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David Lynch and me

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About seven years ago, I slept at my dad’s house and we got a DVD out for the night. At the video shop, he chose Mulholland Drive, which I had never heard of, had no idea about the director and wasn’t really interested. We started watching the film, and it completely threw me. Nothing made sense, there was no likeable lead character, and it scared the crap out of me.  The vision of the person behind the Winkies is still burned into my retinas. Here’s a video of it:

The film really troubled me, I just couldn’t get a grasp on it or understand what it was about. It’s now one of my favourite films. I bought it a couple of years later, just to see if I could make any more sense out of it. I still can’t now –  but I love it. There’s something about the mystery, the darkness, the whole feel of the film, the edginess, the creepiness that makes it stand out. Angelo Badalamenti’s music is astounding, and Llorando by Rebekah del Rio makes me blubber like a middle-aged woman watching Titanic.

My dad always used to bang on about how good Twin Peaks and how good it was. I bought him the first box set as a birthday present a couple of years ago, and borrowed it as soon as I could. The series is so good, so so good. The music, again was what really kept me, with Badalamenti conducting one of, if not the finest TV themes ever written.

BOB scared the crap out of me as well, Lynch has such an eye for the horrific images. The next Lynch production I saw was Fire, Walk With Me. Again, Lynch’s prowess behind the camera again scared me half to death. The scene where BOB/Leland Palmer crawls through the window to rape Laura is truly horrific. Mark Kermode has said that the only film adaptation of a TV series that has been better than the original series is FWWM. I’m not sure about that, but the imagery will live with me forever, as will the TV series (which I’m about to resume watching in a minute).

Last night, I watched Inland Empire. I’m still reeling from it. Like watching Mulholland Drive again for the first time, it has really thrown me, and I’m still yet to let it all sink in – the ideas, the characters, the length. I’m not sure if I’m going to post anything else about Inland Empire, maybe in a few days it will come calling me again, like MD did, but for the moment, I’m still trying to deal with what one blogger has called the first and only 11D film.
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May 19, 2009 at 8:31 pm

The problem with Twitter

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Swine flu has been the splash on most papers today and this weekend. Although Twitter can be used to spread information effectively, it also has a tendency to create hysteria where there shouldn’t be any. Swine flu is currently the top trend, and yet how many cases have there been in the UK and US? As of last night, 20. Out of 360m, 20 people contracted the virus, one of which was hospitalised. Yet everybody is talking and twittering about it, and for the moment, I think it’s needless and pointless.

Here’s a screengrab of Philip De Franco’s (American blogger) tweets.

phillyd

Until swine flu reaches the UK, or there are more serious causes for concern, I don’t see the point of twittering about it. Getting swine flu to the top of the trends is like running into a cafe and shouting that there’s a small building fire down the road – not many people will care, and it won’t affect many people. But there will be people who will want to rubberneck. As PhillyD states, twitter spreads panic easily through the sheer amount of tweets a topic gets. I guess it’s a blessing and a curse. Twitter can disperse news faster than any other outlet, but as there is no context, meaning can be lost.

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April 27, 2009 at 10:23 am

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Paula Murray

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I should be reading about ethics now or typing up notes for a future of journalism presentation, but I’m so incensed

Paula Murray

Paula Murray

right now I can’t concentrate on it. I’ve just read the Paula Murray story she wrote for the Sunday Express in Scotland (text here, page PDFs here and here). Firstly, let’s start with the Dunblane Massacre. On the 13th March 1996, 43 year old Thomas Hamilton walked into a school in Dunblane, Scotland, with four guns and more than 700 cartridges. He shot sixteen children and one teacher, before killing himself at the scene.

Sunday Express headline: ANNIVERSARY SHAME OF DUNBLANE SURVIVORS

It makes me so angry to be classed as a journalist when crap like this makes the front page. It’s terrible journalism. Worst examples include:

“A number of the youngsters, now 18, have posted shocking blogs and photographs of themselves on the Internet, 13 years after being sheltered from public view in the aftermath of the atrocity.”

“His pictures include images of him gesturing with one finger, and posing in London as a “Scottish terrorist” with a scarf around his face. It is a far cry from the image of the smiling boy in the back row of …’s class.”

The worst: “On his page, … – who was shot twice and described as “extremely lucky” to survive – says he enjoys playing the guitar. He has posted pictures of his eighteenth birthday celebrations but makes no mention of the tragedy thirteen years ago.”

What the f*ck does that have to do with anything? So, they don’t want to publicly display their memories or experiences one of the most horrific moments of history over the past 50 years. Is that strange? Of course it isn’t. Funnily enough, these people want to try and move on, but are being chastised for it by a very, very poor journalist who brings shame to our profession. Who thought this was a good story?

This is terrible, terrible journalism and makes me feel so ashamed to be tarred with the same brush.

I found out about the story through Dave Gorman and through Bloggerheads, Tygerland and The Pickards.

What do you think of the story?

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March 16, 2009 at 9:55 pm

My collection

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For some it’s shoes, others it’s stamps or books. For me, it’s DVDs. Here are the film’s I’ve bought over the past year but have yet to watch:

DVDs to be watched

DVDs to be watched

They’re part of this collection:

More DVDs

More DVDs

There are more dotted around the family (my dad must have about 10 others) but I’m always looking to expand it. It’s costly. Makes me happy though. I used to want to see the IMDB top 250 films. I think I’ve seen about 100 of them up to now, but I generally try to watch whatever Dr K. likes. You should too.

Would you recommend anything? I’m off to watch Mulholland Drive 🙂

Night x

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March 2, 2009 at 11:44 pm

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Gary Megson’s six-week turnaround

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Further to my previous post, I think we’ve made some real progress over the past month/six weeks.

Sat January 17 – Bolton 0 – 1 Manchester Utd

Megson brings on Seb Puygrenier for his first appearance with less than 10 minutes left, making three centre backs. Disaster as O’Brien and Puygrenier get mixed up – Berbatov scores. Megson hasn’t tried the three centre-backs trick since.

Wed January 28 – Blackburn 2 – 2 Bolton

We give away a two goal advantage. But a point away is still a point in a relegation scrap.

Sat January 31 – Bolton 3 – 2 Spurs

Bolton give away another two goal lead – but win. A big improvement from three days before. The win showed great spirit even though it looked like a repeat from three days earlier.

Sat February 7 – Everton 3 – 0 Bolton

Ahem. A blip. Well don’t you have bad days? (This is where my improvement timeline falls down a bit).

Sat February 21 – Bolton 2 – 1 West Ham

Another two-nil lead – but this time, we hold on. The crowd are behind the team, and we survive. Some good play and a relatively solid defensive performance.

Sun March 1 – Bolton 1 – 0 Newcastle

Megson switched the team around at half time, showing that his substitutions are improving (see Manchester Utd game above). And just to show the improvement – that was our first clean sheet since November 8 against Hull.

What do you think of the six week course then?

The Megson Debate – part 1

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Credit: Sky Sports

Credit: Sky Sports

I’m writing this a short time after the Newcastle game, which was for the most part a crap match to watch. We won, and played relatively badly – a good knack to have, and I believe for the most part it’s down to Megson.

When I first heard the rumour that Megson could be our manager after Sammy Lee, I texted my dad. He responded by saying “Are you having a laugh?”. When I texted him saying that he is our new manager, he didn’t respond.

Now though, his view has changed and so has mine. Manny Road asked the question should he be awarded a new contract, and without hesitation my answer is yes.

The main reason is that I see that Megson is learning from his mistakes and shortcomings – not something that Big Sam could do. When we were 0-0 against Manchester United, Sebastien Puygrenier on for his first appearance. It was a terrible decision – O’Brien and Seb got into a mix up, and Berbatov scored in the last minute. Too many cooks spoil the broth and all that. Since then, when we’ve been in a similar situation to that, he hasn’t brought another centre-back on. A big improvement.

Today, when Mark Davies was wasted on the right, he took Muamba off at half-time and brought Gardner on. We desperately needed pace.  Within two minutes of the restart, M Davies had taken control of a few balls in midfield, and we were 1-0 ahead. I like his more reactive style rather than Big Sam’s “If it doesn’t work first time, keep knocking”.  This is seen in the type of football we play when the mood takes us. An example today was the Elmander chance (he should have got a hat-trick today). Excellent passing down the right (I know I contradicted myself in the previous paragraph but this was a rare moment) with Steinsson bombing down the wing which he’s done all too rarely over the last few months.

I remember many, many times under Big Sam’s era when Nicky Hunt would start crossing balls into Davies from the half-way line. It was horrible, uninventive and ineffective. But would Sam change it? Never. It would be 90 minutes of crap long balls. Effective, but horrible to watch. I’ve been really impressed with some of our play this season, and it’s rare that I’ve seen Steinsson/Cahill/O’Brien belt the ball at Davies’ head with no-one around him.

Megson isn’t perfect though, and I’ll give some of my criticisms in another post…this one’s getting a bit long.

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March 1, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Aren’t stereotypes great?

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Two German guys have just moved into the house that I’m in, and happily live up to all the lovely stereotypes we have.

Bit of German sausage anyone?

Who doesn't want a bit of that?

Who doesn't want a bit of that?

And of course some Frankfurters

Sausage? SAUSAGE?
Sausage? SAUSAGE?

Anyway they seem like nice guys, this just made me giggle. I’ll have a look for the sauerkraut and lederhosen tomorrow 🙂

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January 21, 2009 at 9:42 pm

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