BtVS: Choices

Buffy chooses to taunt her mother by applying to other universities knowing that she’s destined to stay in Sunnydale. Everyone chooses to ignore Wesley. Xander chooses to go on the road (although I believe he doesn’t?) Oz chooses to throw a pot across the room. Willow chooses the two key pages from the five volume … Continue reading BtVS: Choices

50 albums: 1986 – Parade by Prince and The Revolution

I understand Prince, I respect that he’s always pushing at the edges, constantly moving, but I don’t “get” him. It’s not for want of trying. Knowing that he’s the sort of artist that deserves my time and effort, every so often (usually separated by years not weeks) I’ll give it a go, I’ll try but … Continue reading 50 albums: 1986 – Parade by Prince and The Revolution

50 films: 1987 – Red Sorghum

The intention was that the film I was going to watch from 1987 was John Sayles’s Matewan, but I missed out on the DVD on eBay and then Hazel spotted Red Sorghum on Lovefilm, so on Sunday we watched that. It was probably a beautiful looking film, but not the version we saw, which looked … Continue reading 50 films: 1987 – Red Sorghum

50 albums: 1985 – Love Not Money by Everything But The Girl

I’ve previously blogged about how I eventually listened to Tracey Thorn’s first solo album, but even having finally succumbed and been utterly enchanted by A Distant Shore, I’ve still approached the Everything But The Girl catalogue with a little trepidation. My natural aversion to success (aka ‘snobbery’), that I’ve touched on a couple of times … Continue reading 50 albums: 1985 – Love Not Money by Everything But The Girl

Chairman of the Board by Count Basie

This album doesn’t fall into my 50 albums as it was released before I was born, but I’m listening to it now and rather enjoying it. As I mentioned before I’m currently doing (in a rather ad-hoc way) an online course in Jazz appreciation. Over the last couple of weeks the course has been focusing … Continue reading Chairman of the Board by Count Basie

50 films: 2004 – A Very Long Engagement

I love Jeunet’s films, they look tremendous, they have humour and sweetness and darkness and reward re-watching… and mostly they have Dominique Pinon which is a reason to love a film. A Very Long Engagement has all of that and Audrey Tautou, Jodie Foster and Marion Cotillard – so it doesn’t really need me to … Continue reading 50 films: 2004 – A Very Long Engagement

50 albums: 1984 – Reckoning by REM

As mentioned in the last post, 1983/1984 was the next significant move for me musically. I was at a loss, metal was clearly not going in the same direction as I was, and I needed direction. My dad helped out regularly at the local St John’s Ambulance book sales in Cobham, the book sales were … Continue reading 50 albums: 1984 – Reckoning by REM

50 albums: 1983 – Another Perfect Day by Motorhead

This is a little Motorhead history lesson, based not on research, but on the memories of a fan. In 1982, the band started recording the follow up to the hugely successful Ace of Spades, they decided that this time guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke would produce. This didn’t go well and, coupled with an ill-advised (and … Continue reading 50 albums: 1983 – Another Perfect Day by Motorhead