John Matthews

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Gender Male
Location Sydney, NSW, Australia
Introduction ArtKritique is the secret life of John Matthews. I try to do what I can, to be informed, humanist. educated and independent. It shouldn't be notable but I'm a ticket buying, fee-paying, subscribing kind of critic. That might not be cheap but it does make me furiously independent, and as a bolshie Anglo-Irish, working class, lapsed Catholic, only child I think that's a pretty good place to start.
Favorite Movies Wings of Desire, Paisa, Barry Lyndon, Bring It On, A Touch of Evil, The Gospel According to Saint Matthew, Shaun of The Dead, Tucker, Age of Innocence, It's A Wonderful Life, 8 1/2, The Sweet Smell of Success, The Searchers
Favorite Music Al Green, Bach Cello Concertos, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Charles Mingus, The Velvet Underground, Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood, The Specials, The Pet Shop Boys, The Style Council, Dexy's Midnight Runners, New Order, Stevie Wonder, The Decemberists, Common, The Roots, Donny Hathaway, Gil Scott Heron, Roy Ayers, The Go-Betweens, Isaac Hayes, Cocteau Twins, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, King Britt, Masters At Work, My Morning Jacket, Scritti Polliti, Mountain Goats, The National, Nina Simone, Nitin Sawnhey, Noel Coward, 4Hero, The Cinematic Orchestra, Massive Attack, ECM Records
Favorite Books F. Scott Fitzgerald -Tender Is The Night, Voltaire - Candide, Dante - The Divine Comedy, Jorge-Luis Borges Collected Fiction, Nick Cohen - What's Left?, Robert Hughes - Barcelona, George Orwell - Collected Non-Fiction, WH Auden - Collected Poems, Umberto Eco - The Name of the Rose, Salman Rushdie - The Enchantress of Florence, Bret Easton Ellis - American Psycho, Ernest Hemmingway - The Sun Also Rises, Gustave Falubert - Madame Bovary, McSweeney's