Saturday, August 29, 2009

Film Review: Dance Flick

Dance Flick stars a bunch of unknowns and nearly everyone that has starred in a black comedy in the last fifteen years. If you grew up watching Trouble TV, you’ll recognise some of the faces.

The comedy film parodies a lot of other films, including Save the Last Dance, You Got Served, Hairspray, Fame, Step Up and High School Musical (among a million others). The plot is thin, and, in my opinion, the laughs are sparse. I was laughing more at the large black man sitting a couple of rows behind us who was practically snorting.

Don’t make time for this film, only watch if you have nothing better to do.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Overheard Articulation...

About the (overly complicated) student finance form:

Me: What did you put for ‘which country are you a national of?’

K: I have a British passport, so I tell these people that I’m British… so they give me more rights.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ghastly negativity

All the above clippings are from the Metro newspaper during the last three days. In the week where thousands of teenagers will get their A-levels, the media has decided to crank up the dial on the negativity scale.

Every year the cycle is exactly the same. Before A-level results come out, everyone (I mean ‘professionals’ of some sort) discusses whether they have been ‘dumbed down’. Then the results come out, and some people do well, but their achievement is instantly rubbished because the exams are deemed ‘too easy’.

But the headline that ‘even monkeys can get A-levels’ suggests that if you don’t do well, and come out adorned with a string of As, you must be an absolute retard. Not even as intelligent as a monkey. Bubbles looks down at you and laughs, while intelligently spending Michael Jackson’s money.

What I find most offensive is that some of these people who claim that the exams are too easy have never actually sat one. They don’t know what it’s like, having to start college and have an exam looming in under four months. How about the constant fiddling with the grade boundaries? You thought you got a C? Oh no you didn’t, they moved the grade boundaries yet again and now you are stuck with a D. And as for the mark scheme, did you know that your answer could be technically right, but it’s not on the (I won’t swear) mark scheme, therefore, unfortunately it’s wrong.

If A-levels are so easy, why not just get rid of them? You can’t call them easy and not come up with another alternative, it isn’t fair to the thousands of teens who worked hard and done well (and also to those who didn’t). I’m sick to death of news reports that constantly kick the youth in the guts.

I’ve seen politicians talking about this, why are they allowed to have a say anyway? Most of them can’t even do basic maths (one word: expenses), some can’t articulate a coherent sentence, and they spend all day arguing like small children and get paid for it… now that’s what I call easy.

If you have nothing positive to say, then say nothing at all. Silence is golden in this case. It’s two a.m. (GMT), I’m off to bed, I’m tired of fretting. It doesn’t matter anyway, as I probably will not get into university this year…

P.S: Vinspired’s Voicebox aims to shed some positive light on the youth. Check out their website here, and fill out their surveys and comment on their blog posts, to give a REAL picture of the youth today.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Overheard Articulation...

About Beyonce’s ‘Sweet Dreams’ video:

“Classic recession video. The thing looks like an entry by a GCSE Media student.”

Film Review: Moon

‘Moon’ stars Sam Rockwell as Sam Bell, an astronaut who works on the Sarang lunar base for Lunar Industries, a company that provides renewable energy for Earth. He has no one to talk to apart from a robot called GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey). Due to what seems like communication problems, he can only receive occasional messages from his wife on Earth. Bell is coming to the end of his three year contract when he starts hallucinating, briefly seeing a teenage girl on the base. Then he has an accident…

‘Moon’ is hands down the weirdest film I’ve ever seen. Never has my brow been so furrowed. However, this isn't necessarily a bad thing as I enjoyed the film. Kaya Scodelario (of Skins fame) makes an appearance, sporting a pretty bad American accent (sorry, but it’s true). A must see, even if you aren’t into Sci-Fi.

A Music Moment...

All I know about this girl is that she’s white and American. However, it’s the beat of this song that reminds me of parties pre Funky House, when R&B and Hip-Hop were played and people who can really dance showed their prowess.

‘Outta Here’ is out now in the UK

P.S: It’s a hot day today in London, can you feel The Heat?

Friday, August 14, 2009

Overheard Articulation...

Person One: Why do you think that God allows people to suffer?

Person Two: Maybe he’s in a pub somewhere drinking, I don’t know?