Posts from 29th November 2006

Nov 06

torchwatch #7: vanilla planet

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actually i wz on the phone for the first whole first half ( favourite irl pirate) but even so I REST MY CASE

formal sublemma:
i. captain kidd
ii. captain flint
iii. captain slaughterboard
iv. captain jack sparrow
v. captain jack harkness

D. UGG-las Adams eat yr heart out

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A rare tick in the ‘comics’ category for me as I am reminded to share with Freakytrigger readers a great GURLS COMIC EXPERIENCE of my youth that remains with me to this very day. A very small Sarah on visits to her grandma and grandad would usually disappear from the living room full of grown-ups drinking tea from ‘best’ china mugs into the spare room where there were a stash of 50s-60s girls annuals with names like Tammy, Bunty, Jacksy etc etc.

Anyway the story that sticks with me is of a BRAVE NOBLE etc etc skoolgirl who moves to a new village… in TRANSYLVANIA gasp! Ever so tragically this village is plagued by the MYSTERIOUS DEATHS of local peasants who are all under the treatment of the strange Dr. Ula! Can you guess wot is coming readers?? Eventually all the yokels have turned against Dr. Ula, but before they can storm his surgery-cum-spooky-castle, a lurching servant accounces the good doctor is DEAD! As the village parties, only the brave noble etc skoolgirl feels sorry for poor lonely doctor, who never did go make any friends in the village at all. Clutching some posies, she takes a chum along to visit his grave.

“You’re right, I suppose it is a shame Aleister died”, says the friend.

“Aleister?”, says noble skoolgirl?

“Yes – didn’t you know his first name?”, chuckles the inappropriately amused chumling.

Noble skoolgirl looks down, and sees the grave spell out the name of the ‘deceased’… and what could it be??


Picture In Lieu Of Anything Intelligent To Say

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untitled.jpgI am somewhat in awe of the genre of films which can only be called Fairy Tales For Grown-Ups. The City Of Lost Children is one of my favourite films, and is clearly a fairy tale which cannot be seen by anyone under fifteen. And so too (up to a point) is Pan’s Labyrinth, which whilst not as awesome as the the title might suggest (see my version to the right) is still a really well made story of youthful innocence contrasted with the horrors of Yawn, I mean WAR. Indeed part of its problem is that it is too well made .The lines between the fantasy and real world are so clearly delineated that when they eventually collide the effect is diminished by sense that we’ve been here before.