Posts from 19th September 2009

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Sep 09

The Most Important Game Ever Made #4: That’s What I Want

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Second song in, and the band play ‘Boys’, as sung by Ringo Starr. I’ll try and keep it brief this time.

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SHYSTIE – “Nu Style (Dee Kline and Ed Solo Mix)”

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This is one of the great contemporary London songs for me, one of the small cross-genre epics the city throws out sometimes, like “Weekender” or “Avenue” in the early 90s – not through any particular lyric but something in the unstructure of the track reminds me of the city’s maziness, the way the song seems to keep turning corners and ducking down sidestreets to reveal something else fresh. “Nu Style” is nothing but hooks, a hawkers’ suitcase full of them – I mean, I guess the “Don’t you want a taste?” bit from the guy is a… chorus of sorts? But it also feels like a rest spot on a tour.

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My Ten Favourite Films Of 2008: 5: Wall-E

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Why is the UK always the very last territory that Pixar films are released in? What is wrong with our summer holidays that means they shun us? I was in France in July and Up was happily doing what I believe is called Boffo business everywhere. Here, we still have to wait a few more weeks. Sure the summer schedule is rammed full of exploding action heroes, but one assumes that the Pixar brand has earned more than enough trust with the entire world that they could make a Charlie Chaplin film starring a robot ripped off of Short Circuit and people will go and see it. And they did.

Wall-E is all the things usually trumped up as Pixar’s high points. Story led, not frenetic, well plotted and beautifully designed. A wonderfully suspenseful love story / fairy tale (its a fairytale love story) which shows a healthy regard for the joys of musicals.

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