Monday, 6 January 2020

Comedy & Movie Reviews 2020

Woof-o-meter :-
0-Die Bastard : 1-Crap : 2-Rubbish(watchable) : 3-OK : 3.5-Nice : 4-Good : 4.5-Very Good : 5-WOW

Other Movies seen, but at home - Other Movies

20.03.20 - 09.08.20 - COVID 19
Probably can't risk any shows incase I give it to the folks, because for old people it could be terminal.

24.09.20 : The Secret Garden - movie
Drama, Family, Fantasy : An orphaned girl discovers a magical garden hidden at her strict uncle's estate. Too real, be it by the archaic standards of the British aristocracy at the time. I don't know how this is PG because it's too sad and too depressing, and in fact I decided at the end it wasn't worth finding out what happened in the last half hour. Ironically Bridge to Terabithia(2007) was more fun, at least until the tragic death that scared everyone - lol -. Too many downs not enough ups. 2

23.09.20 : A Likely Story - Roll with the Punches : GD live-stream
Hosted by Concetta Caristo (PedestrianTV, ABC’s Fresh Blood, FBi Radio)
John Glover - Losing on the quiz show Think Tank.
Emma Ryan - Re-evaluating her drive to do sport after a wedgie in water polo.
Ange Lavoipierre (comic) - Returning the ashes of a veteran.
Grace Rouvray (Actor and writer) - Not knowing she has a broken foot.
Jack Gow (Radio National, ABC News Digital) - Mouldy apartment, and annoying neighbours.
3.5

23.09.20 : American Pickle - movie
Comedy : An immigrant worker at a pickle factory is accidentally preserved for 100 years and wakes up in modern-day Brooklyn. I didn't even smile at the trailer, but I thought the movie might be better. It is better, but it's not high laughs. Ok-ish. 3

22.09.20 Totally F*ct Trivia : GD live-stream
A current affairs/political quiz. I can't say it's super, but I kinda like it 3.25

18.09.20 : The Broken Hearts Gallery - movie
Comedy, Romance : After a break up, a young woman decides to start a gallery where people can leave trinkets from past relationships. It has the usual RomCom attractive people and a similar type story, but is different enough to be interesting as well. It's nice, it's fun, it's light. 3.5

17.09.20 : Tenet - movie
Action, Sci-Fi : Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. It might be because I couldn't hear half of what was being said, but I found this hard to follow. It also didn't help that there was no identifiers, because all you saw was everyone in the same uniforms and masks running around, and no context to what was happening, ie, something happens and you have to work it out. Also I don't think they explained the large rotating stainless door reversed you in time, because all you saw was someone come out of the door and start fighting, with some of the actions weirdly reversed. Also the SciFi didn't really start till after the second half. I should've really read the plot first. 3.5

16.09.20 : Bill & Ted Face the Music - movie
Adventure, Comedy, Music : Bill & Ted must travel through time to save the world. It's not funny, and it's rather simplistic, and all I can say is that it's visually light/bright, ie, up rather than down. It's only short at 90min, but by the last 10min I was wishing it was shorter. It's just not that interesting. 2

02.09.20 : ITS The News : GD live-stream
I don't think it was a good one, but then again I missed a lot because I can't hear that well when all the sounds aren't at the same level. With normal hearing the muscles on the ear drum tighten when things are too load to reduce the volume, and loosen to amplify soft sounds. With tinnitus it's 100% volume all time so you have to turn the volume down so the loudest sounds don't cause pain, and that makes the soft sounds too soft to hear. Plus it's hard to hear speech when there are background noises. 2

26.08.20 : A Likely Story - Pulling Out All The Stops : GD live-stream
The writing is probably not as professional as Story Club, but the entertainment value is the same. 3.75
Hosted Concetta Caristo (PedestrianTV, ABC’s Fresh Blood, FBi Radio)
Orya Golgowsky (Improv Theatre Sydney) - Being asked in for a job interview only for them to realise they called the wrong girl.
Hannah Pembroke - Blackmailing her parents for a birthday cake, when she realised her sister got one but she didn't.
Suren Jayamanne (Melbourne International Comedy Festival) - Boss Tony doing weightlifting rather than working.
Challito Browne (Frayed, ABC) - Playing D&D, but accidentally going to a B&D dungeon.
Patrick Lenton (JUNKEE) - Choosing Uni degrees that make you unemployable.
Bec Melrose (RAW Comedy, Comedy Zone) - Going to see a Volcano in Hawaii during a hurricane driven by an irresponsible captain.

25.08.20 Totally F*ct Trivia : GD live-stream
It's a current affairs/political quiz, which isn't my favourite, but it was ok. The only thing that would make it better is if the audience was a bit louder, because it adds a laugh track. 2.5

17.08.20 : Dr Karl’s House Party : USyd live-stream
I missed half of it getting online to work, but you did notice there was no audience, ie, no laugh track makes it less entertaining. 2.5

19.03.20 : The Current War - movie
Biography, Drama, History : The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world. The story was about DC V's AC, but what dominated the film was Edison's insistence that AC kills. The facts in this film differ compared to common belief, ie, Tesla invented AC, because Westinghouse already had AC, be it only for light. Tesla did induction motors and the AC electricity supply systems part. Quite good. 3.5.

17.03.20 : Enmore Comedy Club : Factory Theatre
You can tell it wasn't going to be that good when an audience of only 4 turn up because of the virus. Even with that, it wasn't a particularly strong lineup. I guess it's not worth doing anything until the virus is gone. Crowd : 3 - Me : 2.5

13.03.20 : Military Wives - movie
Comedy, Drama : With their partners away serving in Afghanistan, a group of women on the home front form a choir and quickly find themselves at the centre of a media sensation and global movement. It's a nice movie, but there's always a reminder of sadness in the background, ie, they are dreading news that a loved one has died in the war. Good. 3.75

12.03.20 : Bloodshot - movie
Action, Drama, Sci-Fi : Ray Garrison, a slain soldier, is re-animated with superpowers. It would've been better if it was done by professionals. Like if the director knew what he was doing he would've re-shot Vin's scenes so his limited acting skills didn't make him look totally wrong for the scene. Clunky story, execution, logic, dialogue, etc. It's ok, but it did feel a bit plain for a modern day action movie. 2.75.

10.03.20 : Enmore Comedy Club : Enmore Theatre
I don't go to this comedy night anymore because I find the vast majority of shows a disappointment - I think the crowd is usually dead so there isn't a laugh track -, which is odd because when this is moved to the Factory it's fine. Either way I went, and it was one of the best shows that has been done here. There was a big female lineup that did well, with Rebecca De Unamuno stealing the show - she is good comic, but this was next level stuff -. Other mentions was Randy, JF Harris(USA), and Waka(JPN). Crowd : 4 - Me : 4

09.03.20 : The Way Back - movie
Drama, Sport : Jack Cunningham was a HS basketball phenom who walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Years later, when he reluctantly accepts a coaching job at his alma mater, he may get one last shot at redemption. I dread going to see alcoholic characters because it's depressing, but this wasn't too bad and there wasn't that many drunk scenes. Overall it's quite good. 3.5.

07.03.20 : Goodbye 199 : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Becky Lucas, Ben Law, Cam James, Ben Jenkins, Alex Lee, Nakkiah Lui, Carlo Ritchie, Wil Erimya, Montaigne, Freudian Nip, Kate Mulvany.
The fundraiser was too serious because things looked bleak, but this one was fun because they found a new home for Giant Dwarf and everyone could enjoy themselves. Most of it was repeats from the last 6 years - they were from so far back that it was good to hear them again -. The standouts were Alex Lee and Ben Jenkins, who did this very clever recap of news stories for the last 6 years - it was that clever/sharp/fast comedy you expect from Uni troupe(The Delusionists/Project 52). And Carlo Ritchie and fake Steen Raskopoulos, ie, Wil Erimya - maybe these 2 should do a show -. Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 4.25

06.03.20 : Downhill - movie
Comedy, Drama : Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other. It's one of those things where they use awkward scenarios and long silence to garner some sort of a laugh response, ie, you laugh because you feel uncomfortable, not because it's funny. There is less awkwardness in the second half, but so that is more tolerable. There was maybe 3 laughs, so no, ie, not funny. 2.

04.03.19 : Stem Cells for the Brain: Are We Letting Australians Down? : Seymour Centre
Hosted by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. The first third was the technical section - not specific technical, but more a research overview -. Next was the legal/red tape of using stem cells. And lastly was interviews with parents with kids with cerebral palsy. The technical part was the only bit I was interested in, ie, the state of the research, but since there isn't much funding or interest in curing kids by the government, not many test have been done. The limited tests done show more promise in curing kids than regenerative cures for older people, ie, Parkinson's/Alzheimer's, but the government is more focused on the old. Basically the night's aim was to redirect funds more toward kids. On a side note, cerebral palsy and autism is more a brain injury than disease. Basically it's the injury that causes severe inflammation of the brain, and it's the inflammation that damages the brain. 3.5

02.03.19 : Story Club - I Don’t Wanna Leave! : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Host Cait Harris (The Sturgeon General)! - All those years as a hypochondriac had her totally miss a dangerous mole on her back.
Eddie Sharp (The Mix, Erotic Fan Fiction) - The 6 year old nemesis.
Alex Lee (SBS The Feed, Dragon Friends) - Living next to a 60 year old drug dealer lady.
Patrick Lenton (Editor of Junkee, Uncle Hercules & Other Lies) - Irate customers force Patrick down the aeroport tunnel, which doesn't exist.
Jacqueline Maley (Sydney Morning Herald) - The overly large amount of O'Connors, of which singer Lorde is a part of, organise a family reunion.
Zoe Norton-Lodge - A suspicious group of council workers asks to borrow a bucket.
Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75

26.02.20 : Comedyish – For Bush Fire Relief: Giant Dwarf Theatre
Host: Michael Hing, Suren Jayemanne, Rhys Nicholson, Bec Melrose, Ange Lavoipierre, Cameron Duggan, Kyran Wheatley. Good
Work In Progress: Sam Campbell
Exceptionally good. The scattered/randomness of the material is fun, and the fast delivery makes the laughs stack so it's even more funny. 3.75
Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3.5

20.02.20 : Bombshell - movie
Biography, Drama : A group of women take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network. I was going to skip this film because the subject matter is too harrowing, but I figured if i couldn't handle it I could walk. Well it wasn't as bad as i though, and in fact it was good. There were bad bits, but there wasn't that many and they didn't show it directly, so i was able to handle it. 3.5

19.02.20 : Comedyish – For Bush Fire Relief: Giant Dwarf Theatre
Host: Nikki Britton - Lineup: Lauren Bonner, Rosie Piper, Sam Taunton, Michael Hing, Larry Dean, and more!
The standup was pretty good.
Work In Progress: Gen Fricker
Gen's trial show is pretty good, ie , funny, but the end is traumatic when you think about what could've happened during the assault and the life if fear she has to endure afterwards . Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3.5

13.02.20 : A Guide to Second Date Sex - movie
Comedy, Romance : Laura and Ryan have been totally destroyed by previous relationships. In the hope of getting it right this time, they go out on a second date having no idea on what they are supposed to do. I don't know why this was pulled from a major release and changed to a few independent theatres, because ¾ of it if quite fun/funny. 3.75

06.02.20 : Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn - movie
Action, Adventure, Crime : After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord. Most of it is tiresome because it's not fun and it doesn't have much substance. I think they were going for a live action comic book feel, ie, not real, yet they added abhorrent graphical sadistic violence toward innocent people - it seems the trend to emphasise the evil villains these-days -, and that is something that shouldn't be in a stylised genre like this. Not fun. 2

05.02.20 : Dragon Friends Season 6 - Live D&D Comedy Show : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Usually the first show of the season isn't great because they are finding their feet, but this one was pretty good. When you think about it the DF's don't really need the game, because the improvised BS banter that is aimed at getting laughs is the highlight of the show.
Unfortunately Giant Dwarf Theatre is closing down so the show is moving to The Vanguard for the Mar show. I'm not sure if The Vanguard has changed but it only holds half the usual DF crowd, but more importantly it's not good/comfortable for general admission. If you get a dining table it's fine - upstairs is kind-of ok but small -, but for old people like me I don't think I can endure 3 hours of standing or backless stools. Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 4

30.01.20 : Zealot - Ange Lavoipierre (Trial Show) : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Damn, I had seen it before. There was something niggling about the name, so I went back an checked the 2 shows I remembered. The problem was there was a third show further back that I totally forgot about - probably because it wasn't great/memorable -. It's kind-of an abstract surreal telling of Ange's life when she kind-of joined a religious cult, was groomed by the Reverend's son, and then got very sick. The first time wasn't great, because it's quite disjointed, so you can imagine I had trouble concentrating on it a second time. Not enough laughs for me. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 2

30.01.20 : Midway - movie
Action, Drama, History : The story of the Battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it. It's like yo-yo in the first half, ie, it continually oscillates between some fast action and a lot of slow uninteresting. The second half is a lot better, because it's a lot of action punctuated with some slow interesting. As per usual with Hollywood, it's not perfectly done, ie, in edit, GCI physics, and logic. The first half seemed dull, but the second half made it worth watching. 3.5

29.01.20 : Underwater - movie
Action, Drama, Horror : A crew of aquatic researchers work to get to safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory. It's the usual, endure lame challenges to escape a structure that has suffered a disaster, type film that has been done hundreds of times before. Not even the addition of a monster added to what is a repeat of the same usual story. A nothing film. 2

27.01.20 : Like a Boss - movie
Comedy : Two friends with very different ideals start a beauty company together. One is more practical while the other wants to earn her fortune and live a lavish lifestyle. That was a lot better than the trailer suggested. The trailer gave the impression it was going to be over simplistic and poorly constructed, but it was actually intelligent and put together quite well. I found it fun enough to pass the time. 3.25

25.01.20 : Michael Shafar - Getting Better : Factory Theatre
Jewish one testicle comic, was quite nice. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3.5

21.01.20 : 1917 - movie
Drama, War : Two young British soldiers during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldiers' brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap. It's kind-of like a simplified slow-ish Saving Private Ryan (1998) with less brutality - the direct killing is hidden -. Most of the film is just two characters so it's a bit sparse, but it's ok. 3

17.01.20 : Bad Boys for Life - movie
Action, Comedy, Crime : The Bad Boys Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett are back together for one last ride in the highly anticipated Bad Boys for Life. The original wasn't anything special, but this is so slow boring and tedious, that I couldn't endure the last 1 hour. A story that was written on the back of a packet of cigarettes, and action and stunt driving 20 years out of date. 1

13.01.20 : A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon - movie
Animation, Adventure, Comedy : When an alien with amazing powers crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun the Sheep goes on a mission to shepherd the intergalactic visitor home before a sinister organisation can capture her. I should've known that I would've found this boring. I'm not a StS fan because the lack of dialogue removes any complexity that could make this interesting - especially for comedy -, so by 30 min I was yawing from boredom. I lasted 1hr before I left. 1

09.01.20 : My Spy - movie
Action, Comedy, Family : A hardened CIA operative finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, having been sent undercover to surveil her family. The first 30min isn't particularly funny, but after that it has laughs. Simple and quite amusing. Nice  3.25

06.01.20 : The Gentlemen - movie
Action, Crime : A British drug lord tries to sell off his highly profitable empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires. I'm not  fan of gangster movies because they usually use the gimmick of sadistic violence, but this one was pretty clean. And coupled to an interesting story told in an interesting way, it's actually an alright film. 3.25

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Comedy & Movie Reviews 2019

Woof-o-meter :-
0-Die Bastard : 1-Crap : 2-Rubbish(watchable) : 3-OK : 3.5-Nice : 4-Good : 4.5-Very Good : 5-WOW

Other Movies seen, but at home - Other Movies

27.12.19 : Jojo Rabbit - movie
Comedy, Drama, War : A kind-of sendup of the Hitler Youth. There was no hook the keep you interested, ie, the kid wasn't cute/charming, there was barely any comedy, and there wasn't much in the story. It seemed insensitive having a Hitler character until you find out he is a buffoon, but even with the buffoonery he just wasn't funny. I left after 1 hour due to nothing interesting happening, and I was one of only two people that chuckled occasionally. Skip it unless you have to see it. 1

26.12.19 : Jumanji: The Next Level - movie
Action, Adventure, Comedy : In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. This one felt less funny and too long, but that could've been from familiarity. Basically it doesn't have the surprise valve when you see this format being repeated. It's ok 3

20.12.19 : Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - movie
Action, Adventure, Fantasy : The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga. It's kind-of ok, it's just the quest at the start, which is a CGI time-filler with no story, that makes it dull. 3

17.12.19 : A Very Merry Chr-ITS-mas! : Giant Dwarf Theatre
The first half was a improvised cheesy Xmas tale, which was rather good, and the second half was a musical improv troupe. The musical half started off with versions of Theatresports games, ie, they sang one song a verse at a time, then switched to a line at a time, and then finally a word at a time. After that there was an improvised Musical, but there wasn't many songs. There was a story, which wasn't that funny, but they only did 2.5 songs. They needed more songs to cover up the story, but there didn't seem to be any cues for songs, ie, sing about it, so it was mainly talking. They sing at a high level so should've used more of it. Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.25

14.12.19 : Cirque Du So Lamp : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Singing, dancing, drill through nose, just your usual variety show. It wasn't bad, it's just that it wasn't for me. The first 25 years of Jordan was fun, but now she changed to another demographic that I don't belong in. Crowd : na - Me : na

13.12.19 : Playing with Fire - movie
Comedy, Family : A crew of rugged firefighters meet their match when attempting to rescue three rambunctious kids. Being PG it was always going to be a bit simplistic, and it only has occasional laughs, but it's nice enough. 3

10.12.19 : Dragon Friends and Friends play Christmas Werewolf : Giant Dwarf Theatre
I don't think this werewolf game is enough to make a good live show, ie, it's not that funny, but that could be because I just don't get it. 10 players get random cards that assign 5 villagers, 3 werewolves, 1 doctor, and 1 detective. Everyone closes their eyes and the werewolves awake and secretly select a victim and close their eyes again. Then the doctor secretly picks 1 person to save, ie, immunity, and next the detective secretly picks a person to investigate. They all awake and start accusing each other of being a werewolf, and a person is picked and killed. The aim is to find the werewolves before all the villagers die, or the werewolves win. There is no way to weed out werewolves by logic so all the accusations are pretty circumstantial, and because everyone was packed so tight on stage they could feel which player moved when the werewolves were picking a victim. All the Xmas shows have been pretty average except the last one, so this is a change, but this show doesn't have many dimensions so I think I would get bored with this fairly quick. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5

08.12.19 : The Good Liar - movie
Crime, Drama, Mystery : Consummate con man Roy Courtnay has set his sights on his latest mark: the recently widowed Betty McLeish, worth millions. Even though it's just a movie I find it hard to watch movies were innocent people get taken advantage of, so it's not my cup of tea. But for what it was, it kind-of was ok. The protracted ending that attempts to give the movie more credence dragged, so that is another negative point. Didn't hate it, ie, wasn't annoying, just not for me. 2.5

07.12.19 : Giant Dwarf Christmas Fundraiser Show! : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Looks like that is it for Giant Dwarf Theatre. It seams between the posting of this event and tonight, the owner/agent jacked the lease 150% and put up a for lease sign. Agents tend to push owners to jack rent so who knows what the owner will do if spoken directly to, because if you explain to him that he's better off with a 50% increase than a property that could be empty for 6 months, ie, lose 1000s, he might prefer the deal. There wasn't even bucket collecting like last time so everyone must have realised it's over, and because there wasn't a hard sell the show was quite good. It's a shame it's over. Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75

02.12.19 : Story Club - The End of the Line : Giant Dwarf Theatre
There was no repeat stories, and they were all good.
Hosted by Ben Jenkins - Working at a bar and trying to ban a drunk with his pants off, but the drunk calling his bluff
Jessica Tuckwell (Hot Mess, Les Norton) - Drunk and lonely at a wedding
Osher Günsberg (The Bachelorette, The Bachelor) - 14 year old Osher thinks he's in with two 16 year old girls, but they're hanging just to be nice.
Melina Wicks (The Weekly with Charlie Pickering , The Chaser’s Media Desk) - Buying a single brick from Bunnings.
Mark Sutton (Radio National, MICF, The Checkout) - Constantly having his food orders miss interpreted
Zoe Norton-Lodge - Being a people pleaser, Zoe encourages strippers that no one wants to see.
Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 4.25

29.11.19 : Two Tigers - movie
Comedy : Bumbling young man Fang Nan kidnaps businessman Zhang Chenggong for ransom. However, the captor becomes the captive when Zhang turns the tables on Fang and forces him to complete three tasks. It's starts off as a comedy, but then turns into self reflection of their lives. It's nice enough, and funny for the first half hour, but probably a bit too long. 3

28.11.19 : ITS Comedy Festival 2019! : Giant Dwarf Theatre
The first night was probably the better night because it had ITS Soap Opera, but this one was ok. The first 2 large Improv troupes were decent, but the third was a bit disjointed logically, ie, ideas not fully formed enough to be clear. The sketch was kind-of ok, but it was the standup that was good. Even though they were very new comics, the quick shorts sets keep the energy up. There was two Pros in Bec Melrose, who I didn't realise was such a strong standup, and Matt Okine with his new darker material. Matt's old silly food routines were light-hearted and blisteringly funny, but his new stuff is still ok. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.25

28.11.19 : Knives Out - movie
Comedy, Crime, Drama : A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family. I don't do murder mysteries so I don't know much about them, but to me the plot wasn't very remarkable. I guess I could see most of it coming. It's ok. 2.75

27.11.19 : ITS Comedy Festival 2019! : ITS HQ
Got there too late.

25.11.19 : Fisherman's Friends - movie
Comedy, Drama, Music : A city-slicker record executive tries to sign ten fisherman from Cornwall to record an album of Sea Shanties. It's kind-of sweet, but it's also kind-of sad-ish. It's nice enough, but it's probably for an older crowd. 3.25

24.11.19 : The Cranston Cup 2019 - 3rd semi final : Giant Dwarf Theatre
I guess it was a bit optimistic thinking we would get a level above 3 stars, because that is the highest you can expect thesedays. Cranston is always up and down, because there usually is 2 Pro teams and 2 armature teams. This had 3 newby teams and 2 semi Pro teams, but oddly enough it was 2 of the young teams that were the best. As usual the judges went with something different and went 1 newby team and 1 Pro team. Taking such a long break since seeing the last show makes you more tolerant, but to me it was the same as 10 years ago after all the Pros quit. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 2.75

22.11.19 : 21 Bridges - movie
Action, Crime, Drama : An embattled NYPD detective is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers. You can work it out beforehand, but overall it's a decent enough film. Not stellar but ok to watch. 3.25

19.11.19 : Ford v Ferrari - movie
Action, Biography, Drama : American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons, to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. I knew the story except for one fine point, but I think it will be an interesting enough story for the general public. It had some "Hollywood" car racing fakery, ie, drivers talking to each other across cars while racing, but overall it's pretty decent. 3.5

14.11.19 : Charlie's Angels - movie
Action, Adventure, Comedy : When a young systems engineer blows the whistle on a dangerous technology, Charlie's Angels are called into action. It's ok, just not very interesting. I think they were going for something like the first Charlie's Angels (2000), ie, funny, fun, action, but every gag fell flat leaving dull spots between the conventional action. Basically it's not exciting enough.  2

12.11.19 : Dragon Friends5 - A Live D&D Comedy Show : Giant Dwarf Theatre
It was the final of the season, and it was packed out to the max with people. It was good, it's just that I think it ran 1hr longer than normal to tie up lose ends - I did kind-of notice it was past my bed time -. There was also a half-arsed Cosplay, which was good. Story wise it wasn't one of those super clever mucking-around ones, ie, armature theatre "Where's my cabbages", but it wasn't as pointless as characters purposely trying it kill themselves - this show was still ok, it just didn't have the meat of something clever -. It was pretty funny, it's just that it kind-of ended on a low. It's not the fault of the show because ups and downs do happen in D&D, so they can't all be uplifting. Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 4

07.11.19 : Last Christmas - movie
Comedy, Drama, Romance : A self-centred woman meets guy, and her life changes. Through most of it I was thinking that this is ok, just not magic, ie, emotionally warm and fuzzy. But half way you realise this is not a saccharine sweet, suck you in emotional RomCom, type film. Leaning toward real-ish, ie, serious, rather than pure RomCom. 3.5

04.11.19 : Story Club - Spookaween Specdracula : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Ben Jenkins - Blind confidence makes him do a comedy routine that he knows always bombs.
Alex Lee (The Feed, Dragon Friends) - Haunted Kookaburra
Patrick Lenton (Junkee) - Goes on a holiday, only to be ghosted by his employer like he never existed.
Phil Spencer (Griffin Theatre, FBi Radio) - Being told you are now the tomboy's boyfriend.
Eddie Sharp (Erotic Fan Fiction) - Going on a Tinder date with a homeless woman just to use the story for Story Club
Zoe Norton-Lodge - Haunted Hills Hoist swallows an unfaithful husband.
Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.75

01.11.19 : MACC MANIA X : 10th Anniversary Show : Giant Dwarf Theatre
This is what real comedy was like, ie, genuinely lol funny. Asian comedy is not PC so it's still very funny, but it's also refreshingly direct, ie, comically brutal. All 4 comics were good, but the standout was Douglas Lim, who had tons of very funny stuff - he's also an amazing Green Day impersonator -, and the direct medical comedy of Dr Jason Leong. He has this joke about his wife having a tumour that got cut out after 9 months, and found to be a girl. 10% was in a different language, and 10% they talked so fast I could follow - old person problems -, but that didn't detract from what was a very good show. Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75

01.11.19 : Terminator: Dark Fate - movie
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi : Sarah Connor and a hybrid cyborg human must protect a young girl from a newly modified liquid Terminator from the future. I like how these new movies are more real, ie, serious, and less Hollywood, ie, exaggerated. Some very minor dry humour at the middle keeping with the serious theme - it was nothing like the gags in the old films -, and some character's view points being less than 100% logical, but overall I liked it just as much as the last one. 3.75

30.10.19 : Choose your own apocalypse : Seymore Centre
Hosted by Adam Spencer, and a foreword by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, 4 Scientists put their case forward in a competition to find the most popular apocalypse for the earth. There was Professor Tania Sorrell arguing for a pandemic, Professor Dale Dominey-Howes for Global-Warming, Dr Emily Remnant for the global decline of insects pollinating plants starving us to death, and Professor Geraint Lewis for a meteorite or other space anomaly, with the winner of the audience vote being Global-Warming. It was good, in an apocalyptic kind-of way. Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.5

22.10.19 : Zombieland: Double Tap - movie
Action, Comedy, Horror : Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family. Initially it's fun, but it gets tiresome rather quickly due to there being not much in it. Plus the gags get kind-of weak. Ok. PS there is a Bill Murray gag after the credits. 2.75

19.10.19 : Kitty Flanagan and Sam Pang - 488 Rules for Life : Seymour Centre
How to get a book that doesn't exist to #1 best seller. Evidently the book didn't exist, it was just a prop for a sketch on The Weekly with Charlie Pickering. But then people started going into bookshops asking for it so the bookshops asked publishers for copies to sell, but there was no such book. So the publishers asked Kitty if she would write one, and now it's #1. An "in conversation" book-launch comedy show is different, but it was actually quite good. In fact the 1 hour seemed to fly past very fast, which is a sign it was good. Sam doesn't have live performing experience, so was a little stiff, but that just made it funnier. Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75

17.10.19 : Nailed It: The Live-Action Reboot : Giant Dwarf Theatre
I think it was good, ie, lots of applause, it's just that I was a little out-of-it. Maybe I'm too old, or can't think properly anymore, or don't get the references, or can't hear that well, or feel removed because of having to wear earplugs, but I think I should've been laughing more. I did laugh a lot a Jordan Raskopoulos's Rock, Paper, Scissors, routine - this was clever, unlike some of the crude stuff in his last show -, so I don't know if it was me or the show. Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.5

17.10.19 : Maleficent: Mistress of Evil - movie
Adventure, Family, Fantasy : Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials. I only went to the first one as a time filler, but it turned out surprisingly good. So I took another chance, and this one is also good. Looks good and has plenty of story for adults. 3.75

14.10.19 : Joker - movie
Crime, Drama, Thriller : In Gotham City, mentally-troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. I should've trusted my instincts and not gone, because the life story of a 2-bit secondary degenerate character from another franchise is just plain stupid. The hardships of a hero is inspirational, but the hardships of a turd is still going to be a turd, ie, you don't get emotionally invested in d!ck. I found the trowelling-on of despair and hardship so overdone and long, that I only lasted 30min before I walked out. 0

10.10.19 : Gemini Man - movie
Action, Drama, Sci-Fi : An over-the-hill hitman faces off against a younger clone of himself. I don't know what the critics were complaining about, because it's a pretty decent/intelligent for adults, action film. The only thing to fault is the CGI physics engine for body movement is a bit exaggerated, but then again super-human body movement is probably what they were going for. 3.75

08.10.19 : Dragon Friends5 - A Live D&D Comedy Show : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Two new characters try to kill themselves as quickly as possible. These-days it seems a contest of how mad a situation you can shoehorn into the storyline. The subtle ones are very clever/funny, like the amateur theatre play, but the blatant ones, like 2 characters trying to kill themselves, have so much mucking around you kind-of miss not having a storyline anymore. It was still funny, but we are never going to know about the 4 adventures the Draggo's are supposed to take to stop the cult opening the last 4 gates. Crowd : 4 - Me : 4

30.09.19 : Story Club - Working for the Man : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Ben Jenkins - Teaching bank employees Improv, due to someone's stupid motivational idea.
Annaliese Constable (Queer Activist, Writer & Comedian) - Faking a hip injury as a kid gets her hospitalised in traction for 3 weeks.
Rosie Waterland (The Anti Cool Girl) - The dreaded sucking of the knob.
Rebecca Huntley (The Full Catastrophe) - Snow White wasn't PC
Kate McClymont (Sydney Morning Herald) - Investigating a major drug syndicate that was laundering money through  corrupt horse racing.
Zoe Norton Lodge - Alcoholic and delusional denim boss.
Crowd : 4 - Me : 4

27.09.19 : Laugh Your Arts Off' : Giant Dwarf Theatre
That was high level laughs. It also helped that the crowd was good, because Carlo Ritchie's routine was funnier this time, and Ashlee Brown was way funnier than on the 25.09.19. Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75

25.09.19 : Ange Lavoipierre & Natalie Synnott - What is the Meaning of This : Factory Theatre
I tuned out straight away due to Nat using words with alternate meanings that I didn't know. Like "dumb bitch" is the opposite to "dumb frignn bitch". I don't know if they are well know meanings for the words, or whether she made them up, but for old people like me it was hard to follow. Young people were laughing.
I didn't know what most of Ange's show was about, so wanted to slip out. I think it was caricatures of important/bad people in her life, ie, religious nuts. The last 15min had something I could make sense of, but for the rest I didn't know what was going on.
Crowd : na - Me : na

25.09.19 : Ashlee Brown - Millennial Fatigue : Factory Theatre
There is a lot of stuff, ie, talking, but overall I would say mild. It didn't help that the crowd was so small, ie, no laugh track, but it's nice enough. Crowd : 3.25 - Me : 3
PS: saw her in the 27.09.19 with a large crowd and she was very funny.

24.09.19 : Break Out New Zealand : Factory Theatre
Ft The Fan Brigade, James Roque & Eli Matthewson
One guy was very charming and affable and funny at the start, but all his material was race prejudice stuff that became unfunny after a period. Two girls sang songs, where I couldn't hear the lyrics because of tinnitus. And the third guy didn't make it to Sydney in time. Maybe if the other guy made it it might be worth it, but it's probably not likely. Crowd : 3 - Me : 2.5

24.09.19 : Georgie Carroll - Off the Charts : Factory Theatre
Her first show was a riot, but this one was sparse and a lot less funny. You can't really tell anything with a material trial show, and in fact other pros haven't been much better, so maybe the full show next year might be good. Lets hope she's not like Ivan Aristeguieta, a debutante one show killer with all the rest being average. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3.25

23.09.19 : Rambo - Last Blood - movie
Action, Adventure, Thriller : Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission. Sadistic gang violence and a poorly made film, and I figured I didn't need to see the 2nd half. They try to illicit and emotional response with tragedy, but when the innocent part is seriously injured an audience loses all investment in the thing. Boring. 0

20.09.19 : Hungry Beast - Unplugged : Giant Dwarf Theatre
That was more fun than the TV show ever was. This show was all about the behind scenes stuff, like the auditions, trying to get stories through the screening process, their best and worst stories, etc. I watched all the episodes but never was a fan, and that's because it was more serious than funny. I think I watched it because Dan Ilic was in it and he was always funny, but when I found out last night it was an Andrew Denton show the seriousness made sense. Not many people in the TV show stood out to me, like there were people in that show that I know now, but didn't know they were in it at the time, like Marc Fennell and Lewis Hobba, so you can guess how little an impact it had on me. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.75

20.09.19 : Good Boys - movie
Adventure, Comedy : Three 6th grade boys go to extreme measures to go to a kissing party. Fuk that was funny. It's one of those quick-fire comedies that are oh so funny. Good. 4.25

19.09.19 : Heath Franklin's Chopper - Giving it a Sniff : Factory Theatre
I'm not keen on Chopper anymore because I find it more Heath griping than Chopper comedy, but I figured it's cheap, and that I'm never going to a full expensive Chopper show again, so I went as a last hurrah. The first half was good but by half time I noticed I had stopped laughing, so ended up about the same as I thought. Ok, but I found the last quarter before the funny end jokes a bit tedious. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.25

19.09.19 : Rose Callaghan & Suren Jayemanne - Joke Babies : Factory Theatre
There was only 4 people in the audience, and 1 was a boyfriend, but actually it was quite nice. I knew some of the gags, which was ok because it was a while ago, but it was the audience member that broke Tony Abbott's leg that made the show. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3.5

19.09.19 : Ad Astra - movie
Adventure, Drama, Mystery : Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across the solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition. I think they were going for dark, brooding, thought-provoking, mystery, but what they achieved was something slow and without much mystery. Basically art over entertainment value. The first half was just slow setup with lots of superfluous filler, with the second not being that eventful.Basically a 5 min not very Sci-Fi story stretched to 2 hours. Slightly boring, but not much value in seeing it. 2.5

18.09.19 : Matt Okine - Work in Progress : Factory Theatre
I must have seen Matt do general standup over 50 times, and even with the repeats he was brilliant. But then I saw his first full show, and it wasn't brilliant. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't the gagging laughs that I had always seen before. This work in progress, and it was funny, but it did have a serious element. Maybe that's the difference, standup is non serious fun, and full shows are  something serious. Either way it was better than his first full show, so it was quite funny. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5

18.09.19 : Claudia Rae & Floyd Alexander-Hunt Split Bill : Factory Theatre
Quite good. I had seen Claudia before, but it must of been a while ago and only a short set because I only remembered the first 10 min. Floyd was funnier, but more strange, so some things were more odd than funny. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5

17.09.19 : Alex Jae - Loosey Goosey : Factory Theatre
How good is my memory that I go and see the same show again. I guess the name is in my sub-conscience, and that I didn't expect someone to do the same show twice in two separate shows. It was better the first time, because I did know the gags. Crowd : 3 - Me : na

17.09.19 : Robyn Perkins - Mating Selection : Factory Theatre
If there is someone that knows how to perform, this is it. She kept you engaged with high energy, like what you would expect from a professional host/performer, and had a lot of well thought out material. Which is understandable when you find out she is a scientist. It a show based on trying to analyse a fluid factor, ie, love, and uses her experience in a blind date comedy show at the Edinburgh fringe festival. Funny and very professional. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.75

16.09.19 : Little Women - movie
Drama, Family : A modern retelling of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel, we follow the lives of four sisters - Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March - detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood. I had heard the name before, but not anything about it, and overall if felt weird. I had to look it up afterwards because it seemed written weird due to the scenarios, ie, things that don't happen thesedays, and that's when I found out it's 150 years old. It was ok, but to me it seemed like a story about an annoying obnoxious self-centred character. Ether way it does feel from olden times. 2.5

10.09.19 : Dragon Friends5 - A Live D&D Comedy Show : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Going to an armature play last week seemed stupid, but it made the show bonkers funny. This week wasn't as funny, but it was still good. An evil priest takes over the asylum, but the Drago's penchant for burning things down fries him in the first 5 min. They thought they stopped the 3rd prophecy, but the forces of darkness make a sacrifice and the end of the world continues. Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 3.75

10.09.19 : Dragged Across Concrete - movie
Action, Crime, Drama : Once two overzealous cops get suspended from the force, they must delve into the criminal underworld to get their proper compensation. The reviews are right, it's slow. It alternates between a small skerrick of interesting, followed by a long section of slow. By half way I figured it wasn't worth knowing what was going to happen if I had to endure another 1:30 of slow, so I left. Too slow, too long. 1

08.09.19 : Danii Jo - This Is Terrifying: How to Panic Usefully : Factory Theatre
It's mainly storytelling and some songs about bad things that happened. This one is more therapy for the performer than anything else, because repeating what happened is kind-of cathartic. I was in the mood for something else, but them's the breaks. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : na

08.09.19 : Claire Yistelle - Made in Paris : Factory Theatre
I got blinded by the attractive pic in the blurb, ie, attractiveness attracts, and didn't check what the show was about. It turned out to be my least favourite thing, magic. I don't like magic, but if you do it's probably ok. Oh well. Crowd : 4 - Me : 3

07.09.19 : Mitch Garling & Rachael Millanta - Always Check Your Eggs : Factory Theatre
Even though it's chuckle laughs, these multi bills are quite good because there is a lot of material. Basically beginners doing a solo show usually ends up being sparse. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3.

07.09.19 : Harry Jun - Did You Bring Enough For Everybody? : Factory Theatre
The subject matter comes from him being a young teacher, and what he has to deal with. It's quite different/interesting, because it's an angle that you never see. Quite good. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 4

05.09.19 : Sci Fight Science Comedy Debate-Scientists should rule the world : Giant Dwarf Theatre
It shouldn't really matter who wins as it more entertainment, but it came down to 2 pretty funny debaters with facts, and 1 serious one, against 2 very funny debaters, and 1 serious one. Good. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.75

04.09.19 : Lauren Bonner & Gerard McGowan - Islands In The Stream : Factory Theatre
I think I might have seen this show before, so familiarity with their names might have been why it triggered me to think I should see it. Either way it didn't matter, because I didn't remember any jokes, and they were rather good. This was supposed to be a trial show, which can be sparse, but it was their regular routine with added new stuff, and that made it rather packed with jokes. Best show in the festival so far. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5

04.09.19 : KC Martin-Stone - I See Dead People : Factory Theatre
It started out good, but then it petered out. There were jokes at the start, be it with the occasional corny one due to her being a newby, but then it changed into more of a history lecture about the different ways different cultures treat their dead. Also it was a bit short at 35min, so an added Q&A or a what she's found digging for bones, would have been good. Crowd : 3 - Me : 2.75

03.09.19 : Luke Heggie, Alex Jae & Daniel Townes - Is it? : Factory Theatre
They were trialling new material - I should really check which shows are trials because I rather wait for the finished shows -, and it was ok. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5

02.09.19 : Story Club - ..and it went everywhere! : Giant Dwarf Theatre
A lot of new stories and one repeat story that was delivered very well.
Ben Jenkins - Pissing in the Paris skull catacombs
James Colley (Gruen, The Weekly) - Selective psychotic goose.
Greta Lee Jackson (The Feed, Skitbox) - Henry the VII disappearing wives mug.
Lewis Hobba (Triple J) - Hypnotised custard
Laura Hart (The Checkout) - House hopping sharehouse madness
Zoe Norton-Lodge - Being irresponsible when you should be responsible.
Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 4.25

29.08.19 : Jordan Raskopoulos - Renaissance Hydra : Factory Theatre
The problem with knowing too much is you remember when it was brilliant, so when it's not, it becomes average. It's just random stuff thrown together, and for me it wasn't strong enough, or at least strong enough compared to the old days. The first half had a intro and a repeat story, and it was ok, but the second half had an erotic fan fiction. EFF is passe for me because it's usually just one dimensional penetration by different characters - you could physically hear only a few people laughing here -. Followed by a comedic song about something serious - this one was just me, as other people were singing along. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 2.75

28.08.19 : Allison Tyra - Pussy Jokes : Factory Theatre
She says she rescues cats, but she's closer to a crazy cat lady. There's a lot of show/talking, which was good because it made the weaker jokes disappear, but it also made me think we were near the end when we were only halfway. Not a high end laugh-fest, but still very nice. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3.25

27.08.19 : ITS The News 2019 : Giant Dwarf Theatre
A panel discusses the news giving inspiration to improvisers. This time the Improv was better than the panel. It was ok. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3.25

22.08.19 : Angel Has Fallen - movie
Action : Secret Service Agent Mike Banning is framed for the attempted assassination of the President and must evade his own agency and the FBI as he tries to uncover the real threat. A bit of an implausible plot point, which you have to accept, drives the film, and action to keep you entertained. Basically it's your regular action film, just leaning to realism, ie, there's no cars jumping buildings type of fun. It's ok 3

20.08.19 : Bird evolution: from dinosaurs to DNA : Sydney University
Presented by Professor Scott Edwards, Harvard University
It was good, and a much more detailed and specific that the last general genetics talk I saw. You kind-of have to sit back in wonder at how qualified these scientists are, and the massive accumulation of information, and the need to mix different disciplines of science to make sense of it all, and the thought process they come too to come to a hypothesis, and the massive amount of time it took to learn all this. Basically you only have to go to one of these high end talks to realise what real science is, and who is talking out of their ass. It's only going to be me but I could just hear, so it was kind-of adequate, unfortunately it was such a low volume that the gravitas of the information didn't sink in. It was probably a good one, I just couldn't hear enough to be sure. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.75

19.08.19 : Who You Think I Am(Celle que vous croyez) - movie
Drama, Romance : There is more to it than just this, but basically it's a 50 year old having a pseudo relation with someone that she accidentally Catfished. All the signs were there that this was a foreign film, but the quick glance and decision gave me the impression it was English. Either way it was quite interesting. Interesting/clever trumps millions of dollars of CGI again. 3.75

18.08.19 : The Colour of an Electron : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Presented by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Professor Geraint Lewis.
Way better than Dr Karl's yearly talk at Sydney Uni every year, because it was a higher level of science. I guess Dr Karl's Syd Uni talks are dumbed down for children, even though he always mentions sex in them, and this one was full of children too, but thankfully they talked at an adult level, be it an entertaining adult level. Even the question section was at a higher level, and that includes the children's questions. I wish they were all like this. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 4

16.08.19 : Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood - movie
Comedy, Drama : A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. I knew all the references for the era, so it was good in that respect, but most of it is pointless meandering filler. Why we need to see someone fill a dog bowl for 10 min is a mystery, but the nothingness slows the film right down. It didn't have much story, yet alone meaningful story, so I skipped the last 30 min. I figured if nothing much happened in the first 2 hours, the end is not really worth knowing. A "nothing" film. 2

13.08.19 : Dragon Friends5 - A Live D&D Comedy Show : Giant Dwarf Theatre
This episode is why this format is way better for a general audience than the nerd D&D actual game play format. Basically it's a lesson on how to be entertaining. Watching people who's only objective is to win is boring, but watching people being silly to entertain is what a real audience wants. This ep was about 80% Improv comedy with about 20% game-play, where as the nerd ones are more like 75% game-play, and that makes it better to watch. This ep was about going to an amateur theatre production of "Who stole all my cabbages", and on a side note, how to stop the 3rd prophecy. Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 4.25

08.08.19 : Late Night - movie
Comedy, Drama : A late night talk show host suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show. This must have some sort of record number of written gags, it must also have some sort of record number of written gags that didn't work. Not the light giggles I expected, plus some minor technical annoyances, but overall I didn't hate it, so it is acceptable. 3

07.08.19 : This Sounds Like Science: Why Music is Maths : City Recital Hall
A bit sparse, but ok. I like it when there is a lot of info delivered fast, but this one could've had a lot more stuff - maybe it was for a younger audience -. I see Fourier transform in electronics all the time, now I know what it is. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3

02.08.19 : Carlo Ritchie - Drinking For Two : Giant Dwarf Theatre
A lot of RMS Titanic, and a lot of bisexual. Good. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.75

02.08.19 : Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw - movie
Action, Adventure : Lawman Luke Hobbs and outcast Deckard Shaw form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity. Action and some laughs, what's not to like. 3.5

27.07.19 : Noodle Girls - Shmood : Factory Theatre
There is a lot of girls running around in underwear, due to the full costume changes on stage every 5 min. I think the comedy is making fun of daggy things, like Country Road cloths, Ellen DeGeneres, etc. I found some old 3D glasses in the car so the lights in the face was acceptable, but I don't know if I couldn't hear - they didn't use mics, but I had to wear earplugs for the music -, or I wasn't in the mood, but I didn't laugh. I did laugh at the airport security sketch, and there was a few young people laughing - they might have been friends -, but overall most of the crowd was silent. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3

26.07.19 : ITS Soap : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Maybe I should go more often because the Soap part seems to be very high-end funny - the 2 I've seen recently have been 4+ -. The second half is New scene, Old scene, which the crowd can shout if the want a new scene or to go back to an old scene, that is a bit more ramshackle with faster switches - the crowd change scenes before they get established -, and not as good. It's not bad, and is still entertaining, it's just that it's not as funny. Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 3.75

24.07.19 : Apollo 11 - movie
Documentary, History : A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. You saw more in this movie that we saw on our old B&W TVs at the time. Apollo 11 was massive at the time, and everyone followed it, but what we got was a lot of quite crude TV footage - newspapers had better photos -. We never got to see the better quality footage because people had lost interest in Apollo in the decade before better quality TVs were invented. We never knew about the 1202/1201 alarms at the time, which was the Apollo Guidance Computer AGC skipping routines due to being overloaded by the radar, so the 50th anniversary documentaries have been a wealth of info of actual proof of what happened. 3.5

23.07.19 : ITS The News 2019 : Giant Dwarf Theatre
A panel discusses the news, giving inspiration to improvisers to do small scenes. I found the panel the funniest, but some of the Improv was ok. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3.25

19.07.19 : Table Read with Alexei Toliopoulos & Aaron Chen : Giant Dwarf Theatre
It was a cast of about 11 people doing a table reading of the whole script for the movie Looking for Alibrandi. A static table reading is not going to be as good as the film, but some of the cast, ie, the improvisers, made it more fun by adding extras like accents and as many gestures as you could do seated in a chair. I remembering watching the movie and liking it a lot, but I saw it only once 20 years ago and didn't remember a thing. So for me it was 3 hours of trying to remember what each scene looked like in the movie, and coming up blank. I didn't remember the suicide, nor the major plot point that Josie - I didn't even remember her name - was a illegitimate daughter where the father turned up 15 years latter. It was more interesting for me than anything, but the crowd seamed to like it a lot. Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 3.5

17.07.19 : Stuber - movie
Action, Comedy, Crime : A detective recruits his Uber driver into an unexpected night of adventure. It's got laughs and it's fun, so it was good for me. 3.5

15.07.19 : Booksmart - movie
Comedy : On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realise they should have worked less and played more. I feel like going back to see it again, because there was so many fast funny back-handed put-downs that I couldn't keep up because I couldn't get a coffee to keep me alert. Not technical, but fun and lovable. Good 3.75

13.7.19 : Lizzy Hoo - Hoo am I? What’s my name? : Factory Theatre
I don't think this was for me, because it was funny enough, and I probably would've stayed if not for the bright lights pointing at the audience stinging my eyes. I lasted maybe 20 minutes, but even then I had trouble driving because of spots in my eyes. na

13.7.19 : Ibis - Your City Our Bins : Factory Theatre
An ibis tries to garner sympathy for the most reviled bird in Sydney. Stupidly I didn't go to the first run of this show because I hate ibises - emotion over logic problem - , but the show is actually quite good. My circumstances wasn't great because I was in a bad seat and couldn't see that well, I also couldn't hear everything so I missed some punchlines, and I could read the cards you are suppose to read. Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.75

09.07.19 : Dragon Friends5 - A Live D&D Comedy Show : Giant Dwarf Theatre
It was a return to that clever banter that is so incredibly funny. You don't even need anything to happen when they are being clever, like this episode was basically going on errands with supposedly simple interactions/conversations, but because they pulled out the smarts and clever lateral thinking, it was crazy funny. And then couple that with Carlo logic, ie, a sentence that sounds like a profound statement, but is totally nonsensical, it just made it better On a side note, everytime I try to watch DF when there is no audience, like the Twitch streams, I don't find it funny at all. But put and audience in there and it's funny. It's like they feed off it being live. Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 4.25

05.07.19 : After - movie
Drama, Romance : A young woman falls for a guy with a dark secret and the two embark on a rocky relationship. i know a movie has to have conflict or nothing will happen, but nearly everyone was a complete d!ck so there was no ups in the first half. I walked in the second because I didn't like the characters degrading someone's else's self-worth to bolster their own in their own mind. Not for me. 1

01.07.19 : Story Club - When We Were Young : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Ben Jenkins : Being the worse at Rugby, yet his father would still cheer him on.
Nikki Britton : Going to the rim of a volcano isn't good enough if you're mum misses out on the breakfast buffet.
Josh Lawson : A poem that was a metaphor for his father estranged relation with his 5 sons.
John Collee : Going to the wilderness in Canada and meeting a man who killed another in a brawl.
Cait Harris : Her beloved dog gets sick.
Zoe Norton-Lodge : Being bit on the ass.
Nice. Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75

01.07.19 : Spider-Man: Far from Home - movie
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi : Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. In the first half I was thinking this is ok but a bit basic, and with dull spots. Like is this a travel show or an action movie. But in the middle they put a twist, something it needed, but unfortunately it was a bit lame and clunkerly done. Probably better for someone younger, but I suppose it's ok. 3.5

28.06.19 : Yesterday - movie
Comedy, Fantasy, Music : A struggling musician realizes he's the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate time-line where they never existed Very nice, but not in laughs, more in a sweet/nice way. There's couple of small things they could've done better to give it more omph and realism, but it's not that important. 3.75

25.06.19 : The Secret Life of Pets 2 - movie
Animation, Adventure, Comedy : Max has a phobia of everything. It's better than the first. I remember the rabbit being annoying and the story boring in #1, but this one wasn't annoying or boring. It's ok. 2.75

14.05.19 : Giant Dwarf 5th Birthday Fundraiser : Giant Dwarf Theatre
It's a shame but it looks like Giant Dwarf has become unsustainable, so they are doing this fundraiser. That's the problem with theatre is it attracts an older crowd, and they eventually get commitments, ie, babies, etc, so their patronage declines. I saw a lot of music venues die, not because of pokies, but because the demographic went from mobile with a disposable income to a stagnant generation that gets their entertainment online. It wasn't pure entertainment, because of the fundraising, but it was ok. Crowd : 4 - Me : na

13.06.19 : Men in Black: International - movie
Action, Adventure, Comedy : A young woman, who had seen some M.I.B. agent when she was young, tries to join M.I.B. Based on the trailer I expected this to be more fun than it was, but basically it's just more of the same, ie, CGI gimmicks to distract you from noticing that the story is a bit plain. The reason it's not fun is that every gag that they thought was funny, wasn't. It's not boring, but it's nothing special either. 3

11.05.19 : Dragon Friends5 - A Live D&D Comedy Show : Giant Dwarf Theatre
From what I could tell, it was a glorious shambles. All they had to do was go to the castle and get the next clue, but they tried for 1 hour to get a bucket of water to put a fire out and three of them died. This was not D&D, but pure comedic Improv using D&D as inspiration. Meaning they took every opportunity to do the ridiculous to gain laughs. I watched the Twitch D&D with Alex in it, and I could tell straight away the other players didn't know a thing about entertainment. It was like it was a bunch of D&D propeller heads that thought D&D was real, so they played it as a game, and that makes it not worth watching for a general audience with no interest in D&D. It didn't even have any pace, so as to keep the excitement up, so I had to watch it at 1.5x speed. Dragon Friends is a universal show for any audience, so it can attract non D&D aficionados. There was a lot of laughing so it must have been good, and even though the sound seamed ok I couldn't hear what was going on that well. I guess I'll have to wait for the podcast to figure out what I missed. Crowd : 4.5 - Me : na

08.06.19 : Ange Lavoipierre - Final Form : Factory Theatre
It's not super funny, but it's nice enough for a first time viewing. Crowd : 3.25 - Me : 3

07.06.19 : X-Men: Dark Phoenix - movie
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi : Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. There are so many of these movies and so many characters - most are only bit players -, that it's hard to have any interest in any of these.  The first half is by the numbers, ie, the tragic story, but then something big happens, that might affect you if you are invested in the series, making the second half more interesting. Generally the reboot series is more interesting, so I might possibly remember this one after I have left the cinema, unlike any of the old original series. 3

05.06.19 : Vital Science with Dr Karl Kruszelnick : Seymour Centre
There was a lot of stuff on Dr Karl's trip to the Antarctic. There was the "Milankovitch cycles", which predicts when we get Ice Ages due to the orbit of Earth changing from elliptical to circular and the tilt of it's axis. Currently we are supposed to be heading to a Ice Age, but it doesn't look like we will get it due to global warming. The fake story that we only use 10% of our brain. The scientist that tested rats by removing parts of their brain found out any brain removal made the rats perform worse, but somehow the papers miss quoted it to say we only need 10%. The fake Bermuda Triangle story, where a squadron of rookies was taken up by a drunk instructor who had got lost 3 times before and had to be rescued after running out of gas and ditching in the ocean. Fake facts also told of the rescue plane disappearing, but people witnessed it explode on take-off because the plane was fuelled for 24hr flights and the pilot lit a cigarette that ignited a leak on a poorly built plane made during the rush for WWII.
Science is truth, but tonight it felt like the idiots that spout fake facts was winning. There was children coming up to the mic saying that they didn't believe Climate Change, something their parents was spouting as the kids aren't old enough to understand science reports. Like if the parents don't believe in science, why are they taking their kids to a science show. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3

03.06.19 : Story Club - Look, I Can Explain : Giant Dwarf Theatre
It was ok, but some stuff wasn't that interesting for me and in one story I didn't know the references so didn't get the jokes.
Ben Jenkins : Doing a dump in front of a baby.
Emma Wortley : Over-reacting to a TXT sent to the work instead of a friend.
Summer Land : Going to a Halloween party dressed as a 8 year old Playboy bunny.
Todd Emerson : He told us about his show Hudson & Halls, a bickering gay couple on NZ TV that used to cook the blandest food.
Jordan Raskopoulos : Getting a job as the Beef Oracle.
David Marr : Election party. I didn't know the political references so I didn't get most of it.
Zoe Norton Lodge : Taking a sick child to hospital.
Fairly dead crowd that didn't clap much, so their score might be moot. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3.5

31.05.19 : Rocketman - movie
Biography, Drama, Music : I would have preferred factual Biography rather than this arty interpenetration of what happened, because the musical numbers and surreal dream sequences made you wonder what is real and what is made-up. You don't even know the time-line because there is no markers. Like I thought the story was nearly over, but it had only got to the marriage of Renata. Didn't love it, didn't hate it, and not any wiser to what happened. 2.5

30.05.19 : Godzilla: King of the Monsters - movie
Action, Adventure, Fantasy : Godzilla, yada, yada, yada. It's not Pacific Rim(2013) moronic, but some of the logic and characters are as annoying as hell. We knew is was going to be dumb going in, but I found it excruciatingly tedious as well. 1

29.05.19 : The light side: Illuminating life : University of Sydney - Charles Perkins Centre
Using illumination to better see details, eg, making cancer cell illuminate so that a surgeon can be sure they are all removed. More along the school kids level, so a bit simple for me, but it was ok. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3

28.05.19 : Enmore Comedy Club : Factory Theatre
I think I've seen too much stuff, and know the jokes too well, because it was a bit mild in the first half. Alfie Brown (UK) was new and kind-of angry, and was ok but he made the mistake of insulting the crowd twice in a row. Once and the crowd take it as joke, but twice in a row and it can get insulting. Luke Heggie is always good, and Tom Ballard was good as well.  Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5

28.05.19 : Gloria Bell - movie
Comedy, Drama, Romance : A free-spirited woman in her 50s seeks out love at L.A. dance clubs. Not a feel good romance, but more about feeling worthless and invisible in the second half of your life. No comedy that I could see, even though one woman was laughing throughout, and bordering on sad for most of the time. 3

26.05.19 : Melting Pot Luck : Giant Dwarf Theatre
The novelty wore off this second viewing, and now I realise this show doesn't work. It's not as bad as Randling, where no-one knows any answer so it's all blind sh!t-house guesses, but it isn't that far away because it doesn't require correct answers, just approximations. Like pronounce words from another language by phonetically pronouncing what is written, which could or could not even be correct. Or, each team guesses the origin of a sausage of one of the other teams, which results in the last team guessing the country that hasn't been revealed yet by process of elimination. This is never going to make TV like it is. Crowd : 3 - Me : 1

24.05.19 : Brightburn - movie
Horror, Sci-Fi : The Superman story if the kid was a psychopath. It was so excruciatingly tediously boring, that I left after 1 hour. Same monotonous predictable age-old horror set-ups, makes this gratingly boring. 0

23.05.19 : Me & My Left Brain - movie
Comedy : The daily struggle with your own self doubt, and that annoying left brain. It was amusing, intelligent, and I liked it a lot. There wasn't anything I didn't like, but I think they should've made the Left Brain always wear black so  you don't forget LB is imaginary. Lots of scenes set in Enmore, and I think it was recorded late 2018. 3.75

20.05.19 : John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum - movie
Action, Crime, Thriller : Super-assassin John Wick is on the run with a $14 million price tag on his head, after killing a member of the international assassin's guild. I wasn't exactly 300 head-shots, some were knifes to the head, but it's pretty much the same standard as the others, ie, modern day B-grade. When the super assign looks awkward and clumsy, like there was no training for the film, or even practising of the hand-to-hand fighting, it makes it look a bit average. It's what you'd expect. 2

17.05.19 : Dave Hughes - Hairy : Enmore Theatre
Most of the material was from Dave's TV show, but it was still very good. The only downer was that I caught the flu and was feeling poorly. Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 4

16.05.19 : Lauren Pattison (UK) - Peachy : Enmore Theatre
You know that downer feeling you get when things go wrong, like one show was sold-out and another isn't as funny as you wished, so you get depressed and wonder why you do this. Then a show comes along that makes your day and picks you up, making it all worth while. It's super delightful, ie, warm, fuzzy, cute, and super smiley comedy, that just grabs you - maybe this is a boy thing -. And to top that off she talks very fast, which makes you feel like you are getting double your moneys worth because there is so much content. Loved it. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.75

16.05.19 : Nikki Osborne - Bad Barbie : Enmore Theatre
She's is nice enough, and tries pretty hard, it's just that it's not that particularly funny. The crowd ad-lib was the best part. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3

15.05.19 : Nina Oyama - Nina Oyama Needs A Lift : Factory Theatre
I continue this blog so I can check if I have seen a show before, and then I go and see a show I've seen before. Thankfully I didn't remember the details, except that it was about driving fines. Which is obviously in the title, so stupid that I didn't notice the repeat. It's good, she's good, it all good. Crowd : 4.25 - Me : na.

14.05.18 : Dragon Friends5 - A Live D&D Comedy Show : Giant Dwarf Theatre
This time I listened to the podcast of the previous episodes to prepare, but I found them more entertaining/funny than being there. I guess I'm getting too old for this. Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.5

12.05.19 : Sydney University Arts Revue - Live from the Grave : Factory Theatre
It's very beginner level, which is what you would expect. It kind-of makes you realise how important Project52 was, because nothing gets you good fast like writing and performing every week. The good bit was the Judith Lucy impression - poor Judith got hammered -, a existential German comic, and a small Dave Hughes impersonation. Crowd : 3 - Me : na.

11.05.19 : Rhys Nicholson - Nice People Nice Things Nice Situations : Enmore Theatre
That was Rhy's best full show. He is blisteringly funny doing short sets, ie, 5 stars, but long sets can have a dip in the middle. This was 5 stars, small 4 stars in the middle - not many comics can sustain 5 stars for an hour - and then back to 5 stars. Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 4.25

11.05.19 : Jack Gow - Weltschmerz : Enmore Theatre
He warns you this is going to be wordy and self-indulgent, and it kind-of is. One good laugh in the middle, but not really enough for someone that sees a lot of comedy. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3.

10.05.19 : Pokémon Detective Pikachu - movie
Animation, Action, Adventure : A boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.It has Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, but it wasn't funny like Deadpool. The redeeming factor is they used young adults, so the intelligence level is ok for adults because it not juvenile. I think it was the lack of laughs, and the fact that I don't know anything about Pokémon, but I found it hard to stay interested. Nothing bad, and ok to watch. 2.5

09.05.19 : Lawrence Leung - Growing Concerns : Factory Theatre
I guess that's the end of the super clever, brilliantly constructed, 5 star Leung comedy that was so, so funny, because it's now just plain standup story telling without much construction. The crowd was also a bit dead, so their score was lower than it usual. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.25

09.05.19 : The Hustle - movie
Comedy : Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as female scam artists, one low rent and the other high class, who team up to take down the men who have wronged them. It's not a technically brilliant story - the fake sister skit was a little too improbable -, but it looks visually good so it's quite an attractive film. Basically "attractiveness attracts", ie, the ladies and scenery, so you don't mind the slight silliness. Not as much toilet humour than I was expecting, considering Rebel was in it, so it's not big laughs but more smile comedy. 3.5

08.05.19 : A Rational Fear : Giant Dwarf Theatre
ARF@GF v2.0 is better than v1.0 @GF, but it's still not as good as the heady days in Kings Cross. The bigger room and larger crowd helped, but I couldn't hear that well so missed some of it. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.25

05.05.19 : The Game is Afoot! : Factory Theatre
The name of the show sounded familiar, but I was unsure of going because I didn't know who was in it. But when the Magee gang appeared I surmised that it should be good. And it was. Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.75

02.05.19 : Big Fancy Quiz : Factory Theatre
A lot of ad-libbing and mucking around, with not much quiz, and it was quite funny. Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75

02.05.19 : Tom Walker - Very Very - Absolutely : Factory Theatre
Doing mimes the others dare not mime. I guess clown collage paid off when you mime breaking off your thumb and a woman screams because she thinks it's real. Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.75

02.05.19 : Long Shot - movie
Comedy, Romance : When Fred Flarsky reunites with his first crush, one of the most influential women in the world, Charlotte Field, he charms her. Not momentous, but still quite nice. It's hard getting over the visual disconnect of them dating, but that is the whole premise of the movie. Good 3.5

30.04.19 : Avengers: Endgame - movie
Action, Adventure, Fantasy : The Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions. It has the same big ending with all the character - half I didn't know because they are so obscure -, but the rest is more pondering than the occasional action fight like in Avengers: Infinity War (2018). Good enough that I'm not complaining 3.75

29.04.19 : Melting Pot Luck : Giant Dwarf Theatre
As a first timer I don't know what to think, but words like loose, rough, and even maybe schmoozle come to mind. I think they are aiming for TV game show because of some of the elaborate setups, but because it doesn't seam organised or rehearsed it feels rough. There is no use mentioning the faults when 7 of the 8 games needed tightening up, but Sam McCool was good. A second time viewing wouldn't be as bad because you know what it's like, but I hope the feel of the first time doesn't put people off. Might be ok with more work. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3

28.04.19 : David O'Doherty (IRE) - Ultrasound : Enmore Theatre
He was on-fire, and the jags were relentless from start to finish. I think that was his best one, or at least it was for me. Crowd : 4.75 - Me : 4.25

26.04.19 : Tom Allen (UK) - Absolutely : Factory Theatre
I didn't laugh as much as I wanted too, but that didn't detract from the show because Tom is quite good. He's not really like what you see on TV, he's very animated and has veteran skills, so is quite the showman. Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.75

26.04.19 : Felicity Ward - Busting A Nut : Giant Dwarf Theatre
They moved the show two days earlier and didn't tell anyone, so I missed it.

24.04.19 : Mark Watson(UK) - The Infinite Show : Factory Theatre
There are some comics that are pretty much guaranteed laughs, ie, David O'Doherty and Jason Byrne are nearly always a 4, and Mark is the same, just at a slightly lower level. It's not often you get to see real comedy, ie, laughs based on things that aren't serious, so it was quite fun. It took 5 years before he came back, but it was worth it. I rarely give more than 4 these days so 3.75 is pretty good. Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 3.75

12.04.19 : Little - movie
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance : A woman is transformed into her younger self at a point in her life when the pressures of adulthood become too much to bear. I knew from the promo that it was going to be lame, but I didn't expect so many excruciating uninteresting bits that made me think about walking out 4 times. 1

09.04.18 : Dragon Friends5 - A Live D&D Comedy Show : Giant Dwarf Theatre
It was good, especially for an opening episode, but I think I'm too old for this because I start fatiguing and tuning out. Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.5

05.04.19 : Shazam! - movie
Action, Adventure, Comedy : A foster kid can turn into the adult superhero by shouting out - SHAZAM!. Not as funny as Ant-Man, but along the same lines. Annoying illogical start, but it's fine after that. 3.5

01.04.18 : Story Club - More Fool Me : Giant Dwarf Theatre
3 I had heard, but they were so rare it was good to hear them again, and the other 3 were new, which is always good.
Ben Jenkins : Writing skits for a comedy show that is obviously going to fail.
Boaz Stark : Stealing money from his dad.
Susie Youssef : Pranking her parents for finical gain.
Patrick Lenton : Getting a job that your not qualified for.
David Cunningham : There is no gay porn.
Zoe Norton Lodge : All the clebs that I used to like are now all pedos.
Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 4.

01.04.19 : Five Feet Apart - movie
Drama, Romance : A pair of teenagers with life-threatening illnesses meet in a hospital and fall in love. It's hard to get motivated to go and see another version of this well worn story, but it looks professional and has attractive actors - a common hook with these -, so it sucks you in. The problem is that it has so many tragedies and downers - too many in a too long movie -, that you just want the lows to stop by the end. First time watchers of this story will like it. 2.75

15.03.19 : Fighting with My Family - movie
Biography, Comedy, Drama : A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment. I was disconnected for the first half the movie because I hate wrestling, but overall it's ok to watch, if maybe a bit slow. 2.25

07.03.19 : Captain Marvel - movie
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi : Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. I was wondering why this had a cheap/amateur feel to it, and then TV's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. turned up and made sense of the B-ish grade level. Leans toward the TV movie level - the dialogue and lame jokes certainly steer it that way -, but it's ok if you don't expect too much. 3.25

04.03.18 : Story Club - Buried Memories : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Three repeats, some real stuff, and a funny new one
Ben Jenkins - UBER rating got sinister.
Elaine Laforteza - Estranged father.
Dave Harmon - Lost friend.
Andrew Henry - Being a psycho Robbie Williams fan.
Jess Tuckwell - Dumping and being dumped.
Zoe Norton Lodge - Screaming does get things done.
Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5

28.02.19 : King of Thieves - movie
Crime, Drama : A true crime film about a crew of retired crooks who pull off a major heist in London's jewellery district. There was conflicting blurb that this was a serious crime drama, yet the trailer looked like it was a light comedy. It was in fact both. The first half is fun, but the second half is serious and not fun. It's ok, but it would've been better if it stayed mild and fun. 2.5

26.02.19 : Fall in Love at First Kiss (Yi wen ding qing) - movie
Comedy, Romance : A not very smart high school student immediately falls in love with a very smart boy who has an IQ of 200. The story is a bit disjointed, but Yun Lin is amazingly expressive and over emphasises every physical movement in every scene, and that makes everything extremely adorable. Nice. 3

25.02.19 : Stan & Ollie - movie
Biography, Comedy, Drama : Laurel and Hardy, the world's most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song. Even though this is my thing, I can't say I felt that much with this film. It's basically two sort-of friends getting along kind-of ok, so it's kind-of neutral feeling. 2.5

19.02.19 : The Wandering Earth(Liu Lang Di Qiu) - movie
Sci-Fi : The sun was dying out, people all around the world built giant planet thrusters to move Earth out of its orbit. Large CGI disaster movie where a small group go on a rescue mission. The CGI is bigger than Hollywood, but the story, characters, and dialogue is not as good. If it had better writers and a scientist to correct the far fetched science, it probably would have been good. Looks good, just not good anywhere else. 2.75

18.02.19 : What Men Want - movie
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance : A woman is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession, but gains an unexpected edge over them when she develops the ability to hear men's thoughts. Boy was that unfunny. It is a remake, so I knew the story, and I don't get the references and in-jokes of Black-American culture, because I'm not in those circles, but the real problem was the lack of any semblance of constructing the simplest bit of comedy. I shouldn't give it a 1, because it wasn't annoying, but I'm going to give it a 1 purely based on the total lack of any sort of comedy ability by anyone in control. 1

14.02.19 : Alita: Battle Angel - movie
Action, Romance, Sci-Fi : A deactivated female cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is. Saw some bad Manga recently that was very illogical and thought it was impossible to make a good live action Manga movie, but this had good action, good story, good execution, good logic..... good everything. This is a two parter, but that's not a problem because I would like to see even more of this. Good. 4

12.02.19 : Extreme Job(Geukhanjikeob) - movie
Comedy : A team of narcotics detectives goes undercover in a fried chicken joint to stake out an organized crime gang. My goodness that was a good film. It's funny/humorous - especially in the 1st half -, logical, and executed rather well. The only thing that was weird was the fighting was brutal, as opposed to stylised. But it doesn't detract, it's just weird for a comedy. 3.75

07.02.19 : Cold Pursuit - movie
Biography, Comedy, Drama : A snowplow driver seeks revenge against the drug dealers he thinks killed his son. It's kind-of stop start and weird, but not "funny weird", more "why did they make this movie that way" weird. Different feel/construction and a strange drug-lord character, but closer to 2.75 than 3.

04.02.18 : Story Club - True Grit : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Cait Harris - My dog is reincarnated River Phoenix
Kirsten Drysdale - Dealing with an old South African dementia patient
Holly McBride - stolen bag
Melina Wicks - Starting a band where no one wanted to learn an instrument.
Rob Carlton - Goodbye to dad.
Zoe Norton Lodge - Germ infested daycare centre.
Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.75

31.01.19 : Green Book - movie
Biography, Comedy, Drama : A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. I didn't want to go because I thought I would be incensed by the racism, but it wasn't that type of movie. It has lots of nuances, like it looks at things, ie, racism, but from other view points, ie, another less oppressed minority. Rather good. 3.5

22.01.19 : The Kid Who Would Be King - movie
Adventure, Family, Fantasy : A band of kids embark on an epic quest to thwart a medieval menace. There is always a risk going to a kids movie because it might be dumbed-down too much for adults, but this one was ok. More CGI than I expected for a British film, but it's not a must-see, more a decent time-filler. 3

17.01.19 : Glass - movie
Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi : Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities. I can accept the logic that Zac Efron can be 17 Again, but I can't accept the logic in this series. Unbreakable was stupid at the end. I didn't see Split because it looked stupid. This one is logically stupid throughout. I didn't hate it, but it was slow, tiresome, and the minor twist at the end was boring. 2

10.01.19 : Instant Family - movie
Comedy, Drama : A couple find themselves in over their heads when they foster three children. The trailer looked bad because it was full of lame predictable gags, but the movie is quite decent. It's constructed kind-of like Scrubs, in that it has decent comedy punctuated by serious real life moments. Pleasantly surprised. 3.5

07.01.19 : How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World - movie
Animation, Action, Adventure : When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn't the only Night Fury, he must seek "The Hidden World". The story was passable, but the dark mood lighting spoilt the film. The early stuff was bright daylight and vivid colours, which was uplifting, but this one was set mainly at night or dark locations, so it felt dull and sombre. Even the daylight scenes had the light source behind the characters so their faces were always in shadows. It was a bit of a disappointment, but at least it wasn't depressing and serious, ie, death, like the 3rd. 3.5

02.01.19 : Aquaman - movie
Action, Adventure, Fantasy : Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and be a hero to the world. They did a pretty good job with this one. I don't care if a movie is an intellectual masterpiece so long as it's entertaining, and this one was through it entirety. Nothing to complain about. 3.75

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Comedy & Movie Reviews 2018

Woof-o-meter :-
0-Die Bastard : 1-Crap : 2-Rubbish(watchable) : 3-OK : 3.5-Nice : 4-Good : 4.5-Very Good : 5-WOW

28.12.18 : Bumblebee - movie
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi : On the run in the year of 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small. I liked the early transformer films, but I thought Mark Wahlberg just didn't belong in the latter ones. This one goes back to the earlier films, it's just that it has this big 1 hour block of no action in the middle establishing Bee's character and story. It also has some juvenile bits, so it's a bit dumbed down for adults, but it's not a deal breaker. 3

27.12.18 : Holmes & Watson - movie
Adventure, Comedy, Crime : A humorous take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. From the trailer I knew it was going to be mild, but 20min in you realise this is seriously unfunny. Bored. 1

14.12.18 : Peppermint - movie
Action, Drama, Thriller : After her husband and daughter are killed in a senseless act of violence, a woman seeks revenge against those responsible. It's another Death Wish(1974) clone, but it's one of the better ones. Nothing that remarkable, but way better than the ridiculous shoot-fest John Wick. 3

13.12.18 : Once Upon a Deadpool - movie
Action, Adventure, Comedy : Deadpool 2. I should've research it because it was just Deadpool 2 with 7 small Fred Savage bits added - the funniest part -, and I think a few small cuts to get it under a PG13 classification. Shame it was a repeat 2.75

11.12.18 : Dragon Friends - Yulemas Special! : Giant Dwarf Theatre
These ones usually aren't great, but this one seamed less so. Usually the start has a task is spelt out, or at least forced, but this one didn't have one so I didn't know what was happening till near the end of the first half. Evidently they get taken to the Milk dimension - some reference to last years ep - and different dimensions pass by. The story in each dimension is based on a Xmas movie, but delivered vaguely - it was the vagueness that killed it for me because I didn't catch on, neither did the cast for a while -. Then there was a big reveal at the end, but it was kind-of slow so it lost it's value. The crowd was enthusiastic, but that is probably because they don't know how good it was in the past. Crowd : 4 - Me : 2.75

07.12.18 : Mortal Engines - movie
Action, Adventure, Fantasy : London is now a giant predator city on wheels. It's big, exciting, and an interesting film, but I don't think people will get because of the Steam-Punk logic. It kept my attention all the way through because it was interesting. 3.75

06.12.18 : Second Act - movie
Comedy, Romance : A big box store worker reinvents her life and her life-story and shows Madison Avenue what street smarts can do. I think I remember all of JLO's movies being predictable, and this is just another one. It's the predictability that makes it unmemorable, ie a bit dull. It's ok. 2.5

03.12.18 : Story Club - A Very Story Club Book Launch : Giant Dwarf Theatre
They were all repeats for me except one, but it was still ok.
Ben Jenkins - Watching someone eat 50 oysters.
Debra Oswald - Loosing it.
David Cunningham - Family Feud.
Alex Lee - The "piss stick".
Mark Sutton - Mugged twice in one night.
Zoe Norton Lodge - Uncontrollable boobs.
Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.75

03.12.18 : The Nutcracker and the Four Realms - movie
Adventure, Family, Fantasy : A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice. A very attractive film with a not very complicated story, that has enough stuff that an adult won't be bored. Basically it's "attractiveness attracts", in that if you use attractive actors and have attractive visuals the viewer will be so enamoured they won't notice any deficiency's. It's ok. 3

30.11.18 : ITS Birthday Festival - Plonk Family Band : Giant Dwarf Theatre
I couldn't really hear the words, but it sounded like the lyrics weren't as wacky as usual. And the songs were a bit more conventional, ie they used to do choruses so complicated that the person that came up with it couldn't remember it the second time around. Buckers song was the best because I could hear the lyrics and she injected some comedy. My hearing was more the problem. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3

30.11.18 : Creed II - movie
Drama, Sport : Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, light heavyweight contender Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, son of Ivan Drago. Slow clichéd contrived dull-fest. They make the slow bits extra slow - Sly talks so slow he looks like he has a disability -, and then they speed up the fight scenes - the only decent parts - with hard cuts. 1

29.11.18 : Widows - movie
Crime, Drama, Thriller : 4 widows are extorted for the money their parters stole. If you want Black violence, extortion, and crooked politicians, watch it. If you want entertainment, avoid it like the plague. I thought it would have more action because Michelle Rodriguez was in it, but after 1 hour of of back-stabbing greed and violence I walked out - no use watching what you don't like -. I've see worse that I really hated, but this was was boring for me because I don't do serious real life stuff. 1

27.11.18 : Trumpedia : Giant Dwarf Theatre
It wasn't a comedy it was a book launch, and covered Trump's life story and business dealings. What you do learn from show is that Trump is a total idiot in businesses and blindly does things with no thought or consequences. He got 2 real estate deals right, and another 1 was given to him for free, but the plethora of other business all went bust because he thinks he's always right, to the point of delusion. No laughs, but ok to watch. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3

27.11.18 : Bohemian Rhapsody - movie
Biography, Drama, Music : A chronicle of the years leading up to Queen's legendary appearance at the Live Aid (1985) concert. I'm not a Queen fan, but I did see a documentary that focused on the history of their songs and music that was interesting. This one focuses on Freddie Mercury's relations and sexuality, which I'm not interested in at all. Learn't nothing new, and not a big enough fan to want to see a recreation of their full Live Aid set. Also the real Freddie in the factual documentary was more dynamic and fast talking than the guy that played Freddie in this one. 2.5

23.11.18 : Robin Hood - movie
Action , Adventure , Thriller : That was bigger and better than the dull trailer lead us to believe, and they changed the story so much, and added new bits to it, it was way better than the boring original Robin Hood. My attention was held for the whole length of the movie, which means it must be good because I always seam to drift watching anything these days. It's more than a 3.5 but less than a 3.75, so probably a 3.5+.

21.11.18 : Big Fancy Quiz - The Internet : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Still fun. Unfortunately because I know some of the history the Internet, I was stupidly too busy thinking of the answers to concentrate on the jokes. Even accounting for that I wish it went back to the longer two halves, because the fun seams to end too soon. Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.5

19.11.18 : Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - movie
Adventure , Family , Fantasy : More substance then the first, but just as uninteresting. Even with CGI every second minute, it wasn't enough to cover up the fact that this is a long, muddled mystery, that doesn't keep the viewer engaged. Absolutely saturated with CGI special effects to pad the movie out - it was still too long - , so they can split it into two parts and double their money. 2.5

14.11.18 : D&D is for Nerds – Live : Giant Dwarf Theatre
This must be what a proper D&D show is like - actually it's still bastardised but less so than Dragon Friends -. There is not much hand-holding, eg if you don't ask a character their name directly you will never know it, and the players know the rules and what to do, eg run through a room check whenever they enter one. This was a Scooby-Doo - masked for legal reasons - based single episode. I was distracted because I felt tired, but it was fun enough. Crowd : 4 - Me : 3

14.11.18 : bigsofttitty.png : Giant Dwarf Theatre
It was randomness turned into questions for the D&D is for Nerds crew, eg is Jack Black a horse. it's ok. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.25

13.11.18 : Dragon Friends4 - A Live D&D Comedy Show : Giant Dwarf Theatre
The last 20 min dragged when no one could make, or was forced to make, a decision, spoiling the good 1 hour 30 min before it. Started 3.75 but died to a 2 at the end, and that left a sour taste that overwhelmed the good start. Crowd : 4 - Me : 2.5

08.11.18 : Hunter Killer - movie
Action , Thriller : An untested American submarine captain goes into Russian territory to find a missing sub. More of an implausible action film than a realistic drama, but that just makes it more entertaining when you don't question the logic. Ok to watch. 2.75

02.11.18 : Clear Out Your Notebooks : Giant Dwarf Theatre
It wasn't very good. One panellist kept dominating the conversation without ever saying anything funny, people were talking at the back - maybe they lost interest because it wasn't that funny - , and it looked like small crowd syndrome, ie no one tried that hard because there wasn't enough of a crowd. Crowd : 3 - Me : 2.5

26.10.18 : Sam Simmons - Radical Women of Latin American Art, 1960 – 1985 : Giant Dwarf Theatre
There were a few parts that vaguely sound familiar, but overall it's good. I remember his last show being more conventional jokes with a lot of swearing, where as this is more of his abstract weird stuff, but maybe that first one was a trial show for this one. There is some stuff that is probably a bit risky for modern times, but he always kind-of covers it up, mainly with self deprecation, so it doesn't seam that bad. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.75

26.10.18 : Danielle Walker - Bush Rat : Giant Dwarf Theatre
The short sets edited for TV are quite high powered, but the full show is milder. It mainly covers stories about her family members, and early farm life in Townsville, through to where she is now. Mild but nice, as in you might not laugh that much but you will like it. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5

20.10.18 : Clear Out Your Notebooks : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Comics go through jokes they rejected or didn't work. It reminded me of a Project52 show just with more preparation, so it was one of the better ones. Good. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.75

15.10.18 : Story Club - When We Were Young : Giant Dwarf Theatre
All ladies night.
Ben Jenkins - Shot a pig in the anus.
Jessica Tuckwell - Schools that give everyone an award suck.
Jacqueline Maley - Medieval recorder band
Georgia Norton Lodge - Going to Surfers with here Dad and having her first lady accident, and not knowing it.
Rosie Waterland - Dealing when womanhood and here alcoholic parents.
Zoe Norton Lodge - Being the face of Australian tourism for Japan.
Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 4

15.10.18 : First Man - movie
Biography , Drama , History : A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969. It ain't no The Right Stuff(1983). Very heavily biased to the personal/emotional/death side rather than the excitement of the adventure. Also they try to put you into the moment so you know what it would feel like, but its's so heavy on the shaky cam and closeups it's quite over done. A bit slow. 2.5

10.09.18 : Big Fancy Quiz - Horror Show : Giant Dwarf Theatre
It got really good this episode. The panel was mucking around and being very funny, and the crowd was really good making it even better. Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75

09.10.18 : Dragon Friends4 - A Live D&D Comedy Show : Giant Dwarf Theatre
It was basically 2 hours of a silent room with a few laughs at the end. I have trouble concentrating, but now I think it's the lack of something interesting happen that makes nothing stick, and because of that I'm completely lost when a new episode starts because I can't remember what happened in the last. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 2.5

04.10.18 : Venom - movie
Action , Horror , Sci-Fi : When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego "Venom" to save his life. The kids clapped at the end, but for me it took a while to get going before it kind-of got ok. It was kind-of half drama, half wise-crack gags, half modern B-grade movie, basically nothing that felt special. 3.5

01.10.18 : Johnny English Strikes Again - movie
Action , Adventure , Comedy : After a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all of the active undercover agents in Britain, Johnny English is forced to come out of retirement to find the mastermind hacker. Why didn't they make #1 like this, because this is a massive improvement. #1 was a boring unfunny POS, this has that deadpan subtle clever comedy, and quite a bit of it, that #1 should've had. Not super, but way better than I was expecting. 3.5

28.09.18 : Night School - movie
Comedy : A group of troublemakers are forced to attend night school in hope that they'll pass the GED exam to finish high school. It's not super lol, but the inventiveness of making different situations to garner different jokes is what kind-of makes it different/new. It's kind-of good. 3.5

27.09.18 : The House with a Clock in Its Walls - movie
Comedy , Family , Fantasy : A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt is taken in by his magical uncle. Quite good. It looks like the Harry Potter type kids magical fantasy, but with a lot more story. Basically HP uses effect distractions as time fillers for a shortish story, like going from class to class to see a new CGI effect, where as this one kept my attention better. 3.75

26.09.18 : Breakout NZ : Factory Theatre
Not super funny, not bad, it's ok. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5

26.09.18 : Melanie Bracewell - Melodrama : Factory Theatre
It's nice, meaning you won't laugh that much but you will still like it. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3.5

18.09.18 : Big Brother - movie
Action, Drama : A soldier-turned-high school teacher uses unusual methods to reach to a class of poor students. The usual bit of logical inconsistencies you would expect from Asian cinema, but it's an ok film. Nothing to write home about, but it passes the time. 2.75

17.09.18 : The Predator - movie
Action, Adventure, Horror : A young boy accidentally triggers the universe's most lethal hunters. It's this amateurish cheap-looking scattered mess, which might be intended because it piss-takes Predator, that makes the original look like a serious drama. I didn't hate it, more I was expecting better, but I would say it's mainly for teens. 2.75

16.09.18 : Snack Report Live (Featuring FTAGH ep 100) : Cafe Lounge
I'm too old to do small venues, but I got a seat and stayed. I'm probably too old to do shows anymore, but it was ok. Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.5

11.09.18 : Dragon Friends4 - A Live D&D Comedy Show : Giant Dwarf Theatre
I don't know if it's just me but I keep tuning-out - I seam to be doing it with everything these days -. I don't think was as funny as before, but that could be because I'm getting used to it so nothing surprises me anymore - that's what happen to me with The Bear Pack -.
Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.5

05.09.18 : Wayne - The Wayne Gardner Story - movie
Documentary : It didn't cover every single point, but it did cover his life story and the major events of winning the World Championship and the first Phillip Island win. Love him or hate him, but there is no denying that he put Australian on the map and paved the way for all the following Australian rides and got a major MotoGP race to come down here. 3.75

04.09.18 : Chris Fleming - ShowPig : Giant Dwarf Theatre
I think you have to be a fan to get all of it. I don't know who Chris is or his styling's, just if it's funny for a general audience. I did get the basic standup, but didn't get the little rambling improvised similes and obscure references, so it was 50/50 for me. Started off great, but tapered for me soon after. Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.25

04.09.18 : Kin - movie
Action, Sci-Fi : Chased by a vengeful criminal a recently released ex-con and his adopted teenage brother are forced to go on the run. Because of the microscopic sections of very good Sci-Fi effects I think this would have been better if it was Sci-Fi centred rather than personal drama. Slow in places but slightly more interesting than the single line story of "boy finds ray-gun". 2.5

03.09.18 : Story Club - You Win Some, You Lose Some : Giant Dwarf Theatre
A couple of stories I had heard before, but at least Cait is getting back to her old bubbly self.
Cait Harris - Life as an anxious hypochondriac.
Bec Melrose - Always looking young for her age, panic sets in when she finds the first crack in her face.
Eddie Sharp - Proclaiming sex is a waste of time.
Cathy Wilcox - Going to Morocco, the hustler capital of the world.
Matthew Mitcham(Gold Medal Beijing) - Life story.
Zoe Norton Lodge - Going to Greece to show how Greek she is, but not being as Greek as she thought.
Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75

03.09.18 : Mile 22 - movie
Action, Adventure, Crime : An elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country. It uses the "busy/confusion" technique to cover the faults, which did work, but it was better than I was expecting from the reviews. Mark Wahlberg seamed like the wrong choice, but thankfully Asian cinema has different ideas so it had a lot more story than I expected. 3

31.08.18 : Hearts For Arts Law presents Laugh Your Arts Off 2018 : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Variety show. The first half was good but the second half had stuff that I wasn't that interested in, plus I felt tired when I got there, so I left a bit early. na

28.08.18 : Big Fancy Quiz - Marvel Universe : Giant Dwarf Theatre
They changed the format and it's not a trivia night anymore but a full show, and now it's quite good to watch. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3.5

23.08.18 : #WeThePeople: LIVE! : Giant Dwarf Theatre
It wasn't the usual Dr Karl(Triple J, Sleek Geeks) science thing, but also bits about his life story. I think Josh Sceps is mainly political, because there were political questions too. Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75

23.08.18 : The Happytime Murders - movie
Action, Comedy, Crime : Puppet detective. It uses that inappropriate opposite gag, like children's puppets being sexually perverted. The start in the sex club was a bit funny, but after that not so much. It's kind-of ok if you are not expecting super laughs. 2.75

20.08.18 : Old Friend/New Friend : Giant Dwarf Theatre
It's basically just people talking, so you can't expect too much. Some was interesting and some wasn't, but it was ok. 3

20.08.18 : Oolong Courtyard - movie
Comedy : 2 thieves join a Oolong Courtyard martial arts school to steal their treasure. The name sounded familiar, and they have old clips at the end that I have seen, but I don't know if this is a sequel or a remake. It was basically 2 hours of not knowing what was being said due to the subtitles being white on white backgrounds and so fast that they are unreadable. Even with that handicap it's still not a good movie - basically 2 slap-stick laughs -. 1

17.08.18 : The Meg - movie
Action, Horror, Sci-Fi : After escaping an attack by what he claims was a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible. I think they were going for something like the funny ironic classic Deep Blue Sea, but because this is not ridiculous enough it's not that funny. Ok to watch, just not stupid enough. 2.75

16.08.18 : The Darkest Minds - movie
Sci-Fi, Thriller : Imprisoned by an adult world that now fears everyone under 18, a group of teens form a resistance group to fight back and reclaim control of their future. It has that PG13 feel, ie a bit amateurish, a bit cheap, a bit clunky, a bit illogical, basically it looks like they couldn't afford professionals to make it. You can get away with the lack of professionalism if they Sci-Fi part is decent enough and the cast is attractive enough to mask it, but this doesn't really have enough of either. This is an attempt at a teen movie series that doesn't have much going for it, ie it's a bit slow and plain and with not many exciting scenes. 2.5

14.08.18 : Dragon Friends4 - A Live D&D Comedy Show : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Huge ironic catastrophic twist. One character left and a new one was added, but I found the new one better than the old. I was thinking about it and the new character has no history, ie there is nothing invested in him, so he could be played for comedic effect instead of always being cautious to avoid dying and loosing a beloved character. If you look at it now Alex can't play the "not very smart" comedic Philge character anymore because she gets hammered by the game and nearly dies so often it's just now worth taking the risk and loosing the character. It's a bit of a Catch22 because the laughs Philge produces is what makes her loved, but if you play for laughs you loose the character.
Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75

10.08.18 : The Spy Who Dumped Me - movie
Action, Comedy : Audrey and Morgan are best friends who unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy. That was better than I was expecting. Maybe a touch too long - I only noticed it two short spots - , but I found it fun. 3.5

08.08.18 : Mission: Impossible - Fallout - movie
Action, Adventure, Thriller : Ethan Hunt and his IMF team race against time after a mission gone wrong. The first half seamed a bit simple/predictable, but the second half gets better. 3.75

06.08.18 : Story Club - Exhibit A : Giant Dwarf Theatre
This episode had the storytellers bring in pictures or film proof of their story.
Ben Jenkins - Adopting an old cat from a Cat Lady in New York.
Phil Spencer (Bondi Feast) - Hilarious reading of poems written when Phil was 16 years old.
Bridie Connell (Tonightly) - Manipulative guy who thought he was a reincarnated Byron tricking girls to go out with him.
David Cunningham & Mark Sutton (The Checkout) - Visiting the lame wax museum in the Gold Coast where none if the figures look like who they are supposed to be.
Jonathan Holmes (Media Watch) - Going to the Gobi Desert to film Princess Anne ride a camel.
Zoe Norton Lodge - Staying at a B&B in Salzburg run by tight-arse Cristine.
Crowd : 4 - Me : 4

01.08.18 : The Breaker Upperers - movie
Comedy : Two women cynical in love, set up an agency to break couples up as a way to avoid letting go and moving on with their lives. You can imagine what quality to expect based on the budget, ie, simple-ish, but overall it's kind-of ok. There is enough humour for most of it for it to be ok, but the end gets a bit serious and the laughs stop. 3

31.07.18 : Detective Dee - The Four Heavenly Kings - movie
Mystery, Drama, Action, Fantasy : Detective Dee is forced to defend himself against the accusations of Empress Wu while investigating a crime spree. Lots of talking punctuated with some action. You would think all Fantasy Action films would be fun, but the way the Dee series is always played as a serious drama with political under tones, and no comedy, it never leaves you with that fun feeling. It's ok to watch just lacking comedy, so I would say to wait for it to be on TV. 2.5

28.07.18 : Sci Fight Science Comedy Debate - Seeing is Believing : Giant Dwarf Theatre
It was kind-of ok, but because it wasn't entertaining enough I didn't stick around. Having academics, ie not comedians, that are debating to win rather than debating to entertain, is not that entertaining for an audience. The host was good, ie funny. na

25.07.18 : Skyscraper - movie
Action, Crime, Drama : A security expert must infiltrate a burning skyscraper, 225 stories above ground, when his family are trapped inside by criminals. It an't no Diehard. I think the equations is, "The Rock" + PG = average, at least for an older intelligent audience. A bit disappointing, in that it's not that special, but I suppose it was adequate. 2.75

24.07.18 : Big Fancy Quiz - Marvel Universe : Giant Dwarf Theatre
When it said it had comedy teams I thought it was a show an audience watched, ie like The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, but it was actually a pub quiz where the audience answered questions. This made the comedy teams kind-of redundant because there was no opportunely for them to do any comedy. I guess if you wanted to use the comics you make it like The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, and have them write a comedic answer, plus the actually answer if they know it, and have them read it out. It's ok if you are just watching, but it would be better if you are competing. na

24.07.18 : The Equalizer 2 - movie
Action, Crime, Thriller : Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed, but how far will he go when that is someone he loves? 1 was fun because it used non serious over-the-top stylised violence, but this one takes it'self too seriously, ie trying to be too real, and it travels too slow. It's ok 2.5

19.07.18 : Ant-Man and the Wasp - movie
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi : As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past. From memory the last one was good, and so is this one. Good fun. 4

10.07.18 : Dragon Friends4 - A Live D&D Comedy Show : Giant Dwarf Theatre
I'm kind-of lost, so I don't know what is happening. It started in Season 4, then switched to 3, and then I think back to 4. As a guess I think the guy that was chasing them finally caught them and gave them the task, but that seamed odd because they are locked in an inescapable prison. The problem is probably because I can't concentrate, so it was probably good, at least the large crowd thought so. Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.5

02.07.18 : Animal World - movie
Action, Adventure, Thriller : A man finds himself deep in debt and is coerced to board a ship that hosts a risky gambling party. I don't know what to think, but if you like something different, ie strange, that is not an anti-hero action film, I suppose it will be ok. Didn't hate it. 2.75

29.06.18 : A Rational Fear : Giant Dwarf Theatre
More message than laughs, rather than the old days were is was laughs first message second. Lewis Hobba was good because he did the latter. Too serious. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3

28.06.18 : Plonk Family Band : Giant Dwarf Theatre
The 1st half was very funny, and Fran's Björk impression was insane, but the 2nd half did taper. They quickly realised they couldn't use the gags from last time because there was so many regulars in the crowd, so they filled that with songs. Still good fun. Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.75

28.06.18 : Improv Theatre Sydney Soap Opera : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Thank heavens the Soap Opera format is as good as it was, because the free form Long Form I last saw was total rubbish. Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.5

27.06.18 : Lano & Woodley – Fly : Enmore Theatre
The first 20 min is mucking around and brilliant - 5 stars -. Then it goes into play mode, which it's not a real play but more a vehicle for set routines - 4 stars -. Then in the 2nd half it mucking around again - 4.5 -. Then back to play mode, which is not really play anymore but more extreme mucking around - 4.5 -. It has some of the old routines that are hilariously brilliant, but overall it's very good. Crowd : 4.75 - Me : 4.5

24.06.18 : Sydney Trash & Treasure Bazaar : Horningsea Park
This was the best market for tinkers before it shut down, because it has real junk rather than only cheap Chinese import stuff. Now that it has reopened it looks like there isn't as many of the old sellers that was here before, but more the seller you see from Fairfield Showground markets on Wed. This is only the 2nd week, and in winter there is less sellers because less buyer go out in the cold, so maybe it will get better. Overall it's still good for a market.

19.06.18 : Tag - movie
Comedy : Based on a true story, a bunch of kids have been playing Tag so long that they are now grown men. Not a sonic laugh-a-thon, but still a fun little movie. 3.5

18.06.18 : Your Attention Please : Giant Dwarf Theatre
It's a bunch of speeches, but by characters. There was Robert Kennedy talking, and filling time, as he tries to comfort some Apollo astronauts, who's mission went wrong, while they slowly die in their capsule. A very South African sounding Elon Musk doing a press conference to explain why is AI controlled Tesla purposely drove into a crowd killing them. Eva Braun's brother, an  accountant for Hitler, ringing members of the Third Reich for an explanation as to why they let Indian Jones destroy so much equipment. A sports star explaining his bad behaviour. There were 2 funny ones, 2 interesting ones, 1 I didn't understand, and 1 was a bit too normal, and overall it was nice enough - I think if it was just the 4 good ones it would have been better shorter - . Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5

15.06.18 : Upgrade - movie
Action, Horror, Sci-Fi : When Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called Stem.It has a slow burn brooding dark feel, not the fun feel that the trailer suggests, but overall it's a good little movie. Not brilliant, probably due to the pacing and seriousness, but it's still well worth watching. 3.5

12.06.18 : Dragon Friends4 - A Live D&D Comedy Show : Giant Dwarf Theatre
I haven't been feeling the last couple of recordings, but then this chaotic mess turns up and it's fun again. I was wondering if there is too much mucking around and not enough story - they ran away from character delivering the story/tasks and are wandering around aimlessly -, but this was all mucking around and no story and it was fun. I'm not sure if this is an actual episode of this seasons adventure or a side-track special edition, because this episode was Boddy trapped in Freezo's head. In charge this week was the wonderful mess that is the Hingster, ie, fast thinking fast talking from the old Hermann's Heroes days, and coupled to everyone going for laughs made the whole night fun, especially for the audience. Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 4

07.06.18 : Ocean's 8 - movie
Action, Comedy, Crime : Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala. There is no clever puzzle you have to work out in you're head, so it just sitting there passively with nothing to do. Very unremarkable. 2.75

05.06.18 : Inuyashiki - movie
Drama, Action, SciFi : A pathetic old man has an extraterrestrial encounter that transforms him. I don't know anything about Japanese comics, but boy does this get morally dark in places. Slow brooding dark drama with action. Good 3.75

04.06.18 : Story Club - Taking The Plunge : Giant Dwarf Theatre
It started brilliantly, but then three tragic stories killed it for me.
Ben Jenkins - Being a 13 year "actual" surf life saver.
Demi Lardner - Big kangaroo in the house.
Bridie Jabour - Severe injury to the groin. If medical stories get too detailed for too long they can make audience members physically sick ,as one person found out, and it puts a sad note one any comedy it had.
Cait Harris - Depression. To see a pretty young thing become an alcoholic in just 10 years gets me down.
Debra Oswald - Loosing her virginity
Josh Lawson - Being robed twice in a year. I can laugh at comical bad fortune, but serious bad stuff and it gets me down.
Crowd : 4 - Me : 3

31.05.18 : Gringo - movie
Action, Comedy, Crime : An innocent businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) when he finds himself crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal. It has that feel that makes you want to find out what's going on, so sucks you in, and then they change the guy's predicament constantly so it sucks you in again. Interesting. 3.5

29.05.18 : How Long Will I Love You - movie
SciFi, Comedy, Drama : Gu Xiaojiao, a young girl from 2018 and Lu Ming, a man from 1999, discovers that they have both woken up in the same bed at the same space-time. With the time shifting I figured at worse it should be interesting, but it was more than that because it had quite a big story. Good/interesting. 3.5

25.05.18 : Plonk Family Band : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Something tells me this is not a real band, lol. The show is basically improvising a BS songs, with accompanying instruments, on the fly from an audience suggestion like in Improv. In the old days improvisers used to get applauded for skills. which they were very good at, like rhyming lines and good choruses so it seamed like a real song, these guys get laughs for patching up things so it roughly resembles a song. Like someone would come up with a chorus that was so "wordy" that the others wouldn't remember it, so at the second repeat chorus they would sing a new chorus over the top of the only person that remembered the first chorus - this wasn't a problem and just made it funnier -. Ramshackle but funny. Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75

25.05.18 : A Rational Fear : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Anything Dan Ilic does is good, he's a hard worker and always tries to keep the energy high so his shows are funny. In King's Cross all the shows were good, but when he tried different venues it wasn't as good. This is the first time at a different venue that I liked the show, and the only difference between the old series(2014) and this new reboot(2018) was that this was more relaxed and less intense. This was the first show so they might be a bit rusty, so wasn't actually as funny as the old ones, but overall it was good. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5

25.05.18 : Solo: A Star Wars Story - movie
Action, Adventure, Fantasy : The Han Solo story. Thankfully it wasn't a POS like all the other movies from this reboot franchise. Not captivating, and a little bit derivative, but it's ok to watch. 3.5

23.05.18 : BigSoftTitty.png(podcast) : Giant Dwarf Theatre
It was a chaotic shambles, but a fun chaotic shambles. A bit all over the place, with the only consistent thing being that they read some stuff from Reddit. Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.5

18.05.18 : Joel Creasey - Blonde Bombshell : Enmore Theatre
I had a choice of unknown laughs with and unknown, or try for certain laughs with someone I knew was funny. I knew Joel was very funny last time, and since it's been a couple of years it should all be new, so I thought this would be good. But it wasn't the expected big laughs, just chuckles. Joel admits he's not a standup but a gossiping paparazzi, so it was that and some troll hunting. On a side note I got tickets at the last moment and it looks like I got the comp section because Rove and Tim Minchin, and maybe Myf, were a few seats away. Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.5

18.05.18 : Gareth Waugh (SCO) - Honestly? : Enmore Theatre
I can't say I found it super funny - what is these days -, but he was super affable and nice. Don't go by my score because I actually liked it a lot in a comfortable nice way, and since the crowd did applaud a lot I must be good. Crowd : 4.75 - Me : 3.5

17.05.18 : Rhys Nicholson - Seminal : Factory Theatre
I reckon Rhy is the quickest and funniest comic around these days, even quicker than Wil Anderson when he was quick. It's like two people talking at the same time when he does his classic back-comment after he makes a statement. Half I had heard before, but it been so long that it is practically new to me again, plus it's been expanded for more laughs. Funniest thing at this show. Crowd : 4.75 - Me : 4.5

17.05.18 : Deadpool 2 - movie
Action, Adventure, Comedy : Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy of supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-travelling mutant, Cable. The whole driving force of this franchise is the comedic smart-arse one-liners, but this one had none, at least none that were funny. Not annoying, but very forgettable. 3

15.05.18 : Life of the Party - movie
Comedy : A middle-aged mother returns to college in order to complete her degree. It's not super funny, but it was amusing enough. 3

13.05.18 : Cal Wilson - Hindsight : Comedy Store
The last show was so brilliant I had to go, and she performed brilliantly tonight, it's just that I didn't laugh that much - the crowd didn't either -. The first half sounded familiar, like there was gags, or different versions of the same gags, from the last show, but even when we got to the new stuff in the second half it had an agenda/message, and that always reduces that laughs. It just seams that comdy these days has moved away from the unwritten law that you must make people laugh, and moved to sad stuff and moral messages. The crowd did cheer a lot at the end, so maybe it's just me. Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.5

12.05.18 : Angella Dravid (NZ) - Down The Rabbit Hole : Factory Theatre
This was nothing like the short spot on Comedy Up Late. I was excepting this dry awkward but very funny one-liner standup routine, but it was actually this tragic and farcical situation she was put in from her life. Only minor laughs but lots of OMG moments, so it's not that uplifting, but overall it was good. Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75

12.05.18 : Gillian English (CAN) - She Wolf : Factory Theatre
That was quite good. The SCF ad didn't look that funny, but because I usually see OS comics - seen most locals - I thought I would see if there was a vid. There was one from 2014 and in the first minute she said she plays AFL in Canada, and I though that if this is not funny - it's hard to make me laugh - it's still going to be very interesting. After that rather good standup vid, this show was nothing like that. It basically an amusing - actually sarcastic - look at the history in Shakespeare's plays against actual history, but looking at Queen Margaret's story from the King Henry VI series. I might make this sound a bit dry - it's not - but you didn't really have to laugh for this one because it was compellingly interesting. It tapers just at the end because there is a personal agenda, but you won't remember that compared to the rest. Good. Crowd : 4 - Me : 3.75

11.05.18 : Jeff Green (UK) - 30 : Factory Theatre
It's a shame Jeff isn't as funny as when he first got to Aust, because I find older comics the funniest. Jeff's set used to be 90% of over-the-top exaggerated one-liners - this is the funniest part -, like "My wife leaves all the lights on, so we've had to close the blinds to stop ships running aground on our lawn". But in this one it was probably only 10%. It was nice enough, and he did tell stories of his comedy career, I just wished it was still 5 star super funny like the old days. I kind-of feels sorry for Jeff because I think his move to Aust killed his career, and because he reminds me of Lee Mack maybe he could've been huge. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.75

11.05.18 : Charisa Bossinakis - Boss : Factory Theatre
Unfortunately this was one were the comics think that delivering words in a condescending and sarcastic tone is enough to constitute comedy - I've see Judith Lucy do the same thing, so even pros fall into that trap -, but even that aside I didn't think the stories were that remarkable. Slight laughs from other parts of the crowd, so maybe it was ok for them, but for me I lost interest pretty fast. Crowd : 3 - Me : 2

10.05.18 : Lawrence Leung - The Man Who Stopped For A Sandwich : Factory Theatre
All of his previous shows have been riotously funny 5 stars except for that last one. This one is like the last one, ie, not lol funny, but more interesting amusing. Even though you miss out on the laughs Lawrence always weaves a very intricate and very clever show, and even if you don't like magic his is pretty good. Crowd : 4 - Me : 4

09.05.18 : Karl, the Universe and Everything : University of Sydney Seymour Centre
Life on other planets, flying in a SR-71 and U-2 spy plane, flying in a 747 with a 100" telescope fitted, rising rates of education and reduced mortality in 3rd world countries. I couldn't hear much for the first 15 min because that was how long it took for them to realise the mic wasn't working. I would say it wasn't one of his best, but there was a topic I wasn't that interested in, ie over population of the planet.  Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5

08.05.18 : Dragon Friends4 - A Live D&D Comedy Show : Giant Dwarf Theatre
The mystery of the stolen children are solved. No Dungeon Dave this ep, so Ben and Eden were at the reins. I don't think it was as funny as the other other eps of this series, but that could be me because I've been felling fatigued lately and only want to sleep. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5

08.05.18 : Avengers: Infinity War - movie
Action, Adventure, Fantasy : The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. Too many characters. I can't remember every 2 bit character in all the movies of this type in the last 10 years, so there were superheros that I barely recognised but didn't remember what their deal was, and even some I didn't even know. Comedy was pretty average compared to the last one, but apart from the slow start there were no boring bits. Good 3.5

04.05.18 : Ivan Aristeguieta (VEN) - Matador : Factory Theatre
Ivan is best know for his interpretation of Australian life, that's what made him so popular so fast, but this one didn't have much. Pretty much outsiders comments of Aust is the only thing I still find funny these days, and without many in this show I would say it's not as funny. It's nice enough, ie mild, it's just with a 45 min late start and me not wanting to be out late anymore I felt like going home early - basically it was tiredness -. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5

04.05.18 : Ange Lavoipierre & Jane Watt - Luxury Split Bill : Factory Theatre
That was surprising better than I was expecting. Lots of unusual subjects - at least for young female comics -, not conducive to comedy, but thankfully they were handled well enough to make them funny. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.75

03.05.18 : Story Club - Let Us Never Speak of This Again : Carriageworks
Not a fan of "dry writers" lack of laughing. It's like they think they are too cool to laugh or don't know what funny is because they only do serious.
Alex Lee - Leaving the ABC for Buzzfeed
Anne Aly - Leaving her baby in a pram that was hooked to a bus.
Susie Youssef - Her faltmate getting very sick.
Mark Sutton - Making a folk band that would paly Kasey Chambers covers on a stage that Kasey Chambers would play on next.
Debra Oswald - Her sexual awaking
Mainly repeats for me, but good as usual. There was good comments on leaving, it's just they didn't show much reaction to gauge their applause. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.75

03.05.18 : Alice Fraser - ETHOS : Enmore Theatre
Thankfully there was a switch from tragic sad to up beat, it's just that if you aren't quick it might go over your head .I'm getting old so it's tough with only one listening, and to compound that I got dishevelled due to getting there late. Basically when you are old you can't just switch off one drama and turn on concentrating listening mode quickly. I think it was ok, it's just that I wished I was able to keep up and absorb it fully. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : na

02.05.18 : Tom Walker - Honk Honk Honk Honk Honk : Factory Theatre
It was less intense - the other made you feel uncomfortable, ie like invading your personal space, but in a good way -, and he was more polite - last time he was more rude to the crowd, but in a good way -. Unfortunately due to him being sick he lost track of time and went 30min overtime - the last 15min felt laboured -, so when it's tightened back up to 1 hour it should be better, ie fast delivers cover up weak-ish gags. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5

27.04.18 : Jason Byrne (IRE) - The Man With Three Brains : Enmore Theatre
That made me optimistic. After a run of 5 star shows the last one wasn't funny - you think twice about going to another - , but because this one bounced back to funny it give me the incentive to not give up on something that was good. The usual super funny audience participation, a vasectomy story, and a Coldplay story that had the audience doing a sing along. Crowd : 4.75 - Me : 4.5

25.04.18 : David O'Doherty - You Have to Laugh : Enmore Theatre
Oh well, I guess his perfect 5s had to come to and end eventually. I hate that feeling when you get half way through a show and you suddenly realise you haven't been laughing, and even though I didn't see anyone near me do much laughing either it ends up being a bit depressing because you wanted to laugh. It was nice enough, it's just that I didn't find anything to laugh at. The crowd didn't mind, even though they were a bit quiet during the show, because they gave good applause at the end. Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 3.5 - it was probably a 3.75, but not laughing got me down -.

25.04.18 : Isle of Dogs - movie
Animation, Adventure, Comedy : Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog. Gee they must  have made a lot of models to film this because it pretty elaborate. Good 3.5

24.04.18 : Dude's Manual - movie
RomCom : He Xiaoyang, who is single for four years, is mistaken as the head girl Guan Xin‘s love interest by accident. To get rid of He Xiaoyang, Guan Xin decides to help him pursue the most beautiful girl in campus Li Shushu. They do RomComs differently here because it's a fun movie with an added murder and some Shakespearian love tragedy at the end. Good 3.5

23.04.18 : Super Troopers 2 - movie
Comedy, Crime, Mystery : When a border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the Super Troopers are tasked with establishing a Highway Patrol station in the disputed area. That was a disappointment. The first one was good so after 16 years I would have expected them to write some jokes, but this one didn't have any. Maybe it only a US Canada thing, but for me it was unfunny to the point of boredom. 1

21.04.18 : Andrew Maxwell (IRE) - Showtime : Comedy Store
I always great when a OS comic comes over here and critiques/generalises sections of our country compared to the rest of the world, because we can't see those things when we live in it, and in this show there was a lot of it. Mainly travel stories and some family stories, basically the fun stuff. Good. Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 4.25

20.04.18 : I Feel Pretty - movie
Comedy : A woman struggling with insecurity wakes from a fall believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. I don't remember any of these far-out concept movies where you couldn't suspend you beliefs and accept it for the length of the movie, but this one never sucked you in so you never accepted the premise. Also these type of movies need to be punchy and short, not 2 hours. Not funny, and bad execution. 2

13.04.18 : Rampage - movie
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi : a rogue genetic experiment makes animals grow and go crazy. I found it tedious but some young people clapped at the end. I found the weak logic, ie PG13 logic for children, made it boring, plus big gorilla, ie King Kong, is something I hate. The CGI action is ok, but I don't know what you're supposed to do for the other 1hr 15min. 2

12.04.18 : Early Man - movie
Animation, Adventure, Comedy : Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home. I found Chicken Run to be boring because it was long boring setups for a lame punchline, but this one had something interesting happening all the time so was quite nice. 3.5

10.04.18 : Dragon Friends4 - A Live D&D Comedy Show : Giant Dwarf Theatre
This season is very different to all the others, in that it's all Improv and no game. In Improv the players feed off each other and take the story in any direction that gets laughs - boy did they go off-topic tonight - , where as in D&D online game play every action is a predictable, ie boring, play-to-win action. Basically they have no interest in doing the "right thing", but rather to do something exactly opposite because it gets more laughs.  This explains why it took 5 episodes(5 hours) before we got a hint of the adventure, because instead of waiting to be blackmailed or enticed by reward for a task, they did the opposite and kept fleeing the scene before anyone could explain the mission. I originally wanted more nonsensical mucking-around, but now that it is only nonsensical mucking-around I kind-of miss the substance of a mysterious story - season 3 had a very interesting story -. As pure entertainment it's good, but I guarantee the D&D fanboys won't get it because they think D&D is supposed to be a serious game that has to be won. Also they don't know what entertainment is because they never leave the house - see the world you boring fu!ks -. Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 4

09.04.18 : Story Club - Big mistake. Huge mistake : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Good as usual.
Ben Jenkins - Ejected from the Logies for being too drunk.
Polly Rowe (Sydney Theatre Company) - Gets caught-out having two BFs
Dave Harmon (Dragon Friends) - Strangelove the Musical
Desh Amila (Story Club Workshop) - Working at his first job at a petrol station goes $4000 wrong.
Richard Glover (ABC Radio) - Digging out the sh!t tank when the septic tank gets blocked with tree roots.
Zoe Norton Lodge - Uncontrollable breast.
Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 4.25

06.04.18 : Marcel Lucont - Whine List : Comedy Store
In this one the audience had to fill in a questionnaire about what was their worse day at work or worse sexual encounter, and from that Alexis ad-lib a show. It wasn't as funny as usually, but that could be me. Marcel plays as arrogant, which is where most of the comedy comes from, but this time it wasn't that super exaggerated arrogance that is blistering funny. Unfortunately the bigger problem for me is that I couldn't hear that well - I moved and found a better spot, but it wasn't perfect -, and that is depressing. Good, even if not super. Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 3.75

04.04.18 : Blockers - movie
Comedy : Three parents try to stop their daughters from having sex on Prom night. It was better than the trailer suggested. It's fun enough. 3.5

03.04.18 : The Death of Stalin - movie
Comedy : Follows the Soviet dictator's last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death. I have no idea what that was supposed to be, but what I do know is that's it's not funny. It was like a lose drama based on history using cockneys and no jokes. I actually found it horrific in places because it tried to use, actual only used, the comedy conceit of the death squads. But because it was portrayed so realisticly, instead of exaggerated like in comedies, it was quite off-putting. 0

30.03.18 : Ready Player One - movie
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi : When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. That was some good nonsense. It's clever because it makes you think about the other world when it switching between VR and reality, and it's clever because it makes you think about all the old movie references. Movies that treat the viewer as intelligent are so much better. 4

29.03.18 : A Wrinkle in Time - movie
Adventure, Family, Fantasy : After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him. It might be ok for 12 year olds, but it's not ok for anyone older than 12 years and 1 day. I was expecting it to be science(SciFi) based, but it's nonsensical drivel with no substance. Alice in Wonderland was just random imagined fantasy, but at least the nonsense was interesting. 1

27.03.18 : Pacific Rim: Uprising - movie
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi : Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots. Thank fook they fixed it. The first had such moronic dialogue it was like it was made for 8 year olds, but this one treats you like an adult with normal dialogue so you can actually watch the movie instead of hating every second of it. I liked it. 3.5

23.03.18 : Love, Simon - movie
Comedy, Drama, Romance : Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he's gay. It's pretty "squeaky clean" so as to be acceptable for a general audience, which is pretty much what Hollywood always does, but it was only the second half where I felt some sentiment. The subject matter is probably not my thing, and it doesn't really have any comedy, but it was ok to watch. 3

21.03.18 : Explosions in the sky : University of Sydney
Associate Professor Tara Murphy
LIGO detected the gravitational waves of neutron stars colliding and set the astronomy world abuzz with every telescope on the planet trying to find and observe it. 4

16.03.18 : Tomb Raider - movie
Action, Adventure : Lara must find her father. Just like this Lara was unremarkable, so was this file. The old TRs had no pizzazz, but at least Lara had the abilities of a hero. This one is even duller but this Lara has the skills of someone off the street. If the hero isn't more skilled than an average person no one look up to them. Boring story, boring character, boring film. 2

15.03.18 : Giant Dwarf 4th Birthday!: Giant Dwarf Theatre
Plenty of variety with Becky Lucas and Cameron James hosting and being Auslan interpreted - their signing  for rude words added more comedy -, David Cunningham doing a story from Queerstories explaining fuk buddies, Carlo's Plonk Family Band with Montaigne that improvised songs on the fly, comics Aaron Chen, Jen Carnovale from the various standup comedy shows at GD, Nikki Britton's rat skull necklace story from Story Club, Eddie Sharp's doing an Erotic Fan Fiction story, Tom Ballard doing a new set, and the Polyphony Choir. Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 4

13.03.18 : Dragon Friends4 - A Live D&D Comedy Show : Giant Dwarf Theatre
After the debacle of part 2 of the Tomb of Annihilation they turned it totally around and changed the format to pure entertainment, and it was great. The only problem is they still don't know the mission, but when you think about it the reward or blackmail incentive was getting tiresome anyway. What we learnt from TOA pt2 was what kills entertainment. Like not having and audience reduces the incentive of the players to ham it up and get laughs, if you play the game to win every action will be dull and predictable because you are not playing a funny internal character with foibles but a external player that tries to never do anything risky, playing it as a game kills entertainment, the death of a major player is a major turn off, you get penalised for being funny because it puts you at a disadvantage in game play. I was looking at the sold out crowd and it's very different to when this started. Like in the beginning it was a half room of nerd guys, and now it's a large main stream diverse crowd, and it looks like there is nothing like entertainment to put bums on seats. Season 3 has been the best so far and it was about 40% game and 60% fun, but then again it was the big story that made interesting and not the game, either way a bit of substance makes you think and having to think is what makes comedy special. Whether hamming it up at every instance and forgetting the game is the best way is yet to be seen, but it sure is fun. Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 4.5

12.03.18 : Death Wish - movie
Action, Crime, Drama : After an attack on his family, Paul embarks on his own mission for justice. When you got past the sadistic start of the original it was basically a very dull B-grade death spree. This one they added a fuller more intelligent story, which made it much more entertaining, it's just they never showed the character having lost all hope and having the name sake's death wish. The death wish wasn't a necessity, and probably made it better, it's just that it belies the name. 3

09.03.18 : Nailed It! : Giant Dwarf Theatre
I don't remember any of these being blistering, but it's still ok to watch. This one came with a warning, which what all comedy should introduce, because it tells people that comics will say anything to get a laugh because that is the only requirement for a comedian. Too many idiots get outraged at things being said when it's something they don't agree with. Well they should shut-the-fook-up and leave and let the majority that paid good money enjoy themselves because half the stuff comics say is exaggerated BS so as to ensure laughs.
Hosted by James Colley-Channel 9's ridiculous TV shows.
Mary Ward (SMH)- How Australia boosts their psyche by beating poor nations in the Commonwealth Games.
Tiger Webb (Radio National)-There is now word for his massively misshaped d!ck
Swetha Das (Pulp Media)-A very white politician passing himself off as Indian when he is so far removed he doesn't even look close to Indian.
Allison Gallagher (Sports Bra)-Why is there no separated genders with children's toys anymore.
David Cunningham (The Checkout)-Why is there no Nobel prize for war.
Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.5

06.03.18 : Joey Page-Perhaps Under Stars That Would Stretch Forever (An Idiot Explains the Universe in Under an Hour) : Giant Dwarf Theatre
The 2 conversations I heard on the way out praised the show, but I found it not remarkable enough. It was one of those shows where you think it's going ok, because you are running on the enthusiasm of expecting something good, but by half distance you realise you and not many people are laughing. It's ok, if a bit mild, but I was expecting something more absurd/abstract based on the blurb. Crowd : 4 - Me : 3

05.03.18 : Story Club - The Last Days of Rome : Giant Dwarf Theatre
I don't know if it was the rain or because there was no big name headliner, but the crowd was at half size. Baby Boomers need names but tonight had a pretty young cast, and even though the youngness gave the impression on age specificness the stories were universal for all ages. The youngness actually remind me of the original Project 52 stories.
Susie Youssef : Susie's flatmate gets very sick.
Veronica Milsom : Waiting 5 hrs due to getting an overbooked flight, only to be upgraded to 1st class and embarrassing herself.
Helen Bidou(Anne 'Eddo' Edmonds) : Her love for Schapelle Corby. - she has a surprisingly strong/good growling singing voice, like no one expected Jim Nabors to sing so well with his heavy accent.
Nina Oyama : Going to a suspect clown school when only 12 years old.
Ally McLean : Going on a 52 hour flight to Trinidad as a professional Cosplayer.
Eddie Sharp : Cured himself of herpes. - this guy can write, because everyone of his stories is clever.
Crowd : 4.25 - Me : 4

05.03.18 : Detective Chinatown 2 - movie
Action, Comedy : Tang and Qin team up to solve a murder in New York's Chinatown. It was cute and slightly amusing for most part, but it changed to something not fun at the end. All Asian movies are pretty loose with logic, details, and coherence - usually not a problem -, but this is more so because of the comedic gags they were trying to cram in - basically it goes from gag to gag without linking them logically -. I have trouble reading subtitles at the start but eventually get the hang of it, but these were so fast I couldn't read them yet alone comprehend them, even at the end - I was reading so fast I was hardly watching the movie -. Fine to pass the time, but I wished it kept it's warm funny cuteness throughout. 2

01.03.18 : Laugh Track Inner-West Roller Derby League fundraiser : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Standup, story telling, and Improv variety night. Even though I knew the 4 comic's routines and 1 of the stories, and one of the Improv troupes wasn't very good, it was still very good. Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 4

01.03.18 : Red Sparrow - movie
Mystery, Thriller : Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to 'Sparrow School,' a Russian intelligence service. Not an up-lifting action film, but a bleak cruel Cold War Russian spy drama. I would've given it a 4, but it's pretty dark. 3.75

27.02.18 : Game Night - movie
Comedy, Crime, Mystery : A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery. It certainly is a novel idea for a film, but overall it's not done that well. Basically it's not that funny because the comedy is clunky, not very subtle, and not that well done. Wish it was funnier. 2.75

26.02.18 : Black Panther - movie
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi : The King of Wakanda is challenged by an outsider. Hollywood doesn't usually do PC because it reduces profits by alienating some of the audience - there is a disconnect if things are too different from them -, so either I was not in it's demographic or this is a pretty average movie. Too much African tradition with not much happening, and a pretty basic story made it quite dull for me. 2

13.02.18 : Dragon Friends4 - A Live D&D Comedy Show : Giant Dwarf Theatre
I think people are realising this is not people playing D&D but entertainers being entertaining - they should be scored points for being entertaining like QI -, because the place was sold-out. I was expecting the usually dull first episode "establish the story", but what we got was this amazing "do the opposite". You always see this repetitive pattern of, get assigned a task, constant accidental running into creatures, battling them, and a bit of a mystery - usually the best part -. But tonight they did the exact opposite and raced through the whole of Dungeon Dave's script in the first half, without finding out what they are supposed to do. It looks like Dungeon Dave got his just rewards for constantly springing surprise monster attacks, because the pressure was on him for a change to improvise the whole second half story. Comedy is based surprise, i.e. unexpected punchlines, and when every minute of a show is unexpected it's a wonderfully ride. On a side note it looks like it is going to be video-ed, which is great because it adds  extra nuances that make it even more funny, and gives the world a unique look at the only performance based D&D show. Oddly enough standouts on the night were the guest Demi Lardner, and the Ben Jenkins(NPC). Crowd : 5 - Me : 5

05.02.18 : Den of Thieves - movie
Action, Crime, Drama : Heist movie where the cops are more gangster than the gangsters. Thankfully it wasn't a mindless sadistic violence move - like Baby Driver -, but the problem was that it travels too slow for a action/heist movie. It's ok, but they should've cut the personal stuff. 3.5

05.02.18 : Story Club - It’s Complicated : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Even the audience was good for a change.
Ben Jenkins - Wee Wee in the country of Wee Wee. Piss pants in the Paris catacombs.
Penny Greenhalgh - Nutso enthusiastic live Korean shows.
Phil Spencer - A casual racist tradie.
Bec Melrose - Shy Pooping.
Emma Alberici - Recently single and trying to navigate modern dating procedures(Tinder).
David Cunningham - All the power and glory of being "vice" captain.
Crowd : 5 - Me : 5

05.02.18 : Molly's Game - movie
Biography, Crime, Drama : The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game. In a biography I except that every scene is believable, yet there was a few tiny inconsequential points that weren't believable. I also had trouble with the poker terms, so I got lost at points, but overall it's pretty good, just not as good as I, Tonya. 3.75

31.01.18 : I, Tonya - movie
Action, Crime, Drama : The 1994 Tonya Harding Nancy Kerrigan attack. Even if only half the story is true - the movie is based on interviews with the people so might have been exaggerated in their favour -, that is still one FU story. At the time we though it was all Jeff Gillooly by himself, but we were always unsure if Tonya had anything to do with it so we didn't know to love or hate her - I found it sad at the time to watch her fall apart at the Olympics -. Eye opener, and a bit sad at the end. 3.75

30.01.18 : The Commuter - movie
Action, Crime, Drama : A businessman is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home. All the scenarios are so far-out - even for Hollywood - that I had trouble getting into the film because I was always questioning if what I just saw was even possible. It's ok, but I wish I could've somewhat believed it. 3

29.01.18 : The Shape of Water - movie
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy : At a top secret research facility in the 1950s a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature. It's not Sci-Fi so I found it uninteresting. A simple story padded out with strong Art Deco visuals and some weirdness, and not enough substance to fill the 2 hours. Too long and too slow, especially after 2/3, so I lost interest about there. 2

27.01.18 : #WeThePeople LIVE : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Josh Zepps and panel discuss news items, with tonight's show being mainly about Australia day. I don't know anything about Josh Zepps, and whether he is always mild, but the guests(James Valentine, Becky Lucas, James Mathison) were quite good/funny, so it was alright. Crowd : 3.75 - Me : 3.75

25.01.18 : An evening of conversation with Guy Montgomery and Carlo Ritchie : Giant Dwarf Theatre
It's like a late night talk show, but with crazy guests trying to get away with the most improvised BS possible. We had a mechanic mistaken for a politician with the same name, a girl who invented the looking left selfie taken from above, a tiny fancy man, and Dracula's assistant. They were all good with outrageous statements and crazy accents, but it was the mechanic(Will Erimya) trying to BS that he knew about cars, when he didn't, with the hosts pulling him up on the technical points of his statements and him quickly trying to justify, that I found cleverest. It's this type of clever thinking comedy that makes comedy worth while. Crowd : 4 - Me : 4.25

24.01.18 : Waywards Comedy : Bank Hotel
Amanda Gray, Bec Charlwood, Umit Bali, Eric Hutton
It was a quality lineup, and the supports weren't well known so all their stuff was new - first time hearing is always good -, it's just the crowd were too quiet. Crowd : 3.5 - Me : 3.75

24.01.18 : Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle - movie
Action, Adventure, Comedy : Four teenagers are sucked into a magical video game. I didn't see the original but I saw Zathura(2005), and it was pretty boring, but adding exaggerated characters, ie like they have super powers, and bounding them by video game rules made it a lot more interesting. Good. 3.75

23.01.18 : Maze Runner: The Death Cure - movie
Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller : Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as the "Flare". #1 had a hook by being a slow release mystery that was intriguing, but #2 and this one had no hook so were nothing special. I should've quit after #2, but I guess I had to collect the set. I found it boring. 2

17.01.18 : Wisecracker Wednesday : Oatley Hotel
Sean Woodland(MC), Craig Quartermaine(WA), Christian Elderfield(UK)
I though there was going to be two new comics, but I had seen Christian here before. OK 3.25

16.01.18 : Pitch Perfect 3 - movie
Comedy, Music : Following their win at the world championship the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition - there's more to it than just that -. My first PP was last week with #2, and it was pretty good/funny because it sends it'self up. This one goes even further and crazier, so I found it even better. A lull in the middle but better written and funnier jokes in the first half, with crazy action in the second. 3.75

08.01.18 : Story Club - Starting Over : Giant Dwarf Theatre
Rob Carlton(MC) - Dating cousins
Eliza Reilly - Tonsillectomy gone wrong - people had to get air to stop throwing up from the graphic description -.
Rhys Nicholson - Going to the announcement of the "Yes" vote rally.
Anya Poukchanski - Being a lawyer didn't turn out to be what she expected, at least not one firm.
Alexei Toliopoulos - Scamming Dendy by pickup up discarded vouchers.
Toby Schmitz - Not have a drivers licence.
Crowd : 4.5 - Me : 4.25

04.01.18 : Bleeding Steel - movie
Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller : A special force(Jackie Chan) agent is assigned to protect a scientist and his creation from a sinister gang. I didn't mind it, but to tell the truth it's a poorly done Marvel comic style of film. It's all over the place and very illogical, like it starts serious drama, then switches to action film, then Sci-Fi  super powers type fantasy, and then comedy, it was just very inconsistent. It has good scenic shots of Sydney through most of it, but if felt like it was slapped together for the Sydney tourist commission. I got a little sleepy at the end due to the inconsistencies, but it passed the time. 2.5