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Blog update

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Finally finished transferring all the material (plus a few bits and pieces from MetaFiliter) from my old website to here. Gonna use old place for flogging stuff, for now at least.

I’ve still got quite a backlog of reviews and articles I want to add, but the pace will slow down as I have to write those first. Plus a couple more bits and bobs from MetaFilter. And any other bits of stuff seen whilst surfing as the come up.

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July 27, 2009 at 3:16 pm

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Simon’s Cat

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The latest in award-winning animator Simon Tofield‘s series.

‘Fly Guy’
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July 26, 2009 at 7:39 pm

A Critical Appraisal of Madness’s Videos

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July 26, 2009 at 7:13 pm

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The Kneale Tapes

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“Not suitable for children, or those of you who may have a nervous disposition.”

The Kneale Tapes, a documentary about British science fiction screenwriter Nigel Kneale.

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July 26, 2009 at 6:29 pm

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That calls for a Wilhelm Scream

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Ben Burtt… heard the name? Well if you’ve ever watched a Star Wars film you’ve heard what he does. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 26, 2009 at 11:29 am

Kiss Me Deadly

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Light in the dark

Light in the dark

A women running down an empty country road at night, her bare legs flashing in the moonlight from beneath her trench coat; one of the classic opening shots. And it is from what is considered to be one the classic film noirs with Ralph Meeker as Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer that has somehow previously escaped me.

The woman, Christina, escaped from a lunatic asylum, flags down Hammer who gives her a ride. Then his car is forced off the road by a couple of thugs. Afterwards semi-conscious Hammer hears Christina being tortured to death. Partly out of wanting revenge and partly just from his PI instincts that something big is behind her death he starts investing into the woman’s background. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 26, 2009 at 11:07 am

Hot Fuzz

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Call the cops

Call the cops

I remember when Spaced came out. Channel Four gave it a really bad promotion – not even hinting at all the science-fictional references in it – so I just expected some rubbish, twenty-something flat-sharing sitcom. So, after promoting from friends, I only finally caught up with it on DVD. And I ended up loving it of course, though it does vary a bit during the run. Then more recently Shaun Of The Dead came along. Whilst for the most part it worked, I had issues were the comedy and the horror (in particular the tragic stuff) did not really work together and it kind of unravels in the final minutes.

Now Hot Fuzz has arrived and it’s sort of perfect. It celebrates the essential naffness of the British policeman, at least cinematically. Something to do with the uniform and lack of guns, but the only UK cop films that have succeeded (and there’s very few of them full stop) are plain clothes efforts like The Sweeney. This time the plot works with comedy and the integration of the ‘US Cop Buddy Movie’ genre into a West Country small town is excellent. This is helped by the film-makers not being shy to include elements of other genres like Hammer horror and television crime dramas like Midsomer Murders. It also helps that they have managed to secure an utterly unprecedented number of quality actors for every single role, no mater how small. In Midsomer you know the most famous guest actor is the murderer, in Hot Fuzz everyone is famous. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 26, 2009 at 11:02 am