Have a look at this sign in a cake shop in Norton Street Plaza, Leichhardt. Sam Cavallaro probably feels he has crafted a memorable slogan. Clearly he has saved quite a bit of money by not employing a copy writer or an editor. What I love is the way it refuses to yield up a clear meaning. The dollar may lose its value with inflation, but these cakes are good even when they’re stale? No, that can’t be it. Perhaps: our cakes may seem expensive, but you’ll stop worrying about the cost when you actually eat them? But surely that isn’t it either. I know we’re not meant to scrutinise it like this, but honestly it’s not derision I feel but a kind of awe at its koan-ishness.
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- ABC TV: Smother (Kate O'Riordan 2021) 10 May 2021An Irish family saga with an unnervingly familiar plot line of a man who dies suddenly leaving his wife and children to deal with financial disasters he has hidden from them, this stars the eminently watchable Dervla Kirwan, and has some beautiful coastal scenery
- Damascus (Christos Tsiolkas 2019) 7 May 2021Christos Tsiolkas' novel about saint Paul.
- Locked Down (Doug Liman 2021) 7 May 2021Chiwetel Ejiofor and Anne Hathaway, both hard to tear your eyes away from, have decided their relationship is over but they're still living on the same house because of the pandemic lockdown. And then it turns into a heist movie, or not, or what? It's great fun. It looks as if it was made for home viewing, but I enjoyed it in the cinema, and even i […]
- Netflix: Borderliner / Grenseland (Megan Gallagher 2015) 6 May 2021A wonderfully convoluted Scandi policier. A good man finds himself getting more and more deeply enmeshed in criminal acts in the interests of his brother's children. The Norwegians know how to take family dysfunction to a very high degree.
- Binge: Mare of Easttown (Brad Inglesby 2021) 4 May 2021Kate Winslett is terrific as a cop in a small community – she knows the regular offenders, she's blamed when a disappearance remains unsolved, she bridles when someone from the County is brought into help her, her teenage daughter resents her but when she witnesses a crime can talk to the resented county cop. She's as rude as Olive Kitteridge, as […]
- ABC TV: Smother (Kate O'Riordan 2021) 10 May 2021
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- 500 people: Week Twelve
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- SWF 2021 Saturday
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