December 14th, 2005

Angus May 2005

Weekday cinema trips.....

One of the things I like about having Wednesdays off is that almost everywhere I may want to go is usually a lot quieter than it would be in the evenings or at weekends.

Most notably the cinema.

Well not today it seems.

I should have been warned en route as I passed a stream (about 60+) children aged about 7-9 with a horde of teachers and parents walking down the road AWAY from the cinema. I must admit it did pass my mind that they may have been on a Christmas outting to see Harry Potter or Narnia.

Anyway I got to the cinema and there was a small que. I will now say that I was very grateful to one of the guys infront of me who took bloody ages buying £50 in gift vouchers for someones present. If he had been quicker I'd have brought my 12:45 ticket for Narnia before an incredibly large horde of kids (ages 10-12ish) turned up with teachers (desperately trying to quieten them down) to see the screening of Narnia I'd intended on. Anyway come my turn both myself and the cashier looked at the screaming horde of kids, looked at each other, and he then said "Would you like a 16:15 ticket, it might be less of a headache." Took the worsds right out of my mouth. It's meant I've had to rearrange the day a bit but hopefully there'll be less screaming kids in the cinema.
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Billy Corgan (of ex-Smashing Pumpkins fame)

Has anyone else got/heard Billy Corgan's "The Future Embrace"? It's the solo album he brought out this year.

Just interested to see what other people think of it. I like the Smashing Pumpkins quite a bit but his solo album seems to suck. Admittedly I'm only on the first listen but it really is not grabbing me.

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(Film Review) Chronicles of Narnia

Well, finally saw it in a cinema not full of screaming school-children. Which was a big bonus!

So, my thoughts on the first of the narnia films..... Some people will hate me for saying this but I thought it was a resounding....OK.

Don't get me wrong, parts of the film were amazing but for me it was both lacking something and had some incredibly cringe-worthy moments. I guess I shouldn't really have expected too much from either a PG film or from CS Lewis. This is a childrens tale afterall and if you like dthe books as a kid, or are a kid, you will no doubt adore the film.

Most of the creatures in it are superbly done, the battle scenes were good, the four kids acting left alot to be desired apart from ten-year old Georgie Henley who played Lucy Pevensie (the youngest of the kids - I think her character is supposed to be about 7 or 8?) who was actually pretty good for her age. Tilda Swinton (who played Gabriel in Constantine and was also Sal in The Beach) was a very good White Witch James McAvoy made a good Mr Tumnus (although he did come across a bit peadophilic at times...).

School Report: C+/B- (Good visuals but let down on occasion through both acting and the original story)
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GigMania IX: M

Realised that the last GigMania post I made was back in June, and I'd only gotten to 'L'.

To remedy this I've decided to get back on track and post my M's. There's quite a few of them too, but my personal highlights are probably The Mission, Marilyn Manson, Merry Thoughts, Misery Loves Company, Mogwai and Moloko. Actually quite a few of theM's were very good. Although it appears I've seen The Manic Street Preachers four times I'd like to justify this by saying that I thought they were pants every time and I only saw them because in the late 80's/early 90's they seemed to support pretty much everyone going. Anotehr disappointment was Massive Attack, but I think I caught them on a bad night which was a shame.

Anyway, I give you....

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