The Ghost

The Ghost is one of the best films of the year. This will resonate more with a British audience who were disappointed by Blair after he seemingly sold us out to the Americans for reasons the public are still split. Its politics are thuddingly preposterous but it still excels as a masterwork in the suspense-thriller genre.

The Ghost
Politicians Have Never Looked So Good

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I am Love (Io Sono L’Amore)

Have you ever had a gift that was perfect in every way? One that showed considerable thought, yet the only thing you can muster is a wan smile? You feel rotten. You don’t deserve it. A much more appreciative audience deserves it. This is what watching I am Love made me feel like. I felt I had been spoiled and I didn’t deserve it. A smarter audience would appreciate it. The critical praise from the festival circuit proved it.

The Cast for the Film I am Love

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Another Random Politician/Famous Person

Continuing random encounters with people who are important/famous (so far this year, Doctor Who and his assistant and Peter Hain MP) – I saw Ken Clarke today. Ken Clarke as in the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. He sounded nice and looked affable but I passed up the chance to speak to him because I wanted dinner and despise the hypocritical Tories.

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The Basics of Japanese

I won’t assume you know the basics of Japanese so I’ll just give a basic introduction as to what it involves (if you do, skip this post). Remember, all languages require diligence and hard work. Japanese is a rewarding language to learn. Once you’ve mastered an element, you really feel like you have achieved something.

Japanese has what we may call three alphabets: Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. These are character sets/symbols that represent sounds in the case of Hiragana and Katakana and concepts in the case of Kanji.

Kana: Hiragana and Katakana are known collectively as Kana and both represent the same sounds from the Japanese language. For example, House  – Uchi, is made up of the hiragana, U  う, Chi ち. Katakana has the same sounds but different characters, U ウ & Chiチ.

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Totally Addictive Flash Games- Fig. 8.

Whenever I hear an accordion I feel French. I can’t explain it but I just do. I never saw or heard one while in the country but that’s the power of stereotyping. Anyway, here’s a Flash game where you are a bike fleeing the left side of the screen and the closest I’ll ever get to being French without having to go back to the place.

 
 

Fig.8 Screenshot
Sir Norman Foster's Favourite Game

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Sun, Sea, Surf and bloodshed. Just another day for the Lagoon Company. Black Lagoon.

Sometimes I watch a series that makes me remember why I love anime and Black Lagoon is one of those series. I finished watching it last year but its memorable characters, unique setting and sheer lunacy still keep me entertained. Madhouse Studios have an exceptional talent at creating anime or adapting manga: Monster, Dennou Coil, Paprika… Add Black Lagoon to the mix.

The Black Lagoon Team
Benny, Rock, Revy and Dutch

For those who haven’t watched it:  Rokurō Okajima, a put upon salary-man is in South East Asia delivering a disk with top-secret nuclear plans for his company. Unfortunately, criminal group, Hotel Moscow want that disk and hire the mercenary group, Lagoon company to intercept Rokurō on the high seas. Realising his value a hostage, the Lagoon crew (consisting of Dutch, Benny and Revy) take him hostage on their World War II torpedo boat named Black Lagoon.

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Monty Python’s Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy)

This was a performance celebrating 40 years of Monty Python that was captured by digital cameras and screened in cinemas. The group come together (minus Cleese) in the Royal Albert Hall for an oratorio based on the legendary film, Life of Brian. Accompanying the Pythons were four opera singers, and the magnificent BBC symphony orchestra and chorus.

He's Not the Messiah Poster
Poster

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Shutter Island

1954. A foggy Boston Harbour. A ship emerges from the fog, a US Marshall named Chuck is at the prow. Inside, coughing his guts out is his partner, Teddy Daniels. He looks directly at the camera and says, “Get a grip.” A warning amidst a convincingly menacing opening that sets the tone for Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island.

Scene from Shutter Island
A time when smoking was good for your health

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