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Friday, April 25, 2003

Yip. Yip. Yip. It's about time for the feature which is dividing my readership, providing yours truly with much-needed content inspiration and generally the part of the show that I like to call THE FRIDAY FIVE!

1. What was the last TV show you watched?

I would love to tell you that it was something cool like "Buffy" or "Angel", but I believe that the last thing which was on the TV in the living room before Righteous K. and I ate our tea was an MTV special on - Egad! - Christina Aguilera. In mitigation, it was just on the TV and neither of us were actually watching it. For my part, I was trying to get through the damn show without having Ella, our bestest fluffy Golden Retriever buddy, eat my wrists (It's a thing of hers - don't ask me why she enjoys doing it).

The last thing that I actually consciously viewed and took in was an interview with Patrick Stewart on BBC Breakfast News this morning, to promote next week's significantly excellent-looking, ass-whupping mutie sequel, "X-Men 2". As usual, he was a class act and enjoyable televisual company.

2. What was the last thing you complained about and what was the problem?

I had the misfortune to have to call Sky Television this afternoon, and I found them to be unusually unhelpful, incompetent and downright rude. We've just moved into our house, have subscribed to Sky and had a digital set-top box installed, but as yet Sky have not gotten their act together enough to send us the viewing card that we need to gain access to the subscription channels - a polite request for this necessary item was met with bewildering incompetence, bare-faced rudeness and the general sense that now they have our money, Sky don't really care to provide with us even half-decent customer service. And, as they're the only game in town in the UK, it isn't as though you can go to another television service provider to get digital satellite TV.

3. Who was the last person you complimented and what did you say?

I had an appointment to speak with a careers counsellor this morning and this afternoon and complemented them for the good advice, useful assistance and general courtesy which they provided me with earlier in the day. I was in a slightly nervous frame of mind this morning, as I had another job interview and their help calmed me down enough to hopefully give a good impression and do justice to myself for once (I have a tendancy to sell myself short).

4. What was the last thing that you threw away?

An old bus ticket, the packaging for a caramel latte that I drank after my job interview this morning, and my wallet. Accidentally. A very nice bloke rang me up this afternoon and told me that he had found it and would take it into his work tomorrow for me to collect. There are good people in the big city, after all, it would seem...

5. What was the last website (besides this one) that you visited?

IMDB, which answers more queries and settles more flick-related debates in our household than any other site. Oh, and the usual fine fellows, Jeff at Film Cradle, Darth Phil, and Paul the wily Postman...

If I can persuade K. to respond again, her answers might be up later today or sometime tomorrow...





Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Super. Perfect. One-Sheets
(With the usual props to the spoon-bending techie bad asses at Last Free City).


Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Be Afraid. Be VERY afraid... (With props to Ain't It Cool News)


If, like me, you enjoy nothing more than going into HMV and having a good old chortle at what they term a broad church of music, you might well wish to tootle on over to Darth Phil's always splendid blog and check out his new CD Review page, which should please the more musically progressive and curious amongst you.

Hey, I'm an Emo wussie boy and I found plenty to intrigue me amongst the fine array of titles listed within - you should, too.


Monday, April 21, 2003

In other news, meanwhile, the DVD details for the two-tiered release of Peter Jackson's "The Two Towers" have begun to sneak out, with a big thanks to the always knowledgeable Digital Bits site for the advance heads-up...


On a different note, Paul the Postman may wish to re-read that last Friday Five post and figure out just why I might want to be Keanu Reeves right about now.

Do the words Larry and Andy Wachowski mean anything to you, man?

Have you somehow remained oblivious to the fact that First Season Filmic Frippery has a near-religious mania about all things Matrix-ian? The constant posts with links to the super-perfect Last Free City site? The updates when John Gaeta so much as sneezes near a computer? The yippy-skippy dance which ensues when I even think about the prospect of watching all three movies back to back, in our new house, with better sound than I'll probably get at the cinema? The mere notion, as promised by producer Joel Silver, of a peachy new DVD re-release for the first movie, with the potential for dts-es 6.1 surround sound, and an eye-dazzlingly perfect picture transfer....

Are you blissfully immune to the charms of this modern-day, wire-fu infused cyber-chop-sockey classic and unlikely to take the first of several trips to the cinema come May 23rd, just so you can fully digest every glorious, impossible frame of Le Frere Wachowski's magnum opus?

Aarrggghhh!!! Have I been writing this blog for nothing and to no discernible effect? Or did you just enjoy the movie and am I getting things moderately out of proportion to their actual importance in the actual real world (wouldn't be the first time)?

If you would be nice enough to excuse me for a while, I feel a sudden need to have a nice, quiet lie-down in a suitably darkened room and have a prolonged gibbering session...with the Don Davis score for the first movie on constant repeat, naturally...


With thanks to Paul the evil and wrong Postman and Bingo Bowden, I'm happy to link to the text of a very well-reasoned and typically articulate public rebuttal against his critics from full-time enemy of the American people and part-time actor and director, Tim Robbins.

You don't have to be a raving peacenik to take on board some of the points that he raises - he has a gift for nailing some of the more insane hypocrisies to arise from the inflamed emotions surrounding the war in Iraq and you really should try and swing by to read what he has to say.

Click here for a different perspective.


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