Attack the block

So after many many months of just not getting round to it, I finally watched Attack the Block.

And it’s very very good, well done Mr Cornish.

It’s got to be one of the most unique films I’ve seen recently (or possible ever). The design of the monsters was brilliant, I loved the black invisible ninja fur and glowing teeth, the kids using fireworks was clever, the actors were all fresh faced and believable, it was all just nice and not too clichéd.

It didn’t really remind me of anything, which is good, it was just a film in it’s own right.

There were some great shots of the council tower block, making it look all dramatic looming over the streets below, even though it was just a fairly standard concrete tower. And the lighting was really well done, it was dark making it hard to see the creatures but it never made me squint and get frustrated that I couldn’t see the action.

The sound and lighting also felt a bit retro and 80s, which again, was cool

I don’t want to spoil much of the film because I think the story is great, and I honestly didn’t see the ending coming at all, but I will explain my favourite bit from the film…

Actually, it wasn’t my favourite bit, there were other funnier/more exiting bits, but this bit was still good and has stuck in my memory.

Some of the characters are running away from a big furry black monster, and they get to a lift door, and the lift doors are closing… and just at the last minute the monster DOES get in the lift! I love that bit!

Because every other film ever (maybe) the escapee/baddy/monster/bullet etc will slam into the door, or an arm will come through the gap and get stuck in the door, or a bullet will just sneak through but the protagonist will still escape.

But not in Attack the Block! The monster just gets in, and lots of gruesome noises follow. It was just fresh and good.

Maybe I’m getting stuck on that point a little bit too much but I just liked it, I thought to myself “Yay that never happens!”.

Anyway, Attack the Block is very good, Holly liked it very much as well and we have quite different movie tastes, so it clearly appeals to a wide audience.

Also Joe Cornish worked on the Tintin movie, so he must be good. Well I already knew he was anyway, but for those of you who don’t know who Joe Cornish is, he’s a genius actor/director/radio presenter.

Johnny English 2: Apple, apple, apple

Ok, I’m supposed to be going to bed ‘coz I is well tired m8.

But I just wanted to have a quick rant about Johnny English Reborn before I go.

I’ve just been to see the aforementioned film in the cinema with the right hon. Lady Skeater, and we both very much enjoyed it. We both like Rowan Atkinson, and we both like cars. Holly especially likes Aston Martins, so she was very pleased.

Anyway, you may notice when you watch it a slight bit of Apple branding. There’s a lot of iPhone 4 (or was it a 4s!), quite a few Mac books, AND ABOUT 18 MILLION BLOODY IPADS!

Seriously, there are a lot of iPads in the film. There’s a heart rate monitor at the end of the film… on an iPad! So you got many close up shots of just the iPad showing the heart rate. There’s a control room with like 50 massive screens and computers in it, however one guy is peering down at his FUCKING IPAD IN HIS LAP!

My favourite iPad plug was one just standing up on a table in the back ground, sort of facing towards the camera a bit, just behind Rosamund Pike when she’s analyzing Rowan Atkinson (I should probably use character names, but anyway). I like this one most, or hate it most, because they’re not even using it. It’s just there.

Anyway, there’s a lot of Apple plugs, and a lot lot lot of iPad plugs. I think it was always the iPad 1 as well, not even the 2. The silliest thing is, it’s supposed to be a cool high tech spy film, and most of the film is great IMO, the car has a laser cutter on it, there’s a rocket launcher umbrella, a very versatile dyson and a minigun/golf bag in it.

But the iPad? They’re not high tech! I mean I do love my iPad, it’s awesome, but it’s no V16 Rolls Royce super car. Issy can use the iPad, and she’s not even 2 yet.

So any way, if you like the first film, this one was better. It wasn’t too cheesy, just the right amount of cheese/Rowan/spying/hot girls/silliness I reckon.

But there is a lot of Apple sponsorship in there. A lot.

Oh and Gillian Anderson is still hot. And that wheel chair is amazing.

7 Important things!

I actually only have 2 important things to say, but for the following 7 reasons I choose to use the number 7:

  • Each important point is worth 3 or 4 average everyday important points
  • 7 is my favourite number, and definately in my top 3 words along side chip and potato

Now onto the important things:


They did their first show back on Saturday 2nd April, 10am – 1pm, and should be there for the next 12 weeks until Galstonbury, according to Joe (I think).

You should go and listen to it now on iPlayer. If you’ve already listened to it, you should go and listen to it now. If it’s not available, then listen to the pod cast and punish yourself for missing it.

It makes me so happy that it’s back on air, and it makes 3 hours a week at work become 3 hours of pure enjoyment.

Another important bit of news, is that Adam Buxton if Adam and Joe fame, has updated his website. I have no idea when it happened, I used to check it quite often but then got lazy and sort of forgot. Any way I checked it today and it’s been redesigned, it looks good and is full of funny stuff. Go look at it!

Also, a third piece of equally important news that I should mention is that Joe of Adam and Joe fame has finished his writing/directing movie debut Attack the Block.
I’ve only watched the trailer at work with no sound… so I’ve not decided upon which of my positive feelings I’m going to decide to apply to the film, plus I haven’t actually seen it of course, but anyway I’m very excited about this and you should be too.

Ok I’ve only got 3 minutes to eat my 4 finger kit kat now, then I’ve got 240 minutes of work to do before my 20 minute walk home to number 19.

I think that’s enough about numbers and important news for now.