i’d never really thought about the importance of afl in melbourne until yesterday. i was walking to a friends house yesterday to watch the game and the streets were packed. people had set up tvs outside their apartments, there were posters everywhere and friends catching up. the city sort of shut down for a few hours. even if they don’t follow st kilda or collingwood, its simply a tradition.
the thing i love about it is that its so isolated to melbourne. the world cup finals or even the english premier league are watched by such a large audience all over the world. for example, living in manchester, you might love to watch manchester city beat chelsea, and also a kid who lives in malaysia might love to watch it as much as you do.
it seems a bit impersonal.
but with the afl- it feels as though only melburnians are as captivated as you are. a relatively small group of people are brought together for no good reason other than to enjoy a great game.
surely in a few years it will be popular over the entire country as we prepare for the introduction of the Gold Coast Suns in 2011, and the Greater Western Sydney team in 2012, but Melbourne will always be the game’s home. It seems so strange that Melbourne really has its own sport that is this popular- it just wouldn’t happen in Sydney or Brisbane or Adelaide I don’t think
Watched a movie Kick-Ass (Matthew Vaughn; 2010) the other night when I was sick. It’s an American film about this guy, Dave, who is 17 living with his dad and going to high school in new york city- ‘just a “”normal”" kid’. One day he decides to be a “super hero”, fighting crime wearing a wet suit like superheroes before him, calling himself “Kick-Ass”.
Anyway, he discovers that there are other superheroes in NYC and Dave gets tied up in their plot to kill a mafia boss and before he knows it, everyone is out to get him…
I know I “shouldn’t” like movies like this – I should have watched a Godard or a Kurosawa (below) – but as it turns out, it was a great watch. Enjoyable, interesting characters. Unpredictable storyline, exciting and engaging.
A quote we have looked at in Authorship & Narrative in the cinema from director Blake Edwards (The Pink Panther, 10) goes something like “I loved (Ernst) Lubitsch (a famous comedy/ musical director) from the first frame I ever saw. I loved the characters. They made me feel at home” Well, watching “Kick-Ass” I thought the same thing, and I think that’s why so many stupid American movies are so popular. I can really relate to the teenage characters in American cinema, I feel as though we have grown up in the same society. We really could have grown up in the same suburb. Same music, same tv shows. I guess it all links back to the Americanisation of the Western world and how “American” language has subtly increased in usage in Aus. eg. ten years ago I never would have said “sidewalk” or “cookie”, now it would seem bizarre for me to walk on the “footpath” or grab someone a “biscuit”. This emergence no doubt has a lot to do with embarassing Australian idioms-”flat out like a lizard drinking”- not being ‘cool’, ’sophisticated’ or ‘intelligent’ enough for Aus. middle- upper class teens. This also has no doubt been affected by the internet in some way- easier access to American material + using facebook, myspace. anyway, “Kick-Ass” 8.5/10. Highly recommended
I sort of just realised how crap my blog is. This is only my 3rd post ever and I’ve had it for 2 weeks (and my 2nd post was written up like half an hour ago). Why haven’t I been blogging? Too much time wasted on Facebook, that’s why. The blog will improve I promise.