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Sin Agog
Sin Agog
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Edited Jun 26, 2017, 09:26
Re: What you watching 2
Jun 26, 2017, 06:22
Ye Gods, episode 8, the birth of Bob, wasn't just Twin Peaks' peak, but television's peak*. The most beautiful horror‡. I can't wait for the ensuing dreams when I watch this whole series in one fell swoop. It's actually started me meditating properly again just in case I can glean a fraction of the creativity TM gives Lynch.


*until it's inevitably topped by a later episode


‡§I always thought nightmares were a great trip, at least the far out, eldritch kind and not the ones where your whole family dies and you wake up actually mourning them. I think Lynch must be on the same page as me

§I know you're supposed to put a single dagger/Jesus' cross footnote symbol thing here and not a double one, but how often does one get the opportunity to go double dagger?†

†I really have to read that J.G. Ballard book made entirely of footnotes to the sentence, "Notes towards a mental breakdown."
1001realapes
1001realapes
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Re: What you watching 2
Jun 27, 2017, 08:39
Criminal Minds S01

just finished Last of the Summer Wine 1979 Vintage
grufty jim
grufty jim
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Re: What you watching 2
Jun 27, 2017, 21:24
Sin Agog wrote:
†I really have to read that J.G. Ballard book made entirely of footnotes to the sentence, "Notes towards a mental breakdown."


It's a short story rather than a book; you can find it in the "War Fever" anthology (I was about to describe it as my all-time favourite collection of short-stories, but then I remembered Borges... still; you should track it down).

As for TV. Just finished watching Season 3 of 'Better Call Saul'. Simply stunning. Not a single bum-note or misstep in 10 episodes. Hats off to Mr. Gilligan.

My wife didn't see Twin Peaks the first time round; so we're working our way through the original episodes before we sit down to watch the new season. I'm enjoying rewatching the old episodes, though, and really relishing the anticipation for the new ones. :-)
Sin Agog
Sin Agog
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Edited Jun 28, 2017, 10:45
Re: What you watching 2
Jun 28, 2017, 10:42
Cheers for the Ballard tip. It's supposedly him on his pithiest A-game (not that I don't find myself swept away by some of those long, languorous descriptions on things like The Drowned World).

Hey, just a warning on the neue Twin Peaks: from what I can see most of the audience has come away from it like they've just had a spiritual experience (probably at least partially because Lynch has sneakily gotten so many of us to unknowingly meditate with lengthy scenes of people sweeping and the like), but the few people I've noticed who've reacted adversely to it are those looking for the warm pie feeling of the original. There are a few smatterings of those moments, but on the whole it's a different animal. I think I did the right thing by priming myself with Fire Walk With Me and The Missing Pieces instead of the original series (although that was only because I rewatched it again a year or so back and I didn't quite feel the need to go back to that well yet). Open up, don't go in looking for a soapy plot fix, and you may love it as much as I do. There are enough plots out there in the world- I think I remember debating with you about how we've replaced the big stories of the old gods with a kazillion little, trifling ones- but nothing like the atomic bomb sequence in that last episode.
grufty jim
grufty jim
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Re: What you watching 2
Jun 28, 2017, 15:13
Sin Agog wrote:
Cheers for the Ballard tip. It's supposedly him on his pithiest A-game (not that I don't find myself swept away by some of those long, languorous descriptions on things like The Drowned World).


Every story in 'War Fever' is vintage Ballard... him at his sharpest and cleverest. The anthology also includes "The Index" and "Answers to a Questionnaire"; both of which -- like "Notes Towards a Mental Breakdown" -- take the format of the short story to places it rarely goes.

And there's also "The Man Who Walked on The Moon", a piece of writing so perfect it "out-Brautigans" Richard Brautigan (the king of the American short-story).

And yet, like yourself, I also dig the other side of Ballard. In fact; my favourite book of his is probably 'Vermilion Sands'. It straddles a strange space between short-story anthology and novel; 5 or 6 "mid-length" stories all set in the same fictional near-future seaside resort.

I remember reading it in the mid-90s and being profoundly affected by it. Somehow Ballard had crept into my sleeping mind and perfectly captured the atmosphere of my dreams... even if not the actual content. I've read it every couple of years since then. And each time it leaves me dazed.

Check it out if you're unfamiliar with it (it's not one of his better known books).
Sin Agog
Sin Agog
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Edited Jul 04, 2017, 21:04
Re: What you watching 2
Jul 04, 2017, 17:35
This is more like Who you watching 2: Just had a fairly embarassing interaction with Steve Coogan out in the South Downs. I was catching my breath after cycling up a behemoth of a hill, when that inimitable voice could be heard behind me saying something like, "-every time I look at that film now, it's like watching old photographs from a family album." He was on a bike talking to a lissome young raven-haired millennial. I caught up with him, not meaning to bother him but just to get a closer look, when he started to race me. I was doing well but then the bloody lace from my boot got tangled up on my pedal and this 52 year old man, soft around the midriff from lazing in trailers all day, beat me to the top of the hill. I then said in a goofy Jet Li accent, "I will return fully-trained and then I will vanquish you" and cycled off into the merry day. Not sure he appreciated the dodgy Asian accent, but it was the first thing that popped into my head, and I really got the vibe he didn't want to be recognised so Partridge references were out.
carol27
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Edited Jul 04, 2017, 23:27
Re: What you watching 2
Jul 04, 2017, 23:25
Oh sin you mean you didn't get the !issome? He came to where I work once to do his show & was a bit difficult apparently but, you know he's a leftist so ok. He also recently booked a meal for 10 people at same place & they didn't show. Chef was extremely fucked off by all accounts but chef is a gorden ramsey dick so I don't care. He'll probably remember what you said & rehash it somewhere? there, I've used a mogi, or wherever they're called.
Oh bugger, moji hasnt worked. Love..etc..
1001realapes
1001realapes
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Re: What you watching 2
Jul 04, 2017, 23:30
A number of old Shemp shorts.
laresident
laresident
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Re: What you watching 2
Jul 05, 2017, 16:10
A nice encounter.

I should have been in your neck of the woods next week but some work came along. I'm still looking forward to a taste of the Sussex summer. Work took me to New York last week and I got put up in a hotel round the corner from David Bowie's old place. Lovely neighborhood. I walked miles each day exploring.
1001realapes
1001realapes
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Re: What you watching 2
Jul 16, 2017, 18:32
Riverdale S01
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