It's 1974 and Rod Blue (Joel Edgerton) is a down-on-his luck Australian rock promoter who finally secures the coup of his career - Frank Sinatra's comeback tour...... more
It's 1974 and Rod Blue (Joel Edgerton) is a down-on-his luck Australian rock promoter who finally secures the coup of his career - Frank Sinatra's comeback tour in Australia.But things don't go according to plan when Sinatra (Dennis Hopper) lands in Sydney. Ol' Blue Eyes manages to offend the entire Australian public and ends up a hostage with his girlfriend (Melanie Griffith) in his hotel room.But the show must go on and Rod and his assistant (Rose Byrne) must do whatever it takes to keep the peace... but has the man who went all the way finally gone too far?
An irreverent black comedy adapted by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat from their play Meet a Body The Green Man marked the directorial debut of camera...... more
An irreverent black comedy adapted by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat from their play Meet a Body The Green Man marked the directorial debut of camera operator Robert Day. The more experienced Basil Dearden provided expert if unaccredited supervision.A scintillating Alastair Sim plays Hawkins a timid watchmaker with a part time job - he is also a professional assassin who bumps off all the people we love to hate. But when pompous MP Sir Gregory Upshott (Raymond Huntley) is the intended target bungling vacuum cleaner salesman William Blake (George Cole) always gets in the way. As the time of the assassination draws ever closer Hawkins tracks his victim to a dilapidated seaside hotel called The Green Man the laughs and the tension steadily rise to a brilliant climax.An enormously entertaining farce that dutifully ticks all the genre's expected boxes (mistaken identities compromising positions much panicking and slamming of doors) the film makes an interesting companion piece to MacKendrick's The Ladykillers.
Sometimes lively, sometimes pokey, MGM's Technicolor musical The Harvey Girls inspires mixed feelings in aficionados of the form--except on one point. No viewer...... more
Sometimes lively, sometimes pokey, MGM's Technicolor musical The Harvey Girls inspires mixed feelings in aficionados of the form--except on one point. No viewer will question why "On the Atchison, Topeka, & the Santa Fe" won the best song Oscar for 1946: this is a brilliant, inventive song given an epic staging. Director George Sidney pulls out all the stops for this wowser--even Marjorie Main sings, an eardrum-testing sound. The real-life Harvey Girls were waitresses imported to the far-flung Fred Harvey Hotels, civilising oases along the railroad lines out west. The fictional Harvey Girls is set in Sandrock, where the travelling waitresses are joined by a sort of mail-order bride (Judy Garland) whose prospective husband is a bust--he's a rough-hewn rancher played by Chill Wills. Garland is in fine spunky form; unfortunately, her romance is with John Hodiak (as the owner of a dance hall), that uninspiring World War II-era lead. The film's other great Johnny Mercer-Harry Warren song is the unexpectedly melancholy "It's a Great Big World", performed in a lovely trio by Garland, Virginia O'Brien, and the young Cyd Charisse. The tall, deadpan O'Brien also does a comic take on "The Wild, Wild West" while shoeing a horse. With kewpie-faced Angela Lansbury as a bespangled dance-hall gal and Ray Bolger high-stepping through a dance solo, there are enough good people on board to keep the wheels a-turning "all the way to Californ-eye-yay". --Robert Horton, Amazon.com
Advantages: Location Disadvantages: Small poky rooms with little privacy and no view
...Sydney Wynyard Travelodge
The best thing about this hotel is its location which is within a very close walk of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House and extremely close to a metro station too. We walked all around the area sightseeing and everything was easily walk able. The metro took you further afield and you could also get the monorail from a stop further on the metro. This was how we travelled...
Advantages: Central Location and Efficient Friendly Staff Disadvantages: Pricy
...We visited Sydney in January 2004 and spent three wonderful nights staying at this 5* hotel.
The Sydney Four Seasons hotel is located overlooking the city's famous Rocks district. This gives you very easy access to the ferries which can take you to all the other resorts. It is also a short and pleasant stroll to the famous Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is...
Advantages: friendly, helpful, easy-going, great atmosphere Disadvantages: No powerpoints in the rooms!! Read my review to see why this was a problem!! Small communal kitchen
...I stayed in this hostel my first night in Australia - i booked a single room cos I figured after 24 hours on a plane anda rriving in Sydney at 9pm all I would want to do is have a shower and go to bed!! It cost just 19 pounds for a single room which was great considering you would expect to pay at least 10 pounds for a dorm room in Sydney, even up to 20 pounds for a hostel like Wake Up! just...