Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Crinoline Robot's vintage week (and then some)

A lottery win and a bigger house and I'd buy 'em.
On Saturday I met up with Liza (The Vintage Knitter) and Gisela (Miss Magpie's Musings) for a day out in Bath. I know, everyone comes to Bath - I'm very spoiled with not having to travel far to see people! One of these days I'll actually have to take a proper journey to visit someone. Anyway, we had a fab day out, ponking round the farmer's market at Green Park Station, eyeing up the amazing vintage jewellery in Bartlett Street Antiques Market (this was yer actual gold, not costume jewellery) and ambling up Walcot Street to look at the vintage shops.

Bath's a bit rubbish if you need practical things like a washing up bowl or a mop, but if it's Edwardian earrings or giant bronze cat-things you want, the city's got you sorted. The Christmas Market starts this week, which is a fortnight of hell for those of us who live/work there as coach parties converge on the already-congested centre. I avoid the city centre during the daytime as much as possible for that period, and try to avoid catching the train if I can (nightmare) but will take wanders round it after work, when most of the coaches have gone and you can actually enjoy your mulled wine as you browse around Tat In Sheds.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Beat Girl [film]

It was supposed to be shocking in its day, but I couldn't help being charmed by Beat Girl. I'd seen it years ago, but couldn't remember much about it, so took the opportunity to reacquaint myself when it was on Talking Pictures. Father Paul comes back from three months away with his new 24-year-old, blonde, French wife in tow, and finds his daughter Jennifer (who's in her teens herself, and looks like a baby Bardot) has been going off the rails in his absence.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Dementia 13 [film]

Well, there's an hour and a bit of my life I'll never get back. This 1963 low-budget horror was directed by Francis Ford Coppola (listed as Francis Coppola) and produced by Roger Corman, so I'd hoped it would be a little forgotten gem. Nope! I found this proto-slasher really quite dull.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Stop! Hammer time!

One of the great studios in the history of horror films – in my view, surpassed only by Universal – and indeed the only truly great British one was Hammer. Radio 4 has turned one of the unmade Hammer scripts, for The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula, into a radio play. And if Hammer isn't enough to lure you in, it's set in the 1930s, in India. The film was very nearly made on location in India in the 1970s. (Thinks: something for everyone who reads this blog in there, I reckon.)

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Cuphead is jazztastic

This is going to be about music, not videogames, so don’t go away yet! Cuphead is a new game, yes, but that’s not the interesting thing. What you will appreciate is how deliciously jazzy it is. The whole thing has been designed to look like a 1930s animation. The tale of Cuphead, who sold his and his friend’s souls to the devil and now has to battle to get them back, is absolutely beautiful. And to go along with those perfect 30s animation looks, it’s got a wonderful soundtrack. The developers specifically asked composer Kris Maddigan to come up with something that sounded like genuine Depression-era music, played by a proper big band.

Monday, 23 October 2017

The bloggers are in town

 Well, were in town - yesterday Gisela (Miss Magpie's Musings) and Emma (Ivy Black Chat) were in town, and Vix (Vintage Vixen) was trading at the Guildhall as Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair was in town, so we all went for a shop and natter. Gisela promised that if I wore my zombie dress, she'd wear her Cheshire cat one. Had to be done. It was really good to go round the stalls with Gisela and Emma, to hear what's been going on in their lives, and enjoy a cup of tea and a natter in town.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Timewasters: 1920s-set time-travelling comedy

Horace and Lauren from ITV comedy Timewasters
Time travel!

“It’s what white people do, like skiing or brunch.”

So says one of the four lead characters in ITV2’s new time-travelling comedy, Timewasters. The premise is simple: a quartet of young, black British jazz musicians get into a lift with a tramp, and end up back in the 1920s. As they’re jazz musicians, the fall on their feet relatively quickly, being picked up by a pair of posh twins to play at their birthday party.