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Australian Federal Election 2019 - More of the Same?

Incumbent Liberal Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, wins an election that for him was supposed to be unwinnable. That seems to have been a surprise to election commentators, and even went against many of the most respected polling organisation stats.

I must admit I don't follow Aussie politics as much since they installed a revolving door on the PM's office not long after 2007. Arguments over which person is likely to win at the next election are as shallow as the people who concern themselves with such things.

What gets me interested in politics is a leader who has a vision, can articulate it, and does the work to make it happen. Along the way they'll make sure you see the benefits of their work, so that maybe, just maybe, you'll vote them back in, so they can continue to do the work they believe in.

Based on Scott Morrison's acceptance speech, I got a sense of why he may have defied the odds. He's a very likeable, down to earth type of man. The kind of guy you…

Movie Review: Poms (2019) *Very Minor Spoilers*

I enjoy watching character driven movies, especially ones that feature stars that I've grown up with that are actually from my parent's generation more than mine.

Poms is one of those kind of movies. It stars Diane Keaton alongside iconic Australian actor, Jacki Weaver.

Promoted as an uplifting comedy about a group of female retirees who, despite several obstacles, form a cheerleading squad, the film also explores some more serious themes (albeit not very deeply).

Poms is a fine movie with some laugh out loud moments. The cast do their best with what little character development they are given, since the majority of the films focus is Diane's character, Martha, the driving force of the squad.

Overall I liked the film but the story is somewhat choppy with unearned character moments, and attitudes that seem a little outdated in a more socially aware era.

For example, in the beginning of the movie we meet Martha, who seems to have lead a very solitary life in her later years,…

Movie Review: Avengers: Endgame (2019) *Spoiler Section*

After eleven years of movies Marvel Studios continues to surprise me with Avengers: Endgame. No matter what I think might happen (and I'm rarely right) they always manage to unfold a story full of twists here and there that I would never have thought of.

Avengers: Endgame begins moments before the snap in Infinity War. As you would expect this movie is all about how the Avengers deal with the consequences and, ultimately, formulate a plan to reverse them.

At just over three hours long at no time did this movie drag for me. The first hour is probably the least action packed but there's so much story and so many characters that you're never in any scene long enough for it to wear thin. The story is pretty much moving forward all the time.

As well, it is interesting to see a post snap Earth, and to see what the Avengers have been doing for quite some time after.

If you enjoyed Infinity War then this is a very satisfying part two that you're going to end up wanting to wat…

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