Posts from 24th October 2006

Oct 06

London Film Festival Mystery Film

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This was going to be an Index piece, but it got a bit long. This Sunday, 29th October about 8:30pm, the annual mystery film expands to 50 screens (and one assumes different cinemas). Why not go see.

What I really mean by that is, to what extent is our viewing of a film part of a process. One which includes the poster, the actors, the reviews, the spoilers, the fact that its been out in the US for a couple of months. Is it possible to go and see a film “cold” and not know anything about it? And when was the last time you did? The mystery film is great for this, if not wholly successful. And now you have a chance to get in what with it taking place at 50 screens across London. I can’t remember the last time I saw a film without knowing something about it. Perhaps this will recharge my critical batteries.

Apparently there will be different mystery films. I’m guessing that a fair few may well be the Casino Royale (three weeks early – its probably ready…) But surprise yourself. So who wants to go where?
(Sadly I wanted to see it at Holloway, but that’s not open to the general public. Holloway Prison that is. So it may be a trip to Terminal 4 Heathrow instead.)

The Slow Cogs Of Product Rollout Reach London

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Hmm, weak lagerLong term readers of Freakytrigger will remember me mentioning on the Publog about a year and a half ago, that Carling were dipping their toes in the weak as piss lager market (currently territory of Tesco’s own Lager). Those who don’t remember the story can read it here : THEN COME RIGHT BACK.


THRILLERS FOR KIDS! — #2 the lone pine club

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saucersMy parents brought me up to be an Enid Blyton snob so I never read any of the FAMOUS FIVE stories — for me the kids-in-gangs-solve-crimes milieu begins a bit obliquely, with E.Nesbit (intra-family adventures in and around the home, no crimes solved) and Swallows and Amazons (adventures involving various families in various holiday-type locales, occasional v.v.minor crim types encountered and foiled except in the anti-realist piratical fantasies). I don’t even know if Blyton invented the sub-genre; I do know that Saville, who succeeded Blyton as editor of Sunny Stories magazine when she set up a rival — wrote some 80 children’s books, many in this general territory, between the mid-40s to the late 70s. The ones he’s best remembered for feature the LONE PINE CLUB. I’ve reread the 4 Lone Pine books I owned as a kid — which is a mere 4 out of 20, so I may not do Saville’s overall oeuvre justice, I don’t know.

The LPC format: in the opening pages of the book you were introduced to the 6-9 primary members (the club grew a little down the series; the full complete membership were almost NEVER involved in any given tale).There was an oath signed in blood buried in a biscuit tin under a Lone Pine near Witchend, a farm in South-West Shropshire. In each book there would be a map of the locale, usually drawn by David Morton, the central character. As a reader you yourself were invited to become a sort-of member as a reader, corresponding with Saville: part of the sense of inclusion was presumably that you might holiday (or indeed live) in this general area, and enjoy recognising features in the landscape.


(Big) Bang Rock n Roll

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Brian May and Patrick Moore team up in the interests of SPACE SCIENCE!

Be sure to plug your headphones in and click on the “Bang Animation” link at the side. FLASH! Aaaa-aaaah!