Get yourself to Musselburgh! Kerry is up and running at the Ship Inn. Join her to see what quizzing looks like in Mussy!
Here is the music cheat answer for tonight:
At the Newsroom, the music round includes a song by Pussycat Dollswhich sounds like this:
There is a lot to hate about this video, not least the egregious over-featuring of Campariwhich must have have won some kind of trophy for Most Obvious product placement of the year at the commercial music awards.
Anyway, instead of weeping about it maybe I should phone Campari and get them to sponsor the quiz. You could win Campari every week.
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.
Come and have yourself a wee night out. If you never go out on Sunday because you are frightened of what it might do to you on Monday morning, I’d say try it.
The quizzes are earlier on a Sunday – the Persevere starts at six and is done by half even. The latest the Tolbooth finishes is about quarter to ten. Perfectly reasonable.
Anyhow, here is the video for tonight’s music round free answer which relates to the Persevere quiz at 8pm:
It’s Olly Murs. I have nothing to say about him. It’s like looking at a beige cushion on a beige sofa. He’s that interesting. How is it possible to be that many different kinds on bland in one entertainer? I don’t know. By the way: correct me if I’m wrong. Maybe there’s something about him that breaks the mould?
Anyway, get yourself to the quiz and we’ll have some quiz-fact-charged and prize-driven fun when you do.
How’s ya diddlin? Quizzes tonight with the lion’s share being ready for jackpot snack attack in the back of Marchmont, the real deal, the ARGYLE.
Meanwhile here’s the cheat clip for tonight’s music round at the Argyle:
Holy hell. What a belter. This is soft rock from the past but, somehow, the future.
I cannae be bothered talking about politics any more. Thursday is now MOVIE Thursday where I use this blog to detail my ten favourite films of all time.
10. Flash Gordon (1980)
Literally the greatest film ever made.
So why have I put it at number ten? Cos it’s the first film I thought of and despite being the greatest film ever made I’m sure to think of something better next week, so I’ll stick it in at number ten and hope for the best.
There’s no point in choosing a film that I genuinely think isn’t the greatest film in the world. Every film on the list has to be that.
Anyway: Flash Gordon has got Vultan and his Hawk Men, Ming The Merciless, Dr Zarkov, Klytus, Prince Barin and a soundtrack by Queen.
It’s got the bit where Flash Gordon defeats the intergalactic imperial guard by the power of American Football
It’s got Peter Duncan out of Blue Peter being defeated by the wood beast and begging to be killed quickly.
It’s got the bit where Flash wrestles with Prince Barin on the spiky, tilty platform thing for which Brian Blessed has the remote control and they could fall off into space at any moment.
It’s got the bit where the Hawk Men recklessly attack war rocket Ajax to the heavy rock music sound of Brian May.
It’s got the bit where Flash crashes through the lightning field to destroy Ming’s wedding and finishes off the evil ruler of the Galaxy by impaling him right on the end of his rocket.
The free answer for the music round at the Newsy tonight is Major Lazer I had to look them up but apparently they are a dance music trio from the USA. Fine. The song “features” Justin Bieber, so presumably that’s him doing the singing?
They sound like this:
Well, I just skipped through that and it is possibly one of the most meaningless videos I’ve ever viewed. But it includes Greek Islands, so it’s all right by me.
By the way- Thursday is now the day when I express my opinion on the crazy world of politics
This week’s point: FEMALE LEADERS ARE A GOOD THING.
All politics is a lie, but at least when the leader is female, my daughter (who is nearly 9 years old) can see that women can be at the top.
So, actual politics aside, I’d rather have a female country-boss and I wasn’t too dismayed to see Theresa May survive yesterday.
Even if she is a sneaky scrote and a savage Tory bastard of the first rank.