Friday, 4 July 2008


I have got to be the worst movie fan in the world. I have seen NOTHING this year. This is simply because I cannot be bothered with the Super Hero movies (bar "Hell Boy" and "The Dark Knight"). This usually happens, I spend the entire spring and summer thinking "Nah, I can wait till it is released on video at the end of the year" then spend Awards season running around hysterically catching up on the movies I have allowed myself to miss.
Perhaps I should go and see "Mamma Mia" to cheer me up. It opens this wait. It is London Pride. I will no doubt be standing in Soho with a feather boa in the rain looking like a drowned parrot.
All I know is I am waiting for Pixar's "Wall-E" to open here, then I will truly be in the movie mind set.

In the mean time I will get excited about Pride. That time of year where the streets are littered with sequins, feathers and condoms, and it is my God given right to scream "F*CK OFF YOU C*NT" to any twat that decides to have a problem with me (though I usually do it regardless of the day).


Enjoy some pics of various Pride festivals (I have even snuck some of me in there!! Guess who!)

My Summer Mix Tape

Remember making mix tapes? Now it is play lists. The magic kind of goes don't you think?

Here are a few song that make my summer. Some old, some new, all make me smile.

From top to bottom, left to right.

Althea and Donna - Up Town Top Ranking (this is just lazing off on a boat good!)
M.I.A. feat Timberland - Come Around (Her most commercial track, and oh so sexy)
Madonna - Incredible (Arguably the best track off the new album)
Nikka Costa - Like a Feather (Oh so sassy. Makes you wanna shake your tail feather)
Leila K - Got to Get (God this song takes me back, and it still sounds so good)
Gabriella Cilmi - Sanctuary (Another soul throwback, and she is only 16)
Roisin Murphy - Dear Miami (Best on the album. A nice global warming song)
Hercules and Love Affair - Blind (I just cannot stop loving this tune)
Tom Tom Club - Wordy Rappinghood (Deserves a re-release so badly)
De La Soul - Say No Go (Can rap ever get better?)
Macy Gray - Do Something (So chilled, so sexy, so need a cocktail)
Santogold - You'll Find A Way (Just makes me want to dance CRAZY like)
Salt N Pepa - Shoop (GOD I MISS THEM)
Adele - Hometown Glory (Night Facilities Remix) (So didn't think a remix of this would work)

Thursday, 3 July 2008

"The Day the Earth Stood Still" Trailer

He even fails as an alien...I don't know, I still watch him waiting for the words "Excellent Dude" to escape his lips. I do, however, love my Kathy.

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Just a reminder

As some of you may or may not know I am hosting a Blog-A-Thon. So far the response has been much better than expected and I am grateful for those of you who will participate.

The subject is Rug Rats Blog-a-Thon, and in it you can pick (as many as you want) a child performance that you simply cannot forget. For good or bad. Someone asked be what the age limit is, I can safely say it will be under your discretion (however 16 does veer into adulthood). If you really want to write about Sean Penn in "I Am Sam" go right ahead!

If you want to join in the celebration, or destroying of, child performances all you have to do is email me here and let me know your interest. The deadline for submissions will be July 27th, 2008, and they will be posted on the 28th unless fire, flood, famine or death prevents me. Send in the blog/web link to your submission to my email and I will post away.

Gay role models

There have been a few articles popping up lately talking about the lack of gay characters in feature films, and how television currently seems more liberal that Hollywood.
I do not get TV, everything I watch is on DVD or bought off iTunes so I have not been watching “Brothers and Sisters”, or a majority of the other shows that have gay characters, and I wish I had more time to watch them. Perhaps I will catch up in a few years. However there are two prominent gay characters on TV that break the stereotypes, and in my modest opinion are trail blazers.

The first is ‘Detective Shakima Greggs’ from HBO’s “The Wire” (which I am only on season 2 so please bear with me and my lack of knowledge of the past 5 years of character development).

Sonja Sohn plays a wise cracking, dedicated and stunningly beautiful lesbian detective in the series. She works the streets, befriends informants, and does her job – no questions asked. She has a partner who dislikes her job and wants her to quit, so ‘Kima’ as she is called, juggles her ‘lives’.
The way the character is written is not as wonderful as how the other characters who interact with her are written. They are open, understanding, there is no judgement, not male chauvinist jokes behind her back. She is who she. I am sure life is not that liberal in Baltimore, but it is refreshing to see how highly she is thought of by her colleagues and peers, all of whom are from complete different backgrounds and ethnicities.

The second is also from “The Wire”.
You all know I am talking about Michael K. Williams ‘Omar Little’. Omar is a bad ass thug on one hand, and the sweetest most sensitive soul on the other. He has grown up on the streets, and spends his time running around Baltimore robbing the drug lords, and hurting anyone who hurts the people he loves. He is technically one of the good guys, but you know why the drug lords fear him.
Season one saw his boyfriend get brutally murdered and the devastation Omar showed was tear inducing. Even in Season 2, he still talks about his boy with such pain in his eyes.
He is one of those TV characters that everyone can get behind. I have spoken to many people who love the show, and everyone sites Omar as their favourite character. And these are all straight men.

I love how the only people who call Omar ‘faggot’ are the drug lords and drug dealers, the technical bad guys of the show (how funny most of the actors playing the ‘bad guys’ also appeared in “Oz”, the gay fantasy drama) as though, by using that hateful word, they are underlining just how morally corrupted they are.
On one hand the writers deserve every accolade bestowed upon then (but not at the expense of ‘Battlestar’ please) but on the other, this character would not have worked as well, or be so loved had it not been for Williams fearless performance. Something I hope is not forgotten come Emmy time (it will be but I can hope).

However the best thing about Omar is that he make so apologies for being gay, in fact, on the streets of Baltimore where there is so much homophobia, he is out and proud.