Me acting like a tit. But a happy one.

I am a stand-up comedian, podcaster,  and failed filmmaker hoping to remedy that shortcoming. I went to The New Zealand School of Film and Television Production (or The Film School) from 2008-2009 and graduated just in time for the global economic crisis. Some of my friends who actually applied themselves now have decent careers in the film industry. I do not. Not entirely my fault… but mostly so.

However, I have had an obsession with film going back to when I was 15 and seeing The Good, the Bad and the Ugly for the first time which was a major catalyst in my education in art. I became fascinated by the people making these movies, such as Sergio Leone. Through the works of Sir Christopher Frayling and the forbidden 70s films we were supposed to catch up with as teenagers, my film knowledge began to snowball. You discover Sergio Leone – well, how about Sam Peckinpah or John Huston? Have you seen The Godfather yet? Or Quadrophenia? Have you seen the Director’s Cut of Natural Born Killers?

That and my folks’ forcing me to go to and like art galleries and new things, I developed a love for discovering art from anywhere and everywhere.

That said, I grew to love punk rock and that alongside the arse-iness of my Mum’s side of the family, taught me not to tow the party line if something is shit or suspect. So, if everybody loves something, I am disposed to not like it. Not all the time and I am as intolerant of contrarians as I am film-sheep but just because something is deemed canonical (whether mainstream or arthouse), doesn’t mean you have to like it.

What I hope to do with this blog is… whatever, really. I would rather that you don’t know what’s gonna come next from one post to another. The films watched may not even be stuff I like. It’s just a grab-bag of anything from around the world at any point in the last hundred or so years. It will naturally be skewed towards my particular tastes and opinions but I will try to be open to stuff!


My Top Ten Movies of All Time as it Stands (In Chronological Order):

Seven Samurai (1954) Akira Kurosawa

12 Angry Men (1957) Sidney Lumet

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) Sergio Leone

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Stanley Kubrick

Easy Rider (1969) Dennis Hopper

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Tobe Hooper

Scum (1979) Alan Clarke

Natural Born Killers (1994) Oliver Stone

Glastonbury (2006) Julien Temple

There Will Be Blood (2007) Paul Thomas Anderson

10 directors

… and if you so wish, you can follow me on Twitter: @Scumbagexpat



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    • Oh, first time I saw it, I thought; “WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS?!” but as I got into Oliver Stone I went back to it and I really came to love it more and more. I will do a review of it some time soon to explain myself cos I realise – like with Only God Forgives – almost no one feels the same way.

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      • I can watch some twisted, trippy films, but Natural Born Killers, like Requiem For A Dream, just freaked me out. How it’s shot, the sitcom-style scenes, the transitioning between black-and-white and colour, the acting, the music, etc. just made me queasy.

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      • I agree with you on Requiem for a Dream! What is the big deal with that film? I’ve tried it four times and I don’t get what all the fuss is about. Here’s where I think NBK wins because I can plough through the formal fuck-about-ery because the central relationships and characters are so engaging (to me) but with Requiem, I don’t give a monkey’s about the characters because all I can see is Darren Aronofsky showing me how clever he is. I do think that, first and foremost, Oliver Stone is interested in telling stories and all the rest comes after.

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      • I like Oliver Stone’s films, but hated Natural Born Killers. As for the likes of Refn and Aronofsky, I think they have such talent, but don’t apply themselves in the best way. Requiem For A Dream just bugged me, and Only God Forgives was lit and shot wonderfully, but there was absolutely no substance in the film. Give me David Fincher ahead of those two all day, every day.

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      • Aronofsky I can’t be bothered with except for The Wrestler and I am interested to see Noah. Refn I love! I’ve heard all the cases against him and even with those in the background, something just clicks with me and I am an unashamed fan. Fincher I love too, although weirdly, I’ve had a bit of struggle getting on with Gone Girl. I’m sure I’ll gel with it eventually but I’ve seen it twice and something’s not quite slipping into place.

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