Best Japanese Movies of the 2010s

Again, I have not really seen enough of these outside of a festival environment to do a best and worst list.

Outrage Coda (2017)

Beat Takeshi is still turning out solid movies and I didn’t feel like I missed anything not seeing the other films in this series.

Shin Godzilla (2016)

Very Japanese in the way the Legendary pictures movies are not. People may claim that Godzilla is hardly in those other movies but this movie is mainly meetings. The director’s experience on Neon Genesis Evangelion comes through as the monster is dealt with as if it is a natural disaster and then a military threat with combined arms tactics used.

Love and Peace (2015)

This was the first movie I watched after a stay in hospital as I had been wanting to see it for years. Worth it.

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013)

“Oh no I left the goats out!” Great to see a documentary about Hayao Miyazaki finally and as it turned out it was not his final movie after all.

The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)

This movie took so long to complete no one thought it would ever be finished. This director is the more prickly of the Studio Ghibili directors. A unique story and sweet visuals to go with it.

Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (2013)

Wooo-boy! A nice action movie and severe burn on do-nothing film “experts” who sit around talking about how they can make the best movie ever if they ever did anything.

13 Assassins (2010)

A huge ensemble cast take on a brutal lord. Everyone gets their chance to shine. There are many different cuts of this movie for some reason?


Best Indonesian Movies of the 2010s

I didn’t really see enough to do a “worst” part of the list. A lot of these are ones I saw at MIFF but the Raid movies and the Night Comes for Us are from other times and Netflix.

The Raid: Redemption (2011) / The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)

Truly epoch-making action cinema. Even if you do not watch Asian action cinema at all you would have watched something that has been influenced by these two movies. I keep seeing other stunts and fight choreography that has been borrowed from this film. Cecep Arif Rahman in John Wick 3 not being defeated on screen was due to the amount of respect Keanu Reeves had for the actor.

The Night Comes For Us (2018)

“When they are shooting it is like two dogs fighting over a bone, but as soon as the camera stops it is all smiles and backslaps.” – the director on whether the stars of the movie had a “knock down” clause like the Rock and Jason Statham.

Takes the action of the Raid films and kicks it up one notch further adding more gore and painful to watch violence. The Operator could do her own film easily. Also, when in doubt pop that collar!

The Act of Killing (2012) / The Look of Silence (2014)

When Errol Morris and Werner Herzog decide to jump on board as producers, you know it is something important and it was. At the Q&A for the first documentary I took 19 pages of notes, people asked question in Indonesian.

The second film was actually meant to be made first but was shut down by the army so they went to interview the perpetrators of the violence instead.

Best and Worst Korean Movies of the 2010s

I have gone more towards South Korea this decade even though I don’t often get the opportunity to see movies from that country outside of film festivals or special screenings. There is a stated goal from South Korea’s government for them to make quality cinema and spread their culture overseas they want to win all the awards. This is not in any sort of order other than by year.


Parasite (2019)

It only just came out but is pretty much ruling all at this point. If it wins the Academy Award for Best Picture Song Kang-Ho can run around with his underpants on his head and still get roles.

Train to Busan (2016)

Still don’t know how they are going to follow this up? I would like to see a parallel story following the high school baseball team from the other carriage. You can watch the prequel Seoul Station but it is not really necessary (I saw it on a double bill with this movie.)

The Age of Shadows (2016)

Best use of baby poo bum in a movie to break tension ever.

The Wailing (2016)

I could not organise my feelings about this movie into a form that I could put down. I have not seen a movie that punishes you so hard for making assumptions or thinking that you “get it”.

The Handmaiden (2016)

I felt like a perv watching this movie in the cinema. No wonder both sessions plus the bonus screening at MIFF sold out that year.

Snowpiercer (2013)

I do remember liking this at the time but not sure it stands up as much as the director’s other work.

Comrade Kim Goes Flying (2012)

And old-school propaganda movie from North Korea but with a nice sweet story and supporting equality.


War of the Arrows (2011)

I think this was a Korean Film Festival in Australia watch? I remember liking it a lot when it first came out.


The Yellow Sea (2010)

A good movie but it could have used more stabbing…



Rampant (2018)

More of a disappointment they could not decide if this wants to be an action movie or a historical drama. Everything stops dead when it switches styles. By all accounts Kingdom is everything this movie is not.

Aim High in Creation! (2013)

OK, this a cheat since it is an Australian director in director but gets special mention due to the director not telling the people from Stop CSG Sydney that she was making a communist propaganda movie. Doubly so since her and the tour guide director criticized at the Q&A the director of the Red Chapel for deceiving their North Korean hosts.

End of Animal (2010)


Best and Worst Hong Kong Movies of the 2010s


Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010)
Dr Donkey Wang I presume?

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010)
If you are a fan of Donnie Yen and martial arts movies I would still recommend this movie, otherwise you might want to wait for “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame” that looks a lot better (and it was).

The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2011)
While not essential viewing compared to some of Tsui Hark’s earlier work, it is still a lot better than the super serious historical Chinese epics or all the “Happy Birthday China” movies that seem to be coming out at the moment.

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (2013)
The better of the two Journey to the West trilogies by a mile.

Cook up a Storm (2017)
Accidental comedy masterpiece FUCK YOU DAD! *throws bottle of hard liquor at giant poster of Anthony Wong*

Shadow (2018)
For those of you who prefer your action more slow and complatitive

Project Gutenberg (2018)
This got a lot of shit but I liked it. That shot of Chow Yun Fat setting the counterfeit money on fire is totally not in the movie. Needs 100% more scenes of the engraving the money.

IP Man 4 (2019)
A nice wrap up to the series and well worth your time when it comes out on streaming or whatever service you get to see it through. I thought I reviewed the 3rd one by I can’t find it. This serves for both.


Monkey King (2014)
This film is a mess.

Sky on Fire (2016)

The Mermaid (2016)
Supposedly the biggest box office of the year in the world, why do I not care about any of the characters or story at all?

Bleeding Steel (2017)
Some of these actors should have just asked if they needed the money this much. I am ashamed to watch it.

L Storm (2018)
Not bad, just adequate, but movies have to do a lot more than just be OK these days. Louis Koo’s hair is indestructible as it even survives getting electrocuted and his suit is always immaculate.

Big Brother (2018)
I did like the go cart chase, but this movie seems like Dangerous Minds did it better in the 90s.

Triple Threat (2019)
Not enough Michael Wong, negative a billion! 2009-2019: Various other stats

Visits by country

# Country/Region Hits % of Total Hits Visits % of Total Visits
1 United States 14,562,557 36.34% 2,133,024 45.77%
2 China 1,509,849 3.77% 1,158,137 24.85%
3 United Kingdom 926,337 2.31% 456,422 9.79%
4 Italy 339,915 0.85% 192,885 4.14%
5 Australia 5,084,857 12.69% 181,078 3.89%
6 Russian Federation 1,737,461 4.34% 133,948 2.87%
7 Netherlands 8,404,556 20.97% 85,456 1.83%
8 Germany 4,711,765 11.76% 50,943 1.09%
9 Japan 203,641 0.51% 50,044 1.07%
10 France 731,084 1.82% 40,973 0.88%
11 Canada 225,701 0.56% 29,858 0.64%
12 Unknown 337,016 0.84% 27,456 0.59%
13 Ukraine 426,452 1.06% 22,155 0.48%
14 Sweden 120,141 0.30% 21,417 0.46%
15 Dominica 225,647 0.56% 16,932 0.36%
16 Ireland 23,887 0.06% 6,592 0.14%
17 Czech Republic 29,110 0.07% 5,425 0.12%
18 Taiwan 9,406 0.02% 3,264 0.07%
19 Hong Kong 14,075 0.04% 3,235 0.07%
20 Korea, Republic Of 6,526 0.02% 2,851 0.06%
21 Luxembourg 7,060 0.02% 2,780 0.06%
22 Poland 85,361 0.21% 2,745 0.06%
23 New Zealand 28,214 0.07% 2,402 0.05%
24 Belgium 11,610 0.03% 2,270 0.05%
25 Turkey 5,660 0.01% 2,107 0.05%
26 Spain 15,817 0.04% 1,624 0.03%
27 Switzerland 20,419 0.05% 1,588 0.03%
28 Finland 14,981 0.04% 1,478 0.03%
29 Brazil 7,058 0.02% 1,390 0.03%
30 Viet Nam 3,043 0.01% 1,325 0.03%
31 Norway 35,404 0.09% 1,200 0.03%
32 India 9,457 0.02% 1,145 0.02%
33 Austria 5,398 0.01% 1,119 0.02%
34 Singapore 5,563 0.01% 1,070 0.02%
35 Romania 9,412 0.02% 945 0.02%
36 Denmark 11,221 0.03% 920 0.02%
37 Mexico 4,498 0.01% 907 0.02%
38 Indonesia 5,150 0.01% 805 0.02%
39 Israel 48,766 0.12% 725 0.02%
40 Philippines 5,220 0.01% 649 0.01%
41 Malaysia 3,521 0.01% 555 0.01%
42 Greece 8,357 0.02% 505 0.01%
43 South Africa 2,474 0.01% 504 0.01%
44 Thailand 27,524 0.07% 474 0.01%
45 Hungary 5,439 0.01% 394 0.01%
46 Argentina 3,103 0.01% 384 0.01%
47 Portugal 2,227 0.01% 352 0.01%
48 Iceland 2,352 0.01% 281 0.01%
49 Iran, Islamic Republic Of 4,608 0.01% 279 0.01%
50 United Arab Emirates 1,848 0.00% 259 0.01%
Subtotal 40,030,748 99.90% 4,655,276 99.89%
Total 40,070,460 100.00% 4,660,547 100.00%

Top referral sites

# URL Visits Pageviews
1 62,265 188,476
2 49,575 31,971
3 10,831 95,071
4 4,206 21,121
5 1,902 2,460
6 1,506 6,643
7 1,449 18,769
8 1,296 4,476
9 1,220 8,681
10 777 988

Top search phrases

# Search Phrase Visits Pageview
1 tim chuma 558 9,620
2 tim chuma photos 283 4,239
3 peter lillie 233 2,050
4 the bawdies 219 32
5 steve prictor 182 1,648
6 atlanta coogan 156 1,094
7 female streaker 132 21
8 slim whittle 117 602
9 robot 105 134
10 tim chuma photography 99 1,174
11 stew farrell 98 824
12 eve von bibra 94 6
13 90 114
14 astroboy 88 61
15 fee bee squared 86 519
16 sideshow brides 84 767
17 stuart speed 82 648
18 wolfram sisters 76 131
19 megan washington tim rogers 75 213
20 tim rogers megan washington 68 167
21 66 66
22 kk juggy 64 809
23 stew farrell rrr 62 390
24 tim chmielewski 62 632
25 61 79
26 the shimmys 59 829
27 rohan hoult 58 264
28 57 261
29 chris altman 56 118
30 bawdies 54 10
31 blurb vs lulu 54 56
32 kibology/ gasmaskgirl.jpg 50 0
33 fred t farlowe 49 258
34 burlesque 49 303
35 jonnine standish 48 46
36 the rebelles 48 349
37 caravan music club 48 248
38 bombshell babes 46 58
39 toot toot 46 0
40 gideon preiss 45 239
41 rosemary walton 45 296
42 timchuma 43 784
43 chuma 42 50
44 brain chuma 41 46
45 stephen teakle 40 133
46 caravan music club photos 40 260
47 andrew ogburn 39 393
48 acey monaro 38 146
49 feebee squared 37 204
50 female streakers 37 0
Subtotal 4,409 31,391
Total 20,527 133,377

Top keyword searches

# Search Keyword Searches
1 the 1,724
2 tim 1,604
3 chuma 1,462
4 photos 820
5 and 677
6 club 470
7 melbourne 421
8 rrr 396
9 music 339
10 peter 333
11 band 312
12 of 311
13 caravan 304
14 blurb 302
15 lillie 297
16 lulu 286
17 bawdies 276
18 rogers 271
19 steve 250
20 washington 243
21 megan 236
22 prictor 233
23 photo 232
24 farrell 217
25 atlanta 216
26 coogan 205
27 cup 203
28 female 196
29 stew 189
30 community 181
31 robot 169
32 vs 166
33 in 165
34 squared 160
35 slim 156
36 drouin 155
37 photography 152
38 a 149
39 streaker 148
40 whittle 143
41 sarah 141
42 brides 140
43 chris 139
44 burlesque 138
45 juggy 138
46 festival 135
47 kk 133
48 fred 132
49 at 131
50 bee 129
Subtotal 16,125
Total 55,178 2009-2019: Top photo galleries

Running the numbers from 10 years of raw website logs shows the following. I have no idea of the timeframe of these visits could be anywhere in the range.

# Directory Hits Visits
1 /CommunityCup2007 238,194 61,906
2 /ToteLastDrinksEver 230,387 43,250
3 /AbsinthClub 181,875 55,330
4 /BeerBandsBurlesqueFloodBenefit 164,862 38,253
5 /Nymagee2009 150,458 36,285
6 /CommunityCup2010 134,767 39,036
7 /BoxWars16 132,040 22,682
8 /BoxWars15 113,847 15,847
9 /CommunityCup2009 109,046 29,093
10 /DSC50thAnniversary 108,060 27,267
11 /RobotvsWorld011009 107,385 5,534
12 /SomedayWellFindIt 107,220 31,637
13 /EspyRockdogsPieNight2010 106,631 32,689
14 /23Positions1NightStand 104,277 31,150
15 /K_nky020808 102,564 30,517
16 /LifeonMars 101,654 31,762
17 /SomethingGood 100,691 29,239
18 /RMS2006 98,337 25,473
19 /MelbourneBBQDay2009 96,351 16,571
20 /MelbourneBBQDay2010 92,727 18,901

Christmas – Large Number 12s

Christmas to where I came from…
New Year’s Eve with my new friend
Christmas to where I came from…
New Year’s Eve with my new friend

It was fun livin’ on a dream…
A big white dream
But I woke to see…
To see for real…
I want to go back to the people I love

Sleeping in your world…
Sleeping in this scene…
Has bought a change in me…
A change for real…

I want to go back to the people I love
I want to go back to the people I love
I want to go back to the people I love
I want to go back to the people I love
Christmas to where I came from
New Year’s Eve with my new friend
Christmas to where I came from
New Year’s Eve with my new friend

Mother your children have grown
Far away…
You talk to them on the phone
Once a week…

I want to go back to the people I love
I want to go back to the people I love
I want to go back to the people I love
I want to go back to the people I love
I want to go back
I want to go back
I want to go back
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
I want to go back
La la la la
Christmas to where I came from
New Year’s Eve with my new friend
I want to go back

Jolly Old Christmas Time

Band: Weddings Parties Anything

Album: They Were Better Live

Spoken by: Pumpy

Hi, I’m Ray Martin
Christmas as always, is a special time of year
A time for sharing special moments with your family and friends
On this special night, join me please ladies and gentlemen in a song of Christmas joy

I want all the gentlemen to sing “It’s Christmas time already!”
I’d like all the ladies in the house to sing “It’s jolly old Christmas time!”
And hopefully they’ll be enough people to prompt you

Oh, I can’t get a cab with money or threats!
It’s Christmas time already!
This is as bad as it fucking gets!
It’s jolly old Christmas time!
The pubs are shut and the shops are too!
It’s Christmas time already!
It’s pissing down rain and it’s 32!
It’s jolly old Christmas time!
A howling host of host of girls and boys!
It’s Christmas time already!
Survey the wreckage of the toys!
It’s jolly old Christmas time!
And I’m eating nuts and nectarines
It’s Christmas time already!
With poseable action figurines!
It’s jolly old Christmas time!
I’m shitfaced on sherry, and passionfruit flavoured wine!
Let us all be merry, it’s very nearly old Christmas time!
I stagger from the kitchen to the comfy chair!
It’s Christmas time already!
Watching a show about a magical bear!
It’s jolly old Christmas time!
I’m personally sick of this Christmas farce!
It’s Christmas time already!
Happiest time of the year my arse!
It’s jolly old Christmas time!
What time is it?
It’s jolly old Christmas time!
Once more for Clanger!
It’s jolly old Christmas time!
Chonk on! Goodnight!

Mick Thomas – Mr Peter Lawler!
(From the audience) – Fuck off you miserable cunt!


Taking the waters

Taking the Waters

By Lemony S Puppet Theatre

Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre, Thursday 28th November 2019

You want an objective review of this show, go someplace else. Critical distance = NONE! I cried as soon as the show started. There is a specific notice in the show’s publicity that it deals with death and themes around the end life.

I was surprised when Suzannah announced she was going to be part of this show as she had kept it pretty close to her chest and I try to keep on top of things my creative friends are doing so I can work out my schedule. I remember Suzannah commenting on my own post about people not scheduling things far enough in advance these days.

While I am familiar with the Muppets and other puppet theatre, I have not seen that much about more adult-oriented puppets and I don’t mean Peter Jackson’s infamous “Meet the Feebles”. There are two types of puppets in the show. The life sized puppet and the shadow puppets used to depict some scenes.

From the interview on RRR I did not know Suzannah was going to be doing more music and that she was going to be acting in it also. It is a treat as she is not doing that many gigs apart from the Cartridge Family as it makes her too nervous.

Special mention must go to the AUSLAN interpreted session I went to as I really wanted to see Suzannah sing, but also wanted to see what the interpreters were doing as when am I going to see that again?

I do not want to spoil what goes on in the play but it does concern the palliative care of big sister Duck with her sister Chook (Fiona Macleod) and musician Maggie (Suzannah Espie) who has come to help as she was begged to. The visiting nurse (Tamara Rewse) pops in from time to time and always refuses a cup of tea as she has “had six already”.

Despite the emotions on display there are also some funny scenes like Maggie dumping the cutlery out of the bench repeatedly and pretending to fold washing every time Chook comes home. Also the scene where they end up dumping the lasagne in the bin as they “fucking hate lasagne”. Just turn the light off and pretend you are not home, I swear this only happened one time.

Even though it is only the one room for the set I thought it does look realistic as the kitchen/dining room is where most of interactions happen in a house. Was like at my parent’s house, only strangers come to the front door, everyone who knew us went to the side.

The use of Suzannah’s songs in this is excellent as I have always thought they could be used to support a narrative. Special mention must go to the songs written especially for the show as this will be most likely the only time those will be performed.

The show has almost finished its’ run, but a little birdy tells me it will be having a longer season next year at a larger venue.

After the show I got to talk to Suzannah and also Tamara who said they did research in hospitals and around palliative care. I did also talk to Tamara about my mum being a nurse and that her performance seemed pretty true to life.

I did ask a lot of people if they were coming to this show and shared around the link for ticketing. It is a busy time of year though and hopefully it will get more people in the extended run next year.


Production details:

Writer/director & co-creator– Sarah Kriegler

Co-creator – Jacob Williams

Dramaturg & co-creator – Ben Grant

Set, costume & Duck puppet designer– Yvette Turnbull

Shadow puppetry designer & construction – Kyoko Imazu

Sound designer – Marco Cher-Gibard

Lighting designer – Rachel Burke

Composition/performer & co-creator– Suzannah Espie

Performer – Fiona Macleod

Performer/puppeteer/puppet maker – Tamara Rewse

Producer – Erin Milne (Bureau of Works)

Promotion photography – Sarah Walker



Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019: Monster / Woman

Performed by: Sabrina D’Angelo and David McLaughlin

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019

Quilt Room, Trades Hall, Tuesday 24th September 2019


This show was on last year at the Melbourne Writers Festival, I did not get to see it but my friend did and recommended it to me. I also saw Sabrina who was one of the models at the Dr Sketchys session at the same festival. I have wanted to see one Sabrina D’Angelo’s shows for years but have never been able to make it.

The show explores the lore behind the fable of Medusa from ancient times through to today with a lot of things in the show that I have not heard of. It shows the amount of research that went into the production as while the original Greek story is the most known, I did not know about Freud’s interpretation of the story.

Leading up to the show were some great promotional videos that hopefully will be included in the special features if the production ever ends up on DVD.

Sabrina is a great physical comedian, but this show was the chance to show off her more dramatic skills which she does as a great deal of the performance is just her head on a table. You wouldn’t think such a heavy concept based show would get so many laughs but it did.

David McLaughlin was excellent as the straight man and comic foil at times. He played seemingly a dozen different roles throughout the show well.

While the show does have strong feminist themes I would not say you have to be a feminist to enjoy it. There is a lot of things you could learn from it if you have an open mind.

An excellent show and right at home at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, this is the kind of production you want to have on the program.