Friday, August 26, 2005
Roger - London in September
For my sins I'll be in the UK at the beginning of next month as follows:
Wednesday 7th September - Barcelona to London, Heathrow to Portsmouth
Saturday 10th September - Portsmouth to London
Four nights in London
Wednesday 14th September - London, Heathrow to Barcelona
Crappest Movie of the Year - Mr & Mrs Smith
We should really have know better - Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie as a couple of married hit persons, who were unaware of what the other did for a living - how many times has that old chesnut of a plot been given a going over? Jack Nicholson & Kathleen Turner in John Huston's "Prizzi's Honour" for starters. Honestly "Mr & Mrs Smith" is such a piece of crap, that you feel dirty just watching it, and feel like taking a shower... personally I hate product placement in movies, and when watches & cars & other accessories are constantly being thrust in your face, you feel like demanding your money back, for being forced to watch a 120 minute advert rather than a movie. Acting - unforgivable, Script - so full of holes you could drive an articulated truck through them... Action sequences, this is what you want in a movie like this... but you want them to be exciting, not stale old retreads... Gunplay - you would have thought by now that Hollywood would have learned something from Asian action cinema... but no, this was so tedious, all that slo-mo etc. and Comedy - surely comedy is that not supposed to be funny? somebody all to let the guy who directed this in on that secret...
Honestly I've suffered this piece of garbage so that you don't have too.. "Mr & Mrs Smith" - crappest movie of the year 2005, no contest.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
July Gig and DJ List
Nearly forgot to put up my Gig & DJ List for July... and there were some seriously awesome shows, that I managed to get too:
14/07/05 - SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS* - La Paloma, BCN
15/07/05 - BLACK UHURU - Apolo, BCN
22/07/05 - DOWNTOWN REGGAE FESTIVAL with TIPPA IRE - BCN
28/07/05 - KEB DARGE - Apolo, BCN
*Gig of the Year 2005, so far undisputed.
Hot In The City Tonight...
August in Barcelona - a very strange month, almost all my friends have left, taken off for South America, Africa & the UK - leaving a big empty gulf in the social scene. Lots of shops are bars are just plain shut for the month, and everything seems to have ground to a halt - although there are more tourists than ever in the middle of town.
Gracia Festival was pretty loco though - loads of people dressed up as demons chasing screaming girls around the streets with fireworks, I got a few burns myself - getting in a bit too close to take photos... huge dragons and lizards spitting fire around, ten foot dancing giants, the Catalan human towers (Castellers) with little kids on top, five storeys up. Loads of bands playing in the streets on makeshift stages - some good and some absolutely terrible - most South American salsa bands were excellent, all Catalan rock bands were the pits - Especially the one that treated us to phonetic versions of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Highway To Hell" whilst all wearing matching yellow flowery shirts!!! The Horror!!! However beer & Sangria were flowing hard and Mojitos were available by the litre - so that kind of took the edge off. Musical highlight was the Brazillian? band that incorporated such serious bumping and grinding into their act, that it was just one step away from hardcore porn... we were shocked, and it takes a lot to do that these days - good fun though.
Lots of photos coming up soon - for placement on the website, so stay tuned.