Posts from 16th January 2006

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Jan 06

Memories Of A Geisha Girl

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I went to see the Memories of Geisha Girl Film yesterday and was surprised at the things I learned.

a) Geisha Girlz were all Chinese.
b) They can juggle fans, which to Japanese men are irresistible.
c) They play very out of tune ukeleles.
d) Everyone in Japan speaks English with a dodgy Japanese accents until they meet Americans when they speak English with a dodgy Japanese American Accents. Americans speak English with proper American accents, but cannot understand what the Japanese people are saying, even though they are speaking in English.
e) Women are bitchy and hold grudges forever.
f) Men do not have surnames and are only referred to by their profession.

Despite being quite a slow movie and cheating us by not showing any actual war scenes despite being set over WWII, I rather liked Memories Of A Geisha Girl. I have been led to believe that this is due to not having read the book and despite having been to Japan very little sentimentality as to how crudely or inaccurately its customs are displayed. Still it did seem a waste to have a film starring Zhang Ziyi and Michelle Yeoh and have no-one kicking no-one up in the air.

Well I Never

The Brown WedgePost a comment • 175 views

Marvel’s 1985 photo-comic – ‘incredibly innovative’, costs 1xmillion dollars to make, etc. etc. – looks like screenshots from knock-off survival horror game. Oh dear.

Best non-sequitur ever

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In this interview, football agent Jerome Anderson responds to a question about there the bad impression of agents comes from.

He can only speak for himself, he says. ‘I had a place at university to study law’.

Well, thanks for clearing that one up!

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Doctor Who – What Were They Thinking?

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The book I’m reading about the 60s covers the beginning of Dr Who in some Carmodic detail (it’s a symbol for erm yeah WHITE HEAT OF TECHNO), and on Friday night I watched the first ep of the Eccleston series again, so time for a DR WHO POST. The 60s book makes the familiar point that Dr Who was on course for being a total flop until the Daleks showed up, but this was the first time I’d really thought about it rather than taken it as writ, and yes, I can see why, to wit:

Episode 1. Great spooky intro with ordinary teachers going to help ordinary schoolgirl who turns out to be not so ordinary i.e. she lives with her Grandfather in a spaceship!! Who is he? Who is she? What are they up to? Why have they got a spaceship? Exciting stuff!
Episode 2-4: NONE OF THESE QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED OR EVEN ADDRESSED!
Episodes 5-ever: Ditto but with monsters so that’s OK.

Of course unless you’re quite old you didn’t watch Dr W from the first episode, so you will have come to it expecting and getting a status quo – Dr and companions fly round universe – and buying into the tacit don’t-ask-don’t-tell pact with regard to origins. So we just see the first story, a drawn-out caveman yarn, as a bad story and move to the next one. But in 1963 the show took no real effort to set up this status quo AS a status quo – it just ignored the audience, went LOOK DALEKS! and when the dust settled the whole ‘origin’ question is sidestepped. This seems to me pretty radical, especially next to the reintroduction which does take pains to answer and explore a lot of set-up questions. But equally I can understand audiences getting enormously cross and frustrated as the first episode turns out not to be part of any kind of story.

PS Eccleston was really good, sigh.