Sunday, 24 June 2012

The Weekly Review: 24/06/2012

A weekly round-up of what I have been watching, listening to and discussing. Rather than just posts about film, this is a bit more all-encompassing as I think my interest in cinema and art crosses over and between a variety of sources...

Very few films this week. I have been completely immersed in The Simpsons. Blame a boxset I have not watched yet. Blame a fantastic Season 8. Blame whatever you like, but film ultimately took a back seat.

Highlight of the Week

The Lammys: It really has kicked off this week. I love this time of year and I'm excited about the future of The LAMB. We've yet to hear from the LAMB who is Best Blog, but I think it has been a fascinating year with some great outcomes. For me personally, what I'm going to do, is go through my Google Reader and stop following a huge bunch of blogs because I have realised I am losing track. I have followed too many and therefore don't use it as effectively. I don't visit some sites that I 'joined' years ago whilst there are many blogs out there which I don't visit often enough (or realised I don't even follow) - and clearly should. Specifically, I hope to become much more active on French Toast Sunday, Cinema Sights and Fog's Movie Reviews. These are site which, though I knew about, for some reason or another I haven't given enough time too. But this will change now. I'm also spending [possibly too much] time on the LAMB forums, which is alot of fun. If you are a LAMB, get in on that:


Warrior: Yeah, it was alright. But I felt the entire film was like a tick-list. Imagine the boardroom meeting: "How can we have twice as many fights as a normal boxing movie?"/"I know, lets show two characters with their own separate stories in a martial-arts-type-boxing tournament". Two more characters in the story and the film would simply show every match in the tournament!

The Bourne Identity: I will re-release my negative overview of this film. I stand by the film being weaker than the sequels, but I think I "get" why people like it now.

The Bourne Supremacy: The strongest story in the franchise. So far.

The Bourne Ultimatum: The best action-sequences in the franchise. Bring on Jeremey Renner...

All Quiet on the Western Front: For the 'Classic Columb'...


The LAMBcast: Listened to the whole Brian VS The World episode and it was great. I'm not a big fan of Scott Pilgrim VS The World. I get why people like it, but there is something a little smug about the whole film. I'm a little bit more convinced about how bad a film it is ... and I thank Brian for his insight to this. I also think the seven opponents he had were completely beat!

The Fugees: Listened to 'The Score' and damn, it is so good. Something so personal and yet passionate about the songs and lyrics. Brilliant music.

TV/Theatre/Art Galleries/Books/Misc

The Simpsons - As mentioned, halfway through the eighth season and I am keen to keep watching. Also began tweeting an animator on the show. What an amazing job! As mentioned on Twitter/Facebook - Space Coyote is a badass.

Large Association of Movie Blogs


  1. I'm with you and Brian on Scott Pilgrim. It feels overly produced and very self aware how cool its supposed to be.

  2. Simon, I know exactly where you're coming from... I feel the same way. The movie blogging communtiy is so big, that it takes awhile to thoroughly explore it, you know?

    Between getting to know you in the Lamb forums a bit and seeing that Planet of the Apes piece on Milf (which was really good!) I'm gonna be on the lookout for your work, going forward as well.

    That's the best part of this whole thing is connecting with other bloggers and new blogs. Only a handful of lambs actually get Lammys, the rest of us can benefit from the process though!

  3. @Shep - It seems to me that the dull box-office was a fair outcome. But we'll always have to remember to not trust people who claim that its the 'best film ever'. Because ... its no Jurassic Park. he he

    @Fogs - Well, im deleting things now. Between the blogger following thing and the google reader, bit of a nightmare. One at a time and all!

  4. Well I hope you become more active on FTS too, lol.

    Totally agree though that the Lammys always make me feel like I don't visit all the great blogs enough.

  5. I was wildly shocked to see a comment from your good self on FRC this morning, so I had to pop over. Thanks man.

    I have added you to my daily rounds now!!

    Sounds like quite a macho week. Love Warrior!!

  6. @Lindsay - I've already visited many times and I'm now thoroughly loving 'FTS'!

    @Scott - Ha ha. Yeah, WARRIOR was alright. Lovin' the techno stuff and I will have to consult you on good sound equipment for a small flat...


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