Monthly Archives: June 2014

“To Be Both Wanted And Desired…”

To be honest I’d never heard of The Festival Internacional de Benicàssim before yesterday, when I picked up a cheap DVD from a market stall, boasting live performances and interviews from 2003’s event. Apparently it’s an annual music fest which … Continue reading

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Smells Like Team Spirit

[Contains super-resilient charcoal graffiti and SPOILERS!!!] The front cover of Chak De! India (trans: Go, India!) (2007) features a large photo of the male lead* alone with his hockey stick, giving viewers fair warning that even though this film concerns … Continue reading

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“As Many Intelligent People Know…”

Ch4 started showing the first season of 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996) in the mornings a few weeks ago, without any sort of warning or advertising… so it took me a couple days to spot what the blighters were … Continue reading

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“But If Must Fight… Win!”

[Contains carefully-carried crickets and SPOILERS!!!] Despite proving a font of wisdom for Liz Lemon, The Next Karate Kid (1994) currently holds a rather measly rating of 8% at Rotten Tomatoes… and there’s no question that this is a bad, bad … Continue reading

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Mmmm…

Today’s iPlayer pick was Channel M, starring Morgana Robinson… which, unlike Meera Syal’s Playback, was less of a single-story “short” and more of a random assortment of impressions and skits… like a trailer/taster for a potential series, which I really … Continue reading

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The Playback Blues

Yesterday Auntie Beeb posted a number of all-star comedy shorts on its iPlayer site… and the first one I sucked down the tubes was Meera Syal‘s Playback. It runs for roughly nine minutes (including a slightly unnecessary introduction), and begins … Continue reading

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