This blog died and came back to life, but it didn’t take 3 days to respawn.
Well, I said I would be trying to write these more often, but it doesn’t seem to have been happening, so I will just resign myself to admitting that I will write these as and when I can.
The last time I wrote one was when the clocks went back for Winter, and they’ve not long gone forward again, so I guess I have to just own up and admit that there are more important things in my life at the moment than blogging. Sorry. But I’m not giving up completely, I will still be blogging from time to time.
Since my last post, then, we’ve had Christmas, we’ve started a new year, I’ve had another birthday, I’m at University and that’s all going well, Student Finance finally sorted my shit out, but now I have to apply to them again, so expect more rage when I finally get around to that… What else?
Well, University is going well, I’m sitting on a good grade at the moment, and if I can keep it up I’ll be pretty happy with the end result. I’m learning a lot about films and what goes into making films and where I want to be in a few years maybe. Kind of what you’d hope, on a Film Production Degree.
I’m still working in the Pub, and people still get on my nerves, but I’m learning to cope with it a little bit better.
I’m still learning about beer, and there’s the possibility of getting in a few hours at the brewery over summer, which would be cool. I’m always up for learning new things, especially when there’s booze involved.
That’s boring life over with, so what’s been happening in the world?
2011 ended spectacularly, with a lot of the evil despotic leaders being downed within the space of a year:
Kim Jong Il, Muammar Gadaffi and Osama Bin Laden being the most permanent of these, but also Hosni Mubarak and Silvio Burlusconi fell from power (or had it taken from them, whichever you prefer).
Unfortunately, we also lost Christopher Hitchens, Steve Jobs, Amy Winehouse, Sidney Lumet and Pete Postlethwaite, which was a shame.
We had Kony 2012, in which a man in Africa was rather mean to some children and some people got upset about it.
It’s all very well trying to change the world for the better, and that’s all good if you can actually do it, but what seemed to be the case here was that a lot of students and middle class white kids watched Blood Diamond and realised that things in Africa aren’t really fair, and they were going to do something about it by putting up a bunch of posters.
Also, the leaders of the group Invisible Children, who incited Kony 2012, seemed to be complete tools who were in fact supporting other African despots and weren’t actually the heroes people were trying to claim they were. A few weeks later, one of them went nuts. Which was hilarious.
Now, what they were trying to do was noble and fine, but it’s the way that they went about trying to solve it (firstly, thinking that they could resolve all of Africa’s problems by getting a bunch of students to ‘Like’ a post on Facebook). It reminded me of the student riots last year, which were all fine and dandy: people hanging about with signs, everything being regulated by police, making their point and not getting in anyone’s way. Until a few of them got a bit over-excited, and managed to do more harm than good by kicking in windows and chucking stuff off buildings.
Up until that point, people had sympathised with the students, saying “Yes, that is rather a lot of money, and of course not so long ago it was free don’t you know.” but then some lads dicked it all up by being pricks, and suddenly all students were having fingers pointed at them, with a cry of “You should be ashamed of yourselves.” The innocent students who simply didn’t want to fork out £36000 for a degree were being lumped in with the fire-extinguisher brandishing fuckwits.
In my opinion, if you have a point to make, doing it peacefully seems to be the best option. It gets people’s attention, and if you behave yourself, people don’t end up just getting annoyed at you, subsequently resulting in vindicating whatever it is you’re trying to prove.
In some cases, this simply isn’t an option, but more often than not, violence and civil unrest will indeed get your cause noticed, but it will have negative connotations, ultimately hindering your purpose.
If we look at the Occupy movement, for example, it got a lot of media attention, it got a lot of backing, it got a lot of support. Eventually, however, most people left it alone, realising that they had said their piece but you’ve got to cut your losses some time. And then, some people stayed. And they stayed. And they stayed. At least, that’s what people said, I think it was pretty much an excuse for the tramps to put up their tents and hang about without fear of being moved on. These guys, eventually, had to be removed from the settlements, and people just started getting annoyed at them. What started off as one thing just got people irritated, and people’s admiration and respect for the protest turned to anger. People forgot what the initial cause was, and thus the cause was lost and replaced with malice.
So, nice try Kony 2012, but I kind of wish someone had done their research in the first place, and they had come up with a better campaign than ‘Let’s put up posters so we can show people that Africa isn’t as great as it’s cracked up to be’.
In other White Privilege news, a chap chucked himself into the Thames as a protest against the Oxford/Cambridge boat race.
What did this achieve? It meant that they had to do it again, and people were pissed off because they feel that the outcome might have been different had they just been able to do it first time around.
Why did he do this? Well, from what I can fathom, because he went to the London School of Economics, was privately schooled in Australia and his parents are rich, and despite all this, he wasn’t allowed to compete in the Oxford/Cambridge boat race…
If only he had gone to Oxford or Cambridge, then maybe he would have been allowed. But, despite his privileged upbringing, he didn’t get what he wanted and so decided to ruin it for the guys who were involved.
Poor little rich boy. Poor little rich boy who didn’t get what he wanted. He is now on a mission to “Fight the system” to “Retain his individuality”.
Take from that what you will…
More recently, in Africa, we had reports that Robert Mugabe was ill and it was potentially fatal, causing everyone to sit on the edges of their seats in anticipation for another leader to pop his proverbial clogs and for there to be more balance in the world… Unfortunately, at the moment, the media are making it seem like he’s okay. I hope that this is merely a rouse orchestrated by his cabinet.
Unfortunately, even if he does snuff it, most of Africa is still pretty much fucked anyway. There’s going to have to be a lot of change all at once for anything positive to happen there.
Speaking of fascists, in America we have seen Rick Santorum being the stereotypical Republican pro-life tool, charging for the birth control pill for women and being a general Bible Brandishing tit.
Another of Rick Santorum’s policies was to cut back on abortions, giving the old ‘A life is a life no matter at what stage’ spiel again.
Now, I don’t know if it’s just me, but there seems to be a bit of a problem here.
You want people to not use birth control, but then you want them to keep the children. You’re trying to persuade teenagers to simply abstain from sex, and not provide them with the necessary equipment or teaching to help them avoid unnecessary pregnancies or STI’s, if, by some insane chance, they decide that they do actually want to have sex rather than simply abstain. That might have been fine for Rick, but it might not be viable in the rest of the world.
Condoms, I think, are slightly better and are allowed to be used in these rare cases where people want to have sex but don’t want to catch STI’s or get pregnant, but he’s not going to give Sex Education in schools, in the hope that, if people haven’t learnt about it, they just won’t do it.
I’m not sure enforcing Religious beliefs as part of a political system is ever a good thing.
(As an aside, I saw a newspaper article claiming that ‘Religious people are more likely to be Left Wing’… I have no idea where they found their sources, but I doubt they took All Of America into consideration.)
Rick Santorum’s anti-contraception bullshit was backed up, in a weird and hilarious way, by Rush Limbaugh.
Rush Limbaugh understood that, if birth control pills were free, that meant someone had to pay for it; Taxpayers. His reasoning followed:
“[Wanting free birth control] makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex… If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it, and I’ll tell you what it is: We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”
Wow… I honestly don’t know how these guys keep doing this. There’s making strange connections between two points, and then there’s doing ‘The Full Republican’ and making wild leaps between one thing and something entirely different.
If she wants to use birth control, then she is a slut and we should be able to watch her have sex.
Just, run me through the reasoning again, Rush. Just, one more time… Humour me… Just so I can be absolutely and completely sure that you are, in fact, a complete fucking tool.
Ah yes, just as I thought.
After all this happened, Rick Santorum said that he thought Limbaugh was being ‘Absurd’.
Gutted, Rush. Even the person you’re trying to support thinks you’re a moron.
Back to Santorum, and after his ridiculous policies and ludicrous claims, he managed to fluff it. After all that, he was still getting votes, and then he did something which managed to cock it up spectacularly. I was worried that his public image might not change significantly in the eyes of America after this, but they exceeded my expectations, and I am very happy about that.
Now, I don’t know about you, but when someone drops the word ‘Nigger’ into conversation, I tend to end the conversation there unless they have very good reason for using it (as I like to think I do here). When a Politician drops the word ‘Nigger’ into one of his speeches, on television, in front of an audience, and then tries to pretend he hadn’t said it, it clangs and rattles around the room like the piano clash in old Westerns. Everyone stops, looks, silence falls across the room, all eyes are on the stranger in the doorway, waiting for his next move.
Rick Santorum, thankfully, bowed out. He realised that he had made an incredible faux-pas, and he wasn’t going to to be able to fix this one. Perhaps he realised that we had moved on from the 1920′s, and that actually, this wasn’t a good way to try and rally his followers.
Well done America, with the amount of votes he was getting, I had serious doubts about some of you.
It’s a shame no one reminded him that, by his own admission, he wasn’t actually allowed to abort.
But, like the heads of the Hydra, with him gone, two more take his place: Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, both equally monumental fuckwits.
Now, I have very little to say about either of these guys that I haven’t already said about Santorum or Limbaugh, but there is one thing I will say in favour of Newt Gingrich, and one thing only.
He wants a space station in manned orbit by the year 2020.
That’s one of his policies. And that’s fantastic. I don’t know if this is because he’s completely bat-shit loco, or because has the mental age of a 5 year old, but that’s kind of cool. I can just imagine him now, standing behind the podium, talking to the press, explaining to them:
“I want to live in space. I want to go into space. I hope we live in space by 2020, like in that programme Space 1999 but 21 years later, or that film 2001: A space odyssey, but 19 years later. Here is a picture I done of what it would be like to live in space. I built this model of the space station we are going to live on. I made it out of Lego. Here is where we will live, and this is where the horses go. I done another picture of the space station but I can’t show it to you today because it is stuck on the fridge.”
"This is a picture I done of me in space." - By Newt Gingrich
Bless his little All-American cotton socks.
That’s enough badly informed and controversial news and politics for now, let’s get onto what’s really important – the films I’m most excited about this year:
The Dark Knight Rises
My summer is going to be pretty busy. On a dead shift in work the other day, I read an article on Prometheus, and without saying really anything about the film, I am already incredibly excited. My first reaction after reading the article was “I must go and watch Alien again. Now.”
If you don’t know much about Prometheus, it’s the ‘Prequel’ to Alien, Directed by Ridley Scott, and their advertising campaign has been astonishing. They managed to set up a fake TED talk (TED 2023) which has been a better advertising campaign than Redd Pepper could ever narrate (although I would love to see Redd Pepper’s biopic. Just him with a camera, doing his usual day to day things, just narrating everything).
Nothing much has been really said about Moonrise Kingdom, other than it’s coming out at the end of May and, being a Wes Anderson film, everyone’s in it again. Jason Schwarzman and Bill Murray of course, but also Tilda Swinton,Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel and Edward Norton this time. As a Wes Anderson fan, I don’t need to have seen a trailer for this to already be excited. Nor would I have been with Prometheus, but the campaign does look incredible.
As for Batman… It’s Nolan, it’s Batman, it’s the final episode in the Nolan/Batman saga… It had better be incredible or I will be very disappointed. But I know that it will be, so that’s okay. It’s got Bane and Selina Kyle in it (possibly as Catwoman, although no one’s seen any pictures of her with the ears on, so people are unsure as to whether or not she’ll be fully fledged Catwoman or not.). It’s going to be the metaphorical tits.
I am also working on a 5 minute short for my course at the moment, which I will put up as soon as I can, so keep an eye out for that. We should be wrapping up post production in about a month or so, and I’ll be putting links to it about.
Well, that’s all I can be bothered to do for now, just thought I’d let you know I’m still here and I haven’t forgotten about this, but for more frequent updates you can follow me on the Twitters and on the Facebook group.
Sorry it’s not been a terribly exciting blog, but it’s hard to cover everything that’s happened in the world over the past few months.
Anyway, happy magic zombie jew and chocolate eggs holidays, have a good’un, don’t eat all that chocolate egg in one go or you’ll just make yourself feel quite sick.