Saturday, December 29, 2007

Films of 2007

Oh, so many I still want to see! Never mind. Here's my top five - and it's surprisingly Brit-heavy, w00t.
  • This Is England
  • Atonement
  • Notes On A Scandal
  • The Last King of Scotland
  • Half Nelson
I think this is probably the last of the end-of-year lists, unless I do my top five end-of-year lists. Actually, don't rule that out.

Films of 2006

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Doctor hoo-hah

Hahaha, good on you Russell T Davies. Christmas is no longer a time for Jesus, turkey, presents and the Queen - IT'S ABOUT THE DOCTOR WHO CHRISTMAS SPECIAL WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT. Altogether now: "Ladies and gentleman, welcome... to Christmas." [cue title music]

Monday, December 24, 2007

Say book to a Goose

Lists, lists, lists. We all need boundaries (damn you "is"-less Facebook!) and lists says firmly, "Five, not six!" and "ten, not nine!" and "twenty-five, not twenty-nine!" Or they would if they could speak.

Anyway. These are the five novels what I loved this year.
  • What I Loved - Siri Husvedt
  • Bright Lights, Big City - Jay McInerney
  • Some Hope: A Trilogy - Edward St Aubyn
  • The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
  • Anna Karenin - Leo Tolstoy

My 2005 faves

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

You can’t handle the Ruth

I never thought I’d hear Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly described as a “blonde-tressed lovely”. But hey, that's the Daily Mail for you - always full of surprises. From their website:

From ugly duckling to smouldering swan: Ruth Kelly's startingly chic new image
The ugly duckling of the Commons has gone from crop-haired stodge to blonde-tressed lovely in just a few, astonishing weeks

Pun of the week

This week’s winner comes from The Sun, from the headline of their piece about a British Airways steward suspended for theft after eating a leftover muffin from a passenger’s meal tray.

Much ado about muffin

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Novels of 2007

Lists, lists, lists. I am a man and they help me make sense of what has passed. My five favourite novels released this year.

Consolation – Michael Redhill
On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan
The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett
The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – JK Rowling

Novels of 2006

Monday, December 17, 2007

Twenty-five great tracks of 2007

Although this is obviously a list that's going to fluctuate like a broken flux capacitor with every passing second, here are my 25 favourite tracks of the year.

Thanks to the devilry of the internet, you should also be able to listen to each of the songs on the music player below (thanks James), except for the Jim'll's Brain track, because his song is too obscure to be downloadable online (you can, however, listen to it here).

  • Paper Planes – MIA
  • Intervention – Arcade Fire
  • Candylion – Gruff Rhys
  • Burning - The Whitest Boy Alive
  • Golden Skans – Klaxons
  • Soul Singer in a Session Band – Bright Eyes
  • North American Scum – LCD Soundsystem
  • I Found Out – The Pigeon Detectives
  • Back in Black – Amy Winehouse
  • All the Old Showstoppers – The New Pornographers
  • Your Love Alone Is Not Enough – Manic Street Preachers
  • Elephant Gun – Beirut
  • Flowers and Football Tops – Glasvegas
  • All My Friends - LCD Soundsystem
  • Icky Thump – The White Stripes
  • That's Not My Name – The Ting Tings
  • Grace Kelly – Mika
  • Stuck Between Station – The Hold Steady
  • Picture in the NME – Jim'll's Brain
  • You Broke My Heart – Lavender Diamond
  • Ice Cream – New Young Pony Club
  • Radio Nowhere – Bruce Springsteen
  • Smokers Outside Hospital Doors – Editors
  • Boyz – MIA
  • 15 Step – Radiohead

Twenty-five tracks of 2006
Twenty-five tracks of 2005

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Albums of 2007

Let the lists begin! Here on the Goose, we're starting off with the 10 best albums of the year.

Unfortunately I didn't manage to listen to every single album released this year (I've still got my eye on Les Savy Fav, Kings of Leon, The Shins and The Good, The Bad and The Queen), but these are they:

  • 1. Cassadaga – Bright Eyes
  • 2. Kala – MIA
  • 3. In Rainbows – Radiohead
  • 4. Sound of Silver – LCD Soundsystem
  • 5. Boys and Girls in America – The Hold Steady
  • 6. Challengers – New Pornographers
  • 7. Imagine Our Love - Lavender Diamond
  • 8. Dreams – The Whitest Boy Alive
  • 9. Hats Off to the Buskers – The View
  • 10. Neon Bible – Arcade Fire

Albums of 2006
Albums of 2005

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

"I get nervous in social situations, motherfucker"

Spotted by Nicole

Pun of the week

As actor Will Smith accepts the Hollywood honour of leaving his hand and footprints on the pavement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Wenn Entertainment News come up with:

Smith Puts Fresh Prints in Walk of Fame

Monday, December 10, 2007

So long, suckers

Goodness. I’ve just had the most extraordinary idea for a Facebook application. I’m off to the Bahamas, it’s been nice knowing you.

The View do ULU: a review

I seem to have turned into Doctor Seuss for the duration of that headline - thank God they weren't supporting U2 and The Who. Anyway, review's here. If you love me as much as you say you do, you'll click that link and post a comment.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Some questions

In The Bourne Ultimatum, what was Jason Bourne's ultimatum exactly?

Will British smokers' resistance to the cold and therefore illnesses like influenza and pneumonia increase because of the recent ban on indoor public smoking - and will smoking, as a result, become healthy again?

What is the difference between the Japanese verbs desu, arimasu and imasu?

How good are Elektrons? (The band, not the subatomic particles, though they are also pretty good.)

Do Christians view the watching of unauthorised TV material on YouTube an infringement of the eighth commandment ("Thou shalt not steal")? Does this still stand if said programme is Songs of Praise?

Should the band The The be filed under The The or The, The?

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Gall Mart

The Amis vs Bennett racism debate continues today, with Martin getting his knife out:

"What you say about something is never your last word on any subject. But what you write should aspire to be just that: your last word. To paraphrase and slightly adapt Vladimir Nabokov (Strong Opinions): I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished man of letters, I talk like an idiot.

"Ronan Bennett thinks like an idiot."

The rest is here. (The battle seems to have mainly taken place on the pages of The Guardian, with an occasional foray into The Independent.)

If you want to catch up, Terry Eagleton writes about the early days of the spat here - "a Sunday Times profile of me attributed my wrath to a visceral, punk-like obsession with clobbering others." Amis's subsequent response to Eagleton is here - "Can I ask him, in a collegial spirit, to shut up about it? " Bennett's scathing "shame on us" attack is here - "He got away with as odious an outburst of racist sentiment as any public figure has made in this country for a very long time". Christopher Hitchens' defense of Amis here - "I am not writing as Amis's worst enemy". Ian McEwan weighs in here - "inflated, hysterical pull-quotes". And Chris Morris has a go here - "Martin Amis is the new Abu Hamza". What fun!