Archive for January, 2009
Recently had a short weekend break in Beijing. A bit rushed, with far too much to see in a weekend but saw a lot of Beijing all the same.
Made a trip to The Great Wall (Mùtiányù section 慕田峪), Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, ate a baby goose, drank some great tea, etc
Some thoughts on “Australmerica” which I saw last week:
Australians don’t speak with half a potato stuck in the back of their throat.
The wizard of oz is American! Was this a test of how many times “somewhere over the rainbow” can be regurgitated before vomiting?
The use of Elgar, was a nice ‘tear jerking” touch, but too much. Where was the Australian music??
The CGI contained too many mistakes, was too obvious and crude. Similarly you could tell when shots were prepared in the studio,
the colours were unmatched and bleeding obvious.
Does anyone say Crikey so much? In fact, does/did anyone ever say crikey?
(aside from that guy that played with sting-rays?)
Was this really a serious film about Australia? Or was it a piss-take? If it was indeed a piss-take, then great, it was a good one and great for a laugh. But if this is supposed to be ‘Australia’ one can assume Mr Luhrmann’s Australia exists in his imagination only.