Thursday, November 24, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
I'd have to be pretty churlish not to mention this - a new comedy play written by my son Red and his pal George Mills. It's showing at the Egg, Theatre Royal Bath from 1st - 3rd September. Tickets available from the Theatre Royal. It all takes place in a kitchen at a party - wait - I'll copy and paste the description from the webpage
A party somewhere in Bath, shy Ted listens patiently to host Josh's joke. And listens, and listens.
The longer it goes on the more difficult it is for Ted to leave before the punch line. In the background the party is in full swing, with lovers’ tiffs, burnt shoes and vodka-pineapples constantly hindering the joke’s completion. Will the distractions ever cease?
Will Ted ever hear the end of the joke and will it ever live up to its extraordinary build up? The Elephants Leg is a manic, comic farce of jokes, drink and distractions.
The Legless Theatre Company is a new young and boisterous group brimming with confidence as it prepares for its debut
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Well our (animals & men) tour went well and we played with some great bands, some really great bands and some extremely marvellous bands. Thanks to Alex for organsing and being a great Tour manager. You can find some links on our Facebook page to some live recordings we made while we were there. Read our interview with the LA Record's Chris Ziegler here
Thursday, June 09, 2011
See us in the US at
WED JUNE 22nd PORTLAND on the LIFE DURING WARTIME show on KBOO Community Radio
THUR JUNE 23rd PORTLAND at EAGLES HALL w/Future Less Vivid (members of Tyvek, Little Claw), Light Brigade (ex-Quack Rainbow), and Sad Horse
FRI JUNE 24th SEATTLE at FUNHOUSE w/Evening Meetings (members of A-Frames, Love Tan), Witch Gardens, Partman Parthorse
SAT JUNE 25th OLYMPIA at NORTHERN w/Morgan And The Organ Donors, Western Hymn
SUN JUNE 26th PORTLAND at TONIC LOUNGE w/Psychic Feline, Cat Fancy
TUE JUNE 28th SACRAMENTO TBA
WED JUNE 29th OAKLAND at SUGAR MOUNTAIN w/Brilliant Colors, English Singles, American Splits
THUR JUNE 30th L.A. at THE SMELL w/Dunes, Wounded Lion, KIT
FRI JULY 1st SAN PEDRO TBA
SAT JULY 2nd SF at BOTTOM OF THE HILL w/Grass Widow, Rank/Xerox
SUN JULY 3rd The CRUSHER FEST at Stork Club in Oakland w/Nikki Corvette, Paul Collins etc.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
I thought it might be fun to make a chart of the best and worst Napoleonic movies - I decided not to include miniseries. Thanks to Mike and Andy for their help in compiling it.
1 - Voyna I Mir (1968) Russian epic that is one of the most expensive movies ever.
2 - Waterloo (1970) great film of the battle. Steiger is good as Napoleon and the various small characters are fun
3 The Duellists (1977) Ridley Scott's directorial debut is a picturesque look at the emnity between two French hussars.
4 War and Peace (1956) Hollywood version. OK Henry Fonda was miscast as Pierre but Audrey Hepburn as Natasha makes up for that.
5 Napoleon (1927) - Silent film about the early career of Napoleon. Impressive tryptich at the end.
6 Master and Commander (2003) Peter Weir's naval adventure.
7 Captain Horatio Hornblower RN (1952)
8 Colonel Chabert (1994) Depardieu plays the title role set in the aftermath of the Napoleonic wars. Excellent depiction of Eylau in flashback
9 Adventures of Gerard (1970) Based on a novel by Conan Doyle this rarely seen Brit flick is worth watching.
10 The Battle of Austerlitz (1960) Abel Gance directed this largely studio shot epic. Strange. Watch clip here
Some of the films that didnt make the list are Woody Allen's 'Love and Death', the 'Pride and the Passion' - Sophia Loren in Spain. Kolberg (1945) is a Nazi made epic that is terrible. The 'Scarlet Tunic' (1998) wins a prize for having the lowest budget - investors got parts in the movie in exchange for dough. Watch the trailer here
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Work on a remake of The Dam Busters, produced by Peter Jackson and directed by first time director Christian Rivers, began production in 2008. Jackson said in the mid-1990s that he became interested in remaking the 1954 film, but found that the rights had been bought by Mel Gibson. In 2004, Jackson was contacted by his agent, who said Gibson had dropped the rights. The rights were purchased by Sir David Frost from the Brickhill family in 2005. Stephen Fry is writing the script of the film. It will be distributed by Universal Pictures and StudioCanal. Filming was planned to commence in early 2009, on a budget of USD 40 million, although no project-specific filming had begun as of May 2009.
Weta Workshop are making the models and special effects for the film and have made 10 life size Lancaster bombers.
The last living pilot of the strike team, Les Munro, joined the production crew in Masterton as technical adviser. Jackson will also use newly declassified War Office documents to ensure the authenticity of the film.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
A female commissar named Vavilova has to leave her detachment for a while. She is expecting a baby... Staying with the Jewish family of a petty artisan, who has many children of his own, and observing the everyday life of those poor but always ready to help people, Madame Vavilova, as she is called by the head of the family, Yefim Magazannik, discovers a hitherto unknown to her world of human joys, the happy pleasures of motherhood and family life. But soon she has to return to the realities of war and leave her newborn son with her new friends...
The fate of the film was tragic. The film was banned for twenty years in the Soviet Union; the censorship board considered it "pro-Zionist" due to its sympathetic portrayal of Jews. IMDB
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
1. Seven Samurai (1954)
2. Onibaba (1964)
3. Goyôkin (1969)
4. Samurai Trilogy I - Musashi Miyamoto (1954)
5. Samurai Trilogy II - Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955)
6. Samurai Trilogy III - Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)
7. Kwaidan (1964)
8. Shogun's Samurai/The Yagyu Clan Conspiracy (1978)
9. Throne of Blood (1957)
10. Samurai Rebellion (1967)
11. The Last Samurai (2003)
12. Lone Wolf & Cub 1 - Sword of Vengeance (1972)
13. Seppuku (1962)
14. Yojimbo (1961)
15. The Sword of Doom (1966)
16. Lone Wolf & Cub 2 - Babycart at the River Styx (1972)
17. Kagemusha (1980)
18. Kiru (1968)
19. Sanjuro (1962)
20. Zatoichi (2003)
21. Sword of the Beast (1965)
22. Rashomon (1950)
23. Incident at Blood Pass (1970)
24. Ran (1985)
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Animals and Men: Futurist Manifesto
‘Uno, due, tre, quattro, Marinetti, Boccioni, Carra Balla, Palasechi, Marinetti, Boccioni, Carra Balla, Palasechi, Futurist Manifesto, Futurist Manifesto, War is the world’s only hygiene, energy and fearlessness, racing car the beauteous beast, hurl defiance at the stars.’ Another mysterious local band for you – Animals and Men. I know the name reeks of Ants rip-off dated punk, also they come from Somerset, so on the face of it they seem lacking in street credibility. The one thing I knew they did have going for them was that Puddle ex-Stalag 44 drummer and local hero was playing with them. March 15 Puddle brought the rest of Animals and Men over to the Ship one night… They are a very individual bunch leaning on the arty side except Puddle, they’ve renamed him Dean incidentally. Their lead singer Susan Wells does not fit into any Sioux, Styrene, etc look-alike slots, and within the confines of a noisy public bar they are very eloquent and gave us our best interview yet.
Firstly I query Ralph Mitchard, the guitarist and spokesman, about their choice of name: “The name came about 8 months ago, before the Ants’ John Peel session, it’s been a longstanding thing, we haven’t just jumped on the bandwagon. It was intended as a sort of tribute. We thought the imagery of the name suited our music and if we didn’t acknowledge the name somebody would. Anyway, we’re pretty influenced by the Ants and wanted to give them credit, because at that time they were not getting any press. We could have just masqueraded as another band not anything to do with them but we wanted to say we were on their side… We’re more like the old Ants, I like their music but a lot of things about them I don’t like.”
“We started about 10 months ago as a 3-piece, Geoff, Nigel and me, called Psychotic Reaction, that’s a song by Count 5, the 60s psychedelic punk band, good name, it started as a 60s punk orientated thing, influences; Elevators, Mysterons and so on, and American punk rock like the Dolls, Stooges, Voidoids. To a certain extent we bypassed the Pistols. We’ve only done 5 gigs, 2 in London, our bass player (Nigel House) lives in London, one in Frome and 2 in Bath… Our lyrics are more socially orientated, the Ants are more about themselves. We sing about situations rather than feelings – some political, some other things… The lyrics aren’t politically orientated they’re about real life situations… Individualism.” Puddle says he’s got socialist leanings and then goes off to have another game of Space Invaders.
Ralph continues: “We don’t sit down and aim to write a song seriously about a particular subject… Everybody writes the songs – we all contribute – no individuals take the credit.” On the new single: “It’s called ‘Car Crash Blues’.” Puddle: “It’s Siberian reggae.” Ralph: “Cars taken from a cynical viewpoint. A semi-humorous view of cars crashing, parodying the sexual implications of a car crashing.” On their first single ‘Don’t Misbehave in the New Age’: “It’s a tongue in cheek standard 1984 oppression nursery rhyme, very glib and pithy, it was brought across in a poppy way. It shouldn’t have been a single really. ‘New Age’ is more serious but we made it too jokey, even sing-along. People took it on face value. The object was to bring serious songs into a light-hearted aspect, like ‘Young Parisians’.
“It was recorded really cheap, about £20 at a 4-track studio in Porton. It’s got a really trashy production – only took one and a half hours to do. There’s mistakes on the B-side. We wanted the record company to re-record it but they had no intention of doing that. We had 1,000 pressed, all gone, no profit… We don’t have a lot of fun, we don’t enjoy playing.” Sue: “We do – well, I do – everybody else enjoys playing except for Ralph.” Ralph: “I enjoy it better than going to work. We’re not martyrs to any cause except Dean to his sexuality… We’ve lost about £500… We went to London to get the badges pressed and Adam came in shortly after we left. We wrote to him asking what he thought and he consequently replied saying he was honoured and that he liked the single; said it was a pure product, glorious, danceable with great promise, great vocalist, tight rhythm section…”
“We asked if we could support them and we were going to go on the gigs in the south but that’s all fallen through now. Perhaps it was not such a good idea. When we supported Toyah at Bath we had a very poor response, the audience was not interested in the support band… We were going to support Crass in Bath but that fell through. They had wanted to read our lyrics before agreeing that we could support them. But I think Crass are on the right track although I don’t entirely agree with the way they are doing it, whereas Toyah are just another showbiz rock band… The Psychedelic Furs, we’re more like them than the Ants. We’re not necessarily like them, just influenced by them and the Monochrome Set and the Pop Group.” Fave bands: Puddle – Punishment of Luxury, Nigel – the Doors, Sue – the Velvet Underground, Ralph – the Ants.
“I think the Pop Group are pretty commendable, not in the least bit boring. There’s nothing wrong with being naïve. It’s better to be naïve than cynical. I sympathise with them, I’m naïve, Adam’s naïve. If you’re cynical you lack enthusiasm. I think enthusiasm is connected with naivety. The Ants are naïve enthusiasts whereas the Banshees are tailor-made cynics made by the music press. The Ants and the Banshees are the 2 extremes… I’m more influenced by the cinema, by films and directors. I find early silent, 30s cinema interesting. They provide the inspiration to some of my songs. I like Warhol who was anti-art… I doubt if we’ll stay here, we’re not very popular in Frome, only a few people have shown any interest, most of them think we are arty posers, that’s not bad I suppose. If they don’t like us they can fuck off but we’ll probably fuck off instead.”