Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Keep the Bugs Off Your Glass and the Trouble Off Your Ass


The end-of-year slowdown is in full effect as we prepare to cruise gently into the New Decade in a postprandial tryptophan-induced haze.

I was going to write a Year or Decade In Review. I kicked it around for a couple of days, but I just couldn't get excited about it. "Best Of" lists are clogging up the Internet like a virulent outbreak of pixelated weeds and I've grown bored of reading them, so I sure ain't gonna waste my time adding another one to the pile.

I'll give you this much - Battle Royale remains my undisputed favourite movie of the decade, and if you have a burning desire to discover my thoughts on that, I've already written 4,000 words about it here (in addition to another chapter on Seijun Suzuki's Branded To Kill). It'll make for a fine last-minute Christmas gift for the blood-thirsty cineaste in your family. And that's the shameless plugging for the decade over as well.


There is one more Favourite Movie of the Decade I wanted to write about in detail, but I'll save that for a dedicated post next year, in which I'll pledge allegiance...to the band...of Mr.Schneebly. But I've already said too much...

Every year at this time, I always say to myself that I want to achieve more in the following year. And I do. Every year the output increases in both quality and quantity. But I'm still never satisfied. My reach continues to exceed my grasp, and that's no bad thing. I look forward to further grasping in the coming decade.

OK. That's enough aimless prattle on the blog for 2009. I'll continue to spit out 140-character pellets of bullshit on Twitter over the festive period. I have movies to watch, comics to read, friends and family to catch up with and bourbon to imbibe. I'll probably be climbing the walls by Boxing Day.

All that's left for me to say to you all, my dear friends out there in Interwebland, is Merry Christmas and I hope that 2010 brings you closer to whatever it is that you want out of life. Onwards!



Friday, December 04, 2009

Click! Slingers Is Coming

I've been following Mike and Toby's adventures with the gestation of Slingers on Twitter for a long time with growing interest. And then yesterday, Warren Ellis blogged the Slingers sizzle reel and all of a sudden Shit Just Got Real. I absolutely love it when One of Us does good, and it's easier to throw unreserved support behind something when that something is genuinely really, really bloody excellent.

If you like heist movies; if you read 2000AD growing up; if you have a functioning brain, a neglected adrenal gland and a hunger for damn good television, then this is for you - The Slingers sizzle reel. And make sure that you head on over to Mike's blog and tell him how much you love it:


SLINGERS from Mike Sizemore on Vimeo.