One of the best things I enjoyed watching on Netflix last year was the series Five Came Back. Based off the book by Mark Harris, the series recounts the experiences of five legendary Hollywood directors throughout their service in World War II. It is one of the most fascinating and moving stories I got to watch and hope you will get a chance to enjoy it too. I think sometimes I struggle to find the right way to review something I enjoyed so much but feel free to check it out at http://buzzmagazine.com.au/five-who-came-back/
Based out of Victoria, Buzz Magazine was one the longest running street press magazines in Australia being published in print from 1993 to 2010. Some fine writers have worked for Buzz over the years and gone onto successful careers in media since and there is simply no way to measure the contribution the mag made to local music over its print run. With such words and minimal advertising on the website the impression could be taken that Buzz is now semi-retired. Yet the site is quite prolific with new write-ups on a daily basis, the ongoing interest of fans old and new and contributions from some very talented people indeed.
Following on from the list for Top 20 Films of 2017 at X-Press Magazine I was lucky enough to feature in a list of the best TV Shows of 2017 this time having 4 picks of mine feature with words I wrote. I don’t get to watch as much TV and found it interesting to sum up the 5 best I’d seen. There was a lot of quality TV that I just didn’t connect to the same way as others and did not even consider placing on such a list. Earlier this year I fell in love with the second season of Fargo but that was not a show from 2017. When I looked back there was only one show I really loved and was engaged by and constantly thought back on. Not House of Cards, not GLOW (which by the way is great), not even Game of Thrones (which let’s not kid ourselves is still the biggest show in the world and I’ll have a front row seat to it the day the final season starts), not Strangers Things (which is only getting better), not Fargo Season 3 (it was all right but didn’t engage with likeable characters like Season 2), not even Five Came Back (which really touched me and I went back to watch several times). No there was only one show for me that was truly great, mesmerising and haunting. It may not have killed in the ratings but it will endure in the years to come and as it turned out it got the No.1 Spot on the list which you can check out here http://xpressmag.com.au/the-x-press-top-20-tv-shows-of-2017/
It’s a real thrill to have some of my thoughts included in an end of year list for such a well established publication (that I’ve only just begun to contribute to) alongside such experienced and talented professional writers.
X-Press Magazine was established in 1985 and at one point was Australia’s highest circulating free weekly entertainment publication with over 40,000 copies reaching 1,0000 outlets every week. On the 24th May, 2016 Issue 1527 hit stands. Like many publications of its ilk X-Press Magazine is now foremost an online magazine engaged globally and making the most of the possibilities that new digital technology offers. It’s roots though are tied to its home city, love of local artists and productions and music which it supports wholeheartedly. Perth a capital city most isolated from all the other capitals is continuing to grow and develop culturally and artistically with its own identity and talent. X-Press has always been there to capture this growth and will continue to do so.