(Please note, this entry was written over the stretch of a week, so the timing of it might be a bit funny…and there’s a lot of it!...)
Hope you are all having an unbelievably fantastic Easter weekend!
After a lazy midday sleep-in I am lying whimsically and languorously on the lawn in the sun, uploading my thoughts - can’t complain really. J Although, having worked the whole weekend at the box office, I think I deserve it! Sit back and relax with this melodious encounter, it has been neuf jours tres busy. ; P
(Contents: 3 x Comedy reviews, 2 x Movie reviews & some happy snaps)
Roll up to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Since opening day, Thursday, it has been a crazy house down at the Town Hall. The queue has been consistently ten to twenty deep, snaking outside onto the street come rain, hail or shine. Apparently Melbournians are mad for comedy - some of the big names have already sold out for the whole festival. If you haven’t seen anything yet, I highly recommend going to something. The city is abuzz every night (except Monday) and there are some serious belly laughs to be had. Come see me at the box office and I’ll sort you out! You can see shows from anywhere between $15-30. See below for a couple of reviews.
Competitive Bowls at its finest!
Last Saturday we headed out to the Auburn Bowls club to celebrate Geordie’s birthday. Thanks Geord and Soph for organising such an enjoyable afternoon. The bowls, food, drinks and perfect weather were wonderful revelation! I want to go back
and do it all again.
Unfortunately I didn’t take my camera, so I have no pictures of the many wayward bowls I made (ending up on the field of play two groups away). The award for the most raw talent undoubtedly goes to Mr Paul Gilbert who consistently hit fluky shots all afternoon (paradox?).
Vine Dancing @ Rochford Winery
The sky was completely overcast all day, the temperature was cool at best, there was even a sprinkle of rain at one stage, and yet it was a glorious day. The five of us danced and drank wine from midday till five (more or less) - a fine mixture of salsa, dance and mulled wine - perfect solution to a chilly day! Here are a few photos (Matt, finally, some photos of your girl! She’s so photogenic, it’s not fair!)…
Frank & Gabby of Melbourne Salsa take a class
(Earlier on in the day before even the instructors had had too much to drink!)
Jason & Mel enjoy some wine and relaxation
Gideon avec moi
Melissa & Adrian strutt their stuff on the "dance floor"
Ross Noble – The Randomist – 13/4/2006
Ross is without doubt my favourite comedian. With shows called ‘The Randomist’ and ‘Noodlemeister’, you cannot accuse him of false advertising. It is virtually impossible to tell which of his multitude of tangents and flights of fancy are scripted and which bits are off the cuff, such is the talent of the man. While the show wasn’t quite as funny as previous years (although with comedy, sometimes it can be just explained with the comedian having an off night) and it was a little crasser than usual, parts of it had the audience in tears, literally and in a good way. I highly recommend seeing Ross Noble as much as possible, unless you are an unwavering realist.
Daniel Kitson – Weltenschnauug – 16/4/2006
Mr Kitson is almost the Anti-Ross. Steeped in sobering reality, the beauty of his show are his cynical observations of the way things really are, but said in a way you’d never thought of before. The show wasn’t a million laughs a minute – I’m told there were more laughs and more audience interaction in previous years, which I was a little disappointed about. But, with a joyous melancholy and a sharp intelligence, Kitson’s comedy is for the thinking punter. A smart show that may even have you thinking long after it is done. Personally, I just like the fact that he was a fellow Ben Folds fan! ;-)
Tim Minchin – 19/4/2006
Mr Minchin is a bit of an enigma – a little hard to describe. He’s listed under cabaret in guide, and yet is a little too dark to be cabaret. A little strange, you think he might break into a nervous breakdown at any stage, and yet once you settle into the performance, there is a lot to enjoy, laugh at and feel toasty about. A mixture of songs and stand-up, it is definitely the songs you are there to see. Written and played by the man himself on the piano, his songs cover all sorts of topics, and he is obviously both intelligent and musically talented. Meanwhile his stand-up makes a nice balance to the music, although a little rough around the edges. He is a favourite of most of the box office staff for a reason.
Ice Age 2 – The Melt Down: 3.25/5
Cast: Voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Sean William Scott
In a Nutshell: Awesome graphics, corny story – cute and funny.
Synopsis: The ice is melting and they population of creatures must get to THE boat.
Not quite as good as Ice Age. The graphics are probably better – very realistic fur!, but the jokes are not quite as witty. There are a few great scenes, eg. Anything with Scrat in it and the mini-sloth scene. The two new possum characters are also a bit of fun. However, the story line was all too predictable and on the sickly sweet side.
Failure to Launch: 3/5
Cast: Matthew McConaughey (Wedding Planner, Reign of Fire), Sarah Jessica Parker (Family Stone, Sex & the City), Kathy Bates (Misery, Waterboy).
In a Nutshell: Unexpectedly funny Rom Com
Synopsis: 35yo male still lives at home, female is hired to make him fall in love with her so that he will move out. You know the rest.
Bit of a ridiculous pretence to begin with, and a very predictable outcome. However, there is a lot of fun to be had in the getting there and the way the resolution comes about wasn’t bad. The supporting cast is very comic and steal the show, in particular Zooey Deschanel, Justin Bartha and Kathy Bates (she’s always good!). McConaughey and SJP do not really extend past what they usually do (ie. Cocky womanising stud muffin and thirty something woman going through an identity crisis in expensive shoes). I spent a lot of time wondering how much longer SJP thinks she can get away with playing a woman in her early thirties – maybe not what the director was aiming for.