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  • Springsteen fan since?
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    It's all relative
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    See Gender. Apparently I think about it every two minutes. Sounds about right.

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  1. History is my favourite subject - I read little of anything else. Although I like the idea of subjects I'm interested in being represented in 'epic' drama on either the big or small screen these days it's rarely done right and often really badly. I keep on seeing really annoying reviewers on Youtube - usually by 20 year olds - raving about this film just like being on the Western Front. I seriously doubt it. The single shot technique of 1917 actually gives it the feel of a computer game. Get your mission, cross the dangerous patch of land, navigate the tunnels, cross the broken bridge, take out the sniper, get through the burning town. etc, etc. As far as WW1 is concerned you still can't beat the classic 1960's BBC documentary series complete with interviews of actual participants.. But film is always a poor substitute for actually reading books on the subject. Although whodunnit is not my thing I thought Knives Out to be a much better film.
  2. Well after all the hype I was a bit underwhelmed. The 'single shot' technique the film making buffs are getting all heated over basically just seems to mean the camera following the same character(s) end to end. It's a well made film - it says that WW1 trench warfare was bad; very, very bad. But we already knew that and the storyline - must get the message through to stop the attack or all our guys will die - seems very familiar. You could set a similar story in just about any war before wireless communication. Some nice music, though.
  3. Sad. I only got into Rush around the time of the Time Machine tour (2011). The almost universal rave reviews attracted my attention. Not really sure why I previously ignored them. The are now one of my favourite bands of all time and I believe one of the great misunderstood rock acts of all time. I actually love their 80's stuff. In tribute I'll sing Marathon to myself on my run around the local woods this morning.
  4. Thanks for that. I understand it's a 75 minute cut but the full show will get a release soon.
  5. Last U2 gig I attended was in Manchester October 2018. Great show for the most part but Bono banged on about Brexit just a teeny bit too much - even Remainers like myself were groaning with the tedium - and meanwhile I was stood near to a group of dickheads who talked as loudly as they could about frickin' football most of the night whilst paying zero attention to what was being said or performed on the stage. I'm probably in agreement with most of Bono's politics but I think he overestimates the extent to which huge parts of U2's audience are even remotely interested. Just play the damn songs and let them speak for themselves.
  6. Springsteen does tend to portray characters - and in particular working class characters - as experiencing life as bit of a dead end. It's there also in the 'bills and kids' line in Moonlight Motel. Is this a reflection of how he sees life or how he thinks 'ordinary' people see life? Sometimes it can come across as a bit patronising to be honest. It was there in songs in his early career and although I can understand that viewpoint coming from a much younger person yet to find their way in life it's a bit unbecoming of older people. Something to snap out of or risk being a bit of a bore. In real life I'd cross the road to avoid people who talk like the miserable characters in a lot of Springsteen songs. Are we really interested in listening to songs about people who no longer think life has anything to offer? It's one of the reasons I've been unable to accept the WS is a masterpiece point of view. Maybe he should join his local Park Run and get back to doing what he was born to do. There's a new challenge.
  7. This film is getting some incredible reviews. I like a good historical movie. Will go to see it but I get annoyed with scenes like the bit towards the end of the trailer where someone is depicted running across a field with high explosive going off all around him and doesn't even get hit by a lump of earth let alone a piece of shrapnel.
  8. Lost interest in this guy probably around 1990. I doubt I ever really genuinely liked his stuff but rather went along with the hype that he was a great songwriter. Horrible voice singing those awfully smug, cynical and condescending lyrics where he always comes across like he's the cleverest and smartest guy in the room. Yuk!
  9. I've watched / listened to this over and over. This is an amazing song. Like Dylan, Cohen had a rare gift for writing entertaining and captivating verse regardless of whether you want to decipher the meaning in depth or simply float along with it.
  10. Not watched this season much yet. I used to like it when Darcy Bussell was on the panel because quite frankly I fancied her. Total class. That new judge is too loud. A little bit goes a long way. There's still that tall blonde Ukrainian, though. The Argentine tango is always the season highlght.
  11. I used to watch Graham Norton back in the days he was on C4 most week nights. I used to think his opening monologue section was generally funny but the show kind of sunk once the guests came on. Just watch last night's episode and I see little has changed. Last night's interviews were all fairly meh. Springsteen's included. Can Robert De Niro smile? Chat shows based on celebrities are generally boring. Most of these people aren't that interesting outside of their day jobs. Best by far these days is the great Bill Maher over in the USA but his show is firmly based on current politics so you get conversation with a bit more meat on it. 'Interstitial' must be a new buzz word. Muse used it to describe the short instrumentals between songs on their last tour. I had to look it up then.
  12. Joe Satriani is a genius and has made probably the best guitar based rock music of the last 27 years. The Pet Shop Boys rock. Muse are the greatest British band of the last 20 years. Shostakovich's 8th is his best Van Morrison is pantsy grandad music.
  13. LOL. If only he could have a conversation or two with some of the ex miners I met when I worked in a former South Yorkshire mining town . He might well conclude he wasted his money spreading all that brotherly love. Certainly opened my eyes (sorry can't go into too much detail - relates to current UK politics etc)
  14. Not seen this film yet. I've seen the trailer. The way they talk about Springsteen. They say exactly the same kind of things I would have said back in the '80's Embarrassing. Really doesn't strike me as a subject that could sustain a movie over a couple of hours. Bet it's not as good as Saturday Night Fever. Anyway, there's a particular genre of British and Irish films that I really don't get at all. Y'now the kind of movies with a very strong contemporary regional setting - I'm thinking of films like the Full Monty (Sheffield), Letter to Breznev (Liverpool), Angels Share (Glasgow), The Commitments (Dublin) - I hate the way these films pander to local stereotypes -y'know like repeating the same old tropes that all northerners are inarticulate but down to earth, funny folk, all Scots and Irish are plain talking rough diamonds, all cockneys are sly lumpenproletariat types and are not be trusted (might be some truth in that last one) etc etc Awful films. One exception I thought was Bend it it Like Beckham. Wasn't a great movie and I'm not particularly interested in Football but it did a good job of genuinely acknowledging a multi cultural urban Britain much like the one I know and without falling back on regional stereotypes. I understand Blinded was made by the same guy who made 'Bend It' so I may check it out - but only when it becomes a 'free' watch via Netflix or Amazon Prime.