Top Five – Restaurants

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This weeks top five takes us into a very subjective world – your favourite restaurants. You might choose for memorable meals where it was the company that made it great, it might be a secret little local.

After some considerable thought I have come up with my top five:

  1. Spice I Am – this is a small place on Wentworth St in Sydney. The massaman beef is just glorious
  2. Guillaume at Bennelong – we had the degustation menu there a few years ago. What a great night.
  3. Toko on Crown St, Surry Hills- noisy, crowded and lovely.
  4. Libertine – this is on a back street of Kings Cross. French-Vietnames. The boyf took me there for my birthday last week and as he paid it tasted even better.
  5. Quo Vadis – Soho London. Perfect modern English.

Cinema Takes: Doubt

I’ve started a new Film Review blog for cine philes amongst us: Cinema Takes. It consolidates all the previous posts. The latest crit is:

Doubt: the power of words

A sample:

Both the film’s strengths and its weaknesses stem from its origin as a play. Most of the real action happens off-camera, reinforcing the mystery. The story is confined to the school and its immediate Bronx neighbourhood. The power is in the dialogue, with Sister Aloysius Beauvier as the focal point for most of the fiery exchanges.

Despite her depiction as “the dragon”, Streep’s Sister Aloysius is too soft compared with the ghosts who haunt my educational childhood memories. Hoffman’s nice guy has us wondering throughout the movie why he became a priest. Aloysius asks him the same question for more sinister reasons.

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Kevin Rennie