Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Word of the week


Friday, January 16, 2009

CATE Week One

Group Challenge:

Avoid buying lunch or snacks from shops or cafes: sandwiches, soft drinks, water, etc.

Make a packed lunch and fill your water bottle from the tap!

Personal Challenge:

Don't buy anything for a day

How did I get on? Well, I set the group challenge so I ought to have done well. This challenge had a variety of added benefits. First of all, there is the obvious monetary saving - roughly five pounds a day. Then, such was the food in our house, I have started eating at least three of my five fruit and veg a day, at work. However, it does mean I miss out on my daily walk into town, and for the first two days of this challenge I ended up sitting at my desk, surfing the internet, all the way through dinner. Friday was half day, so this was not an issue. On Monday I had some books to take back to the library. In warmer climbs I wouldn't hesitate to take my lunch with me outside and eat it on a bench... if I am going to keep taking a packed lunch to work, I need to make sure I get out of the office as well. Around the same time, I started feeling a strong desire to go and get a soft drink, this, as we all know is nothing more or less than a symptom of addiction. That's right folks, if you have a craving for a particular food, you are suffering from addition. Most likely sugar, the crack cocaine of the food world. So, on Thursday afternoon I was suffering from cabin feever and the most pathetic kind cold turkey. Ha!

Achieving my individual challenge was easy. Lying in my bed, Friday evening, last week, (roughly half way through the allotted challenge period) pondering the day I had just had, I realised I had failed to set an individual challenge... So, I set a retrospective one. I would have made it not buying anything for the week, but I had already failed in that, abscent mindedly buying myself a pint of coke at the pub (Seeing as it was at a pub I don't think it counts towards the group challenge - you decide).

... So, who's turn next?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Word of the week


Monday, January 12, 2009

James Cameron on the set of his new film, Avatar, standing over one of the film's Avatar chambers.

Empire magazine in running this image in conjunction with an accompanying explanation. It details what an Avatar chamber is, and why it is important to the film.

.... All you need to know is: James Cameron is back making sci-fi. This image alone evokes so much more than the spoilerific ramblings of a witless journalist.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Word of the week


Thursday, January 01, 2009

Forward Looking Statements

Looking at the films slated for release, 2009 is shaping up very well indeed. Whether all of the films mentioned herein jusify the expectation remains to be seen but, for the time being, I’m excited. Hollywood must be running low on comic books to adapt and sequels to commision because they are, once again, daring to make films based on (whisper it) original stories.

Oscar films tend to be some of the most highly anticipated of the year, largely because they play well to the critics who write the pieces that inflame or deflate our appetite for a given film. This year’s lot is no exception – with the Best Actor catagory looking particularly strong. First off, Brad Pitt has an outside chance for his performance gothic-romance, The Curious Case of Banjamin Button, based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, about a man who ages backwards. Arguable, just as strange, is the return of Mikey Rourke in Darren Aronovsky’s, The Wrestler. Both of which face strong competition from Academy favourites: Viggo Motenen (in Good), perenial awards-botherer, Phillip Seymour Hoffman (in Doubt), and Leonardo DiCaprio (in Revolutionary Road).

Portrayals of real-life characters always go down well with Academy voters. This year, Shaun Penn is Harvey Milk, the first openly gay official elected to major public office in the US. Benicio Del Toro is Argentine revolutinoary and counter-culture icon, Che Guevara, in Steven Soderberg’s five-hour epic (being shown as two films in most terratories). Then there is Frank Langella, bringing his Tony Award winning stage performance as Richard Milhous Nixon, 36th President of the United States, to the screen.

In the summer, Roland Emmerich is back to blow things up in near future fantasy, 2012. With a bit of luck, conventional superhero mythology will be willfully exploded by Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Alan Moore’s, highly revered, Watchmen. And, it just wouldn’t be Hollywood if there weren’t a couple of sequels (given that it’s the summer, I think we can let them off). This year we’ve got Terminator 4, which looks far better than it has a right to, and the darkest Harry Potter yet (suprise, suprise!). Along with JJ Abrams retro-revamp of Star Trek to look forward to.

Also expect high quality family fare from Pixar (Up!) and Tim Burton (9). Along with more off-beat visions from Spike Jonze and Wes Anderson, with Where The Wild Things Are and a claymation version of Roahl Dahl’s classic, Fantastic Mr Fox, respectively.

Fighting the British corner. The joker in the pack at this year’s Oscars is likely to be Danny Boyle’s Who Wants to be a Millionare inspired, Slumdog Millionare. Then there is The Damned United, with Michael Sheen (best known for playing Tony Blair in The Deal and The Queen) doing his best Brian Clough impression. And Telstar, a film about maverick music producr Joe Meek – a story I know next to nothing about, but one that I hope might prompt some 24 Hour Party people style pseudo-fictitious Gonzo madness.

Most intriguingly, 2009, appears to be the year that weirdo film god, David Lynch, turned producer extrordinare, helping Alejandro Jodorowsky make his first film in nearly 20 years – King Shot, a ‘metaphysical western with gansters’. As well as acting as produer on Alex Cox’ long mooted Repo Man sequel – Repo Chick, which Cox has said: “will unfold against the backdrop of the credit crunch and the subprime mortgage crisis in the US, where repossessions of homes, cars and other forms of property is at a new high. ‘The repo business has expanded to everything from boats, houses, aeroplanes, small nations...children.”

2009 also sees some of our favourite auterurs working again. Michael Mann is set to re-create Heat in a period setting, with Christian Bale and Johnny Depp, as cop and crim. Quentin Tarantino is set to thrill us with a Sergio Leone inspired vision of World War Two in Inglorious Basterds, and Terry Gilliam will invite us to enter the warped reality of The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus.

At the end of the year we can look forward to 3D motion caputure madness from James Cameron and Robert Zemekis, with Avatar and A Christmas Carol, respectively. Along with Tim Burton, surely a perfect fit for, Alice in Wonderland. And here’s hoping that Guy Ritchie can shock us all and nail Sherlock Holmes

Have an awesome 2009!