Archive for the ‘film & TV’ Category

New Edward Snowden interview, conducted by German television

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014


Pretty interesting interview on German television and now distributed on LiveLeak. Worth watching. He’s very articulate, and Canada’s CSEC is mentioned.

PBS story on income inequality and behaviour: Money on the Mind

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

PBS film on the rich and entitlement and income inequality

Wow. The effect of money on behaviour, and why BMWs are less likely to stop for you at a crosswalk.

Textile design animation by Gavin Edwards, sound by Thomas Williams

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

film for Copenhagen Design Museum exhibition

The short film “Textile” was inspired by the exhibition Post War British Textiles at Copenhagen Design Museum. Gavin Edwards, the filmmaker, tells me that the idea was to bring the patterns to life with the aid of motion graphics in a dynamic and intriguing way. The excellent sound design is by Thomas Williams,

Beautiful mix of image, animation and sound.

Was It Something I Said

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Was It Something I Said panel show

This new quiz is not going to help my little problem staying away from English comedy panel shows. Not only is this on top of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Have I Got News for You and too many others to mention, it’s hosted by David Mitchell and stars the hilarious, nerdy, dreamboatish Richard Ayoade.

Jimmy Carr (to Richard): Was that not a clue, when Charlie said he was a twat when he was 16, was that not a clue, should we not have gone with that? And you said…

Richard Ayoade: I just… you look so like Roger Federer. All I’m thinking is… why am I playing tennis?

Jimmy Carr,  Richard Ayoade

Bill Nighy takes on bankers

Monday, October 28th, 2013

tax the banks, support the poor


Fantastically small tax on fantastically huge banking profits would yield fantastically large public revenue for supporting the poor. This is a campaign from 2010. What happened to this discussion?

“Campaign video by Richard Curtis and Bill Nighy about the Robin Hood Tax, a tiny tax on bank transactions that could raise hundreds of billions for public services and to tackle poverty and climate change at home and around the world. Add your own voice to the campaign at This film was made with the support of the European Commission:”

“It’s estimated that derivatives trading is now worth $600 trillion — ten times more than the total economic output of the entire world. In fact, 92% of the world’s 500 largest companies use them to lower risk.” New York Times Jan 3rd 2013


What the fox doesn’t say

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Mod Wolves - Mighty Boosh

The Fox by Ylvis

OK, I don’t mind quotation, reference, homage and what have you. But let’s just point out that the 2013 song “The Fox,” also known as “What Does the Fox Say” by Norwegian comedy outfit Ylvis, pretty obviously owes a debt to the 2003 “Mod Wolves” sequence from UK comedy TV series The Mighty Boosh.

Homage for the most part doesn’t transcend the original and Ylvis is no different, but this is a pretty pale reflection of the original. Oh let’s call a spade a spade: it’s more ripoff than homage. Anyone who knows the Mighty Boosh can see that The Fox’s colour scheme, dance, and particular surrealism immediately suggest the Boosh’s Mod Wolves.

What Julian Barrett and Noel Fielding of the Boosh owe the greatest debt to, I don’t know, but when do they riff on the past it seems more creative homage than theft. They have been described as Sid and Marty Krofft as engineered by Frank Zappa which isn’t too far off the mark, but ultimately they’re original. Ylvis meanwhile is Mighty Boosh as engineered by some bros.

More Boosh songs here.