Archive for August, 2005

Alexander (Director’s cut)

Posted by on Aug 30 2005 | General Ramblings

Oh dear.
Now, I wasn’t expecting a work of cinematic genius. I’d read some reviews. I knew it wasn’t going to be bad, but in reality it was really, really awful.
Apparantly the Macedonians all had Irish accents. One can only presume that Colin Farrell wasn’t up to a neutral accent so evryone else had to fit around him. I kept expecting Brendan Gleeson to pop up. The accents made it hard to suspend disbelief, which would have been a useful skill for accepting Angelina Jolie (age 29) as Colin Farrell’s (age 28) mother. I like Angelina usually, but she wasn’t right for the job.
The movie didn’t shy away from the gay thing, which could have been a redeeming feature, except that they were so self conscious about it it was cringeworthy. Like an uncle trying to be down with the kids. I wouldn’t have been suprised if Aristotle had turned to face the camera to speak to the audience: “Yes, I’m talking about the man love you know.” I almost wish I’d been in the cinema to see how it played with Irish teenage audiences. Still, at least that part was historically accurate. Better than Troy’s “He’s my cousin. We’re cousins. Yes, I love him, it’s because he’s my cousin. Cousin.”
The storyline was all over the place, it kept jumping forwards and backwards in time, the length of Colin’s ridiculous hair the only guide to whre you were. Oh, and a note that I presume only relates to the directors cut: My weekend would have been just dandy without the shot of Colin’s testicles.
My final comments on the film: My, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Jared Leto are pretty. If only I was a gay man. Or their cousin…

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Some things that creep me out

Posted by on Aug 30 2005 | General Ramblings

1. Popeye. It’s all in the voice. Especially the laugh.
2. Jimmy Saville. Voice again. Especially the “now then, now then” stuff.
3. Peter Mandelson’s hands. They just do.
4. Benny Hill. I don’t need to explain this one, do I?

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Spice Imperial Tea on a Sunday Morning

Posted by on Aug 21 2005 | General Ramblings

Delicious whittards tea, served black, in the Arabia cup and saucer I bought in Finland.
A lovely way to start the day, along with a Sudoku puzzle to get my brain warmed up.

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A message to my mum

Posted by on Aug 21 2005 | General Ramblings

So it’s public and there can be no claims that I’ve never said this:

Box up all the crap in my bedroom and put it in the loft. I will go through it when I am home. There is plenty of space in the loft, and contrary to what you think, there is only a box or two of my stuff up there at the moment. If you think there is more, then please find them, put them together and I will throw most of it out.

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Much much calmer now

Posted by on Aug 19 2005 | General Ramblings

So, the cure for my extreme annoyance would appear to be doing the part of my job I like best.
I don’t want to write about what I do on here, but anyone reading this knows what it is and yesterday was heaps and heaps of fun.

Sometimes my anger does scare me a bit though. I got it under control at university (I used to really flip out), but it does come out now and then (Twice in the last year I think) – mainly out of frustration with other people. What’s kinda worrying is that I really felt the need to lash out and hurt the other day – emotionally, not physically, but hell, the difference is that I can probably hurt more effectively emotionally. Thing is, I know who I get this trait from. And that I really don’t like.

OK, from tomorrow I’m going back to chirpier posts about plants and gardening and nice things to drink and eat.

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