Saturday, 12 March 2011

Saw the English/Hungarian film "Severance" last night. It wasn't all that (it contained Danny Dyer) but it did have a beautiful gag in it. Two of the characters are discussing humane ways of killing people (they are arms manufacturers so it's shop talk really)and the one played by Toby Stephens, a sort of nostrilly version of Damian Lewis, counters the suggestion the guillotine is more humane than modern weapons because you're fully conscious of what's happening to you for a minute afterwards. Later on, of course, he is beheaded and you follow his eyes as he sees his murderer standing over his body and he gives a tiny triumphant smirk - he was RIGHT.

Well i liked it. It was subtly played. Toby Stephens is in one of my favourite films "Photographing Fairies" (not a title they would have used in the seventies). He plays a photographer who believes he sees tiny people in the woods after necking a load of lysergic flowers. The end of the film is accompanied by my favourite piece of music ever - Beethoven symphony 7 allegretto movement two*. The film also features her out of the Britta filter adverts with her tits out.

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Feeling sad about David Bowie. He's not been seen for the best part of decade and I don't know what he's up to. A world where Dave Bowie isn't singing rubbish about outer space in his perfect voice is a smaller, colder one. There are loads of his records that I havent heard but that's not the point. The point is that somewhere out there Dave should be beavering away in his Swiss Schloss with a crack team of slightly too polished musicians trying to recreate what he heard on radio six that morning. But with aliens.

*It's also the closing song on "Zardoz" another fantastic film featuring Sean Connery in a nappy.

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