Wednesday, 10 December 2008

My top 30 tracks of 2008

Inspired by Edgar Wright I decided to do my own list of my top tracks of 2008. I had to do some serious tweaking of playlist settings on iTunes, and after much deliberation I found only 30 tracks that had gained my favour in the year of 2008 (can't believe it's over already). It's dominated by the Dr.Horrible Soundtrack but can you really blame me, anyway here they are in order.

My Eyes - Felicia Day & Neil Patrick Harris - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
My Freeze Ray - Neil Patrick Harris - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
A Man's Gotta Do - Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day & Nathan Fillion - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
Brand New Day - Neil Patrick Harris - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
So They Say - Ensemble - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
Hiphopopotamus vs.. Rhymenoceros (feat. Rhymenocerous and the Hiphopopotamus) - Flight of the Conchords
Everything you Ever - Neil Patrick Harris - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
Bad Horse Chorus - Jed Whedon, Joss Whedon & Zack Whedon - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
Caring Hands - Felicia Day - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
Everyone's a Hero - Nathan Fillion - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
Slipping - Neil Patrick Harris - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
Hippie Glen Netflix Mix - dØn1
Robots - Flight of the Conchords
Business Time - Flight of the Conchords
Horrible Theme - Instrumental - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
Bad Horse Chorus (Reprise) - Jed Whedon, Joss Whedon & Zack Whedon - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
Penny's Song - Felicia Day - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
Horrible Credits - Instrumental - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
Sir Digby Chicken Caesar - David Mitchell & Robert Webb
Bret You've Got it Going On - Flight of the Conchords
Bowie - Flight of the Conchords
Pirate Interruptions (Chocolate Cake Slice) - Adam Buxton
Manhattan - Kings of Leon - Only By the Night (Deluxe Version)
Crawl - Kings of Leon - Only By the Night (Deluxe Version)
Sex on Fire - Kings of Leon - Only By the Night (Deluxe Version)
Revelry - Kings of Leon - Only By the Night (Deluxe Version)
Cold Desert - Kings of Leon - Only By the Night (Deluxe Version)
Frontier City - Kings of Leon - Only By the Night (Deluxe Version)
The Bucket (CSS Remix) - Kings of Leon - Only By the Night (Deluxe Version)

In the last few months I feel I have been predominantly listening to Kings of Leon and the Foo Fighters Album Echoes, Silence, Patience, Grace but too my great suprise as someone who pre-ordered this album, it's actually been out for a year already. This list doesn't really represent those things but then that's why it's a year thing not month thing. Dr. Horrible changed everything for me, it's one of the best things ever. So buy Flight of the Conchords, Kings of Leon, Dr.Horrible Soundtrack and if you don't already have it then the afroementioned Foo Fighters album it is totally awesome.

Sianara

Stu.

Saturday, 18 October 2008

The Fast Show


One of my earliest comedy memories is watching The Fast Show with my brothers. When I was that young, most of the jokes went over my head, but even then I loved it. Favourites back then were Johnny Nice Painter – so strange and slightly scary, Rowley Birkin Q.C. – hilarious to absolutely anyone, The Thirteenth Duke of Wymbourne and Jazz Club. It can’t be said that it was good clean family humour, but it certainly brought something that could be enjoyed by anybody.

Now I’m older I look back on The Fast Show with nostalgia, such wonderful creations, Charlie Higson and Paul Whitehouse really did work very hard on the show, and it payed off. Most of the ideas were fairly simple, but they were played with a style only they could manage. In my opinion The Fast Show is a collection of their greatest work even now.

They say too many cooks spoil the broth, this was certainly not the case with The Fast Show. A wealth of great writers worked on the sketches on the show. Most notably among the bunch are Dave Gorman, who now presents his own incredibly unique style of comedy, and of course Graham Linehan, the great creator of Father Ted, Black Books and The I.T Crowd.


I think the most significant creation to come from the Fast Show, are Ted and Ralph. Though the Suit You sketches are undoubtedly most famous, Ted and Ralph were the quintessential backbone of The Fast Show. Linehan originally wrote the idea. The creation process on the show was quite unique. All the actors and writers would meet each week with Charlie and Paul as sort of chairmen, they would discuss any ideas they had, and from this they came up with the sketches they would shoot.

Ted and Ralph may have lost some of it’s original humour, but is none-the-less a magnificent creation, an incredibly original idea, with some stunningly good writing, even now it threatens to bring a tear to my eye. If you discount the comedy aspect of Ted and Ralph you could never be quite sure whether it is a Romance or Tragedy because the end is what would ultimately determine that.

If you’ve never seen The Fast Show before then I hope this high-praise will urge you to go and try it. It presents a wonderful, typical, British humour, which never fails to make you smile a laugh. It is the inspiration for all the modern sketch shows, which, I might add, all pale in comparison to The Fast Show.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Force Unleashed - With some SPOILERAGE towards the end

I’ve been terribly lax in blogging of late, and the only excuse I can provide is that I’ve just got back to uni for my final year and I’ve been getting into the swing of things. I hope this hasn’t deterred my imaginary readers. As a-fore mentioned in this blog, I’m not a big gamer. However recently, idiotically and on the spur of the moment (even more idiotic), I decided to buy and XBOX 360. Idiotic is definitely the word I would use, I’m a gorram student, I can’t afford fancy pants nex-gen consoles. Anyway luckily I’ve managed to avert financial disaster by getting a job at the local cinema. I got the 60gb version with a free copy of the latest star wars game “The Force Unleashed”. As such I felt compelled to blog.




Even since I got the xbox I can’t say that I’ve become a good gamer, I enjoy gaming very much but am far from good, where others enjoy big challenges I enjoy kicking butt in a very easy, but cool way. As such I haven’t yet completed the game on it’s second difficulty level. I started on the easiest mode and played a lot, like every day for 3 hours and finished it quite quickly. Then I considered my achievement, I sat back and thought, “yeah awesome, I rule” but also “no I don’t that was very easy”. I needed to prove to myself that I could complete it on a higher difficulty so I began in earnest. I didn’t find most of it too hard, until I got to the end; I couldn’t do it the first time and sort of gave up.


I left that alone for a while, and picked up Assassin’s Creed from a friend, I’d already completed that sublime game twice on separate consoles, so it didn’t take me too long to finish. This period was also sprinkled with some link up GRAW with my flatmate Joe, which was thoroughly enjoyable. Finally I got back to Force Unleashed. I decided to hell with all these hardcore gamers, I enjoy the easy mode so f**k ‘em I’m going to carry on. Now here comes a bit of a spoiler section, so if you don’t want to know about the end stop reading, and comment on what you’ve read. I didn’t know after my first time through that at the end you can pick who to fight; Vader or Sidious. So I’d heard a lot of hoo ha from friends about the Vader ending and this time through I went with him.



Now my friends told me some things about this ending, e.g. you get re-built into a weird cyborgish hunter bloke by the emperor and become his assassin, and you get a cool new outfit. They did not however think it important to mention that you keep all your upgraded force powers for your next time through, enabling you essentially to go through the game repeatedly, upgrading yourself each time, making the ultimate badass. So that’s what I’m doing now, I’m currently on my third time through in a row. I only need 2 more power spheres and 5 more talent spheres to make the ultimate dude but I think it’s worth going through again. I’ve also unlocked a load of the achievements and collected all the holocrons so I can both look and be badass.

Monday, 25 August 2008

Trains

Ok so I'm on a train right now that's going to York. Hey Stu why are you going to York? Well because I need to go to Preston but there are works on the Euston - Preston line so I have to go to the other side of the country. Hey Stu why are you going to Preston? Well I go to university in Preston, and I have to retake half an exam tomorrow, lots of fun.

There's a Jewish family sitting in front of me, they have like 7 kids, thats a huge kick in the crotch for abstinence, the eldest son trapped me in my seat with his luggage. I was like look man I'm trapped you've even put down the little fold down table to stop me escaping.

But there's one thing that makes up for all this, plus the fact I have a belly issue, wolfed down a sandwich and got a giant bottle of lucozade sport, that's right it's diabetes for Stu. Anyway this thing that makes up for it...Free Wi-Fi FTW!!!!!!!!!! YEAH BITCH!!!!

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Gaming

Imperium is a blog belonging to my middle brother, Chris. Since before I can remember he's loved computer games more than most people I know. As such his blog is predominantly focused on game reviews. I've read four of his posts so far, and it seems like good stuff. My brother and I have a monosyballic relationship, and as such I don't know him very well, but he has a very nice writing style. So for anyone who has had a foray into the world of gamers I recommend his blog. I'll provide a link at the end of this post.

I've just read his review of Gears of War. Now, most of my experience of games, post-year 2000, has been on games consoles. Mainly my friends’ games consoles as well. Gaming has never been important enough for me to fork out more than £100 for a system and more then £40 for a game. My latest console is a PS2 and before that was an N64, which I recently brought down from the loft for a brief spell of Banjo-Kazooie. Yes, I admit it's ostensibly for kids, but in my opinion it still kicks ass.

My favourite kind of game is the third person shooter, GTA being by far the greatest gaming franchise in the history of mankind in my opinion - well, maybe next to Monopoly. I hate playing first person shooters on consoles; the use of crappy little analogue sticks is far too limiting in my opinion, and thus the experience will never be as enjoyable as it can be on a PC. I recently played through Half Life 2 and the subsequent episodes on my brother’s iMac, which I found thoroughly wonderful.

So, onto my final point. I recently played Gears on an Xbox 360, and to be honest I really didn't enjoy it. I expect the gameplay is wonderful (at least on a PC) and I expect that to most people the graphics are awesome. But it seems to me that beyond the crappy control on a console, the thing I hate about this game, and also the thing that stopped me from playing past 10 minutes is that I can't friggin’ see anything. Is it just me, or is everything grey, everything, the monsters, the characters, the scenery, the sky, fucking everything is grey. How am I supposed to tell what the hell is going on? I can't see the enemy or figure out where I am. It reminds me of the Grey void in Raymond E Feist’s books, I have no corporeal body, I am floating in nothingness merely sending forth random thoughts of buttons. So yeah, that’s what I have to say about that (takes deep breath). Here's the link to my brother’s blog. Check it out, it won’t disappoint: Imperium - http://imperium.blogsome.com . And why not also check out my oldest brother's blogs: Lack of Faith - http://lackoffaith.blogsome.com, Tom Scrace - http://tomscrace.blogspot.com, and We the People - http://tomscrace.blogsome.com.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Google and Digg






So I was browsing Digg today and came across a story from the Tech Crunch 50, which said that Google was close to finalising a deal to purchase Digg for somewhere in the region of $200m. And I've gotta say, I've got mixed feelings about this.

First off don't get me wrong, I love the fact that Google is kicking ass, they have a great business, and everything they seem to do is awesome. I love that they're shitting all over Microsoft, and getting into bed with Apple, that in my opinion is a recipe for greatness. Also I love Kevin Rose, and this deal would make him filthy rich, he's a clever guy and deserves it.

However I am a little concerned. My brother was telling me the other day that a while ago, Viacom requested Google to hand over YouTube user data, because of their concern that people were viewing material on YouTube that infringed on their copyright. So Google gave them the user data. Now, I guess YouTube user data isn't as revealing as other data, like name, address, phone number, national insurance number, but the fact that they gave away people's personal data is quite worrying. If they did it in this instance, then there is good reason to believe they may do it again, or that they have done it previously.

Google has a lot of info on me, and I'm only just realising how much. First off they've got this blog, who knows they may be sending their multi-coloured Google Assassins after me right now for saying this stuff. They know everything I've ever searched for online (well post-yahoo-love that is). They know all the news I read, and what celebrities I like. They know what I like to have as my background when I'm searching online. They have all my mail, and at the flick of a switch can expose me to millions of advertisements telling me I have a small cock and am impotent. I expect they know what I had for dinner and even what my HDL is compared to my LDL, not even I know that! Now they're gonna know what I Digg.

As such, me and my brother are trying to decrease our usage of Google, as much as I love their stuff, and as hard as that is to do. We've already stopped using Google Reader, and employed a lovely RSS aggregator called Vienna, which I recommend, especially if you have a mac. As for the rest well it will take time, and pain but we'll get there. I don't mind them knowing what I search really, and this blog is for all to see anyway so no harm there. So I'm sorry Google, and I hope you are too.

Any comments or questions are welcomed

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Food TV

In my last post I spoke about US and UK television, and how they differ, there was also mention of trends that occur in popularity of genres. At the moment I feel that as a genre, food programs are the most popular in television, I certainly can’t get enough of food shows, for a long time now I have watched them more than anything else on TV. The three big shots in my eyes are all now on Channel 4, they are Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Jamie Oliver, and Gordon Ramsay. All three are talented chefs each with a unique style.


Hugh loves country lifestyle; he is renowned for having worked in the famous “River Café” in France, and also for having eaten human placenta on his old show “TV Dinners”, which caused much controversy in the media and the public eye. In 1997 he moved from the city to a cottage in Dorset to pursue the quiet life of a smallholder. He named his cottage “River Cottage” and since then his smallholding has expanded in to a profitable enterprise, producing excellent food and opening a series of restaurants. He has recently been in the news over his encouraging supermarkets to raise the standard of the chicken they sell, he believes strongly in free-range, and has gone so far as to become a Tesco shareholder so he can have his say about how the company is run.


Jamie started on TV in 1998 with his first series, “The Naked Chef”, followed in 1999 by his second series “Return of the Naked Chef. His cheeky Essex boy image and his laid back view on home cooking made him stand out. However this image made him come under fire from his peers in the TV-chef community. Many found him annoying and used to sneer at his name. None-the-less he became more and more popular. In 2005 he received the Beacon Fellowship prize for helping under privileged young people, by training them and giving them jobs in his new London restaurant, “Fifteen”, so-called because of the fifteen young people hired to work there. The events that transpired in the creation of this restaurant and training of the chefs, was documented in his series, “Jamie’s Kitchen”. After this he campaigned to give children in schools better meals. As a new father he was motivated by the thought of what his children would be eating at school. He met with politicians and worked in school canteens and with dinner-ladies to produce new healthy cheap menus. This campaign was documented in the series “Jamie’s School Dinners”. More recently he has reduced his political and social work, and has focussed on himself trying to find better food, and now growing his own on his estate in Essex.


Gordon Ramsay is probably most renowned for using the “F-Word” Liberally, Excessively and to the point you barely notice it anymore. His series “The F-Word” is a big hit, featuring a multitude of celebrity guests every week, both in the restaurant and working in the kitchen. He also has regular features from Tom Parker-Bowles experiencing extreme foods, and Janet Street-Porter with her campaigns to get people to eat real food and high quality food such as Veal and Tripe. Every series he raises a different meat or product in his back garden with advice from Hugh. He has extraordinary prowess as a restaurant owner, this led him to produce a series called “Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares” in which he advised on failing restaurants on how to bounce back.

These summaries are but a fraction of these people’s careers, you may be able to tell from length that I am a big fan of Jamie Oliver, though I like Hugh a lot as well. On top of these outstanding careers Jamie Oliver has received an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours List, and Ramsay has been appointed an OBE “for services to the hospitality industry”. In summary Food shows are big, and why shouldn’t they be, food is very important, especially now in the midst of rising food prices and shortages. There may be people, who think these aren’t the biggest, but I’ve put forth my argument, I welcome comments on which you think are the biggest and why, and on anything else.

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

UK and US Television

This weekend, I was watching TV and I caught some of Saturday Kitchen, the main guest was Jerry Springer, it reminded me of an interview he did a couple of years ago. I cant' remember the publication it was in but there was a key point he made in it, which i couldn't disagree with more. He said that UK television was 10 years behind the US, it was when he was bringing his show over to the UK. I think his basis for this is the chat show phenomenon. In the US, chat shows started in the very early 90s, and there are loads of them that are still around today, Riki Lake, Montel, Dr. Phil, Jerry Springer and Oprah Winfrey just to name a few off the top of my head.

In the history of television there have been lots of different era's of fad's like Chat Shows, or Reality TV, while these types of show are still around and fairly popular they do not have the excitement they did when they first came out. Other times a type of show that's been around for a while will boom for a few years. At the moment you can see that in two main areas, first Cookery shows which are very big at the moment, with TV chefs raking in huge amounts of money and ones like Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall getting involved in politics and business and making some considerable changes. Also at the moment Sit-Coms seem to be taking off. With the vacuum left by Friends there's a market of comedy lovers just yearning for a new hit. Comedians are becoming more rock'n'roll than Guns'n'Roses becoming icons in there time.

Basically I don't think it's right for Jerry to say that we're 10 years behind, We just had our Chat Show era a bit later, which is tailing off now, it boomed a couple of years ago with Jeremy Kyle coming on the scene. So we're not behind in TV we just have our fads at different times to the Americans. Currently there seems to be a surge in British Programs being exported to the States, shows like Top Gear, which has a new US version and the Office. I think there is a lot of talent in the British TV industry and it's wrong to put these people down.

Sunday, 8 June 2008

The old and the young

My relationship with my grandparents has always been much like that with my father. I care for their existence, and when they go I will be saddened, but mainly because of regret. My brother's and I were never close to my father, he was there most of the time when we were young and he taught us how to ride a bike, he took us on holidays, but we were never close, maybe because he never approached us in an emotional light, sure he'd hold me when I'd fallen over, he'd take splinter's out of my fingers, and taught me the things a man does, like woodwork, bicycle maintenance and making a good lawn. But speaking for myself whenever I was in trouble, I went to my Mum, I was never eager to go to my Dad for help, unless it was maths homework. I cannot bear any grudge for my father, he provided for us, he never hit us, he always looked out for us but he was never really close. I speak in the past tense because a while ago, he and my mother split up, and I haven't seen him now for several months, I doubt I will see him much in the future either.

As with my grandparent's I now see them a lot more often, than my father, but I have never been close to them either. While I was growing up, it seemed the older generation, thought of young people as yobs, and irresponsible louts, who don't appreciate fine literature, or sunny days or the things they did when they were young. Because of this I felt a responsibility to try to prove it wrong, so I never bring up what I'm interested in during conversation with my grandparents as I feel they will dismiss it as rubbish and nothing to do with real life experience, and so the prejudice that all young people do is "hang around", harass old ladies, and deface posters is furthered. So we were never close.

I look at the relationships, my friends have with their grandparents and fathers, and mostly I see that they are very close, they're open with each other about how they feel and they will go to them if they have problems. Because of this I feel much regret that my relationship with my father and with my grandparents hasn't been like my friends'. I feel maybe this is my fault, I didn't put enough effort in with them, I denied some unremembered opportunities to bond when I was young. So as I said in the beginning, when they go I will be sad because of regret. Knowing that, that is why I will be sad, makes me feel incredibly guilty, it should be because I miss them and I love them shouldn't it?

Friday, 6 June 2008

Favourite Actors - Part 2

Tom Hanks


Tom has been with me since I was a child. He really means a lot to me, I remember him in almost all the films of my childhood, Turner and Hooch, The Burbs, The Money Pit, Big, he was hilarious, and I am disappointed he didn't continue his comedy acting career, he spoke so much to me and he was so cool.

But his acting career has been very successful, he has appeared in a number of blockbusters, including Toy Story; a real favourite pixar film of mine, Forrest Gump; the highly acclaimed and moving story of a Vietnam Vet, and Apollo 13; the true story of some brave men on a space mission that went wrong. He is critically acclaimed as one of the best actors in the world. More recently some favourites are the controversial Cast Away, the beautiful Saving Private Ryan and the heartwarming The Terminal. However, when I think of Tom it will always be as a cackling, clumsy guy who gets himself blown up and covered in paint, falling off of scaffolding, those memories are some of my favourites of films and so I toast to Tom Hanks, here's a little bit about his life.

Tom was born in July 1956 in California, to what he described as "A broken family". His parents were divorced, and as such he moved around a lot between step families, there was no abuse or any other trauma, just confused. When he first tried to get into the acting business, he auditioned for a college play but couldn't get in, he went downtown to an audition for a community theatre play, he got the part and the director invited him to Cleveland where Tom's acting career launched with the TV show Bosom Buddies, in Cleveland he also met his second wife, Rita Wilson.

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Favourite Actors

There are a lot of great actors around today. However very few tend to stand out in an extraordinary way, even if they do, it's because the critics say they do. Part of the subjective experience of film enjoyment is actor appreciation. No person can tell you an actor is great, everyone's experience is different, technically a performance could be good and bad, these are worthy merits to comment on in reviews, however true greatness from a performance, comes around because it speaks to you on a personal level. Since everyone's life is different and everyone's point of view is different, who each person thinks is a great actor varies a great deal. In this next series of posts I will talk about four of my favourite actors, sorry no actresses in yet I may do a separate series later.

Shia LaBeouf

In my first post I mentioned Shia. He's a young up and comer, actually he's two years older than me. I think he is very unrecognised by critics as he is technically superb. But I don't want to talk about critical acclaim. His career is really taking off, and I can't wait to see the films he's going to be in. Shia was grew up in Los Angeles, he did some stand-up comedy around his neighbourhood when he was very young, and decided, after seeing an acting performance, that he wanted to be an actor. He told this to his Mum who got him in contact with an agent in the phonebook. Shia performed a stand-up routine for the agent, and they liked him.

From there he went on to star in the popular Disney TV show, "Even Stevens", In Even Stevens Shia played Louis Stevens, Louis was a young boy who got into a lot of trouble, with his friends and family, Shia gave this role great amounts of energy, and you could see a spark in him. For this show he won a daytime Emmy. Still as a child actor he starred alongside Sigourney Weaver and one of his mentors, John Voight in the film adapted from the popular children's book "Holes". Shia played Stanley Yelnats the third, a well behaved respectful lad, who was always in the wrong place at the wrong time, and had the worst luck, I only saw this film recently, I didn't enjoy it as much as I suspect I would have, had I seen it when I was younger.

In between Holes, and his more recent works, Shia appeared in several films, none of which I have seen, so I feel I cannot comment. Recently Shia has starred in a string of box office hits and his versatility and verve really has shone through. In disturbia Shia playes Kale Brecht a boy who's father's death sends him into a breakdown and encarceration in his own home for "popping" his Spanish teacher, for more info see my film review blog which can be found at http://jollygoodshow.blogsome.com/ . Only a few days after having finished filming disturbia, Shia was off to play the lead in the recent Transformers film. Now although this film is fairly basic and alot of the times makes no sense, it is still awesome, it's not meant to be good it's meant to be cool, and it is. Shia's acting doesnt come through alot, however the challenge of responding and acting to a CGI robot, which isn't actually their, is a large one, and Shia met the challenge well. Most recently Shia co-starred with Harrison Ford in the latest Indiana Jones film, again for more information see my film review blog. The main thing I like about Shia is that I feel I can relate to him, and I admire his work. His performances speak to me, and that's what is important.

Thursday, 15 May 2008

Films

Ok so anyone who knows me or has seen my DVD collection, knows about my obsession with films. I'm a big film buff, and there is nothing I enjoy more than having a browse at blockbuster, buying a dvd and watching everything on it.

I'm quite technical in film appreciation, some of my friends often get annoyed, when I comment on direction, acting and dialogue. However there are films I can say are technically rubbish, but none-the-less are very entertaining. Take Transformers, direction is actually quite good, and even some of the acting is quite kick ass, but the plot, the inconsistencies, and the dialogue, are essentially rubbish. But Transformers is very entertaining why? 'cos it's really cool, films like that aren't supposed to be technically superb, although it helps if the direction makes it look cool. They're simply supposed to be cool, and it is.

On top of this with me is another issue with films. Every now and then a film comes along that isn't necessarily technically awesome, but is still up there, and when I watch it I go, "Whoa, that was awesome" and I end up watching it like every day for the next week, and even twice in a day on some occasions. It started with Jungle Book when I was a wee lad. I remember I didn't know how to work the VCR, I used to get up very early every day, go into my brother's room and wake him up. Please note my brother was, and still is very much an afternoon/night person. I remember saying to him, "Tommy it's Jungle Book Time it's Jungle Book time". He'd grumble "Okay Stuie get the video and go downstairs". I'd rush into my room and grab the video from under my bed and run downstairs to sit on the floor in front of the TV. I used to do this every day for about a month, I don't know how my brother still likes me after that.

More recently these films take the form of a different kind. The Girl Next Door was awesome, I remember most clearly the scene when the main character goes over to Elisha Cuthbert at a party, pushes away a Jock and kisses her, it's a magical moment to me, the music the direction and the acting, and even more-so the huge power of the moment. Now most recently is a film called disturbia. I remember being in blockbuster, having a browse, obviously I had heard of it, it only came out recently. I'm a big fan of Shia LaBeouf, and I think now I own most of his films. The copy I got was an ex-rental, I'm not to keen on these unless it's a film that's not that important to me, but hey students can't be choosers. For the next week or so I watched this film pretty much every day, and more than once, on more than one day. I'm even watching it now, as I type this up.

I guess the whole point of this blog is, wether or not a film is critically acclaimed, or technically brilliant, and even if everyone you know says it's rubbish, If you like it, don't let them change your mind. Film selection and enjoyment is a subjective experience, even if you don't know why you like it, if you like it, you like it.