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March 16, 2009

Framing shots – Gary Johnson and post match interviews

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Let’s put to one side Bristol’s capitulation in the last minutes yesterday to snatch a draw from the jaws of victory.

Instead, let us marvel at the interview footage of Gary Johnson in the video on the BBC website:

He either looks like he’s a naughty school boy being told off by the headmaster or that two blokes are about to take him outside and do him one for non-payment of gambling debts.

Not a leading Championship manager at all!

Perhaps in this age of ubiquitous video capture and distribution the Bristol City PR people might like to think about how they physically arrange these press briefings so that GJ (still believe in you btw!) doesn’t look like a numpty.

December 06, 2006

THis is really scary

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You’ll never watch that film in the same way again.

July 12, 2006

Uh oh! Who the hell okayed this pile'o'turds?

Pirates of the Carribbean 2
1 out of 5 stars

Wow, was that ever a bad film. If I write to Disney do you think I might get reallocated my 2:30 hours?

This was just a mess of a film which was a chore to watch. About 45 minutes too long this suffers from multiple plot lines that go nowhere, tedious dialogue, dull characters and tenuous solutions to certain story inconsistencies.

Depp's Keith Richards impression was fun in the first film but gets on your nerves here. Bloom is a wet slap on the arse and couldn't act his way out of a paper bag. Knightly is dull, the supporting characters dull and Bill Nighy, bless him, is lost behind a mass of CGI nonsense.

Bloom in particular is a massive waste of time. I remember seeing something about him claiming him to be the next great british actor – well, that's not going to be happening soon. At least with Depp you know he can act and be inventive and that this is just pissing about for him. For Bloom this is it – this is all he can do. The review on AskaNinja gets it right: 'Keira Knightly is a more manly version of Orlando Bloom'.

This is one of those films that, like Star Wars 1–3, make you think as you are watching –'ooh, that'll be a good bit in the computer game.' It's just a massive exercise in promoting a bunch of crappy merchandise – it's not a film, it's a 2:30 hour advert.

Just lazy–arsed film making of the worst sort.

April 03, 2006

Ghost World

5 out of 5 stars

Watched one of my favourite recent films again last night – Ghost World.

The film makes me feel crushed by the end. The sense of futility and isolation is pretty overwhelming.

I also appreciate the ambiguous ending – If I am in a positive frame of mind I can read the final scence as Enid escaping her mundane life and taking a ride to new opporunities. Unfortunately I guess the ending is closer to a metaphor for suicide – a negative escape rather than a positive one. Whilst everyone else has moved on and grown, Enid stays completely still – waiting for something to take her away rather than searching for her own route out.

I saw this first in my late twenties – if I'd seen it in my late teens I imagine it would have had a deeper effect. A great antidote to all the rites of passage teen movies you tend to see.

December 21, 2005

Sideways – better after 12 months bottle ageing

5 out of 5 stars

I watched Sideways again last night. Still a damn fine film, but a few observations.

Firstly, this is one of those films that just works better on the small screen – it makes it more initmate and seems to bring you closer to the characters.

Secondly, Miles is a lot more pathetic than I remember him being when I saw it for the first time. I found my sympathy for him draining as the film went on. Luckily it recovered at the end, but mostly I found myself wanting to give him a big kick in the cojones.

Thirdly – it's much funnier than I remember. We watched it over two nights and it just seemed to improve when you took time to savour it and reflect on the previous scenes.

We both wanted to go back and watch Ghost World again – one of the best films I have seen in the last 10 years and see if a similar film felt that much better on the small screen. It's on the amazon rental list…

December 02, 2005

Muppet movie reviews

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What is there not to love about this – Statler and Waldorf do movie reviews.

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