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30 March 2011

Mutants (2008)

Inspired by my recent viewing of The Hills Have Eyes, I went hunting for real Mutants at the weekend with my boy. They're surprisingly hard to find... even in East Yorkshire. Ha, ha... I'm only kidding!

Actually, I'm having a bit of a mutant moment and it's all by lucky happenstance. The Hills Have Eyes was an impulse buy. Tonight's film... Mutants... was inspired by a review I read on cyber-buddy Joel's blog the other week.

Zombie Strippers (2008)

Zombie Strippers is every bit as bad as it sounds. No, actually, it might be worse! And the thing that gets me is that I knew that this film was going to be a pile of crap and I still watched it! Oh... what a numptie! Actually, I only half-watched it... I think it was mainly the top half.

28 March 2011

Dying to Live (2006)

I'll come clean and say that I didn't enjoy this book in the slightest. I only finished it so that I could write this review. I wish I hadn't bothered.

Dying to Live is 'a novel of life among the undead' by Kim Paffenroth. It's a Permuted Press offering and that was the main reason I bought it; I'd kind of been hoping for something a little different. Well I got that alright!

27 March 2011

Dance Away (1979)

This week I have mostly been listening to...

Roxy Music

I picked up 4 Roxy Music vinyl singles recently and once again, I've been enjoying them far more than I really should. The singles are: Dance Away / Cry Cry Cry (1979); The Same Old Scene / Lover (1980); Oh Yeah / South Downs (1980); More Than This / India (1982).

I was never really into the band the first time round. I'm not sure why, but I'm guessing that it was because it was 'old man' music. In those days I wanted something with a bit more flair... something a little more Toyah... or Adam and the Ants. Poor old Mr Ferry didn't get a look in. Thankfully, I can now redress the balance.

26 March 2011

So This Is Love (1928)

Oh, I just love all this old stuff! I bought some sheet music last year and hiding at the bottom of the box was an old theatre programme for "So This Is Love" playing at the Winter Garden Theatre in London. Unfortunately, it's lost its cover somewhere along the way, so I can't show you that. Inside are some fantastic period photos. I don't recognise any of the names or faces, but you've got to love the outfits!

24 March 2011

Doghouse (2009)

Doghouse is a British film that resurrects the battle of the sexes in a way that I haven't seen done before. This is a Lad film that follows the adventures of a gang of mates escaping from their hum-drum home lives, and more importantly their overbearing other halves. The guys take a trip into the country to drink beer, take the piss out of each other and generally do what lads do.

22 March 2011

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

Between 1945 and 1962 the United States conducted 331 atmospheric nuclear tests.

Today, the Government still denies the genetic effects caused by the radioactive fallout ...

The Hills Have Eyes is the true story of the American Government's nuclear test programme and its horrific results.

Actually, that statement is not entirely true...

20 March 2011

Publicity Shots - Fred Astaire

It seems like there are a lot of Fred Astaire fans out there! In honour of you all and the big man himself... here are a few of my favourite photos. Enjoy.

Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth in
You Were Never Lovelier.
Columbia 1942.

16 March 2011

Let The Right One In (2008)

I liked this film so much that I bought it twice! You can almost hear Victor Kiam saying it. Actually, I bought it twice because I'd forgotten that I'd bought it once. Oh dear.

Let The Right One In is a Swedish film based upon the John Ajvide Lindqvist novel Låt Den Rätte Komma In. Don't ask me what that means in English... Ha ha... Just playing with you!

12 March 2011

The Zombie Guide

I was going to call this post the "Top 10 Zombie Films", but there's more than ten. And actually it's not just films. Sometimes they're not even zombies! Don't get too hung up about it! This is just a list of all the posts I've made on the Ukulele Blog that have anything remotely to do with my latest passion.

8 March 2011

Diary of the Dead (2007)

It takes all sorts. It really does!

I think I knew that this was going to be a pile of cack before I sat down to watch it.

Diary of the Dead is a George Romero film about... you guessed it... zombies. It's one of those first-person, camcorder-type affairs chronicling the Zombie Apocalypse from the survivor's point of view.

5 March 2011

Paycheck (2003)

There is something about Philip K Dick that is special. The very fact that it impossible to say his name without mentioning the 'K' alerts you to this. His prose is simple and easy to read. His subject matter is other-worldly. If you dig deep enough, you'll find that his stories have been the basis of, or have influenced a number of films over the years. I discovered his works in my teens and he immediately became my favourite author. Little by little I acquired everything I could by him. And then in a moment of madness that I still can't quite understand, I gave it all away! Doh!

Recently, I picked up a collection of short stories called 'Paycheck' just to see if any of that old magic is still there.