Thursday, 28 July 2011

Low expectations

Today I was given two books from people at work. I say given, they have been loaned to me. First up it's Dracula from fellow tea-break lover and Northern Fail hater, Sally. I am assured that this is a good book, bordering on trashy, and has a few sexy bits in. If this is true I am sure I will be handing it back to her in a condition worthy of the description "well-thumbed", love a good old bit of raunch. Second, Great Expectations. This is on The List (hence the bloggin') which means that this venture has TAKEN ON A WHOLE NEW DIMENSION -  I can compare and contrast! Awoooooooooooooooooooo! However, in spite of this brief moment of excitement - honestly it's like living the life of a Jack Russell sometimes, bouncing off the walls over the slightest thing - it is from the same guy who put The Last of the Mohican's my way, which was pants. I raised this concern today but have been told that it has everything: "drama, romance, suspense,  intrigue...". It better have. It better be the best book since sliced bread because it is long and the writing is tiny, which only serves to make it longer. Hopefully will add another angle to the film anyway so all won't be lost if it is terd

Saturday, 23 July 2011

35 Withnail & I

Ha, how good is this?! So funny. I've had a great time chortling away at all the deliciously weird delights it threw up. Never really liked Richard E Grant but he is firmly on the radar now, and all he had to do was portray an absurd drunk. I'm far too easily won over. 

Best bit by far was Monty trying to bugger I stating that he had to have him "even if it must be burglary". Brilliant scenes. 

Too many great lines to quote, or even remember, but these were two of my favourites:

"Even a stopped clock gives the right time twice a day" - I just liked this because it's true.

"The carrot has mystery. Flowers are essentially tarts, prostitutes for the bees" - all flowers are sluts. 'Nuff said.

My god I'm practically giddy. Time for coffee and eggy bread, see if we can't get young Rach back on an even keel. 

Friday, 22 July 2011

Speaking of creatures of the deep...

Who the fuck is this abomination of a person?! Harsh but jeez, well deserved. 

36 Jaws

This was crossed off The List a long long time ago. I still have the memories of watching it with ma grand frères. Think there's a photo somewhere of us all sat in front of the box watching it. Ahhhhhhh, you can't go back.

I came across it on ITV4 during some mid-evening channel surfing and, in the absence of one shark-fearing housemate, I thought it would be a nostalgic hoot to tune in. The film is 124 mins long and I'd say I was consistently shitting myself, metaphorically of course this is a rented non-leather sofa, for about 90 mins of it. Argh so tense!!!! Let's face it, Jaws is looking pretty tired when compared to the likes of Bruce (yes he's animated but still gives me the willies) - in particular the close up bits like when the oxygen tank gets launched into his cakehole and he eats that poor skipper - and I reckon if you eliminated the background noise you'd hear the tell-tale "tssssh tsssssh" of the WD40 being liberally sprayed but in spite of that and while you know that everything is going to be ok in the end it's still shouting at the tv while dipping your head under the throw scary! Wah. No frigging way you'd get me down there in a cage. And if you did, I wouldn't be dropping my pointy stabby stick like that Hooper dude. What an idiot. He deserved to get eaten just for being stupid but alas he lives.

I note that Jaws 2 is on now. No thanks, you can keep it. During the aforementioned mid-evening channel surfing I spotted Blade Runner on BBC2. Have set that to record so it's time to brew up and tune in. Huzzah, The List is underway again!!! 

Sunday, 3 July 2011


Ah eff it, no sooner have I written it than I check iTunes and it's not there, not even to buy. Bozwollocks. In fact, a quick search throws up the result that none of the foreign films are on there. I give up. Will hunt down a new film tomorrow.

Half a story

Started on No.100 Jurassic Park last night and fell asleep halfway through. This was not due to boredom however, I was enjoying it, but rather sheer exhaustion after a looooooooooooooooong day of activity at Alton Towers. Never been so tired. I woke up at points while it was on and saw the end of it but fear I may have to watch it again all the way through in order to do a legitimate strike out on The List. What with that and The Interrupted Godfather my progress has been somewhat hampered. Will try and get those finished off this week and maybe have a bumper film bonanza at some point over die wochenende. Speaking of (in) German, been thinking I might get Nosferatu out of the way. I keep saying "Nosferatu" in my head in a tone not dissimilar to that of the polar bear in the Bird's Eye ads. I'm not quite sure why, perhaps I have some sort of mental disorder. Anyway it will be subtitled so perfect for loud trainage to and from work tomorrow. Delightful.