Posts from 16th April 2007

Apr 07

The Art Of Idiocracy (no coffee table book shocker)

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Idiocracy is Mike Judge’s follow up to the under-marketed and thus cult DVD hit Office Space. In many ways Idiocracy shares Office Space’s occasional flashes of brilliance padded around a dullish romantic central point, and is never quite as cutting or satirical as it might be. Which isn’t to say that the high concept of the film (humanity receding into stupidity because only stupid people are breeding) does not allow for plenty of great jokes. Unfortunately Luke Wilson yet again shows that his squishy nosed brother got all the charisma genes, and that 20th Century Fox have no balls in dumping a film which, whilst may only be mediocre, is mediocre with some really great art design.



the heliofugal worlds of MAC RA

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macrathe who ep on sat (“gridlock”) has divided the fans sharply (er WARNING — portals to LJ): — i really really genuinely enjoyed it start-to-finish and was initially totally surprised that anyone else didn’t: except on reflection it’s an ep which more than usual dicks around with the various reception registers and their respective comfort zones

viz immediately after one of the things i was thinking was “haha this did two things douglas adams was always trying to do” =
i. poking fun at SF cliches by turning them into self-evidently ludicrous and impossible devices (viz a DRUG that mutated into a DEADLY VIRUS heehee)
ii. creates isolated communities and alien worldlets which are gathered round a single blatantly unsustainable “idea”, building them up in order to flash goofily past them

except everyone knows i *hate* douglas adams and his horrible HHGttG >:(

which means (to me) that RTD was getting the delivery of this species of “idea lite” content right — NOT full of weary disdain towards “mere ordinary SF fans who are not as smart as d.adams” the way adams kinda always seemed to be (adams was to me very bad at locating useable emotional weight in — eg — the threat of the entire earth being destroyed) (i accept that plenty of ppl think RTD often overplays the “feelings” stuff — he’s no joss whedon — but i like that he doesn’t just hurriedly slide by it; i also think the “maximal yuk” some people feel towards some of these kinds of eps… the peter kay one was another one… is is much a reaction against genre moving outside preferred comfort zone as it’s an index of lame-idea-badly-done

which is bcz — i think — RTD is more than usually alert to the actual fact of a *comfort-zone clash* between the difft layers of fans which so long-running a series has inevitably gathered: he doesn’t just play “here’s an ep for the old-skool nerds, here’s an ep for the ultrateenies, here’s an ep for the (gay) dads, here’s an ep for 2000AD-heds, here’s an ep for the mccoy-lovers, here’s an ep for newcomers who aren’t still seven” — which would be one solution but not at all a coherent one — but here’s an ep for ALL THE ABOVE (and others i haven’t listed or thought out) and what’s more it’s a HIGH-SPEED THROWAWAY TRANSITIONAL ep

now to me that fact of the sharpness of the division is a sign that this episode MATTERS (even if it isn’t “good”): bcz it turns who into a terrain that has to be CONTESTED (even by ppl who DON’T REALLY CARE)

so er yeah OMG THE MACRA lolz }Ω{ }Ω{ }Ω{ }Ω{ }Ω{

worldwide shortage of hoegaarden! fancy drinkers in crisis!

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Excuses, excuses 

Attempting to order a much-needed Friday pint of Hoegaarden after work last week, I was disappointed to be told that there was none to be had. ‘Seriously,’ the barman told me, ‘it’s not just us, there’s a worldwide shortage’. Now leaving aside the possibility that this might be TRUE, and that mighty beer behemoth InBev, formerly Interbrew has just run out of its cloudy wheaty goodness, one wonders about the high risk strategy the barman was employing. ‘Worldwide shortage’ presumably implies ‘ so no point trying somewhere else for your pint, better choose something else here’. But blowback misfire response = ‘so it’s about to run out everywhere and you should immediately leave in search of the last remaining pints in Edinburgh’. Anyway, I figured that explained why the last time I’d had Hoegaarden in there it had tasted manky, and opted for a glass of wine instead, before discovering rare as golddust bottles of lovely lovely ORVAL in the off license on the way home.

Waters-ing Hole

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Going drinking in Shoreditch is rarely a straightforward process. Our original chosen pub being closed for a family funeral, we found ourselves in The Barley Mow, a small and noisy boozer which initially seemed to offer a common-sensical safe option. Bit too crammed at the bar, but then it was a Friday night. Pink Floyd playing on the jukebox – well, no accounting for taste, there’ll be something else on in a minute.

Except there wasn’t.


the knitler diaries pt 2

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I have recently been informed that a sallow faced group of youths have fallen into what can only be called The Cult of Knitler. Seeking a method to pluck the fevered dream of N4zi knitting techniques from the ethereal to the corporeal, they face the mirror, and recite thrice…

…. Knitler….
…. Knitler…
…. Knitler….


Post bought to you courtesy of “End times watch #23894629723929293”.

So what would YOU do if you were a high school teacher, and one of your students presented you with a KNITTED H1TLER?!