Well It’s that time that comes only once every 4 years and that is The World Cup, of course at this time It’s over half way through, but I aim to give my review of it so far, not only of the football, but the coverage and the cultural effect that the competition brings with it every time it pops it’s head around.
I’d like to start by commenting that I am a big football fan, I support Manchester United (I’m aware some of you may call that contradictory) and my home country of England. However I have found the majority of this world cup to be very dull, combined that with the dreadful sound of the god-awful Vuvuzelas and some truly awful coverage (ITV HD viewers can certainly comment on that) and I’ve found myself watching a lot less of the football this year than I would have thought a month or so ago. Of course the world cup has had some spectacular moments bringing with it it’s usual highs and lows, I still am shocked at the fact that Italy and France (The two finalists at the last World Cup) are out already, in fact they both finished bottom of their groups against teams which ‘on paper’ should have been walkovers, I could spend an entire post talking about the French Collapse on it’s own, but I’ll leave you to Google search another blogger to give a much better representation of it, because I’m sure you could find a lot of them.
One thing I feel I can comment on is the English football team, now I’m not going to say who should and shouldn’t be in the squad and say that I could do a better job myself, but I’m sure if you are an English native you have met a number of people in the last few days that would have done just that. One thing I love and Hate about any major sporting competition (European Championships, Wimbledon,etc…) is the national ‘Pride’ that comes with it.
Just before the world cup started the nation changed, You can’t go anywhere without spotting English flags on the side of windows in shops and houses and I love it (even if i think the car flags look a bit stupid) I’m all for people flying their nations flags and showing their support for their country (although why is it only when a sporting event comes up?) however with that comes the negative aspect of that…According to the daily bulls**t (A.K.A ‘The Sun’) many pubs were going to ban England shirts from being worn in the premises and this bought the usual, racist, nationalistic and narrow-minded questionings and hatred of anyone but the English that I almost think the sun wanted to bring up (I mean come on, Controversy sells papers) You only need to look at the stupid comments on the many facebook groups setup against this supposed action to see some of the negatives that national ‘pride’ can bring to the country.
National ‘Pride’ also seems to mean destroying taste, particularly musical taste, now i’ve never felt that the Top 40 is ever filled with ‘good’ songs, but at the moment it’s just filled with frankly terrible England football songs, every man and his dog seems to have released a world cup song, including ‘Comedian’ (?) James Corden & Rapper Dizzie Rascal, Russel Brand and Robbie Williams, Former England Manager Terry Veneables (Why? Seriously) Coventry band ‘Pint Shot Riot’, Rik Mayall, A ‘Come On Eileen’ cover imaginatively called ‘Come On England’ and even a quickly written song performed as a one off by We Are scientists. As well as these we are seeing the return of John Barnes rapping his so-bad-it’s good rap in the New Order song ‘World In Motion’ in the latest ‘Mars’ adverts. Most of these ‘songs’ are quite frankly terrible and If I was a tourist visiting England for the first time during the World Cup, I’d probably leave thinking that the English were all tone-death idiots who’d buy anything that is marketed to them (‘…Wait a minute in the case of the general record buying public I do think that’) but imagaine being an american watching your first game of football and hearing the english fans singing along to Terry Flaming Veneables.
Speaking of The U.S I am currently listening to them get beaten by Ghana, This may of course change by the time I post this but I am hoping for a Ghanaian victory (literally as I typed that the U.S got a penalty, Damn Karma) but I’d like to congratulate the US in this World Cup, not only on their ‘Victory’ against the english, but on the fact that The U.S now seem to finally be interested in the beautiful game 17.1 Million Americans tuned in to the USA-England game and on average viewing figures are up 68% from the previous World Cup, It’d be nice for them to accept ‘football’ into their culture and also while they’re at it if they could stop trying to sell us their running advert disguised as a sport which they also call ‘football’
I’d like to end this post on a few things, one is that because I am not watching as much football as I thought I would I can say that the removal of such characters from TV Broadcasts would help me to watch more ‘non-english’ matches:
- Adrain Chiles (Please, Please, Please)
- Mick McCarthy (Although his commentary did make me switch to Chris Moyles’ alternative commentary which was entertaining)
- James Corden (Not watched his WC show, don’t want to, his adverts on ITV are bad enough)
- Emmanuel Adebayor
- Robbie Earle (Oh Wait…Link)
So this has been my not very well organized rant and thoughts on the World Cup So Far, I don’t believe that England have had the best of starts but A win against Germany will quickly solve any problems tomorrow in my opinion and thank god Wimbledon is a secondary story this year 🙂 despite some moans I hope you understand I love the World Cup and will miss it when it is finished but every good thing has it’s bad points and fortunately I am now going to devote my full attention to a very entertaining Football match between USA and Ghana.
This is a Romanian film that a friend shown me recently that I had never heard of before, I had no idea who any of the actors were in the film or indeed what the film would be about so I had no expectations when sitting down to watch this.
What I did get was a genuinely funny romantic comedy about one man’s desperation to get out of his current way of life, Ovidiu is a teacher in his mid 40’s that has just published a series of short stories that is not selling very well, one day he asks to speak to a disruptive students parents, but the boy instead sends in his highly attractive sister ‘Diana’ He convinces her to go out on a date with him but finds her tastes to be very expensive, he then takes on a second ‘job’ to gain money for his love life and this is where the film gets intresting.
Ovidiu joins the Filantropica foundation which expertises in organised begging, The beggars leader Paval works essentially as Ovidiu’s marketing agent giving him a story to sell…
Without going much further into detail and spoiling the story, I highly recommend this movie if you don’t mind reading subtitles (or can speak fluent Romanian) there are plenty of twists and turns, the only real negative I can give speaking as a foreign viewer is that some of the humour didn’t make sense to me but I suppose it wasn’t made for a 19 year old British student, but it certainly doesn’t spoil the rest of the film and this is speaking as somebody who highly dislikes 95% of romantic comedies
Love Exposure (2008)
Now this was a film I had high expectations for; I had heard from a number of people that this was the best film Japan had made in decades.
Now be fore-warned this is a film you need to set aside for a completely free evening because it’s running time stands at a long 237 minutes however the original version of the film was 6 hours long (which I now really want to see) but I’m going to set the scene for the rest of this review: The time flies by.
The story follows Yu, A young teenage catholic who is trying to live life in a decent manner, His father Tetsu has become a devoted catholic priest following the death of Yu’s mother. Tetsu sets up confessional with Yu very often and as time progresses Tetsu aims to find out every sin his son is commiting, Yu believing he is not doing much wrong begins to lie to his father about commiting sins, but he sees right through it, Yu feels his only alternative is to commit sins so he can have something to talk about in confessional.
the above is only setting the scene for the first half hour or so and for the first 2 hours it is a very funny film with a lot of wacky OTT moments (including: A karate film inspired montage of Yu learning how to take stealth photos of woman’s panties and a hilarious secret love story between Tetsu and a converted catholic woman among others) but once you get beyond that, I’m pleased to say that things get even wackier.
there is littererly something for everyone here, I haven’t even begun to talk about the main love interest Yoko yet or cult ‘church zero’ member Aya yet, who form a huge part of the rest of the story, the story becomes a love story between Yu and Yoko, Yu loves Yoko but Yoko hates every man on the planet apart from ‘Kurt Cobain’ Yoko develops a crush for ‘Sasori’ who is really…in fact, I’m giving away too much plot…just go see this film, the strength and depths of the characters is really quite something and while a lot of the time it seems not of this earth and some scenes look less like a film and more like a student piece, it has a certain charm that will just leave you wanting more at the end, even with the 4 hour running time.
I just made this post apocalyptic scene using one of my holiday pictures
The final show is availbe via this link
Whilst having out presentations today I thought about how we could distribute this. The best way I feel would be online like we have via Dailymotion, if possible I would like to put it on iTunes as a podcast, but how could this be marketed?
Well first, we’ve started off quite well with a website and a twitter page, this would help promote our show and let people know that it exists but we would also have to advertise it well in more traditional methods, perhaps an ad in a newspaper or a plug on a television show of some sort, as well as that we would have to work on our image, especially if we were to charge for downloads as people want to see that they are paying for quality and anything that looks cheap won’t be paid for, I noted that most covers for podcasts on iTunes are more like traditional CD covers rather than DVD’s (i.e square not rectangle) with this in mind I quickly created a podcast cover for our show, if it where available to download as part of podcast service.
I wanted to give the image a dark feel but at the same time make it quite bright and lively,without it looking cheap. Comments would be great as I am still trying out new ideas in photoshop, but I wanted to try and link the work in 113 MC to the photo editing skills I am developing outside the course,
So I had a go at a grunge inspired PS poster. I used this as an inspiration http://www.myinkblog.com/2008/08/14/big-typography-snowboarding-poster/ but hopefully you like my twist on it.
Comments are highly appreciated and expect some more PhotoShop designs in the coming weeks.
(Response to this post)
I’d first of all like to point out a mistake, that was me from Eight Months ago, but don’t worry it’s not like you could have expected that.
I believe you’ll be fairly impressed with what you have achieved in such a short space of time, not only in your course, but in your social life and future prospects but knowing you like I do, You will want more, You certainly need to be looking beyond this first year.
You will have coped with the pressures of university better than you would have initially thought, You have made some great mates, some of them I’m sure will be a huge part of your life for years to come. You will have problems with your course during this first year, but just get through it and don’t let things seem worse than they are. You don’t have a part-time job at the moment, but you are coping with money management pretty well (honest!) and when it comes to voicing your opinion, you’ve certainly become more confident with it (in fact friendly advice, maybe it’s better to keep it to yourself after a few drinks 😉 )
The people at uni are awesome, There’s many different types of people and you are conversing with people you probably wouldn’t have a year ago, but this is nothing but a good thing, Also you will start to regret not paying attention in GCSE French, just saying. You are certainly more independent, but you have not forgotten how you got there and who helped you get to where you are in 8 months, but word of advice, remember to call your family a little more often so they know that 🙂
Although you won’t know what you want to do at the end of the course, your eyes will certainly have been open to other areas,
Yeah, I’m pretty busy at the moment, I’m just finishing off my last piece for 101MC, amazingly this ties into it, but I don’t mind answering to the letter you spent so long writing.
See Ya Later.
Now i’m going to start this blog post with a very blunt statement: I have not made the most of my free time during my first year. Now don’t get me wrong it’s not like i’ve been sitting around doing nothing (really it’s not) but I feel in hindsight that I should have motivated myself to just try some kit for some more projects outside of what I was ‘told’ to do.
But I have been using my time to build upon my skills in other ways, a few months ago I acquired Photoshop CS4, that combined with my Add+Vantage moudle helped me to pick up some more advanced photo editing techniques and not a day goes past at the moment where I don’t have a go with different edits and photo repairs via this program, this will help me in any graphics I decide to create for any projects I do in the future (in fact I’ve made a few graphics for 113MC which may or may not be used)
I’ve also tried to use the knowledge I’ve already gained to help students in other subject areas, for example, just yesterday I helped out a friend in Graphic Design that wanted to know how to edit a video together, I felt the knowledge I had gained so far in this course helped to made this easy for me to teach at a basic level.
I’ve started looking around for any work experience and film shooting opportunities, I have applied for many screenings at BBC filmings to get a feel for how a show is brought onto the screen and I am keeping an eye in the local area for any film shootings that take place, during the summer I plan to look in my hometown for any work experience opportunities particularly hoping for the local radio station.
One thing I’ve noticed during this year is that I’ve been going to the cinema a lot more often and my DVD collection has grown a considerable amount, I’m at the cinema at least once a week at the moment and I am seeing quite diverse films and seeing some new intresting ideas from across the world which I am looking to incorporate into my work, I have also seen some stuff that just makes me think I could do better. As well as that I find myself openly praising/criticizing any visual or lighting elements I see whenever I go to see a band perform a gig.
I’ve been doing quite abit of photography during my free time, again I haven’t really shown it off, but I have countless images of events and activites I have been to over the year, I’m thinking of upgrading my camera in the near future and I shall aim to be a bit more open with my pictures.
While I’m aware i could be doing more, I feel that I am expanding my knowledge of media production outside of the course, however I know I need to get more experience to prove this.