Monday, 29 October 2007


Zoolander made me laugh. But again, do I need this sitting on my shelf? Will I ever watch it again?
(I even watched it with my partner after we got together, just to be sure.)

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Being John Malkovich

Another great Charlie Kaufman scripted film. Another region 1 DVD I acquired too soon.
I eventually ended up with a region 2 copy through buying a gift for a family member, then finding out they didn't like the film!
Both copies sat on my shelf for far too long. The UK version has a better cover.
Say goodbye..!

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

I loved this film. Michel Gondry is a wonderful director and Charlie Kaufman an imaginative writer. Not a product which would generally fall foul of the great purge.

However, I won this DVD - which came shirkwrapped with a copy of the script - in a Time Out competition. Strangely, I won several Time Out competitions around the same time, also securing a copy of the Before Sunrise/Before Sunset boxed set (with a bottle of champagne). This was before they ran competitions on on-line forms. You had to buy the magazine and e-mail the answers.

So I won the competition, received the prize... and received the prize again.

The spare sat around for over a year before I decided it was time it went.


Wednesday, 24 October 2007

The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem

I meant to listen to The Marshall Mathers LP but I never got around to it.

I bought it secondhand from a colleague and never really found myself in the right mood.


Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Transient Random Noise Outbursts With Announcements by Stereolab

Some people write about music they don't like as if it's a fault of the artist: "I never really got such and such."

I am perfectly willing to accept the problem is mine. Such is the case with Stereolab and the album Transient Random Noise Outbursts With Announcements.

I buy too much music "just to hear" it. Having heard it, it sits on my shelf, never to be revisited. Occasionally I may pull it down, stick it on and get through a few songs before switching to something I enjoy more. This is a pity, because Stereolab are great, they're everything a cult act should be and they have made great albums, of which this is one.

I didn't give up on Stereolab. I listen when their music is played on the radio. I went to see them at Islington Academy around the time of "Margarine Eclipse"'s release. They were good! This album is good!

I just don't like it that much...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

I may have inadvertantly been responsible for the demise of the British publishing industry by buying Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

On returning from a week's holiday in Suffolk, I bought two copies from Sainsbury's - one for me, one for my partner - both of which were read over the weekend.

I sold my copy within three months of reading it.

I think I'm getting the hang of this.

Monday, 15 October 2007

28 Days Later

I bought 28 Days Later partly because I missed it at the cinema and partly because I like the director Danny Boyle.

I watched it. It wasn't bad, although the ending was a bit limp.

I watched all the extras.

And then it sat there on my shelf.

And I had to admit to myself I probably wasn't going to watch it again.