50 films: 1979 – Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht

I love Murnau’s Nosferatu. I’m not sure why I hadn’t seen Herzog’s remake, maybe because I didn’t think it would be worthy of sharing a name with the original. Here are a few idle thoughts after finally sitting down to watch it… It’s not as good as Murnau’s – but I never for a moment … Continue reading 50 films: 1979 – Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht

50 films: 2002 – Adaptation

Yep, for 2002 I chose the (recent-ish) Nicholas Cage film it’s OK to love, and I do rather love it. Cage is genuinely great, I guess he’s the sort of actor who needs the right role, rather than being able to make a role right. The rest of the cast is pretty good too, but … Continue reading 50 films: 2002 – Adaptation

50 albums: 1987 – Actually by The Pet Shop Boys

I’m not sure why I thought I didn’t like The Pet Shop Boys but they’re another of those bands that over the years I’ve avoided. There are tracks I know I’ve liked – I’ve always expressed a liking for Rent – but I can’t think of anything I don’t like, and surely you can’t decide … Continue reading 50 albums: 1987 – Actually by The Pet Shop Boys

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