Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I was actually planning to see "Iron Man" but once I saw this was showing...well, I had no real choice, did I? Nevertheless, things got off to a shaky start and I was worried that the whole thing was going to be a little too knowing, overloaded with in-jokes and references to what had gone before. The early scenes seemed a little forced somehow, as if they were trying to make a point that no-one really cared about. Fortunately, the writers seemed to realise that the McCarthyism plotline wasn't going anywhere too and the film soon got back onto more familiar territory. By the time we got to a riproaring chase through the Amazonian jungle - including a spectacular three-waterfall boat sequence - I was sitting there ooh-ing and aah-ing and clutching my knees to my chest (note: never sit next to me in a cinema during an action or horror movie). By the way, dontcha think it's weird that all aliens in tv and cinema now look like the Roswell alien? And don't you find yourself thinking that that's really what they look like because you've seen it so many times? Or is that just me? But I digress. Harrison Ford just IS Indy, 'nuff said. La Blanchett turns in her usual impeccable performance, this time as a comic-book Russian baddie (complete with rapier!) and gets the best line: "Do svidaniya Dr. Jones!" - surely a Bond villain contract can't be far behind? Ray Winstone's role - much trumpeted in the U.K. press - turns out to be little more than a cameo (and a bit "cor-blimey" to be anything other than mildly irritating). I had major reservations about Shia LaBeouf - mainly, it's true, based on his hair - but he ends up coming through surprisingly well - I really warmed to his character as the film went on and, by the end, could even see him taking on the Indy mantle...obviously what was intended. Last but not least, the scenery is just breathtaking, totally epic. My one gripe - and it's not a biggie - is that I found the special effects to be a little too "Stargate" to be impressive. Thoroughly enjoyable and heartily recommended - you can't say fairer than that now, can you?
Friday, May 16, 2008
k&k episode 141 - the one where they discuss the price of chilli sauce in France... and stuff.
And what's more, with ME!!!!
Her family left the Caribbean for the US when she was 14 and it was via an American model agency that she wound up in Paris, where she shared an apartment with Jerry Hall. (“We didn’t sleep in it. We just kept Champagne there.”) — Birthday Girls: Grace Jones - Telegraph
If anything, she has become more doll-like over the years, more often than not playing the romantic victim, messed around by some dark-haired cad, denying her the fairy-tale white wedding that Charlene got all those years ago. — Birthday Girls: Kylie Minogue at 40 - Telegraph
It is Madonna’s self-belief that has ebbed away as she has grown older. Suddenly she looks like everyone else, desperate to stay young, to stay in touch. That girl who skipped on to a stage three decades ago didn’t give a damn what anyone else was doing. She was going to do it her way. — Birthday Girls: Madonna - Telegraph
Sunday, May 11, 2008
k&k episode 140 - the one where they declare their reign as karaoke queens... and stuff... and talk to yours truly in the coffee table studio!
Last night was my first introduction to what I’m told is a hallowed Australian tradition - the TimTamSlam. Bite the corners off the biscuits, place in glass of port, suck the port up through the biscuit and then eat. It was possibly the defining moment of my life. Deeeeelish.
Friday, April 04, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I promise, I promise, I promise that this is DEFINITELY the last time I will put up a large photo of some home baking instead of a proper post - for at least a month, anyway :-). But they do look good, don't they? And it's just been really hectic, what with Sis!!'s visit to Paris, pub quiz victories, baby Iris's first birthday party, Madonna's new single etc. etc.. Easter got off to an excellent start with Petite Anglaise's reading at W.H. Smith (they still have signed copies left so ruuuuuunnn), champagne, dinner at the Pause-Café and partying with Rachel, Mrs. LOG and, unexpectedly, Nardac, plus rather a lot of muffin and madeleine-making. All topped off today by a stupendous six-hour lunch with the delicious Meg. Anyway, I shall do my best to resume normal service now the holiday's over. Just so's you know, Rhino75's obsessions this week are "One Tree Hill" (so many teens, so little time - but have managed to work my way through four seasons), Madonna (natch, isn't everyone obsessing about "4 Minutes"? I LOVE it) and the Deep South. Things that are not floating my boat are my To Do list, "Juno" (nice soundtrack, meh movie) and imminent work on my beams. Pffft.