Saturday, July 19, 2008

Wall-E

We are big fans of Pixar films in our house, so we were keen to get in early to see the latest film from the Pixar stable, "Wall-E".
wall-e
The film features an abandoned Earth, with only a solitary robot left to tidy up. The film is a thing of great beauty, especially the first thirty minutes which had the audience open-mouthed in awe, despite a complete lack of dialogue.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Summer Heights High

Summer Heights High is an Australian "mockumentary" set in a high school. It is written by Chris Lilley, who also plays the three main characters; a manipulative schoolgirl Ja'mie, a Tongan breakdancing boy and the poisonous Head of Drama, Mr Gee.

Mr Gee steals the show as he writes a musical depicting the life of a deceased student.



It's on BBC 3. You need to watch it from the start. Unfortunately, this blog post is about 4 weeks too late. Even the iPlayer can't help you now.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Last.fm

My profile on last.fm
I was recently re-introduced to Last.fm, the "social music revolution". It is a website which collects your music listening habits and collates them in to tables. The information is then used to compare you with other users and you can find cyber-friends who appreciate the same music. It automatically takes the songs you listen to on your iPod/iTunes and publishes the details online.

It weaves together music listening proclivities with live music events, personalise recommendations, internet radio and, of course, targeted advertising. It's a highly addictive mix, and unlike other social-networking sites, it works well and with some panache.

See my profile to get the gist.

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Friday, July 04, 2008

Leonard Cohens Greatest Hits

leonard cohen's greatest hits album cover
I've had Leonard Cohen's greatest hits for years; first on cassette and later on CD. It's called "The Best of Leonard Cohen" in the States and it features twelve tracks, most of which are sure-fire beauties.

He played Glastonbury last weekend but the BBC has no footage of the event. The thing with LC is that I can't seem to get away with any of his work other than this album. Anything later than this is bedevilled by nasty 80s production and I just can't being doing with it.

Check out "Suzanne" or "Hey that's no way to say goodbye" or "Sisters of Mercy" or "Chelsea Hotel #2" etc.

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