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Stuff What I have been doing

February 19, 2012

So since I’ve broken my New Years Resolution of Blogging regularly with in 2 months of the new year I’ll give a brief summary of things I’ve seen and done. Hopefully it will be vaguely interesting.

I saw The counterfeiters on DVD, a German film that about the largest counterfeiting operation run out of a concentration camp. Though the subject matter was pretty depressing it was well made and much deserving of its Oscar nomination. It got me very angry though and I found myself frequently shouting at the screen ‘How could anybody have let this happen?’,’ Why is Man so evil?’, etc, etc Strangely more so then when I saw Schindler’s list.

I caught ‘A Dangerous Method’ at the cinema. A so-so film and nowhere near as good as either ‘A History of Violence’ or ‘Eastern Promise’. It was very light weight and wasn’t sure whether it was a love story or a serious examination of Psychotherapy. It didn’t help that I found all three of the lead characters incredibly unappealing, and this has nothing to do with the actors. Still worth catching if you want to see Keira Knightley being spanked by Michael Fassbender.They should have had that as the Tag-line – it would have got the punters in.

I also recently caught ‘The Muppets’ at the cinema and I actually quite enjoyed it, not much I can say it was overly sentimental as always but some of the gags were quite good, and the songs were fun. I can’t quite get the opening and closing number out of my head.

I’ve been reading Brian Bolland and Mike Barr’s Camelot 3000. The art work is fantastic, There really is some nice pencil work from Bolland, I might even be so bold as to say it is better then his ‘The Killing Joke’ work. Unfortunately the plot and dialogue has not aged well, some of the devices like Sir Tristan being reborn as a Woman and him/her coming to terms with this seem very silly and naive. Still worth a read if only for the art.

I also read a few novels. I read the first four Parker books that Richard Stark Churned out 20 odd years after Butcher’s Moon. I’d say at least three out of four of them were as good as his 70s output. I’m going to repeat ad infinitum that, that man knew how to write. They are like intricate pieces of clockwork. So fine that the reader doesn’t even notice.