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30 September 2011

28 September 2011

Zombie Honeymoon (2004)

"Contains strong fantasy violence and language."

What on Earth is that meant to mean?

I can't believe that I sat through this film. I can't believe that I wasted 98 minutes ("approx") of my life.

But I did!  :-)

Here comes trouble! Hooligan Pictures 2004

25 September 2011

The Warriors (1979) - Black & White

Okay, okay... we determined a long time ago that I'm an obsessive compulsive. Here are a few photos from the extras footage on the DVD. Enjoy.

24 September 2011

Yarn Bomb Attack - Devonport, NZ (Sep 2011)

Today I've been introduced to the phenomenon that is Yarn Bombing. It's a craze that's sweeping the world! And as usual,  I'm the last person to find out...
Yarn Bomb - Squid
"Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarnstorming, guerrilla knitting, or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth rather than paint or chalk."

Below are some photos from a recent attack at the Devonport Ferry Terminal in Auckland. The photos were kindly supplied by Tinkerbell, my NZ reporter.

23 September 2011

Sheet Music - "Shellac Sisters"

Here we go... some more sheet music covers for your viewing pleasure.

The inspiration for tonight's selection are my new favourite girl group: The Shellac Sisters. I say girl group, but maybe it should be turntablists? Whatever.

According to the official website, the Shellac Sisters are "four glamorous retrochics spinning vintage 78s on wind-up gramophones."

I've been known to spin a little shellac myself you know... but only in private...


The Three in Harmony

The Necropolis Railway (2002)

It was the title that first drew me to "The Necropolis Railway". It looked like it might have some horror-comedy potential. The fact that author Andrew Martin was from Yorkshire was a plus. The clincher, however,  was that the book looked like a light read; I've waded through some monster tomes recently. I needed something more bite-sized.

London Necropolis & National Mausoleum Company

Actually, this book isn't what I'd typically go for.

21 September 2011

Land of the Dead (2005)

Last night I watched George Romero's Land of the Dead. I'm going to come clean and say that pretty much from the off, my heart wasn't in it. Granted I was super-tired, but fundamentally I just wasn't enjoying the film. So forgive me if I'm a little vague on the details.

What's not to love about a Zombie Cheerleader?
Land of the Dead, Universal Pictures 2005

18 September 2011

Spirits Having Flown (1979)

This week I have mostly been listening to...

The Bee Gees

Some might say that this is yet more evidence of me losing my grip on reality... of my inevitable descent into madness and spilling food all down myself. And they may well be right.

The Bee Gees - fine figures of manhood

It all started innocuously enough...

8 September 2011

The Evil Dead (1981)

Those of you old enough to remember the battle between Betamax and VHS will probably be able to remember the British phenomenon of the early 80s that was the 'Video Nasty'.

My sister's so ugly, we keep her locked in the cellar!
The Evil Dead, Renaissance Films 1981

I just watched one of the original video nasties - the Evil Dead.

5 September 2011

The Warriors (1979) - Reprise

It seems that there a lot of people out there in Internet-land who like the Warriors as much as I do. So, in honour of you all and the film itself, I'm posting a few more stills.

If you haven't already done so, be sure to check out my review of the Warriors and my rundown of the gangs in the Warriors.

Here we go!

Cleon - The Warriors War Chief

3 September 2011

The Band Wagon (1953)

If I didn't know better, I would have sworn that Vincente Minnelli was on acid when he directed MGM's Band Wagon. It's fast, it's busy, confused, colourful, complicated, and completely neurotic. Some might say that these are all the ingredients of Genius. I'm erring on the side of Madness.

Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse and Count Buchanan in Band Wagon, MGM 1953

1421 (2002)

On my recent trip to New Zealand I half-remember reading somewhere that the first Westerners to arrive in Asian countries were a traveling circus shipwrecked on the shore. Unable to converse with their rescuers, they expressed their gratitude by performing... and so the story goes... this is why Asians thought that all Westerners were clowns. What a load of tosh! But also... what a great story!

Build your own Chinese Junk

It's been a while, but I've got a book review for you...

A Taste of The Forest of Dean

You might have noticed that I've been a bit quiet of late. Yep... I've been away for a bit of rest and recreation. This time it has been a hop down to the Forest of Dean and environs. The good news is that I've got a few posts up my sleeve which I'll publish soon. Until then, here are a few of my more abstract and random holiday snaps...

This picture was snapped at 
the Dean Heritage Centre 
where I learnt that civil unrest 
is nothing new