It's nice when someone else hires a photographer to make you look good. From my best mate's wedding, 2014.

It’s nice when someone else hires a photographer to make you look good. From my best mate’s wedding, 2014.

Why let carefully-composed reflections disappear into the digital ether (and NSA/GCHQ archive)? Especially when they’re talking about films, TV shows and DVDs that people might still be interested in watching in the future. I’ve started compiling my perspectives on things I’ve read or watched here from Twitter. Keep coming back to see more. I’ve tried to put them vaguely in order of how recent the subjects are… and for the very latest, follow me at https://twitter.com/iqkennedy/

Films…

The Wolf of Wall Street

Wolf of Wall Street – extraordinary, extreme, and utterly hilarious. And basically true. Nothing like it.

Sightseers

Ben Wheatley’s #sightseers looks like the typical British wet weekend to me

From Salerno, Italy, 2010.

From Salerno, Italy, 2010.

Happy Feet

#HappyFeet is a strange family film. One third song and dance, one third animal survival thriller, one third eco-allegory. Beautiful but…?

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Indulging my inner 5-year-old by watching Transformers 2 which actually isn’t too bad. What keeps us suckers for destruction porn?

300

Watching #300 again, first time since it was new. One of the ultimate blokey movies, and a fascinating West-against-the-rest origin myth too

“As if the facts matter when blokey propensities are being fulfilled. What else is war for!” – from my Facebook chat about #300 last night

Point Break

Finally watched Point Break – barely quicker than the imminent remake, oops. Still – dated touches and macho rows aside – top action movie.

Point Blank

Point Blank is one deliciously shot revenge thriller, one of the least dated classic movies. Characters a bit stiff though.

 

A selfie by proxy.

A selfie by proxy.

TV Drama…

The Honourable Woman (BBC 2014)

Watching episodes of again. Some digressions but on the whole as good as British drama gets. A must-watch-twice?

Inspector De Luca (Il Commisario De Luca), 2008 Italian series screened on BBC4 in 2014:

#inspectordeluca revealed a nervy, fascinating and turbulent time in Italian history, but the gender politics & final episode weren’t great

I, Claudius

Rare night in – trying out I, Claudius! Good, but a few minutes remastering could improve the colour and sound well if they bothered…

Finished #iclaudius. Very stagey, plenty of dodgy sets & makeup, but some ghastly historical characters, great episodes and a fitting ending

 

Ian Kennedy portrait photo. (A new look for 2014. Thanks to a vintage jacket.)

Ian Kennedy portrait photo. (A new look for 2014. Thanks to a vintage jacket.)

TV Comedy…

W1A

#W1A has been, well, painfully. Funny.

Which triggered this discussion with Isis Media Producer Catherine Elliott Kemp:

Catherine E-K @cath_isis Apr 9:
“@iqkennedy: #W1A has been, well, painfully. Funny.” Pretty much exactly what it’s like working there

Ian Kennedy @iqkennedy Apr 9:
@cath_isis Ouch, I can imagine. I enjoyed Radio 1 at Yalding House, they could have fun there. Pebble Mill seemed nice; Mailbox had no fans.

Catherine E-K @cath_isis Apr 9:
@iqkennedy I’ve only worked in London but I think it’s a very accurate reflection … With a bit of poetic licence of course!

Ian Kennedy @iqkennedy Apr 9:
@cath_isis I bet, you hear so many conversations like that on the news desks there! Great they’ve got the bravery & honesty to self-satirise

 

This picture was composed by an 8-year old who nicked my phone and told me to look mean. I now see why. This picture was composed by an 8-year old who told me to look mean. I now see why.

This picture was composed by an 8-year old who nicked my phone and told me to look mean. I now see why.

TV Documentary…

The World’s War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire (2014)

Super BBC1 docu The World’s War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire uncovers the perverse futilities of war. Thought I knew enough WW1. Never.

Ian Hislop’s Olden Days: The Power of the Past in Britain (and also previously, Stiff Upper Lip)

Ian Hislop has a found a wonderful vein of quirky and profound threads from British history these days.

Channel 4’s Psychopath Night

#psychopathnight is #Channel4 doing its thing just right – challenging, accessible and useful. I’m middle on the scale http://psychopath.channel4.com/quizzes.html#test2 …

 

Radio

Fine #radio4 Afternoon Play today, Kokomo by Julian Simpson – terrorists hold global information hostage. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/search?q=kokomo …

 

Non-Fiction Books

Story, Robert McKee

Been reading Story by Robert McKee lately as preparation for the internship with WriteMovies, still such a satisfying and insightful read

 

An Italian artisan creates me an IQK stamp.

An Italian artisan creates me an IQK stamp.

Religious Texts

The Book of Genesis

Out of curiosity I read a book of the Bible every Easter now. This time starting at the beginning. Musings as I read will follow…

Hmm. God gives man dominion over other life forms (Genesis 1-4, King James version) but also tells us to ‘replenish’ the world (1:28, 9:1)

Already by Genesis 17 God has made several U-turns with drastic consequences, eg global decimation; intentions/expectations somewhat unclear

Granting everlasting covenants for Abraham’s descendants over territory and favour (eg Genesis 17: 7-10 KJV) has proved somewhat problematic

 

More to follow!

 

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