Keeping track of a lofty man enamoured with life

Category: TV



A Beautiful Mind (2001) – unreliable narrator

Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) – unreliable female narrator plus hommes fatale

Ball of Fire (1941) – fast-talking dames, man as shmuck

American Psycho (2000) – unreliable narrator

Ninotchka (1939) – femme fatale

The Sweet Hereafter (1997) – tandem narratives

Rashomon (1950) – unreliable narrators, flashback narrative

Possessed (1947) – femme fatale, unreliable narrator, flashback

Dead Man Walking (1995) – unreliable narrator (more like, unreliable/imaginative implied author)

Detour (1945) – noir with femme fatale

Double Indemnity (1944) – flashback narrative, noir

Stage Fright (1950) – unreliable narrator and hommes fatale

WALLE (2008)

Elevator to the Gallows (1958)

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) –¬†fast-talking dames

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) – fast-talking dames

The Sapphires (2012)

Marley (2012)

14 Days In May (1988) BBC doco about inmates on death row, Mississippi

Dial M For Murder – suspense and noir

Chinatown (1974) – noir, period

The Paradine Case (1947)

The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo (2011 – USA verson dir. David Fincher)

The Aviator (2004) – period

Meet John Doe (1941) – period, heroine leads hero down the plank

Point Blank (1967)

Hold Your Man (1933)

The Grifters (1990)

Criss Cross (1949)

On The Road (2012)

Stardust (2007)

Not Suitable For Children (2012)

The Fall (2006)

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Les Miserables (2012)

This is 40  (2012)

Arbitrage (2012)

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Tomboy (2012)

My Year With Marilyn (2012)

Indiana Jones and the kingdom of the crystal skull (2008)

The Brothers Bloom (2008)

Helvetica (2007)


Moonrise Kingdom (2012) – Nova

Monsieur Lazhar (2011) – Kino

The Words (2012) – Nova – TERRIBLE

The Master (2012) – as per usual, brilliant PT.

Ruby Sparks (2012)

Hail (2012)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Seven Psychopaths (2012)


Game of Thrones S02 (2012)

Mabo (2012)

Breaking Bad S05 (2012)

Homeland S01 (2011) & S02

Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War (2012)

Puberty Blues S01 (2012)

From The Earth To The Moon (1998) – tribute to Neil Armstrong

Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes (2008)

Rake S02 (2012)

Underbelly S04: Razor (2008)

The Story of Film – An Odyssey S01

The Walking Dead S01-02


Devil’s Dust (2012)

The Sopranos


TV Favs

  • Boardwalk Empire
    • I’m a big fan of that period of time and the subject matter (mobsters). However, i was disappointed by the approach of the first season. Such a crying shame. Still, the show was interesting to watch.
  • Bored To Death
    • A film noir spoof with Jason Schwatzman playing the full time struggling novelist and part time private investigator sleuth. Based in New York City, Ames (Schwartzman) is confronted with writers block so decides to post a listing on gumtree/craigs list as a reliable PI. The next moment sees him entangled in an occupation that he is completely out of his depth in and consistently has to call upon his two dependable friends Ray (Zach Galifianakis) and George (Ted Danson) to bail him out of trouble. A very light and entertaining show that is fun to watch how the hard-boiled detective genre can be re-imagined in virtually any context.
  • Breaking Bad
    • Such a great concept, turning the mundane into the fantastical. Walter, a high school science teacher, living an unhappy existence juggling two jobs trying to meet the repayments of crippling debt has just been diagnosed as having the later stages of cancer. At an all-time low he stresses over how to settle all of his families debts whilst securing a financially sustainable future for his teenage cerebral palsy son and pregnant wife. An epiphany occurs to him as he experiences a narcotics bust shadowing his brother in law Hank (a DEA agent). He decides he will produce crystal meth with the help of one of his old troubled streetwise pupils Jesse.
  • Carnivale
    • I was gutted when they prematurely ended this television series. The first of what was to come from HBO of an impeccably high standard of production skills, Carnivale took my household by storm. Every Sunday night we would glue ourselves to the television box on the edge of our seats trying to piece together the many clues that were given to use as the narrative progressed. However, with every answer that was offered a myriad of new questions would emerge. So the expectations grew in the Carnivale‘s audience, ravenous for the answer to so many weird and wonderful questions. However, we were disappointed when HBO axed the show at the end of the second season. Apparently they were not able to uphold such immense production costs.
    • Set in the dust bowl of America during the great depression, Ben Hawkins has a gift that he is unable to understand and becomes an outcast of society, finding refuge in a traveling circus. He befriends and is understood by the various circus performers in the troupe as they travel along. Meanwhile, miles away in California is Brother Justin Crowe who has also developed a gift not completely unlike to Bens. Both seem to counter each others power and with the progression of each chapter in the narrative we are exposed to both protagonists pasts.
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • Dead Wood
  • Entourage
  • Family Guy
  • Friday Night Lights
  • John Adams
  • Mad Men
  • The Mighty Boosh
  • Rake
  • Sixth Feet Under
  • The Staircase
    • One of the most superbly crafted and captivating pieces of documentary film making i have ever witnessed. Jean-Xavier de Lestrade and his crew follow the homicide trial of Michael Peterson – a famous fiction novellist and columnist in Durham, North Carolina – who has been charged with the brutal murder of his wife Kathleen. Found at the foot of the Peterson’s family home staircase in a pool of blood in December 2001, Kathleen’s body is examined by several experts from both the State prosecutions team and the defense team. As the trial progresses the character of Peterson is scrutinized and new evidence spirals the case into intense complexity. Was it murder or a simple accident? Sure to put you on the edge of your seat, this eight-episode long television documentary will make you question some of the most important instincts you believe are finely attune with such judgments. Composer Jocelyn Pook heightens the drama with her expert use of strings.
  • True Blood
  • Twin Peaks
  • Wildside
    • One of the best Australian television shows let alone crime shows that has ever come out. Bill (Tony Martin) arrives back in Sydney to search for his missing son. Having originally left under compromising circumstances involved with his last job as a senior detective of the homicide unit he has few allies to call upon in his search for his estranged son. Namely, Maxine (Rachael Blake), a welfare worker and doctor dealing with the cities inhabitants who live on the fringe, and Frank (John Howard – not our former prime minister but the fella from All Saints and Sea Change), Bill’s former partner. What makes matters worse is a roaming serial killer targeting young males living on the streets. With razor sharp dialogue and what seems to be one of the first times handheld camera work was implemented in high-end productions, this series draws up important topical issues from society on a regular basis to induce debate and thought.
  • The Wire

Twin Peaks Quotes

Who’s the lady with the log?
We call her log lady

Mister Cooper, how do you take it?
Black as moonlight on a moonless night

I’ve got good news. That gum you like is going to come back in style.

Harry, I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just let it happen. Could be a new shirt at the mens store, a cat nap in your office chair, or two cups of good hot black coffee. Like this.
A present. Like Christmas?
Cooper nods and smiles encouragingly. They both sit and Cooper takes a sip of the coffee.
Oh man, that hits the spot.

Anything we should be working on?
Yeah, you might try practicing walking without dragging your knuckles upon the floor
(he chuckles)
Albert, lets talk about knuckles! (Truman grabs by the scruff of the collar) The last time i knocked you down i felt bad about it. The next time is goin’ to be a real pleasure!
(grabbing Truman by the scruff of his collar) You listen to me, while i admit to a certain cynicism, the fact is i am a nay sayer and a hatchet man in the fight against violence. I pride myself for taking a punch and i’ll gladly take another because i choose to live my life in the company of Ghandi and King. My concerns are global. I reject absolutely revenge, aggression, and retalliation. The foundation of such a method…(letting go of Truman’s collar)..is love. (putting on his sunglasses) I love you Sheriff Truman. (walks OS)
Alberts path is a strange and difficult one.

Oh, one more thing. (he hands Cooper a package. Cooper opens to reveal a badge) A book house boy badge. We all agreed, you’re one of us now.
Harry, i am honored beyond my ability to express myself.

Major…There’s nothing quite like urinating out in the open air.

Roger, i know the moves i’m supposed to make. And i know the board.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. And i’ve started to focus out beyond the edge of the board…at a bigger game.
What game?
The sound wind makes through the pines. The sentience of animals. What we fear in the dark and what lies beyond the darkness.
What the hell are you talking about?
I’m talking about seeing beyond fear Roger. About looking at the world with love.
They’re liable to extradite you for murder and drug trafficking.
These are things i cannot control.

Come to think of it, you know what i feel like Coop?!
What’s that?
A steak so rare you could sell it at Tiffany’s!

Would you like some pie?
Massive quantities. And a glass of water, my socks are on fire!