Category Archives: Paul’s stuff

JCVD

This is great, the Mussels from Brussels plays a stressed out version of himself in this crime drama (it’s quite funny too). He is having a bad day and gets caught up in a bank heist in Brussels, and has a bit of a personal crisis inside. At one point he directly addresses the audience, it’s the best part of the film, Peter Bradshaw reviewed the film for The Guardian and called the monologue “a Godardian coup de cinéma”. Indeed it was Peter.

Everyone else is great too, the main bad guy is a deliberate lookalike of Sal from Dog Day Afternoon, in fact, the setup is identical to that film. Top stuff.

Date watched: 3rd December
Score: 8.5/10
Film count 2017: 64

Graphic Novels

The Sculptor This is an excellent graphic novel, a long one too, David the hero, makes a deal with Death (who looks like Stan Lee) to become a successful artist. I’ve had grand delusions for a few years now to do my own, after reading this I got the author’s other book Making Comics, which was a great read too, a how-to guide on making graphic novels, but not a naff one, not about the drawing, but more about how to tell your story. Made me want to do my idea even more. I’ve not done a thing on it of course as have zero time. But both of these books are worth a read.

2017 read number: 7

Sample This

This is quite an interesting doco about the tune Apache, as covered by the Incredible Bongo Band, who consisted of a few great session musicians, brought together by a producer to supplement the soundtrack to the B-film The Thing With Two Heads (which looks INCREDIBLE, have to try and check that out). It went on to be sampled by hip hop pioneer Kool Herc a few years later. Instantly recognisable now of course. Gene Simmons narrates!

Date watched: 12th November
Score: 8/10
Film count 2017: 63

So many one-liners!

 

Body of Lies

I’ve been watching this Ridley Scott film in 10 minute chunks over the last three weeks or so (I still have the last few minutes to watch!), which of course did not help its rating. It started off pretty well but quickly turns silly. It all looks very slick, but the story did not hold interest for long enough and Leo (who I normally like) acts grumpy throughout the whole thing and Crowe is just plain terrible. By the end I was playing scrabble online and watching this at the same time, didn’t help me win any games. Thanks a bunch Leo.

Date watched: Days and days
Score: 5/10
Film count 2017: 62

There is a bit of this kind of action to be had:

Music recordings

Modern Jazz Quartet: Blues to Bach – I got this slab of wax ages ago, bit of a weird one, jazz dudes playing Bach.

REM: Automatic for the People – op shop score, and has just been re release with all the normal extras, this is just the original version, and is ace, probably my fav later R.E.M.

 

Nick Drake: Five Leaves Left – I treated myself to a new vinyl, well, a reissue from 1969, actual new release vinyls are too expensive. So got this great record from nick, his debut, he only released two more records before taking his own life at 26. This was so good I went back and got his second, Bryter Layter, which is ace as well. During his lifetime his records hardly sold, it was not until a few years after his death he became popular.

Big Star – No. 1 Record – I had to get this on vinyl as it was reasonably priced, and is a tops record with a tops cover. They were a top band though.

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard: Polygondwanaland  – This Melbourne band released this record for free, they had MP3, WAV, CD burn versions for download, and even one for vinyl, if you could be bothered pressing a vinyl. Anyway, it’s good stuff! They have released 12 albums since 2012 so are a busy band. This one is the 4th record released this year!

Album Count 2017: 126

Not from Polygondwanaland this, but ace all the same:

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