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  1. Been ripping through Paperbacks From Hell and it's fantastic. If you have any interest in all those old horror paperbacks from the 70s and 80s or just like to read about trash culture generally then it's £1.99 well spent. The author has a knack for making anything sound like essential reading, pulling out all the lurid plus points, although he does have a tendency to run through the whole plot in a paragraph; I've had to skip some as there were a few books I fancied reading. Wouldn't mind the physical book as this has tons of illustrations of book covers that probably look better in real life. Should say it's from an American perspective but does mention some British authors like Brian Lumley and James Herbert. Not Garth though, hmm. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paperbacks-Hell-Twisted-History-Fiction-ebook/dp/B01NBO5GIH/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1668612198&sr=8-6
  2. 18 - Toast On Toast by Steven Toast - autobiography and tips from famed actor or stage, screen and VO. Audio book is read by Steven Toast himself who brings his legendary voiceover skills to bear. At just over 3 hours it is short but that's in its favour, by the end you've got the point. It swings between laugh-out-loud funny and feeling a bit like Matt Berry being asked to knock something out over the weekend, like bits almost felt made up on the spot. However, the funny bits are very funny, like the chapter about his bad review and his time at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Acting) especially.
  3. So fi you're up for some hot CONFIG.SYS-editing action it's PCEm.
  4. What are the main differences between PCEm and DOSbox? Is it easier to set up and use?
  5. Friday Night Dinner (series 2) I avoided this sitcom for the reason I tend to avoid anything where most people I hear about say "oh that Friday Night Dinner, it's really good", the more they talk about it the less I want to watch it. But I decided to give the first episode a go so I could at least form more of an opinion, like I had done with Fleabag. Unlike Fleabag, which just left me cold as I couldn't relate to it on any level, I was surprised how much I got into Friday Night Dinner. I'm not Jewish and I had to look up what a Friday night dinner was all about, but this is so well-written you don't really need to know, the comedy just feels natural. Makes a change to see Tamsin Grieg not playing a hopeless singleton, and seeing Paul Ritter in this knowing he's no longer with us is bitter-sweet. By the end of series 2 the quality seems to be consistently high. 4/5
  6. Went for the audiobook what with Garth reading it. And that Paperbacks From Hell, is that Paperbacks from Hell: A History of Horror Fiction from the '70s and '80s: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction Paperback? That would be right up my street as I read tons of those as a teenager, probably partly why I love Garth Marenghi. Stephen King was too professional, I wanted no-nonsense tales of terror, gore, lust, slugs, rats, and the rest.
  7. Coppers (1988) Tim Roth plays a strange young man with an unhealthy obsession for acting as a police officer in this BBC drama. He convinces illiterate builder Reece Dinsdale to accompany him on nocturnal patrols, managing to fool most people including the police themselves. Very simple story, it's more an excuse for Roth to put in an eerily convincing performance as the committed, audacious fantasist. Like a more laid-back and lower-budget Nightcrawler. 3/5
  8. Another that doesn't emulate well is the excellent Motorstorm: Arctic Edge, although I think one region's version does, can't remember which.
  9. I got a new Vita recently as my last one has died, so set Adrenaline up again, put some PSP games on there. Lumines is the one I always go back to, it's just a pure joy to play, what with the music, the feel of trying to slam as many blocks together before the thing sweeps across. Was never much good at it, and I actively avoid seeing replays as it just makes me feel rubbish. I'd also recommend Archer McLean's Mercury and Mercury Meltdown. Very tricky physics-based puzzle games that get pretty taxing.
  10. Does it have component? I was using an OSSC but found just having a PS2-to-component cable gave me a good picture, even if it's a bit chunky.
  11. How long have you not been able to buy Kindle books via the Amazon app? It says it can't sell them through the app due to a change in Google Play Store's terms. Ah, the joined-up internet, the future is here today etc.
  12. 17 - 45 by Bill Drummond - I'm at that age where the KLF were a big deal in my early adulthood, their pop-pranksterism was always worth hearing about, so naturally this book was a great read. Highlights were the account of managing Echo And The Bunnymen, plus the account of the cube of high-strength lager that honestly had me in stitches. This is the only paperback I've read this year, and it makes me sad to say it because I used to get through tons back in the day. Sadly my eyesight isn't as good as it was and I find printed text harder to read, not impossible but it takes ages. Much prefer my Kindle where I can change the font to suit.
  13. 16 - I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke - entertaining and engaging memoir from the "punk poet", concentrates on his formative years in the 60s, finding his footing as a performance poet in the 70s, the initial stardom and how he juggled that with his heroin addiction. Rather glosses over the last 20 years or so, and it was pretty straightforward, was expecting more wordplay and asides but there you go. He does the audiobook, natch, and who better?
  14. The Capture series 1 Very post-Line Of Duty earnest police drama with an admittedly intriguing premise. My main issue is with the unlikability of the main characters, all very serious, I felt it very difficult to have any sympathy for the main police woman who even when things became more difficult was still arrogant and snobbish. Also if I went back to my old place of work to use the facilities they'd tell me where to go pretty sharpish. Felt more like a good idea fleshed out into a multi-part drama. It has the right pace though and lots of twists and turns, but it didn't have me gagging for series 2. 3/5
  15. United Kingdom (1981) I've not been so fired up by a drama this much in a very long time, awe-inspiring stuff. Jim Allen's power TV film predicted so much that would come in Thatcher's 1980s, and a lot of it sadly still rings true today. The government put a local authority in special measures when it defies imposed spending cuts, ousted councillors, together with unions and local residents won't take it lying down, they inevitably come up against the rule of law, but whose law is it? Is it a crime when people stand up against the demolition of public services, denying them and their children a fair deal? This play tackles issues that would become major concerns, including the way the police have switched focus towards protecting the establishment and the status quo from what are perceived as threats to it. It touched on how normal people are increasingly cut out of decision-making, the gulf between grass-roots and party politics, how central government have stripped power away from local authorities, using the sale of council houses as a wedge between councils and people, and much more. Others have been more eloquent about this, and I could go on all night as this really has inspired me, but I'll just say we really need this kind of drama back on our screens. At the end a resident of the estate is interviewed by the news and feels they've learned a lot about how they're treated by the state following the explosive finale. We need that sort of lucidity in people today. 5/5 Here's Jim Allen talking about the play on Nationwide:
  16. There's got to be some nutter who reeeeeeally needs that box on his shelf and he's prepared to pay top dollar for it, can't bear the idea someone else has it and he doesn't. That's the collector mentality.
  17. Top Gun Maverick traded on nostalgia pretty heavily, and at least there was a sufficient time gap to make that work. Who is nostalgic about 2009?
  18. Re Spore, they messed up putting the character creator out before it. Turned out to be the most entertaining part of the game.
  19. Normally plastered over some incomprehensible foreign film.
  20. Getting fed up of these CG trailers, why can't they show some actual gameplay?
  21. The 2nd November 1982 was a big day for British TV viewers as, after existing with just the three, we got a whole new channel! I recall at the age of 10 excitedly tuning in about 4.30pm to see the start, watching the first five minutes of Countdown before switching back to whatever kid's show was on BBC1 at the time. I'd just witnessed history though. It has changed a great deal over the years, and maybe I'm at that age where nothing is what it used to be but from my admittedly limited experience (I don't watch a great deal of live TV these days), it has mellowed somewhat, lost that distinctive, spiky edge it had in the 80s and 90s. So many great shows, comedy like Brass Eye, Peep Show, Spaced and Absolutely; the halcyon days of 4Later including Bits and Vidz; The Tube, a music show that coincided with my maturing music tastes as a teenager; lots of weird and at the time controversial stuff too. Hopefully any plans for privatisation have been shelved and it can carry on doing what it does. So yes, happy birthday, Channel 4, thanks for all the memories. The Guardian just published a top 40 Channel 4 programmes which whilst can be disputed as these things always are does reflect what the channel was all about. 40. Countdown (1982-present) 39. GBH (1991) 38. The Inbetweeners (2008-2010) 37. Grand Designs (1999-present) 36. The Autopsy (2002) 35. Vic Reeves’ Big Night Out (1990-1991) 34. One Born Every Minute (2010-2018) 33. Alternative Christmas message (1993-present) 32. Football Italia (1992-2002) 31. A Very British Coup (1988) 30. Desmond’s (1989-1994) 29. Educating Yorkshire (2013) 28. Eurotrash (1993-2004) 27. Derren Brown: Mind Control (2000-2003) 26. National Treasure (2016) 25. Come Dine With Me (2005-present) 24. The Adam and Joe Show (1996-2001) 23. Utopia (2013-2014) 22. Faking It (2000-2006) 21. Smack the Pony (1999-2003) 20. Skins (2007-2013) 19. Spaced (1999-2001) 18. The Word (1990-1995) 17. Black Mirror (2011-present) 16. Dispatches (1987-present) 15. Catastrophe (2015-2019) 14. Red Riding (2009) 13. The Big Breakfast (1992-2002) 12. Derry Girls (2018-2022) 11. Brass Eye (1997-2001) 10. Shameless (2004-2013) 9. Father Ted (1995-1998) 8. Queer As Folk (1999-2000) 7. Channel 4 News (1982-present) 6. Peep Show (2003-2015) 5. Gogglebox (2013-present) 4. This Is England (2010-2015) 3. Brookside (1982-2003) 2. It’s a Sin (2021) 1. Big Brother (2000-2018)
  22. The Burning (1981) Considering this was essentially cashing in on the post-Friday The 13th trend it would be easy to dismiss this but you would definitely be wrong to as this is a quality item in its own right. It does take its time to establish the characters, but largely keeps the suspense up once things get moving. The best bits of this are really good, the canoe scene in particular is so well crafted. I'm a sucker for that slightly warped discordant synth throb you get on these sorts of films although it's such a trope now it can be hard to take it for what it was. Can't ignore Rick Wakeman's contribution to the soundtrack. Oh and that kid sounds so much like George Costanza it's spooky- oh! 3.5/5
  23. Class Of 1984 (1982) Amazon Prime Video I am shocked to learn this isn't a documentary about crumbling inner-city schooling. Shocked, I tell you! Never piss off a teacher. 3.5/5 Best Letterboxd review of this: It's as if Troma remade Blackboard Jungle.
  24. Honest, Decent and True (1985) I'd watched Les Blair's News Hounds recently and gave this earlier BBC drama a go. The goings-on at an ad agency working on a campaign for a new "classy" lager, all whilst struggling with their largely unfulfilling private lives. It's not totally captivating, but it does feel more slice-of-life. Not seen much other Les Blair stuff so can't really compare. Top ensemble cast here including Adrian Edmondson, Richard E Grant, Gary Oldman, Arabella Weir and Derrick O'Connor, all playing characters that didn't appear to rely too heavily on well-worn caricatures of people in advertising, making this feel more natural. Subtly humourous, not exactly scathing of the ad biz, more a sceptical view of it through the dysfunctional, jaded, and eccentric practitioners and their various hang-ups. 3.5/5
  25. Dig - actually you set the number of lines to dig down and see how long it takes.
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