October 31, 2007
Who says there are no characters left in the game? Andy sure knows how to please a crowd with his comedy stylings. Some of his impressions are quite funny. If you like that sort of thing.
This ace, however, is no laughing matter.
I hear Roddick also does a great Terry Wogan… but not as good as this guy.
October 19, 2007
Who would have thought a chamber ensemble could kick ass like this! The Kronos Quartet rule!
“I’ve always wanted the string quartet to be vital, and energetic, and alive, and cool, and not afraid to kick ass and be absolutely beautiful and ugly if it has to be. But it has to be expressive of life. To tell the whole story with grace and humor and depth. And to tell the whole story, if possible.”
- – David Harrington
October 16, 2007
I know that seeing your favourite comedian or director do an ad for a huge mutlinational corporation is usually a stomach renching experience, but it’s hard to work up any vitriol when the results are this good.
Jerry Seinfeld for Amex
More Jerry Seinfeld for Amex
Wes Anderson for Amex
October 15, 2007
Another classic from the 90s. Anyone who’s recorded songs in over seven different languages is a good egg in my book. Manu Chao is on tour at the moment.
October 13, 2007
Here’s a clip of Elliott Smith performing at the 1998 Academy Awards. ‘Miss Misery’ was written for the Good Will Hunting soundtrack at the behest of Gas van Sant. The song was nominated for an Oscar, but in the end the award went to ‘My Heart Will Go On’ from Titanic. (You can hear some Titanic-style pipes coming from the orchestra.)
There’s no limit to the number of great things to say about Elliott and his music. He was one of the most outstanding songwriters of his generation. At times he sounded like Lennon and McCartney rolled into one. I could fill this whole blog with great clips, but I’ll limit myself to this little gem:
Elliott Smith – Coming Up Roses
October 11, 2007
I came across this band yonks ago, and for some reason I didn’t tell anyone about them. Even though it slipped my mind at the time, it was nice surprise to notice this video the other day.
One of the members is also responsible for this…which is quite, quite good too. The side project goes by the title, Big Spaceship.
October 2, 2007
All gameshows have the potential to provide hilarious blooper material from time to time, but the Countdown format just asks for it. The rude words are funny enough in themselves, but Vorderman and Whitley’s reactions really makes these clips extra-funny.
Two things about Countdown have always puzzled me:
1.I’ve always been really bothered by the fact that they have a full clock but they only ever used half of it. If they wanted a thirty second timer why not use a sand-based hourglass design. I’ve always wanted to see whether or not the lights beetween 6 and 12 light up in the same way, but in over a decade of Countdown it never occured to anyone to say ‘OK, just this once we’re going to let the clock go for a full minute.’
2. I’ve never understood why they repeated countdown at 4:30 in the morning. Did people who missed the afternoon show stay up to watch the repeat? Was it some kind of ploy to help insomniacs? It seems that Channel 4 only scheduled this program when you should be doing something else e.g. sleeping, working or homework.