What I’m listening to at the moment…
A couple of years ago, my friends – Pete Lambrou and Ciaran Morahan, known collectively as VLMV – asked me to remix one of the tracks from their debut, self-titled album. The spectacular, beautiful The Lighthouse had been taken and fashioned into this gorgeous thing by Tom Hodge, so I decided on the piano-led “The […]
Our dog, Bajka, had a wee nip at me earlier tonight because Marta and I were play-fighting on the couch, and the only thing I could think of was…
Like many an aging, overweight, mid-thirties fellow, I had something of an awakening a few years ago. I woke one day and realised that a great deal of weight I’d lost early in the decade had somehow reappeared, in what felt like, overnight. That, of course, was not the case. A combination of a deleterious […]
Today sees the opening, such as it is, of my new website – something of a shop window for whatever I get up to in the next year or two. Somethings come and some things go, and sadly, due to a fundamental misunderstanding of the inner-workings of MySQL, I lost most of my blog posts […]
There is a defining shot in Lewis Gilbert’s Educating Rita – a film based on Willy Russell’s stage play – that is both visually striking and thematically moving. For reasons I won’t spoil, we find a Chekov book burning in a fire. In a film thematically rich with ideas of freedom, it is a visual allusion to an all too real lack thereof.
Now, it’s surprising that I’d not yet seen Mark Herman’s 1996 comedy-drama, Brassed Off; a film telling the story of coal-mine closures in the early 90s – as it does – through the eyes of the Colliery’s brass band. Surprising, because my girlfriend of the time performed in a brass band, playing euphonium, and from memory seemed to love this film. To my shame I dismissed it as a romantic comedy, something it very much is not.
A Saturday evening’s rest was desperately needed after an exhausting day of planning and scheming for a 2017 full of movement and activity. Instead of music at BarKa, I opted for number 86 on the BFI 100 list, the charming 1953 comedy, Genevieve.
Returning after such a long break has been difficult, especially as it was Women in Love (87) that knocked me off course, a year ago. My first response to this film was how utterly dull it was. I suspect I wasn’t in the right frame of mind. I will admit I didn’t love it, but I did certainly enjoy it a lot more than I a) remembered enjoying the first 15 minutes last year, and b) expected to this time.
My next film is one that begins with one of the most recognisable chords then introduces 4 of the most recognisable faces in the history of popular music, The Beatles’: A Hard Day’s Night (88). Full disclosure, I’ve seen this film so many times I’ve lost count and it’s been one of my favourite movies since I was a child coming out of primary school.