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Time to start building bookshelves out of cardboard boxes. Although, on the bright side, St Anthony has once again demonstrated his continuing faith in me as a conversion prospect.
Dear Mr Dennis

I have checked our lost property records and can confirm that a Boots bag containing photos was handed in from a number 5 bus on the 1st May 2005.
Sooner or later I'll convert out of sheer guilt, which is probably the right way to convert to Catholicism anyway. The photos include the packing-and-moving prowess of jinty and concourse, so I'll be glad to get them back.

Look! Meg Hunt makes pretty mini-comics.

Two excellent films I've seen recently, very different, both about gangsters, sort of. On the side of repression, understatement, anxiety, and awkward, trembling humanity, Italian puzzle-piece The Consequences of Love. It has a good eye, a wonderful soundtrack, and tries so hard to do the right thing. It's subtle, delicate, explosions of abrupt action punctuate the tense tedium of criminal life, lived at a slow pace, wrapped in a persistent refusal to explain. By contrast Sin City explains everything, turgid voice-overs tumbling out of the black spaces around the super-stylish ultra-repugnant unforgivables who are Frank Miller's absolute favourites. Good old Frank Miller. Frank enters the room and subtlety flies out of the window, screaming, on fire, riddled with bullets, tumbles into the alleyway below, jumps to its feet ... ah, but we're heading into spoiler territory, there. Never mind, it's a nasty film about nasty things, but treats them with rough respect; morally, in the I spit on your grave vicinity, genre-wise it's married Miller (never a great favourite of mine) with the dirtiest and vilest of 40s noir, artistically it's the colour of nightmares -- untextured, irrational, each disturbing, significant detail blindingly bright.

It also (I'm amused to note) passes Alison Bechdel's Rule (that a film should contain at least two named female characters, who talk to each other, about something other than a man). In fact, it had the most named female characters I'd seen in a single film for a long, long time. They weren't very sympathetic characters, but then again, who is?

Hmm, between Sin City and the soon-to-arrive Mr and Mrs Smith, domestic abuse is quite the hot topic at the movies right now.

In other news, NTL failed to turn up yesterday, again. Deprived of the tools to track down treasures like this massed santa attack or the creepiest playground in europe, I last night drifted into a confused state of mind, bought an irrelevant piece of plumbing and went to sleep at 9 in the evening. And every time I close my eyes I see massed ranks of stubbly tentacles, like soft coral or intestinal cilia. Never mind, sleep through the migraines.

Never mind, make plans for the weekend. Where can I find op-art children's toys? And will The Urban Myth Club be any good, I wonder? ... and when you're bored of Cowley Road Carnival come on over my place, I'll be cutting peoples' hair.


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9th Jun, 2005 11:24 (UTC)
If you are not too picky about bookcases (or up to tarting them up yourself) we might have one going soon - an ex-OUSFG library one no less from the mid-eighties, so it should ideally go to an appropriate household.

But don't feel obliged to take in other people's junky furniture ;)
9th Jun, 2005 11:26 (UTC)
somewhere to put my extensive collection of JG Ballard pulps and Man from U.N.C.L.E novels.
9th Jun, 2005 11:45 (UTC)
Nice take on Sin City. It was fun, but I note that Hollywood can only produce a good and accurate version of a comic when it's like this. Alison Bechdel's rule has followed me around for years, and very very few mainstream films pass.
9th Jun, 2005 14:07 (UTC)
Hum well --
Spiderman wasn't so bad, and I'm hearing good things about the new Batman flick. We'll see.
9th Jun, 2005 11:50 (UTC)
Hello Mr Dennis. Hair cutting? Lucy cuts my hair. Hohoho. And pierces my ears. She is, in fact, an all round friend/beauty salon hybrid. It's the future.
9th Jun, 2005 14:08 (UTC)
that's me,
ahead of the wave. Though I don't pierce people. And don't call me "mister". Or say, "Look, mummy, that man has green hair".
9th Jun, 2005 11:53 (UTC)
I was racking my brains to check for Bechdel's Rule
because I can supply the scenes with named women but was checking my memory to see how they could be said not to be talking about a man. Well, there's a swathe of talking about their livelihoods so yes, it counts, of course -- I was just distracted by all the T&A! and the fact they're hookers. Frank Miller, bless.

I went to see Sin City to check out the visuals. In fact I found them slightly distracting and faintly irritating -- I kept on wanting 'them' to switch on the light and / or show you the details that weren't being shown. This is obviously down to a stylistic preference of mine -- I expressed it to John afterwards as being me liking Donna Barr with all her twiddly bits better than Miller. Also I found the violence too nasty and too unreal -- I prefer my superheroes to be properly super (though they don't need to be heroes as such).

I am likely to have a bookcase or two going spare, but not immediately. I have to finish my super-special whole-house plan first (and go to Ikea too).
9th Jun, 2005 14:21 (UTC)
in a story about gangsters and corrupt politicians killing hookers
your female characters are going to be hookers. It's kind of inevitable. And nudity and fetish gear doesn't really bug me, per se -- I'm more interested in what they say and do, and in Sin City it was a lot more than you usually get to

I liked the visuals -- sharp overburnt B&W is an especial favourite look of mine in film. If anything, I wish they'd done more in the filming and less in the digital finesseing.

Bet your super-special whole-house-plan is a lot better organised than mine. On the other hand, it may not include things like "new pull-cord and glow-in-the-dark dinosaur pull".
9th Jun, 2005 16:26 (UTC)
(part of) my super-special whole-house plan
looks like this. Showed you at the pub but I may have done more to it since then.

9th Jun, 2005 12:29 (UTC)
I remember a TV programme in the early days of Channel 4 (hosted by a guy named Rick Ball ?) which focused on making furniture out of recycled junk (beds out of warehouse pallettes etc). But google didn't help.
9th Jun, 2005 14:05 (UTC)
I have a few books on this sort of thing
--- plus experience, from having lived with bendy Dan and no money ... unfortunately, doing this sort of thing is a lot easier when you're not working full-time, chasing three cartooning deadlines and randomly collapsing from stress over things like the inability of a bank to corrently implement a standing order, or a cable company to actually install cable.
9th Jun, 2005 16:06 (UTC)
the inability of a bank to corrently implement a standing order
if this is the standing order for your mortgage then once things have settled down you might want to request a credit check (the Experian website will do you one for not much money). Ruth & Sheep recently had a trauma when they tried to get a new mortgage (moving house) -- because of an earlier interruption in their standing order - purely the bank's fault -- they had an adverse entry in their credit record which came as a nasty surprise. I understand that this the sort of thing that can be removed from the credit record but can take a bit of time and patience -- better check upfront to see if it's needed, rather than trying to sort things out in a few years' time in a hurry.
9th Jun, 2005 17:04 (UTC)
oh, nothing bounced
-- I'm just in financial position "ouch" -- the failed STO was the one coming from Damian to me, not the one going from me to house.
9th Jun, 2005 13:09 (UTC)
Op art for babies?
This looks great but I can't vouch for the seller.
The NCT is a good cause to buy from.
On a (much) smaller budget, Small loved these.
9th Jun, 2005 14:24 (UTC)
That is just the sort of thing. Although I might just make new nephew a Jeremy Dennis original (he liked Elle's panic t-shirt after all ...)
13th Jun, 2005 14:36 (UTC)
Re: Op art for babies
The print-outs went down a treat. In fact, grub paid them enough attention he got over-excited, tired, and promptly fell asleep, so everyone was a winner.
9th Jun, 2005 14:26 (UTC)
HaaaHa! Another Soul for Christ!
I knew you were doomed. Cool that you got the bag back, though (albeit at the cost of your autonomous mind, heh, heh...)
That gorilla slide reminds me of 'The Two Fridas'; Wonderfully unpleasant.
I remember hearing 'Rolypoly fish heads...' once, about 20 years ago, on OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST. I often think I made it up...
I wasn't familiar with Meg Hunt. Yes, she is rather cool.
Nice post!
9th Jun, 2005 14:32 (UTC)
if you made it up then so did I
took a fish-head to a movie
didn't have to pay to get it in
fish heads fish heads,
roly poly fish heads
fish heads fish heads
eat them up yum!
10th Jun, 2005 00:30 (UTC)
Re: if you made it up then so did I
Checked out the Meg Hunt link. She does indeed make very pretty comics. I plan to buy some off her if I can.

Thanks, Jeremy.

Matthew B
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