09

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Adventures

New year, New York, New York / vampires and chorizo at the Electric Cinema in Brum / escaping the eaves and mujifying our little square box / power-tool racing / Blur, Hyde Park / Lester’s wedding / putting the world to rights in the Vic / freezing our butts off in Somerset House / the Australians / watching Moon twice in a row / (1) Day Of Manchester / Bowl-Punching / eating and shopping our way around London / meeting Mr Kitson / A-Road walking in the Lake District / getting lost in the Barbican / uncling on the farm (without it turning into an episode of Outnumbered – thank you Sam) / discovering the local chippie.

Books

Buffy: Time Of Your Life / Fear Of Music / Fray / Graphic Design: A User’s Manual / Great British Editorial / New X-Men / Studio Culture / The Complete Peanuts 1959–1960 / Yes, I know, I know. I promise to read more in 2010.

Brands

Apple / Converse / Fred Perry / Freitag / Graze / Moleskine / Muji / Stack / Unit Editions / Vitsoe

Cinema

Moon / The Hurt Locker / (500) Days of Summer / District 9 / Let The Right One In / Franklyn / Transformers 2 / The White Ribbon / Alien / Poltergeist / The Breakfast Club / The Curious Case of Benjamin Button / Revolutionary Road / Choke / Frost/Nixon / Star Trek / Away We Go / The Wrestler / Drag Me To Hell / Up / Zombieland / Coraline / Creation / The Fantastic Mr Fox / The Damned United / Watchmen / Bolt / Slumdog Millionaire / Paranormal Activity / A Simple Man /Avatar / Where The Wild Things Are / Last Chance Harvey / The Strangers / X-Men Origins: Wolverine / Terminator Salvation / The Hangover / The Proposal / Monsters vs Aliens / Synechdoche / An Education / The Men Who Stare At Goats / 2012

Eats

Anything from City Screen covered in cheese / Anything griddled / Canteen / Chorizo / Crunchy Nut Cornflakes / Dr B’s baked potatoes / Graze / Haloumi / Kensington Roof Gardens / Loch Fyne’s take-away fish supper … even the mushy peas / M&S cream of oakham chicken soup / Pastrami on rye at Katz’s Deli / Thomas the Baker’s vanilla slice / Tunnocks / Wagamama / Whole Foods

Magazines

Arts & Architecture / Creative Review / Design Week / Esquire / Gym Class / Little White Lies / Loud And Quiet / Man About Town / Observer Music Monthly

Music

Artists: Arcade Fire / Beck / Blur / David Bowie / Elbow / Foo Fighters / Franz Ferdinand / Glasvegas / Interpol / Jamie T / Kings Of Leon / Lily Allen / Muse / Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds / Nine Inch Nails / Radiohead / REM / Saint Etienne / Wilco / Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Tracks: Best Of You – Foo Fighters / Farewell To The Fairground – White Lies / How It Ends – DeVotchKa / L.E.S. Artistes – Santogold / On Call – Kings Of Leon / Sex On Fire – Kings Of Leon / Sticks ‘n’ Stones – Jamie T / The Fear – Lily Allen / Your Ex-Lover Is Dead – Stars / Zero – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Gigs: Arthur Rigby And The Baskervylles / Blur / Muse / Wilco / Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Online

Apple Trailers / BBC / The Big Picture / The Book Cover Archive / But Does It Float / Clients From Hell / David The Designer / The Designer’s Review Of Books / The Enemies Of Reason / The Guardian / Gym Class Magazine / FormFiftyFive / Iain Claridge / iPlayer / Linefeed / NYC Grid / The Quietus / Twitter

Television

The Apprentice / Come Dine With Me / Dexter / Dr Who / FlashForward (to start with anyway) / Flight Of The Conchords / Gameswipe / Harry Hill’s TV Burp / Lost / Mad Men / Outnumbered / The X Factor (right up until the ridiculous four-hour finale)

And looking forward to 2010 …

Collecting Vitsoe 606 Universal Shelving / Daily photography / Dieter Rams at The Design Museum / Finally framing and hanging my Because Studio, Jack Dylan and Dieter Rams prints / Gym Class #5 / Iron Man 2 / Latitude Festival / Lots of FFFing / Mark Kermode / Newspaper Club / Old John–Old Dartfordian wedding / Rediscovering fiction / Screen-printing / Subscribing to Little White Lies and Stack / The Swell Season / Walking the planets

+ many more adventures.

This week, I have mostly been:

  • watching Moon
  • watching Moon again
  • talking to anyone who will listen about Moon
  • reading the Moon press pack
  • trying to get hold of a Moon poster
  • having a brief but informative tweet-chat with the director of Moon
  • thinking about when I can see Moon again.

Lego

XKCD, profound and stickfigular as ever.

Moon

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At last I have seen Moon. Ever since seeing John Calvert’s excellent poster concept at All City months and months ago, the weight of expectation I’ve put on this film has been immense. It reached a point where I knew it could only disappoint.

Somehow though, it didn’t. In fact, it was so good that as soon as the end credits started rolling, Dr B suggested we dash out and immediately queue up for the next screening. I’ve watched films multiple times before, but not in one evening. The City Screen staff stared at us in what I assumed was awe, but on reflection was probably pity.

So, some thoughts:

  • The design of the sets and vehicles brought to mind the LEGO Space sets of the eighties: lots of clunky shapes and 45º angles. I don’t know if this was deliberate, but it added a new depth to the future-nostalgic look of the film.
  • It was bugging me, but I’ve since discovered that the display text used throughout is Eurostile Black Extended.
  • Sam Rockwell is great, and should be cast as Bilbo Baggins as soon as possible.
  • This film was made for £2.5 million. Amazing.
  • Do you know what HAL was missing? Somewhere to put down your coffee mug. Genius.
  • I need to buy me a walk-in sleeping bag, yellow.
  • Duncan Jones seems like a really nice – and quite frankly geeksome – bloke. He seems like someone I’d gladly sit down and play Twisted Metal World Tour with. Plus he’s responded to some of my tweets, which is almost definitely the second most exciting twitter-related celebrity thing that’s happened to me this year.
  • I can’t be sure, but I think I saw a certain Muji clipboard in the film, which just makes me want it more.
  • It should win lots of Oscars, but will probably lose out to a film about Meryl Streep looking after a gay puppy with tourettes. Or something.
  • That picture up there is making my eyes go a bit funny.

For a slightly more in-depth and informed appraisal of Moon, check out The Quietus’ review.