Posts from 2nd August 2007

Aug 07

The Long Simpsons Episode

Do You See + FT/12 comments • 2,686 views

apple.jpgCATEGORY ERROR. My brain kept screaming this at me during The Simpsons Movie (I checked with Rob and Carsmile Steve who were sitting next to me and they swear it wasn’t them screaming it, so that just leaves my brain). My brain is a stubborn old stick, and frankly I do my best to ignore it at every turn. Yet I know what it was screaming about (I CAN READ MY MIND!) and partially sympathise. So yet again cinema throws up a film which every reviewer is obliged to review in exactly the same way. Ahem:

“The Simpsons Movie is like a long Simpsons episode. Which makes it better than 90% of films out there.”

Don’t believe me? Look at all the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. AND THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS. Bear in mind the following:

PREMISE No.1: Even rubbish episodes of the Simpsons are better than 90% of television.
PREMISE No.2: The general standard of US television in the 2000’s is better than the general standard of US Movies.


The Swish Of The Traditional Curtain Raiser

FT + TMFD4 comments • 1,026 views

A question just occurred to me: does the phrase “traditional curtain raiser” get used AT ALL outside of a sporting context?

Actually I wondered if it even got used outside of the Community Shield context, but apparently it does – the Australian Grand Prix is a TCR, so is an MCC match at Lords.

It took until hit 35 on Google before a non-sporting traditional curtain was raised: hats off to the Malvern Spring Gardening Show, which is the traditional curtain raiser for the outdoor gardening show calendar, according to the Times.

What other non-sporting things have traditional curtain raisers? What should?


FT + The Brown Wedge14 comments • 1,850 views

bynight.jpgIt Walks By Night was the very first book published by Dickson Carr, master of the locked room mystery. I didn’t know this while reading it, but it makes sense: the style is rambling and florid, it feels like a book by someone pleased to be stretching out across a book’s length. Those aren’t bad things: the book is as much gothic horror as murder mystery and the occasional ornateness suits this. There is a great scene in a bower where the hero is romancing a lady and a DREADFUL THING is discovered: it wouldn’t work if Carr didn’t take his prose way over the top.