RR Movies: Aviation

Had RR done Songs About Pretending To Consider All The Environmental Issues And Then Doing The Stupid Thing You Always Planned To Do Anyway, then today’s topic would be obvious (if we hadn’t already used it when China eventually got Hinkley Point). So, just plain Aviation, then….

I’ll kick off with Scorsese’s portrait of Howard Hughes, The Aviator.

What films about being airborne would you recommend?

Tune of the Week #3

Challenge rules for any newbies – pretty simple and not too strict.   Just pick a tune you heard this week and want to share, and add it to the playlist.  Could be a new release, discovered or rediscovered oldie, a tune you stumbled across, or what you’re listening to these days.

Ravi is a genius and finally got the link sorted for adding to the list yourselves – for future reference for anyone else attempting a collab playlist, you just have to hotlink it in some text.  I hope.

Try This Link

Not a new release but newtome this week – released on EP in 2012.  Seems that one of my printmaking teachers has musical taste right up my alley, and not much on her playlists i can quibble with – dream pop and psych that’s perfect to work to. Especially as, like Shane, i’ve been a bit melancholy on and off these days.  Lovely stuff.

Tune of the Week #2

Review of challenge rules for any newbies – pretty simple and not too strict.   Just post a video of a tune you heard this week and want to share.  Could be a new release, discovered or rediscovered oldie, a tune you stumbled across, or what you’re listening to these days.

I still can’t figure this link to the playlist out yet, so unless someone else can, you’ll have to post them in the comments and i’ll add them manually to the list.  I’ll be away on Tues night so i won’t be able to do it till Wednesday.

No new release from me this week, had a busy weekend.  This 90’s janglepop beauty showed up on the playlist of my college radio station.

RR Movies: Confusion and Delusion

From Trump’s attempts to insinuate fraud into the electoral system and his wife’s re-iteration that the Donald has changed completely in the last 11 years, to the Daily Express’s headline promising cheaper food out of the EU as the pound plummets and inflation rises, the world seems to be turning into a huge experiment in cognitive dissonance. Where did all the sense go?

Whatevs, let’s distract ourselves with films that have delusion and confusion at their core. I’ll kick off with Inherent Vice, PT Anderson’s attempt at Thomas Pynchon‘s novel. The drugs don’t make things clearer….

What confusing and/or delusional films would you recommend?

RR Movies: Machines, Robots & Computers

As Samsung realise that spontaneously-combusting phones are probably not the way forward and techies are still scratching their heads about why the algorithms dropped the value of the pound so dramatically last week, let’s have a look at films about the technology changing our lives. You may wish to go back to Chaplin’s Modern Times or dash ahead to a Blade Runner dystopia, but I’ll just jump a couple of years into the future with Her, when Siri gets even more personal.

What films about technology would you recommend?

RR Movies: Optimistic Films

Jeremy Hunt – already dear to every NHS worker’s heart – is going to train 1,500 more doctors in a few years time and that, he believes, will mitigate existing shortages, the effects of Brexit and his industrial relations ineptitude and ensure we have enough home-grown medics to keep everything tickety-boo for evah and evah.

Linda Litzke and Chad Feldheimer (played by Frances McDormand and Brad Pitt) are similarly bone-headed, unrealistically optimistic characters in Burn After Reading. Yet somehow, after much pain and suffering (experienced by others), Linda gets what she wants….

What optimistic films would you recommend? (There doesn’t have to be a cynical edge to your nomination!)

RR Movies: US Presidents

Well, the first debate has happened, so the race is definitely on. Let’s get this out of the way now: US Presidents.

There have been plenty of ’em, both real and fictional, with a President in both serious and comedy roles (Jack Nicholson in Mars Attacks! comes to mind) but I’ll suggest Anthony Hopkins’ turn as Nixon, in all his sweaty, paranoid deviousness.

What presidential films would you recommend?