Saturday, 23 November 2013
I must have seen Ghostbusters a dozen times with two and a bit of them at my old hometown cinema when it was first released in 1984. I say 'and a bit' as the third time I tried to see it I had arranged with a school friend to meet outside the cinema. As I was so keen to meet him and get good seats I was at the start of the queue. As the doors opened and everyone crammed in my 11 year old mind told me I would meet my friend inside.
Being dropped off by his mother they probably thought I hadn't turned up so called my own mum. Whilst I started to watch the film oblivious to the worry caused, I noticed my mum was talking to the cinema's manager looking very worried but decided to duck my head and try to ignore her. Somehow it worked as my mum and manager went back down the stairs to the foyer. Thinking I'd gotten away I continued to watch the film up to the film's library scene.
Unfortunately, instead of hearing Bill Murray's voice it was blanked out by the cinema's PA and the voice of the manager announcing "Could Robin ***** please come to the foyer, your mother is waiting for you". All I remember from running out of the cinema was the audience laughing and not from the film's comedy script. Probably the most embarrassing true story of my lifetime.
Saturday night at the Troxy
Fast forward 30 years(!) and Future Cinema puts on Ghostbusters at the Troxy in East London. Despite the potential nightmare of a return journey the venue looked incredible. Plus, as soon as the ECTO-1 car drove past and the Walter Peck character waving his hands around warning us we soon forgot about the travel problems. The queue to enter went down quickly and the actors welcomed us in without a hitch. Once inside the stringed quartet played sophisticated chamber music and there were a couple of interactive areas such as the ESP laboratory. Loved the demon sofa chair with scary hands that spooked the girls.
Plenty of good 80's costumes around including the threesome appearing as ECTO-1, Adam Ant, Michael Jackson and a guy in a very homemade but funny Ghostbusters logo. The tables in front of the stage looked like a great place to get close to the action but we found the front row of the balcony allowed excellent views and some actor engagement.
Some clever use of projections, fantastic costumes and acting, and great timing and interaction with the movie made it one of the best events Future Cinema has done for ages.
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Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Friday, 30 August 2013
- Evaporerar ut fran sitt gomstalle (Original Mix) - Minilogue
- Burnin - Mihai Popoviciu
- ET2 (Original Mix) - Martin Landsky
- Emperor feat. Kali (Maceo Plex Last Disco Remix) - Kali, Ali Love
- Magic Bazar (Original Mix) - Luna City Express
- A Better Light feat. Dilo (The Martinez Brothers Remix) - Dilo, Santos Resiak
- The Cave - D-Nox & Beckers
- Over and Out (Original Mix) - Marc Romboy, KiNK
- Propeller (Original Mix) - Mathias Kaden
- The Doppler (Original Mix) - Shlomi Aber
- Another Earth (Original Mix) - Tale Of Us
- All the Time (Original Mix) - Tapesh, Maximiljan
- What is Room 101 (Original Mix) - Martyn
Sonar by Night Tracklist:
- Aery Canary - Booka Shade
- True South - Glimpse
- Black Ball - The Dolphins
- Trashbend - Gaiser
- Fraaz - Ron Costa
- Destination unknown - Green Velvet / C2 Detroit-Chicago Unity Dub
- Bubbles - Pig & Dan, Mark Reeve
- 51 Mexicans - Matador (IE)
- Nighttide Lover
- George Fitzgerald / Trikk Re-Dub - Manhattan
- Moteka - Energie
- Broombeck, Felix Kröcher - Polyester
- Sam Paganini - The Robbery
- Coyu - Berghain (Darkroom Mix) - Locussolus
Thursday, 22 August 2013
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Thursday, 8 August 2013
Alarm for 7am and on the road early to get to Mont St Michel which appeared like a floating castle. As we approached the mount the roads were covered in Tour de France graffiti from the recent race.
The park and ride buses were very cool. As there was no turning area the buses were designed to drive forward and backward so the driver simply swapped ends with the steering wheel, lights and wing mirrors at both ends.
The Mont itself was divided into two distinct areas: the first like a tacky Diagon Alley winding up to the second part: the abbey at the very top. We had an audio tour then reached the top courtyard to the amazing views of the bay which with the tide out looked like it stretched out for miles. Being a Sunday morning the bell was ringing for worship so nipped inside to see the service. Stayed to listen to the slightly rusty organ playing but still quite effective with the huge ceiling echoes. Otherwise the tour was quite ordinary explaining the history rather than the luxury items of the chateaus we'd previously seen.
Bayeux wasn't too far away, about an hour away. A lot less wider than I expected at only 50 cm. The audio guide really helped and although it was from the Norman perspective it did put Harold in a convincingly bad light with Edward actually requesting the crown to William instead.
Another Aires for our last night which had to be paid at the campsite opposite. It was shut when we arrived but sneaked over to take advantage of their facilities. Some weird Belgian old guy scared us a bit either by bumping into the bikes or had tried checking the locks to them.
Despite having packed everything the night before getting off Ile de Re island took alot longer than we'd expected. Traffic started queuing about 3 kms from the toll bridge (the toll we paid covered both ways so not too expensive really). It took nearly a hour more than we'd hoped to reach La Rochelle plus the satnav was sending us around the houses but eventually got on the right road for Nantes. However the traffic approaching Nantes was pretty crap too but it was due to everyone going via its bypass to another motorway.
We were heading to Les Machines where the huge mechanical elephant was built. Easily found a carpark but had to take off the cycles as the barrier was too low. As we arrived and got in the queue a British family in front were asking about the elephant ride to which they said there was only two places available - we'd arrived too late! Instead we took the workshop tour, all in French so took some patience to wait and see the demo they were explaining otherwise it was really interesting to see the next stage plans for the theme park as well as the impressive old ship building warehouses it was based at.
Across the docks we queued behind what could only be described as a French version of the hillbillies for the Marine Carousel. Set on three levels each ride 'animal' had different interactive, mechanical levers and button to operate their features. More patience was needed as after each 2 minute ride was about a 5 minute wait as everyone got seatbelted or told how to operate the levers etc.
It was nightmare to drive out of Nantes due to blocked roads and re-ordering of routes, and the satnav nearly had a meltdown so just relied on 'Touts Directions' to get us out.
Without any campsite booked we used our first Aire at 5 euros. These are glorified parking areas for motorhomes for overnight stay and sometimes offer WC facilities etc. It was already nearly full with motorhomes hogging the electric points. However, apart from being right next to the main road into a village it worked out very well.
Despite our ideas of driving and camping elsewhere we decided to just rest and be lazy. Pretty crap sleep last night and camping as a full sightseeing holiday can take its toll so feet up and reading/blogging for most of the morning. After fixing a puncture we cycled north towards Les Portes which along the way was busy again with cycle traffic. I was actually glad to have the bell to get slower bikers out the way.
Ended up on a good beach called Plage du Gros Jonc - wading through the shallow sea felt like walking in salad with the seaweed around my feet. Back at camp we cooked and packed the tent away ready for a quick getaway with the plan to see Les Machines at Nantes.