29 April 2005

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

By Douglas Adams

Just came back from seeing the film version, and wow! A lot of people (most notably Planet Magrethea) have criticised the film as not being true to the books/radio/TV and quite frankly, bull. Who cares, every version has been different and whilst the additions aren't brilliant, it's still a fantastic film.
The way the Guide itself is introduced is great - using Journey of the Sorcerer, the Hitchhikers theme - making the Book the 'hero' of the film. Martin Freeman fits well into the role of everyman Arthur Dent (although at first the performance will probably jar with most Hitchhikers' fans) and Sam Rockwell was inspired casting. Mos Def and Zooey Deschanel both turn in solid performances too and Stephen Fry was another excellent casting choice.

The plot does differ greatly in the middle from all the other versions (although most of the concepts within it can be found in other parts of book) and the addition of Humma Kavula seems unneccessary, although I suspect this character will have some resolution in the next film. The love story isn't as bad as I was expecting, actually making sense in terms of narrative, although the execution of it could've done with some more work.
The fact that this is Garth Jennings directorial debut does show through in parts, you get the feeling he isn't showing everything on screen that from a technical point of view he should, however he's experience directing music videos also adds a dimension to the film that probably wouldn't have been there if a more 'mainstream' director had been chosen.
Go out, see it, but don't expect the book/radio/TV version. Don't Panic.
8/10

28 April 2005

Spot the Difference


One's the new Iraqi PM, the other a former Cabinet member, but can you tell which is which?

27 April 2005

Kennedy targets 'desperate' Prescott

In reaction to this:

26 April 2005

News So Awesome...

... I had to post it.
Tomorrow I interview the Monster Raving Loony Party Parliamentary Candidate for Wokingham, Topcat Bananaman.

20 April 2005

Ratzinger


So close to a Hitler Salute. Just wish I had Photoshop...

PS. Via Lynne Featherstone, this flash video!

18 April 2005

CAMRC

In light of recent events, I hereby declare the Campaign for Real Comedy (or CAMRC) officially formed. It's aims are simple: the end of catchphrase comedy and the thorough support of comedy which has been written by those with more than 2 brain cells to wipe their arse with. Comedies which fall into the latter category:

Comedies which never should've aired (ever):
  • Little Britain
  • The Fast Show
Any contributions sincerely welcomed.
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PS. Any resemblance to any campaigns living or dead is purely coincidental. Except this one.

14 April 2005

Finding that Scapegoat

Overheard in a bar recently:
A: We've got a problem.
B: What?
A: We need to find some way of attacking the Government about Bourgass guy. Any ideas?
B: Simple, we just claim that lax immigration meant he was in the country in the first place, clearly meaning they were responsible for his wholly independent decision to kill us all.
A: You're great you are.
B: Yes, I am.


Prats.

13 April 2005

Old Deedes

Bill Deedes finally learns.

12 April 2005

Bandwagon


Thanks to Will Howells for showing me where to make your own

Democracy is Choice

No I haven't defected.

It's just a good site.

Hidden Messages


This is a clothing label from a small American company that sells their product in France. Here's the translation of the French part of the label.

Wash with warm water.
Use mild soap.
Dry flat.
Do not use bleach.
Do not dry in the dryer.
Do not iron.
We are sorry that Our President is an idiot.
We did not vote for him.
Source = About.com

Is there a possibility that after May 5th an English company could make a version of this? Suggested wording:
We are sorry our Prime Minister is a fool,
He doesn't listen to anything we say anyway.

11 April 2005

Cheap Shot


The Addams Family

08 April 2005

Pope John Paul II

A great man, I am not disputing that.
However, his views on homosexuality, women and reform of the church were... skewered to say the least. So, here's a nice little quote from The West Wing reminding us all why the Church must always seek to adapt to changing times:

President
: I like your show. I like how you call homosexuality an abomination.
Dr. Jenna Jacobs: I don't say homosexuality is an abomination, Mr. President. The Bible does.
President: Yes it does. Leviticus.
Dr. Jenna Jacobs: 18:22.
President Josiah Bartlet: Chapter and verse. I wanted to ask you a couple of questions while I have you here. I'm interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. She's a Georgetown sophomore, speaks fluent Italian, always cleared the table when it was her turn. What would a good price for her be? While thinking about that, can I ask another? My Chief of Staff Leo McGarry insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly says he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself or is it okay to call the police? Here's one that's really important because we've got a lot of sports fans in this town: touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean. Leviticus 11:7. If they promise to wear gloves, can the Washington Redskins still play football? Can Notre Dame? Can West Point? Does the whole town really have to be together to stone my brother John for planting different crops side by side? Can I burn my mother in a small family gathering for wearing garments made from two different threads? Think about those questions, would you?

07 April 2005

Meeting

Don't forget!

05 April 2005

The Producers

Last night I went to see Mel Brookes' award winning musical "The Producers", starring Brad Oscar and Lee Evans, and I don't think I've ever seen anything like it in the West End.
This show is as sharply satirical as it is politically incorrect and with songs like "Springtime for Hitler" and "Keep it Gay" it isn't for the easily offended, but if you can plant your tongue firmly in your cheek, go see it.
PS. Watch out for Little Old Lady Land.

04 April 2005

Rigged

No way, no bloody way.
Lou and Andy have been voted the number one sketch of all time.

Quite how this repetitive drivel beat the Parrot Sketch (John Cleese at his repressed anger best), the Mastermind sketch from The Two Ronnies (punch line after punch line) and Goodness Gracious Me's Going for an English (sharp and satirical about British society) I will never know.
Nor was this the only entry from Little Britain in the "Top 10", Vicki Pollard (true to life, but again, repetitive) also made its way in.

RIP. Original Comedy. Your time has gone.

02 April 2005

Tiny Tony

Who would've thought there's going to be an election soon?



Coming up, Gordon Brown on Footballers Wives, Charles Clarke on Doctor Who and John Prescott on Mastermind.