cadeira: (brain_out_calvin)
Is it a coincidence that my second-favorite twitterer and overall brainy and lovely ( in a fluffy, moist kind of a way) writer Stephen Fry comments on the death of former Big Brother inhabitant Jade and just one day before I got around starting to watch Dead Set? Here´s a trailer.
I loaded tons of stuff from the assistant director´s DVD collection onto my computer when we were shooting that mystery series two weeks ago. Among those films and series were some English productions, most notably "Lost in Austen" about a girl who gets sucked into the world of Jane Austen and the 2008 Zombie mini-series "Dead Set" which centers around some of the survivors of a zombie rampage. It´s wickedly funny as the set that´s dead is the British Big Brother house (of course social and TV critique ensues) but it´s also a quite gory little series which entertains me to no end.
That said and also to ease the pain of other impatient souls: German amazon buyer will probably have to wait till middle of June until Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will be shipped. How cruel is that?
cadeira: (stephen_not_amused)
Stephen Fry was stuck in an elevator and instead of wishing him free, people probably more wished themselves in there.
I, on the other hand am free of university for over a month after that last presentation on Obama today.

Oh and there´s a new movie coming that looks promising. Can you tell I manged to pass my film class with 1,7? I had to talk about Adaptation. A film with a story about a screen writer who has problems with turning a plotless book into a screen play and instead making it a story about a screen writer having problems adapting a rather plotless book into a screenplay. And no, that last sentence was no copy&paste error. It´s a great film though. By the same guy who wrote Being John Malkovich.

cadeira: (Default)
Now that the winter has arrived, there´s even more reason for abandoning a walk in the neighborhood for a good book. Isn´t it crazy, I had one centimetre ice on my car during daytime.
I´ve just finished listening to two books by Ben Elton (of whom Hugh Laurie once said that he discovered him as a serious actor - if that isn´t justification enough to listen to them).
I expected much of the books seeing as he is not only a productive but also pretty successful writer of novels and screenplays. Fortunately I wasn´t let down.
The first one was Inconceivable, his more or less autobiographical novel which dealt with an infertile couple and was later to be turned into the film Maybe Baby. The film amused with a great cast (Emma Thompson and Rowan Atkinson are always amazing), hilarious scenes and a really engaging emotional story.
But in case you´ve already watched the movie you probably won´t miss much with the book. The story is told entirely through the diary entries of Lucy and Sam. This idea works out quite well in the beginning where you get direct responses by both to everything that happens in their life. You really get into their relationship because you´re able to compare how differently both really see the situation of their infertility. Lucy´s desperation is even more affecting in that way. Unfortunately toward the end, where the outer action overtakes the inner conflicts this device completely fails to let the reader empathise with the whole solution of the situation.
The audiobook is still a lot of fun though because it´s being read by Emilia Fox and Hugh Laurie. And my favorite moment surely is, hearing Hugh Laurie complain about some abhorent doctor ("Great guts!"; later played by Atkinson) with the words "Stephen Fry would play him perfectly." I had a serious self-referential-loop-fangirl moment there. The audiobook also offers some good jokes about the BBC that were left out in the film.

The next book was hugely entertaining throughout. Past Mortem is a murder mystery that features a lot of cheesy 80´s music and a great plot. At first I had the feeling that the characters were somewhat stereotypical but I was lead on to believe this. As the story unfolds Ed Newsome, the New Scotland Yard Detective we are following as he is trying to track down a serial killer, and all the other characters: his co-workers, the suspects and friends become wonderfully quirky. Be warned though, some scenes are incredibly graphic, like ewwwww. But they fit perfectly into the whole thing. I knew who the killer was way before he or she was revealed but that doesn´t do harm to the book; it only makes you feel smart.

Speaking of Ben Elton:
Have today´s song themed.
We Will Rock You Musical - Fat Bottom Girls
There´s more comedy here... and Jimmy Carr. )
cadeira: (stephen_not_amused)
I was just looking up the release date of the movie (which is the 22th January in Germany btw.) and the status of the film in imdb has been changed from post-production to completed and now Stephen doesn´t appear in the cast listing anymore.
Eddie Izzard and Kenneth Branagh are still in but I´ve already seen them in trailers.
Stephen was the reason why I intended to watch the movie in the first place. I´m going to watch it anyway because of Tom Wilkinson (I can´t even find words to describe how much I value his acting qualities) and because Bryan Singer is the director and I´d love to see in what ways his pictures and his way of telling stories differs from the House episodes I´ve seen from him.
But still, no Stephen?

Have a song anyway:
The Faint - The Geeks Were Right
Man, this one starts and your legs start moving automatically.
badabum. badabum.
cadeira: (dork talk)
I shouldn´t be so excited, that Stephen´s going to publish a podcast on language tomorrow. I´m not even sure how I´m going to manage to restrain myself from reading the written blessay on the blog first.
I found a new podcast A Way with Words publishes hour long programs on words and writing. I loved it from the moment on where someone on the show suggested "podsnicker" as a word for those moments when you burst out laughing when you´re listening to something funny on your iPod.
I´m also seriously in need of some "podblushing"... where are the naughty podfics in my favorite fandoms lately?
cadeira: (audio_icon)
I had Stephen read the complete 'Liar' to me yesterday. What twisted mind comes up with that stuff? Hilarious. Now, I know all the Cambridge dons are massively underemployed.
Constant homosexual references, a pornographic Charles Dickens novel (and that right after I had listened to Hugh´s narration of 'Great Expectations') and generally many British stuff all around - what more could I expect? Unreliable narrators FTW!
I just don´t like the "Okay, I have twenty more pages to go. Now I take the cleverest of my characters to explain the whole mess I´ve gotten my readers into in the first place... and then I´ll add a throw away chapter at the very end telling how everyone lived happily-screwed-up ever after." He also did that in 'The Hippopotamus' and I didn´t think that was too elegant. A big leap to 'The Star´s Tennisballs' though, that book just floored me.

Cut because there´s a video and I´m the friendly woman I am. )

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