Indeed it has been a long time since I last wrote anything on these hallowed pages…the reason being the glory that is the summer exam period! It left me with little of any real interest to say, unless you are fanatically excited about inexpert views on calculus or chemical equilibria. I suppose I could have said something about exam stress…but I doubt it would have got far further than “oh my god, I’m so stressed about my exams!”
Testing doth not a poet make.
Rather I’ll talk briefly about the things I’ve been getting excited about:
Prometheus: inferior prequel to Alien…though still visually remarkably and deeply engaging. I does have an irritating subtext that you should ignore evidence if you think otherwise, pretty much all actors are pretending to come from somewhere else for no apparent reason, it gives the original xenomorph the most ridiculously convoluted life-cycle ever, and takes the original rape imagery a step too far. But it still manages to give the origin to the alien everyone wanted and has great 3D, so that’s alright.
Bear in Heaven: icy electronic majesty… Sinful Nature is not unlike what having sex with a dream in space is like. Or something. Lovesick Teenagers is full of joy and apprehension, which is kind of what it feels like being a lovesick teenager.
Amazing Spiderman: Better than the Sam Raimi films by several orders of 10. It captures the angst, the awkwardness, the humour and the weirdness that I feel epitomises the character…as well as some pretty badass action and convincing soppiness. It’s directed by Marc Webb (HA!) of (500) Days of Summer fame, and you can see the similarity. No, really! I wish he had more input in the mainly very conventional orchestral soundtrack though…
Howler: Cool, is the best word for this band. They just are. I can’t ever meet them. I’d embarrass myself. Like a Joy Division meets Beach Boys meets Blink 182…er…but like, a billion times cooler. Er… Listen to This One’s Different.
And some older stuff: inFamous (I loved it far more than I feel I should have); 99 problems by Jay-Z; Crank (have you seen it? No?! THEN DO SO)