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Erm... I'd better say my girlfriend Helen, or she'll beat the bejasus out of me.
Violent is she?
Working as a network engineer in Wolverhampton.
Mainly Metal, but with deviations
into different areas as my mood dictates. I can't stand chart music with it's
never ending supply of boy-bands and plinky plonky empty music with one
phrase repeated OVER AND OVER again. That type of music is controlled by
early - mid teenagers spending their pocket money though, so I don't get too
upset about it anymore. Except when cretins in the neighbourhood drive around in their
cars with above shite blaring out.
It depends what mood I'm in. I'm more a follower of directors than stars, and
Terry Gilliam has to be my favourite
director. His films have a wonderful feel about them and every one seems to be
epic in scope. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Brazil and 12 Monkeys would all
probably be in my top ten film list. His films are a feast for the eye as well
as carrying some brilliant stories with them.
I also love David Lynch's work. His utterly bleak Eraserhead is the only film
that has ever made me feel physically sick because of it's claustrophobic atmosphere
and hopeless outlook. Twin Peaks had me on the edge of my seat and in tears at
points, and it's always good when a film/tv series gets you that emotionally involved.
He's another director who excels in visual effects to get across the message, with
his films being more artistic than most.
The Coen Brothers (Ethan and Joel) round up my triumvirate of favourite directors.
They are more story-tellers than the previous two though, with Fargo and The Big
Lebowski in particular being immensely gripping movies.
Two other directors that sit behind these three in my mind are Sam Raimi and Peter
Jackson. Directors of Evil Dead and Braindead respectively, they occupy more of a
comedy-horror genre. They have directed different things with Jackson doing Heavenly
Creatures and The Frighteners, and Raimi doing the Hercules and Xena series and also
The Quick and the Dead.
I like anime too with Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Ninja Scroll, Patlabor and
My Neighbour Totoro being my personal favourites.
One film that I tend to watch over and over again without getting tired of it is
The Shawshank Redemption, it's bitter-sweet feeling gets to me.
I'm not a fan of bloated Hollywood blockbusters in the vein of Independance Day,
Godzilla, Deep Impact etc. As they seem to be all special effects and little to
no story with horrible cliched segements. I like films that are out of the
ordinary. And zombies. Cough.
I am firmly entrenched in the Fantasy/Sci-Fi genre, a
position that I'm rapidly becoming disallusioned with. The reason for this
is that the first book I ever read and really loved was The Lord of The Rings,
and so I ventured forth and secured anything that was written in that style.
Due to that i did discover some brilliant authors like David Eddings, Terry
Goodkind and the unbelievably moving books by Robin Hobb. I'm still actually
scared to read anything else by Hobb at the moment, due to the immense sadness
and betrayal I felt when reaching the conclusion of her Assassin's Apprentice
series. I tend to throw myself into books and feel like one of the characters
and you'll have to read that trilogy before you could understand why I feel this
way. Terry Pratchett is a great author, but because evrybody likes him so much
I'll refrain from going into my reasons on why I like his work. Frank Herbert's
Dune series is an incredibly deep work that I get immense enjoyment out of.
Weirdness is what makes me laugh. If it's out of the ordinary I'll probably
like it. I used to like Eddie Izzard, but his latest output is very weak. Old
Reeves and Mortimer is excellent.
The League of Gentlemen is another wierd show with a brilliant streak of semi-
horror running through the middle. I used to like Kids in the Hall when it used
to be shown over here in the early hours. UK Play is an excellent new channel
that's providing Alan Munnery with some time to do his twisted thing, whether it
be FuturTV or the excellent Either/Or. Bill Hicks is one of my heroes who died
too soon. His style was almost preaching on the hypocrisies and injustice of the
world and as Tool said in their Euology track 'He had a lot to say'. Father Ted
and Big Train were two series I got an immense enjoyment out of.
Lee and Herring must be mentioned due Stewart Lee's
Bill Hicks-ish style and Richard Herring's brilliant daft counter point. They excel
in intelligent comedy. Tommy Cooper was a brilliant comic, as was Les Dawson.
No list would be complete without Monty Pythons Flying Circus of course.
I loved Amiga Power and still do. Follow the
link to read about that though. I read Terrorizer and Zero Tolerance, both
Extreme Music magazines. I subscribe to Retro Gamer to indulge in nostalgia, and also
because Stuart Campbell writes for it on occasion.
Good Spectrum games?
Werewolves of London, AticAtac, Rogue Trooper, Renegade, Target Renegade, Barbarian,
Skool Daze, Bak 2 Skool, Dan Dare, 180.
Good Amiga Games?
Rodland, Captive 2: Liberation, Frontier Elite 2, The Settlers, Legends of Valour,
Quak, Knights of the Sky, It Came From The Desert, Mega Lo Mania, Sensible World of Soccer,
Moonstone, Floor 13, Syndicate, Darkmere, Dreamweb, Yo! Joe!, The Chaos Engine, Bip.
Who's funnier, Grampa Simpson or Chief Wiggum?
Hnnggh. Chief Wiggum by a whisker.
Person you'd most like to be stuck in a lift with.
Danni Ashe so we could do the business, or Ant and Dec so I could
beat the shite out of them.
So you reckon you could handle both Ant and Dec?:
Yeah they're pussies.
Person you'd least like to be stuck in a lift with.
Anybody with a false beard on who looks strangely like Jeremy Beadle, who then
proceeds to walk towards me whilst adjusting the fake beard and winking with
a sparkle in his eye.
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