Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Radiohead and Beck
We made it to Marley Park and picked up the tickets shortly before Beck started playing. He started off with ‘Loser’ an excellent choice. I really enjoyed Beck’s performance and the band was great. The music was upbeat and they injected plenty of humour into their performance. The video towards the end of the puppets day out in Dublin culminating in them trashing Radiohead’s dressing room was very funny. After Beck had finished his set there was a bit of a break before Radiohead arrived on stage. Radiohead played for over an hour and a half which was great. I love their first three albums and when they played songs from these it was fantastic. The highlight of the convert was when everyone sang ‘Karma Police’ which is a personal favourite of mine. They played a good encore and even managed to squeeze ‘Creep’ in before the end. I sort of thought that they probably wouldn’t play it but they did a really enthusiastic version of it considering the millions of times that they must have performed it in the past. I was less enthused about their newer music but overall I really enjoyed the concert. If anyone hears that Beck is playing a solo concert in Ireland in the near future let me know!
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Love Island Final
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Quote of the Week
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
French existentialist author & philosopher (1913 - 1960)
Monday, August 21, 2006
These Boots Were Made for Walking
Friday, August 18, 2006
Quote of the Week
Ralph Waldo Emerson
US essayist & poet (1803 - 1882)
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Friday, August 11, 2006
Quote of the Week
US author, diplomat, inventor, physicist, politician, & printer (1706 - 1790)
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Friday, August 04, 2006
I’ve been a bit of a Batman fan since I was a kid. They used to show re-runs of the old 1960’s Batman TV series, which starred Adam West and Burt Ward, late on a Saturday morning. The old show had a lot going for it – a cheesy script, over the top outfits, the bat signal, the bat car and the batcave, as well as lots of gadgets and special effects that looked hilarious. My favourite thing about the old show was the fight scenes when words like ‘POW’ and ‘WHAM’ would pop up on the screen to signify the ferociousness of the onscreen fighting and they also looked like comic book style sound effects. The 1960’s TV series was very colourful with psychedelic costumes and an endless line-up of mad villains. The show had a pompous sounding narrator that uttered the immortal lines – ‘same bat time, same bat channel’ at the end of each show making sure that viewers tuned in next week to find out how the dynamic duo would escape from the clutches of another evil villian.
Batman (1989) – In 1989 Tim Burton brought out an excellent Batman movie and kick started a new wave of Batman films. I loved this film when I went to see it. Michael Keaton played Bruce Wayne/Batman, Jack Nicholson played the Joker and Kim Basinger played Vicki Vale, the love interest. The film’s dark tone is closer to the original comics than the 1960’s TV series which was very camp. Michael Keaton is an unlikely choice for Batman but does an excellent job as the mysteries hero that may or may not be slightly unbalanced. Jack Nicholson is great as the Joker and brings a lot of colour to the film.
Batman Returns (1992) –
Michael Keaton reprised his role of Batman in Tim Burton’s second Batman film ‘Batman Returns’. Again the film is dark like its predecessor but this time there are two villains instead of one. Michelle Pfeiffer takes on the role of Catwoman and Danny De Vito plays the Penguin. Both do an excellent job especially De Vito as the Penguin. Although the characters in the film were good the script wasn’t great and I didn’t like this film as much as Burton’s previous offering.
Batman Forever (1995) –
Joel Schumacher directed the third Batman film and Val Kilmer took on the role of Batman. This film was more colourful and lighter than the previous two Burton films. There was two villains – The Riddler, played by Jim Carey, and Two face, played by Tommy Lee Jones. The film also starred Nicole Kidman as Dr. Chase Meridian and Chris O’Donnell as Dick Grayson/Robin. I was disappointed with this film. There is too much going on with lots of colour and flashy scenes but ultimately it’s an empty sort of film. Val Kilmer was ok as Batman but I preferred Keaton.
Batman and Robin (1997) – Joel Schumacher returned as director for the fourth film in the series but Val Kilmer was replaced by George Clooney as Batman. This film was even more colourful and sillier than the last Schumacher film. The costumes were even crazier too – why did the Batman suit have protruding nipples? The script was truly awful, I found myself predicting lines while watching the film in the cinema. Again I think that the film was too crowded with character with two villains and Batgirl being added to the mix. The villains, Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy, were played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Uma Thurman while Batgirl was played by Alicia Silverstone. Although George Clooney looked great in black there wasn’t much he could do with the script and Chris O’Donnell was as annoying as ever.
Batman Begins (2005) – Christopher Nolan took over directing duties from Joel Schumacher for the fifth Batman film which was a blessing considering the last two films that had been made. Overall I enjoyed this film a lot, Christian Bale worked well as Batman and I loved the casting of Michael Caine as Alfred. Cillian Murphy was extremely creepy as the villain Scarecrow. Apparently he actually auditioned for the part of Batman and when he didn’t get it he was asked to audition for the part of the Scarecrow. I don’t think that Katie Holmes added much to the film, she didn’t really seem to suit the part. Gary Oldman was good as Jim Gordon and I loved Morgan Freeman’s part as Lucius Fox. The start of the film was a bit long and it took a while for it to get going but I loved the action and all the bat gear. I cheered as each new bat gadget was introduced. This film was a return to form and a more believable and watchable Batman than the last few Joel Schumacher films.
The Dark Knight - Summer 2008 (tbc)
It was announced recently that there will be a follow up to last year’s blockbuster ‘Batman Begins’. Christopher Nolan is set to direct his second batman film entitled ‘The Dark Knight’. The script is written by Jonathon Nolan and is based on a story by Christopher Nolan and David Goyer. Christian Bale will resume his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Heath Ledger has been cast as the Joker. It will be interesting to see how the Joker character is handled this time. Will he be camp and funny or dark and menacing? It should be a very watchable film with Bale and Ledger facing off against each other.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Quote of the Week
George Bernard Shaw
Irish dramatist & socialist (1856 - 1950)
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Some Recent Films
The Lake House – I was expecting this to be awful. It always sends a chill down my spine when they ‘reunite’ two actors in a romcom more than ten years after they have starred in a success film together. Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock starred in Speed back in 1994 and then Keanu Reeves had the good sense not to sign up to Speed 2. This film wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, although it is better if you don’t dwell on the whole time travel/time separation issue. Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock worked well together and the story was told in an appealing way plus I liked the cute dog that they shared. Keanu Reeves and a cute dog in the film what more could you ask for?
The Break Up – This film is not a typical feel good romantic comedy basically because it isn’t very romantic or funny. The story shows the break up of a couple that are living together and while there is the odd laugh it’s actually kind of sad. At times I wanted to bang their heads together and at other times I didn’t really care what happened to the main characters. If you are looking for a romantic comedy, look elsewhere.