Sunday night doesn’t get better than this: a wee walk to the pub. A thrilling Dr Paul quiz, perhaps with a win, perhaps not. Then a few more pints of wine, a daunder home via the chippy and then watch Das Boot on Netflix.
Such perfection could be yours… tonight!
For the quiz at the Tolbooth, here is the video for tonight’s music round free answer:
This is one of those pop videos that’s intercut with scenes from a film in which the song was used. The film is ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ in which young Americans with terminal cancer visit Amsterdam, fall in love and die.
I just read the Wikipedia summary, I haven’t seen the film and probably won’t because I usually watch films for entertainment and terminal cancer just doesn’t cut it for me as a leisure activity.
For exampe I watched ‘Rio‘ with my daughter the other day which is an animated film about parrots and monkeys with loads of songs and jokes. That was more like it.
Having said that, The Fault In Our Stars did well and has good ratings. If it’s your kind of gig then it looks like a good film.
Anyway – no one is going to die at the quiz tonight. That’s my prediction anyway.
See you later.
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It was Valentine’s Day last night (at both quizzes).
Valentine’s is always a weird night. There are couples who never go out with each other and have no idea what to do. They are awkward.
Some of the groups of single people are awkward. Awkwardness hangs in the air like Lynx Africa.
This was more true at the Newsroom, being a city centre venue. The Argyle was quieter as the romantic pairs were probably all in Salvatore’s instead. We’ll never know. It was certainly more relaxed and that’s why I went for the ROSES ARE RED contest there.
Simple instructions: write a four line poem where the first line is “Roses are red”.
Here are the results.
Roses are red
Violets are too
And fucking hate poetry.
Roses are red
Violets are blue
I have a knife
Get in the van
Roses are red
Love is dead
Maddy McCann’s skin
Covers my shed.
Roses are red,
May is absurd.
They want to leave the EU,
But you can’t polish a turd.
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Poetry is dead,
And so are U2.
Roses are red
My baws are blue.
My gooch is broken,
My sex life is too.
There you go. These works were all written in the space of a few minutes. See how easy it goes? You too can be a great artsit.
Pretty much the greatest film ever made. Did I say that last week? Of course I did. But this is better.
This is one of a handful of films that I paid money to see at a cinema twice.
When I watched this in 2004 I was amazed, knew the missus had to see it, so I took her and saw it again the very next day. I don’t think she liked it as much as I did.
Wes Anderson has probably made “better” movies. I saw ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ and I remember thinking at the time that both were better than Life Aquatic but Life Aquatic still remains in my head in a way that the others haven’t.
Mind you, it was probably the first Wes Anderson film I’d seen so I hadn’t become jaded about the style which, admittedly, gets slightly samey the more of his movies you watch.
One thing that makes the film stick is the music. You’ve got the guy doing the Bowie songs in Portuguese and that’s pretty cool but it’s the Mark Mothersbaugh electronic soundtrack stuff that proper got me and still rocks me.
The film is basically a father-son drama (which so many of Anderson’s films are) but, under Bill Murray’s reign as king of his own boat, there is a special, believable madness which draws you in and an attractive disregard for real geography, and real oceanography.
Here is a tour of the boat:
The film is so utterly and obviously completely made-up, but equally feels just about real and possible and you end up sympathizing with nearly everyone in the film. There are no real heroes or villains, everyone is suffering one way or another.
Owen Wilson feels, for once, that he’s not just playing Owen Wilson. All the casting is perfect. It’s a film that makes you wish you were part of the team in the film, in this case the crew of the Belafonte… which is the opposite of last week’s film Das Boot where every fibre of your viewer’s body makes you glad you are NOT part of the crew.
Anyway – you’ll be weeping tonight if you miss the quiz. Also, with one day to Valentine’s – maybe tonight is the night you will meet the human of your dreams. All you have to do is be bright and witty at the quiz. It’s like a magnet.
This is Monday. The start of something big. Or just bloody half-term, if you have kids.
Don’t have kids? See people looking frazzled? Wondering what the problem is? It’s half-term.
Anyway, that’ not important. What IS important is the quiz,
Here’s the cheat music for tonight’s quiz at the Safari. It’s one of my own favourite acts, The Pixies.
I couldn’t find a decent video, so it’s just music. Worth a listen though.
So it’s minimum jackpots at the quizzes tonight but come along anyway. Your knowledge, wit and good looks may be enough to snare a lover. It is, after all, Valentine‘s week – and in those few days leading up to the 14th, some single people get just a little more desperate.
But there are plenty of others who couldn’t care less, so don’t make assumptions. Just be yourself.
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I watched this with my dad when I was a kid and it blew my mind. I had been brought up on Victor comic and British war films where Jerry was always the bad guy.
This was the first time I had seen anything from the German point of view.
This was a big deal in itself but didn’t take too long to get used to. After succesfully putting aside partisanship you can start enjoying the film. I know the film but watched it again last month. It is still emotional and nail-biting.
Will they survive or will they die? You don’t know – you really don’t know – right up to the end…
So that’s Das Boot. It’s a massive classic and it’s on Netflix if you want to watch it.
I still have five films to pick. Maybe next week I’ll pick something modern. But probably not.
In any case, come to the quizzes tonight. You could win £280.
Monday looks you up and down and makes a snap judgement, based on your appearance.
Monday says “Go on. Have a drink”
Will you be rude to Monday, the day that means you no harm and yet you curse its name?
Or will you be good and comply?
I’ll leave that with you but, in the meantime, the cheat music for tonight’s quiz at the Brass Monkey Leith. It’s King Crimson who are some proper old hippy shit. They used to knock out the prog and all the hairies would buy in, all the way in.
Some call it “over-indulgence” but, musically, I like the flute in it. And the bass and the drums and the singing. Far out man.
I couldn’t find any good footage of the band doing the song so here’s someone’s drippy fan video with lots of stop=motion and observatory and outer space stuff: