The Day of the Triffids

I read the book by John Wyndham a very long time ago, but I remember enjoying it thoroughly. So when I saw this film on YouTube I just had to give it a watch.

I actually don’t remember the story well, and as it turns out the film adaption is very different to the book, almost to the point of being a whole new story.

As a film though it was reasonably entertaining and very 1960’s horror. The Triffids were well done although they are quite different to the book version. The acting was fine I suppose, also very 60’s, and one actress had an excellent scream of terror.

The ending was a bit of a cop-out though. Like War of the Worlds a simple way to kill the Triffids was found, they melt when sprayed with seawater (the book does not find a way of killing the Triffids).

I must read the book again actually.

Date watched: November 24th
Score: 7/10
Film count 2017: 128

I Giorni Dell’ira

This is a 1967 spaghetti western starring Lee Van Cleef and an Italian actor by the name of Giuliano Gemma, and is called “Day of Anger” in English (I prefer the Italian title).

It is though, on the whole, a sub-standard spaghetti western as the story is nothing new and is a bit muddled at times. There are a few good scenes here and there, and Lee Van Cleef is always brillo to watch, but it is mostly quite forgettable.

I will have to watch “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” again some day, that is an ace film.

Date watched: November 18th
Score: 4/10
Film count 2017: 127

The Hateful Eight

At almost three hours this is quite entertaining, typically Tarantino, lots of talking then lots of violence. Cartoon violence this time around but still very sickening. Jennifer Jason Leigh steals the show, she is tops as Daisy Domergue, the prisoner which causes a lot of the kerfuffle. All the actors really look like they had fun with this.

Date watched: 25th September
Score: 8/10
Film count 2017: 58

Cream of the crop

I hardly have time to scratch my arse these days, but time to update my music buying, my itchy bum can wait:

Cream: Best of Cream – Nice little vinyl of Cream, an official release when the band was still around. Tops.

Childish Gambino: Awaken, My Love! – Childish Gambino’s real name is Donald Glover. He is an actor, writer, producer, director, comedian, rapper, DJ, singer, and songwriter. And most importantly he is Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo movie. This record is good too.

MOJO: Jamaican Explosion – This is an excellent MOJO mag compilation, Laurel Aitken, Prince Buster, Jimmy Cliff, Don Drummond and Lord Creator among others.

D.D Dumbo: Utopia Defeated – DD Dumbo is an Aussie, typical Aussie coming up with a funny moniker. This is tops stuff, some great weird sounds.

Bjork: Vulnicura – Album number eight from pixie face. It’s her breakup album, and has all the usual electronical beats and string arrangements, more like her early stuff, quite good too. I’ll have to check out the all the music videos etc as they will be kooky and great. There is an only strings version of this out (which is Bork’s only acoustic album ever), JB HiFi have it for a fiver so I might get that too.

Spunk Sampler – This is an Aussie record company I bought a record from, they popped this compilation in with the record, ace! So lots of bands (Aussie and not Aussie) to listen too.

Cut Copy: Zonoscope – This Aussie band have been around since 2001, described as ‘Indietronica’ – what a naff term – it’s good stuff nonetheless. Great cover. Extra points for that cover artwork.

Music at Moonlight – Terrible title for a compilation record, but this has some good tunes on it, mainly Stone Roses and Underworld.

Patti Smith: Easter – Another tops record from Patti, this has her big hit (co-written with Bruce Springsteen) Here Comes the Night on it, among other grand tunes.

Album Count 2017: 119

Seven Discs of Mixed Delight and Thrift

Radiohead – Amnesiac
This was cheapo in the cheapo section at Book Off (there are two sections basically, the over-priced section which I never buy stuff from, and the “under 500 yen” section). Being a Radiohead album in the cheapo section meant I had to purchase it there and then. I am not a huge Radiohead fan, but this album is decent.

Braids – Native Speaker
I found this at a DVD rental place, which recently dropped their DVD rental price from 100 yen down to 75 yen (not including new releases), which is 55 yen cheaper than the price of a can of Coke from a vending machine. They also have a used CD section which has some good stuff at reasonable prices from time to time. I saw this album and thought I would give it a go. I am listening to it as I type and it is not too shabby.

Transvision Vamp – Velveteen
I had this CD back in the day (around 1989) and when I saw it in Book Off, in the cheapo section, I thought I would have another listen. Turns out though that this was crap, I guess I forgot. It just has not aged well, that is for sure.

We Are Scientists – Brain Thrust Mastery
Looking through my vast music collection I came across my other We Are Scientists albums and thought that it was time for another as I rather like them. I have not listened to this yet, but I suspect it will be worthy.

Pulp – Different Class
James, Hana, and I went to a large second-hand shop a couple of weekends back called “Hard Off”, which you may have guessed is part of the Book Off group. It is a large shop full of over-priced junk mostly, but there is a decent bargain CD shelf with stuff priced at 100 yen. This was there along with the Coolio CD I will mention next. Yet to spin this one yet.

Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise
This is Coolio’s biggest selling album, but apart from the title track and one or two of the other 16 songs this is pretty crappy. But, it was only 100 yen.

Potishead – Dummy
Cheapo section purchase again. Pretty good too.

Album count 2017: 110

Site work and Bette Davis

I upgraded my WordPress account tonight from the basic plan to premium because it was discounted. With the premium plan I get to choose from a whole bunch more themes, and I also have the option to fiddle with the CSS which is something I have wanted for ages. Now I can get the site looking the way I want it to, so I am chuffed.

While going through the site tidying things up I realised Bette Davis is not in the MBMS Page of Fame, so I quickly rectified the problem. Aces is Bette.

Here she is hawking my favourite bourbon…

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

James and I watched this last night after a toss up between watching this or Return of the Jedi.

The last time we watched this was in December 2013, you can read the review for it here. My opinions of the film have not changed much, but I would add that some of the dialogue was diabolical.

It was a big improvement over the previous two episodes though, and had some pretty good action scenes.

Only 33 days to go until Episode VIII.

Date watched: November 11th
Score: 7
Film count 2017: 126

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