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I actually thought Robyn was one of the only things in the show that doesn't work for me. Every second she was on the screen was a second I was hoping something else was on the screen. But that's the point - that's the only point that's of… [more]
favorited 11 times, recently by naoko, littlesq
FanFare comment - 10 hours ago

Although if this means they switch to What's New, Pussycat?, I have no problem with that. [more]
favorited 14 times, recently by Pink Frost, gingerest, thetarium, two or three cars parked under the stars, Rock Steady, palomar, sneebler, allthinky, thivaia, notyou, Naberius, Optamystic, Dysk, tobascodagama
MeFi comment - 17 hours ago

Strike gently away from the body. Keep away from children. – Anonymous Matchbox [more]
favorited 11 times, recently by drunkonthemoon
MetaTalk comment - 2 days ago

It was nice to see that she got to grow up in a part of Hampstead that was exactly like California, and apparantly untouched by rationing. (Yes, I realise they don't have the budget for anything else, but that was as much England as the London… [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by dorothyisunderwood, TheWhiteSkull
FanFare comment - 3 days ago

Anyone who wants to sing along, here are the words: Ground floor perfumery, Stationery and leather goods, Wigs and haberdashery Kitchenware and food Going up. First floor telephones, Gents ready-made suits, Shirts, socks, ties, hats,… [more]
favorited 5 times, recently by kcds, Celsius1414, narancia
Music comment - 4 days ago

My favorite was always 'Allo, 'Allo. Mainly for the terrible accents. I'm sure I've mentioned this on here before, but the terrible accents in 'Allo 'Allo were a wonderful conceit: when a character is speaking in a terrible accent,… [more]
favorited 6 times, recently by low_horrible_immoral, Joakim Ziegler, rakaidan, Drastic, adamt, Just this guy, y'know
MeFi comment - 4 days ago

One of my favourite things about Infinite Jest is that because there are so many endnotes it's impossible to know how far you are from the end until you trip over it and go "Hey, wait, it's over?". It's the only book I can… [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by spacewaitress, Spathe Cadet, fiercecupcake
MeFi comment - 5 days ago

We've had at least one FPP about Indian tiffin wallahs who have a hugely sophisticated system to bring workers their lunch "steaming hot straight from your wife's kitchen". This is probably less exploitative than that; it certainly… [more]
favorited 55 times, recently by Superplin, skoosh, willb2, Anhedonic Donkey, msali, Serf, dustsquid, abhardcastle, krinklyfig, Wilder, Megami, airing nerdy laundry, scrump, joseph conrad is fully awesome, lalochezia, oceanjesse, mpc, Purposeful Grimace, emilypdx, burgerrr, workerant, the Real Dan, ZeusHumms, monotreme, trunk muffins, Mrs. Davros, Hairy Lobster, ursus_comiter, delicious-luncheon, breakin' the law, suddenly, and without warning,, invokeuse, erisfree, yesster, rtha, thivaia, blucevalo, lord_wolf, jb
MeFi comment - 6 days ago

It's still a good question. Perhaps a better question. [more]
favorited 45 times, recently by spacewaitress
MeFi comment - 11 days ago

Watching the episode this came from, by the way - a tour through the great record producers with Nile Rodgers, from Motown and Joe Meek to Mark Ronson (well, it's their programme, and he's probably more TV friendly than Nigel Godrich, who does turn… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by putzface_dickman
MeFi comment - 14 days ago

The Phantom Tollbooth is an interpretation of The Pilgrim's Progress, isn't it? Chuck Jones made a movie of it that I enjoyed very much when I was a kid. I've just realised I saw it over forty years ago. Unh. There's something a… [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by forgetful snow, Emperor SnooKloze, Artw
MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

The thing about Chris Chibnall is that he seems to be what TV commissioners think of as competent rather than interesting or inspired, so we're in for several seasons of competent television. Personally, I'd have much rather Whithouse, but then I'm… [more]
favorited 6 times, recently by DirtyOldTown, brilliantmistake, Catblack, joseph conrad is fully awesome, Artw, angeline
MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I've been in a place (like literally, physically, a place - it's not a metaphor for my emotional state) for a few days where I can't actually listen to any music. To complicated to explain. But the songs on Blackstar are, one by one, playing… [more]
favorited 6 times, recently by thetortoise, Devoidoid, naju, rtha, rhizome, Capybara
MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Ah, yes. Hope. Hope is the foundation of disappointment. [more]
favorited 5 times, recently by Tehhund, quonsar II: smock fishpants and the temple of foon, entropicamericana, tilde, tobascodagama
MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Confessions of a Vinyl Junkie - Bowie's 25 Albums Annotated. Fascinating. Includes Florence Foster Jenkins, Robert Wyatt, The Elektrosoniks and Linton Kwesi Johnson. (Apologies if linked before - I couldn't find it.) [more]
favorited 5 times, recently by rongorongo, Brian B., valetta, rory, ob1quixote
MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

This fetishisation of the military and desperate belief in one's own cultural superiority - this is what end of empire looks like. Like late on in a mid-life crisis, when you've gone beyond the red sports car, combing over the bald spot and trying to… [more]
favorited 17 times, recently by willb2, The Card Cheat, dorey_oh, sevenofspades, txmon, MikeKD, maxwelton, waitangi, Pink Frost, Mrs. Davros, Oyéah, entropicamericana, box, adamsc, kewb, JHarris, tavella
MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

When has that ever worked for more than five minutes? I mean, we can basically blame Islsmism on that shit (given that it ratcheted up in U.S.-client Egypt's torture chambers on the one hand and the overthrow of U.S. plant the Shah of Iran on… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by feckless fecal fear mongering
MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I think at this point "bad, fake haircuts" is how they code for "set at some point in the relatively recent past". [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by naoko, latkes
FanFare comment - 2 weeks ago

Oh, and aren't "military contractors" essentially mercenaries? [more]
favorited 13 times, recently by MikeKD, maxwelton, waitangi, Mrs. Davros, scaryblackdeath, branduno, Death and Gravity, suelac, entropicamericana, Emos, dr_dank, blueberry, JHarris
MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

There was never a weak Bowie period. That's sort of what I meant - Bowie was at the heart of the culture from 1972 to 1983, and then the zeitgeist moved on leaving him behind with megastar status and an insane amount of money. But the… [more]
favorited 16 times, recently by halonine, kryptondog, magstheaxe, johnasdf, all the versus, fifthrider, clockzero, jbenben, bakerina, wenestvedt, tip120, the phlegmatic king, pxe2000, rory, naju, Senor Cardgage
MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

It will be interesting to listen to Blackstar again today, already a likely contender for my Album of the Year. One thing that has been increasingly clear to me in the run-up to its release is how difficult it is to convey to people for whom… [more]
favorited 37 times, recently by kryptondog, phoebus, FelliniBlank, northtwilight, Hey Dean Yeager!, EXISTENZ IS PAUSED, seyirci, missmerrymack, FireFountain, gamera, clockzero, uberchet, jbenben, eckeric, MidStream, rewil, nadawi, SisterHavana, Twain Device, Optamystic, pxe2000, comealongpole, Fig, wallabear, rory, nicolin, rongorongo, persona au gratin, Scram, ravelite, Rhaomi, lisa g, Mezentian, mostlymartha, all the versus, Senor Cardgage, naju
MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

I heard once that a South American film director had said about Tarantino that he depicted violence as someone who had never experienced it. I think that's about right - if there's one thing about him it's that he's completely failed to (pardon the… [more]
favorited 4 times, recently by quadrant seasons
MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

So the video calling out clichés is in itself a cliché. [more]
favorited 5 times, recently by davidpriest.ca, symbioid, aught, Dee Grim, heyitsgogi
MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

Ooh, and if anyone's in the market for Bowie obscurities, check out Baal, his ep of songs from the Brecht play. It - in particular The Drowned Girl - really shows what an incredible vocalist he could be. Wonderfully intimate,… [more]
favorited 7 times, recently by jason_steakums, nikitabot, Ariadne, clockzero, jbenben, sinnesloeschen, nicolin
MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

the economy that makes people desperate for jobs The "economy" is capitalism, or at least the form of rentier capitalism that's being foisted upon us. It's not accidental or natural that this is happening. It is something that… [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by ryanshepard, Pope Guilty
MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

I thought it has been demonstrated that the type of therapy is a lot less significant than the skill of the specific therapist. Perhaps the opposite has now been demonstrated. Science moves so fast. [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by sweetkid, thelonius
MeFi comment - 4 weeks ago

Didn't we do this thread the other day, or is my short-term memory as fucked as I'm afraid it is? [more]
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MeFi comment - Last month

So, are all men called Bundy objectionable in one way or another? Can history present us with an acceptable Bundy? [more]
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MeFi comment - Last month

Any dead character who can only be identified from dental records isn't really dead. [more]
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FanFare comment - Last month

As someone who lived in London through the 1980s and 1990s I find it odd that we're suddenly supposed to fold when faced by the usually quite vague threat of Islamists. Given the kind of terrorist attacks that regularly arose then. We didn't change… [more]
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MeFi comment - Last month

Another recent case is Myrtle Coghill, a 92-year-old woman from South Africa who is so frail she might not survive the flight (let alone the tender ministrations of the security operatives who would take her to the plane). Even the Daily Express is… [more]
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MeFi comment - Last month


It's a traditional Dr Who story type, called Base Under Siege. I think writers who grew up as fans of the series (which includes Gatiss as well as Moffatt and Davies), enjoy doing something fiercely traditional (particularly if they can do… [more]
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FanFare comment - Last month

I like the show as it is. There isn't anything else much like it, apart from recent Dr Who, and I like that too. If everything on TV was like those two shows, perhaps I'd have a problem with it, but it's not. TV is full of solemn people… [more]
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FanFare comment - Last month

The Creation of Manchester was Factory, wasn't it? Or was Creation the Factory of London? [more]
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MeFi comment - Last month

I also think the word TWAT doesn't have quite the same ring in North America as it does in England. I've long had a theory that the most popular swearwords in the UK are the ones that have a certain amount of scope for either guttural… [more]
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MeFi comment - Last month

Speaking of iconic views of St. Paul's - it was just the 75th anniversary of this famous photo. December 29th 1940 - the Second Fire of London. Famously, Churchill specifically ordered that St Pauls be defended at all costs. The… [more]
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MeFi comment - Last month

Oh, internet how could I have doubted you? [more]
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MeFi comment - Last month

My wife just showed me a Japanese fan manga of Q dressing up his cats in Christmas clothes and putting them on Instagram. There's a whole audience whose interest in the last couple of Bond movies revolves around Q. Occasionally my wife will take a… [more]
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MeFi comment - Last month

I'm disappointed that it's been over five hours and no one seems to have torrented the movie and synced the Radiohead track with the credits sequence yet. Get a move on, internet. [more]
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MeFi comment - Last month

When we get closer to nature, we do our overstressed brains a favour. Unless nature is represented by, y'know, a lion. [more]
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MeFi comment - Last month

Oh, and more on track: springlike conditions in midwinter with a cold snap possible before the actual spring is an agricultural disaster waiting to happen, isn't it? [more]
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MeFi comment - Last month

Deity-of-your-choice bless John Hoare. The things he covers - edit news like this, continuity and jingles, mostly - are the glue that hold television together and invisible until someone points them out to you. Then it's difficult not to see them. [more]
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MeFi comment - Last month

at least it's not "Bad dude bent on revenge!!!!!" which seems to have become the basis of the entire franchise It has to be said, most of popular cinema now boils down to "Bad dude bent on [something]!!!!!". If you don't… [more]
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FanFare comment - Last month

Is this the one about the fucking space hairdresser and the cowboy? He's got a tinfoil pal and a pedal bin. His father's a robot and he's fucking fucked his sister. Lego. They're all made of fucking Lego. (FWIW, Star Wars wasn't… [more]
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MeFi comment - Last month

How can I learn to read rhythm as quickly as possible? Learning any specific thing as quickly as possible involves targeted practice of that thing. If it's Piazolla, I'm guessing there's a fair amount of repetition of rhythmic patterns… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last month

The money in cultural projects has always gone to the people who control the means of distribution, whether it be YouTube or the record companies or the people who owned concert halls and the entrepreneurs who promoted the concerts (going way way… [more]
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MeFi comment - Last month

I suspect that the singular they will go largely unnoticed even by those who oppose it on principle. Exactly. [more]
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MeFi comment - Last month

Incidentally, the prophecy came true right there in the episode - at least three possible candidates for the Hybrid stood in the ruins of Gallifrey. The Time Lords were self-involved enough to think that this would involve conquest of some kind or… [more]
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FanFare comment - Last month

This is the point where the editorial team just started arranging the characters for the final showdown and winnowing out some of the inconvenient supporting cast. Many of the other characters need to be reduced to simple behaviours in order to get… [more]
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