Archive for February, 2010


Best Films of the 70’s

February 10, 2010

We’re going to have to end on a high with these lists. At this time, I can’t honestly go further back than the 1970s in compiling large lists of favourite films. However, assembling these things has strengthened my resolve to busy myself tracking down and watching more classics. As far as I’m concerned, the entire history and body of film prior to the 70’s represents one giant catalogue of my Cins* for the most part. There are several notable exceptions to his, of course, but far too few for one to be remotely satisfied with. For now, I shall turn to my selection of the best films from the decade in which I was (just barely) born. The criteria remain the same; films I have seen, how much I’ve enjoyed them and their wider cultural and cinematic impact. Glaring omissions here will include Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Manhattan and All the President’s Men. Read the rest of this entry ?


K-Pop Korner: Everything Butt the Girls

February 4, 2010

It has come to my attention that this post may be intercepting traffic intended for an extreme anal porn site with a title similar to the one above.

Sorry to disappoint all you ass-fiends out there, but feel free to peruse some of my writing on Korean pop music before you proceed on your neverending journey to the murkier depths of the internet.

Some may scoff at the K-Pop stuff in here; some may snort derisively and dismiss it as mere filler and a lure to exploit the blog traffic provided by unsuspecting Asian teens. These conclusions may even be arrived at due to the fact that I’ve openly admitted as much at various times. They have a whiff of desperation about ’em, you say, a shallow pointlessness even by the standards of a blog named after a tendency for meaningless utterances.

“Piffle”, I reply, “pish-tosh and poppycock!”

The posts on G Dragon and the shamed Jae-bom were a roaring success. There were some genuinely interesting things to say there. Desperate would be to take some K-Pop group that I knew nothing about, that there was nothing to know about, other than they were slightly famous for performing a dance that involved them swinging their asses from side to side seven months ago, and trying to justify a blog post on them.

And with that……. Read the rest of this entry ?


Hitch reads Myers on North Korea

February 3, 2010

The internet is a fast beast, a frightening, ruthless thing. I am, alas, a languid and lazy blogger, not quite shark enough for these waters, and so it is that I’m two days late with this. It’s already done the rounds at proper Korean blogs like The Marmot’s Hole and has even been posted on a popular social networking site by a friend of mine. Nevertheless I reproduce it here as a longtime fan of Christopher Hitchens and a regular reader of his Fighting Words column at Slate online magazine. Read the rest of this entry ?


Oscars, Schmoscars

February 3, 2010

The nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards have been announced and, I must say, the expansion of the Best Picture category to ten nominees, ostensibly to increase public interest in the award, has actually had something of the opposite effect on me. It’s clearly just five more flicks tagged on and, as ever, the category is likely another two-horse race, here between Avatar and The Hurt Locker.

I’d be quite happy to see The Hurt Locker or Inglorious Basterds take this one, likewise the Best Director award for either Kathryn Bigelow or Quentin Tarantino, respectively. I’m not riding the Avatar hatewagon like so many others but I can’t see Best Picture there (Best Director is a slightly different argument I suppose), especially as Dances With Wolves already won Best Picture twenty years ago. Read the rest of this entry ?


Narky Norks

February 2, 2010

South Korean navy's floating base.

It seems those zany Norks were at it again recently. The disputed sea border, the Northern Limit Line in the Yellow Sea, was once more the scene of a clash between North and South Korean forces. This particular exchange was a far more muted affair than the naval skirmish of November last year (see here) when a North Korean vessel crossed the NLL, answered South Korean warning shots with direct return fire of its own, and was promptly lit up by the South Korean response before returning home ablaze with one sailor dead and three injured. This time there were no casualties reported. The incident occurred last Wednesday, January 27th, when North Korea fired artillery rounds in the direction of South Korea but which fell into the sea on the North side of the border. South Korea responded with warning shots fired from its coastal artillery and reports suggest these were simply fired into the air with no casualties or damages being reported. Read the rest of this entry ?