Author Archives: Dirk Flinthart

Why I Like The Princess Bride

Ought to be a no-brainer, right? Apparently less so than I thought. I went to a 30th anniversary screening of The Princess Bride the other night. It was organised by a local political figure, and the film played on a small dropdown screen in a space above  a sports facility. Nevertheless, the room was full […]

Straya On The Moon!

So apparently Australia is getting it’s very own Space Agency. Who knew? If only it had happened earlier. Perhaps this story — written, I think, while I was at least partly drunk — might have been closer to the truth… The year is 1973, in an alternate universe. Here, America very sensibly decided that a […]

The Straight Road Out of Homophobia City.

I’ve been certain of my sexuality since before I knew it was possible to have a sexuality. I think I was six years old when I found one of my father’s Playboys in the magazine rack in the lounge room. (To be fair, I think he actually did read the articles. Playboy in the 70s […]

Review: Train To Busan

I’ve been meaning to catch this one for a while. And what better time then while laid up by a furious ‘flu which bids fair to bring on the zombie apocalypse? Seriously: I haven’t seen so much snot since… no… actually, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this much snot before. It’s like a vengeful […]

Digression

I’ve begun teaching a new martial arts class at the university in Launceston, simply because they have the finest judo floor I’ve ever personally seen, let alone rolled upon. We had our third session last night, and there were a few more folks along which was good: it’s not a cheap floor to rent, and […]

Logan

I know a lot of people haven’t seen Logan yet, so I will be careful about any form of spoilers… which means this will be somewhat abstract. Nevertheless, I can give you my impressions.   First: as a film, it’s well shot, well composed, and well supported by a sparse but effective soundtrack. The performances […]

Still More Thoughts on Depiction and Appropriation.

Yeah, dull. I know. But this is tricky stuff. Publishing being what it is, a new or low-profile writer who wants a useful relationship with the small presses (which are a great place to kickstart a career!) needs to be aware that unlike the big publishing houses, small presses are likely to get benefit from […]