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Posted by Michael on March 23rd, 2013 — 11:15pm

Strangely Lunarcy! provided the most polarising of all the movies the Mango crew watched at SXSW this year. Ostensibly a fairly fun and innocent documentary about socially awkward guys wanting to go to the moon our creative director picked out a hidden subversive undertone running through the whole feature, not to mention a flippantly mentioned and wholly inaccurate medical diagnosis of autism as per the DSM-IV… I mean, come on!

I am not really sure why Sree objected to this documentary. I think it is mostly because he is a bit a berk and felt he had to have an opinion on it. If anything I think it is hard to have much of an opinion on Lunarcy! It is really a pretty innocent and fun story. Chris (pictured above) really steals the show and as somebody pointed out afterwards in the Q&A to director Simon Ennis and Chris himself, he has a phenomenal amount natural charisma, both on screen and in person. I do wonder though what the director of Lunarcy! thought the inevitable reaction would be to Chris and his cause. I want to think that people are not laughing at him. But then again, so what if some are? Chris certainly didn’t seem to care when he was signing the free posters he gave us. Besides, who needs to worry about that when stars are within our grasp!

MJ out.


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King’s Landing

Posted by Michael on April 11th, 2012 — 9:40am

Warning: no real spoiler alert for Season 2 of Game of Thrones. All I really want to say at this point is that the action has moved further south in Season 2. Lannister, Baratheon, Stark, Greyjoy… They have all tired of cans! I mean, there is still a lot of cans, but there is way more of this:


Brother on sister… (!)


Not how I remember playing Warhammer but whatever.

Oh well, as Chan says, ‘Winter is coming.’ Season 2 Episode 3 this Sunday. More cans and sex scenes expected.

MJ out.

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That sex was so skill

Posted by Michael on November 11th, 2011 — 12:33am

Bear in mind two things about the following:

  1. It is a very incoherent, half-finished commentary on a half-obscure, ultra-specific piece of pop culture, so much so it errs towards being the worst blog ever on the Mango.
  2. Spoiler alert.

I will now paraphrase the first six episode of HBO’s Game Of Thrones. According to Wikipedia it was shot in Northern Ireland, Iceland, Malta and somewhere else. According to someone I met recently his brother was an extra in one scene. Other than that my only preconceptions were based on conversations with P! These preconceptions were mainly threefold:

  1. Game Of Thrones is really great and I should watch it; it’s the kind of thing I would enjoy.
  2. There are a lot of unnecessary sex scenes in Game of Thrones, which is a shame, because it’s actually a really great show.
  3. The fact that P! likes it implies it is probably slightly out there on the geek scale.

Episode 1 is a fantastic start. I am hooked immediately. Guys getting chased in a cold, stormy wood with these legitimately scary dudes beheading them. Taking them out. These are whitewalkers. Monsters of some sort. People don’t think they exist anymore. But they’re back. The men in the north, ‘northerners’ have traditionally defended the kingdoms against shit like this. They even have a big wall to keep the scum out. So immediately Game Of Thrones is playing on a familiarity theme. We have a mystical baddie (like the Cylons), with kingdoms of men (like Rohan and Gondor), the north (like Bolton and Preston), a wall (Hadrian say what?), the scum (Scotland)… So, it’s a fast start. Do you know what else is a fast start? The tits.

The rest of episode 1. It’s all a blur really. There’s the Stark family. We like them. They have honour and grit and guard the north (and Boromir is the dad, like Tim Taylor/Bill Adama). There’s also a new king who’s visiting to ask Boromir to be his new ‘hand’ (he’s buddies with Boromir but is a bit of a douche and is fat, just like Al Borland). He is visiting with the queen who happens to be pretty hot. It seems pretty common knowledge that she/her brother killed the king’s ‘hand’. The motive for this is almost certainly because the queen and her brother are secretly banging.

Anyway, Boromir’s kid son peeps this sordid scene (above) when he’s clambering the city walls only to ‘fall’ ( was pushed) to his death… (Or so we think).

Anyway, the next few episodes go quickly (60 minute thrillers each of them) but basically the new king needs Boromir to join him down south at the capital (‘London’?). A shitstorm is brewing and he needs a man he can trust – i.e. Boromir. He was the trustworthy one of the fellowship, right? Or was that Merry? I forget… Oh shit, another thing I forgot: there’s a dwarf involved. He’s pretty great actually. What else is great in these next episodes? That’s right. The chebs.

Who’s she? Well… She and her brother are basically seeking asylum in Malta, even though the brother (aka total headmelter) is an heir to a throne, ‘the’ throne? I’m not sure. But he wants to be a king I know that. Anyway, he’s going to sell his sister (tits McGee in the picture above) to a savage king so he can get an army of savages in return and take back his throne. One of the most moving character arcs is where tits McGee wins the tender affection of her new savage husband. In a stellar scene one of her servants tells her how to have sex with her new husband really skilfully.

Which turns their relationship from…


What else. Well, to be honest loads of stuff happens really. There’s a dwarf abducted, and Boromir’s son survives but is paralysed, stuff goes down at Hadrian’s wall, loads of backstabbing happens in London naturally, because London’s shit innit? Can’t get good groutin’ or a barmcake anywhere in London. Oh, and the douche who sold his sister? Turns out the savage king finds him a headmelter too and… melts his head! Boom!

Granted, each episode continues to provide can shots…


And more.

So yeah, I’m looking forward to the next episode.

MJ out.

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Lisbon Wars

Posted by Philip on July 7th, 2011 — 12:53am

We bumped into an entire orchestra after dinner.

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Say it / Act 4

Posted by Philip on June 30th, 2011 — 12:05am

“Say it” was inspired by one line in the season 2 finale of Breaking Bad.

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