Thursday, 31 July 2008

Thieves of Ostia

The year is 79 AD. The place is Ostia, the port of Rome. From here, Flavia Gemina, daughter of a Roman sea captain, embarks on thrilling adventures with her three friends Jonathan the Christian Jew, Nubia the slave-girl and Lupus the mute beggar-boy. She and her friends attempt to solve crimes, in a world where justice is available only to those with money and power.

The series Roman Mysteries is now on TV. If you enjoyed Asterix when you were younger, immerse yourself once more in antiquity, but this time confront themes of power and greed, slavery and murder, intrigue and deception in this vibrant, colourful world of the past.

Recommended reading for 10-16 year-olds.


Tuesday, 22 July 2008


Introducing the Quicksand Team. Although we post reviews and information from other people these 5 people make up the Quicksand Team. I'll introduce them to you, from left to right. I'm Cen, you've seen me before in a previous post next to my friend The Cat in The Hat. I am based at our HQ at Cranbourne. Julie works at our Pakenham Library. Ann is from our Narre Warren Library. Nick works at Hampton Park, but you also may see him working at any of our Branches. Rafah also works at Hampton Park and at other Branches. Over the next few weeks we'll tell you a bit more about ourselves, our jobs, our interests and about some of our favourite things!

I also have to mention an extra two people, who although aren't in our group photo have worked incredibly hard to develop this site. They are part of our Information team. I don't have their photos so I'll introduce their avatars to you.

Linda and Michelle have been very enthusiastic in setting up Quicksand and are hoping to set up our own Myspace site for Young Adults as well. So watch this space for more exciting news!


Monday, 21 July 2008

Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland
Directed by Marc Forster
Starring Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet and Julie Christie

An amazing journey into the mind behind the character who created Peter Pan; J.M Barry done through a combination of beautiful cinematography, creative direction and brilliant acting.

A period piece set in the early 20th Century at the height of the naturalistic theatrical movement and the rally to stop the censorship of theatre. This social context constantly shows the clash between how the 'upper-class' British society was expected to behave and what they were expected to enjoy and what people suppressed because of this; questioning children's place in society and an enjoyment of the simple, amusing, fantastical and absurd things in life.

Johnny Depp brings J.M Barry to life through his quirks and eccentricities creating a very likable character, who, whilst carrying a childish glee and naivety shows profound wisdom into the definition between childhood and adulthood. Kudos to the children in 'Finding Neverland'especially Freddie Highmore, who gives a heart-wrenchingly beautiful performance.
Marc Forster allows the viewer to slip between J.M Barry's imaginings and other's reality with a fluidity which gives the film a magical quality.

An extraordinarily moving film which will make you laugh then cry and laugh and cry together at it's beauty, poignancy and truthfulness. It asks us to visit that place within ourselves that longs for magic to exist and shows us that it can be found by embracing our imagination and remembering the beauty of childhood.

Rating: Fantastic
18 years

Friday, 18 July 2008

The Dark Knight

Ok guys, so if you are in love with Batman like I obviously am, this is THE MOVIE RELEASE OF THE YEAR!!

The Dark Knight engages you right from the word go (especially if you happen to be sitting in the front row!) with the action packed introduction of the infamous villain The Joker. This follows on from Batman Begins, where we can remember Batman being shown The Joker's calling card by (then) Leiutenant Gordon. In The Dark Knight, we see Gotham in a state of turmoil and chaos, as organised crime is taking over. Gotham has also just found a new District Attorney, one Harvey Dent. He quickly wins Batman and the Gotham city residents trust, and takes a bold strike against the mob. This is when we really start to see the action! The war between The Joker and his mob, and Batman and the Gotham PD is on. Futhermore, we see the making of one of Batman's other foes, and for you Batman nerds out there, you've probably already realised who I'm talking about.

I won't give away too much of the plot, but be sure that it is full of suspense; I thought the movie was going to end three times before it actually did! Action levels are right up there with Batman Begins, and the performances by Heath Ledger and Christian Bale are mesmerising, and in the case of The Joker, absolutely creepy!

Unfortunately, the direction by Christopher Nolan isn't as mystically dark and cool as those directed by Tim Burton, but Nolan still does a top job in making this movie a quality watch and quite proffessionally directed.
So go and see this movie ASAP!
I guarantee that you'll enjoy it, whether you are a Batman fan or not! Just keep in mind, the movie is rated M, it contains violence and some scariness!

Let me know what you guys think of it in the comments below!

Monday, 14 July 2008

The book that changed your life

There have been a few posts in the blogosphere of late about top 10 movies, best books and the like and one such post asked readers which book changed their lives. I thought I'd share mine here.

I read this book in Year 12 (many moons ago) and it gave me a whole new perspective on war. All quiet on the Western front is set in the 1st World War and is "an anti-war novel written by Erich Maria Remarque, a German veteran of World War I, about the horrors of that war and also the deep detachment from German civilian life felt by many men returning from the front." (Wikipedia) It was first published in 1929 and is told from the perspective of a young, inexperienced soldier and his platoon mates, most of whom are just out of school.

It was life changing for me because it opened my eyes, not only to the true horrors of war, but to the experiences that the 'alleged enemy' were also going through. It helps you realise that there are victims on both sides of any conflict and that includes the soldiers that are having to do the fighting. It is a heart-breaking book too, so if you decide to read it, be prepared.

It does all this and more in an amazingly short 200 pages. Although it has been made into a movie a couple of times, I still prefer the personal act of reading it - especially when it has the power to change your worldview, as it did with me.

If you've read a life-changing book, we'd like to hear about - you can tell us in the comments.


Friday, 11 July 2008

whats up with whedon

If you're a fan of Buffy or Firefly (or possibly Angel), you might've wondered what Joss Whedon has been up to lately... as it happens, Heaps!

He has continued both series as comics. Comics are not library-friendly but luckily they are available in graphic novel format. Buffy continues in Long way home (also called season 8) and you can follow the Serenity crew in Those left behind.

What else? There is a new TV series in production called Dollhouse due to screen in the US in January next year.He has also written 2 movies - Goners (currently shelved) and Cabin in the Woods (given the green light by MGM this week).

Heres a special treat that Joss created during the US writer's strike. Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog is a 40 minute 3 part musical comedy produced for the Internet. Part 1 will be available on July 15 (possibly our July 16). Part 2 will be released on 17th July and part 3 on the 19th. They will be available to watch for free until 20th July. Set your reminder now!
- Linda

Friday, 4 July 2008

One Tree Hill on DVD

One Tree Hill is set in the small town of Tree Hill, and is the story of half brothers Lucas (hottie Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan Scott (James Lafferty) and the very complicated lives of their families and friends. Add romantic complications by three gorgeous girls, plus emotional turmoil created by adults and lives are guaranteed to collide.

Just remember this series is rated M and is recommended for mature audiences as it contains mild sexual references, drug use and course language.

Watch the special features on Disk 4 (there are 22 episodes in the first season!) as it will give you a bit of background to the show. Look out for seasons 2 and 3.

It's addictive watching - great for a weekend DVD fest!!!

:) julie@pakenham.

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Cardinia Youth Forum

Do you live in Cardinia and are aged between 10-25. Complete a survey for your chance to win an iPod or iTunes vouchers. Just fill in the survey online or print out a copy and return to the address on the survey.

Cardinia Shire Council wants to hear what you have to say. We want to know what you do and what issues you are facing so we can plan to provide more of what you need. While we keep your identity confidential, your answers will be collected, read and grouped so we can see what is important to all young people across the Shire. The competition closes on 31 July 2008.

Go to , fill in the survey, have your say, and have the chance to win an iPod Shuffle or one of five $20 iTunes vouchers. So tell all your friends and make a difference!

Youth Development Officer
Cardinia Shire Council

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