Hi, I’m Cass and this is my blog. I’ll be posting rants, pictures, and junk I care about as and when I find it. I’ll also be doing a weekly round-up on Thursdays. Generally, I’ll be writing about music, manga, books, and films, but I’m just as liable to go off on a philosophical tangent, so if that’s your bag, check in weekly and feel free to say hi.
This week, I’ve been wrapping up watching the American version of the hit sitcom The Office. Netflix has this habit of dropping must-watch series on me at the most inconvenient times, and I’m one of those people who have to binge on TV shows they get into. Generally, it’s been excellent. I didn’t really enjoy the British version when it came out here back in the early 2000s, but Steve Carell was absolutely excellent and is just generally funnier than Ricky Gervais. Cringe-comedy isn’t generally my bag, but Micheal Scott was just the buffoon I needed to get enjoyment out of the scenario.
I find modern American comedy hits the nail on the head much better than stuff from my neck of the woods. There’s a trend in recent British television where producers try to present an image of television that’s more ‘in touch’ with the youth of today and the common man, but this leads mainly to characters with cockney accents in humdrum backgrounds. I grew up on a council estate, I don’t need to be reminded of how soul-crushing it can be, thanks. I want ESCAPISM in my escapism. The Mighty Boosh was excellent when it came out, but that was repeated to death by pretty much everyone I know when the kooky-comedy bandwagon came to town. Much like the Monty Python films or Bill Bailey standup DVDs, once you meet a certain amount of people raving about it, it starts to become tiresome, and you struggle to keep a polite interest whilst trying to steer the conversation to more fertile ground. It’s good to see the Monty Python gang returning to work together, though; we could all do with a touch of the absurd.
I started work on a new Metal tune, which is nice. Think Oceansize meets Faraquet, as played by The Safety Fire. For more on that, keep an eye on my Soundcloud over the next week.
I’m gonna save book discusion for the next post, once I’ve finished Stranger In A Strange Land. Manga-wise, it looks like One Piece is gearing up to another Arabasta-sized arc. Everything’s kicking off. Naruto continues to be fantastic, though I must say the plot’s been a bit obvious recently. And the less said about what remains of Bleach, the better.
Finally got around to watching A Clockwork Orange, followed closely by Mulan, because after you watch anything by Stanley Kubrick you usually need a Disney chaser. I was impressed at how the former managed to capture the feel of walking through a UK city on a Friday night, though obviously much classier. I always love it when you find a film where everyone can be seen as the villain in some way. It wasn’t as violent as I was expecting, though; from the way everyone goes on about it, you’d think it was non-stop gang rapes and kerb-stomping. Modern films surpass it in brutality almost casually. I think the reason it sticks in everyone’s head so much more with A Clockwork Orange is that absolutely none of it is background. You’re forced to ride the tension the whole way, and when the ultra-violence kicks in to a little bit of Ludwig Van, you know the beating won’t stop until our intrepid hero has had his fill.
Mulan was, of course, fantastic.
- Monty Python: Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition or a Reunion (guardianlv.com)