It’s Friday night and i’m alone with a large glass of whisky, watching the Cowboy Bebop movie. After the week i’ve had, this is bliss.
This movie is as damn close to perfect as you’re ever gonna get. I adore the series and this is just the icing on the cake.
I must have seen it over 10 times and its still just as impressive, 13 years after its release.
The direction is flawless, absolutely flawless. The music is perfectly chosen and arranged and then there’s the story, the characters, the dialogue.
It breaks my heart to see Shinichiro Watanabe and Keiko Nobumoto wasted on the likes of Space Dandy. Maybe i’m just too western or old for that show but when you re-watch this film and see their talent first hand, this of the kind of stuff they need to do, or at least it’s the stuff they do best.
Maybe one day…
If only the uk had a blu ray release for this film!
I’m so excited for The Grand Budapest Hotel that last night we decided to re-watch The Fantastic Mr Fox.
My best friend and his American girlfriend came over for Chinese food and a film last night and neither of them had seen The Fantastic Mr Fox.
Neither of them had seen a Wes Anderson film, full stop. So I just had to do something about that.
Luckily they appreciated Wes’ unique deadpan humour and quirky style, they both loved it.
I could watch this film a hundred times and still adore it. Especially when Sheffield local Jarvis Cocker pops up!
It’s just such a great film. Bring on Grand Budapest Hotel
I’m a massive Elliott Smith fan and this is arguably the ultimate memorial to his music and his memory. He may not be buried here but it’s more than that.
I love reading the messages people wrote on this wall that have been posted on the net and I really appreciate the hard work people put in to restore it when it has been defaced beyond recognition by gang graffiti.
I live in the UK and sadly I will most likely never get to visit this location myself, just like I sadly never got to see Elliott play live. More than anything I’d absolutely love to sign it or pay my respects at this landmark.
Then I realised, this is the internet generation right? My ramblings on this site could in theory be read by thousands of Elliott Smith fans. What if by chance one of them passes Sunset Boulevard on their way to work every day or is a fan who visits it regularly?
Maybe, just maybe, one might read this and be willing to do me a really awesome favour. I know it’s a lot to ask but what’s the harm in trying?
If anyone would be so kind to write me a message on this almost sacred wall and take a photo, you would have made a friend for life, I would love you forever. <3
Even if it’s just a picture of you with a piece of paper with my name or a URL in front of it, right there at the wall. I’d be absolutely thrilled.
To add my name to that wall would mean more to me than you’d ever know.
If you’re interested in making a sentimental twenty something a very happy individual then please do get in touch.
I know it’s a long shot but it’s worth a try.
So the Oscars are over and the awards dished out.
I started my Oscar project at the end of January and managed to watch all but one of the films nominated for Best Picture, the one that won.
Ideally I wanted to finish before the ceremony and make my predictions and thoughts but alas I was a little late. I only know who won 2 to 3 awards on the night so hopefully I can avoid the spoilers until I’ve seen them all.
I’m still yet to see 12 Years A Slave and now I have to watch it with the knowledge that it won not only Best Picture but a total of 3 Academy Awards. Maybe I’ll now be expecting too much, the leading man will have to be something special to beat DiCaprio, McConaughey, or my personal favourite Bruce Dern (Nebraska).
I did hear Jared Leto won Best Supporting Actor and I happened to watch Dallas Buyers Club myself last night. Whatever your opinion is of Leto or (lack of) trans-gender casting, the guy is phenomenal in this film. Out of all the films I’ve seen nominated for the role, Leto’s performance was in my opinion the most deserved for supporting actor.
I’m also really glad that Alfonso Cuarón got the best director nod for Gravity, he really is a visionary.
Four days until the UK release!!!
I’m so damn excited about this film, I love Wes Anderson’s work and I just know this one will be a another winner.
"Turn the lights off, carry me home"
Today i’ve been cleaning out the spare bedrooms and look what we found.
All the Small Things on cassette with a B side of Dammit!
14 years old…14 years old!!!
Randon Vinyl Selection #7
Side A – E-Pro
Side B – Bad Cartridge
2005 Interscope Records
Limited edition picture disc
Beck is awesome, although I can’t call myself a massive Beck fan. To be honest I’ve only ever owned the album Guero which I’m a huge fan of. I’m not quite sure why I love that album but never checked out his other material prior or after its release. Strange.
I remember first hearing this on MTV2 back in 2005 back when the Indie revival boom was in full swing. I used to come home from school and listen to this MTV2 text-in show which was run by a cow that could use a keyboard to type. They used to play the likes of Beck, The Strokes, Kings of Leon, Brand New, The Futureheads, Maximo Park, The Libertines, White Stripes etc back when the majority of these bands were relatively ‘new’.
The guitar sound on this track is so gritty, the distortion turned up to full. I’m a sucker for a catchy repetitive riff and heavy distortion, it just feels so powerful. I blame it on my love for Nirvana and Floyd the Barber. I was a grunge kid after all, distortion is in my blood.
The B-Side which I can’t recall listening to before is called Bad Cartridge and is basically a 16 bit remix of E-Pro. Same lyrics and riffs but instead of guitar we have something that sounds like it’s straight out of Super Mario on the SNES. I loved it, I’m a big retro gamer so this track came as a pleasant surprise.
Have you ever seen the video for E-Pro? I absolutely love it, if you haven’t already seen click on the link marked E-Pro above J
I also own on vinyl the 2nd single from Guero, Girl. Two awesome tracks from a great album that certainly brings back some great memories of being a teen. A great catchy release.
I was really looking forward to the end of March, not only is it my Birthday but the 31st saw the release of English dub Evangelion 3.33.
Well it looks like I’ll have to wait a little longer as the release has been pushed back until August 25th.
Why a home video release has to be pushed back a whole 5 months I’ll never know but I really am gutted. It’s a single disc release too!
I’ve waited years for the Blu Ray English dub and where most Eva fans have probably streamed a subtitled version by now I’ve remained strong and held out…and this is how they repay me. Grrrrr.
I’ve heard really mixed reviews of You Can (Not) Redo but I adored the first two Rebuild films and I have high hopes for this instalment (this is coming from a guy who loves the original series ending and despised End of Evangelion).
Well, bring on August. I’m off to go check on release dates for the dub version of Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods, which will most likely disappoint me further with a daft release date of something like 2016 :(
(The last time I did this was November so I thought I needed to update)
Reading: I’m currently a quarter of the way through Stephen King’s Different Seasons. I’ve finished Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption and I’ve absolutely loved it. I’m now on to the frankly disturbing yet intriguing Apt Pupil. Ernest Hemingway’s Men Without Women has just been delivered to the library to pick up so as soon as I’ve finished King I’ll be on to that. After that, maybe I’ll start one of the recommendations you guys were kind enough to give me.
Doing: Still working on the house, de-cluttering the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms is the next item on the agenda! Apart from that I’ve been playing the odd game of badminton, Halo 3 and winning every trophy imaginable on FM. Outside the house I’ve been trying to see more people and get to more gigs, slowly but surely I’m achieving that.
Watching: True Detective and House of Cards are the shows I’m currently getting my teeth in to. I’m one episode in to True Detective and two in to House of Cards, so far I’m loving what I’m seeing. Oh yeah and Shameless U.S, I bloody love this show.
Listening to: Ever since I began reading so avidly on my daily commute I hardly listen to music outside of BBC Radio 2 and my random vinyl selection. I need to set aside a month to take a break from reading, download Spotify and blast through a good few albums.
Working on: I’m working on a LAN party, yes you read that right. When I was around 16 to 19 we used to throw LAN parties at my parents’ house, at least 12 friends, 4 TVs and Halo. They were awesome. Sadly the majority of the LAN gang moved away to uni, grew apart, stopped playing video games etc etc so we haven’t had one in about 6 years. So I’m attempting to get the band back together for one big Halo fest, as most of them live in other cities and have jobs I’m having to plan it months in advance but I’m still hoping to get 12 people together for a full day of Halo 1,2 & 3.
Loving: The fact it’s getting lighter outside! It might sound sad but it’s making me feel 100x better. A few of years ago if someone would have told me about Seasonal Affective Disorder I’d have laughed at them…the last couple of years it’s hit me like a brick. Waking up in darkness and coming home in darkness really takes it out of you, I need more sunshine goddammit!
In memory of Harold Ramis I decided to wear my Ghostbusters hoody to work today :)
R.I.P. Harold Ramis
Who sadly passed away today aged 69.
I guess that means he won’t be in Ghostbusters 3…or does it?
Please don’t take that the wrong way, I love Ramis’ work. Especially Caddyshack, Groundhog Day and how could I forget…Ghostbusters.
Ghostbusters was such a huge part of my early years growing up, my first action figure was a Ghostbuster, my first nightmare that I can recall was Ghostbuster related. I turned on the taps and purple ooze came out, and all my posters kept looking at me. I didn’t dare turn the taps on in my own home for months and was scared to death my brother’s pram might start rolling away with him in it.
I adore Ghostbusters and I have Harold Ramis to thank for that. I still love those films to this day and although my childhood dream never came true, I always wanted to be a Ghostbuster.
Funnily enough about a year ago I was trying to start up a band with Dan from Yorkshire pop punk foursome All Down but Nine. I was only messing but I was dead set on one thing, we had to be called Egon and the Spenglers. Don’t you dare steal that name :p
I hope Harold would have liked my joke (that’s probably already been said like a thousand times lol) he was a comedian after all that made me laugh so many times over the years.
Hey who knows, one day I might finally get that band under way lol.
So raise your proton packs to the sky in salute my friends because today we lost a talented writer, actor, director and a real cool guy.
Just remember not to cross the streams.
Harold Ramis 1944 - 2014
American Hustle – Dir. David O Russell (Nominated for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay amongst many others)
I really enjoyed American Hustle, it’s a great film that really does deserve all the plaudits that have been coming its way, but where I believe it really shines the most is the directing and especially the acting.
I love Jennifer Lawrence, I mean who doesn’t. She’s the queen of Tumblr and even though I’ve seen her play some amazing roles especially in the amazing Silver Linings Playbook, sometimes I wonder if the hype train is justified. Any question in my mind was eradicated by her performance in American Hustle, she truly is amazing and has a long and glittering career ahead of her. That Best Supporting Actress nomination is most certainly justified!
Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Christian Bale are phenomenal here also. I especially was impressed with Adams and Bale’s chemistry, their scenes together were some of the most touching and memorable. She nailed that English accent and Bale is pretty much awesome in everything he’s in these days.
The film itself, whilst it felt a little over stretched and long, was incredibly enjoyable. I may not be David O Russell’s biggest fan as a human being but as a writer/director you can’t deny the man is incredibly talented. The dialogue is top notch and each character is developed with such depth and quality. I have to admit I spent a good ¾ of the film trying to decide who I fell in love with more, Amy Adams or Jennifer Lawrence. In the end I settled for both.
I don’t think this will win best picture, but if this doesn’t walk away with 2-3 other awards I’ll be damn shocked. Whilst it’s not my favourite David O Russell film, it’s definitely a remarkable one.
Oh yeah I forgot, that soundtrack…amazing!
This is the first page of Stephen King’s novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.
Please read the first paragraph and the 1st line or so of the 2nd before continuing to read this post.
I bet you £10 that you read it with Morgan Freeman’s voice in your head!
I sure did.
Today I picked up the next title in my short story reading phase, Different Seasons by Stephen King.
Different Seasons features four short stories by King, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, Apt Pupil, The Body and The Breathing Method.
This book spawned two of the greatest adaptations I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing on the big screen, The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me (The Body).
Both films are two of my very favourites, I cannot watch Stand By Me and not shed a tear, I’m totally not afraid to admit that lol.
I’m really looking forward to giving Different Seasons a read and seeing how faithful the films are to the source material.
The only other Stephen King I’ve read is 1-4 of the epic The Dark Tower (which I do mean to return to one day) and The Green Mile. Both of which I adored, so I really do have high hopes for Different Seasons.
I’ll let you know how I get on.