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  1. Oooh, that sounds right up my street, cheers!
  2. He was by far the best actor in it though, so it was probably worth prioritising those chops over his ability to sing.
  3. Google ‘Fleabag It May Destroy You’, and you’ll find that people think it deals with similar themes, so that’s probably why as well. Personally I think that’s a simplistic take on things and it’s more to do with the holistic vision and creation of the individuals concerned still being comparatively rare in the mainstream industry, reactionary and sexist as it is, but maybe I’m wrong. I’ve no idea what people say about it on social media, so I can’t speak to that, but I do find the idea that we can only celebrate one woman at a time to be nonsense.
  4. This is reductive absurdist nonsense, sorry. Why compare anything, unless it’s exactly the same, eh? Personally I think Fleabag was wildly overrated, and this is brilliant, so I am literally celebrating only one woman, and that is Michaela Coel. Deal with that, if you can.
  5. Yes. Or, and I’m spitballing here, it might be because Fleabag was a similarly widely hyped one woman creator /writer/ actor gig which naturally invites comparison, as similar things often do. And this is much better.
  6. I just polished off Graham Greene’s The Quiet American, the narration is by Simon Cadell, of Hi-de-Hi fame, and it’s quite excellent. It must be an old recording as the quality isn’t stellar, but that doesn’t affect it. Cadell died in 1996, he was only 45.
  7. Pomegranate Molasses, £3 a bottle - a little splash of that with some water is beautiful: https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/gol-ui/product/odysea-pomegranate-molasses-250ml
  8. Once you’ve watched that you should watch The World According to Garp, which is another cool flick based on a John Irving novel.
  9. I’m behind the times on da yute dem argot obviously, is cringe what people say for amazing now? If so I agree, the bit in the mansion was utter cringe!
  10. I enjoyed it all the way through - obviously it was never going to be as good once Quinn karked it but still good nonetheless. I like to think of Homeland as a programme about how Carrie Mathieson ruins everyone’s life.
  11. The Invincibles - 5/5 This is a splendid 1995 curio that has cropped up on MUBI, and if you have this service it’s an ESSENTIAL watch. Basically the story of bad things going down for German police and politicians, a SWAT cop is on a mafia bust and is surprised to find his ex-partner seems to have returned from the dead to fuck up his life. What makes this so special is the stone cold Eurotrashiness of the whole endeavour - the unashamed cynicism, grit and violence, the haircuts, the surprisingly tight plot that still has time to meander all over the place during the 150 minute run time, the restoration by the director that includes deleted scenes straight from his own remaining vhs copy and a subs translation that seems to have been performed by a machine. Set this to a backdrop of sprawling industrial Düsseldorf where everyone is corrupt and useless, and it’s pure magic.
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    I was sent one like this by the amazing @TheShend as a gift and it’s been brilliant for me to use as a first grinder, simple and no fuss...on Amazon for a tenner? Manual Coffee Grinder with Adjustable Ceramic Burr , 30g Coffee Powder Yield https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01ERFBA98/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_UJyaFb4Q37S07
  13. It’s a fairly obvious riff on Philip K Dick’s ‘Time Out of Joint’. Pretty much any SF movie ever made is nicked from PKD in some way - if it’s any good, that is.
  14. Yeah, I LOVED this. It captures Eurovision perfectly, which is pretty amazing really for a pisstake. It pokes fun at it without a misstep, heartwarming nonsense throughout while wearing every single cliche possible on its sleeve with pride. Loved that the Demetriou siblings were in it too, and the end was a little homage to Purple Rain to boot.
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