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the inbetweeners 2

The tv show is very funny, the movie less so. Still funny tho, but with all graphic dicks, shits etc, sometimes adding, sometimes taking away in their literalness, and the elongation exposing the other characters thinness. Still the gap year trustifarians are pleasantly skewered. The audience cracke...
by jasperjoffe
Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:19 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: the inbetweeners 2
Replies: 1
Views: 1299

Adam Begleys Updike Biography

Love Updike. Apart from a few gems, found this bio boring, like most bios. Because a writer transforms experience into the magic of words. A biographer then tells you which bits are strictly true in dull prose.
by jasperjoffe
Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:14 pm
 
Forum: Books
Topic: Adam Begleys Updike Biography
Replies: 0
Views: 1056

silicon valley

promising first episode, although we get the skewering of self-righteous tech companies, and doesn't need to be said that many more times.
by jasperjoffe
Wed Jul 23, 2014 7:09 pm
 
Forum: Television
Topic: silicon valley
Replies: 0
Views: 1168

BOYHOOD by Richard Linklater

Am a big fan of Linklater's before the sunrise series, so was maybe hoping for too much from this. The first half was pretty good, after a while I wasn't so much impressed by the real time lapse stuff (after all aren't movies about suspending disbelief, and our imaginations mean we can believe a man...
by jasperjoffe
Wed Jul 23, 2014 7:04 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: BOYHOOD by Richard Linklater
Replies: 0
Views: 1198

Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club

Entertainingish film, not profound or especially visceral despite the subject, somehow you never feel the sickness, or even a sense of mortality. Interesting the Matthew McConaughey phenomenon. When I first saw the hansum leading man incarnation I was amazed by his woodenness. Now he is much more wa...
by jasperjoffe
Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:56 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
Replies: 0
Views: 1228

Jonathan Raban

Semi-forgotten English writer who lives in Seattle. Very enjoyable reading, somewhat Naipaulish travel-writing with literary bent. Lots of boats. Old Glory about going down Mississippi in small boat very good, also Coasting and Passage to Juneau, also maritime, with some intriguing autobiography thr...
by jasperjoffe
Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:55 am
 
Forum: Books
Topic: Jonathan Raban
Replies: 1
Views: 2154

x men future whatever

having watched a lot of superhero films lately, my fave remains captain America, tho this one by the debased standards of these things wasn't bad. I wish we didn't have to see them all in 3D which adds almost nothing to the visual enjoyment of the films. Where superhero films bother with a plot, rat...
by jasperjoffe
Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:25 am
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: x men future whatever
Replies: 0
Views: 1212

Re: richter polke at christies auction house

yes sans verb
by jasperjoffe
Wed May 28, 2014 1:43 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: richter polke at christies auction house
Replies: 3
Views: 4382

Bad Neighbors is one of the worst films I've seen

Terrible. No fan of Seth Rogen formula. This is clumsy unfunny rubbish. Not good bad. Just bad bad. Let's see: none of the characters are anything but cookie cutter clichés (cute sweary woman, schlubby kidult man, muscly frat guys, uh that's it) I make them sound more complex than they are in the fi...
by jasperjoffe
Wed May 28, 2014 1:42 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Bad Neighbors is one of the worst films I've seen
Replies: 0
Views: 1222

richter polke at christies auction house

http://www.christies.com/privatesales/richter-polke/ 1. Is there something depressing about shows by auctioneers, naked selling of museum-quality show? 2. Great moment of painting coalescing into painting from photos. Richter/Polke shamelessly reveal the source (though Degas Sickert etc did some si...
by jasperjoffe
Sun May 25, 2014 1:54 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: richter polke at christies auction house
Replies: 3
Views: 4382

Elena Ferrante

Great stuff from the lochness like pseudonymous Neapolitan author. My Brilliant Friend favourite so far, raw, violent, real, exciting about friendship, rivalry, our sexist century (ies), and Naples. Less keen on Days Of Abandonment, a bit too Kafka for me. The Lost Daughter is brilliant, will make y...
by jasperjoffe
Fri May 09, 2014 1:10 pm
 
Forum: Books
Topic: Elena Ferrante
Replies: 0
Views: 1426

Another shit shows at the ICA, what's wrong with this place

http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/tauba-auerbach-new-ambidextrous-universe Auerbach, good name, Danish design shop. http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/david-robilliard-yes-no-quality-dreams Thin, sub Shrigley, 80s nostalgia (on behalf of the curators). Why doesn't the ICA make better use of the great gall...
by jasperjoffe
Tue May 06, 2014 9:18 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Another shit shows at the ICA, what's wrong with this place
Replies: 0
Views: 1941

worldwidereview.com's Facebook etiquette guide, what to post

DISLIKE: 1. posts moaning about facebook (sort of like this one), telling us you're leaving FB, dislike the rules etc. You have a choice, just don't use it if it's so annoying. 2. one word updates on location(ie Paris, LAX, montecarlo). Interpretation: boasting how jetsetty you are. 3. atrocities ( ...
by jasperjoffe
Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:37 pm
 
Forum: Worldwidereview goes forum, what do you think?
Topic: worldwidereview.com's Facebook etiquette guide, what to post
Replies: 0
Views: 5432

Matisse Cut Outs at Tate Modern

Some Thoughts: 1. The show is overhyped. Veronese is a much more important show for artists. 2. The cut-outs are static, without the shifting, brilliant, amazing genius of his paintings. 3. The best of the big ones remind me of Abstract expressionists like morris Louis 4. If he had been able to he w...
by jasperjoffe
Thu Apr 17, 2014 4:42 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Matisse Cut Outs at Tate Modern
Replies: 0
Views: 2574

game of thrones

The hype got to me. Watched first two episodes of new season. Having rejected it in past for being stupid and wooden. It's pretty much the same as I remember it. Lavishly violent in a nasty sadistic way with impenetrable silly dandd plots and anachronistic sounding dialogue. Will probably watch more.
by jasperjoffe
Tue Apr 15, 2014 6:51 pm
 
Forum: Television
Topic: game of thrones
Replies: 0
Views: 1302

wallace stegner, angle of repose

Excellent, even though dreaded historical element, made fresh as daisy by brilliant stegner. Ending fail.
by jasperjoffe
Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:15 pm
 
Forum: Books
Topic: wallace stegner, angle of repose
Replies: 0
Views: 1417

captain america 2

One of the best of these sort of movies for a while, better than iron man, driving narrative and action, johannsen good as buddy, despite jingoistic origins of capt. A.
by jasperjoffe
Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:10 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: captain america 2
Replies: 0
Views: 1156

matisse's lost interview

In which matisse talks about not liking holidays, and how even during two quite large wars, the world remains the work. Better than it sounds. Matisse is very good on being at art school, the rivalries, the suck-up etc, plus ca change
by jasperjoffe
Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:09 pm
 
Forum: Books
Topic: matisse's lost interview
Replies: 0
Views: 1227

Re: True Detective

YES! I am enjoying it, a bit portentous pretentious but strong leads make it watchable
by jasperjoffe
Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:09 pm
 
Forum: Television
Topic: True Detective
Replies: 3
Views: 3099

martin amiss england

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mobile/iplayer/episode/b03z03rb Incoherent nonsense. Anuses after dinner and a few brandies bleary eyed thesis goes like this- we won the war. We like drinking and cricket and football. We won the war and we're more decent than jonny foreigner cos we like cricket apart from the...
by jasperjoffe
Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:35 am
 
Forum: Television
Topic: martin amiss england
Replies: 1
Views: 1531

Veronese at the National Gallery

Veronese show is wonderful. It's upstairs not in the basement Sainsburys, and the paintings breathe in light filtering in from above. Also it wasn't busy. Veronese is one of the great painting naturals, both flicking painting ala Velasquez, Titian etc, and playing with space ala Tintoretto, Tiepolo ...
by jasperjoffe
Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:12 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Veronese at the National Gallery
Replies: 1
Views: 2579

le week-end

had overlooked cos of terrible title, but actually very good about old relationships (as recommended in new Yorker, no credit to more for original thought)
by jasperjoffe
Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:45 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: le week-end
Replies: 0
Views: 1212

lego movie

Brillant, beautifully crafted with a compelling creativity versus business plot. Some would say Marxist, I think not so much, but it's mainly just entertainment to stupefy the masses.
by jasperjoffe
Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:44 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: lego movie
Replies: 0
Views: 1130

True Detective

if another person asks me have I seen it I will scream, yes I have, it's not bad if a bit pretentious
by jasperjoffe
Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:42 pm
 
Forum: Television
Topic: True Detective
Replies: 3
Views: 3099

George Saunders

overrated
by jasperjoffe
Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:41 pm
 
Forum: Books
Topic: George Saunders
Replies: 1
Views: 1484

Re: The Grand Hotel Budapest by wes anderson

films reviews (wwr excepted) are almost always wrong, including highbrow AF
by jasperjoffe
Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:40 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson
Replies: 3
Views: 1943

Mavis Galant dies

her death prompted me to read her stories, which are good
by jasperjoffe
Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:39 pm
 
Forum: Books
Topic: Mavis Galant dies
Replies: 0
Views: 1305

Re: The Great Beauty

hmm, glad to have my suspicions confirmed. I have noticed with recent French (realise this one is Italian) movies that they have all the depth of hollywoodromcom but masquerade as something more profound
by jasperjoffe
Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:39 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: The Great Beauty
Replies: 3
Views: 2214

harry shearers nixon tapes sky arts

Compelling . Strange. Like a president crossed with tarantino. And best. . Worst of all true
by jasperjoffe
Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:50 pm
 
Forum: Television
Topic: harry shearers nixon tapes sky arts
Replies: 0
Views: 1198

Poussin and rembrandt at the national gallery

Poussin did some sexy pictures, nymphs satyrs etc. The Nat Gallery primly/wittily says the satyr is hiding his excitement behind a tree. They are delicate, filled with their triangles and colour rhythms, and with time softened, and dreamy. Onto Rembrandt, overexposed, but if you can see past the cru...
by jasperjoffe
Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:52 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Poussin and rembrandt at the national gallery
Replies: 1
Views: 2425

Mean Streets, Scorcese

Excellent, Gripping, not that violent, beautifully paced, natural feeling despite the style, the young Bobby idiot/prince.
by jasperjoffe
Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:48 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Mean Streets, Scorcese
Replies: 0
Views: 1184

zmas for the nth time

Zmas (xmas for the zth time) I hate Zmas. The end of the year, stuck in the sauna of old familial relationships, the freedom to repeat yourself forever, the longrunning mousetrap of life that terminates at the station of death, enjoy the ride and mind the gap. Jesus. Zmas sums up all the worst of hu...
by jasperjoffe
Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:04 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: zmas for the nth time
Replies: 0
Views: 2116

Burning Wheel music band

My friend's band: I like them: http://www.burningwheelmusic.com.
by jasperjoffe
Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:23 pm
 
Forum: Music
Topic: Burning Wheel music band
Replies: 1
Views: 1285

mediocre painting(s) sell for lots of money Francis Bacon

a, the triptych is not that great, as with lots of bacon it looks modern and cool without being very interesting, and uses his hackneyed devices, this is why they appeal to art students and rich people. b, so what, lots of money hyping up prices so the super rich can make even more money c, it's a t...
by jasperjoffe
Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:48 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: mediocre painting(s) sell for lots of money Francis Bacon
Replies: 1
Views: 2713

Jonathan Yeo at National Portrait Gallery

These are bad paintings of famous people. It's interesting how effortfully fruitless the attempt to be modern cool etc but with trad skills is.
by jasperjoffe
Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:46 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Jonathan Yeo at National Portrait Gallery
Replies: 0
Views: 2153

hello Ladies with tall guy from office

Mildly amusing
by jasperjoffe
Sat Nov 02, 2013 3:44 pm
 
Forum: Television
Topic: hello Ladies with tall guy from office
Replies: 0
Views: 1105

Jeanette Winterson, why be happy when you could be normal

not that great, she has a lot of verve, but seems to be rather shuffling the deckchairs, while still fiddling with the same material.
by jasperjoffe
Tue Oct 29, 2013 6:47 pm
 
Forum: Books
Topic: Jeanette Winterson, why be happy when you could be normal
Replies: 0
Views: 1394

Captain Phillips

Pacey with our rubber faced everyman Tom Hanks keeping it together. Too much black versus white, and like all of this no recognition that America isn't always a force for the good. Not as good as Greengrass's masterpiece United 93.
by jasperjoffe
Tue Oct 29, 2013 6:39 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Captain Phillips
Replies: 0
Views: 1224

Kehinde Wiley at Stephen Friedman

Despite their garishness and cursory technique these paintings have power and presence. They're make use of sheer repetition of detail (as did Velazquez) and the extraordinariness of how people look. The paint is not attractive in itself but the paintings have enough dazzle to keep them alive.
by jasperjoffe
Tue Oct 29, 2013 6:37 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Kehinde Wiley at Stephen Friedman
Replies: 0
Views: 2128

onnasch collection at hauser and wirth

http://www.hauserwirth.com/exhibitions/1904/re-view-onnasch-collection/view/ Excellent art. Much of it made from junk. Ed kienholz with his dirty Americana. Dieter Roth with his winningly weird gnomes in chocolate. Tuttle with his tat. The assemblage is better than the colour field. Art really can b...
by jasperjoffe
Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:40 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: onnasch collection at hauser and wirth
Replies: 0
Views: 2072

Sarah Lucas at the whitechapel gallery

A good show, entertaining and stimulating. Somehow her appearance, a British woman of now with a fuck you expression, is manifest in the show literally and figuratively, whatever that means. It means there are pictures of her, and lots of rude jokes, and rude bits, and for a sort of seesaw to mens s...
by jasperjoffe
Tue Oct 08, 2013 2:08 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Sarah Lucas at the whitechapel gallery
Replies: 0
Views: 2004

blue jasmine woody allen

Woodys immortality.. for now. ... is confirmed by all the chattering cinema goers leaving the cinema sounding just like characters in a woody Allen film. Every new woody film is meant to be return to form and isn't. .. This one is Ok .. cate blanchett is brilliant and the whole is enjoyable fable li...
by jasperjoffe
Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:28 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: blue jasmine woody allen
Replies: 2
Views: 1801

Breaking Bad final episode

ok i'll join the crashing breaking bores, previous chattering classes faves: the wire etc etc.

It has been a good series, but short of greatness except in the gus chicken episodes. Somehow you always felt the heavy hand of the writer, and couldn't suspend disbelief to really care if anyone died.
by jasperjoffe
Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:21 pm
 
Forum: Television
Topic: Breaking Bad final episode
Replies: 1
Views: 1464

Alex Hills, The music of making strange

http://carrierrecords.com/index.php?album=hills&category=all&artist=none

Met this guy at a party, surprising when I wasn't drunk I liked his sort of minimal music. You can buy the whole album for 5 bucks which seems good too.
by jasperjoffe
Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:08 pm
 
Forum: Music
Topic: Alex Hills, The music of making strange
Replies: 0
Views: 1214

educating yorkshire and harrow a very british school

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/educating-yorkshire/4od http://sky1.sky.com/sky1hd-shows/harrow-a-very-british-school Two nation UK, both documentaries somewhat shallow but giving enough of a picture. One education system for the rich of learning, ambition, and achievement. The other for the poo...
by jasperjoffe
Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:40 am
 
Forum: Television
Topic: educating yorkshire and harrow a very british school
Replies: 0
Views: 2787

Australia at the Royal Academy

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/australia I don't mind the colonial stuff, neatly rendered paintings of things the newcomers hadn't seen, sometimes the naïve (unskilled) artists caught the freshness better. The aboriginal paintings were disappointing, have seen a lot better, still nice c...
by jasperjoffe
Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:34 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Australia at the Royal Academy
Replies: 2
Views: 3737

Re: Why I hate charity art auctions

6. They exploit desperate artists desparate need for attention and networking
by jasperjoffe
Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:25 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Why I hate charity art auctions
Replies: 2
Views: 4090

Why I hate charity art auctions

1.. If people want to donate to charity why do they have to do so by buying art? The artists are usually broke and probably should be getting the charity ..or a job... rather than giving away their work 2... There is one room for nobody artists who usually give a decent piece and one room for famous...
by jasperjoffe
Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:10 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Why I hate charity art auctions
Replies: 2
Views: 4090

telex from cuba Rachel kushner

Multi pov Cuba novel which kept making me ask how did kushner know all this. . She's great at summoning lost time and place less good on bringing characterz off page. Still impressive and lush
by jasperjoffe
Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:32 pm
 
Forum: Books
Topic: telex from cuba Rachel kushner
Replies: 0
Views: 1417
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