It's been quite some time since I wrote in here, but something has made me want to. I know I'm a bit late with this, but I've kept meaning to and not quite managing to make the time for it but that thing is the death of David Bowie.
I don't even want to write much about it - so much has already been said that I wouldn't have a lot to add.
The thing is, I was shocked and upset to hear he'd died, and even now, a couple of weeks on, I'm still very saddened by it. And I don't know why.
As a long time fan of the Evil Dead and Army of Darkness series, I'd given up hope on seeing a true continuation with any more involvement from the old crew than an endorsement.
Then this show was announced, and after years of hoping, suddenly I was nervous. What if it just felt like a tribute or a load of guys trying hard to relive their youth.
I needn't have worried. It has all the hallmarks of the series - the gross-out gore, the comedy that became more prevalent as the series went on, the physical comedy (good to see Bruce Campbell abusing himself with crockery once more), Sam Raimi's madcap directing such as the zoom boom shots,... even Joe LoDuca's score threw back to the films!
I do hope this series manages to forge its own way though and add something new to the series. If it doesn't, there's little reason for it to exist. If it's simply rehashing the other films, why bother. It seems that this could get lazy and just rely on Bruce cheesing his way through each episode with little in the way of character development. He's actually a more unlikeable character than he was in Army of Darkness and for me, his natural charm only just about cuts it. It felt a little forced at times. He also seems quite sad and pathetic with it and I'd like to see his character rise and become more than he started out as by the end of the season.
With the format the show is in, though, there is certainly a lot of scope for exploration so I'm hopeful!
All in all, this was a lot of madcap fun and I enjoyed it.
I can't wait to watch episode 2!
Even from the Mail, I can't quite believe this article from Sarah Vine decrying Charlotte Proudman's response to a flirty message on LinkedIn, isn't from The Daily Mash.
It just smacks of jealousy of the "Well I had to put up with such sexist remarks and it's not fair that she's not putting up with it!"
"After all, heaven help the poor man who actually tries to ask her out on a date, let alone try to get her into his bed. He’d have better luck propositioning a porcupine."
Well done Sara Vine, for reducing a woman's main useful function to being a bedpost notch and who's duty it is is to not be too unwilling to sleep with a man.
With regards to the actual incident itself, I think Carter-Silk's comments were unwarranted and inappropriate and I can't imagine what it must feel like as a woman, trying to get ahead in a chosen industry to find that certain individuals make you feel like your physical attractiveness is what they value more.
That said, I'm trying to work out what I think about the fact that LinkedIn is just a social media network NOT an official workplace communicator. While his comments were unwanted, the whole heap of hate Carter-Silk is getting is for trying to flirt on a social medium. I've done that.
I'm not sure if I don't feel that demanding a public apology and the media storm surrounding this is a little much in response to someone taking a private social media chat in an frustratingly unwanted direction. Or am I just part of the ingrained problem in not automatically agreeing wholeheartedly with Proudman's actions on this?
I leave you with a quote from BBC News:
"Matthew Scott, a barrister and blogger, told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme: "I think we have to look how this developed... Charlotte sent him a message, asking him to connect so the initial contact was made by Charlotte.
What do you think to the whole thing?
I've seen a few rumours, rebuttals, and wishlists about this over the last few years but it seems a reboot of Xena: Warrior Princess is in the works! Game of Thrones has struck televisual oil, and the networks want their own sex, sword, & sorcery series to "me too" with. And hey: one of the networks had one of those that was something of a hit a few years ago! Time to dust it off, spruce it up, and send it out there it seems.
As with many reboots, and particularly those of things I love (and I really LOVE Xena), while I'm really excited, I'm trepidatious.
Firstly, it might just plain suck. I know the original was cheap and tacky and camp and a bit lame but it was all done with a nod and a wink and that was part of its charm. Would you expect anything else from the minds that brought us The Evil Dead films?
What if the new one is just bad? It tries to be serious and feels contrived. It tries to be campy but feels like a spoof. And so on.
I think this is a great idea. For people getting back on their feet after battling both homelessness and the issues that led to it, fostering creativity can be useful for developing new skills, and the charity is looking at opportunities for training, employment, and apprenticeships in creative and digital arts. Not only that, but developing a creative outlet can be great for personal well-being. I think this is a great idea.
The bit that baffles me is the same thing that always baffles me about art - the value of the pieces on sale.
So much of marketing tries to weedle into every aspect of your life, tries to embed itself in your mind, and when you shut off one access route, rather than go “I guess that person doesn’t want to see our message”, it tries to find more other, more insidious ways to get to you and increasingly creepy behaviour to find things out about you so it knows how best to get at you.
They want to educate me?!
Given that an effective way to convince someone to buy something is to make them feel they are missing out or are somehow inferior without it, tactics are getting more aggressive. As Banksy says, (and is wonderfully illustrated by another artist, here on Zen Pencils), these companies openly insult you in the street, and they’re paying vast sums of money to do so. That said, people are increasingly starting to notice and resent this.
Iâve been meaning to see the Mad Max series of films for years now.
From the snippets of it Iâd previously seen, set in a pre- then post-apocalyptic world, with people punking and appropriating fashions in new ways to suit the new world â Iâd long thought it would be right up my street.
Then with the new film, âFury Roadâ , being announced, I felt like I wanted to see the original trio before the new one. I only managed to start watching through them a couple of days ago. Iâve just âBeyond Thunderdomeâ to watch before âFury Roadâ. I canât wait!
So much so that Iâve been checking IMDb for non-spoiler trivia related to the film.
My favourite piece was this: âWriter and feminist Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) was consulted to enhance the portrayal of female characters.â