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Iconic American actor, Jason Alexander, best known as George from Seinfeld, said this about his love of Australia, during an interview, he did on Channel 7’s Sunday Night program.
"Here's the easiest way for me to feel, tell you why I love the country. "MATE!" It is spectacular! The notion that the guy that serves you your coffee is your mate. The guy that runs your banking account is your mate. The guy on the sporting team is your mate and the prime minister of the country is your mate. That you're all mates, that you're all in it together. That there's a sense of, we're Australians. We may have differences between us. We're Australians. That sense only happens in America, for me, when we have a disaster. But you guys propagate it every day just by going "hey mate", "good morning", "good day mate". It is, I love it. I love it. And it is so welcoming and so embracing and so human and to me that is the character of the country and I think that is why I respond to it".
Mate, you got it spot on. I’ve never heard anyone articulate it so well, exactly what it means to be Australian and it took an American to remind me.
I think sometimes we forget that as Australians. Let’s never lose our ability to be mates with everyone. To be neighbourly. To lend a helping hand whenever it’s needed. To show the world exactly what being mates can be. How free we feel and friendly it is to be Australian. Whether you were born here or brought here, everyone is mates.
I’ve always called people mate, and not just because I didn’t remember their names. Let’s keep the word ‘mate’ front and centre and keep our country friendly and welcoming to all.
Thank you, Jason, for the reminder. We’ll see you on our friendly shores in July. You can catch Jason’s show, Jason Alexander And His Hair, around Australia. Click here for more details for his Brisbane show.
“I sure do”.
That’s the answer I give to people when they ask me if I like Glee. Actually that’s a bit of a little bitty lie. I actually love Glee.
And Les Miserables.
And Rock of Ages.
And a heap more musicals.
And now I love SMASH.
My friends often joke about me being gay to enjoy such shows.
Well I am 100% straight. I like girls as much as the straight guy next to me. Hmmmmm, girls. How you doin?
I also happen to love me a good musical. And that musical can be on the big screen, the small screen or even live on stage.
I don’t care what people think.
I am a loud and proud musical kind of guy!
I’ve even got my own idea for a musical movie or stage show! I just need a lyricist to help me write it. Know of anyone?
My latest love is SMASH and even though CBS has axed the show after only two seasons, I have really enjoyed the musical within a TV show format. This weekend my girls and I have been singing ‘Broadway, Here I Come” by Jeremy Jordan from Season 2.
This is the clip from the show which picks up the song half way through when the star of the show, Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee) stumbles upon a bartender, Jimmy Collins (Jeremy Jordan) singing one of his own songs for a musical he is writing. It’s called Broadway, Here I Come, about, you guessed it, someone with a dream of making it big on Broadway. It’s a great song and can be used as a metaphor in just about anything to do in life that needs a focus to succeed. Take a listen below to the clip from the show and then at the end of this post, is the full vocal version which is bloody awesome.
So tease me all you want. It’s ok. Straight men can love musicals too! Try telling me I can’t! Go on, I dare ya! Or how about you let go of the stereotype that only gay guys can enjoy this stuff and get your feet a tapping and your voice a singing, because folks, there’s joy in these songs and shows, and we can never have too much joy in the world. It does make the world a better place.
What is your favourite musical? Have you watched SMASH? Did you enjoy it or happy to see it go?
If you go to see A Good Day to Die Hard, the 5th instalment in the Die Hard franchise, don’t expect to see a typical Die Hard movie.
But firstly, what is a typical Die Hard movie?
When people think, Die Hard, they think of an ordinary guy, trapped in an impossible situation, armed only with his wit and determination not to die. Sure. 25 years ago when John McClane was trapped in a building alone and up against 30 terrorists. The only conduit to the outside world he has is via a CB radio to Sgt Al Powell, who’s out on the street. He saves the day as we all know and the credits roll to Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.
The sequel, just 2 years later, escalates with McClane once again in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is mostly solo but has a little help from an airport orderly and a reluctant airport police commander in trying to save his wife’s plane as it heads to Washington DC. Armed again with his customary one liners, he once again saves the day.
In the third instalment, Die Hard with a Vengeance, McClane is this time in the middle of the action, but not by accident but by invitation from another Gruber. Other than the opening challenge, set by Simon, McClane is joined by a sidekick in the form of Samuel L Jackson, who assists him in saving New York.
In Live Free or Die Hard or Die Hard 4.0, he has another reluctant sidekick in the form of Justin Long and then in the newest film, A Good Day to Die Hard he is joined by his estranged son, Jack.
See a pattern here? I’ll help you out. McClane in each movie since the original and most of the Die Hard 2, hasn’t been solo. The last three films he has had a companion throughout the movie. He has also become somewhat superhuman, surviving a flooded aqua dock and exploding ship, an attack from an F35 Jet after surfing on the tail of the same jet, and being flung around by a helicopter in the newest film. Sure he dangled from a fire hose in Die Hard and ejected out of an exploding military cargo plane in the second, but both are plausible and not that far fetched. However the stunts have been getting bigger and more unbelievable. Nothing about the sequels equals the same feel as Die Hard and to a lesser extent Die Hard 2.
During the 25 years he’s been a cop, don’t you think that John McClane has also grown and become more skilful and cunning in what he does? If the original John McClane tried to fight the Russians in A Good Day to Die Hard, he probably would have been eaten up and spat out in the opening gun battle. But as with anyone, he’s 25 years older, smarter and wiser.
This isn’t James Bond who replace the actors every 5th movie or so. This is Bruce Willis who coincidentally is getting old too, just like John McClane. Therefore not only is the actor ageing but so is the character. With ageing comes growth. With growth comes new skills and emotions and new ways of doing things.
I don’t go to each new Die Hard expecting to see the same movie or get the same feel as the original. I go expecting to see a kick ass action movie with plenty of explosions, gun fight, one liners and great villains. And when it comes to the villains, I never expect to see Hans Gruber again. He was an extraordinary bad guy, played by Alan Rickman. If each bad guy wore John Williams suits and spoke so well, then maybe but he really was one of a kind.
So my advice when going and seeing A Good Day to Die Hard is to sit back and enjoy it for what it is. A whole different movie to the original but with the same John McClane wit and never say die attitude.
I loved it and so has everyone else in my family full of McClanes.
4 out of 5 stars.
She’s a clever one!
Since 2007’s Live Free or Die Hard or Die Hard 4.0 as it was known internationally, fans of the Bruce Willis arse kicking series have been waiting for the next instalment, especially considering that Willis said that there would probably be two more movies in the franchise.
Here is the first official image from Die Hard 5, featuring Bruce Willis and Australia’s very own, Jai Courtney.
Plot details are still sketchy but what we know is that the film is set in Russia where John McClane goes to the rescue of his son, Jack. Yep, Jack McClane! How cool.
The official name for Die Hard 5 is A Good Day to Die Hard and it will be released on February 14 in the US. We’ll have to wait until March 21 in Australia.
We can expect to see the first trailer next week when Taken 2 hits the cinema.
I can’t wait! Yippie Kai Yay MF’ers.