Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Blog-Royale June 22

Yo, it's been a while...wanted to share a few things I've enjoyed doing in 2011, so as to take this blog slightly more up to speed.

'Ghetts - Who's on the Panel' article HERE.

'Angles - A Short Essay in Ten Parts' article HERE.

My Domino Radio Show 'Hands Up Who Wants to Die' HERE.

Tom Vek fanzine introduction HERE.

My new band's first single available digitally HERE and physically HERE.



Sunday, October 3, 2010

Blog-Royale October 3

So this is pretty much one of the scariest things I've ever seen.

I'm just happy I wasn't a child in 1973 -

In less scary news, my friend Dev and I have a new blog about hip hip and movies, called 'The Filmatic', and it's right THURR!


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Blog-Royale July 4

It's not often I meet famous people. I mean, there was Lizo Mzimba, four fifths of Hear'say, Lloyd Grossman, Stingray from Neighbours, Jermaine Jackson at Harrods once...Warwick Davies twice. Like I said, it's not often I meet famous people.

A few Thursdays ago I had an encounter which was no exception, so please don't get excited. To set the scene, I was out with a friend at a club/bar. (N.B. I'm not a massively clubbing barring type, but occasionally I have found myself unexpectedly out of an evening, at a club and/or bar. I think the place in question is more of a club than a bar, but I'm not sure. If anyone knows the parameters/key differences, do fill me in - There's a comments section.)

Anyway, I was having an okay time, and felt like stirring up some conversation. Whilst in the little outside smoking area patio with a friend, we were introduced to an American named John. After exchanging brief pleasantries, he told my friend and I that he was a screen writer, although he didn't seem too forthcoming with the details of his work.

"Anything I might have seen?" is generally the 'go to' question for laymen such as myself when speaking to people in the movie business, and he responded by telling us about how he'd written a film called 'A Mighty Heart' that hadn't done too well at box office. It was clearly no 'Night at the Museum 2' as I had no recollection of the film, asking him if he was mistaken and had in fact meant 'Crazy Heart' or 'A Mighty Wind'. Probably not the best question to ask a Hollywood screen writer with cool glasses, but at least it got him to drop the bomb, revealing that he'd also written extensively for Steven Spielberg's 'Band of Brothers' AND had a CGI film about owls coming out (!).

Point taken.

Now that he'd cemented his legendary status in our minds as well as his own, conversation began flowing. We started to bounce around opinions about films and their stars, and when we got onto the subject of our favourite British actors, John beckoned a friend of his over to join us.

The friend in question seemed jovial, and as we were already on the subject of British actors, he asked me who I'd put in my top five. (un)Luckily for him, this is a topic that I often go over and over in my head, almost as if practicing for this very conversation, so I was immediately ready with a few names, that I think you'll agree more than earn a place at the table of champi(gn)ons.

In no particular order:

Tim Curry (1946 - now)

Greatest roles: The hotel manager in 'Home Alone 2', Wadsworth in 'Clue', Pennywise in 'It', Lord Greville Boynton in 'Agatha Christie's Poirot: Appointment with Death.'

John Hannah (1962 - now)

Greatest roles: Jonathan Carnahan in 'The Mummy', Jonathan Carnahan in 'The Mummy Returns', Jonathan Carnahan in 'The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor', Dr Gerard in 'Agatha Christie's Poirot: Appointment with Death.'

Christopher Eccleston (1964 - now)

Greatest roles: Stephen Baxter in The Second Coming, Seminar Leader in eXistenZ, Frank Carter in Agatha Christie's Poirot: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

David Suchet (1946 - now)

Greatest roles: A bigfoot hunter in Harry and the Hendersons, all 62 episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot.


But before I could think of number five (looking back, it would have had to be Sean Bean for the win), or get on to the finer points of Curry's performance in Muppet Treasure Island, I realised that I kind of recognised the guy we were talking to. Not John who we'd met first, but his friend who was also wearing cool glasses). It slowly dawned on me that I'd seen him in loads of films, but I couldn't quite put my finger on his name.

Identifying him was especially hard with the glasses he was wearing. I've included an artist's impression of what I saw that night:


As I'd only named four out of my five favourite British actors thus far, it dawned on me that if I managed to find out this guy's name, there might be a 7/10 punchline available to me a few minutes down the line in the conversation. So I waited for the duo to get distracted and then leaned over to my friend to whisper something along the lines of "I swear this guy's in Harry Potter and the 2006 Omen re-make, what's his name again?" ... I was pretty sure that the response I heard was "David Lewis" although looking back I'm not so sure.

But being the 'upset everyone, ask questions later' guy that I am, I went straight in for the grand finale, expecting high fives and roars of laughter all around me.

"My fifth favourite British actor is a guy you probably haven't heard of, but I think he's pretty special - he's called David Lewis".


After a few seconds, David Thewlis scratched his head and replied - "David Lewis?...does he play the dad in Billy Eliot?"


Sunday, May 30, 2010

Blog-Royale May 30

I just received this email from a friend, and thought you might enjoy it as much as I did. I've censored some of the names to protect identities...

"Here are some things you'll be interested in, that no one else really knows about because A: No one cares and B: I really don't talk to anyone anymore :

The day before I came out to L.A I went on a date. yeah you heard me. A date. With a 35 yr old. Yeah you heard me again..
She owns restaurants and music venues in NY. Like four pretty big ones. I'd actually forgotten what she looked like, turns out she was.....

Not that hot,
Anyway. She's actually going to be in L.A for "vacation" next week.

Next. I went to a party with ***** ***** recently. (VERY HOT.. seriously.) and she was talking about setting me up with a friend of hers who's an actress (because I said to her.. I want to start dating actresses. My logic - all girls are completely crazy insane and don't really care about male feelings, so why not just go for the crux of it all!?) who is apparently so crazy her nickname is "2012". This girl turned up. We hung for a bit. Literally minutes. Then said she had to leave to go to Kid Cudi's studio (i shit you not)... later that night she texts me saying she got my number from ***** and to "call whenever".

I looked the girl up and it is this person who was apparently in Fast and Furious : Tokyo Drift.


Tomorrow, at the house we're recording / living in we're having a memorial day BBQ / Pool Party. She's going to come down.

But the truth is, of course, thinking of ++++++ doesn't make me want to kill myself with a knife to the face anymore. BUT now i'm at the point where I'm trying to force myself to like girls, even though I clearly love girls. but truth remains, I don't like anyone at the moment. It's a classic heart and mind scenario.

Now, at some point, remind me to tell you the 'Call of Duty' story then we'll be completely up to date. x

Friday, April 30, 2010

Blog-Royale April 30

I'm blogging today for two reasons.

1. Rick Moranis has quit acting.


Maybe you knew this. I didn't. What makes it all the more shocking is that the last film he appeared in (I'm not counting voice acting) actually came out in 1997.

Thirteen years ago!

It was 'Honey We Shrunk Ourselves' and I remember taking it out at Prime Time Video probably that very same year, and since then I haven't once thought "I wonder what Moranis is up to"...I just assumed he'd reached a state of post-peak diminishing returns usually reserved for legends such as Carrey and Williams (Robin, although I could probably say the same for Robbie).

But no, he's gone, having retired very nobly, to look after his children a little while after his wife died. But somewhat ironically, in dedicating his life to his own kids, he's denied any child under thirteen the right to a Rick Moranis film in their life time...sad stuff.

"I'm a single parent and I just found that it was too difficult to manage raising my kids and doing the traveling involved in making movies. So I took a little bit of a break. And the little bit of a break turned into a longer break, and then I found that I really didn't miss it"

There's rumours of a comeback in Ghostbusters 3, which I pray to God sees the light of day. Because nobody should have to go out on a straight to video sequel. That's just low.

I'm looking at you Eugene Levy:

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2. New music.

Since Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man went on hiatus last year (after writing but not recording our third record) I've been working on musical material of my own, generally alone, and generally in my bedroom, the room in which I'd wager I've spent 75% of the last eighteen months. I've mentioned some of the comings and goings of this new project on the blog before, but until now, haven't really been happy enough with any of the results to start playing gigs or give it a name or whatever.

But now I'm kind of happy, and there's not going to be a big song and dance...but, well there are going to be big songs actually. And although an album's not 100% written, the 80% that is there is pretty strong. And that's as close as I'll ever get to telling you something I've done is really good, unless I get the chance to one day star in an American Pie spin-off.

Anyway, information and links here as it happens.



Friday, April 2, 2010

Blog-Royale April 2

Over the past few months, American Apparel have been touring a 'rummage sale' in which they set up temporary outlet stores and sell items of excess stock with huge discounts. They recently announced that they'd be hosting one of these events on Brick Lane over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, selling items from as little as £1, as advertised below:

I don't really know the details, but they had some sort of pre sale-opening today (Friday April 2nd), and somewhere along the line, the following occurred...

Video courtesy of 'AAfailday'.