Archive for October, 2004


Depeche Mode!

Posted by on Friday, 29 October, 2004


Depeche Mode just released a new album; although it’s somewhat of a “Greatest Hits” album. It’s called “Remixes 81-04” and contains three CDs of the best and most obscure remixes they have released. These remixes were previously only available on limited to strictly limited maxi-singles and special editions.

Some of my favorite ones which are featured on the compilation are :

Everything Counts (Absolut Mix – previously only availabled on an extremely limited 10″ maxi-single)
Strangelove (Blind Mix – from the limited maxi-single)
Barrel of a Gun (Underworld Hard Mix – from the limited maxi-single)
I Feel You (Renegade Soundwave Afghan Surgery Mix from the limited maxi-single)
Are People People (from a very limited maxi-single, not availble on CD before IIRC)

…and then there are a lot I haven’t heard before, but sounds absolutely fabulous:

Enjoy the Silence (Timo Maas Extended Remix)
Master and Servant (ON-Usound Sc�ence Fiction Dance Hall)
Home (Air Around the Golf Remix)
Little 15 (Ulrich Schnauss Remix)
Nothing (Headcleanr Rock Mix)
…and many more!



In a movie-mood

Posted by on Tuesday, 26 October, 2004

😛 Feeling productive today (as in writing in this journal)

I just wanted to let off some steam regarding one of the worst movies of the year….

:crazy:VAN HELSING :crazy:

Oh my God what utter crap and an offensive excuse for a movie that was! Here are the only good things about the movie:

* Kate Beckinsdale is hot
* Dracula’s Brides were hot
* Dracula was kinda cool
* Nice backdrops

Well, that’s pretty much it. The movie was an explosive Theme Park-ride from start to finish – never slowing down for a moment. It was just exhausting, and it kept throwing in cliche upon cliche, as we needed more cliches after the terrible acting (and don’t get me started on those so-called ‘Romanian’ accents), lame-ass CG effects and ridiculous story.

I hope this movie doesn’t spell the end to Hugh Jackman’s career – because he’s pretty cool in the X-Men series; but in this movie he was just a big parody of himself.

Movies I have yet to see and have very high hopes for:

I (Heart) Huckabees
LA Twister
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Bourne Supremacy
The Grudge
Napoleon Dynamite
Team America:World Police
The Forgotten
The Incredibles
Before Sunset
Finding Neverland
House of Flying Daggers
Ocean’s Twelve
Meet the Fockers
The Life Aquatic
The Motorcycle Diaries
Garden State

…I guess that’s the list right now!! :laugh:

“House of Flying Daggers” and “2046” are in the mail right now, being shipped from those terribly nice people over at! Can’t wait to see both of those movies. I’m hoping the DVDs aren’t some bootleg-crap (but they’re mentioned on Monkeypeaches and they frown upon bootlegs, so I think they are legit.) I get enough bootlegs from other sources, I don’t need to friggin buy them too!)


Digital Camera

Posted by on Tuesday, 26 October, 2004

If I had 10 yen for every opportunity I wished I had a digital camera, I would have enough money to actually buy one…


The wonderful world of London Hearts

Posted by on Tuesday, 12 October, 2004

OK, so I launched my journal with great hopes and ambitions – I was going to updated it, if not daily, at least 2-3 times a week! Hell no…. That really hasn’t been the case now, has it. Well I have to blame work.. It’s been the end-of-the-month, and as usual that makes me busy as hell…

Anyway. You who know me have heard me praise the Japanese TV show “London Hearts” before. I’ve missed it for a few months, but I have recently started watching it again, and…well… it’s still genius.

They have a new section in the show that I don’t know the specific name of, but it consists of ten famous women (mostly TV drama actresses, models, misc. TV personas etc.) who are sitting in a sort of panel formation. What they do then is go out in the public and ask 100 guys on the street random questions about them; like “Who is most likely to return a wallet found on the street?” or “Who has the ugliest face while sleeping?” or “Who has the worst sense of style?” etc. Generally fun and harmless (?) questions….. Anyway; in addition to that, each panel-member gets to create a ranking for themselves for that particular question, and a randomly selected member presents it. It can get VERY touchy when it comes to subjects like “sense of style” and so on, so there are a lot of catfighting going on especially when reaching the top of said ranking (i.e. top being worst). After that, they present the “regular Joe’s” opinion in comparison with the random famous woman’s – if they match exactly from 10 to 1, she wins a million yen! It has not yet happened as far as I know, since every single girl on the show ALWAYS, no matter what the subject, puts themselves in 9th or 10th place on the list – the reality being far from that of course!!

This leads me to another subject I’ve been thinking of…. In Japanese television, all the participants are always already famous. I.e. there are absolutely no shows that feature “regular” people (except the Japanese version of “Millionaire…”) – it’s all famous TV-personalities. And you see the same people again, and again, and again in different TV-shows… And I’m not only talking about talk-shows and variety shows but also all types of quiz shows etc. where the participants can win money. It seems the poor Japanese public is forever shut out of the possibility of winning prize money on TV! I guess the most possible TV-personalities (“talents” or “tarento” as they are called) can easily support their lives by just participating as guests in other TV-shows…

It’s a fascinating aspect of Japanese culture. It seems that the Japanese public is not really interested in seeing “regular people” on TV. I mean they are just “regular” right – so how can they be entertaining to watch? Plus everyone is supposed to be equal, so it’s not possible for a “regular” person to stand out by being on TV! It makes for a very small and intimate “inner circle” of celebrities who show up everywhere…

Well… That’s my two cents on Japanese TV for now…. Over and Out.