Friday, November 30, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Turkish Star Trek
Turkish Star Wars
This post is probably inspired by Italian Spider-man, see above, but my friend Iain is doing a PhD on these sorts of films. (obviously not Italian Spider-Man, a modern joke on these sorts of films)
What I remember from his papers was that the likes of Turkey have a different concept of the word "copyright" so in this movie Turkish Star Wars (more info here) they just back project scenes from Star Wars and Battlestar Gallactica with blokes in helmets swaying in front of them. Interestingly,the script in this Turkish Star Wars is better than the original.
Another one is Turkish Star Trek, (more info here) where, as Iain explained the Turkish version of Norman Wisdom appears as 'the tourist' a bumbling lunatic that magically appears in these cultural contexts.
So because Monday is my only day off, and Tuesday (for three days a month) is my only morning off, I decided to spend a day watching shite movies, because, like, as a film studies student I don't do that enough.
so here's the full roster of bizarre shit on the Jimmnyhomuncutbe my livejournal site to the crazy shite that's right here....
Shrunken Heads (1994) (more info here)
Puppet Master (1989) (more info here)
and just to show that shite movies are time immorial, here's
Hollow Man II (2006) (more info here)
and to finish two of the most disturbing movies ever made...
Freaks (1932) (more info here)
I had to stay late and sneak a peak on Channel 4 to see this back in the day, and now, it's on the Interweb..for free! ...god bless the future....
Threads (1984) (more info here)
basically the only true postapocalyptic movie ever made, no, we won't be driving around in spiky cars and meeting Tina Turner...we'll be like this and all the smokes will have run out and even if you swap some smokes for some whiskey you'll puke because you've got radioactive poisoning...and it's gonna be hell....watch it...only if... if you have someone to hug and have a coffee and smoke with after, don't watch it on your own like I did you'll end up blubbing into a beer.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
crunk...lookin' real fine
Posted by Lorcy at 5:33:00 AM
Anytime I go home, I normally pore over my old Neons and on my most recent trip to auld Rockcorry I brought some over to read on the plane like some sort of time traveller getting all excited about the prospect of Leaving Las Vegas being made by Alex Cox. Neon really created an atmosphere of injokes and extreme filmic geekiness that was enthusiastic but was never afraid to say when films were total shite, or good when others thought they were shite. They always referred to Arnold Schwarzenegger as 'Arnolt', and were taking mericiless piss out of the Cruiser before it was fashionable.
Anyway, one of my vague claims** to fame was getting a letter published in Neon in the Vincent Gallo issue cover below(click all pics to enlarge):
Note how my friend Jimmy Hanley has written "[scribble] You Hanley, Hanley, Jimmy" on my most prized copy of Neon. I was angry at the time, but he also pissed on my best friend's head, so I think I got off lightly, plus it kinda looks like a cool tattoo on yon Ricci's arm. This was akin to my wee sister once spilling diluted orange juice on my copy of V for Vendetta whilst I had to play Scrabble, but as you grow older you realize this quirks make your copy different to everyone elses and make them more valuable in emotional terms.
My Letter(it's the first one):
Graham Linehan, who has recently been classed as a bone fide living genius and looks like this:
Two columns that I'll never forget are this one about the Titanic
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen/ Leviathan style cut out drawing but that wasn't the case, must draw what I imagined the Desdemona to be. Even now, a mere mention of 'The Desdemona' will have my friends (well one in particular) in fits of laughter (well, I'll be laughing and he'd be there, yeah well I remember that)
The second great Linehan column was his Klaus Kinski adjusting to normal life one (which if you're read Kinksi Uncut, and you should, you'll understand)
Despite Linehan's involvement, they still get Ardal O'Hanlon's name wrong in this review of The Butcher Boy:
Here's some pictures of Mr. Kinksi to send you all peacefully to sleep...'I'm going to the cinema'...
*Hey the Internet, it's a good laugh isn't it? what will happened at the end? it's a great read isn't it? Great characters, twists and turns, I think what will happen at the end will be when we find out that we could have found aliens or gone to space with this technology but it was more important for us to watch a video of a chimp scratching his hole and sniffing his fingers and then falling out of a tree..
**Others include interviewing Mark Lamarr, Placebo, Gary Moore and Graham Fellows.
And this is the Tom Sizemore of the future we all have to deal with. To quote the above: "My life has completely turned around", says Sizemore proudly. "I'm a success story. I'm one of the winners--knock on wood".....
For about fours weeks in a row, I'll be doing comedy after teaching for six hours in Lowestoft (which normally involves getting up at 2/3 am and preparing class, so I don't know how that helps or hinders my comedy skills. Last Thursday it was the Salt Box Comedy Club, organised by Dan McKee and featuring Carrie Ann Guthrie and James Kettle.
It was my first experience of doing comedy where I stood in a corridor before hand and walked straight in, not knowing what the room would be like. As I could see everyone, and knew only about 2 people in the audience it was a weird experience, there was a few older people in the audience so I curtailed my porn stuff a bit, cut down on some Belladonna based descriptions and went more for the cheeky drunken Irish stuff, but it went well, next one this week November 22 at the Queen Charlotte .
It was good to meet Carrie Ann and James and hear from people that had been doing it for a while, some pics below
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
After the whole East Anglia falling into the sea debacable, I couldn't go to work so I spent some quality time with laptop and watched some crazy Google Video (use the advanced search duration function at 20+ minutes to find comedy gold, forthwith:
first up some Mr. Show
Some Dave Chappelle
hey here's an idea why not listen to Henry Winkler (eeeh!) being interviewed for 2 and a half hours, part of an oral history series on American Television Archive series, there's also a Bea Arthur one (seriously) one and Richard Matheson, I think these are really interesting, but you might disagree...p.s. he doesn't hit a jukebox and go eeeeh at any point in the interview their blog's here. Oh and and George Takei and Ossie Davies. It's a geek overload basically.
Posted by Lorcy at 4:00:00 AM
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Editor's note: Want to know what the other side thinks? I received the following hand-written letter from legendary comic book artist R. Crumb in response to my inquiry whether he would be interested in illustrating for Promo. A disclaimer: the author's opinions are his own and do not reflect the magazine's sentiments. But we would appreciate your comments on his perception of the business. Please send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm glad you sent me those copies of Promo. Every page is dripping with an approach to life and business that is a bit shocking to a layman.
In the four issues that you sent me, I found only one small critical article, the one in which the professor questions the ethics of product placement. I commend you for running at least one article in which ethical questions were discussed.
Yes, it was educational to read Promo. My wife Aline and I learned a lot about how they're planning and scheming to "lure" us with "incentives" to "drive" us as "consumers" to "target" our "demographic." It's kinda horrifying, Larry. Children need to be protected from these people. They're preying on our hearts and minds to get our money. Many of them use the word "fun".. "the fun personality of the brand." Right... "Fun," that's the ticket.
I can't imagine doing a cover for this magazine that wouldn't be offensive to the advertisers and the typical Promo reader, as I would have to portray these marketing geniuses as something close to child molesters and heroin dealers. To me the level of morality in what they do isn't that different...the disregard for the sociological consequences of their actions (though it's all perfectly legal, of course) is appalling to behold.
Promo, in that regard, is a real revelation.
I believe that in a society that inundates its members constantly with manipulative sales pitches, we all suffer a kind of brain damage. Truly, it is harmful to us, to our minds, our intelligence, our emotional well-being. The alert individual finds that he/she must cultivate strong habits of resistance, and a strong, constant critique of the "fun" being sold to us.
I wonder that so many people can be engaged in this business of preying on the "consumer."
But like I said, I'm glad you sent the magazines. We get to see inside the business. Our knowledge of how it works is increased.
"Guerrilla marketing." That's gonna be the next big thing. Ho boy...STAY ALERT...
Posted by Lorcy at 2:47:00 AM