Thursday, January 29, 2009

John Martyn RIP

I was very sorry to hear that John Martyn has passed away. He wrote some great songs. He was only 60 years old. Solid Air was a brilliant album.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I hate Ikea

A couple of weeks ago I had the misfortune of visiting Ikea. I need furniture for my flat and Ikea is a place that sells furniture.

It was a horrible experience. Wandering around the monstrosity of a store with hundreds of other zombies. Having to lift crates of flatpack furniture from poorly labelled shelving with rude, unhelpful staff.

The worst thing is that they charge extra for delivery and you have to queue again to arrange delivery. When I looked at the length of the two queues I abbandoned my trolley and left the shop, vowing to never enter again. That was the best part of my day.

Monday, January 05, 2009

The Spirit - Film Review

Avoid this film if you possibly can. The Spirit is one of the worst films I've ever seen.

It could have been good. The Spirit comic by Will Eisner is a classic. The Spirit was initially published in 1940. The strip was influential in terms of graphic design and story telling technique. The early strips are entertaining and look great.

Frank Miller, the director of The Spirit, is a highly regarded comic book creator in his own right. He wrote Batman: The Dark Knight Returns which is considered to be one of the best graphic novels of the '80s. He also wrote 300 and Sin City which were adapted into successful films.

Sadly, The Spirit just sucks. The story is nonsense. The acting is wooden. The visual style is annoying although it is rather unique. The visual style probably owes more to the work of Frank Miller that it does to Eisner.

I hope I never have to sit through this film again. At least 10 people walked out of the half-full cinema in Glasgow before the film ended. Do not waste your money.

A missed opportunity.