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I just want to see quite what kind of foodie we have around... What do y'all make of this?

Ferran AdriÓ's ears.

Arts & Entertainment / Everything's Gone Green (I owe it to the guy)
« on: March 08, 2007, 06:16:22 pm »
I saw this  movie the other week - Everything's Gone Green that is, at a preview screening in Edinburgh. They're not sure what kind of distribution it's going to get yet, but he does know it's going to open in the US in April at a number of theatres. I highly recommend it, though the proviso is probably that you are a Coupland fan. That said, I can see it working well even if you aren't. It manages to be Coupland without being so obviously Coupland, if that makes any sense.
It's Douglas Coupland's debut as a screenwriter, covering some of the usual Coupland subjects, though also seeming sharper and funnier than I consider his recent stuff to be (that said, I'm not really up to date). It made me think Microserfs, Shampoo Planet and Girlfriend in a Coma more than anything else he's done. It's a great cast, who work very well for Coupland, and is shot more than competently. The director, who we spoke to afterwards, seems to be genuinely interested in what he's doing. That may seem obvious, but there are so many films I see where they don't seem to understand the subject matter, the script, the  process of making a fuck*ng film... He has plans to shoot in various genres, and within the bounds that make a genre film work, which is a promising sign.
Apparently his debut - The Dark Hours - won the audience award at last year's Dead By Dawn festival, and I can believe it if he directs other genres like he directed this. He just managed to get the feel of Coupland - lost in a city full of people, culture and marketing, as well as the loss of identity in Vancouver due to Hollywood's parisitisation for filming, while managing to make it really upbeat.
It also easily passed the Kermode laugh rating, which is that anything that makes you laugh 5 times is a comedy. I lost count by a quarter of the way through.

Anyway, I feel I owe it to the director to try and get someone to go see it, and know that there are a number of Coupland readers around here, and cineastes.
Official Site

Arts & Entertainment / RPM Challenge
« on: February 02, 2007, 08:23:38 pm »
I know there are a couple of other musicians at least on here... Anyone else taking part in this?

Arts & Entertainment / Occular Shenanigans
« on: January 31, 2007, 10:40:21 pm »
It's a youtube link, featuring what really can only be described as occular shenanigans (and I just adore saying that). The rest of them are rather good too, the Happy Days one in particular is twisted.

Arts & Entertainment / Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
« on: October 05, 2006, 03:33:29 pm »
So, anyone watching this?
I got the pilot, as I was a huge fan of West Wing up until the moment Sorkin left. And by god, I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. For a start, it's one of the funniest things I've seen on TV in a long while, it's far easier than West Wing, but also has as much subtlety of writing and performance.
Also, while I was very skeptical about Matt Perry taking a lead role in anything, he assuaged that doubt within about two minutes of appearing. He is literally brilliant in this. Entirely un-Chandler for a start!
The subsequent couple of episodes only solidified my faith in it as well.

Wild Card / Well, probably made in China, not Mexico...
« on: September 18, 2006, 03:12:26 pm »
Post on MeFi about the new Mexican Magic Realism Camera, from HP. Even has references to Achewood in the comments...

What a terrifyingly depressing world we live in, anyhow.

Wild Card / Employment, it's end and the predicament...
« on: December 11, 2005, 11:28:20 pm »
I figure maybe some of you have interesting perspectives on this situation I find myself in. Some of you are the lawyerly type, some have done the whole freelance/self employed thing, and many of you partake in the creative side of things. So I look for advice.
I'm here to pick brains. It's what I do. A lifetime obsession with the zombie arts (I was Juillard trained) pay off...

I have just been supplied with a contract of emplyment at work. This is several months after they employed me with a verbal agreement (March). Now, this is a job I have been hating for a couple of months now. My friend who got me the job and I was working with has been on extended sick leave due to bizarre brain issues, and the job has been going downhill with me as the only employee in the field. I've been doing web design for them, putting together various sites for clients, without any appraisal from my employers. I was just left to it.
They've since decided that we should be throwing simple sites out the door fast and efficient, ignoring issues such as w3c compliance and how long it takes to set up merchant accounting for a customer and the like. I am unable to do my job to the best of abilities due to management. But then I guess that's what work's about.
So, these contracts turn up, with many many offensive addendums. Right to search us or our vehicles randomly. No sick pay for Mondays. No headphones (and remember I code all day). And, probably pretty normal, but niether I nor my partner would be able to set up a competing business within a 20 mile radius of work (where I live) within 2 years.

You see, I kind of want to leave and do just that. I want to do web design on my own terms, and properly. I want to have time to make music and write and do something that way. I want to do what I want to do.
I also have a couple of ways of making some money if I leave. A big database job that would keep me going for 6 months. A couple of online ventures, that kind of thing.

So, my question to you. What do I do? Any advice or thoughts would be greatly appreciated, although I left it late, and have only a few days to really make a decision as to whether I sign away my rights to business and stay there a couple more months, somewhat limiting my opportunities, or do I walk out Jerry Maguire style and utterly fail to have a cute girl walk with me...

Side question: If I leave based on the terms of the contract, it would be understood legally, that I did not agree to those terms, and thus am not bound by them? I just want to be doubly sure before I go making a rash decision.

Science & Nature / Elvis - We can rebuild him...
« on: August 15, 2005, 07:12:33 pm »


Wild Card / Stop writing, now...
« on: March 06, 2005, 09:06:52 am »
Anytime you make any threat or possess matter involving a school or function it's a felony in the state of Kentucky
Now I know that it may be the case this kid is lying about it being a zombie story, I'd like more evidence before taking sides straight off, but from what that cop says...

Arts & Entertainment / H2G2
« on: March 02, 2005, 06:21:24 pm »

New trailer. This being the UK version as far as I know.
I was skeptical for a long time, but I like the look of it now. very different, but then all the versions are. I always kind of felt that to make a movie of it, you'd have to have it not feel like a movie, just because of the inherent english sadness of it.
Stephen Fry as the book works for me, Rickman as Marvin too. Mos Def as Ford is for me the weakest link, but I think the rest of it looks like it can make up for him. I read a review of the preview which said he didn't quite grab the audience as Ford should. He should really be the character that drives the story afterall. I still think Rockwell isn't quite laconic enough for Zaphod, but again, I think it might just work.

Now, I'm finished being geeky. For now.

Wild Card / Oh your God
« on: March 02, 2005, 06:15:28 pm »

It's like Jehova's Witnesses walking past your house holding their leaflets up so as you can read them with binoculars or something.

I don't know. I just get angry when religious people get all zealous at me, and this seems like a subliminal method of doing so. Of course, even if it happens, I'll forget about it.

Plus, I think space should be non-denominational anyway.

Sports & Leisure / Good Eats randomness...
« on: March 02, 2005, 06:10:36 pm »

Not that I endorse any such thing. I once tried the Clerks drinking game with a friend of mine, and we both died. Damn teenagers.

Wild Card / Nipples.
« on: February 18, 2005, 09:38:48 pm »
'Chris, that's a terrible word... Nipples.'

So, Wombat?
You've worked in zoos. They all this weird?

Arts & Entertainment / "Each for the Other", or "Once"
« on: February 08, 2005, 05:21:19 pm »
We haven't decided yet. And seeing as how I can't decide I think I'll leave it up to the director.
Anyway, between the people who were working on it, there were two photographers, so here are some shots from the filming.

The children courtesy of the guy playing the Prince, whose a damned good photographer.

Redcap at her Grandmother's cottage.

Redcap discovers her Grandmother.

The Queen sits dead (interestingly, where Elizabeth was filmed).

Redcap on her travels.

Editing will be in the next week or two, and then it's a two and half month wait while the director and I sort the music and any sound deisgn that needs doing (possibly quite extensively). When it's done I will upload it somewhere or some such.

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