Posts from 3rd September 2009

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Sep 09

The Gift That Keeps On Giving…

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Jay-Z Meets a Big Issue Seller outside Camden Town Tube

Jay-Z Meets a Big Issue Seller outside Camden Town Tube


I was informed by email this morning that our good friend Shawn Carter was to play a short notice gig (a week on thursday) at the Roundhouse. Tickets are £50 each and go on sale tomorrow if you are a member of the Roundhouse and Friday morning if you’re not, 4 per household

Of course (much like his famous glastonbury visit before he played), this isn’t the first time he’s been to NW1, and his last visit was a bit, how you say, problematical:

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You Hurt My Locker

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The Hurt Locker seems almost effortless at getting its many points across. Perhaps because it isn’t really trying. The problem with most of the Iraq war films up to know is they had specific political agendas. War was bad, or war was good, or the Iraqi’s are bad, and torture is bad and – well no-one ever said what was good about war. This is a war being fought without conscripted soldiers, why on earth do they do it?

Katheryn Bigelow’s film gives one suggestion, for at least one type of soldier. A non-starry threehander really, the standout character is SSgt William James, a bomb disposal expert played by Jeremy Renner. A classic movie type, the maverick, breaking the rules and an adrenaline junkie. He is, by the rules of movies, clearly the hero. Except that in a film where breaking the rules is constantly putting other people in danger (in particular his team whose job it is to look after him) things are a lot more complex.

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