Friday, July 28, 2006

driving test hurrah

I passed my driving test yesterday. Now i got to get off my arse and find a job, i'm going for an interview next week actualy.

Friday, July 14, 2006

The Fountain

There is a film coming out later this year called The Fountain and it stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. It is only the third directorial effort by acclaimed cult director Darren Aronofsky (PI, Requiem for a dream) but it promises to be the most beautiful and astounding film of the last decade or more.

The premise is slightly different to what we expect in films, and in a way it sounds more like a novel. The core of the film follows Hugh Jackman as a research scientist trying to find a cure for cancer. It’s personal for him as his wife, Rachel Weisz, is dying from a brain tumor. Jackman’s team brings back a sample from a unique tree in the South American jungle and while experimenting with the bark of the tree, Jackman realizes he may have made an astonishing breakthrough. Meanwhile, Weisz is writing a novel about a conquistador (also played by Jackman) who travels to the New World to find the Biblical Tree of Life for his queen (also played by Weisz). The third strand of the story takes place in the far future, with Jackman (still playing the scientist) hurtling through space in a strange bubble, with only the South American tree to keep him company. Weird huh?

The reviews that have been coming in, I don’t usually trust reviews but are sometimes enjoyable to read, are extremely positive. I was interested in seeing this film anyway but the reviews are just making me want to see it even more, if that is possible.

Anyway, I found this blog which is following the Fountain and it is a great read. It is especially interesting if you are interested in the film, even the slightest.

I wouldn’t imagine this film will be for everyone but if it is as great as the reviews are making out then this could be huge considering the Oscar attention it will most surely receive. At last a film to look forward to in 2006.

Monday, July 10, 2006

The Eraser

Dark, cold, beautiful, disturbing, kid A-ish. These are all words to describe Thom Yorke’s engaging musical landscape that is the Eraser.

Here are some interesting facts:

  • The song title “Atoms for Peace" was the title of a speech given by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953. It is also the motto of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

  • Harrowdown Hill in Oxfordshire is notable for being the place where the body of Dr David Kelly was found in 2003.

  • In an interview, Yorke said that "Harrowdown Hill" is "the most angry song I've ever written in my life. I'm not gonna get into the background to it, the way I see it..and it's not for me or for any of us to dig any of this up. So it's a bit of an uncomfortable thing."- BBC News.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

music videosa

Sufjan Stevens - Casmir Pulaski Day Live at the 40 Watt

The Beatles- Rain (1966)

The Ramones- I wanna be sedated

Monday, July 03, 2006

A pile-up of football trajedy

What a weekend...for tv anyway!

1 Jul - Final score after penalty kicks

Portugal 3
England 1

First off, the England match was both edge-of-your-seat gripping and annoyingly frustrating all at once. Yes we did lose but at least we put a lot of passion and hard work into it, we did not go down with out a fight. Of course, there has to be an excuse for why we lost and already some are pointing the finger at Roony for his little pissy fit which got him the red card. Some are saying it was Sven, and others are saying the whole team are to blame. I disagree because when Roony was sent off, England had never played any better and watching Crouch and Lennon was some of the matches finest moments....sadly they got no where. It was all down to one thing, the fatal penalties. It is, and has been for many years, England's achilles heel. I believed that, bias as it seems, Portugal were not on form and instead England deserved to win. The image that will be remembered for a long time yet is the one with the injured Beckham crying as he sits and watches the match as England's dreams fades away.

The Formula 1 was nothing special but it was certainly better then the shit that we had to endure last year on the US grand prix. Schumacher took his fifth consecutive U.S. Grand Prix but was actualy cheered by the crowds which i was not expecting and it was the first time this year that Alonso did not finish on the podium. The biggest incident was at the start of the race between the two McLarens, Webber, Klien, Speed, Montagny and Heidfeld with a big pile-up.