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Nas vs. Fox

Posted: July 30, 2008 in Uncategorized
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No, it’s not a remix. This is in reference to this saga currently unfolding in the US. Now, regardless of Nas’ quality as a rapper with a penchant for shitty beats in recent times and a flair for opportunistic publicity, going up against Fox – and in particular Bill O’Reilly – must be commended.
O’Reilly is a hateful fucker; everything that is wrong with the narrow-minded, ill-informed, blinkered, knee-jerk reacting Republican side of the US. I get sick of people bitching and moaning in general about Americans, when what they mean is either a) Fat, idiotic, loud American tourists in Ireland or b) the ten or eleven Americans they’ve met in their lives, five of which were loud and annoying. America has given us some of the greatest, if not the greatest, films, music, television and books the world has ever seen. True they have also given us the most heinous war criminals, covert missions of death, lies, Christian fundamentalism and a host of other horrific shit but I really like Curb Your Enthusiasm so I’ll overlook those for the moment.
The Yanks do stand out and it is fine to bitch about them when you see a gaggle of them on the streets, cameras resting on their humungous stomachs, gaping at the spire on O’Connell street like it was the world’s biggest piece of good ol’ beef jerky and they were hungry as those starving pigs in Hannibal. But these people are not ‘all Americans’ and the horrifically racist Irish public (that’s another post altogether) need to try and remember this in the long term. Anyway, back to O’Reilly. He’s a cunt.
It’s funny that people like him exist out there. People who I know I disagree with on pretty much everything ever, without even hearing their opinions on most of it. And vice versa. And whatever my opinions on Nas, a talented rapper who has made some mistakes, if he is making a public stand against Fox/O’Reilly in the States, then I am all for it. I would have preferred it to have been Jay-Z, Method Man, Gza or Andre 3000 but anyway, that’s just a rap thing.

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Nas vs. Fox

Posted: July 30, 2008 in Uncategorized
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No, it’s not a remix. This is in reference to this saga currently unfolding in the US. Now, regardless of Nas’ quality as a rapper with a penchant for shitty beats in recent times and a flair for opportunistic publicity, going up against Fox – and in particular Bill O’Reilly – must be commended.
O’Reilly is a hateful fucker; everything that is wrong with the narrow-minded, ill-informed, blinkered, knee-jerk reacting Republican side of the US. I get sick of people bitching and moaning in general about Americans, when what they mean is either a) Fat, idiotic, loud American tourists in Ireland or b) the ten or eleven Americans they’ve met in their lives, five of which were loud and annoying. America has given us some of the greatest, if not the greatest, films, music, television and books the world has ever seen. True they have also given us the most heinous war criminals, covert missions of death, lies, Christian fundamentalism and a host of other horrific shit but I really like Curb Your Enthusiasm so I’ll overlook those for the moment.
The Yanks do stand out and it is fine to bitch about them when you see a gaggle of them on the streets, cameras resting on their humungous stomachs, gaping at the spire on O’Connell street like it was the world’s biggest piece of good ol’ beef jerky and they were hungry as those starving pigs in Hannibal. But these people are not ‘all Americans’ and the horrifically racist Irish public (that’s another post altogether) need to try and remember this in the long term. Anyway, back to O’Reilly. He’s a cunt.
It’s funny that people like him exist out there. People who I know I disagree with on pretty much everything ever, without even hearing their opinions on most of it. And vice versa. And whatever my opinions on Nas, a talented rapper who has made some mistakes, if he is making a public stand against Fox/O’Reilly in the States, then I am all for it. I would have preferred it to have been Jay-Z, Method Man, Gza or Andre 3000 but anyway, that’s just a rap thing.

100 posts all over your face

Posted: July 29, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Tis the 100th post (of sorts) of There Will Be Blog and allow me to raise a glass to my reader(s). In the last few months, I have regular blogs I dip into, I’ve met a few peeps here and there and all in all, despite the jaded outlook of a few other blogs out there that I have stumbled across, I’m still new enough to all this to just enjoy it and have a bit of craic with it. I have perused various blogrolls, lamented the lack of There Will Be Blog on some, shouted ‘huzzah’ at the presence of it on others, posted plentifully and not so plentifully, had comments a-plenty and comments a-fuckall. As a celebration, I will be making a There Will Be Blog 100 post compilation soon and it’ll be stuck up on rapidshare for download. It’s been emotional and long may I continue to enjoy it. It’s weird though. It starts to occupy a large part of your time as you wonder whether or not to blog on certain things, feel guilty about not blogging, write, re-write, comment, reply. Anyway, it’s cool to have a place to ramble and rant so this drink is for anyone of you that have read this. Cheers.

blogmania

Posted: July 29, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Just from flicking around the usual places today (and a few unusual ones) I would like to note that if I had 140 comments on a fucking post, I don’t care how egomaniacal it might be, I would be absolutely delighted. Very uncool of me.
I think for those of us that have not been blogging for years and years, we want as many people as possible reading/enjoying/hating the stuff we write, don’t we?
Of course you write for yourself as a starting point but who doesn’t want others to take a peek? Goes for anyone who writes I suppose…no matter what the medium may be. 140 comments? Jaysus. And even that’s not much compared to the stuff written after Charlie Brooker had his 9/11 piece put in the Comment is Free section of the Guardian.

Dubya

Posted: July 29, 2008 in Uncategorized
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A leaked trailer has emerged for Oliver Stone’s upcoming George W. Bush flick. This should be an interesting work to say the least..

The Dark Knight

Posted: July 24, 2008 in Uncategorized
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The ‘reimagining’ of the Batman franchise continues with this black, bleak, typically dystopian, chaotic masterwork, The Dark Knight.
With a script penned by his brother Jonathan, Christopher Nolan has fashioned a modern crime saga that displays its comic foundations proudly and takes all the best things about smart summer blockbusters and makes them even better.
The key, firstly, is to provide a decent story and script. Then get yourself a rock solid cast. Then ramp the action up to 11 and keep the violence ultra and the editing fast.
It seems redundant for me to point out that Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker is astounding, not least because this jars so strongly with his last outstanding performance which was one of heart-wrenching quietness and poignancy as Ennis in Brokeback Mountain. Ledger brings to this role a physical and personal transformation so convincing, I effectively forgot it was an acting performance and bought into the character entirely from the outset.
His vocal stylings owe a little to Jack Lemmon, with his deliberate, whiny Middle American drawl and his hunched posture, ragged face and scar-licking lizard tongue only serve to heighten an absolute tour-de-force display as the script gives him all the best lines and he makes the most of every chance to play the creepy, anarchistic headcase. There is no sadness here and the idea that the Joker role may have been a factor in his mind’s state at the time of his death is absurd – he clearly relished the acting role and Christian Bale, in interviews, has said as much. This role is any talented actor’s dream – an opportunity to really make a mark in a massive film.
As always, there will be detractors moaning about bits and pieces but people need to remember this is based on a comic so quibbles about ‘reality’ and ‘that is impossible’ should be fucked into the bin.
Comic books people, comic books.
This is more of a hyper-reality that looks at major themes in society: terrorism, politics and vigilantism, among others, and does a decent job of it.
And Eric Roberts gets a part too? Genius. And as with any summer blockbuster, it is unbelievably entertaining – from the Michael Mann-esque opening bank heist to the truck/van road chase set-piece to the huge laughs Ledger generates with just the words ‘Yeah’ and, later, ‘Hi’.
Yes yes it’s a fraction too long and the whole Two-Face thing (that’s not a spoiler if you’ve read any reviews)is a little unnecessary but it doesn’t matter.
This is the future of the blockbuster. Everyone else needs to pay attention.

Generation Kill #2

Posted: July 22, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Episode 2 of the 7 part series has aired and it’s all coming along nicely. In the same way as The Wire manages to do, it starts to get under your skin, yet for long periods there doesn’t seem to be that much happening. Don’t worry, I’m not going to start doing plot-spoilers for Generation Kill but I’ll flag up if/when I manage to see an episode.
The script is typically smart and savvy with some really meaty deliveries, particularly from the ‘Joker in full Metal Jacket’ character, Cpl. Ray Person (James Ransone AKA Ziggy in The Wire Season 2). We see the boredom, the futility, the homoeroticism, the bigotry and the fear of soldiers in Iraq. The Vietnam comparisons have never been more blatant than with the wired, witty banter being spat out by this hodge-podge of a battalion.THis episode sees the Marines encounter their first bit of proper action and the Rolling Stone reporter Evan Wright (Lee Tergesen) gets his first taste too. Excellent stuff.


So, they caught Radovan ‘genocidal shithouse’ Karadzic at last…I knew one day alternative medicine would be outed as a cover industry for war criminals.

Generation Kill #1

Posted: July 20, 2008 in Uncategorized
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I managed to get my hands on the first episode of Generation Kill, HBO’s new 7-part mini series based on the book of Evan Wright, the Rolling Stone reporter who was embedded with the First Recon Battalion of the US Marines in Iraq in 2003. He subsequently wrote a series of articles and released the book. Now, in a lip-smackingly good turn, the crack team from The Wire, of Ed Burns and David Simon, have shot the series based on said work.
This first episode sets itself up with we, the viewers, being shat into a scene we know nothing about, and with exposition being kept to a minimum. A marine’s pre-credits take on a destroyed Kuwaiti battlefield is wonderfully Wire-esque and we are introduced quickly to the mixed bag of Marines.
Those familiar with HBO will be glad to see Ziggy from Season Two of The Wire in a lead role as a smart-ass radio operator/driver, joined by Oz’s Beecher as the nervous hack arriving in a Superfly t-shirt and quickly winning the grunts over – after initially being treated with contempt – thanks to his stint as a one-time writer for Hustler magazine.
In the next hour we get savvy, sharp, jargon-heavy dialogue with no concessions made for the viewers’ civilian status, keen observations of the boredom of army life, black humour, tough-talking and a disregard for authority that McNulty would be proud of. I read somewhere that Simon and Burns could be the goggle box equivalent of Hemingway and their hard-ass literary approach certainly backs up this theory.
There are only 7 parts so I expect things to move swiftly along, the usual HBO heads to pop up and this to be a cracking show, more than capable of filling the Mad Men-sized hole in my television schedule for the next while.

Read more on wikipedia, hbo and buy the book at a dead cheap rate from amazon

Give them a chance at least

Posted: July 19, 2008 in Uncategorized
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It appears that in the UK, it is common practice to have children adopted by parents of the same ethnic background and to try and stop children of differing ethnic backgrounds to prospective parents from being allowed to go ahead with the adoption process.
It also seems that the majority of children waiting for adoptive parents are mostly non-Caucasians.
Is this really what this shitty world needs? Non-white children having to wait for non-white parents or vice versa? Idiocy. Ethnicity and an idea of ethnic identity is important, yes. A child from a particular culture should be made aware of their ethnic background, some later than others, but in adoption cases surely the priority is that the children are found a loving family as soon as possible to avoid the horrible circle of foster care and being stuck in ‘homes’.
If parents are vetted and want to adopt a child to offer a loving home environment, does it really matter what fucking colour anyone’s skin is? Are there not enough problems in this world without perpetuating this kind of myopic bullshit before a kid even has a chance at a family life?
My aunt and uncle adopted two Chinese children years ago and they now both have the lives of young Americans approaching their teen years with an adoring mother and father in a cool little surfing town about an hour from San Fran. They were adopted from a Chinese orphanage when they were very young;one when she was 2, as far as I remember and the other when she was not even a year old. They were found under a bridge and in a field, respectively. Without being adopted they might still be living in a dingy Chinese orphanage where the lives they now have would only ever be seen on television programmes or read in books. Do you think I give a shit what colour the skin of their parents is, or what colour their skin is? Should anyone? I remember them coming to the shops in Galway with me years ago when they were visiting and introducing them to a friend as my little cousins, because thank Christ that is what they are. Things could really have been so different for them. I’m not sure of Irish rules and regulations regarding any of this but I sincerely hope that ethnicity is not a factor for any part of the adoption process.
Hippy as it may sound, love is the only factor that should matter. Racism is a serious problem and life can be difficult enough for a child, but life can be shit for children regardless of race. At least give them a chance of love at home before you start deciding how the rest of their lives will turn out.