Category: Literature & performing arts

writing, film, TV, radio, theatre

If I write with some venom, there is good reason …

We’ve had many film reviews here and almost every one of them has been negative. This has nowt to do with my curmudgeonliness [well maybe just a bit] but everything to do with the utter bilge served up these days.

This for example [H/T Chuckles]:

‘Venom’ Brings Superhero Hot Streak to a Halt

When a Marvel movie’s Stan Lee cameo is its highlight you know you’re in trouble.

“Venom” reimagines the Topher Grace villain from “Spider-Man 3” for a new generation weaned on MCU excellence.

Bad move.

The Tom Hardy vehicle is endlessly unfaithful to the Marvel Comics legacy. That’s forgivable given the medium jump and our hunger for content reinvention. What we can’t ignore is how unimpressive nearly every stage of the production proves.

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Author and title please …

1. At the beginning of July, during a spell of exceptionally hot weather, towards evening, a certain young man …

2. The Nellie, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor without a flutter of the sails, and was at rest …

3. Amergo Bonasera sat in New York Criminal Court Number 3 and waited for justice …

4. In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since …

5. Where’s Papa going with that axe?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast …

6. When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere …

7. All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way …… More here ...

Sunday morn musical vignette

More appropriate for Saturday Night but we were a tad fevered last night, so let it be now:

[Readers – we’re sure you’ll remember which recent evening post this references.

This will be the last day-post today, music coming up at 18:00 as usual. Not many weeks now for our new season of jazz.]… More here ...

Ghost story

A very weird day indeed, starting last night.  Well actually, it started a few years back.

There has always been, at this place, a thumping sound in the early evening, usually a shortlived noise from somewhere, which I’ve interpreted as someone readying his/her bed, assuming it is one of those hinged ones which swings down – it’s like someone throwing a bed, nothing lighter, it goes through the house but doesn’t move around, it’s always from the same place, always the same sound.

Now there has also been an earthquake most early evenings, a shaking from the foundations and I’ve always put that one down to the mass of pipes, cables and so on underground, plus a motorway not a long way away down the hill.  As it’s not gone beyond that till now, it’s been fine.

Fast forward to some weeks back and the dental side of my health has taken a sharp downturn, there’ve been unpleasant things done, the previous one last week and another in a couple of days, then another and so on. … More here ...