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Sunday, 4 April 2010

FUCK YOU AND YOUR POMME FRITES

I've eaten so many creme eggs this weekend I think my guts have been replaced by fondant filling. I met Geoff Nelder and another writer chap called Leigh Barlow, and that was really cool. Also sullied my eyeballs with LAW-ABIDING CITIZEN and turned my brain upside-down with TRIANGLE.

TRIANGLE first: I thought it was ace. Group of friends go yachting. Get in trouble. Get rescued by massive cruise ship. No-one's on the ship! Except...

It's not spoiling it at all to reveal it's about alternate time/reality lines, but the fun is in following the characters as they try to avert situations they've already experienced, only to find...well let's just say there are some effectively chilling situations and reveals along the way, as the story writes itself before it's happened, if that makes sense. I think director Christopher Smith would be very good at the video game BRAID.

LAW-ABIDING CITIZEN: Man sees wife and daughter killed in front of him by two thugs. One gets the death sentence, the other gets off lightly. Man goes nuts and swears revenge. Except...

Gerard Butler is that man, and despite the film's tagline being about vengeance, his character admits his motivation isn't revenge at all. In fact, he's making a point about the US legal system, which he does quite succintly, but then decides to continue being a nutter and kills a bunch of people. So clever is his character that everyone's sat round scratching their heads wondering how on earth they can stop him - he's locked in jail but still managing to kill folks in intricate and clever ways. Gerard Butler starts off as a clever technophile driven by grief and the need for justice, but ends up as a full-blown supervillain, plotting the destruction of the human race from a jail cell. Enjoyable but completely stupid.

AND the new Dr Who is now on our screens. Matt Smith is VERY weird-looking, like his face is the wrong shape for his head, but I thought he made a convincing Doctor, going by the first episode in the new series. Shame the overall story was a load of wank. How many times can the Doctor save the world from aliens without everyone on the entire planet going "Oh yeah so you're the Doctor, I thought I'd heard about you" but instead everyone acts stunned that such a thing is happening. GRAH!

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