Recommendations in brief…June


Something tells me Baby Driver, Edgar Wright’s new film, is going to end up being ma-hu-sive. Check out this video to learn a bit more about what makes him so talented. I hear this film in particular has been a labour of love for Wright, and his first opportunity to fully take control over the writing and directing of a film just for himself. It should be a cracker.

On the flip side I recommend steering well clear of My Cousin Rachel. It tries to rely on intrigue and suspense to keep you interested, but the plot just doesn’t back it up. It ends up just being a bit dull. Irrelevantly, it also happened to be the first time I’d ever been the only one in a cinema screening. I felt a bit sorry for the staff who had to spend their night putting on a film just for me, and I wondered whether to tell them to switch it off and we could try again a different night. But in the end, the girl at the door looked used to it.

If you’re on Netflix, take a look at OKJA, a Korean-American adventure film co-written by Jon Ronson. Jon Ronson used to present the odd This American Life episode, and his bizarre, whimsical manner used to really grate on me. But I’ve since read a lot of his stuff (he wrote The Men Who Stare at Goats and So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed) and it became clear he’s a wonderful writer who shouldn’t be unfairly misjudged for his voice, and that I should get over it.

If OKJA is anything like the man himself, it’s likely to be intelligent, humorous, and slightly unhinged.



Recommendations in brief…April


Check out Korean masterpiece The Handmaiden, a seductive, thrilling, beautiful film with about 30 plot twists and enough lesbian sex to keep anyone interested. Watching it reminded me, I must watch Old Boy, director Chan-wook Park’s most famous previous film. Looking at the trailer for Old Boy, it looks very similar to The RaidThe Raid 2, which are two of the most incredible, epically charged, high-intensity kung-fu films I have ever seen. I’m not usually one for pointless film violence, but there’s something so video-game fun about them, you can sit back and enjoy the choreography with some popcorn. They were directed for a Welsh guy as well. So there we go.

S-Town, the podcast from the makers of This American Life and Serial deserved all its many plaudits this year. The poignant tale of one man and his struggles with life, his home and his country, all wrapped up in a story which gently evolves over time, in a home-made slow discovery sort of a way, ends up being about as relevant a tale of this period in American history as anything you’re likely to hear.




spiderdrawing2 is a pretty ridiculous website, but for some reason it manages to have me doubled up in laughter often whilst struggling to breathe. I’d recommend just having a trawl through and you’ll pretty quickly get the idea if it’s for you. Created by an Aussie called David Thorpe it’s basically a series of mini stories of his dealings with various colleagues, friends or neighbours. I must admit I don’t know how many of the stories are really true, but I don’t think it really matters.

See if you like it here:

(and some favourite articles: Simon’s Pie ChartsJustin’s FloodlightTimesheets; Free Burton Snowboard)


Here we go…

This is Recommendable, a place where I will be sharing things I like, that others might too.

These could be music, podcasts, tv programs, books, films, or just about anything I find, old or new.

A dissertation could probably be written on what’s so special and strange about giving and receiving recommendations. About how enjoyable they are to receive, and how scary they can be to give out. The conflict of revealing a rare or undiscovered song that you don’t want to tell anyone about because it’s your personal discovery, but conversely you want the whole world to hear.

The trepidation that comes with recommending something to someone: waiting to hear from them, and how elated you fell when they share your love for it or how disappointed you feel if they don’t. There’s nothing better than having a friend who can lead you on a road map through a topic you know nothing about and don’t know where to start.

These things are what makes recommendations so special and why I started yet another bloody blog.

Dec 30 2016