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May 10th, 2008

03:02 pm - Chris Marker's La Jetée (1962)

This is one of the best films ever made, and at a mere 26 minutes worth every second of your time.


April 21st, 2008

01:34 pm - The Romanian Revolution of 1989

In the light of what is currently happening in Zimbabwe, here's what will hopefully turn out to be a historic parallel: Ceausescu's last speech and the moment his despotic regime fell apart. At the start, the crowd are still cheering his name, no doubt aware of the implications if they don't; however, halfway through, frustration and anger finally give way to booing and jeering and a more widespread protest that would eventually kickstart a revolution and Caecescu's eventual execution a few days later. The look on Caeucescu's face, when he realises what's happening, is priceless.

More information here.


November 27th, 2007

07:06 pm - Taquito Tuesday!

More at Sinfest.


November 24th, 2007

04:12 pm - Going to Gdansk

This is where I'm headed this December.

I can't wait. :D


04:57 am - My Blog's Readability.

Stolen from doubtofbuddha.

Bask in my erudition!


November 4th, 2007

12:00 pm - Charlie Brooker on 24-hour news

I guess this LJ's been a little grim recently, what with the rise of the neocons and the De Menezes shooting, so here's a little light relief, courtesy of Charlie Brooker (again). This time he's looking at how 24-hour news went into overkill mode with the Madeleine McCann story.

In the same light, it's also worth watching Brooker's take on the Northern Rock news frenzy, and... ah, sod it, you can see every single episode of Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe on Youtube, so simply take your pick - in my opinion, it's the best thing on television right now (which is ironic, given that it's a programme dedicated primarily to the awfulness of television). Anyway, enjoy.


October 22nd, 2007

08:44 pm - Loma Lynda: The Red Door

Loma Lynda: The Red Door, directed by Jason Bognacki and starring David Fine, Estefania Iglesias and Aline Avakian. Official website here.


October 15th, 2007

06:33 am - Wire

Photo by Malka Spigel

Good news: Wire are about to release some new material and The Cartoonist has recorded an exclusive interview with frontman Colin Newman. Click here for the interview, which also includes excerpts from the new mini-LP entitled Read & Burn 03.


October 13th, 2007

10:07 pm - iLIKETRAINS

Not long ago (ten days to be precise) I had the pleasure of seeing iLIKETRAINS live at the Scala, and suffice to say they were absolutely fantastic. Their sound is probably best described as a beautiful, melancholic amalgamation of Tindersticks, Joy Division, and post rock with a tiny dash of the Smiths, while their lyrics concern themselves with trivial everyday issues like, I dunno, the now-forgotten assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval, the Salem witch trials, the Great London Fire, or Scott's failed expedition of the Antarctic. After the concert I was fortunate to bump into the band at the venue bar and briefly chatted with the lead singer, David, and the tour manager - I also had a brief conversation with the bassist, Alistair, who didn't seem the slightest bit fazed that his mum and dad were present and clearly full of parental pride. All in all, they're hugely talented musicians and songwriters as well as a bunch of thoroughly pleasant blokes.

So, if the gig was such a success and I was even able to meet the band, how come I am only writing about this now? Well, partly because I suspect you are all sick to the teeth of me eulogising about one post-rock band after another, so I thought I'd give it a break; but also because I've just purchased their new album Elegies To Lessons Learnt, and it basically served as a reminder of how great this band is. Without wishing to come across as too hyperbolic (for once), this album is absolutely breathtaking stuff. I strongly suggest you check out some of their music videos on Youtube (their latest single, Spencer Perceval, is probably a good starting point) or just go and buy their admittedly limited (for now) back catalogue on iTunes. So go. Do it! Do it now! You owe it to yourself as a lover of music. You'll thank me one day.

EDIT: Someone has posted a clip from the Scala gig on Youtube. Since I was right by the stage you should be able to make out the back of my head somewhere. Or maybe not. Curse the homongenised uniformity of the contemporary male hairdo.

Current Music: iLIKETRAINS - Twenty Five Sins


October 11th, 2007

10:40 pm - David Lynch's cigarette ad

A cigarette ad, directed by David Lynch.

For once, I am speechless.


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