I have just been to see this wonderful and very funny film that is wicked in its dark humour content. It takes every day situations, six of them, and exaggerates their outcomes. The film was produced by Almodovar and has his style stamped all over it. While waiting for the film to start there were several Hollywood trailers that featured many special visual and audio effects, car chases and killing people. In comparison then it would appear that Hollywood has not only lost the plot but lost all the plots. In Britain it would be nice to see some of the independent film makers products. The slops that Hollywood produced can’t be everything that comes out of the US.
As you can probably guess I’m a great fan of individuality and have a definite hatred of corporate blandness. Yesterday I was lucky enough to visit one of my favourite eating and drinking places in Lausanne Switzerland called the Brasserie Bavaria situated at Rue du Petit-Chêne 10. I’m glad to say that nothing notable seems to have changed. The simple wooden seating is still chipped and scratched and the paintings above the wooden paneling look as yellow as ever probably through age and previous generations smoking in there. The clientele are mixed, from all ages, on their own or as groups of two or more. They drink tea, coffee, beer and wine. They are there to relax, to talk or if they are on their own to read the paper or just watch the world go buy through the large window. And then there is the honesty, none of this paying upfront. You order what you want and the bill is placed on your table. This is a very civilised place. In the middle is a long table where if it gets busy enough you will have to sit and maybe engage in conversation with complete strangers. How nice is that in the modern time of plug yourself in and shut the world out? It is an amazing place and if you visit Switzerland you would be mad to miss it. If you live in Lausanne then it’s a must as places like these need all the support that they can get in time of corporate creep as they dissolve our individuality.
We went to see this great lighthearted French romcom on Tuesday evening at South Kensington’s Ciné lumière. A wonderful cinema that is still great value for money but not very well attended. It is a shame that so many Brits won’t go to a film with sub titles but will sit through so many Hollywood slops that rely on ever louder sound and visual effects often lacking even a reasonable level of a plot. This film has some very funny gags, and yes, it is predictable in many ways but for entertainment value it is worth watching. The story won’t tax your mind too much but after a busy day at work it is a good film to help you unwind.
The news seems to be full of how our now past it former England football captain, and did he really take England to that much glory, driving a big fat pig Audi crashed into a tiny car that looks really damaged. In that car was at least one unnamed human being who could be your father, your mother, your son, your daughter or another member of your family or a good friend and it may be that they were a lot more than just shaken up by having been driven into by a huge lump of German steel. I would like to know if the person or people driving that little car are alright because they are just as valuable if not more so than an old footballer.
We have just been to see Mark Thomas’s new show, Cuckooed, at the Tricycle theatre in Kilburn, London and as usual it is extremely good. This is political and activist comedy at its best and Mark pulls no punches. We have been we think to all of his shows over the last few years and they are always highly entertaining. This show tells the story of a how a very good and close friend spied on a group of activists linked to the Campaign Against Arms Trade for BAE Systems. It is funny, moving, sad and entertaining all at the same time. If you haven’t seen Mark or the show then go and see him. If you live too far away then read one of his enlightening books. http://www.markthomasinfo.co.uk/