Tuesday, 19 November 2013

My thoughts on the "It's A Wonderful Life" sequel.

I've seen a lot of backlash to this on Facebook today, so rather than copy & paste this into every post I'll just leave my thoughts here:

Dear Everyone,
If you really like - or even love - a movie, a sequel to that movie 70 years after the original shouldn't affect the original &, in fact, should be so disconnected from the original that you can probably just safely ignore it altogether if the very idea bothers you so much, if it ever exists.
Studios remake & reboot stuff to make money, but this doesn't ruin your memories of the original. Why would a sequel that is so creatively & generationally removed from the original?
Good example: Remember how we survived the new "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" book a few year ago? Yeah, that.
Remember John Travolta's planned remake of "Harvey"? Or Spielberg's planned remake after that? These.
We'll all be OK.
Thanks for your time,
- Dave

[UPDATE 20/11/12: Turns out a sort-of-sequel spin-off already exists: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099276/]

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

'Made in Chelsea', feat. guest director David Lynch - Episode Summary

"Hellish."
"Dull beyond watching the slowest-growing grass."
"Profoundly awful."
"... watching it is an experience akin to having your emotions slowly slide away from the surface of your humanity..."
These are but a few of the ways to describe being made to watch 'Made in Chelsea'.

What I saw was much worse than those sensations...

Spencer is on a camping trip with Proudlock & Jamie, there they discuss ghost stories around a campfire, poorly pacing & relaying the details until the story is but a sad tapestry of disjointed statements. Before the story ends a scream is heard from the woods - Phoebe & Louise run out from behind some trees, delighted to have scared the group. The group are so distracted that they do not see the figures standing still in the treeline, light reflecting from their eyes, with otherwise blank looks on their featureless faces. One man wears a deer mask, woven from branches.

We cut to a nearby manor Mark Francis orders some man (dressed in a brown rabbit costume with human proportions) about regarding the placement of forks within the presses. "They must be placed in bags within those presses."
The rabbit stares straight ahead, as if transfixed by the viewer.

The scene abruptly cuts to the camp fire, the women have dispersed amongst the group, like Sirens dividing a group of lost sailors. The men are so enamored that they cannot tell that the group from the treeline has edged closer to the campfire.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Interim Update: Gracie


Gracie keeps dragging this teddy to beside the portable heater with her.
If I move it a few feet away she gets up & drags the teddy back over.

I can't decide if it's the saddest or the sweetest thing I've seen in a long time.