Posts from 16th September 2009

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Sep 09

MADONNA – “Die Another Day”

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Perhaps icons inevitably try to upstage each other. Madonna, given the chance at a 007 theme song, is provoked into her most radical 00s single. Also – to be fair – one of her most divisive: it got abuse both from Bond purists who detested its lurching, patchwork aggression, and from neutrals who thought it was a bit silly. I thought it was excellent in 2002, and it’s aged better than most of her risk-averse work since. Her stuff with Timbaland last year sounded dated the moment it came out of the box: “Die Another Day”, for all its awkwardness, still sounds fresh. At the time the main reference point seemed to be Akufen. Akufen! Which gives you an idea of how odd, even in the surprise-rich charts of the time, this record sounded.

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The Most Important Game Ever Made #1: The Motor Trade And Me

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHzAyCu5r3A

I came to The Beatles Rock Band with nothing but the best of intentions.

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My Ten Favourite Films Of 2008: 8: You Don’t Mess With The Zohan

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I don’t like Adam Sandler films. I have actually got into a fight once (with a minor physical altercation) over the fact that I believe Punch Drunk Love to be rubbish AND a waste of a good track from the Popeye musical. The whole manchild / anger management thing as portrayed by Sandler has done absolutely nothing for me in his ten year career. So why did I see You Don’t Mess With The Zohan? Pure and simply I wanted to see exactly how a Jewish New Yorker would approach a comedy about Israel and Palestine. I have to admit, I expected nothing.

You Don’t Mess With The Zohan is one of Sandler’s silliest films. I’d put it on a par with say Ben Stiller’s Zoolander as to its silliness, considering that at its core we have to accept Sandler himself as the most adept, most skilled Mossad agent of all time. A Mossad agent who deep down wants to be a hairdresser.

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