delicious thoughts for May 6th from 15:00 to 15:23:
Transport experiment slashes car use – Shows that the imaginative use of funding can make an impact on car use through the uptake of cycling. I hope York is able to at least match these initiatives with it’s recent funding
I have recently seen two films. The Boat that Rocked and The Damned United.
The second of those films I watched on my own, the assumption being that it was a man’s film. It gave me the chance to enjoy it without being conscious of what Joan might have thought of it had she been sitting next to me; a significant factor.
The Damned United
Brian Clough as depicted by Michael Sheen, was not a complicated person. He had drive, doubts, nerve, he was obsessed, thought a lot of himself and told anyone who would listen, and many who cared not to, just how good he was.
His dependence on Peter Taylor, who put up with almost all of his arrogance in a very gracious way, was clear from the start. So when Clough went to Leeds without Taylor, it was also clear he was being set up to fail.
For me the film rang true because of that honest depiction of both sides of leadership shown in the character of Brian Clough. That it was set in a footballing context only made it more engaging. It had that northern grit seen in films like Brassed Off, The Full Monty and Billy Elliot, and reflected a working class world that still existed in the 70s. I left the City Screen in York, thoughtful and satisfied.
So I was delighted by the Screen Yorkshire interview with Andy Harries of Left Bank Pictures who lifted the curtain on the negotiations behind the scenes that allowed him to film The Damned United in Yorkshire.
The Boat That Rocked? Well it did, but for me the film sank. The music was good but the weak storyline and the monotonous depiction of debauched lifestyles on board Radio Rock was tasteless. It wasn’t a worthy document of the pioneers who opened up a channel for pop radio in the UK. There are better ways of wiping the smug grins off the faces of BBC and government officials than pretending pirate radio was responsible not only for free radio but also for the whole of the permissive age. On reflection this was more the man’s film in a unreconstructed, cave man sort of way. Brian Clough’s story was much more about real life and family and gives insight into a man’s world with a very accessible storyline.
I watched this film, Hope Hero by Jude Simpson, and I found it very moving. Lets put it this way, I needed a couple of tissues before it was through.
I think it’s the way it reminds me that being a Christian isn’t comfortable – neither is it for comfortable people. But it’s the hope it conveys for those who have no hope – if I’ll just get up and do something useful.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian | Geekdad from Wired.com Prince Caspian, like the first Chronicles of Narnia, is visually stunning — from the locations where the movie was filmed, to the sets, to the costuming. The actors and actresses, musical scores, and Aslans voice all contribute to the continuity. The four Pevensie children have been back in London a year in the storyline, and while the younger two children have matured, you get the sense you’ve just left them at the end of the last movie.
The next film in the Chronicles of Narnia series is on it’s way to the UK. It arrives here next month. This guy liked it!
The Disney Site is a bit of fun too – I love the London Underground screen