Recommendations please!!

I’m on my own for a whole week, it’s snowing outside so I can’t really go out much (bendy problems suck!) so I’d like it if you lovely internet people could recommend a film or two to keep me occupied during the week. I’ve currently got on my list:

  • The Crow – I seem to remember watching this when I was a teen, but can’t remember much of it.
  • The Road – Working my way through Viggo Mortensen’s films and this one looks amazing.
  • I Sell the Dead – Seen it already – really funny and yet a bit creepy, definitely worth a re-watch. Dominic Monaghan is great as Arthur and the ending was quite unexpected.

Maybe I should have a fellowship weekend – watching a film by each of the members of the Lord of the Rings fellowship. I’d probably not have that much time spare though? Does give me an excuse to watch Equilibrium though.

I’m also hoping to finish Straken by Terry Brooks this week (Which is so cheap on Amazon, Cheap second hand books will ruin my finances!!). In Brooks’ books there tends to be a point by which you’re surprised nobody’s died… I’ve reached it and have been a bit terrified to read on. Got to though because then I can start on Gormenghast which was my Christmas present. I tried to read it years ago because I loved the BBC adaptation of it (It’s where I developed a slight Rhys-Meyers obsession I think)

And yes, I will do dissertation work – but if I exclusively look at statistics, my brain will melt.

For now though, I am going back to my warm double bed, with a cup of tea and some chocolate to listen to the final instalment of Neverwhere, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. Well done BBC!

Weta are remaking Thunderbirds!

Weta are remaking Thunderbirds!

I’m so excited about this, Weta Digital are going to re-make Thunderbirds.

I love Thunderbirds because:

  1. It’s a great story.
  2. It’s nice idea that someone can come along and fix everything.
  3. It has great female role models unlike so many other sci-fi series. Lady Penelope really does kick ass.
  4. Everything in it is something you actually could make as a child, with enough yoghurt pots.
  5. It’s nice that all the boys are mildly (to extremely) techy and nerdy – and yet they still get to be the heroes!

Weta digital is the workshop responsible for the special-effects in the Lord of the Rings and Avatar. This means they created the Gollum that you see in the films!

Though it will be weird to see the Tracy boys without strings attached, I really look forward to seeing this concept without giggling about the bad puppetry.

As an additional note, I am writing this using my dictation software. It has had a few problems with my accent (mild Bristolian) specifically the words yoghurt and ass but other than that it worked pretty well. It even recognized Gollum! I didn’t even have to train it to do that!