A BLOG OUT OF STEP, OUT OF TIME AND OUT OF BREATH.
Didn't see the film, but them Rumble Strips are pretty good. "Girls and Weather" is cracking, "Welcome to the walk alone" has some good ones on as well. They are superb live. "Boys and Girls" is actually quite atypical. Mostly they sound like they have been worshipping at the St Kevin Rowland Church of Soul Power. Meant as a compliment of the highest order.
I went to see that film because the trailer looked quite funny. What they didn't mention was that all the quite funny bits were in the trailer. Terrible film.We watched Itty Bitty Titty Committee recently. Was that one of your tips? Enjoyed that!
Mike,TBH, I don't know The Rumble Strips and I had to google search them to decipher your comment. I like that track from the film. (I'm glad it didn't turn out to be that risible cover version of Keep On Running from the film.) Made me think of The Faith Brothers but it's a long time since I've heard The Faith Brothers so I might just be trying to be scoring retro muso points.Stuart,Yeah, that film was fucking awful. Horrible. Simon Pegg is losing all that good will from me that he built up with Shaun of the Dead and the few episodes of Space I ever checked out. (Hot Fuzz barely got the benefit of the doubt.)I spent half the film hoping his fat mate would turn up to enliven matters but then I remembered he was probably working on that other piece of British cinematic garbage, The Boat That Rocked.I couldn't believe that the film spent four weeks atop the British box office and that they have plans for a sequel of sorts. I'm just hoping that someone hacked the wiki page and is meesing with my head.Why did I watch it then? 'Cos my one genuine New Year's Resolution this year is to watch a new film every day. (See the blog label 365Watch for my details.)I lost count of the amount of times that I've arsed around either alone (or with Kara) umming and aaahing about what film to watch and two hours later no film's been decided on, and we're sat around the glow of the oven re-reading Proust in the original French again.The resolution means that I just have to go with a film and like it or lump it. It'll probably result in me watching a few clunkers but at least we'll be getting the full use of our netflix membership for a change.Like all seasoned resolutions it won't last past the second week in January, but in the meantime film recommendations in a blog comment please. If I haven't previously seen it, like the look of it, and it's available on netflix I will give it my considered viewing.No plans to pen reviews of any of the films watched 'cos that would require thought, diligence and me taking time out from playing 'liketolose' but if you want any feedback on any of the films listed on the blog let me know, and I'll try my best to get back to you with some bad jokes and obscure references in the comments box.Itty Bitty Titty Committee? Yep, that was one of my recommendations. Excellent film that I'd like to check out again. But I can only watch it on any given day after I've watched it a new film. I already hate this resolution and it's only the bastard fifth.If this last's longer than PaulWellerMonth, it'll be a post-Christmas miracle/Mmm, this should have been a blog post.
Spaced is great. I take it you've seen 'Comrades'? If not, wonderful film, add it to your viewing. Cheers
I've seen part of Comrades, but not all of it, so I could put it on the list.Three hours long, though. I'm not the young man I once was. I'd probably need to take a nap half way through the film.
The Passion of Ayn Rand?
'The Passion of Ayn Rand?'It's a made for cable drama. Therefore it's automatically disqualified from 365Watch. A film has to have had a cinematic release . . . even if it was only for one night at the SPGB's Radical Film Forum. ;-)
For the Rumbles, check out "Oh, Creole", and their cover version of "Back to Black". The best version of this is to be found on Youtube, from some channel 4 thing or other. Even their version of "The Boys are back in town" is worth a spin. But there is little to match the peerless majestyy of "Building a boat".
Look, it's either watch that film, or swap your Proust in the original French for a copy of Atlas Shrugged. Shudder. Your choice.
Stuart,I refuse to break my New Year's Resolution over something so trivial as a made for tv movie. Don't ask me to go there.However, Netflix does have the Oscar nominated documentary, 'Ayn Rand a sense of life', so I might check that out as some point.
Thanks for the tip, I'd never heard of it!
The bloke who wrote and directed the Ayn Rand documentary goes by the name of Michael Paxton.According to his imdb page, the only other thing he has written/directed is an adaptation of a 1934 Ayn Rand. Therefore, I'll hazard a guess that the documentary were probably veer on the side of sympathetic. I might be wrong. It might veer on the side of sycophantic.
Oh, I'll lap anything up. I wonder if the Ayn Rand Institute have a calendar? Would love some pin ups of her.
Darren, didn't Ayn Rand have a one month period of membership in the SPGB in a hitherto little known episode when she lived in Tottenham in the late 20s? (Its even been rumoured she might have been a bit of a Walsbyite.)
Mike,Leftist Trainspotting kudos to you for knowing that the SPGB had a Tottenham Branch in the late twenties. Branch meetings were every Friday at the Trades Hall in Bruce Grove.However, a bit of investigation keyboard work on my part suggests that you may be wrong about Rand's supposed membership of the SPGB. This link from the BBC website that dates from 2002 reveals that 7 Bruce Grove - meeting place of said Tottenham SPGB Branch - was the former home of Luke Howard and that he was getting the English Heritage Blue Plaque.Knowing the English Heritage bods like I do, if Rand had been philosophising in N17 back in the day they would have done a two for one deal to save on the pennies, and Stuart would have a photo on the facebook page where he's holding a Socialist Standard in a torch like fashion under said Rand blue plaque.Sure you've not confused her with Ann Brand who was literature secretary of the Totteridge Branch of the SPGB for a short period in the winter of 1947? (Literature Secretary stalwart, Jock Rawls, couldn't make it to Branch meetings that season because he was in bed on Doctors orders because of his recurring lumbago, and Ann stepped in as a temporary measure.)Funny you should mention Walsby 'cos someone from Canada found the blog two hours ago after typing 'money must go by i renson' into google.It's a small world. We may reach quorum, after all.
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