Come Dine With Me: one of my fave tantrum clips


There’s something far worse and more addictive than crack cocaine, “Cops“, and even Pokèmon Go mashed together: the British TV series named “Come Dine With Me“.

If you’ve watched the Swedish, New Zealand, US…any other version than the British, just forget everything you’ve seen – just consider yourselves lucky that you have perfection coming to you.

The concept of the series is ridiculously simple: five strangers1 will cook for each other, each hosting one night of the week (barring the weekend). They slosh each other up with alcohol and go all in. The Swedish version of this series is extremely tame. The New Zealand version is on Valium and the South African version is just weirdly boring. The British are fucking at it. It’s there, like a gash in the face. They get each other drunk, they dress up, they raffle through each other’s wardrobes, they have great fun, they’re weird and awful and wondrous and envious and spiteful and happy. It’s life!

In the beginning of 2016, an episode of gargantuan content was released.
It was S37E01.

Be aware that the clip below is a spoiler of who wins the game, and it’s worth it (it’s hard to find the entire episode anyway). What you need to know beside that, is that the clip displays the last bit of the episode, when the winner is revealed.

Peter, the chap who is not wearing glasses, is The One. The clip kicks off 02:03 in, where the countdown of who ended up in which place starts. I applaud Jane, the person who gets most of Peter’s words:

Well. In retrospect, I believe Peter’s worst enemy is himself, and karma is surely a bitch.

Also, note that the British CDWM is brilliant in the sense that the soundtrack is always poignant; while Peter’s done his bit, Doves‘ song “Words” is played in the background. Here’s a snippet of the lyrics:

I said your eyes, they say nothing
So you can’t hurt me
On summer days like these
I said words they mean nothing
So you can’t hurt me

See CDWM. It’s brilliant.

  1. Mostly, although at times – albeit seldom – some of the contestants actually know each other.[back]
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Movies I've watched recently:

  • Hardcore Henry (2015) - IMDb 1/10

    2016-05-28 10:36

    The trailer for this film doesn't spoil anything: it tells almost everything about this film, which (surprise) doesn't pass the Bechdel test. Read my entire review here:

  • Johan Falk: Vapenbröder (Video 2009) - IMDb 1/10

    2016-04-21 13:44

    This film is actually worse than the first one, leaving no care behind; actually, if "no care left behind" would be the title, I'd given it higher grade out from courtesy. There's just nothing in here, not even anything little that aids or progresses action, for the sake of action. Even tipping a jar of paint onto the street would be more actionable and less questionable, than anything that goes on in this film.

  • Johan Falk: GSI - Gruppen för särskilda... 2/10

    2016-04-17 13:42
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    What a heap of troubles. Sweden often combats crime; one may say it's "our" forté. Trouble is, the same actors adapt the same dour, sour stance when affronting the crimes perpetrated by other film-makers and actors, all from Sweden. It's a downward trajectory. Here, the biggest crime is courtesy of Jacob Eklund, who would not be able to act his way out of a paper bag; he's far too lackadaisical and apathetic to be a lead guy, and his character's simply not believable. This story is somewhat interesting as one specific criminal quickly proves to be an informant for the police. That's about it, really. The action is questionable as I kept looking at my wall behind the TV at times, for more exciting stuff; I'm not exaggerating when writing it. Fingers crossed for more excitement.

  • Sisters (2015) - IMDb 7/10

    2016-03-05 21:17
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    I'm a sucker for Fey/Poehler, and this time they've managed to be as brash and simultaneously fun as they should always have been; I mean, they've obviously honed their craft. They play sisters who walk down memory lane, and what keeps this from being a regular haw-haw SNL showboat is how they keep their eyes on the prize, story-wise. It's a complete film, lavish with jokes that not only prey upon the remember-when-we-were-young? thing, but show-cases humor in its simplest forms. There are not that many gimmicks, really, but mostly humor. Things work because of the words, not the context, e.g. in comparison with films like almost everything Adam Sandler has made. All in all, fun and funny, they make it work.

  • Fuk sau (2009) - IMDb 8/10

    2016-03-05 12:07
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    This is a pure action-and-vengeance film, from start to finish. There's really no logic to some things, e.g. why the main character does not visit his estranged and brutally hurt (physically and mentally speaking) daughter in hospital, but is on a mission. Apart from that, though, this film is a study in cinematography, vengeance, neat tricks and sheer love for the kind of drama that I think all vengeance-based films should carry. There's a lot of fun too. What Hallyday keeps back because of his limited performance - just imagine if Alain Delon would have played the main character, which is what the director originally wanted - the sidekicks and the beauty of the film gives back. It's a bit like "Blade Runner" meets "Memento" and some ancient John Ford/Akira Kurosawa thing going on. A must-see for all action/vengeance flick buffs.


How music can save your life: The Replacements and Morrissey

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Color Me Obsessed” is an interview documentary film about The Replacements.

You don’t need to know anything about the band to appreciate the below, which is a video clip that really, for me, nails why one loves any music artist at all. It’s honest, poignant and beautiful.

The interviews with Robert Voedisch and Elaine Pan really nail it for me; his story on growing up with an album that can really be closer to you than friends are, and her words on how horrible you can feel while growing up is something all can relate to. It’s universal, these feelings and music, and will naturally always be intertwined.

Buy the documentary!

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Music on film: Holy Fuck live and Tame Impala fun


Holy Fuck has played a few tracks on KEXP, this video’s out now:

I think those guys have fun while on the road et cetera. I mean, they have Cowboy Cat as their mascot, so it shows!

Speaking of which, Australia’s finest – Tame Impala – have fun when on the road (and live) too:

There’s even a “funny moments part 2” so here you go:

Eventuallyyy… – here’s a bonus of the Tamers from Primavera Sound this year. Whoooo.

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Alan Vega has died

At 78 years old. In his sleep. Who would have thunk it? Here‘s his family’s statement about the death.

If you haven’t heard Suicide – the duo which Vega formed – do so now; their first album is still fantastic and not dated: it’s futuristic, despite being released in 1977, the year I was born.

edit, 2016-07-18

Win Butler has covered Suicide’s “Dream Baby Dream“:

…and MGMT have covered Alan Vega’s “Goodbye Darling“:

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My saved links (weekly)

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