Posts from 30th May 2007

May 07


Blog 7 + Do You See + FT1 comment • 966 views

Jindabyne is second or third hand goods. No problem in basing your film on a Raymond Carver story, they are a pretty good little basis for films. But the story in question “So Much Water So Close to Home” was already one of the nine or so stories interleaved in Short Cuts. Now Short Cuts itself is patchy, but this tale (some blokes go fishing, find a body and only decide to report after their holiday is over) is one of the stronger ones in Cuts. And the big blow up of this small story to fit it into an Australian race story seems a blow up too far. We get Laura Linney’s excess of empathy contrasted by her husbands lack – but as it stumbles towards a touchingly hopeful resolution it feels like its being overstretched. It also leaves the issue of the actual bad guy of the piece, the murderer, flapping in the air. Which is unfortunate for a UK viewer, because said murderer is the dead spit of Michael Eavis. You are never sure whether to be creeped out by his upside-down facial hair, or applauding his festival.

The other cultural aside I got from Jindabyne was Streets Ice Cream. Logo below.


Tanya’s Army Of Awfulness: CAPTAIN BEEFHEART

FT + I Hate Music10 comments • 2,361 views


Do I have to write any words at all?

Surely John Peel’s love for Don Van Vliet says it all. Surely the sunken hearts of every teenager who bought Trout Mask Replica in the belief it was the best album ever, only to realise it was a collection of sixth form poetry and farm noises says it all. Surely the fact that John Harris recently decided it was alright said it was alright for the rest of the universe to pull back and reveal it was all just ONE BIG JOKE ON PUDDING BOWL HAIRCUTTED WORZEL GUMMIDGE.

There really isn’t anything I need to say to persuade anyone, surely, that Beefy is a pile of old toss.