Monday, 29 July 2013

Friday, 26 July 2013

Moths: *ssh*les of the insect world

In China MiƩville's novel 'Perdido Street Station' there are creatures called "slake moths", massive moth-like things with trans-dimensional wings which subsist on a diet of dreams or consciousness drained from its victims, leaving them as near-dead comatose husks of their former selves.
I maintain that it was one of these creatures that flew into my room at 4am, flapped around my face for a while (waking me up and freaking me out), before fluttering across every hollow object in my room causing a sound akin to a beating heart in the centre of Death's chest. It did this to taunt me until I was eventually able to subdue it with a wrapped-up newspaper & trap it under this shoe box.

If it was "just a moth" it was a real *ssh*le of a moth!

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Happy Birthday, Vin Diesel!

It's Vin Diesel's Birthday! I'm celebrating that fact with some movie trivia*:

Vin Diesel's role in 'Saving Private Ryan' was cut short because Steven Spielberg said it was "too difficult & costly" to edit out the bike which Diesel insisted on bringing with him to the set. The bike had a carrier basket with a full-size model of E.T. in it, which he insisted on using off and on camera. Vin Diesel did this because he said his one regret as an actor was not appearing in "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial", so rewrote his character's back-story to be a grown-up Elliott, saving E.T. from the horrors of war. Aside from numerous plot holes, all related to time travel, the idea didn't gel with the film Spielberg wanted to make.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom'. Season 1 retrospective.

If "The Newsroom" was filmed in front of a live studio audience the loudest applause would come from Aaron Sorkin clapping himself on the back.
I want to like "The Newsroom", I really do, it's written by Aaron Sorkin, I still rank the first 4 seasons of his series "The West Wing" as some of the best television I've ever seen, forcing the box-sets of DVDs on to friends and family.
And I do, I like it. I like it in the same way I liked "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip", I'll watch it, once is enough, and I never really want to talk about it with anyone; like making conversation with a stranger in a long queue, it passes the time but I've no desire to revisit the experience.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

'The Dark-Patch Knight Rises'

It turns out that after I jog/ walk/ get exposed to any slight heat-source, the sweat patch on my chest turns into the Batman logo for 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

I know for some people the most noteworthy part of that story is that I would ever willingly jog. Well, I do. Deal with it.
It's not something I like at the moment, but I've been assured that it gets easier with time.