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About timchuma

Photographer from Melbourne, Australia.

23rd September, 2020

Writer’s note: Originally written in 2005 as a fun exercise and not a prediction at all.

[ WarFamine | Disease | Terrorism | Science and Technology |  Entertainment | Transport | Space ]

War

You would have thought that we’d had enough of these in the first few years of this century. George Bush Junior wanted to have his war with his war with Iraq and he got it, in the aftermath many countries borders changed and it led to the greatest mass migration since World War II.

The Australian government gave up on the Pacific Solution after unrest in the smaller countries of the South Pacific over being used as dumping grounds for unwanted arrivals.

Everyone remembers the old refugee camps in the Australian desert, but thankfully after a change in government the majority of new arrivals were settled in the community. You will have no trouble finding a good Middle Eastern take away in any decent sized town in Australia.

Famine

This has continued in Africa and also in the Middle East as a result of the Greater Middle Eastern War of 2003-2008. Eastern Europe also experienced widespread food shortages due to extreme weather conditions beginning with the floods of 2002 and compounded by another massive volcanic eruption in the Philippines that put Mt Pinatubo in the shade for the amount of ash that went into the atmosphere.

Contrary to the rest of the world the situation in Africa has improved compared to the end of the 20th Century. However this is mostly due to the large number of deaths from AIDS and related diseases which have decimated the population. (Some commentators compared its impact to that of the Black Plague in Europe during 1345AD.)

Disease

Despite hopes in the first few years of this century of a cure or vaccine AIDS is still as prevalent as ever.

The deaths in the Third World due to AIDS and related diseases have been horrendous and there has also been a resurgence of infections in more developed countries due to complacency. Of course the treatment for AIDS in the first world has improved to the point that it can be effectively managed by courses of drugs so that people can lead relatively normal lives.

Although there were some scaremongers who though Smallpox would make a reappearance, it has remained safely in containment and various governments looked a bit stupid after stockpiling vaccines for their entire populations. (They thought it better to be safe than sorry.)

Terrorism

This was a major concern in the first few years of this century, but its impact has faded since there have been no major attacks in many years apart from the one that the USA will never let anyone forget. (Some media outlets have now banned ‘that’ footage.)

The September 11th Conspiracy theorists have produced many books, lectures, videos, films, websites and so on which everyone is thoroughly sick of.

The attacks on the forces engaged in the Greater Middle Eastern War were mostly the work of suicide bombers, even though the organizations that were meant to be supporting them were no longer in existence.

Science and Technology

The growth of scientific research especially genetic research has been exponential. Most likely it was accelerated by the dire situations in other areas of the world.

Human cloning was meant to have been banned, but about ten years ago a remote research facility was located in South America with many failed ‘experiments’ who were trying to live as best a life as they could – a modern day Leper colony. Some of the former residents of this research station became quite famous and travelled the world lecturing about taking responsibility for scientific research and the effects it can have on society.

The communications market has exploded with mobile phones turning into portable entertainment and communications centres.

Popular trends in mobiles include built in sound systems, mini movie players and multiplayer games. (There have been a few transporter crashes due to this.)

I remember I used to work in a job where I maintained the a website for a company. People eventually got sick of these and implemented digital secretaries on their home severs to answer customer queries. (I need not explain the DigiSec wars of Microsoft vs. AOL.)

Entertainment

Eventually the major movie studios got sick of people downloading movies from unauthorised sources and put in their own ‘pay per download’ services (which where hacked as soon as they were released – you can’t win.)

Hollywood only releases about half a dozen movies a year now, but they are ultra blockbusters with multi-billion dollar budgets and many concurrent interactive plot-lines.

Some studios have bought entire countries and destroyed them in the process of filming the movie. (The countries are rebuilt with the box office proceeds.)

This has backfired however when an attempt to film Armageddon III ended with the death of several million people when the ‘prop’ asteroid they were using actually hit the Earth when someone missed their cue.

The most popular movie at the moment is the Total Immersion Star Wars Saga which has grossed a record box office and is now in its fourth year of continuous top ten download.

Transport

Although there are still many old cars around many of them are sitting in garages un-driven due to the high cost of registration as part of the environmental regulations.

Running a ‘gas-guzzler’ is viewed as bad as smoking once was, but the people who can afford it don’t care that much as they have the highways to themselves mostly.

The reason cars aren’t so popular anymore was that there ended up being so many of them that the roads were in an almost permanent state of gridlock and it was quicker in the end to walk where you wanted to go.

Personal transports were also the height of fashion for a few years. They were about ¼ the size of a normal car so you could only fit about 1 other passenger apart from the driver. That didn’t stop people playing ‘sardines’ – the record was about 20 I think, at least
that’s what the accident investigators said.

As most of the highways had less cars on them, the trucks got bigger until the Mega Transports got their own roads for safety after one too many caravans was destroyed by a illegal gene modded ‘stay-awake’ driver.

Space

Due to all the problems planet-side, there has been somewhat limited advances in this area. The former International Space Station has been a luxury hotel for quite a few years with discarded rocket housings providing the extra rooms.

The major movie studios have had their space operations licences suspended until they compensate for their damage to the Earth and the Moon caused by some accidents on set (it should only take the profits from two movies.)

Space is still the domain of the rich and powerful due to the high support costs, but a weekend away in the upper atmosphere has become quite affordable in the past few years.

Mineral exploration in space is a major success story with many precious metals being recovered from passing asteroids, leading to a bit of upset on the markets.

Interplanetary mining is very highly paid, but extremely dangerous and a lonely existence.
Some of the first people to mine off-world came from isolated mines in Western
Australia and other Australians are leaders in this field. (One of the first mining colonies in space was called Port Headland.)

Cook up a Storm (2017)

Director: Wip Wai Man

Writer: Liu Yi

Starring: Nicholas Tse, Jung Yong Hwa, Tiffany Tang, Michelle Bai Ge You, Michelle Wai

Accidental comedy masterpiece

My first thoughts were “sacrilege!” borrowing so heavily from God of Cookery and Chicken and Duck Talk but I forgot those movies were also Chinese New Year hits. Maybe I have been burnt out by too many Wong Jing and lame movies but weirdly all the jokes not working made this movie one of the funniest I have seen for quite a while.

It is strange. I am not sure they did it on purpose or it just worked out that way like it does sometimes. It is funny but not for the reasons they were expecting. Just as Good of Cookery predicted many of the food trends around now in the 90s this movie takes all the clichés and supercharges them to turbo levels of stupid.

Also every scene that is trying to be serious is funnier than the actual jokes. Maybe it is due to being friends with a lot of people who work in hospitality and chefs but a lot of the story beats rang true such as them partying hard (throwing bottles of hard liquor at a poster of his dad), not putting up with bullshit, buggering off for a while when they were sick of it, head butting someone, having your partner shack up with your best friend et cetera.

There are characters but that is hardly that important since it is the story that you end up following. Anthony Wong puts on a sterling performance as himself wearing a beanie and leather jacket and crying while eating a bowl of noodles in one scene. His performance is so great it dwarfs the others around it.

As a Chinese New Year movie it is a success but it may be a bit too weird for some people. If you are a fan of Chinese cooking or cooking shows I would recommend it as you would get a lot more out of the jokes.

I still thought Anthony Wong as God of Cookery was bullshit but he did look cool on that giant banner. I would buy one of those if it was available.

I did end up yelling out one of the God of Cookery lines during one scene and “bullshit!” several times. I could not restrain myself due to some things being so stupid.

Clearing out some stuff

Abraxas VHS PAL 1991 release (Ex-Rental)
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=322419860633

SORCERESS VHS PAL THORN EMI RELEASE (Ex-Rental)
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=322419863891

Drunken Master II – Australian Chinatown Video Release VHS (UNCUT)
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/-/322417453593?

DIM SUM VHS (PAL)
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/-/322417455767?

Macho Man Randy Savage Collector’s Edition (Region 4)
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/-/322417465300?

Why Mad Max could only have been made in Australia

 

NB: This was originally written as a pitch
for a comedy site and abandoned.

I recently had the chance to see the
recording of the FAQ show for Ozflix with
Bruce Spence. We could only ask one question so mine was 300 words long.
I ended up having to cut it so I asked if the people making the movie
knew that if it was something that could happen in the near future and
not just a movie. He used the word prescient in his answer and said that
George Miller was “a bit of genius”. The first movies were about the
fuel crisis of the 1970s. Fury Road was about water.


So this happened

and then this

Despite there being many Australians
involved in the Hollywood film industry, the country does not have many
iconic film characters apart from Skippy, Crocodile Dundee and Mad Max
that are world famous. Wolverine does not count unfortunately.

The original Mad Max film was based
on Dr George Miller’s experience from dealing with a parade of carnage
through his emergency room in a time when cars were much more powerful
than today and more poorly regulated and more importantly, when drink
driving laws were lax.

In the city where the original film
was made there were vast suburbs stretching out in all directions with
lots of well made, straight, flat roads that helped the production. It
also led to many imitators both in Australia and overseas but Mad Max is
still the most iconic.

When the film was made in the late
1970s the gas crisis was a recent memory so the plot about the world
running out of fuel for cars seemed like a real possibility. There are
also a lot of other things that contributed to the movie being what it
is that will become apparent as we go on.

Despite what some fans are saying
about the new movie, it is an Australian production as a crew of 800
people went over from Australia to South Africa and Nambia to shoot the
film and many of the extras were Australian actors.

What I want to talk about in this
article is how the original film could not have been made in any other
country than Australia (an alternate reality of Mad Max being made in
Hollywood could be dealt with in another article.)

1. The political environment

Australia does not have the law that
its Prime Minister can only have two terms so at the start of the 1970s
after two decades of the one political party being in power, people were
ready for a change https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jykIqQxEOw

Gough Whitlam tried to institute
real change, but that went about as well as could be expected, he is
famous for being the only Prime Minister to be fired by the Governor
General

While he was in the Whitlam
government did pass a lot of reforms that led to a lot more creative
things going on including kicking into gear the local film industry due
to free university degrees and a lot more people going into creative
industries as a result.

http://www.whitlam.org/gough_whitlam/achievements/environmentcultureheritage

The Australian Film Commission was
created on July 7, 1975 and began making substantial grants to feature
film, documentary, television and short film projects.182
It significantly extended on the support for the Australian film
industry that began with the Gorton Government. This support contributed
to the renaissance of Australian cinema that took place in the 1970s and
1980s, reviving an industry that had stagnated for decades. This support
allowed the expression of a new confident cultural identity through
film. Iconic and critically acclaimed films such as Picnic at
Hanging Rock
, Gallipoli and The Last Wave
were produced with funding from the new Australian Film Commission.

2. The Australian film industry in the 70s

At the start of the decade the
Australian film industry had “had a bit of a lie down” for about 20
years and even some of the more famous Australian films such as

They’re a Weird Mob

Wake in Fright


and

Walkabout

were not even directed by
Australians as while there were still people working in TV and film it
was thought no one would see Australian movies if they made them.

The subject is covered in depth in
the documentary “Not Quite Hollywood” about the “boom” time of
Australian cinema from the introduction of the R-rating (NC-17) and the
10BA scheme through to the slump in the 1980s due to over-investment in
shoddy productions.

http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/research/statistics/archtax10batype.aspx

When first introduced in June 1981,
10BA allowed investors to claim a 150 per cent tax concession and to pay
tax on only half of any income earned from the investment. Government
concern about the cost of 10BA over the years meant that concessions
were progressively reduced to 100 per cent. Division 10BA was
closed to new applicants in July 2007 with the introduction of the new
Producer Offset. The concessional status for investment in productions
holding a valid 10BA certificate remained available until 30 June 2009.

3. Actors available

While Mad Max was famously one of
Mel Gibson’s first movies that he only got the role for after turning up
for casting with a black eye after getting into a fight, there were also
many other cast members who had been in many other films in the previous
decade that directly contributed to making the film what it was.

No, I was not named after the movie
“Tim” it was the BOOK

Several of the actors had already
been in movies together, namely the movie Stone which is as much the
spiritual successor to Mad Max as any other movie

According to Stone’s producer Sandy
Harbutt Roger Ward went over to the pub that the Hells Angels who were
playing the extras were drinking at and yelled out “All Hells Angels are
poofters!”. Some of the fights in that movie were pretty real.

Not forgetting one of the most
important people involved in the film, stuntman Grant Page who was in a
lot of Australian movies in the 70s and early 80s http://www.abc.net.au/arts/stories/s3306721.htm

 

4. Director

Director George Miller was a doctor
before making the film and famously had to use his own van in one of the
stunts for Mad Max as they were running out of money.

http://www.madmaxmovies.com/mad-max/cast-and-crew/george-miller/index.html

There were a lot of young directors
at the time due to the film industry having a revival in the 1970s
people like Brian Trenchard-Smith, Peter Weir, Phillip Noyce, Gillian
Armstrong, Fred Schepisi amongst others who started off small and then
went off to work in Hollywood or overseas due to the Australian film
industry not being big enough to sustain them all.

http://dspace.flinders.edu.au/xmlui/bitstream/handle/2328/1565/N_Prescott.pdf;jsessionid=54D6B25FEBAC435D8DDE915D695230D0?sequence=1

During the 1970s , following the
confluence of numerous different factors, t ere was an extraordinary
revival of Australian film. The graduation of the first group of
students from the newly-created Australian Film, Television and Radio
School(AFTRS), was one factor; students like Gillian Armstrong and
Philip Noyce left their studies and began to work in the industry, and
settled alongside filmmakers like Fred Schepisi, Bruce Beresford and
Peter Weir, who had entered the industry in other ways. The other
factors ushering in the revival are also significant: in 1970, Philip
Adams and Barry Jones (working with the blessing of then Australian
Prime Minister Gorton) travelled around the world researching
Government-funded film industries, with the brief to prepare a detailed
report recommending ways in which an Australian Film Industry might be
literally “established”. After much wrangling and two changes of Prime
Minister, the new Australian film industry was brought into being.

One of Peter Weir’s first movies
“The Cars that Ate Paris” also has the porcupine VW Beetle that makes a
welcome return in the trailer for the new Mad Max movie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q424p7lWD-U

5. Car culture of Australia

Even though they were both USA car
brands, Holden vs. Ford rivalry was the source of many playground fights
growing up, sadly there are not going to be any car manufacturers left
in Australia after 2016 when the last of them shuts down as the current
government has decided to pull the plug.

The peak of car manufacturing in
Australia was in the 1970s where a car manufacturer’s race the Bathurst
1000 was held once per year by cars actually in production. If you go to
see the museum at the track you can see all they did was weld roll bars
into a real production car that still had its back seats installed and
souped-up the engine http://www.motoring.com.au/news/2012/sports/bathurst-1000—the-superstar-70s-32315

While not as money-rich as the
Formula One or having a big a following as NASCAR, the V8 touring cars
still do a series of races around Australia and the Formula 1 race in
Melbourne is the only one where they actually have another class of cars
racing on the track before the big race or nobody would come to it

Australian cars in the 1970s were
big an boxy, if you got into the crash the car would be fine, it was you
would be smashed up. There was famously a car that was deemed “too
dangerous” to release after an incautious motoring journalist took it
for a test drive one Sunday morning.

http://www.drive.com.au/motor-feature/why-they-killed-off-the-aussie-supercar-20120622-20sfx.html

With the popularity of cars in
Australia and the number of road accidents, drastic measures had to be
taken and the Traffic Accident Commission started airing graphic road
accident commercials on network television as part of various campaigns
mirroring the violence in the Mad Max movies but showing the real
consequences

https://www.tac.vic.gov.au/road-safety/tac-campaigns/20-year-campaign

A 20 year retrospective of all the TAC campaigns
from the past 20 years.

To commemorate this 20 year anniversary, a five minute
retrospective of TAC campaigns from the past 20 years has been
compiled. This montage features iconic scenes and images from
commercials that have helped change the way we drive, all edited to
REM’s moving song ‘Everybody Hurts’.

As an aside I did once borrow a VHS tape from the
Australian Centre for the Moving Image called “The Road Worrier” that
was totally based on Mad Max but had a golden driving instructor robot
and advised students to “DON’T BE A NERD! TAKE YOUR TIME”

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/alt.religion.kibology/UkLvCQWKe8o

Title The Road worrier (304757)
Physical Colour; Sound; 19 min
Produced 1986
Distributor Film Australia (FA)
Synopsis Examines driving hazards encountered by young
people when
they start to drive: inexperience on roads; traps to avoid when
dealing with car dealers. Also looks at how to acquire good
driving skills. Prod Co
Distributor Film Australia (FA)
Prod Co: Film Australia
Director Karl Zwicky
Subjects Automobile driver education; Automobile
driving; Automobiles
Purchasing; Film Australia

Asking ACMI for a copy of “Rolf Harris Water Safety”
is left as an exercise for the reader https://twitter.com/ACMI

6. Geography

Despite being a flat, straight and
six lane freeway, the Melbourne to Geelong road is still dangerous and
claims several lives per year

http://www.theage.com.au/data-point/geelong-roads-deadliest-in-state-20121221-2brv3.html

The Weribee Plain is part of the
Western Volcanic Plains and starts at the You Yangs, that are actually
the remnants of volcanoes that have worn down so much only the lava
plugs in the middle remain.

http://www.nre.vic.gov.au/plntanml/biodiversity/directions/volcanic.htm

This meant a very flat road with
good looking locations such as the bridge where they took the railings
off to do the stunt where the motorcyclists went into the river. Also on
the same bridge one of the stuntmen actually got hit in the head by the
motorcycle’s wheel.

You can actually go see where they
filmed parts of the first movie fairly easily if you are living or
traveling to Melboure. Due to hoons messing up the place in their cars
the author has left some locations off the list

http://www.madmaxmovies.com/making/madmax/

“Note: Some locations I have
discovered are privately owned, and for that reason are not listed.
Additionally, I have noticed evidence at some other locations that
people have been hooning around in their cars. DON’T let this be you.
It’s rather childish, and spoils it for everyone else when I’m forced to
remove locations from the list as a result. Thanks.”

The second and third films were
filmed a lot further out near Broken Hill and do not have the same feel
to them. The outer suburban malaise where all you can do is drive around
and yelling out at people before wrapping it around a power poll at
100mph is a popular thing for younger drivers to do still, the Victorian
government had to change the laws to restrict the number of passengers
probationary drivers could have due to so many accidents.

https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/licences/your-ps/p1-and-p2-probationary-licence-restrictions

Australian band TISM also covered
this topic in their song “Greg! The Stop Sign”

There is also the song “Maltby
Bypass” which I cannot find online that is about the region around
Weribee telling the story of Johnny Cash having is photo taken on the
side of the road and a family car breakdown a decade earlier

Strong roles for women in Hong Kong movies

Chung Bik-ha as Blackie in The Blade who doesn’t take any shit from nobody, even the bullies who cut the sole of her foot.

Brigitte Lin as Lien Ni-Chang and it goes without saying when she becomes the White Witch she is unmatched.

Michelle Yeoh as Sister Ko in Butterfly and Sword.

Maggie Cheung as Qiao Li in Comrades, Almost a Love Story in one of my top 10 favourite Hong Kong movies.

Maggie Cheung as Lingyu Ruan in Centre Stage.

Joey Wong as the ghost in a Chinese Ghost Story.

Karen Mok as Bak Jing-jing and Athena Chu as Zixia in A Chinese Odyssey Part 1 – Pandora’s Box, I like the scene where they keep setting Stephen Chow’s crotch on fire.

Xu Jiao as Dicky in CJ7, yes another role where a young girl plays a young boy but she is good at it.

Michelle Yeoh as Yu Shu Lien, Ziyi Zhang as Jen and Cheng Pei-Pei as Jade Fox in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Kei Gwong Hung as little Ding Dong (girl playing a boy again), Kara Hui Ying-Hung as Rainbow Sword in Demon of the Lute.

Bingbing Li as Shangguan Jing’er in Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame.

Brigitte Lin playing twins in Dragon Chronicles: Maidens of Heavenly Mountain.

Cheng Pei-pei as Chin-erh in Dragon Swamp.

Brigitte Lin as Mo-Yan and Maggie Cheung as Jade King in Dragon Inn.

Joyce Godenzi as the Cambodian guerrilla leader in Eastern Condors especially the vicious stabbing she gives to one of the baddies during the ammo cache fight scene.

Brigitte Lin as Master Asia Invincible in East is Red. She even manages to overshadow the ninja submarine in this movie and also has a bald albino ninja wearing a nappy who has carrier pigeons in his mouth.

Pop duo Twins playing the Chopstick Sisters in the movie Fantasia. You would think it would just be stupid but it is quite fun.

Zhou Xun as Ling Yanqiu and Gwei Lun-mei as Zhang Xiao Wen in Flying Swords of Dragon Gate. I liked the bandit leader more than the main hero, they wore like Ancient Chinese punks.

Josephine Siao as Miu Chui-fa in Fong Sai Yuk. “It’s shit to be chased by the dogs!” is still my favourite line from this movie.

Carina Lau as Kar ling in Forbidden City Cop, the best on-screen wife for Stephen Chow in any of his movies.

Karen Mok as Sister Turkey in God of Cookery, her character manages to bring humour and pathos to the role and she has a big heart.

Anita Mui as Wonder Woman, Maggie Cheung as Thief-Catcher Chat, Michelle Yeoh as Invisble Girl. The top of the heap for good roles for women in Hong Kong movies. There has been no better trio.

Anita Yuen as Wing in He’s a Woman, She’s a Man. A sex-change comedy but it is very sweet and honest.

Maggie Cheung as Mrs Chan in In the Mood for Love do I really need to say why?

Lily Ho as Ainu has delicious revenge against brothel madame Lady Chu played by Betty Pei Ti in the movie Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan, I have not seen a more satisfying revenge movie in a long time.

Sandra Ng as Sophie Yam the triad boss’ wife in her “hungry tigress” stage and the line “My baby has no anus” not even the most weird thing in Jiang hu: The Triad Zone which also includes Anthony Wong as a life sized household god statue.

Shu Qi as Bai Gu Jing with a dirty face in Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons. Yes, I know Stephen Chow told her to “not look so pretty” in the role, but I like her roles more where she does not get naked. I did an entire page of her making funny faces http://hkmovies.timchuma.com/jttwctd_funnyface.htm

Anita Mui as Madam Sung in Justice, My Foot! where she plays the wife of Stephen Chow’s character. She has to rescue him at one point.

I love Ai Kago and Shum Ying in Kung Fu Chefs so much even though the movie is a bit bleh, she kicks arse! She reminds me of a friend who is a professional dancer and is tiny.

“Women are cunning!” is one of the main things to take away from Kung Fu Cult Master, Sharla Cheung as Chao Min, Gigi Lai as Chow Chi-yu and Chingmy Yau as Tsu Chu all do well.

Yuen Qui as the Landlady in Kung Fu Hustle steals the show, my favourite scene is when she non-verbally threatens the gang boss in the back of his car.

Yuen Qui somehow ended up in Kung Fu Mahjong by Wong Jing after the success of Kung Fu Hustle, pretty much playing the same role but in the modern day.

Hui Ying-hung as Mei-ling in the movie the Lady is the Boss takes over a kung fu school and introduces “gay dancing” and fights baddies while riding a BMX “I like it!”.

Maggie Cheung as Maggie Cheung in the movie Irma Vep is great, especially since I can’t tell what parts were made up and which were real. Her reaction when someone asks her if she is a lesbian seems pretty geunine.

Anita Mui as Yuet and Maggie Cheung as Hsien in the movie Moon Warriors that also includes the main character riding a killer whale.

Anita Mui in Yang Luming in Mr Canton and Lady Rose as she is very classy.

Karen Mok does an excellent piss take of Natalie Portman’s character from Leon the Professional in Out of the Dark. The movie is a bit dark for a comedy.

Maggie Cheung being the butt of many jokes in the Police Story movies and also getting injured by explosives in Police Story 2 🙁

Michelle Yeoh jumping a real motorbike onto a real moving train in Police Story 3.

Michelle Yeoh’s performance in general in the movie Project S.

Michelle Yeoh as Michelle in Royal Warriors.

Maggie Cheung as single mum Ellen in the movie Sausalito, yes I used to watch everything that screened at my local Chinatown Cinema.

Chen Jiajia as Kualo in the movie Seven Swords. She’s Kualo! Do I even need to say a reason? If I made a movie it would be her backstory.

Cheng Pei-pei as Miss Yang who ends up being a whipping avenger in the movie the Shadow Whip. I am sure I saw her use someone’s leg to hit himself in one scene using the whip.

Shu Qi as Lyn, Zhao Wei as Sue, Karen Mok as Officer Hung in the film So Close and “almost, but not quite” movie but it is still fun in parts. They only hint at a possible lesbian relationship which is an opportunity wasted.

Terry Lau Wai-Yue as Demon Mom in the movie Super Inframan chowing down on scenery.

Brigitte Lin as Invincible Asia in Swordsman II.

Michelle Yeoh as Inspector Ng and Cynthia Rothrock in Yes Madam. I do not need a reason.

Sylvia Chang as Superintendent Nancy Ho in Aces Go Places.

Kara Hui as Dai-Nan in My Young Auntie who seems to hate fun.

Anita Mui as Fleur in Rouge, this movie was very sad.

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.