Jeremy Dennis is Jeremy Day (cleanskies) wrote,
Jeremy Dennis is Jeremy Day

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[big screen] I was going to like American Splendour, really, wasn't I? Semi-animated, fourth-wall splintering film about an autobiographical cartoonist/clerk ... a bit of a sure thing ... even if I didn't read the original comic a lot (not really my generation). Impressively, they'd turned up masses of actors who looked just like Robert Crumb drawings! Amazing! ... the man playing Crumb himself looked tantalisingly familiar -- I eventually remembered him as the guy who was the plaything of time-travelling atomic lesbians in The Sticky Fingers of Time -- vast cult success should follow, if there is any justice in the world. Oh wait, there isn't. The audience was full of people who looked like they might enjoy going to Caption, maybe we should advertise in the Phoenix's programme?

[small screen] Please allow me to summarise Excel Saga: Lord El Palazzo (who looks just like the super-bad space pirate in Tenchi) is head of the evil conspiracy Lacrosse (sp?) whose only agents are Excel who is very enthusiastic and Hyatt who dies a lot. Except that it took me ages to figure out that Hyatt is called Hyatt because Excel always calls her Ha-chan. Anyway, they wear shorts (well, Hyatt's are more like micro-culottes) and try to take over the world, in a different genre every week. You know, horror, romance, sports, swimsuit specials ... on the opposing team are civil servants of the city Watanabe and his two embarrassing friends, whom I shall call Spikey Hair and Silent Toad Man. Their boss is female and bad-tempered, and her boss is male and very, very odd, which (speaking as a government employee myself) is actually quite realistic. They live in the next door flat to Hyatt and Excel which is convenient both for romance (Watanabe ♥ Hyatt) and conflict. Also resident at Excel's flat is Menchi*, their pet cat-dog and emergency food supply. It lives a very tragic life, although not as tragic as Pedro's, an ex-coworker of Excel's (she got him killed through poor traffic direction) whose marriage and subsequent affair with the Great Will of the Macrocosm (represented as a galaxy with arms) have both gone badly. How will it all end? Well, the SciFi Channel's showing it daily (at 5.30am, bad for non-tivo-owners), so I should know fairly soon.

[big screen extra] Oh, and Kitchen Stories? Just brilliant. Just ... yes. Great.

* apparently the DVD version has a special feature where Menchi pops up every so often to explain some of the more obscure cultural references. But-but that would spoil the fun!

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