Author Archives: Alex

Ghostbusters

“Bustin’ makes me feel good!” Ghostbusters is legitimately one of the greatest films ever made. I like it more every time I see it, and I get more out of it each time I see it. There is something about … Continue reading

Drive

  Drive has been on the fingertips of everyone in Antipodean critical and festival circles for months. It wasn’t until this week, after being thoroughly sick of the hype, that I finally got to see it. Was it worth the … Continue reading

Snuff

Samuel Vimes is one of the most beloved, and most featured, of all characters in the ever broadening Discworld series. When Terry Pratchett presents you with a City Watch book (“City” having become increasingly loosely defined as the series has … Continue reading

Reamde

  Neal Stephenson and I go way back. Snow Crash, his breakthrough novel, was an enjoyably zippy future-tech adventure, overly hip and over in seconds. Over the years he learned verbosity and the ability to write more than was strictly … Continue reading

Jonathan Franzen – Sydney Opera House, September 13, 2011

(Working title: Franzen of the Opera) A loose report of various things that may have been said at the talk. It must be a huge burden to have people call you “America’s greatest living novelist” or “one of America’s greatest … Continue reading

999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors

Nine Hours. Nine Persons. Nine Doors. A survival horror visual novel, 999 is much more of a reading exercise with occasional puzzles thrown in than it is a game. This does nothing to dampen the experience, but it will be … Continue reading

John Dies At the End

John Dies At The End is not a novel, but a monster stitched together piecemeal from the detritus of David Wong’s mind over the course of several years. That it never delivers on the promise made by its title would … Continue reading

Louis C.K. – Sydney Opera House, September 4 2011

I don’t know how to review stand up comedy. I can’t exactly do a joke by joke dissection, because then everyone dies – the joke most of all. I will start by saying that Louis CK’s Australian accent is atrocious: … Continue reading

Mobile Police Patlabor – the original series

The original Patlabor OVA raises an interesting prospect when it comes to recommendations: because I have no idea what’s presently showing on Japanese TV, what I present to you is a selection picked from my own collection amassed over the … Continue reading

The Help

Before I went to see The Help I braced myself for a horribly misguided racial nightmare, but in the final analysis I found myself quite surprised. While I can see where people would take issue with this movie’s themes and … Continue reading