jamie goode's wine blog: Films and books and stuff

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Films and books and stuff

Just been on to amazon and ordered a book recommended to me by Ted Lemon, who was at Pinot Noir 2010. Ted's wines are fantastic, and so anything he wants to put on my reading list is fine by me. It's called 'Agroecology', by Miguel Altieri. Not cheap at £30, but I'm hoping it will be very good.

On the flight on the way back from Auckland I caught a few films. Here are my amateur reviews.

1. In The Loop (www.intheloopmovie.co.uk) is utterly brilliant. You must see it. I almost cried laughing at several places. Malcolm Tucker is an utter genius. This is one of those films you can watch several times and still find something fresh. But it's not for those who are sensitive to profanity.

2. Star Trek (uk.rottentomatoes.com/m/star_trek_11/) is a pile of poop. Sorry. It's Hollywoodized to oblivion. I can't believe I watched this. And I can't believe that it gets 94% on rotten tomatoes. The plot is ludicrously bad, with parallel realities and people coming back from the future. A bigger is better, and biggest of all is best mentality has totally ruined this film.

3. Bright Star (uk.rottentomatoes.com/m/bright_star/) isn't a pile of poop, but it's disappointing. A run of the mill period piece charting the failed love affair of John Keats and his neighbour Fanny. Lots of old costumes, unrequited love and early death by consumption.

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At 8:30 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Did you manage to get much reading done?

At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Fabius said...

Agro-ecology ('agro-ecología' in Spannish) is what we practice in our vineyard and winery! (practice as much as possible, that is, given our contraints and circumstances). It'd be great to know what you think of the book once you've read it - and then maybe I'll splash out the €30 too :)

At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Utter genius, but (quite) not for those sensitive to profanity...


At 2:46 PM, Blogger King Bing said...

I rather liked Star Trek. Some nice touches. Not too overplayed with the connections with 'klater' films etc. Sure there were time-space holes, but everything bar Arthur C Clarke or Asimov stories seem to.

Anything's better than Inguorious Basterds. Truly a late-harvest Zinfandel of a film...

At 7:15 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

alex - not a lot - just generation A - always take too many books on trips, as well as too many clothes

At 5:15 PM, Blogger Oliver Styles said...

Jamie, you've got to check out The Thick of It...(from the In The Loop team)...series 3 out on dvd in April...


PS- Malcolm Tucker is my hero.


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