Monday, March 29, 2004

Last Day

Well, not quite. My last day at Proxima Technology was last Friday.. It feels pretty funny just packing up and leaving (though I didn't have much packing up to do) after three and a bit years there...

The time at Proxima was definately fun, learnt a LOT (funny, thinking back about when I started - I knew so little, it's amazing I got by at all.. :) ) and had heaps of fun along the way and got to know a bunch of really cool people. So it's kinda sad to leave now..

But then again, I have the big trip coming up, so that's pretty exciting.. and then after that.. unemployment... So here's to fruitful unemployment!

Sunday, March 28, 2004

Wonderfalls, Continued

So the drama continues. I've seen the first three episodes of Wonderfalls now - and it's just getting better and better. This seems to be one of those rare moments when all (or almost all) criticts seem to be united in their opinion. They seem to love it as much as I do... but that doesn't seem to be helping the ratings, which sucks much ass.

Executive producer Tim Minear even went as far as writing an open letter to genre fans asking for them to spread the word. Maybe the show can get enough ratings to go through the 13 episode run.. I'll be mighty pissed off if they pull a Firefly on us...

On to today's 'sode - "Wound-Up Penguin". And what a fine 'sode it was.. Plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.. "I bet he Agnes of God her. I bet he Agnes of Godded all over her!" and "Maybe she's a lazy whore. They can't all have hearts of gold and good work ethics." certianly stand out.. plus Jaye's very Homer-like exit from the house.

My only reservation was that the script was going dangerously close to serious religious territory, which should be avoided at all costs, IMHO. But it didn't, and all was good in the end.

Wonderfalls is going up in my mental rankings of TV shows, getting up there with the Firefly and that show about a girl from Sunnydale.

Sunday, March 14, 2004

Wonderfalls

Saw the pilot for the new Fox show Wonderfalls today. For the second time. And it was good. No, wait. Not good. Bloody brilliant! I pretty much watch anything done by ex Mutant Enemy (Joss Whedon's production company) staffers.. and this one is a little gem with Tim Minear as the show runner.

I'm not going to re-hash the premise of the show again.. you can see that at the website above.. lets just say it's dark, quirky, funny and not like anything else on TV. The tone of the show is very light hearted on the surface, but I get the feeling that it will develop a lot of depth if given time to explore the characters.

Of course, I can't mention Wonderfalls without saying something about the star Jaye, played by Caroline Dhavernas. Firstly, Caroline is definately one of the most engaging actors I've seen. Tim Minear's gushing praise for her is thoroughly deserved. Looking into the character - Jaye is a total piece of work. She's a total slacker and a cynic. As Allyson of Buffistas fame said, she works hard at apathy.. but you can see she is a totally different person from who she pretends to be.. just look at her trailer (kudos to the set designers.. no way in hell could someone decorate a trailer like that.. but it still looks very cool).

So anyways, watch Wonderfalls if you can.. either on Fox (Fridays at 9pm) or by being naughty and downloading it off the net (which you shouldn't do.. coz it's bad and stuff..). Lets just hope that Wonderfalls has a longer and happier life than the other little project Minear worked on for Fox - Firefly. Which also happened to be on Friday nights...

I, Robot

Just saw the trailer for the new film based on Asimov's classic, I, Robot. My first reaction? I'm glad Asimov is dead, so that he doesn't have to see what they have done with his dream.

When I first read the reaction of other Asimov fans on slashdot I thought they were just overreacting, as they do on /.. But oh boy.. were they right? I mean as one guy said.. Asimov could have written a better screen play than this guy (previous works includes "Batman and Robin").. and Asimov has been dead more than 10 years.

Asimov's books were written well before their time, throught provoking and sometimes disturbing. They certainly don't make for action movie material. Specially a story like "Evidence" (where a politician is accused of being a robot). A good article on Asimov and the Robot books can be found here.

Friday, March 12, 2004

Chemikal Underground

I've written before about how much I like The Delgados. I've been listening to a lot of their stuff of late, and also to their label mates Arab Strap and Aereogramme.

I'm still amazed at just how much brilliant music can come out of a small place like Scotland. I'm even more amazed that so few people actually know about these artists. Along with Mogwai, Bis (also on Chemikal) and Belle and Sebastian these people are making some of the best music I've heard.

Listening to The Great Eastern again. This album has definately become one of my favourites. It's so deceptively simple.. but if you listen to it a few times there are so many brilliant little details. Also, listening to Hate and Great Eastern back to back makes for an interesting experience.

Friday, March 5, 2004

Favourite Films

I had this list of films floating around various places, so I thought I mightas well put it up here for all to see. In no particular order..

With more to be added later.

Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Talkie Walkie

I've been listening to Air's latest album Talkie Walkie. It's definately a move back to their Moon Safari era sounds. I wasn't a big fan of 10,000 Hz Legend, but this one is definately a favourite.

This album probably isn't as even as Moon Safari, but that was a rather rare achievement. There are some definate standouts on this CD.. Venus, Cherry Blossom Girl, Surfing on a Rocket and Another Day are amazing songs. Looking forward to many more listens of this CD.