Sorry, but I couldn't resist the rather
obvious Scottish put~down
of THE HAPPENING
, the new flick from M. "Night" SHYAMALAN
. To situate my relation with the writer/director/cameo appearance supremo
, I'll refer to some of his past work. THE SIXTH SENSE
? More like THE PISH SENSE
! I jest, of course, but I wasn't overly keen on that one. Everyone at the time raved about it and I was like, "He's dead. So what? We've all got problems."
But no~one listened. I thoroughly enjoyed UNBREAKABLE
and it made sense as a 'real' origin story of a superhero. Likewise, SIGNS
entertained (especially the alieny bits)
though the huge
plot-hole (why would extra~terrestials, who are afraid of water, come to Earth? There's quite a lot here)
does make it rather redundant.
Lookin' good Zooey. Mwah!THE VILLAGE
was most enjoyable despite being incredibly
predictable; very impressed with the use of colour in the film. And what was next?
Oh yeah, LADY IN THE WATER
. And so to his latest which is thankfully free of a shoe~horned
cameo by the writer (unless you count his voice on the phone)
. There are so many ghastly
things about this movie that it made my brain hurt. But there were a few good, no, great
things too. That's what annoyed me the most. I'll start with the bad.
Her middle name is "Corr!" for obvious reasons.
The actors in almost everyone situation are woefully
cast. MARK "How Come He Still Gets Jobs?" WAHLBERG
is so devoid
of personality and any ability that I did wonder if M. Night
was pulling a Sixth Sense
and he was actually
dead. If only
. Not only are all the actors poor (including some that appear briefly, notably the TV anchors and interviewers)
but the characters that crop up are disarmingly (and needlessly)
odd that story is rendered laughable (as some did in the screening I attended)
. Poor ZOOEY "Corr!" DESCHANEL
- so odd, so beautiful yet so
stuck in this garbage.
Do you like Cumming?
It didn't help anyone that the script was so achingly
bad especially when it came to the 'personal' moments (of which there were far too many)
. Why would a father leave his daughter, to find his wife, with a couple that he doesn't think are going to stay together? He doesn't like the woman (poor Zooey)
and yet lets his offspring go with her. He does add, cryptically, "Don't hold her hand unless you mean it"
. Groan! Surely
, for the sake iof his daughter, he should just have cut his losses and let her grow up with at least one parent. Idiot! And
, there was a microphone in shot! Twice! So
notable that I could see people in the cinema pointing at it. Idiots!
Red is obviously not 'in' this season...
Now, despite these terrible flaws (and they are, believe me)
, THE HAPPENING
does have some excellent ideas and tight scenes. The premise is solid, the message is good (if slightly heavy~handed at the denoument)
and the scenes of the 'happening' when it 'happens' are really good - tense and filled with a genuine horror. M Night
can create excruciatingly
tense moments and sustain them brilliantly. It's just a pity these scenes were so badly acted and juxtaposed with garbage that wouldn't be broadcast in RIVER CITY
. It could have been a masterpiece and that's
even more annoying than Marky Mark
Robot! (a lurvey one at that)
In one of my recent posts I mentioned there were lots of new releases on the ole
music front and then proceeded to review only
two. This amends that fox paw
. AIMEE MANN
is back and I'm a big fan of hers though her past couple of releases have been a bit of a nothing. Her new album, @#%&SMILERS (no, that's not a typo)
, is better than those; a few really good tunes surrounded by some average ones. Still, it's always beautiful to hear her voice. Likewise WEEZER
are back and I'll just mention the two standout tracks: Troublemaker
- both top tunes. Everything else washed over me. Not as much as VELOCIFERO
though. Every song on that sounded the same. Pity, 'cos they showed early promise.
Similarly, HERE WE STAND
from THE FRATELLIS
suffers from the same fate and doesn't compare well to their debut. YOU CAN DO ANYTHING
from THE ZUTONS
, however, does
have a number of highly melodic tracks as well as some nice arrangements. As well as a song about working on an oil~rig. Yup, I thought that was odd too. There's more 'nice arrangements' on the debut from FLEET FOXES
. In fact, that's doing them a disservice
. The arrangements are exquisite; blindingly
interesting and constructed with such panache that it's difficult to pin point when the hell the thing was recorded (let alone how)
If I were to categorise (which I don't normally do 'cos I think it's a reductive tool)
these guys, I think I would call them acoustic~choral~folk~rock
. And even that
belittles the scope of their imaginations. Brilliant album and extremely
accomplished. Definitely for those who appreciate their music off the beaten note. Their SUN GIANT EP
is also well worth checking out and it includes the radio~friendly
which seems to be doing the rounds. I will 'watch' their career with interest
Ha ha, old!
I got my RADIO 2
head on and listened to Little Dreamer
by BETH ROWLEY
and was pleasantly surprised at it's variety. Sure, you get the 'hits' So Sublime
and Oh My Life
which are lurvely
, but you also get some more sombre moments like You Never Called Me Tonight
and there's a surprise vocal (well it was for me)
from DUKE SPECIAL
She's got a voice, that's for sure
but parts of the album are a bit session~musiciany
but her songs are undeniably tuneworthy
. And I lurve
tunes. Well worth a listen, and dare I say
, purchasing. Lastly, it seems that YOUTH NOVELS
by LYKKE LI
been released in the UK
. I reviewed it some time ago - go HERE
for the review back in April - but I'll mention it again. Great! Go buy!
Ha ha, gross!'Til the next time,C.