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Irvine Welsh’s Filth is finally getting released, and James McAvoy does a heckuva job

September 24, 2013 Leave a comment

There are a few authors for which my love is so boundless I feel the need to go out and get every book they’ve ever written. Such is my devotion to Irvine Welsh. Since reading Trainspotting many years ago, I’ve become a devotee to his brand of giving the scummy types a humorous and realistic voice. True, you may need a Scot-slang-to-English dictionary for some of his work, but once you start getting it, it’s all good.

Filth is one of those novels that when I first read, I never thought anyone would want to make a movie out of it. Not that it’s bad, but because it was dark and dangerous, and the “hero” of the story (Bruce Robertson) doesn’t act like a hero in the slightest. Yes, he’s a member of the police force, but he’s probably more twisted and demented than a hundred inmates at a criminal asylum.

James McAvoy plays Bruce Robertson in the film adaptation, and he is completely believable as a fortysomething drug-addled boozehound. I can’t wait to watch it.

I’m going to post the Lionsgate official trailer for the movie. It’s a bit racy, so beware.

I’m still around… somewhat. Let me tell you about a baked potato and some movies

September 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Howdy folks. The fall semester is in full swing, and one class in particular is already driving me batty, leaving me less time to update this here blawg. But, this is hopefully my last semester so I just need to keep a good sense of humor for the next couple of months.

Anyway, so you want a decent baked potato? Let me share with you my recipe:

Ingredients:

  • A couple of potatoes. Russets usually hold up well, but I also like the smaller golden potatoes myself
  • Olive or canola oil
  • sea salt

So here’s what you do:

  • Set the oven for 375.
  • Wash the potatoes very well to get all the grit off, then pat dry. You’ll want to keep the skin on for this recipe, so treat it kindly.
  • Stab the tater a few times on each side or you’ll have an explosion in the oven you’re not going to want to deal with.
  • Pour some sea salt into a small plate.
  • Put a little oil in the palm of your hand and coat the potato. Then, roll it around in the sea salt and place on a cookie sheet. Repeat for each potato (up to 4 is best here).
  • Bake for 1 hour

Your potato is now ready to rock and roll. Delicious!

I was supposed to be studying, but over the weekend I managed to catch a couple of movies on Netflix that I somehow had avoided viewing for many years. First up is Requiem for a Dream.

In a word, I’d say this is probably the best “say no to drugs” movie out there (moreso than even Trainspotting). However, let me stress that this movie is not made for children. At. All. I felt like my soul fell out of my body and was chilling out on the floor by the end. Still though, great movie all the same. Ellen Burstyn devastated me with her performance.

Then I popped in There Will Be Blood. Normally I’m not too fond of P.T. Anderson because his movies tend to be way too long, but it was great. I re-discovered my affection for Daniel Day-Lewis and his ability to lose himself in every character he plays.

Netflix has also been releasing more of the Classic Album series of documentaries (or rockumentaries, if you prefer). I enjoy watching them immensely.

And, last but not least, if you’re a George Harrison fan you’ll like George Harrison: Living in the Material World. It’s directed by Martin Scorsese, and it’s definitely epic in scope. George was always my favorite Beatle, and I wish he was still around to make the great music that lived inside him always. He was a beautiful man, inside and out.

Some Netflix recs: The Other F Word (Pennywise grows up) and Klitschko

September 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Promotional still from The Other F Word – Jim Lindberg and his daughters

I shouldn’t say ALL of Pennywise grows up. The Other F word focuses on Jim Lindberg (lead vocals) mainly and his quest to be there more for his kids.  What makes this documentary interesting is that it looks at a selection of musicians from the SoCal punk scene of the 80s/90s who rocked it hard back in the day and still do, and try to balance that aspect of their lives with being a father and growing up. There’s interviews also with Flea (RHCP) and his daughter Chloe, Lars Frederickson (Rancid), Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion) and other notable SoCal punks.  Tony Hawk makes an appearance as well. Why not, right?

Shifting gears slightly, another recommendation I have is the documentary Klitschko. It looks at the lives of the Klitschko brothers (Wladimir and Vitali) and their quest to break into the American boxing elite. These guys are hardcore, man. If you like boxing and sports docs, this is for you.

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