And so the baton has been handed over to me. Yes, it’s Moose here. I’ve been lurking in the background for the past few days, making sure no-one has been caught in moderation, deleting spam etc. But it’s Sunday, so time for a roast.
I’m a big film fan and something that has always irritated me is the Hollywood tendancy to overlook everyone outisde the US when it comes to film websites. Most (not all, but most) film websites are geared towards the US audience, which means US release dates, US only competitions, US restricted access even on some sites. I was glad to read this week that I’m not the only person who thinks that when you put something on the internet it’s unfair to restrict it to one country.
Last week was the inaugural Slavery Memorial Day, prompting a tearful apology from London Mayor Ken Livingstone.
Teaxs has just executed its 400th person since the death penalty was re-introduced in 1976.
It was GCSE time this week. (national exams everyone takes at the age of 16 for any non-Brits reading). Once again the media knew the results before the students did, leading to stories like this one being posted the night before the results were due. I always think this is unfair on the kids that tried their best but didn’t do that well. Not everyone is academic; that doesn’t make them stupid, but the media going on and on about how easy the exams are probably does.
One of the scariest road junctions in the UK has been voted the top roadside attraction/distraction in a poll by the RAC. Spagetti Junction in Birmingham is a pretty impressive site from the air. Not sure I’d actually want to drive through it though.
If this keeps up, one day monkeys could take over the world. Better go warn Charlton Heston.
And finally, film trailers that have caught my eye this week:
Alvin and the Chipmunks – for 2 reasons: 1, my brother used to have an Alvin and Chipmunks record when we were little, and 2, what has happened to Jason Lee’s career?
Rendition – it’s interesting to see how quickly Hollywood is picking up on political/war stories these days.
The Last Legion – because ‘fantasy action adventure’ and ‘Colin Firth’ are not words that normally go together.
Enchanted – because it made me laugh, particularly James Marsden and the bicycles (near the end of the trailer)
The Nines – because I have no idea what’s going on here, but it still made me want to see it.