I wanted to see Silence on the big screen. I also didn’t want to. The Scorsese films I’ve seen have been more in the category of ultra-violent, and filled with characters who little valued human life. I was glad to have spent the time watching this one. Decades in the making, it tells a story … Continue reading Movie: Silence
Ex-piano A post shared by David Phillips (@cafedave) on Feb 27, 2017 at 10:07pm PST I spent years learning the piano. I can still remember my late piano teacher – a lady who devoted most of her life to teaching kids like me how to be better musicians – showing me how the sustain pedal … Continue reading former piano
I’m preaching at my church in mid-March (March 19th, 10am) on Isaiah 52-53, if you’d like to come along.
Marvel Street Roasters coffee. 260 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Thirroul. The original Buck Hamblin ran a shoe store here for three generations of his family, and now it’s a licensed cafe. Ex-White-Horse barista Luke Barrett is at the helm, and is running the show on a hot but quiet Saturday afternoon when I wander in. Inside, … Continue reading cafe: Buck Hamblin, Thirroul
Minimalism: A documentary about the important things Watched this while on holidays, after reading Nathan’s review of it. I was on holidays mostly to stay home and tidy up the house – something we’ve been aiming to do for weeks – and so I was lifting boxes of things while listening to how people have … Continue reading netflix: Minimalism: A documentary about the important things
That feeling when you step outside for a last minute grocery run, and the tissue paper crowns too small for your head, slides off and lands on the back of your neck, giving the exact sensation of a hundred unseen spiders crawling at once.
Double Roasters. 2-4 Canley Vale Ave, Canley Vale. On the edge of Canley Vale, close to its train station, lies this newly opened cafe with a focus on delicious, instagram-friendly food. The inside is reminiscent of Blackwood Pantry in Cronulla, with lots of light timber and white walls. It’s a beautiful space, and they’ve made … Continue reading The Weston Eatery, Canley Vale
Stan: Elf We watched this 2003 Will Ferrell movie with the kids. It’s G-rated, though has a few scary moments in it. Many laughs, though. Ferrell was in fine form, and Jon Favreau did a solid job on the direction.
Netflix: Killer Elite I was looking for a simple popcorn flick, and lured in by knowing this was a Jason Statham film, and by Clive Owen’s terrible moustache on the poster. It was actually more nuanced and interesting as an action/drama. Lots of well-composed frames, and oddly lots of Australian actors.
Movie: The Founder Decided to see this knowing precious little about the movie except (broadly) the subject matter, and that it was a Michael Keaton film. It’s a biopic of a man with a lot of drive, and a lot of flaws, and has some scenes (notably the marriage sub-plot) that will stay with me … Continue reading movie: The Founder
Movie: Doctor Strange Another visit to the Marvel universe. Visually spectacular, owing much to “inception”. Has a car crash which was a genuine jump moment (even though I knew from a review that it was going to happen). Running time is a bit long, but it creates its own world effectively and has enough laughs … Continue reading Movie: Doctor Strange
Hell or High Water – watch it for a Jeff Bridges performance, or a character study, or an indictment against the treatment of the working poor in Texas – it’s a dark, violent-in-places story of an anti-hero and a law-man.
Movie: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back The opening scene of Jack Reacher 2 – which is in the trailer – pans across the aftermath of a hand-to-hand fight, while the eponymous aggressor Tom Cruise sits in a nearby diner, waiting for law enforcement to arrive. Rather than starting with an action scene, we start after it. … Continue reading Movie: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Di Lorenzo Coffee. 14 Hartill-Law Avenue, Bardwell Park. I’ve driven past this place a few times, and when I was due for a late lunch, I thought I’d call in. There’s a lot of Pinocchio-themed toys and artwork on the walls and around the coffee machine, and the menu is even inside a Pinocchio storybook. Tasty … Continue reading cafe pinocchio, bardwell park
In this podcast interview with Moira Weigel surveying the landscape of dating apps, and looking back at the history of “dating” – how women joining the workforce changed the nature of courtship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, one idea in particular stood out to me. Measurement. We are trying to make everything into … Continue reading We track our sleep now