Archive for August, 2009

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August 25, 2009

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August 22, 2009
  • Half hour documentary about one of my top five favourite films. Hopefully better than director Rob Reiner's commentary on the dvd which amounts to "Billy was very clever ………………………………………………………… Meg was very clever …………………………………. that's my mother …………………….."
  • Danes seems to be doing her best impression of Ute Lemper here. Without the singing. Because it's on paper.
  • On why the new release of Oshima's Ai No Corrida (AKA In the Realm of the Senses) has been cut. It's not for the reason you might expect.
  • 80s soundtrack themes recorded in the style of The Shadows. Yes, I know.
  • About as magnificent as you'd expect. Fairly committed orchestral backing track, slightly less committed vocal.
  • What I was probably really listening to when you all discovered Oasis.
  • Yes. Indeed. When Annette was here and we walked the city without trying to we managed to pass all of them except the original Metro in Clayton Square. That might be a sign of convenience but it is also a sign of the chain going for a strangle hold in the city. If the shops were tanks it would look like a seige. And opening one next door to The Philharmonic Pub on Hope Street. Really? That's not going to screw up the character of the area is it?
  • Valleywag (Gawker) discovers Spotify. Incidentally, I've paid for a Premium account. The FrankMusik adverts were getting on my wick. It is also very strange not be hearing the slow reading Amy MacDonald every ten minutes.
  • Paul Magrs is exasperated by amateur book reviewers. Me to. I hate them (!).
  • But then, as I found out, if you're caught smiling on the tube people think you're weird.
  • The new BBC Four controller talks about what he's trying to achieve: "BBC4 is all about purpose, proposition and passion and all with a twinkle in our eye."
  • Blimey, this looks strong. Loads of new biographical drama, a season of programmes about the digital revolution and games (seek out the trailer for Syntax Era — it's hilarious). The press pack is visually very interesting too, very web 2.0 (ish).

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August 20, 2009

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August 19, 2009
  • Sorry about yet another Guardian link, but this has Neil Hannon talking about All Saints, considering the brilliance of Black Coffee. It's too short to offer a quote but consider it. Neil Hannon, All Saints fan. Sadly he doesn't offer an opinion of Studio One, one of the best forgotten pop records of recent years.
  • Somehow I managed to entirely miss this event. Grrr. Anyway, here are the results. I think my favourites are the silliest, the lamb and banana next to the lambanana for example.
  • "I will not be devastated if I miss news of Joe Gideon and the Shark's new single."
  • Fascinating approach to making user content viewable by the BBC for automatic linking and pulling into their web pages. It means your stuff is seen by a wider public and makes their pages look prettier. Essentially you tag your photos or blog posts or whatever with a given programme's PID code. Yeah, one of those.
  • And I thought I held grudges.

links for 2009-08-16

August 17, 2009
  • Steve Williams offers some analysis of the new channel's premiership coverage: "One of the best things about ESPN’s Premiership coverage is what they’re not doing."
  • The six-disc boxset which was released a few years ago, the later discs filled without outtakes and demos. Fabulous moments between Richard Burton and David Essex and surprisingly Anthony Quinn trying to get his chops around the Spanish Language version and being chided by the director for his mispronunciations.
  • Useful discussion on how Pocket Books failed to capitalise on the release of the new Star Trek film by cutting back on the Prime universe TOS Novels and only releasing a novelisation. I should note I haven't read a Trek novel since the mid-nineties, but to my mind it would be like BBC Books not bothering with nuWho books and keeping the old line going.

links for 2009-08-15

August 16, 2009
  • Beautiful piece by Ringwald about John Hughes in which she deploys a recent conversation with Anthony Michael Hall to talk about he feelings about the director's death comparing their relationship with that between Trauffaut and Jean-Pierre Léaud. One of the tragedies of Hughes's death is that we'll not now see rumoured sequel to The Breakfast Club which revisits the characters two decade later.
  • The poster makes this look like a hyperlink film (or multi-stranded drama as the Radio Times has it). I was generally quite bored by knocked up but this at least sounds fairly interesting, especially since Queenan thinks it will flop. Interesting films tend to flop. Look at Ishtar or Man In The Moon.
  • Every episode of the BBC News channel's review slot since mid 2006, mostly with Mark Kermode (sometimes with Andrew Collins and Angie Errigo now and then). Worth watching to see the reaction of the various news people who've been put in front of him to be shouted at.

links for 2009-08-13

August 14, 2009

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August 13, 2009

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August 8, 2009
  • "For two years (1985-1987), John Hughes and I wrote letters back and forth. He told me – in long hand black felt tip pen on yellow legal paper – about life on a film set and about his family. I told him about boys, my relationship with my parents and things that happened to me in school …"

links for 2009-08-06

August 7, 2009