Sunday, August 03, 2008
Freak Like Me
Thank goodness for Mark Kermode. Because without him, I would have walked into the IMAX this afternoon with my expectations through the roof. As it was, they were still pretty high, but his fair handed assessment of The Dark Knight helped temper the whirlwind of hype from the last fortnight. It is a great movie. A really great movie. But not the greatest movie ever. But... perhaps the greatest comic book superhero movie ever. And that is more than enough. Go see it on the big screen, or if you're near an IMAX, the really big screen.
The late Heath Ledger's Joker is wonderful. You almost have to feel sorry for Christian Bale, who is also superb as Batman, but is overshadowed by one of the best villains in comic book history. There is something irresistable about the character, as you may have noticed from my hijacking of the photo above. Unrestrained arrogance or the sincerest form of flattery? I'll let you decide. Maybe someday I'll Joker up for real: I won't do any spoilers, but let's just say I have my next fancy dress party costume sorted. When you see it, you'll know.
All of which concluded a great weekend of movies after seeing Pan's Labyrinth and The Exorcist at Somerset House on Friday night. Two stunning movies only improved by the open skies above and haunting echoing ambience. Well worth freezing my bum off on hard cobble stones for the best part of five hours. The box of red wine and chocolate cookies helped...
And so to a soundtrack. Aided by the utterly phenomenal selection of records gifted to me by Annie Slaminsky. Having been out of London most of the week, I have barely scratched the surface, but there are some absolute gems that had me almost hyperventiliating with excitement. Couple this with Country crooner Glen Campbell's extraordinary album of cover versions from the likes of Green Day, Foo Fighters and John Lennon. It shouldn't work, but it does. It could just be seen as a sub-Johnny Cash cash in, but it isn't. It's been a very good week.
1. Glen Campbell - Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
2. Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name Of
3. The Breeders - Cannonball
4. PJ Harvey - Oh My Lover
5. My Bloody Valentine - Slow
6. Spacemen 3 - Walking With Jesus
7. Sly & The Family Stone - Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again
8. The Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow
9. Bomb The Bass - Bug Powder Dust
10. The Pixies - Nimrod's Son
...and that's just a sprinkling of the joys to be found. For a Sunday night, after the best part of a week off work, I am in an obscenely good mood. Let's see if it lasts...
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