Saturday, 28 February 2015

In February I...

...watched the following films:
Breathe (Respire) - dir. Mélanie Laurent
Les Gazelles - dir. Mona Achache
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie) - dir. Luis Buñuel
The Refuge/Hideaway (Le Refuge) - dir. François Ozon
A Most Violent Year - dir. J.C. Chandor
Down By Law - dir. Jim Jarmusch
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon - dir. Mike Myers
The Warriors - dir. Walter Hill
Mea Culpa - dir. Fred Cavayé
The Last Metro (Le Dernier Metro) - dir. Francois Truffaut
Venus In Fur (La Vénus à la fourrure) - dir. Roman Polanski
My Night at Maud's (Ma nuit chez Maud) - dir. Eric Rohmer
Straight Time - dir. Ulu Grosbard
Black Book (Zwartboek) - dir. Paul Verhoeven
In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten) - dir. Hans Petter Moland
Life's A Breeze - dir. Lance Daly
The Sacrament - dir. Ti West
Hummingbird/Redemption - dir. Steven Knight
The Duke of Burgundy - dir. Peter Strickland
The Keep - dir. Michael Mann
Starring Adam West - dir. James E. Tooley
Patrick's Day - dir. Terry McMahon
Cake - dir. Daniel Barnz
Angel - dir. François Ozon
Wake In Fright - dir. Ted Kotcheff

...also rewatched:
Inherent Vice - dir. Paul Thomas Anderson

...also watched:
Inside Amy Schumer S2
Friday Night Dinner S3
A Touch of Cloth III
Moone Boy S1 the following music:
No Monster Club - People Are Weird
Sonny & The Sunsets - Talent Night at the Ashram

...did my Netflix piece on people undertaking journeys

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Sunday Spotify - 22/02/15

1. "Go Out" - Blur
2. "Cumbia De Donde" - Calexico
3. "Huarache Lights" - Hot Chip
4. "Still Sound" - Toro Y Moi
5. "History Eraser" - Courtney Barnett
6. "Original Love" - The Feelies
7. "Let My Baby Ride" - R.L. Burnside
8. "Friday On My Mind" - The Easybeats
9. "Little Boys with Shiny Toys" - Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
10. "The World (Is Going Up In Flames)" - Charles Bradley
11. "I Got You (At The End Of The Century)" - Wilco
12. "Some Days I'm Golden All Night" - Josh Rouse
13.. "A New Wave" - Sleater-Kinney
14. "The Competition" - The Dodos
15. "Apply Some Pressure" - Maximo Park

Monday, 2 February 2015

Sunday Spotify - 01/02/15

  1. "Seance of Light" - Jape
  2. "First Light" - Django Django
  3. "In The Tall Grass" - The Charlatans
  4. "The Power of Three" - Belle & Sebastian
  5. "Pour un infidèle" - Coeur De Pirate
  6. "Je T'aime" - Francoise Hardy
  7. "Lalalove You" - BB Brunes
  8. "After The Lights Go Out" - The Walker Brothers
  9. "False Hope" - Laura Marling
  10. "Hazel" - Tweedy
  11. "Adult Diversion" - Alvvays
  12. "Black and White" - The dB's
  13. "Raspberry Beret" - Hindu Love Gods

Saturday, 31 January 2015

In January I...

...watched the following films:
The Stag - dir. John Butler
The Out-of-Towners - dir. Arthur Hiller
A Long Way Down - dir. Pascal Chaumeil
Enemy - dir. Denis Villeneuve
Foxcatcher - dir. Bennett Miller
Birdman - dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu
Paddington - dir. Paul King
Blood Ties - dir. Guillame Canet
Big Eyes - dir. Tim Burton
The Theory of Everything - dir. James Marsh
What Richard Did - dir. Lenny Abrhamson
Gloria - dir. Sebastián Lelio
Leaves of Grass - dir. Tim Blake Nelson
Smashed - dir. James Ponsoldt
Ex_Machina - dir. Alex Garland
Whiplash - dir. Damien Chazelle
Wild - dir. Jean-Marc Vallée
Kingsman: The Secret Service - dir. Matthew Vaughn
20 Feet From Stardom - dir. Morgan Neville
Charles Bradley: Soul of America - dir. Poull Brien
Happy Christmas - dir. Joe Swanberg
Attenberg - dir. Athina Rachel Tsangari
Exhibition - dir. Joanna Hogg
Inherent Vice - dir. Paul Thomas Anderson

...also re-watched:
Locke - dir. Steven Knight
Heathers - dir. Michael Lehmann
Blazing Saddles - dir. Mel Brooks

...also watched:
Louis CK: Live at the Comedy Store
Garfunkel & Oates S1
Veep S3

...saw Tweedy (keep it country) in Vicar Street

...also read the following:
We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler
Ayoade on Ayaode - Richard Ayoade
A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy O'Toole

...did my Netflix recommendations on films with low budgets

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Sunday Spotify - 18/01/15

  1. "Shake Some Action" - Flamin' Groovies
  2. "Werewolves of London" - Warren Zevon
  3. "Cruel To Be Kind" - Nick Lowe
  4. "Welcome To The Working Week" - Elvis Costello
  5. "Back of my Hand" - Jags
  6. "Living In The Real World" - Blondie
  7. "Going Down To Liverpool" - The Bangles
  8. "Thankfully Not Living in Yorkshire It Doesn't Apply" - Dexy's Midnight Runners
  9. "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" - Billy Joel
  10. "Have Love Will Travel" - The Sonics
  11. "Peaches" - The Stranglers
  12. "Neat Neat Neat" - The Damned
  13. "Waiting For The Man" - David Bowie
  14.  "20th Century Boy" - T.Rex

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

In December I...

...watched the following films:
X-Men: Days of Future Past - dir. Bryan Singer
Out of Here - dir. Donal Foreman
Finding Vivian Maier - dir. John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
The Rover - dir. David Michôd
Life of Crime - dir. Daniel Schechter
Ida - dir. Pawel Pawlikowski
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - dir. Matt Reeves
The Possibilities are Endless - dir. Edward Lovelace & James Hall
Godzilla - dir. Gareth Evans
Begin Again - dir. John Carney
Chef - dir. Jon Favreau
One Million Dubliners - dir. Aoife Kelleher
St. Vincent - dir. Theodore Melfi
The Homesman - dir. Tommy Lee Jones
Silent Night, Deadly Night - dir. Charles E. Sellier Jr.
Leaving (Partir) - dir. Catherine Corsini the following films:
We Are The Best! (Vi är bäst!) - dir. Lukas Moodysson
The Royal Tenenbaums - dir. Wes Anderson
Raising Arizona - dir. Joel Coen
Mistaken For Strangers - dir. Tom Berninger
The Last Waltz - dir. Martin Scorsese

...also watched:
Toast of London S2
Greg Proops - Live at Musso and Frank
Bill Burr - I'm Sorry You Feel That Way
Mike Birbiglia: What I Should Have Said Was Nothing
The Apprentice UK S10
Siblings S1
Burning Love S3
Black Mirror S2 and Xmas Special
Top Of The Lake S1
Him & Her S3
Brooklyn Nine Nine S1

...saw Gruff Rhys (w/Martin Carr) at the Pepper Canister the following music:
She & Him - Classics the following:
Not That Kind of Girl - Lena Dunham
I Am Zlatan - Zlatan Ibrahimovic as told to David Lagercrantz

Did my End of Year Lists
Music -
Movies -
Miscellaneous -

Contributed my Year in Film Diary to and along with a bunch of other fine folk contibruted my top ten films in the year to go with theirs.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Other stuff I enjoyed from 2014

Some more listing of stuff I read, watched or heard.


Well True Blood finally called it a day with a typically mixed season, I really will miss its cheesy dialogue and ability to just change a story arc mid sentence. Game of Thrones hit its usual level and didn't really drag for a bit at any point this year and the much talked about True Detective was alright if slightly too hard boiled for myself. The Bridge (Bron/Broen) improved in its second series surprisingly (what an ending!) and Sherlock was excellent again (what an ending!)

Good year for sketch shows particularly Cardinal Burns and Key and Peele, fledgling sitcoms Broad City, The Walshes, and Vic and Bob's House of Fools and returning shows like Louie, Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (with added Chris Morris), Toast of London (I really think Matt Berry and Arthur Matthews have a good thing going) and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia continues to improve each series which is no mean feat, particularly enjoyed "The Gang Broke Dee" and "The Gang Tries Disparately to Win an Award". I also enjoyed most of Inside No.9, which was all over the place category wise. Didn't get round to Veep and Parks and Rec yet unfortunately but I'm sure they would have been highlights otherwise.


Live shows started well catching fellow food lover Jim Gaffigan, next came Paul Merton and his Impro Chums which included Mike McShane. Ralph Garman brought his many impressions while Kevin Smith enjoyed a load of Baby Guinnesses at Hollywood Babble-On. The Vodafone Comedy Festival at Iveagh Gardens was great again, highlights were Rhys Darby, Nate Bargatze, Anthony Jeselnik, David O'Doherty as well Romesh Ranganathan and Bobby Mair and also a thirty second conversation with Eddie Pepitone on the way in one day. Highlight of the year though was Todd Barry with support Jarlath Regan in the Sugar Club, so so so so so good and the year was rounded out with great sets by Lee Mack, Dave Gorman and Alan Davies. Also saw Foil Arms and Hog this year for the first time and loved Begorrah at the Smock Alley Theatre, made me realise I need to see more local talent.

Was a good year for comedy specials as well, Eddie Pepitone In Ruins (it's on Netflix) was fantastic as was Todd Barry's Crowd Work Tour (available on as was Chelsea Peretti's One of the Greats (also on Netflix) and Bill Burr's I'm Sorry You Feel That Way (also on Netflix).


Franz Ferdinand were incredible at the Olympia, I really love that last album, as were Eels at the same venue although not into their last album as much. Real Estate were pitch perfect in an overheated Whelan's but highlight of the year was definitely Gruff Rhys in the Pepper Canister the other night, telling his American Interior story; great tunes, great story, great jokes.


Andrea Pirlo's (auto)biography I Think Therefore I Play made him look as cool as you thought he was and Matt Haig's The Humans was a very decent read about an alien sent to stop a scientist making huge a scientific breakthrough.


Was a tough year for a Man U fan but at least I was at the highlights of last season, our 3-0 demolition of Galatasaray, here's the proof and also being there for James Wilson debut hopefully he'll go onto be something special and I can say I was there at the start. Tough going to Rep of Ireland home games, losing to Serbia and Turkey and then a painful to watch win over Oman, at least thrashing Gibraltar and a good win against the US were positive.
THE GODDAMN WORLD CUP was beautiful with my beloved adopted Costa Rica doing so well. Read my randoms thoughts on it here


Film wise I loved seeing Jacques Tati's sixties take on modernism, Playtime, so many visual jokes at once and amazing achievement for the time. Also saw the French horrror classic Eyes Without A Face and was sufficiently spooked, seventies horror Black Christmas which set the tone for every slasher film to come after it and was surprisingly very good. Saw the Ramones in Rock N Roll High School which was fun enough and loved Jude Law's performance in Dom Hemingway even if the film wasn't that great and also saw Withnail & I in the cinema, which was nice.

Loved reading Steve Martin's autobiography Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life, Jonathan Wilson's history of football tactics Inverting The Pyramid, Albert Camus' The Outsider and Groucho Marx's fascinating Groucho & Me.

Well that's that then, Merry Xmas and a Happy 2015 to ya.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Adventures In Movie Watching 2014

Well it's that time of the year again when I make lists that a few people look at, here's a long list of the films that I enjoyed that were around cinemas (and online) this year.....

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Xmas Spotify - 17/12/14

Loudon Wainwright III - Julian Casablancas - The Darkness - Eels - Weird Al Yankovic - Bob Dylan - The Kinks - They Might Be Giants - Gruff Rhys - Los Straitjackets - Harry Nilsson - Ramones - My Morning Jacket and most importantly a load of Vince Guaraldi Trio from "A Charlie Brown Christmas"