How are things going? Ok I guess, Sian has been in a reasonably pleasant mood and sort of chatty. Well her version of chatty and pleasant but I knew she was moody from day one as our first conversation was her moaning about discrimination at work. We’ve talked about practicalities on our relationship and just example what her physical needs are in order to get by, her cynicism problem stems from my lack of knowledge of social care and to be fair I don’t really know a great deal but I have an ace up my sleeve……
At the start of the month I went out to see the LEGO Batman Movie which was very silly and very entertaining and even had a cameo by the Daleks, which bizarrely weren’t referred to by name just as ‘British Robots’, in contrast to every Batman movie reboot to date it acknowledged every big screen and small screen Live Action Batman complete with a brief shot of Adam West’s Batman dancing. The plot is more ludicrous than the 60’s TV series but it’s not really about the plot, its about bringing Bruce Wayne out of the shadows and acknowledging his own fears and feeling of loss and being alone. Though I laughed out loud when Batman says “Robin we’re going to hit people so hard, spontaneous descriptive words are going to magically appear” in reference to one of the most notable aspects of the Adam West series….
When I got home I was deciding what to watch and settled on a early/mid-90s movie called The Shadow which was based on an American 1930s Radio Drama and while it may not ever be called a masterpiece of Cinema, it most definitely a fun pulp film with a very memorable score. It stars Alec Baldwin as the titular character who is a reformed criminal baron who has the power to cloud and read people’s minds and has him face off against the last descendant of Genghis Khan who was set up a nuclear bomb in Manhattan in a hotel he has hypnotised people to ignore…. its a lot better then it sounds I assure you and has guest appearances by Ian McKellan and Tim Curry. While flawed and clearly a cash in on the Batman movies of the 90s it stands up fairly well with some still impressive visual effects.
The new Big Bang Theory is picking up a bit and I have a feeling that the Wolowitz and Bernardette’s baby is going to replace the heard and mentioned but never seen Mother of Wolowitz… though it might be nice if they showed a photo of Howard’s mum at some point. The Goldbergs is still running strong and while I am certain that Barry is an OTT version of the real Adam’s brother I found it quite humbling that the real brother became a medical doctor, lol I wonder if his patient roster has now diminished after that revelation.
I’ve started uploading my 2016 Upton Jazz Festival photos to Faceache, I hadn’t realised I hadn’t done it until last week despite having posted the videos I uploaded to YouTube several times.
I’ve been watching Spike Millligan’s Q6 and to be fair, it’s still very hit and miss so far with a few jokes which were done on The Two Ronnies much better but it is always good to see Peter “Voice of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” Jones in something and an amusing deconstruction on how a sketch can be interpreted. Oh of course there are some good musical interludes such as this, Panama Red by Stan Tracey:
There are also some interludes which are… different shall we say