Todays guest blogger is Megan
I’ve had an eventful few days (including my first ever sacking – meaning I fired someone, not the other way around), so I am a little out of sorts. However, the vacationing Mr Watson has once again asked me to compile your delightful contributions into a very-soon-after-the-last-one Very Late Review. You guys are far more entertaining than my job of late, so I said yes.
The diving scores aren’t really relevant this time (most are the same), except for one startler.
SIGH NO MORE
I am olde and out of touch with the modern music (are The Radioheads <tm Rob Brydon> still big?), so I had no idea what this was or that it would provoke such debate AND attacks on other bands (poor Muse…I barely know you either. Man, I’m old.)
Anyway, this got the highest rating ever: 10000/10 from Steph Baross. But this album was (largely) so popular that it’s diving score was still more than 10/10. Ridiculous. However, the band also got accused of not having meaningful/memorable lyrics, nor much originality or edge. And I learned a new term: nu-folk. Not sure I like it.
(To those wondering, I do not generally include ratings from people who admit to not having seen, heard, used, or otherwise appreciated the thing being reviewed. Except when I make mistakes.)
Memorable quotes: ‘I love Sigh No More…However I also love ‘I Am the One and Only’ by Chesney Hawkes, so I’m not sure my musical taste can really be trusted.’ (Amy); ‘I loved it at first and listened to it lots of times on Spotify with the intention of buying it. But my liking didn’t seem to last very long and now I can take it or leave it.’ (amycool); ‘Generally good but some songs get boring easily. Makes you want to buy a banjo.’ (Helen); ‘I know so many people who love this album. It’s not too surprising – M&S are probably the blandest of that ever-expanding ‘nu-folk’ collective, and people do tend to go for bland things.’(Bethany)
Avg score: 538/10 (No, really.)
Diving score: 13/10 (Phew.)
Full marks: 2 out of 19
Nul points: 1 out of 19
Like Gok Wan a while back, people were of two minds about him, some praising his hilarious campness, others finding it grating. He is both good on Eurovision, and a poor substitute for Wogan, a good interviewer, and a horrible one. Some people still harbour ill-feeling for this too, though I reckon that that wasn’t his decision. Some of his fans admitted that they could see why others might not like him as much, and a few others said they used to be fans, but got over it.
Memorable quotes: ‘I got trapped in a lift with him once. Seven whole minutes. I ripped his face off. BBC replaced him with a robot which they prefer because they can switch it off at the end of each show. I got a letter from his mother thanking me. Some of the above may not be true.’ (Jon – who had my favourite comment of the week); ‘Used to quite like him. It’s worn off over the years. And to be honest I can’t remember what he did that I liked.’ (Anji); ‘Sometimes it’s OK to eat a Pot Noodle, even if you really like proper noodles or food in general. The same concept works with Graham Norton. He’s hardly the worlds most sophisticated fellow, his humour can pretty much be summed up as “OOOoh, I’m a homosexual”, and yet I find him pretty hard to hate.’ (Magnificent Josh)
Avg score: 5.5/10
Diving score: 5.5/10
Full marks: 1 out of 24
Nul points: 2 out of 24
People enjoyed it more than they didn’t and several people who gave it rating (despite not having done it) described skiing as quite unappealing. We have a few adrenaline junkie types who just love it. Post-ski activities got high marks, too. (The little bit of talk of dry slopes made me want to read Adrian Mole again, because that’s where I first heard of them. I grew up 25 minutes’ drive from several ski hills, so I found the idea quite funny.)
Memorable quotes: ‘I’m fairly clumsy at the best of times; I ended up falling over quite spectacularly at the bottom of the slope, being crashed into by 3 people and speared by their skiis. It was painful, but very funny. I guess it’s the sort of thing that’s amazing if you can do it, and painful but still fun for those who can’t.’ (louisel – I’ve been there, believe me); ‘I very rarely take summer holidays, it is all about the winter fun. Just to get to do a bit more skiing this year I took a very boozy 10 hour overnight train journey just to ski for one and a half days, and it was completely worth it.’ (EmT); ‘I don’t get the fuss about it. Thankfully having a dodgy knee now means I’ll never have to do it and worry about making an excuse not to do it again.’ (Anji)
Avg score: 6.5/10
Diving score: 6.5/10
Full marks: 4 out of 13
Nul points: 2 out of 13
A fairly popular choice, but not universal adored as I thought it might be (it’s not opened here yet and I doubt it will). No one wanted to give much away about it (and not that many people reviewed it, to boot), but it maybe lacked a strong narrative and some of the bit eof other Chris Morris projects. OR it’s simply excellent, perfect, fantastic. Fun fact: Meg’s step-uncle is one of the leads in the film!
Memorable quotes: ‘Simultaneously one of the most underwear-cleanliness-threateningly funny and heart-stompingly sad movies I’ve ever seen.’ (Al Kennedy); ‘It lacked the cutting observant edge that Brass Eye epitomised.’ (ChrisP); ‘I don’t even want to give any of it away, just see it. Smartest comedy for a long time.’ (Carl)
Avg score: 8.5/10
Diving score: 8.5/10
Full marks: 3 out of 7
Nul points: 0 out of 7
Not a terribly popular choice, but y’all came up with up with some funny descriptors for it’s peculiar taste. (You think Absinthe is gross? Try Brennivín. It’s like liquid rye bread rocket fuel.) I thought more people would give it props for its historical influence/awesomeness (only glamlovinkitty seemed to agree with me). It gets you drunk really fucking well, if that’s what you’re after.
Memorable quotes: ‘I just don’t get the attraction. Soak some liquorice allsorts in a bottle of vodka overnight and I’m sure you’ll have ostensibly the same thing.’ (Ivan); ‘I will say it’s three times as bad coming back up as it is when it goes down, like the alcohol-equivalent of holding a tennis ball under water.‘ (Custard_Cream_Dreams – best handle ever); ‘Not from direct personal experience but happened to a friend of mine: never, ever, ever mix it with mead. Trust me.’ (Rosie)
Avg score: 4/10
Diving score: 4/10
Full marks: 0 out of 16
Nul points: 1 out of 16
Surpassed diving for the most perfect scores. Well done purple! (Props to Misha for mentioning QI as well. Remembering Alan saying ‘Hurple, Iurple, Jurple..’ brightened my morning a bit, which is good, because there’s no coffee in the house.)
Memorable quotes: ‘It’s more complicated than blue, and less stereotypically “girly” than pink. However, from my experience, it tends to be worn by slightly effeminate power metal fans, who are slightly annoying and are very big Lord of the Rings fans. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with that as such…’ (Seamus); ‘I once got told (in a design class, not in casual conversation) that when some friends thought of me the colour they thought of was purple. I don’t know what that says about me.’ (Amy); ‘Up-side: Lets you know when people are suffocating.’ (Ben Draper).
Avg score: 8.5/10
Diving score 8.5/10
Full marks: 10 out of 28
Nul points: 0 out of 28
Now, I’m feeling nervy given my power-tripping at work this week, so I am going to make a few suggestions for the next Very Late Review (Mark can take away or add some at will, since this is his blog and all). It will be more than a week until the next one, of course.
Jorvik Viking Centre (in York)
Jaffa Cakes (the biscuits)
Coronation Street (tv series)
Bicycling (the mode of transportation)
The boss is back soon, so you’ll have a long break (probably) before the next VRL. Thanks again to Mark for letting me use this space to rant. I might have a new blog at www.popcornmonkey.com soon if you want to read more.