mockturle06: (Avengers)
It's supposed to be super hot today, and I'm still cosplaying the Crimson Horror from last week. Well, of course I forgot my sunscreen when off to Sculpture by the Sea. Remembered the hat, but not the sunscreen. No worries, I'll pick some up on the way, right? Nope. None to be had, for love nor money. So, ignoring my sizzling skin (where my 90% redheaded DNA will out) I trooped around the cliffs in bright sunshine.

It was quite nice, despite the difficulties in getting there (the promised public transport was a lie), and while a good two thirds of the show were same old, same old (a frequent complaint I overheard, and not just on the day), and, really, a couple of artists need to try stepping outside their comfort zone. I don't know why, but sculpture seems to be the most samey of the arts, and the one branch of the arts where you don't want samey. Especially in a forum like Sculpture by the Sea. It should be big, loud, silly and surprising because it's a walking picnic, with art. No message, no metaphysics, just something that delights the senses, full of whimsy. Not too big an ask, is it?

There was some cute, like the papier-mâché bugs on the cliff wall, and creepy, like the enormous faceless brass babies climbing up the hill - good use of site. I just loathe artists who don't take into account the site. It's like doing a Tropfest film without the theme item, in other words, pointless and lazy and speaks of trying to shoehorn something they had lying around in the back of the garage into the exhibition with no sense of context. It's Sculpture by the Sea, everyone should know what to expect, and what's expected. I always like the ones that make the fact that they're on the ocean walk as part of the art experience somehow, whether it's reflections, tones or cheesy seaside imagery (cheesy is allowed, what part of seaside picnic with art do some of these serious beret wearers not get?).
more: photos within )
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This month: David Tennant and Matt Smith seen on set together as they shoot 50th Anniversary special of Doctor Who, David Tennant in The Politician's Husband, Dougray Scott moves from Wisteria Lane to Hemlock Grove, Benedict Cumberbatch reveals his training regimen for Star Trek Into Darkness, Martin Freeman fond of the Sherlock success, Henry Cavill stands tall in new Man Of Steel image, Dominic Cooper misses sharing home with James Corden, Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear in Hytner's Othello, Dan Stevens Ditches Downton Abbey For Brooklyn Crime Thriller, Tom Hiddleston will play famed war photographer Robert Capa, Andrew Garfield Sprints to Spidey-Car, Jude Law writes against seal trade, Firth spies Secret Service role, Ewan McGregor develops big biceps for movie role, Tom Hardy Reunites with Gary Oldman, This Life stars Jack Davenport and Natasha Little to reunite in ITV drama Breathless, Michael Fassbender to Star in Macbeth Film, Arthur Darvill to play Guy in Broadway musical Once, James McAvoy loves seeing actors sweat blood, House was not a home for Hugh Laurie, Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi on new sitcom Vicious, Damian Lewis stylishly delivers in Jaguar's short film Desire, Alan Cumming to return to Cabaret for Broadway revival, John Hannah on the best cycling routes, Woman in Black sequel casts Jeremy Irvine as lead, Jason Isaacs is The Surgeon General at CBS, Terence Stamp can't afford to move back to London, Simon Pegg caned on film set, Russell Tovey's work experience, Tony Curran sneaks off film set to watch the Celtic game still wearing his alien costume )
mockturle06: (lom tea)

This week: James McAvoy Shines in Jamie Lloyd's Triumphant Macbeth, Matt Smith rides down the Shard in first image from new Doctor Who, David Tennant on why he found murder hunt drama so compelling, Hugh Dancy in NBC's Hannibal, Douglas Henshall on the perks of filming new BBC crime drama Shetland, Ian McDiarmid recalls filming in Star Wars, Damien Molony on Twitter, Damian Lewis joins Tufnell Park campaign demanding safe cycling routes, Sean Bean up for RTS award for transsexual teacher role in Accused, Richard E. Grant returning to Doctor Who in second half of seventh season, Mackenzie Crook lands role in JJ Abrams TV sci-fi drama, Judi Dench And Ben Whishaw Sign Up For New Play, Michael Caine given Freedom of City of London ahead of 80th birthday, Jim Broadbent makes one-off return to the stage, Benedict Cumberbatch launches Edwardian drama Parade's End, James McAvoy in Neverwhere teaser trailer, Arthur Darvill Has No Regrets About Leaving Rory Williams Behind, Hardy takes a military movie role, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone Kiss in NYC, Ewan McGregor a knight to remember in Giant Slayer, Daniel Craig And Skyfall Lead The Nominations At The Empire Awards, Jude Law on phone hacking, Paul Bettany Set For Transcendence, Rupert Everett wins Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography, Eddie Redmayne before he was famous, Anthony Head to Co-Star in CW's The Selection, Tim Roth makes Broken Britain comeback, Gary Oldman joins next Apes movie, Jack Davenport on Derek's New Vulnerability, Alan Cumming Scares Even Himself in Macbeth )
mockturle06: (Fassbender)
Bless the Google doodle. They've had some beauts lately, and it is so often one of the few things to raise a smile these days, which is terrible, but the world is a much meaner place these days.

Nobody has time for meandering eccentrics these days, it's A Type arseholes, and isn't it grand. Just look at all those bankers and hedge fund managers, all those disgraced and/or arrested so called sporting heroes. Those so called sportsmen make this cynic smile bitterly, as recent press would seem to prove that this type are the same poisonous violent bullies they always were in the schoolyard.

With all these bullies roaming about, it's no wonder it's so difficult for those who don't fit the narrow deinition of acceptable these days. Sigh. Sometimes I think Wllie Loman in Death of a Salesman isn't the isolated incident of a loser who couldn't cut it, but the canary in the coalmine.

There should be more to life than screwing over the other guy. There should be.

Oh, apparently it's not just my imagination. It's in the water: Anti-anxiety drug in water makes fish fearless.

Anyways, went off to Canberra to see the TOULOUSE-LAUTREC: PARIS AND THE MOULIN ROUGE exhibition at the NGA, as part of my running away from home thing.
more: decadence for art's sake )
mockturle06: (matt)
Up at the crack of dawn, or rather, well before it, on Sunday due to various verminous stirrings in the house, but whatever, because I could at least watch Doctor Who, not too long after the UK screening, and that's always fun, even though it crashed on me three times, that's pretty much SOP, given the connection.

Not a great episode like the last three, but they can't all be gems (I mean, take Colin Baker, please). And there was bonus Prof. Brian Cox in a silly very RTD cameo. In fact the whole episode smacked of an RTD episode that had been shoved down the back of the sofa, found, uncrumpled and filmed. Some things are probably best left lurking under the left cushion, but there you go. Goodness is relative and at least there was no Adric in it.
more: it offends me to the soul to hear a robustious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters )

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