Friday, January 18. 2013
I downloaded Zero Dark Thirty off BitTorrent because I thought I’d review the film exclusively for Media Underground. I’m not going to pay one dime for a Lockheed Martin commercial and I knew how it ends so here’s my take. The film should be called Zero Fuck Movie. It begins with a retarded looking ginger anorexic pale Carrot Juice Maya bitch standing in the background during a torture scene, but you’re supposed to feel sorry for her because she can’t stand to watch torture. First thoughts: any CIA agent in that room is going to be a West Point graduate and a professional sadist and is not going to give a fuck about torture. When they keep cutting back to her with that Florence Nightingale compassion cunt-face, it’s utterly laughable.
Continue reading "Movie Review: 'Zero Dark Thirty' By James Inman"
Sunday, October 14. 2012
I'm currently reading Carrying The Fire by Apollo 11 Command Module Pilot (CMP) Michael Collins.
Saturday, July 30. 2011
Saturday afternoon and I’d been sitting in my local pub for at least an hour drinking the remains of my second pint of beer. The local clientele were doing their usual: scrutinising their hand-held devices as though they were personal life-support machines requiring constant tweaking and attention.
Continue reading "John's Phone: Subversive Mobile Technology"
Wednesday, December 15. 2010
'Bill Hicks was the rock star of American comedy in every way, right down to the pancreatic cancer that claimed him young in 1994. He died, as he lived, before his time.
Sunday, July 4. 2010
"All the levers forward, all the time," was one of the text messages I received from the Sergeant Matron prior to the gig, however, on this occasion I think that one of the levers broke off from the control panel and his comment of being "45 going on 15" seems more appropriate as an epitaph to mark the memory of this occasion.
Continue reading "Gig Review: Shooglenifty - Gigha Island Music Festival (June 26th 2010)"
Sunday, June 20. 2010
Check out the customer reviews for the Bic Cristal Ballpoint Pen. Here's a couple of excerpts...
Sunday, March 28. 2010
For a band that I only discovered last year, I've now seen Shooglenifty play live more times than any other band I like. Why? Well, to put it simply, this band are completely mindblowing and it seems that whenever they play it is utterly impossible to avoid becoming possessed by one's inner hobo. In other words, jigging about all over the joint like that crazy old dude in the movie Deliverance (during the 'dueling banjos' scene) becomes mandatory. The exception to this rule, however, was the recent Portobello gig that I went to with my uptight Edinburgh friends. Having decided beforehand that they weren't going to enjoy it, it was no surprise that they couldn't get into the Shoogles. But then they think Kunt And The Gang are actually talented and - worse still - funny, when Kunt is clearly just an annoying, talentless little shit from Essex and a Roy 'Chubby' Brown of the music world.
Continue reading "Gig Review: Shooglenifty - Tolbooth (March 27th 2010)"
Sunday, November 22. 2009
So there we were. The Bothy Council: Dasbo The Asbo, Bingo McNeely, The Bailiff, Sergeant Matron and myself, Darth Paraffin, flaffing around with tents outside Glenuig Village Hall on a wet Saturday afternoon in November, simply because we knew we’d be too drunk to make it back to The Matron’s gaff later that evening.
Continue reading "Gig Review: Shooglenifty - Glenuig Hall (Nov 14th 2009)"
Sunday, October 11. 2009
It’s not often that I have any desire to head to the big smoke these days. Not only have I grown weary of densely populated areas, but the current chaos caused by the never-ending tram works to the city centre fill me with such dread that I have generally opted to give Edinburgh as wide a berth as possible.
Continue reading "Gig Review: The Cult - Love Live (Oct 7th 2009)"
Sunday, July 26. 2009
'The Turkish film industry has a curious tradition of appropriating Hollywood classics and remaking them on a budget roughly equivalent to the price of lunch at a neighborhood kebab shop. Devoted readers of Film Threat will recall The Turkish Wizard of Oz, which tossed the MGM classic over an Istanbul rainbow and into a realm of utter surrealism, and there are also Turkish-based versions of Star Trek, Tarzan, Superman and even E.T. lurking about.
Monday, June 29. 2009
'Finally, after 23 years of tortured development, pinging from studio to studio, star to star, and even courtroom to courtroom, the Watchmen adaptation has arrived on screen. It’s not for the faint-hearted - and, despite the preponderance of Spandex outfits, capes and costumes, not for the kids either.
Wednesday, May 20. 2009
'Following 2007's lacklustre Eat Me, Drink Me, the uncommon introspection of which was prompted by his failed marriage to burlesque performer Dita Von Teese, Marilyn Manson seemed a spent force. While High End Of Low isn't nearly the equal of career highlights Mechanical Animals and Holy Wood, it nevertheless proves there's still a fair dose of blood and bile to pour from his carcass yet. More impressively, at its best it provides a pointed satirical commentary on noughties America.
Friday, June 20. 2008
'This sci-fi thriller - co-written by Bruce Dickinson, frontman of the heavy-metal band Iron Maiden - attempts to capture the spirit of occultist Aleister Crowley. Crowley was mad and bad. What a coincidence: so is the film.
Thursday, May 1. 2008
I was first introduced to the ideas and theories of Jim Elvidge in an interview he did with Red Ice Creations Radio. His clarity, intelligence and wit impressed me so much that it prompted me to write to the author to see if I could acquire a review copy of his new book The Universe – Solved! - a work that proported to be a "provocative view of the nature of reality”. I was not disappointed.
Continue reading "Book Review: The Universe - Solved!"
Tuesday, December 11. 2007
'For the second encore of their first, full concert in twenty-seven years, at London's 02 arena last night, Led Zeppelin tore into "Rock and Roll," from their untitled fourth album, with a joyful vengeance. As drummer Jason Bonham hammered with the ghostly precision and ferocity of his late father, guitarist Jimmy Page fired dirty chunks of Chuck Berry and bassist John Paul Jones kept iron time with familiar reserve, singer Robert Plant sang the most obvious words of the night: "Been a long time since I rock and rolled." Overhead, images of a much younger Zeppelin, in concert during the early and mid-Seventies, flashed on a huge digital-video screen. In those films, Led Zeppelin were the biggest, loudest and most cocksure band in rock. Jimmy Page's now snow-white hair was still jet black; Robert Plant was a golden god, not yet a Viking elder, and the late John Bonham - whose death in 1980 abruptly ended Zeppelin's reign - still ruled the engine room.' (Rolling Stone article).
Thursday, August 2. 2007
Back in 1997, I sent a draft copy of The Probationer's Handbook to the late provocative occult writer Gerald Suster (author of The Legacy of the Beast, Hitler: Black Magician and Crowley's Apprentice: The Life & Ideas of Israel Regardie). To my surprise he wrote a review of my book which got published in the winter 97/98 edition of the London-based esoteric journal Talking Stick.
Sunday, July 15. 2007
Written ten years ago and filed away on a shelf to gather dust, The Probationer's Handbook was a project I had all intentions of getting published at the time, but never quite got around to.
Sunday, July 1. 2007
Originally written in Portuguese by historians Joaquim Fernandes & Fina D’ Armada, and translated into English by cognitive gymnast Alexandra ‘Chica’ Bruce, Celestial Secrets: The Hidden History Of The Fátima Incident is the second book in Fernandes & Armada’s planned Fátima Trilogy, which explores the famed Fátima incident of 1917 in a way that’ll have orthodox Roman Catholics screaming out for a return to inquisition-style tribunals and the burning of witches at the stake.
Continue reading "Book Review: Celestial Secrets"
Sunday, October 22. 2006
As a fervent critic of today's youth not having any form of culture that isn't borrowed from somewhere else (or from a previous generation), it was a sublime pleasure to have my opinions blown away at the weekend when I turned up to Monty's Bar in Dunfermline to check out metal band Certain Death. With twin vocals allied to a uniquely heavy, rhythmic, and aggressive sound, Certain Death blew me away sufficiently enough to realise that all hope is not lost in today's youth and that anger is still alive and well and capable of being driven in a positive and creative direction. Hailing from my original hometown Kirkcaldy (who the hell would've thought anything good could come from that town?) the band's ability and stage presence is nicely mixed with enough tongue-in-cheek humour to realise that they don't take themselves too seriously to be pretentious. After having been shortlisted for T In The Park (the biggest festival in the UK) Certain Death blasted their way through 700 competitors to end up in the final 12. They didn't win the event, but that was probably only because ear drums were bleeding and medical attention was considered temporarily more important. Be sure to check out their website, page on MySpace and videos on YouTube.
Wednesday, June 28. 2006
Yesterday afternoon I received an email from Andrist asking if I'd been abducted. "If you need words that rhyme with suck for a review let me know," he remarked.
Continue reading "CD Review: Andy Andrist - 'Dumb It Down For The Masses'"
Monday, May 22. 2006
Here’s a little advice to anyone thinking of signing up to a new broadband service provider...
Saturday, May 6. 2006
'It has been five years since the notoriously media shy and overly mysterious band have pierced our airwaves with new material. After cries that ‘Lateralus’ was to be their last release for many years and possible in-band-tension rumours as many of the members have broke away temporarily to pursue side projects, it was a relief to hear that Tool would reform and push the envelope farther yet again.
Sunday, April 9. 2006
There are many words one can use to describe the anomaly known as James Inman. ‘Stand-up Comic’ is one such phrase, ‘Rural Punk Gen-X Anti-Hero’ is another. One might also refer to him as a ‘Recurring Alcoholic’ or ‘Angry Middle-Aged Man’ - yet whatever James is he certainly loves to torture himself, and in so doing can occasionally manifest “Genius”.
Continue reading "Book Review: James Inman - 'Greyhound Diary'"
Friday, April 7. 2006
'You know something is up when a film like V For Vendetta is a box office hit. Adapted from a series of graphic novelettes (i.e., comic books) written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd, the plot is set in a dystopian future Britain where "the Party" rules, dissidents are rounded up, the Koran is banned, and the threat of terrorism keeps the ruling elite firmly entrenched in power. From his underground lair, "V" is a kind of futuristic Scarlet Pimpernel, who strikes out at the regime – destroying the Old Bailey in a spectacular pyrotechnic display – while reciting sonnets from Shakespeare and wooing a beautiful girl whose fate has been delivered into his gloved hands. He wears a mask – a sardonic visage reminiscent, at least in my mind, of Cyrano de Bergerac – and as the plot unfolds so does the origin of his vendetta against the Powers That Be: he was tortured and disfigured by the regime's renditioners. As he kills those responsible for his agony, one by one, the viewer is led toward the denouement: a reenactment of the Guy Fawkes legend, in which the modern-day incarnation of that early-17th-century English subversive succeeds in blowing up Parliament and sparking a revolution.
'The right wing hates this movie, and it isn't hard to see why: it explodes all their pretensions about being the party of "freedom," and it pretty clearly parallels the hypocritical cant of the War Party as it pretends to battle "terrorism" while engaging in a campaign of state terrorism that far surpasses anything a small band of amateurs could possibly hope to dish out. They must find particularly galling a subplot in which evidence emerges that a deadly series of biowarfare attacks attributed to "religious fanatics" (and we don't mean George W. Bush and Jerry Falwell) turn out to be the work of a sinister cabal inside the government – the perfect excuse for a crackdown. All of this – economic collapse, political turmoil, the dictatorship of "the Party" – is clearly identified in the film as the product of a series of wars, stretching from Iraq to Syria to Iran and beyond. I was particularly intrigued by references to "the former United States of America," and hints of a future history in which imperialism has drained the once mighty U.S. until it is a pitiful husk of its former self, crippled by economic dislocation and embroiled in civil war.' (Antiwar article).
Wednesday, February 15. 2006
Whilst I've never been a great enthusiast for Microsoft products, I've equally never been a huge supporter of the current Mozilla Firefox fad that seems to be taking the internet community by storm. Sure, the tabbed browsing is sweet, but other than that the browser seems a little ropey to me, having a tendency to mess with the overall design of certain websites whilst eliminating a number of aesthetic features such as customised scrollbars and the like.
Fortunately, last week, Microsoft released their first public beta of Internet Explorer 7, and I have to say it makes Firefox look like an incomplete college project. Tabbed browsing is included in the new IE7 along with a wonderful new security feature to eliminate phishing.
Whilst it is clear that Microsoft have once again pilfered all the good ideas from their rivals, they have equally, at least, finished the job off properly with the most streamlined version of Internet Explorer yet.
You can check out the new beta version of IE7 here, however, you might want to hack round the Security Certificate if you're running a ripped copy of Windows XP. Microsoft, like a company desperate to send itself to the grave, have prevented the browser from being installed without first passing an online certification check.
My advice is to download an already hacked copy of IE7 from a reputable BitTorrent site if you happen to be one of the many millions who opted not to pay through the nose for your operating system.
Monday, January 9. 2006
'Dr. Allen Greenfield's long out-of-print classic, Secret Cipher Of The UFOnauts, and the first release of its suppressed sequel, Secret Rituals Of The Men In Black, is now available from Manutius Press, in conjunction with Lulu (www.lulu.com), the world's fastest-growing provider of print-on-demand books.
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