Archive for October, 2008

Euro racism: alive and well

Posted: October 31, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Dodgy quality pic from Madrid last week that I meant to post sooner. I’m not even sure what these posters were for but they certainly grabbed my attention…

Edit: Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised

Celluloid spookiness

Posted: October 30, 2008 in Uncategorized
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I’ve probably left it too late to recommend a creepy, atmospheric horror film for you to tuck into late tomorrow night – or any night – but I’ll recommend one anyway.
Made in 2001 by Brad Anderson (who would go on to deliver the excellent Christian Bale film The Machinist) Session 9 is a delicious piece of disturbing, understated, lingering horror that is set (and was actually shot) in the abandoned Danvers Mental Hospital just outside Boston.
The plot sees grizzled, walnut-faced Scottish actor Peter Mullan as the manager of a group of asbestos removal men, hired to tackle the chillingly Shining-esque structure and remove the asbestos within before a major renovation.
His small gang of workers begin the job in the looming, spooky hallways and abandoned rooms of some ‘extreme’ forms of therapy and, typically, things start to get a little crazy following the discovery of recordings revealing the ‘recovered memory’ treatment of a patient long ago…
This is a gem of a movie that, on paper (or computer) reads like it has been done to death but thanks to Anderson’s guidance, the beautiful cinematography of Uta Briesewitz, and an excellent cast, of perhaps slightly under-written characters, in which Mullan, Josh Lucas and even David Caruso shine, the end result becomes a slowly building crescendo of dread, the subsequent piecing together of a horrible story and an ambiguous last act that should have taught (but didn’t) a multitude of horror directors in the last 7 or 8 years how to actually construct a proper chiller with a brain and no laughs.
If you liked The Others or the recent Guillermo Del Toro-produced El Orfanato (The Orphanage) then Session 9 should appeal to you too. Happy Halloween.

Dean No Age and Keith from giveamanakick…kinda

Posted: October 29, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Seperated at birth?

Mary Whitehouse must be back..

Posted: October 29, 2008 in Uncategorized
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So Brand and Wossy have been suspended because the ‘public’ are ‘offended’.
Apparently Sachs was happy with an apology but as the issue came to the mainstream media, the complaints mounted and now two of the Beeb’s most popular employees have been suspended. Is this really what we care about? Woss making a joke about Brand shagging Sachs’ grandaughter? While the world is about to melt in a financial disaster?

Edit: Kelvin fucking MacKenzie – former ed of The Sun and conservative Thatcherite bastard – is on Sky News acting outraged at this saga. This is officially bananas.
Ok, I’ll stop now.

Madrided

Posted: October 29, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Going away for a few days with 5 mates is physically trying.
Where once you could bound out of bed at 9.30am after an Oliver Reed-esque session, as you get older the bound becomes more of a ‘head falls on floor of hostel, followed by body and then sheets/pillows’

You realise that you have a morning routine – that everyone has a morning routine – and because you are in an unusual environment (a 6-bed, exclusively male, stinking dorm) then your day begins…weirdly.
Just me?
Fair enough.
Also, men fart. Alot. And unless the window is immediately opened first thing, the hangover nausea can become unbearable at best and projectile vomit-inducing at worst.

Luckily, Madrid is very warm this time of year – compared to here anyway – and the Spanish know how to do coffee. Strong coffee at a reasonable price too. Not like the Tim Hortons shit I banged on about a while ago.

Got to see No Age in a Madrid venue called Moby Dick, which was a nautically themed rock venue akin to sticking a load of wooden fish and ship wheels around Crawdaddy. I bought a lovely No Age t-shirt (the one that no other blogger seemed to like the last time they played upstairs in Whelans here in Dublin) and a 10″ vinyl with three songs, then proceeded to leave them in some ropey Columbian bar up the road about an hour after the gig.

Naturally our group got separated and everyone was beyond intoxicated and into some kind of strange limbo world where upon standing still one looks like a malfunctioning robot in the corner of a room.

Somehow we all survived and made it back to Ireland on Sunday night. Now I have a cold/flu and my work holidays are being wasted by having to stay in bed doped up to the eyeballs on a concoction of over-priced drugs that make me feel drowsy and have me discussing the American election at length with the dog who, to be honest, is far more interested in showing me how easy he finds it to lick his gonads no matter what room he’s in. I also get to witness first hand that all he does all day is sleep and snore. Must be nice actually.

This post has been brought to you by Nurofen, Sudafed and Rubex

The lads

Posted: October 25, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Evening tipples in Madrid

Surprise

Posted: October 23, 2008 in Uncategorized
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That above tastes ok,first thing in the morning.I’m off to Madrid and hopefully I’ll get to see No Age again tomorrow.Adios.

Said by McCain campaign spokeswoman, Tracey Schmitt, following questions regarding Republican party spending since late August for Sarah Palin and her family.

“With all of the important issues facing the country right now, it’s remarkable that we’re spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses. It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign.”

Is she for real? Charitable purpose? They have spent $150,000 on clothes for the Palins in the last few months as an economic doomsday looms and this is the shit we get fed? No wonder The Daily Show is so damn good these days with material like this to use.

Templeton of the Dog

Posted: October 21, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Ed Templeton + Sonic Youth = Cool as fuck

Dead Set

Posted: October 21, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Charlie Brooker is a God of sorts.
If you haven’t caught the ads yet, there is a new 5-part horror series, devised by him, about to launch on Monday the 27th of this month and running until the 31st. It’s a zombie series set in and around the Big Brother house and sounds like it’s going to be alot of fun. First episode is over an hour with four follow-up episodes of about 35 mins. The whole lot is also meant to be out on DVD in early November this year too, in case you ain’t got E4.
Read about it all here in an interview with Mr Brooker