The Hour

The Hour

Many in Film & Television circles regard Film Noir as dangerous territory. As for television itself, I often hold an utter disdain for itsoftentimes overtheatricality and false amusement. And with that said, I am quite irreverent that The Hour was axed from production after 2 highly satisfying series.
Although the acting was at times below par; we are, of course, inclined to make certain concessions to the concerns of television series production. And with this in mind, I viewed The Hour as a triumph of a late modernist Film NoirinTechnicolor as tragedy in both the climax of story and the decision to cease itsproduction.

Amongst the powerful characters lies our heroine, Bel (played by Romola Garaiand her illfated liasons with crusading newsman Lyon (Ben Whishaw). The storyline of captivating intrigue (arms race, smut, corruption) also frames failed personal sacrifice (in newsman Hector and his allsuffering wife Marnie) and the pursuit of rigour during the time of newsroom advent. Marnies character is a subtle victory by Oona Chaplin, granddaughter of the late Charlie Chaplinas both the epitome of the declining role of housewife and, one might venture; the disparaging of perceived beauty. With great cinematography, set design, and costume Id only wish the series could only press on.

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Daylesford Chilli

NERO Hot Sauce

Rael Thomas is a Victorian musician and sound composer. He has a history with a tremendous number of acts including Cataclysm 31, Changing Falls, and various ongoing solo projects. However, Rael is not one to give up the day job: hes recently created the first run of a range of hot chilli sauces, sourced from local and homegrown ingredients; with his Daylesford Chilli Company offering us the missing link in Chilli sauce heritage. That is hot sauces developed from an extensive crossbreeding and refining of those rare and ultra hot chilli strains. Ranging from the delicious through to the selfdepecrating variety; these sauces are simply incredible! Personally, Id recommend a bottle of the First Edition Nero Habanero.

You can buy online at: http://daylesfordchilli.com/

And keep an eye on their Facebook page for the latest: http://www.facebook.com/DaylesfordChilli

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

Whats in a name? I fail to comprehend the intent of this one. That said; TEED (Orando Higginbottomhas sprung up from the bowels of contemporary pop with a release that is, in many regards, the epitome of the music of these times. In what could be the 90s dance version of Two Door Cinema Club, their Trouble release ticks the all the right boxes. The album begins with a sound that somewhat mirrors early Hot Chips recordings with French label Kitsuné and then progressively slides into a charade of dubstepelectronica mellow. Confusing? Not really; this band certainly holds your attention and one can only anticipate a tour on the back of Trouble that takes in an Australian summer.

Perhaps simply check this standout track Tapes And Money and see if you like them?

The Discipline of Loving You (Diego Ramirez)

Hurrythere is but 3 days left to check out Discipline at the RMIT School of Art Gallery.

Video and Mixed Media artist Diego Ramirez (Mexico) presents a titillating account of the physical and emotional construct pertaining to the female form in contemporary society. This ultrastylish and mesmerising video also invites the discerning viewer into the realm of fantasy. It offers a reflection on what you might agree is a stiletto tableau of appearance, love, and dependence in a world where the superficial reigns over that of the intellectual. The video is an almost pornographic exploit; displayed on 2 channel projections almost 10 feet high. Recommended for over18s only.

The Discipline of Loving You until 16th March: Building 2, Level 2 RMIT, Bowen St. City.

www.diegoramirez.net

Backroads (Philip Noyce)

Philip Noyce is a wellestablished figure on the Hollywood scene; responsible for such cinematic tyranny as the diabolical Salt, the pedestrian Patriot Games and The Bone Collector; among other such tedium. But Noyce is indeed an accomplished filmmaker despite the somewhat lame exploits of his latter years. His days of old were much more colourful and sublime; Backroads being his directorial œuvre dart. This 1977 film presents an unequivocal view of the ocker (orbogan‘) and his frustration with the views of his Koori peer. The film documents Jack (Bill Hunter) and Gary (a triumphant Gary Foley) as they traverse the Australian outback alongside guests such as Terry Camilleris Frenchie; all the while blissfully charmed along the highways by the warmth of Garys sometimemuse Joe (Zack Martin). This is one of the great films of late 70s Australian filmmaking.

The accompanied video offers some of the great moments in this tremendous film:

Tokyo Tower

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Tokyo is full of iconic locations and landmarks, and to list them all would take a stupidly long time. However, without a doubt, my favourite icon would be Tokyo Tower. Sure, there are a lot of things that catch the eye in places like Harajuku and Shibuya; but Tokyo Tower offers something that the others (in my opinion) simply cant matchthe view.

Standing at a height of 333 metres, it is the tallest selfsupporting steel tower in the world. Originally built for broadcasting purposes, the tower nestled in ShibaKoen now serves as a popular tourist destination, whilst remaining a principal provider of digital and analog broadcasts. Visitors are treated to a 360degree view of Tokyo from the main and special observation decks. In a country where a lot of time is spent walking backstreets and traveling in underground subways, the view from Tokyo Tower offers a new perspective on what the city is truly like. People become the size of ants, and the buildings resemble Lego blocks stacked tightly (and somewhat chaotically) together. It makes you realise how small you really are in an electric metropolis.

If you ever have the good fortune of going to Japan, make sure visiting Tokyo Tower is on your list of todo things.

www.tokyotower.co.jp/english/

Givers

It was splendid to meet the guys from Givers –they were very cheerful, attentive, and courteous. But when they hit the stage last night at The Corner Hotel all that changed. Their indie pop form of psychedelic & melodic rock sashayed from the whimisical to a thrashed out, totally heavy progrock finale. They were clearly focussed upon the music only, and not mere pleasantries. The band hails from Lafayette, Louisiana in the deep South, but the vocals (mostly by the enchanting Tiffany Lamson and guitarist Taylor Guarisco) are geographically much more varied; perhaps in need of a definitive style. And although theyre touring sideshows off the back of the Laneway Festival and doubleheadlining with Portugal. The Man I believe this young group is still in its formative stage. Its not simply their melding of styles; but Givers are incompetent in much of their vocal endeavours, and they perhaps need some kind ofhookorthreadin their style that will help define their identity. Regardless, and despite my opine that their hit Up, Up, Up is tired and motionless, they did in fact strut their varied talents quite well and Im still revelling in the fact they were such a nice group of novice rockstars! Have a listen to Meantime and see what you think: