html

HOSS
with Imperial Leatherman
Friday 19th September 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound190908/index.html

Grand Final Eve 2008
Kretch, The Hybernators, Sons of Lee Marvin
Friday 26th September 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/GrandFinalEve2008/index.html

The Flyin’ Saucers, Brigitte Handley and the Dark Shadows
Sunday 2nd November 2008

Kooky Karaoke’s 12th Birthday
with the Kaos Orchestra, special guests
Sunday 2nd November 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound021108/index.html

Nici Blue Eyes, The Snowdroppers, Kooky Karaoke
Greyhound Hotel, Sunday 16th November 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound161108/index.html

Fuck Fucks Barrels by Candlelight 2008
with Cold Harbour
Saturday 13th December 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound131208/

Mal Webb, Sarah Carroll, Bakersfield Glee Club, Waz E. James Band, The Junes
Pure Pop Records/The Greyhound/St Kilda Bowling Club
Sunday 21st December 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/Sunday211208/index.html

2009

Chuck’s Wagon
with Den Hanrahan
Sunday 4th January 2009
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound040109/index.html

Kooky Karaoke
Sunday 11th January 2009
http://photos.timchuma.com/KookyKaraoke110109/index.html

Runaway Boys, Greasy Hawaiians, Flyin’ Saucers, Kooky Karaoke
Sunday 25th January 2009
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound250109/index.html

The Band Who Knew Too Much
Sunday 8th February 2009
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound080209/index.html

Hornswagglers, Brigette Handley & the Dark Shadows, the Hybernators
Sunday 15th March 2009
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound150309/index.html

Bittersweet Kicks, Molten Universe
Friday 27th March 2009
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound270309/index.html

StrapOnEoke
Sunday 23rd August 2009
http://photos.timchuma.com/StrapOnEoke/index.html

Memories of the Greyhound Hotel

I was going to write a whole long screed about the Greyhound Hotel
finally closing (again) but going through my photos and other reports of
gigs I had already written I thought I would just quote from them as it
would be better.

The Starliners & Cabana Smoothie Karaoke

26/5/01

Fred Negro and Steve Prictor were
hosting, which was great as Fred
is probably one of the most entertaining musicians I’ve seen perform
(it has nothing to do do with his singing I can tell you.) Steve had a
few good tricks also, like trying to do a trombone solo during one
of the acts and stuffing himself.

(First record of a gig I can find at this establishment)

 

Twits Karaoke

9/9/2001

http://twitsgivemetheshits.timchuma.com/twitskaraoke.htm

The first time I had seen the Twits, they were banned from the venue for
three years after the gig.

Karaoke 2002ish

Sticks a 100 year old cantankerous old fart
who gets around with two walking sticks – having his sticks taken off
him and Fred using them to have
a wank, then Fred and Steve setting them on fire and losing them, which
led to them trying to replace them with a horsey on a stick and a
retractable light saber.

The Prayerbabies

30/04/2003
http://photos.timchuma.com/prayerbabies/index.htm

First gig that I photographed in the venue but with a film camera.

Prayerbabies
Nick and Ian from the Prayerbabies

Red Hot Poker Dots

26/04/2003

Lil Odette – Boxing Day 2003

First kick out with my digital camera


Reopening of the Greyhound Hotel Band room

Featuring Prayerbabies, Violent Mood Swings, GUT, The Exotics, Gamma
Rays, Speed Demons & The Fuck Fucks
26/02/2004
http://photos.timchuma.com/ghbandroom/index.htm

 

New Year’s Day 2005 Recovery at the Greyhound

with the Gamma Rays, Shonkytonk, Vaginabillies & Sin City (unseen)
http://photos.timchuma.com/NewYearsDay2005/index.html

Stumpy and Mitch
Stumpy and Mitch

Suzannah Espie & The Last Word

Sunday, 29th May, 2005
http://photos.timchuma.com/SELWGreyhoundHotel/index.html

Suzannah Espie and the Last Word

One of the first times I saw Suzannah’s band.

 

Rock’n’Roll Wrestling

Friday, 13th January, 2006

Pre & post match entertainment: The Hybernators
Match 1: 69’er vs. Mike Manson
Match 2: Jay Andrews vs. Cletus
Match 3: Lee Star vs. Logan
Main Event: Steve Frost & Mad Dog vs. Krackerjak & Slex

http://photos.timchuma.com/RocknRollWrestling/index.html

Richard vs Krakerjak

This was also in the PUB strip

Fred T Farlowe on the BBQ

“How are you Fred?”

“Hot and cranky!”

(I took him out a beer on my next trip
outside)

 

Coreyoke for Corey’s Birthday

Sunday, 5th February, 2006
http://photos.timchuma.com/Coreyoke/index.html

Pint Crew on stage

This photo was on the bar at the Pint on Punt for ages.

 

Liz, Mike and Dave

Liz, Mike and Dave (2006)

 

Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Tribute

with the Maryhillbillys Trio, the Paddy Chong Orchestra, CW Stoneking,
Tony Shaw, Dave Last
Thursday, 17th August 2006
http://photos.timchuma.com/HeartbreakHotelElvisTribute/index.html

CW Stoneking

CW Stoneking

Dave Last

Dave Last

 

The Twits vs. Rock’n’Roll Wrestling

Friday, 13th October 2006
http://twitsgivemetheshits.timchuma.com/RocknRollWrestling/index.html

Six man bout

Six Man Bout

Fred

Fred

Lush

Lush

Chris

Chris

Steely

Steely

Yeah

Yeah…umm

 

Boo!

Karaoke (Nov. 2006)

Dragaoke

Sunday, 10th December 2006
hosted by Frederica 100% Negro and Janelle down the Pint
featuring performances by Alicia, Damian, Jack, Justine,Mrs Mitchell,
Lucy, Mia, Margarine, Nick and Tiffany
http://photos.timchuma.com/Dragaoke/index.html

For some reason I thought the Dragaoke was
going to be the last karaoke of the year, but a message from Johnny
asking me to come as he had waxed his balls especially for the occasion.

Frederica and Janelle

Frederica 100% Negro and Janelle Down the Pint

Mrs Mitchell

Mrs Mitchell

Damien and Frederica

Damien and Frederica

Fuck Fucks XMAS Show 2006

with Brothel & The Hybernators
Friday, 22nd December 2006
http://photos.timchuma.com/FuckFucksXMAS2006/index.html

Brothel
Brothel

Bigsy and Fred
Bigsy and Fred

Fred?
Fred?

Greyhound Hotel “Rescued” 2007

Greyhound Hotel - Puppy Rescue Team 2007

Greyhound Hotel – Puppy Rescue Team 2007

Fred
Fred at Kooky Karaoke 2007

Rock & Roll Wrestling

with the Twits
Friday, 9th February 2007
http://twitsgivemetheshits.timchuma.com/RnRWrestling090207/index.html

Bittersweet Kicks
Nawww…

Rasslin'
Rock & Roll Wrestling 9/2/07: Denomolous (Mexican Wrestling sensation)
Vs Nick Eclipse

X

with Killer Birds and Cold Harbour
Friday, 9th March 2007
http://photos.timchuma.com/XGH090307/

Kim Volkman
Kim Volkman

X
X

2007 Karaoke Oscars

Sunday, 11th March 2007
Hosted by Fred Negro and Johnny Down the Pint
Singers: George E Bean, Deb & Peter, Ewan, Bongo Womble, Amanda, Carla,
Jeff the Butcher, Melinda, Frank Lee Earnest, Dale
http://photos.timchuma.com/KaraokeOscars/index.html

Ian and Ally
Ian and Ally

Jesse Bates’ Birthday

Sunday night, Monday morning early
with various supports
http://photos.timchuma.com/JesseBatesBDay/

Steve at Jesse Bate's place
Steve Prictor

As I was leaving the X gig at the
Greyhound on Friday night, I ran into Jesse Bates who invited me to his
birthday that Sunday. I have seen him in quite a few bands around the
place so I decided to go after the Karaoke Oscars.
There were heaps of people there by the time I arrived and Jesse and co
were playing up a storm in the lounge room. People from several of the
bands that he drummed in played and other people joined in as they felt
like it.
Steve Prictor kissed my cheek, yuk! It was very hot in the main room so
I went out to the back yard occasionally and talked to one of the bar
staff from my local and his friends.
I left a bit after 1am, but I am sure the party went on late until the
night or at least until the police came. It was great to get the chance
to go and I will try to get to more of Jesse’s gigs in the future.

 

23rd March 2007

Bittersweet Kicks, Speed Demons, The Hybernators, Box Wars, Fuck Fucks
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound230307/
Bittersweet Kicks
Bittersweet Kicks

Speed Demons
Speed Demons

Hybernators
Hybernators

BoxWars
BoxWars

Fuck Fucks
Fuck Fucks

Sarah Carroll & the Unconscious Brothers

with special guests Suzannah Espie & Dan Warner
Sunday, 15th April 2007
http://photos.timchuma.com/SCRUBS150407/index.html

Sarah and Dan
Sarah and Dan

The Brown Brothers, Maryhillbillys

Sunday 16th September 2007
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound160907/index.html

The Maryhillbillys
The Maryhillbillys

The Hybernators

with Catgut Mary, Brigitte Handley & The Dark Shadows
Friday 16th November 2007
http://photos.timchuma.com/Hybernators161107/index.html

Brigitte Handley & The Dark Shadows
Brigitte Handley & The Dark Shadows

Liv Fast
Liv Fast

Ali, Jules and Chrissy
Ali, Jules and Chrissy (3/6/2007)

Chuck’s Wagon, Prayerbabies, Toby’s last Karaoke

Sunday 10th February 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound100208/index.html

Dave Moll and friends
Dave Moll and friends

The Band Who Knew Too Much

Sunday 2nd March 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/BWKTM020308/index.html

Dave on the bar
Dave on the bar

Karaoke Oscars 2008

Sunday 23rd March 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/KaraokeOscars2008/index.html

Mia and Margie
Mia and Margie

Dezperados CD Launch

with the Large No. 12’s
Saturday 12th April 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/DezperadosCDLaunch120408/index.html

Large Number 12s
Large Number 12s

Ally and Tracy dancing
Ally and Tracy dancing

Dez Negro
Dez Negro

Suzannah Espie & the Last Word

Sunday 22nd June 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/Suzannah220608/index.html

Suzannah
Suzannah – this photo is on the wall at my parents’ place

Acey and Chrissy
Acey and Chrissy (2008)

Zoe and Acey
Zoe and Acey (2008)

The Stetson Family, The Snowdroppers, Kooky Karaoke

Sunday 17th August 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound170808/index.html

Snowdroppers
Snowdroppers

Some girls
“Some girls” (sic)

Nawww
Nawww

Crackwhore, Kamikaze, Killerbirds

Friday 22nd August 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound220808/index.html

Kamikaze…BY CHRIST! I’ve photographed
over 600 bands and other performers in my five years of going to see
bands. Kamikaze, while not the worst band I have seen, are getting
pretty close. Far too much fucking around for my liking including two of
the members asking for drugs from the audience while they were meant to
be playing. I did see them in Adelaide and they were a lot better then.
Far too loud as I was sick the next day just from the noise. I had to
bugger off outside during the middle of the set.

On walking outside “YEP!
They are definitely banned!”

“Are you going to ban
them?”

“WHY BOTHER!”

THIS SHIT

What a debacle! I CANNOT ABIDE band’s trashing other people’s
equipment

Me singing karaoke
Me singing Ghostbusters August 2008

HOSS

with Imperial Leatherman
Friday 19th September 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound190908/index.html

SKREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! And that was my
introduction to Imperial Leatherman during their sound check, better get
drunk I thought. Thankfully they turned out to be fairly good and
something I wouldn’t go to see normally. Certainly not a band you would
expect at the Greyhound as they hardly ever have instrumental bands play
in the front bar.

HOSS
HOSS

Jamieson's and whisky's lined up for Joel
Jamieson’s and whisky’s lined up for Joel. People just kept giving them to
him

Grand Final Eve 2008

Kretch, The Hybernators, Sons of Lee Marvin
Friday 26th September 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/GrandFinalEve2008/index.html

Kretch
Kretch

Dicko!
Dicko!

Audience watching Sons of Lee Marvin
Audience watching Sons of Lee Marvin

The Flyin’ Saucers, Brigitte Handley and the Dark Shadows

Sunday 2nd November 2008

Brigitte
Brigitte

Kooky Karaoke’s 12th Birthday

with the Kaos Orchestra, special guests
Sunday 2nd November 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound021108/index.html

Steve having a good time
Steve having a good time

Nici Blue Eyes, The Snowdroppers, Kooky Karaoke

Greyhound Hotel, Sunday 16th November 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound161108/index.html

Nici Blue Eyes
Nici Blue Eyes

Kelly and I
Kelly and I

Johnny
Johnny down the Pint – I missed him jumping down from here, was too fast

Fuck Fucks Barrels by Candlelight 2008

with Cold Harbour
Saturday 13th December 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound131208/

Dave Moll
Dave Moll

Mark the Baby Jesus
Good kick of the Baby Jesus

Mal Webb, Sarah Carroll, Bakersfield Glee Club, Waz E. James Band, The
Junes

Pure Pop Records/The Greyhound/St Kilda Bowling Club
Sunday 21st December 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/Sunday211208/index.html

If anyone asks me why I didn’t go see the
Large Number 12s/Dezperados gig at the Pint also I will clock them!

Keith cutting his cake
Keith cutting his cake

Chuck’s Wagon

with Den Hanrahan
Sunday 4th January 2009
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound040109/index.html

Dougie Bull
Dougie Bull

Magic Numbers song
Magic Numbers song

Runaway Boys, Greasy Hawaiians, Flyin’ Saucers, Kooky Karaoke

Sunday 25th January 2009
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound250109/index.html

Supposedly the karaoke was meant to go
until 1am, but the licence application hadn’t been approved so they had
to cut it off and kick everyone out at 12am. “Free Beer at the Prince!”
was the cry and everyone went outside. The last I saw of Johnny Kicks
was his arse hanging out the cab window.

Johnny down the Pint
Johnny down the Pint

The Band Who Knew Too Much

Sunday 8th February 2009
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound080209/index.html

Matt and Rory
Matt and Rory

Hornswagglers, Brigette Handley & the Dark Shadows, the Hybernators

Sunday 15th March 2009
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound150309/index.html

Brigitte Handley and the Dark Shadows

Bittersweet Kicks, Molten Universe

Friday 27th March 2009
http://photos.timchuma.com/Greyhound270309/index.html

Chris Taranto
Chris Taranto

StrapOnEoke

Sunday 23rd August 2009
http://photos.timchuma.com/StrapOnEoke/index.html

Bec and Fred
Bec and Fred

End of Kooky Karaoke at the Greyhound Hotel

End of Kooky Karaoke at the Greyhound Hotel

Woody Allen Retrospective 2017 – Classic Cinema Elsternwick – Screening Dates/Booking/IMDB links


MANHATTAN (1979)

12 February 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Manhattan
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079522/

BANANAS (1971)
19 February 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Bananas
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066808/

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX* *(BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK)
(1972)

26 February 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Everything-You-Wanted-To-Know-About-Sex-But-Were-Afraid-To-Ask
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068555/

SLEEPER (1973)
5 March 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Sleeper
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070707/

LOVE AND DEATH (1975)
12 March 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Love-And-Death
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073312/

THE FRONT (1976)
19 March 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/The-Front
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074554/

INTERIORS (1978)
26 March 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Interiors
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077742/

STARDUST MEMORIES (1980)
2 April 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Stardust-Memories
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081554/

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S SEX COMEDY (1982)
9 April 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/A-midsummer-Nights-Sex-Comedy
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084329/

ZELIG (1983)
16 April 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Zelig
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086637/

PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO (1985)
30 April 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Purple-Rose-Of-Cairo
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089853/

HANNAH AND HER SISTERS (1986)
7 May 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Hannah-And-Her-Sisters
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091167/

RADIO DAYS (1987)
14 May 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Radio-Days
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093818/

SEPTEMBER (1987)
20 May 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/September
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093940/

ANOTHER WOMAN (1988)
28 May 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Another-Woman
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094663/

CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS (1989)
4 June 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Crimes-And-Misdemeanors
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097123/

ALICE (1990)
11 June 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Alice
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099012/

SHADOWS AND FOG (1991)
18 June 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Shadows-And-Fog
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105378/

HUSBANDS AND WIVES (1992)
25 June 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Husbands-And-Wives
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104466/

MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY (1993)
2 July 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Manhattan-Murder-Mystery
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107507/

ANYTHING ELSE (2003)
9 July 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Anything-Else
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0313792/

CAFE SOCIETY (2016)
16 July 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Cafe-Society
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4513674/

IRRATIONAL MAN (2015)
23 July 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Irrational-Man
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3715320/

MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT (2014)
30 July 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Magic-In-The-Moonlight
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2870756/

BLUE JASMINE (2013)
6 August 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Blue-Jasmine
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2334873/

TO ROME WITH LOVE (2012)
13 August 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/To-Rome-With-Love
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1859650/

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (2011)
20 August 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Midnight-In-Paris
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1605783/

VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA (2008)
26 August 2017

https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Vicky-Cristina-Barcelona

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0497465/

WHATEVER WORKS (2009)
3 September 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Whatever-Works
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1178663/

YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER (2010)
10 September 2017

https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/You-Will-Meet-A-Tall-Dark-Stranger


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1182350/

MIGHTY APHRODITE (1995)
17 September 2017

https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Mighty-Aphrodite

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113819/

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY (1994)
24 September 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Bullets-Over-Broadway
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109348/

SWEET AND LOWDOWN (1999)
1 October 2017

https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Sweet-And-Lowdown

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0158371/

SMALL TIME CROOKS (2000)
8 October 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Small-Time-Crooks
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0196216/

DECONSTRUCTING HARRY (1997)
14 October 2017
https://www.classiccinemas.com.au/Movie/Deconstructing-Harry
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118954/

Woody Allen Retrospective 2017 – Classic Cinema Elsternwick – All the Trailers

MANHATTAN (1979)

BANANAS (1971)

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX* *(BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK) (1972)

SLEEPER (1973)

LOVE AND DEATH (1975)

THE FRONT (1976)

INTERIORS (1978)

STARDUST MEMORIES (1980)

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S SEX COMEDY (1982)

ZELIG (1983)

PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO (1985)

HANNAH AND HER SISTERS (1986)

RADIO DAYS (1987)

SEPTEMBER (1987)

ANOTHER WOMAN (1988)

CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS (1989)

ALICE (1990)

SHADOWS AND FOG (1991)

HUSBANDS AND WIVES (1992)

MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY (1993)

ANYTHING ELSE (2003)

CAFE SOCIETY (2016)

IRRATIONAL MAN (2015)

MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT (2014)

BLUE JASMINE (2013)

TO ROME WITH LOVE (2012)

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (2011)

VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA (2008)

WHATEVER WORKS (2009)

YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER (2010)

MIGHTY APHRODITE (1995)

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY (1994)

SWEET AND LOWDOWN (1999)

SMALL TIME CROOKS (2000)

DECONSTRUCTING HARRY

The Age of Shadows (2016)

Director: Kim Jee-woon
Starring: Song Kang-Ho, Gong Yoo, Han Ji-Min, Um Tae-Goo, Shingo Tsurumi, Shin Sung-Rok, Seo Young-Joo, Kim Dong-Young, Park Hee-Soon, Lee Byung-Hun

I do like a movie that has the audacity to start you off in the middle of action, something this movie does in spades before it even tells you who the main characters are with a crazy chase across the rooftops with people firing and a resistance fighter being cornered and trying to be talked into surrendering by Captain of the Japanese police in Korea Lee Jung-Chool (Sang Kang Ho).

While his character’s motives may seem murky at the start, it gradually becomes clear he is actually trying to help the resistance while still appearing to do his job. This is made much harder when his superiors decide to give him a Japanese partner Hashimoto (Um Tae-Goo) who goes full attack dog and scares off the group.

The resistance fighters are a varied group and it is difficult to follow all the names at times. I do recognise some of them from other Korean movies though and they do play off each other well as some of them are working on their own agendas.
The differences in Lee Jung-Chool and Hashimoto’s approaches are most apparent when they are ordered to pursue the group to Shanghai and stop whatever they are up to. Hashimoto rushes around like a mad dog and Jung-Chool decides to go right up and meet the head of the resistance at his cover pottery factory.

As with several recent Korean movies there is a significant portion of the movie set on a train with the best scenes in the movie taking place in this scene. I particularly liked the breaking of tension in one scene with a baby’s shitty bum. Considering the torture scenes that happen later in the movie it is a welcome relief. Also I have heard that in the slapping scene where Hashimoto is admonishing his agents for letting people get aware there were 28 slaps in one scene, meant to be more than Takeshi Katano’s Violent Cop.

Once the group gets back to Korea the action ramps up considerably with them having to fight their way through the train station and Jung-Chool coming to their aid even though he has been told to do so and appears to be on the side of the Japanese.

As has been said in at least one other review it does feel strange to cheer for an act of terrorism in a film but the scene perfectly manipulates you into doing it with Bolero playing and the pacing and even having a character toast another just before the climax.

I have enjoyed this director’s other work in the past including the Quiet Family, the Foul King, A Bittersweet Life and the Good, the bad and the weird. I have not seen a Tale of Two Sisters and I Saw the Devil.

As Park Chan-Wook and Bong Joon-Ho tend to do he uses a lot of the same cast in his movies such as Song Kang-Ho so you know they will put in a good performance and I am a sucker for movies with that particular actor in them ever since Joint Security Area.

What I also enjoyed is the story being set in a World War II area of operations that has not been covered as much as Europe. There are many more European war stories it seems but not as many ones told from the perspective of non-western countries. Also it is a break from Korean war films as they always seem to do good business in South Korea but there is a quite a lot of them.

This movie is getting a bit more of a wider release and I would recommend it people who like war movies and also spy thrillers.

Shin Godzilla (2016)

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi
Starring: Hiroki Hasegawa, Hideki Akasaka, Satomi Ishihara, Ren Ohsugi, Akira Emoto, Satomi Ishihara, Kengo Kôra, Mikako Ichikawa

Yes, Godzilla has returned. No, it is not like any other Godzilla movie up until now. After producing Final Wars for Godzilla’s 50th anniversary Toho decided to rest the franchise for 10 years and even destroyed some sets to ensure this.
This movie can be considered Toho’s reboot of their franchise and marks the beginning of a new era of movies from the studio with a separate continuity to the Showa, Heisei and Millennium series. Even more confusing the recent US remake is also separate and is going to continue off on its own storyline.

How this movie is different is that it mainly concentrates on Godzilla as if it is a natural disaster being managed by various Japanese government agencies so you see everything from their point of view as they react to it and manage disaster recovery and trying to counteract the monster.

There are a lot of different ministers introduced, but the closest to main characters would be Rando Yaguchi (Hiroki Hasegawa) a junior advisor who ends up leading the anti-Godzilla taskforce and sassy US ambassador Kayoko Ann Patterson (Satomi Ishihara). In any other movie there would be a love story between the two but it is barely even considered here.
While there are a lot of meetings in the movie you at least get to see Godzilla earlier than the 2014 movie. He looks nothing like you would remember but to give away what it looks like when you first see the monster would ruin the surprise. It sure does look goofy looking.

Goofy-looking or not upon coming ashore the monster leaves a trail of destruction and causes many deaths, there is an attempt made to attack the monster, but it has to be stopped at the last minute due to civilians. The monster then returns to the sea.

The USA ends up getting involved but many in the Japanese government do not think they have their best interests at heart and the sassy Japanese ambassador has trouble getting her point across with the government officials. The leader of the ant-Godzilla taskforce is a lot more receptive to her and they end up working together.

There is a lot of planning and meetings and these culminate when Godzilla reappears having grown in size and the self-defence force tries to stop it from advancing on Tokyo and fails. Not like they did not try as they attack it with three waves of forces including helicopters, tanks and jets. In the movie they use footage of real vehicles for the scenes which is great along with the models for when some of them get wrecked.

The USA sends over its B2 bombers which seem to be doing well at first, but Godzilla evolves and destroys them easily with powers that it had not had before and are new even in the history of the Godzilla movies. Having used up its reserves it goes into hibernation leaving Tokyo in a sea of flames and many thousands of people dead.

Leaning on the UN council the USA it is going to make a nuclear strike when Godzilla starts moving again. Most of the Japanese government is understandably upset at this but agrees to start evacuating Tokyo. Yaguchi disagrees and wants to try his team’s plan of making a blood coagulant to try and freeze Godzilla. At this point it is a race against time for the teams’ plan to be carried out before Tokyo is destroyed for good. I am not going to reveal which plan succeeds or fails as that is half the fun.

This is not a movie for those people who complain “when are they going to get to the fireworks factory” you have to have a high tolerance of people in meetings and a lot of ancillary characters being introduced and discarded.
I did like the anti-Godzilla task force as Yaguchi himself says they are a bunch of “freaks and rejects” and he wants people with strong opinions and who have no qualms of expressing them. The group ends up working so hard that the cleaning staff feels sorry for them and brings them food and the other staff start complaining that Yaguchi smells.

The senior government ministers are a bunch of senior Japanese actors who I mostly did not recognise apart from Jun Kunimura as Chief of Staff who was recently in the Korean movie the Wailing. The older actors did have a lot of gravitas especially the Prime Minister Ren Ohsugi.

The monster effects seemed to be a combination of suit work and CGI and you could not really tell the difference between the two as they were so well integrated. I did like seeing actual models be destroyed like in the old days and there was some clever use of infrastructure with trains being used as weapons in one sequence.

The original music for the series also makes a cameo during some scenes, but if you want to hear the full tunes wait for the end credits where they play in full.

While the Neon Genesis Evangelion fans will soon be online posting comparisons in shots and so forth, there are quite a few here. In the NGE TV show the EVA units could only operate for five minutes due to their internal battery and the rest of the episode was spent building up to it. The same is the case here. The evolving state of Godzilla does remind me of the Angels in some ways as they were different each time as they changed after each one was defeated.

The previous short by the two directors the Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo is the direct predecessor to this movie and well worth watching.

While there was space left in the resolution of the movie for sequels it may not be by the same directors or even with the same set of characters. It was great to see Godzilla back in Japan but if you prefer more action in your Godzilla movies then I would recommend an earlier film in the series.

Girl Asleep (2015)

Director: Rosemary Myers
Starring: Bethany Whitmore, Harrison Feldman, Matthew Whittet, Amber McMahon, Eamon Farren, Imogen Archer, Maiah Stewardson

Greta (Bethany Whitmore) has started in a new school and is not having a good time, the one good thing is that fellow outcast Elliott (Harrison Feldman) decided he wanted to be friends and comes back to visit after school, much to the surprise of Greta’s mum. During dinner that night Elliot comes up with the idea of Greta having a big 15th birthday party, but she isn’t on board with the idea. Her mum has other ideas and ends up inviting her entire year level at school, including the group of girls who hate her guts for no reason.

Greta lashes out at her mum, but eventually relents after her dad talks to her and she does not want to hurt her mum’s feelings.

The party turns out to be more strange than you would expect with people dancing through the door and someone gifting Schrödinger’s cat. When the mean girls turn up and give a really nasty present, Greta has to retreat back to her room and ends up falling asleep, a common occurrence after high emotion.

I don’t want to give away what happens in the dream but it is quite fun and appears at first to be the same party with some differences, but quickly becomes a vision quest where Greta must get back her music box from “the girl with the tiny hands”. It reminded me of the Labyrinth somewhat as there are fantasy versions of Greta’s mum and dad she encounters in the fantasy world and even a hero figure in the form of Huldra who guides her on the quest and finally helps her fight for herself.

I really enjoyed this movie as it was quite fun and had a lot of excellent situations and characters I feel like I want to visit again. Some of the dialog scenes during the school scenes were a bit awkward as we can all recall something similar in high school.

All the costumes were on point especially the ones the party guests wore. During the dream sequence it was even more so with the fantasy characters having the look of being homemade but still out of place in the normal world.

The original story is a stage play and the movie does keep a lot of the stage elements but I think it benefits from this as it makes it unique and something you would not normally see.

I did like the scene with the Chinese as it reminded me of the Women’s Weekly Chinese Cook Book that was released in 1978 and ingredients such as capsicum were hard to get at the time. Greta’s mum dressing up to serve the food and Elliot having training chopsticks also were nice points of this scene.

I also liked the bucket of chicken being used as a prop as were the other things like the basketball, the wall girl with the movie title and other bits and pieces in the movie including things going on in the background you have to watch out for or you will miss.

I did enjoy the performances of all the actors including the mum and dad with the dad Conrad (Matthew Whittet) wanting to crack jokes and look after his daughter and mum Janet (Amber McMahon) wanting her to come out of her shell. She is also the trendy mum and does not want her kids to be squares.

Heaps of music in this and well used including the French pop star who turns up in the dream sequence. I did enjoy the dance scenes and have recommended them to people who like watching them.

The movie may only be short but I hardly noticed as there was so much going on. I would recommend it to anyone who likes movies that are a bit left of centre and coming of age stories with a difference.

MIFF 2016: Train to Busan (2016)

Director: Yeon Sang-ho
Starring: Yoo Gong, Ma Dong-seok, Choi Woo-sik, Jeong Yu-mi, Kim Soo-an, Jin-hee

Set on the KTX express train that you can get from Seoul to Busan a busy futures trader Woo Seok (Yoo Gong) and his daughter Soo-an (Kim Soo-an) get a train down to her separated mother in Busan on her birthday when the girl threatens to go by herself.

It is well established that the dad is very busy and he even gets her the same present for her birthday that she has already due to not knowing enough about her. The girl’s grandmother looks after her during the day, but the girl pines after her mother.

On the way to the train they come across emergency services attending a large blaze, but other than that things seem very quiet.

Arriving at the train we meet the other main characters including a newlywed couple with a brawny man and pregnant woman, a high school baseball team, a high powered business men, an elderly daughter and her mother and other passengers. Everything seems normal until some people run onto the train at the last minute and the daughter sees someone get jumped but the train moves off too fast.

After some passengers complain about a “weirdo” in one of the toilets they find a homeless man babbling about everyone being killed. At the other end of the train a woman goes into a fit and is attended by a train conductor, only to get attacked herself and start off the infection.

News reports are confusing telling of riots and the futures trader gets updates via his phone, but falls asleep and his daughter wanders off looking for a free toilet.

Once the attacks begin on the passengers there is no way to fight them in such close quarters so the best people can do is run away and lock the door. They also find out if the zombies lose sight of people they will stop attacking so they cover the window.

The train driver is in touch via the intercom and radios with the conductor, but is having trouble getting in touch with base. He is told they are to stop at the next main station and the army will take care of them. Of course this is the worst thing they could do and things take off from there growing even more desperate as not everyone gets back on the train in the same spot, having be cut off from the main passengers by zombie filled carriages.

Everything gets more desperate towards the end and no one seems really to be safe in this film. People only looking after themselves and making the people who escaped through the zombies go off by themselves end up sealing their own fate. The young girl wonders to her dad why you can’t live your life helping other people when he tells her she has to look after himself.

The zombies are a mindless rolling wave of violence in this movie and the incubation period of the infection tends to change depending on the requirements of the plot.

The weapons used in the movie are what you could find on a train, with an extra riot shield and baton they pick up at one of the stops. This film has one of the best “arm yourself for battle” scenes I can remember in recent history. Having thick packing tape on your forearms guards against bites and the characters remember to take off any coats of clothing that can be grabbed.

They don’t just go in swinging either, they have to use tactics such as timing when tunnels are coming up due to the zombies vision being based on movement and then going after sounds by throwing things away from them. They lock the door at the end of each carriage as the zombies can’t open it.

Due to unavoidable circumstances the train eventually has to stop, leading to a final confrontation and everything up in the air. God bless diesel locomotives, is there nothing they can’t do?

It is an excellent horror action thriller movie, but different in tone to most Hollywood versions of the same story. Due to not having much access to guns there is always a danger of someone getting bitten and people are prone to being very emotional and crying that they could not save people.

There is an undercurrent of the government not knowing what it is doing as the futures trader’s inside tip of being rescued goes awry as the big rescue does not turn out that way.

This movie has been a big hit in Korea and also screened at several film festivals including the Korean Film Festival in Australia. As far as I know it has only screened with Seoul Station at MIFF.

This is the director’s first live action film but you could not really tell as it seems to be well put together and runs along at a good pace.

The little girl is the heart of the film even though her crying does get annoying towards the end. Kind of sucked the big muscly dude did not get more screen time, but he did get a good send-off holding off a swarm of zombies allowing his wife and the other passengers to escape.

There is scope of a sequel in the story, I would like to see “Return ticket to Seoul” where they send Thomas the Tank engine back up the line armed with machine guns and rocket launchers.

MIFF 2016: Seoul Station (2016)

Director: Yeon Sang-ho

Set 24 hours before the events of Train to Busan this is the story of the initial zombie outbreak and the people who try to survive it. Being a prequel you already know the ending is not going to be good, but you have to keep watching to see how long the people will survive for.

This film was made concurrently with Train to Busan but released after it. I wouldn’t say it was necessary to watch this movie before the other movie but it does give a back story to the initial outbreak and how it managed to spread so far.

The initial infected person is a homeless person and his brother has a lot of trouble getting treatment for him as people just seemed annoyed by him. When he finally does get help it is too late and the body is missing when they go back to get it.

A young woman and her boyfriend living in a cheap hotel have a break up over the boyfriend pimping her out to make the rent. Angry Dad finds her ad online and is on the trail. The woman storms off and turns off her phone.

The zombies attacking the train station is confused with homeless people making too much noise by authorities. The young woman gets caught up in the fleeing homeless and ends up stranded in the holding cell of a local police station surrounded by zombies.

Angry dad and the boyfriend go back to the hotel, only to be attacked by zombies and have to escape via the roof. Angry dad manages to bully the boyfriend into doing what they need to get out and back to the car.

Things get progressively worse as the night goes on and even the arrival of the authorities does not help as they completely misread the situation and even are responsible for a large amount of survivors being killed by not letting them escape.

It is a downer ending but as good as it can be in the circumstances. Someone turns out to have been lying all along just to get people to do what he wants. There was an audible “Nooooooooooo!” in the screening I saw it at when it was revealed what was going to happen to one of the main characters.

It is a very unique animation style, almost reminding me of roto scoping in some places. This is not a kid’s film as it is very violent with a lot of zombies biting people and violence.

I would recommend this film if you have already seen Train to Busan and want to see a further extension of the story.

MIFF 2016: The Lure (2015)

Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska
Starring: Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszanska, Kinga Preis, Andrzej Konopka, Jakub Gierszal, Zygmunt Malanowicz

Two mermaids named Silver and Golden are found by a group of musicians having a drink by the river and recruited to work in a nightclub as part of their act. Although Silver (Marta Mazurek) is happy to go along with working in the club, Golden (Michalina Olszanska) still lusts after the hearts of humans as that what they live on usually. This causes a lot of trouble with their working conditions and one of the mermaids falls for the bass player. They can also communicate with each other telepathically and have the power of sirens.

While this is a retelling of the little mermaid story, it is more of the Old Testament version with moments of extreme gore. While not a full on horror movie there are times when the mermaids grow sharp teeth and attack people and one of them is fully sawed in half at one point.

This movie is a musical and does have dance numbers. There used to be a whole genre of Eastern European Communist musicals back during the Cold War that are available online if you look for them.

While the film does have elements of camp and comedy it is not really a funny more or a fun gory romp. It is more of a serious story in the mode of an allegory on love and what people are willing to give up to find love.

The story is set in the 1980s and does manage to keep with this area rather well with no real clangers I can see with the costumes or hair.

The two actresses playing the mermaids walk around nude for a lot of the film but for some reason they do not have functional genitalia while in human form “like a Barbie doll” it is described and when they have tails there is just a slit in the tail (I will refrain from jokes about fish fingers).

The sexuality of the mermaids has a question mark over it as one of them does have sex with a female police officer and they kiss each other with tongues whilst on stage. They are not really fully regarded as “human” by either themselves or the other characters. Even their merman friend said they are “only on holiday” in the human world.

There is a lot of music in the movie and dance numbers. A lot of the plot development happens during the songs also. The soundtrack can be found on iTunes and Spotify.

I would recommend this movie if you liked the Little Mermaid story but want to see a different darker version of the story and also enjoy movies with musical numbers.