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By TheophileEscargot (Tue Jun 01, 2010 at 01:55:22 PM EST) Reading, Theatre, MLP (all tags)
Watching: "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans". Reading: "Knights of the Cornerstone". Web.


What I'm Watching
Saw Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Very good, enjoyed it a lot. Despite Herzog's reputation, this one was fast-paced and blackly humorous: the audience were laughing out loud several times. Great performance by Nicholas Cage.

Not quite sure what to make of the ending though, discussed it a bit with spoilers here. Great film though whatever interpretation you put on it, well worth seeing.

Review, review, review, review, review, review.

What I'm Reading
Got the latest James Blaylock book Knights of the Cornerstone. Blaylock was writing contemporary-set fantasy from long before the current urban fantasy boom. This book seems to be a bit of a return to the lighter style of his earlier books like the superb "The Last Coin". His more recent "Ghosts" trilogy was a bit darker in tone, and I didn't think it worked so well.

However, it doesn't change too much from the template he's used for several other books, as an affable man drifts into town and encounters eccentric characters with their own secrets.

Overall, a good book, fun light reading.

Theatre
Saw Dream of the Dog at Trafalgar Studios, after a transfer from the Finborough. Excellent South African play, with a couple of elderly white farmers, on their last day before moving away from the farm, being troubled by a visitor.

It's a short one-act play, about an hour and fifteen minutes, but it's very intense and emotional, brilliantly acted with sharp turns of feeling.

Well worth seeing, superb combination of the personal and the political, well acted and well scripted.

Review, review, review.

Web
Politics. Labour may do worse in next election. EDL forbid women and children from their Bradford demo.

Economics. Interest rate rises: economists want to change reality to fit the models. Haiti still bad. Pabst Blue Ribbon marketing.

Tech. Has Google ditched Windows? (/.) Facebook worm. Pakistan unblocks Facebook after "Everyone Draw Mohammed" group hidden there. (/.)

Sociology. Did rating board rules encourage labioplasty (NSFW thumbnail). Students have less empathy.

Video. Dog released by cop.

Articles. Early "Empire Strikes Back" script: Big PDF, summary (MeFi)

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is that by sasquatchan (4.00 / 1) #1 Tue Jun 01, 2010 at 02:04:41 PM EST
a fucking iguana ?

I think it's a labia by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Jun 01, 2010 at 03:21:05 PM EST



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interest rates by duxup (4.00 / 1) #2 Tue Jun 01, 2010 at 02:49:15 PM EST
Hell I remember folks predicting epic inflation if rates stayed rock bottom thru mid 2009....

Economists suck.

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PBR by duxup (4.00 / 1) #3 Tue Jun 01, 2010 at 02:55:24 PM EST
Embarrassing a brand out of lethargy for ... folks loudly asking you to embrace a brand.

Kind of depressing.

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Bad Lieutenant by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #5 Wed Jun 02, 2010 at 06:51:53 AM EST
Looking forwatrd to seeing it, will probably go later this week.

Hav you seen either Abel Ferrara's original Bad Lieutenant or any of Herzog's earlier work? It strikes me that knowing both might put the film in context a bit, seems that it's so different from either to be almost blasphemous, which is half the fun.

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It's political correctness gone mad!

Haven't seen the Abel Ferrara one by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Jun 02, 2010 at 02:19:39 PM EST
I've been meaning to ever since it came out, but never quite got around to it. Apparently they don't have much in common with it.

Ought to check out some Werner Herzog. My brother's really into him, but I don't think I've seen any of his films yet. I think "Even Dwarfs Started Small" is on my Lovefilm list somewhere.
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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?

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They're all good by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #7 Thu Jun 03, 2010 at 05:05:06 AM EST
But Grizzly Man is my fave.

Even Dwarves started small is reeeeaaaally strange. It's worth reading a bit about it beforehand to see what he's trying to do.

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Herzog's reputation?! by Tonatiuh (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Jun 04, 2010 at 12:19:25 PM EST
Have you seen Fitzcarraldo ?!

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