Posts from 12th August 2006

Aug 06

Pirate rewind

Do You See + FT6 comments • 832 views

The main problem with sequels, particularly those in the middle of an Actual Trilogy (one part then a bigger sequel cut in half) is trying to figure out what it was in the first film that worked, that gave it the boost which made your terrifying opportunity possible. Some filmmakers keep it together (Back To The Future), some completely lose the plot (Matrix, of course).

Gore Verbinski has gotten around this by making Dead Man’s Chest an extended 12″ remix of the first Pirates of the Carribbean film. The fundamental groove remains the same, though it would appear that we may have something of a breakdown on the er, B-Side. The new elements – Voodoo, Cthuhloid monsters, David Schofield as a particularly nasty representative of the East India Trading Company – flourish. And some of the old hooks are polished in the mix (was Jack Davenport really this good as the second villain in the original?). Fights, effects, the central three characters, all build on the original, suggesting that the first step was recognising it as one of the best put-together action films of the last twenty years. A solid foundation, not the sort of thing that you could just chuck, eg, Chow Yun-Fat into and hope for the best. 

In other news, Chow Yun-Fat’s in the next one.

prøg pub tribunal: jerüsalem årty choke division

FT + Pumpkin Publog27 comments • 9,807 views

lego tarkusok so p^nk s the high lord sükråt cunctør* took plebian form at the JERUSALEM TAVERN** to dally with the puissant lords woebot and kpunk and duke pill of box, plus also another fellow called matt who HAF NO BLOG TITLE :0 but was instrumental in gettin us a table which is possibly definitely a greater boon to mankind at that

kerplunk was sadly under the weather — banjaxxed by a combo of the HORROR of Q mag’s GUILTY PLEASURES column (mark had apparently always respected Q until then) and a personalised viral weapon crafted by the CIA from Roswell tech to target the success of his website — and matt was subsquently called from us by unexpected parental duty but even so it was a VERY NICE EVENING


Must we throw this filth at our fringe kids?

Do You See + FT + The Brown Wedge8 comments • 908 views

My god, what an appalling, patronising, ill-informed, load of tosh The Edinburgh Show (spin off from The Culture Show) was last night (BBC2, in the Late Review slot). The Ron Mueck piece was the worst piece of contemporary art “reviewing” i’ve seen for about ten years, surely we’re still not stuck in the idea that “ordinary” people don’t get things that aren’t paintings are we? Or that people think that there is some sort of “secret art club” that you need to be a member of to “understand” modern work? So incredibly patronising. And why send someone to do the show who’d never been to the festival before? Anyone watching the show would either be going or wishing they were, so feedback from a veteran about how this year’s festival compares to past ones would be much more informative than “ooh i don’t like stand-up me”. Also reducing stand-up to three VERY shouty blokes (the joke-free Jason Byrne, the out-dated Brendon Burns and some boring american bloke who is meant to be some sort of new Bill Hicks) is bound to put anyone off it, when there is such a wide variety, even when it comes to one person with a mic shows.

If i bump into Matthew Sweet or Zina Sara-Wiwa in the pleasance courtyard (and considering the ENTIRE show was from there last night, despite there being 200 other venues, i don’t think this will be too hard) over the next five days they will be getting a piece of my mind…

(x-posted to the bbc msg board, i bet i know which one gets more readers, eh viewers?)