Tied up with string: February

SOME TELLY

I’ve been enjoying the third series of Being Human a lot: less of the boring vampire politics and back to funny, creepy stories about ordinary people in odd worlds. Annie’s runaway train segue from Stop All The Clocks into the lyrics for Fight For This Love was a career highlight. But nothing compares to the best thing I’ve ever seen on CBeebies, the wonderful Rastamouse. We just have to establish why there are so many orphans in Mouseland and which trouserless mouse we fancy the most (Zoomer for me, cheers) and then we can all get on with our music and our cheese.

A FILM

Never Let Me Go. Well that was as bleak and unsettling a film to be released for Valentine’s weekend as I can remember. (Spoilers ahead)

We’re used to seeing these sorts of worlds in films, the dreary paradise that’s maintained at a terrible cost. And if you start thinking about, say, Logan’s Run or The Truman Show, then you start rooting for our heroes to expose the terrible truth at the heart of the system, to make things better. But there’s no terrible truth to expose, because everyone knows and accepts what’s going on already. And the only rebellion is a polite enquiry as to the spirit of the world’s rules. The sense of resignation is devastating and the film makes us think hard about how, within a generation or so, unthinkable attitudes can become endemic.

Mind you I may as well be talking about Kazuo Ishiguro’s source novel with all that. As for the film itself, as well as the lovely subtle performances, I liked the way all the design choices — windswept, half empty seaside towns, NHS corridors, claustrophobic boarding shools — combined to suggest a world in stagnation.

SOME songs

Jamie Woon’s Lady Luck and Yasmin’s On My Own are both amazing. They’re picking the bits they like from the best of pop, dance and urban music to make something new. I’m looking forward to the albums – Jamie Woon in particular, on the basis of this and the beautiful, swampy ‘Night Air‘ from last year, could have me all a-cream.

ANIMAL OF THE MONTH

I’ve been obsessed with urban foxes for a long time, and it’s making me excited that they seem to be getting bolder. I’m seeing them now in daylight, on quite crowded streets, and closer than ever before. Salute these mangy, scavenging creaturess, who make the best they can out of a rubbish world – they are us.

Here’s a picture of Romeo, the new folk hero, the fox who climbed the Shard.

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One response to “Tied up with string: February

  1. Neutral Universe

    Never Let Me Go is truly an amazing novel. I am looking forward to seeing the movie. :)

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