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  1. Paul

    Beats and pieces

    Just a little thread for those of us who appreciate stuff at the other end of the scale from the more popular (on here, at least) rock side of things. So, to get us started, Gilles' show this week is a tribute to John Lucien and Max Roach who both died last week. It's jazz-tastic. Nice. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/gillespeterson/index.shtml
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    Jojo Rabbit - 9/10. Thought it was funny, clever and moving. I’ve seen some really shit reviews for it, but fuck knows why. It’s ace.
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    I watched that last night too. Thought it was technically brilliant but oddly not that engaging. Still enjoyed it though. 7/10.
  4. Interesting. I actually see it as the opposite. Obviously it’s very dark in places, but to me, ultimately, it’s actually about appreciating life and treating other people the right way. Plus it’s piss yourself funny, much of the time.
  5. Nice one. Hope you enjoy it. It reminds me of The West Wing in terms of the way it’s based around a cut-throat work place full of high achievers and has loads of great one-liners. It goes much lighter on the schmaltz than TWW though, except when the presenters are on camera and then they switch into that syrupy US TV mode which comes across as satirical here.
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    Read loads and loads of poetry, if you don’t already. Also read Shakespeare. When you fully appreciate what he was doing with blank verse then the genius label seems like an understatement. . Experiment with metre and form. Know your punctuation and grammar inside out and then break some rules. Stephen Fry wrote a great book about poetry which is well worth checking out. It’s almost a guide to how to both read it and write it. But just read loads and then write loads.
  7. Finished The Morning Show last night and it really is great telly. Absolutely loads of machinations, undercurrents, twists and turns that are very subtly written and performed. Gets to the heart of all the #MeToo stuff brilliantly and is really entertaining. The cast is universally superb too, but Billy Crudup is especially fantastic. This is easily 9/10 telly with the potential to go higher in future seasons.
  8. What’s The Matter With Tony Slattery? was pretty powerful stuff as he allowed the cameras to see his attempts to diagnose his severe mental health and addiction issues. Also watched Climbing Blind about a lad who led a climb on The Old Man Of Hoy with his missus in tow. Only catch is that he’s blind. Mad. As. Fuck.
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    The Wire Thread

    So what do you think about the start to the new seies, Hoddy? I'm loving the political machinations with Burrell getting manipulated all over the place and Rawls as the new (and very unpopular) Deputy Opps. It feels like another slow-burning classic with Cheese gaining a bigger role, Avon on his way out of slam, Omar great as ever and Greggs turning into a female McNulty by the second. Gotta love the "Put kids off violence by autopsy" route to keeping the streets clean, too. I've seen the first two episodes and it already feels even better than Season Two. Oh, by the way - did you see The West Wing has been canned? Season 7 is the last one. Also, did you know that Sorkin left because of a crack habit? It's in today's Guardian.
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    Star Wars

    Agree on Ewoks. They’re portrayed as mini-Wookiees really. Love them.
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    Manhunter - 8/10. I’ve always loved this film and I also love Michael Mann’s stuff in general. However, having watched it loads of times but not in years, it felt quite dated. It also slightly bored (!!!) my 15 year old daughter who loves crime stuff. Red Dragon - 7/10. Much truer to the book than Manhunter and a great cast. However, it feels slightly derivative as it tries to link directly to The Silence Of The Lambs in what feels quite a contrived way. I’m also not convinced by Ed Norton as Graham. He’s too bland and normal; nowhere near disturbed enough.
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    The GF book thread

    I'm after some recommendations and thought I'd throw a few into the mix: "Altered Carbon" by Richard Morgan. I first read this in the summer and was blown away by it and am now on my second go. It's very gritty, noir-ish SF about this insanely hard bloke on the lam in a future where your consciousness can be stored, or transferred into new "sleeves" (bodies). Fucking ace. I've read a few of the "Eagle" novels by Simon Scarrow set in Britain during Caesar's day. They're nowt special, but are an entertaining diversion. "Wall & Piece" by Banksy was a Christmas book and it's absolutely addictive. Everyone who enters our bog seems to get lost for about half an hour because they start reading it. For those of you not in the know, he's a grafitti artist from Bristol who likes making anti-establishment artistic statements that look very nice on public walls. Just about to start "The Algebraist" by Iain M. Banks. I've read all his others and not got round to this yet. I'm also desperate for a new James Ellroy. Any other fans out there?
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    The GF book thread

    Yeah, I get that. Still disappointing though. I’d have thought he could’ve anonymised locations and colleagues to tell a few more anecdotes at least. Clearly couldn’t/wouldn’t. What’s there is great but you still want the really juicy stuff. Not far off finishing it now and I’ve got to say, he’s had one incredible life.
  14. Started The Morning Show and it’s really good. Reminiscent of The West Wing in the way it’s a proper ensemble piece with some great lines in it.
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    The GF Marmite Thread

    “Marmite casuals”! Very good.
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    That’s the other one I like. Think there’s not much between them. The other two are just shit though with Spectre especially disappointing as it had so much potential.
  17. Finished The Last Dance and it’s easily the best documentary I’ve seen. 10/10. Also finished See and really enjoyed it. There’s a really clever depiction of a post-apocalyptic world in this that includes a fully realised culture based on hearing rather than sight. The direction is really clever in the way the characters are often framed in a two shot in close up to emphasise how they have a very different sense of personal space. It looks great too, mostly filmed on location and has some great action sequences. It’s been green lit for a second series and is set up nicely for it. Overall 8/10.
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    The GF book thread

    Finished the first of the new Mark Lawrence trilogy The Girl and The Stars, which is set on Abeth where The Book of The Ancestor trilogy was set. It follows a girl from one of the tribes who live out on the ice whose life changes when her brother is thrown down a ceremonial pit. Much mad shit ensues. It’s another good ‘un from him. Now reading Mark Billingham’s book, the SAS bloke off the telly. It’s good although disappoints when it doesn’t mention anything about what he did operationally.
  19. For me, it was about the way first (and especially teenage) love can be absolutely overwhelming/all-encompassing; the idea that “love” is bigger than everything and must come first, second, third and last. However, most people also mature to the point where they feel, not that love is unimportant, but that life brings other things too and that these must be weighed against each other. I also felt that there was a recognition from each character that their love was destructive in a way and that, amazing as it was, they needed to break away. The fact that they were able to reassure each other that the split was what they each wanted, as well as their mutual declarations of the importance of the relationship, meant that it didn’t end as a classic tragedy. In that sense, that’s what made it so brilliant for me: real life isn’t like drama. Yes, emotions are intense and situations provoke strong feelings, but ultimately we all make pragmatic decisions and still live with the consequences. As I’m sure is obvious from what I’ve written there, so much of it resonated with me at that age. At 49 I found it great to have something evoke those feelings again and yet still feel completely happy with the direction life has taken since. In my experience it’s a very rare piece of television that prompts such a reaction. In that sense I suppose you could say that one’s ultimate response to it depends upon personal experience. However, from what I’ve read, it’s so well done that it has had universal appeal. Either way, I loved it.
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    The GF Marmite Thread

    Interesting. I don’t like it. The peanut butter is weird in it. Can’t explain why; just a bit chemical tasting. I’m sticking with my personal Skippy Extra-Crunchy/Marmite XO* combo. *It’s back!!!
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    Skyfall - decent and probably the best of the Daniel Craig Bonds. However all of his ones seem to diminish with repeat viewing for me. 7/10.
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    The GF book thread

    Fucking great book! Never knew it had been a GCSE text though. That’s really surprised me. I’d love to teach it. I loved John Christopher in my early teens. Read pretty much everything he wrote.
  23. Watched the first two episodes of The Eddy on Netflix. Absolutely love it. Jazz/crime/Paris-tastic.
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    Playstation 5

    That has to be the single nerdiest thing I’ve ever watched! It’s is an absolute geek-fest! That said, that game looks absolutely incredible. What is it?