Category archives for Film

New Lovecraft Film Trailer

Here’s more info. Thanks to Asko for the heads-up!

Skiing Break

Last week was skiing break for my kids. I couldn’t find anywhere good to stay in the mountains, so we didn’t go off on holiday. Here’s what we did for fun instead. Dinner at the home of a Chinese friend. It was one of those no hablar parties that spouses in multi-ethnic marriages know all…

Avatar and the Gaia Hypothesis

[More blog entries about movies, avatar, tolkien, gaiahypothesis; film, avatar, tolkien, gaiahypotesen.] Today my mind was blown by James Cameron’s sf film Avatar in full-colour 3D. Some spoilers follow.

Office Boredom Art Video

From Birmingham art students Tanya Mircheva and Mihaela Calin, a clip about office-job boredom.

By Night He’s One Hell of a Lover

My wife and I watched the 2004 biopic Kinsey last night, about ground-breaking sexologist Alfred Kinsey. Good movie, good acting, interesting theme. And there’s an added perk for fans of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. To the extent that the Kinsey movie has a villain, it’s Alfred Kinsey’s colleague, Thurman Rice. Professor Rice is an…

Mohammed Rafi Rules

A few years ago my friend David the Psychonaut gave me an mp3 file with the greatest song, “Jan Pehechan-Ho” by Mohammed Rafi. And now another friend, Tanya the Cosmopolite, links to the song’s over-the top Bollywood dance number, straight from the 1965 film Gumnaam. Awesome! (As per standard Bollywood procedure, Rafi himself isn’t in…

Film Review: 10 MPH, 10 Yards

When I was offered a review copy of the new documentary film 10 Yards Fantasy Football, I replied, “No use sending that to a guy with no interest either in real nor imaginary football. But please do send me your award-winning 2006 Segway documentary road movie, 10 MPH Seattle to Boston!”. Film makers Hunter Weeks…

Film Review: The Real Tomb Hunters

Back in July I panned the History Channel’s documentary on the peopling of North America, Journey to 10,000 BC. Their publicist then sent me a recent re-issue of a 2005 film about adventurous archaeologists, The Real Tomb Hunters — Snakes, Curses and Booby Traps. Here are my impressions of that picture. Real Tomb Hunters, though…

Good New Vampire Movie

John Ajvide Lindqvist’s 2004 debut novel Låt den rätte komma in came as a pleasant surprise. From a stand-up comedian of respectable but unremarkable standing, suddenly we had this excellent vampire novel set in a staid Stockholm suburb in 1982 — a time and a place I personally know quite well. The novel is about…

Mahna Mahna

When was the last time you saw the Muppets perform “Mahna mahna”?