Author: Ali

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Big Fizzers


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I was visiting family recently and came across my second copy of “Cracker Bag”, a short film I have listed as one of my favourites on this blog. I like short films, because they attempt to say something, but they do it powerfully, often subtly, and succintly. Cracker Bag is actually directed and written by

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Mothers of the Disappeared


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The other day my older sister, Lyndel, picked me up from the airport and then we went to collect my two nieces from school. This is quite a social time for my sister as she waits for class to finish with all the other Mum’s, and was quite fun for me. I peeked through the

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Cinema as religion?


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I don’t know how I got started into this, because I am by no means any sort of movie buff, but something I re-read the other day intrigued me: “I believe cinema is the most powerful secular religion, and people gather in cinemas to experience things collectively, as they once did in church. Cinema storytellers

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Eternal Sunshine


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It’s actually rather hard to write a definitive list of your favourites somethings. Every day I think of something else, and my favourites remain in a fluid state. And one of you has commented that one of the dangers of blogging is that people will disagree with you. True, true. But what is that saying

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Why blog?


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Why write a blog? Do I have anything to say in a blog that could be remotely interesting to anyone else? God forbid that this become some sort of public diary because, humiliations aside, does anybody really want to read someone else’s diary online…? At first I would say absolutely not, but then I have

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