Archive of: film

  • The punniness of Michael Giacchino

    I’ve been on a bit of a soundtrack binge recently. They’re great to work to (and at the same time pretending you’re a spaceship/dinosaur/shark). While listening to Michael Giacchino’s soundtrack for The Incredibles, I spotted the title of the last track: “The Incredits”.

    Heh, punny.

    Then I looked at a couple of his other albums.

    • Inside Out: “The Joy of Credits”.
    • Ratatouille: “End Creditouilles”

    Wait, is this a thing?

    It is a thing. In fact if you search for “michael giacchino puns” you get over 62k results back. My favourite has to be the alternate titles for Rogue One.

  • Top albums and films of 2016

    Well, the less said about the state of 2016 in general, the better.

    However, it’s been another inspiring year for music and film, so here are my picks of 2016. In no particular order, and as it’s my house I didn’t limit them to ten.



    (If you want to see what I picked when limited to ten films, then you can have a look at my Letterboxd Top Ten for 2016)

    • Arrival
    • Deadpool
    • Zootopia
    • Sing Street
    • Hail, Caesar!
    • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
    • The Nice Guys
    • Swiss Army Man
    • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
    • Kubo and the Two Strings
    • Midnight Special
    • Captain America: Civil War
    • Jungle Book
  • David Bowie RIP

    Today, listen to “Hunky Dory” and “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”

    Tonight, watch “Labyrinth” and “The Man Who Fell To Earth”.

  • Top albums and films of 2015

    Continuing the semi-regular (i.e. not at all regular) list of my favourite films and albums from this year.


    (It’s been a fantastic year for music, and it’s been tricky to narrow this down to ten, so I didn’t)

    In no particular order:


    Again in no particular order:

    • The Force Awakens
    • Ex Machina
    • Whiplash
    • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
    • Me And Earl And The Dying Girl
    • The Martian
    • Sicario
    • Inside Out
    • Mad Max: Fury Road
    • Superbob
  • Star Wars Teaser Trailer #2

    I am so very very excited right now!

  • South Park

    South Park, Oxford

    Gorgeous sunny day, a new friend, and a toy camera

  • Later, he fights a yeti

    In a Metafilter discussion about video nasties in 80s Britain, Wolfdog innocently comments:

    This is a pretty awesome plot summary

    “Waldemar Daninsky goes to Tibet to look for proof that the yeti exists. He gets captured by two vampire women who turn him into a werewolf. Waldemar’s friends are then kidnapped by a witch, and later, he fights a yeti.”

    I think what catches my eye there is that “later, he fights a yeti” could be appended to many films’ descriptions, entirely to their benefit.

    …and then the fun begins (that last one is my particular favourite).

    I have a feeling that this is a search term worth keeping an eye on over the next few days.

  • Robert Altman dies at 81


    Tonight is going to be a double bill of M*A*S*H and Gosford Park.

  • Talk Like Yoda Day?

    Hmmmmmm… good idea this is, join in I will…. yeeesss…

  • Star Wars marathon

    Cathy and myself have just finished watching Episodes I to VI over the weekend. First two on Friday night, middle two last night, you get the picture.

    Some quick observations now I’ve finally seen all six in a row:

    • The back-story really breathes new life into the original trilogy, having the history of the characters to refer to makes such a big difference (god I’m such a geek)
    • The original trilogy is a much smaller, character driven story
    • Palpatine is a devious shit, but you have to admire his cunning
    • The Episode III to IV transition works really well story and character wise, but the 70’s model work is really jarring after coming from the CG battles of the prequel. It’s especially noticeable during the first attack on the Death Star
    • …but in saying that, the space battle in Return of the Jedi still rocks
    • You know there’s going to be a new box set at some point, and I bet my Boba Fett Pez dispenser that there will further tinkering from George to make the segue between trilogies a little more seamless.
    • In the big scheme of things Jar-Jar isn’t that annoying, he can be filtered, but jesus his sense of humour is crap. He’s just not funny
    • After seeing serious, solemn Yoda in the prequels, his behaviour when he first appears in Empire makes him look like he’s gone bat-shit loopy. Trust me, watch it when he first meets Luke, he’s acting like an insane man
    • These words are not in the OSX spell-checker: Jedi, Yoda, Boba Fett
    • … they are now, I may need to talk more about them and the red squiggly lines were annoying me
    • R2-D2 swears a lot
    • The re-mastered trilogy are really dark compared to the prequels. I don’t know if this is due to the re-mastering process or just the difference between film and digital, but they look very underexposed
    • Cathy went "awww" when the Ewoks got shot. She needs help
    • Ewan McGregor really nailed Alec Guinness. I find myself stroking my chin when I’m thinking now, in an Obi-Wan style. This is not good
    • It works, I loved it

    Doing it all again at christmas, woohoo!

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