Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Rock Album Covers And Warrior Women (Chapter 2)

 Having explored the ugly side of album art last time, I feel it's only right and proper to post something easier on the eye. Here's another selection of broadsword-swinging ladies  from the covers of  Rock/ Metal albums. Enjoy. (And try and guess which ones I actually quite like)

Mass - War Law (Germany 1984)

metal album cover warrior woman red sonja
Fairly obviously based on Red Sonja  - The comic not the godawful film. 
 In a minute he's going to tell her to be careful with that sword 
before she has somebody's eye out. 

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Terrible Metal Album Covers - Chapter 8

Time for another sampling of album covers that attract attention for all the wrong reasons. As always,
crappy cover does not equal crappy band.  Warning: Contains big-ass spiders.

Morrigan - Forgodden Art (Germany 1999)

Badly drawn and the lettering artist can't spell either. Marvellous.
The obvious question is: what's the horse looking at that's got him so nervous?

Monday, 26 November 2012

The Metal Project: 2004

  Hello again. Moving on through the first decade of the 21st century we arrive at a year people remember for all the wrong reasons. Because on December 8 2004 ex-Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbot, playing a show with his new band Damageplan, was murdered onstage.
   In other news, Metallica were the subject of the documentary "Some Kind Of Monster" - depicting the fallout from Jason Newsted's departure, James Hetfield's stint in rehab and the making of critically-hammered album "St.Anger."
 Anyway, on with the music. And thanks to one of those flukes, it mostly leans towards the nastier end of the envelope.
This first track is somewhat harsh. You may like that sort of thing. 
Note that the drummer really gets into it. 

Goatmoon - Blackmetal Winter (Finland)

Honour to: MassHumanicide

Moving on, here's some proper fist-in-the air stuff. 

Messiah's Kiss - Metal Til We Die (Germany)

Honour to: AlisterTheCurse

Time to Thrash, kiddies!

Patriarca - Metal Hasta El Eternidad (Paraguay)

Honour to:DalviTrucK

This next track isn't quite so heads-down but I quite like the solo.

Reapers - Metalness (Italy)

Honour to: m3talgiant

I don't think we've had much Death Metal lately. So...

Supreme Lord - Death Metal Beast (Poland)

Honour to: DarkBlackPoizon

You wait for ages then two come along at once...

Masacre - Death Metal Forever (Colombia)

Honour to: IMMORTEMDARK

A slightly more polished take on BM now. 

Antiphrasis - Black Metal (Germany)

Honour to: 666Balanitis

And to finish, a short, punky burst of Japanese Black Thrash

Abigail  -Satanic Metal F****ing Hell

Honour to: NeKrofAnG

That's it for now folks.
If you liked any of the above then please go check out the Youtube channels below the songs.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

My favourite cartoon ladies

 Today I shall be taking a quick moment to pay tribute to three of my favourite female characters from TV cartoons. If you want to think of it as blatant fanboying, feel free.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

The Metal project: 2003 (Part 2)

 The Metal Project: Has anybody ever tried to list how many Metal songs actually have "Metal" in the title? Probably. Has anybody managed to find so many on Youtube? Bet the answer is "No." 

 After finishing my post on Metal from 2003 (Here ) I realised I had a few songs left over. Here they are. Enjoy.
 Let's start with some machine-gun Thrash 

 Morbius - Twisted Metal (Portugal)


Next a crunchy mid paced singalong. Don't let the intro fool you.

Steel Attack - Heavy Metal God (Sweden)

Honour to: xisco95

Another one of those bands that seem to have fallen through a  wormhole from the Mid-80s.
 I have no problem with this.  

The Scream Clan - Heavy Metal (USA)

Honour to: JoeEduard

This next lot play the sort of  full-on Power Metal you get from Primal Fear/Iron Saviour

Rawhead Rexx - Metal War (Germany)

Honour to: pakorrocs

More Teutonic Terror.

Stormwarrior - Heavy Metal Fire (Germany)


Well that was short and sweet.
See you next time for more of the same.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

I do these things so you don't have to.

I like to think that I have an enquiring mind. I also have a slightly left-of-normal way of looking at the world. This means that over the years I’ve conducted numerous experiments that, on reflection, were not a good idea.
 Or if you put it another way, every now and again I feel this weird compulsion to do dumb shit.
Let’s have a look at a few shall we?

 (Aged 5, standing beside a river somewhere.)
Question: I wonder if I can catch that fish using my foot as bait?
Result:  I’m a bit vague on events but next thing I knew, I was underwater and desperately trying to develop the ability to swim.
Conclusion: Any idea a 5 year old comes up with while in the presence of large bodies of water is going to be a dumb one.  Also, fish definitely have a sense of humour because while almost-drowning I distinctly remember looking down and seeing the scaly little git laughing his gills off.

(Aged 7)
Question:  Can I make a double-decker sandwich?
Result: Since my chosen ingredients were fried bacon and Golden syrup  the end  product was a sticky, greasy mess.
Conclusion: Dumb idea. But apparently Elvis loved bacon & strawberry jam butties. I have bacon. I have strawberry jam. I may revisit this one.

(Age: Old enough to know better.)
Question:  Can you tenderize a steak by putting it in a carrier bag and banging it against the wall? 
Result: The bag split on the backswing and my tea sailed off into the overgrown mess that was our back garden.
Conclusion:  Poor choice of tools. Also, a steak is surprisingly hard to find in long grass.

(Age: As above)
Question: What happens if you add leftover baked beans to scrambled eggs?
Result: A plate of pink shit on toast and I spent the next day farting like a bison,
Conclusion; Some things should never be  combined. I can also offer definitive proof that you cannot actually fart your own arse off. But dear gods, there were moments when I was worried. 

(Age: 19ish.)
Question: What happens if I have a pint of cider, drink half of it, add a half of Bitter to the glass then drink half of that  then add a half-pint of Guinness… and  repeat for every tap on the bar.
Result: I got so drunk I tried to pick a fight with God Himself, redecorated my bedroom in vomit and woke up the next day praying for the mercy of death.
Conclusion; Clearly I’m allergic to Guinness and I haven’t touched the bloody stuff since.    

(Age: early 30s and just got my own Internets)
Question: What is this goatse thing I keep hearing about?
Result: I googled it. Then I googled it again with the safety filters off. What I saw that day haunts me still.
Conclusion: When the entire internet is telling you to stay clear maybe you should take the hint. 

(Age: Last winter)
Question: There’s about three inches of snow on the ground. Wonder what it feels like to walk through it barefoot?
Result: For the first minute or so it was rather exhilarating and  I was standing there thinklng “Rargh. I am all that is Man!”. After that - not a fun  experience. I particularly loved the part where I started to lose the feeling in my toes
Conclusion: The brief moment where you feel like Conan Of Cimmeria is really not worth the severe discomfort or the ten minutes you will spend  trying to rub the life back into your feet.

That's it for now. See you next time.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Blatant plug; Heavy Metal Television

I hope the owners don't mind if I reuse their promo blurb;

"From Lamb of God to Motley Crue and from Behemoth to Shinedown, Heavy Metal Television will bring both current and classic hard rock and heavy metal videos to your desktop, laptop or net ready flatscreen TV. Presented by young, talented V.J's across the planet, no matter what your taste in hard music might lean toward, give the station a span of five videos and you'll find a band that you love.

The site is 100% free, with no login necessary, no passwords to remember, no registration, subscription. None of that - you just point your browser to
http://www.heavymetaltelevision.com/ and start watching. It's really as simple as that. Why complicate matters, right? And this metal show runs 24/7/365 with International Heavy Metal Week celebrated 52 weeks out of the year.

The music runs virtually nonstop with V.J. interludes and limited minute long commercial breaks consisting of four or five 20 second music related ad clips. Saturday nights (PST) will feature a live concert and specialty programming is also being developed.


Heavy Metal Television has eclipsed Google, Apple and Microsoft in terms of getting a live television station running on the web. And they're pissed. Why? Because Pantera and Iron Maiden fans are beating them at their own game, ruling the World Wide Web with the first 24 hour streaming television network, station or channel on Earth forever free."


Pop on over and check it out.  

The Metal Project: 2003 (pt 1)

The Metal Project: My ongoing quest to track down every song on Youtube with Metal in the title and gather them in one place.  It seemed like a good idea at the time.

2003 seems to have been one of those years where a lot happened.  Iron Maiden and Limp Bizkit headlined the first ever Download Festival.  An unknown Gothic Metal band from Arkansas called Evanesence  had a monster worldwide hit with "Bring Me To Life" while over the Atlantic a tongue-in-cheek hard rock outfit called The Darkness somehow found themselves the darlings of the NME/Glastonbury crowd.
  Also in 2003: Yours truly trekked up to Derby to witness the first ever UK show from Nightwish, who were headlining the Bloodstock Festival. And a bloody good time I had too.
 Among the other bands I saw that weekend were a young, multinational  Power Metal outfit called Dragonforce...
 Anyway, time for us to worship once more at the altar of Metal. Enjoy.

 This first track is Power Metal. Hands up anybody who's surprised? 

Cryonic Temple - Mercenaries Of Metal (Sweden)

Honour to: eosyt1000

Next, a band that cheerfully pay tribute to the 80s.

Facon - Alma De Metal (Argentina)

Honour to: zetdainus

This next lot have that relentless 80s Priest/Accept sorta sound.

Godiva -Heavy Metal Thunder (Switzerland)

 Honour to: RenJivv

And now a short, sharp burst of Thrashcore  but with a few well chosen samples

Holier than Thou? - Metal Wounds (USA)

Honour to: AssChickenMetal

And now for something completely different - Industrial Death Metal

The Sixth Incubator - We're Death Metal Power (Germany)

Honour to: Skelletona

The intro for this next song leads you to expect a gentle ballad
but then it launches into uptempo singalong Power Metal.
Sneaky.

Red Wine - Rosa De Metal (Spain)

Honour to: 0zero

Still more rapid-fire Power Metal - from Kazakhstan this time.

Holy Dragons - Heavy Metal Maniac (Kazakhstan)

Honour to; xxmetallwolfxx

Something a wee bit more NWOBHM now.

Krusher - Heavy Metal Krusher (Poland)

Honour to: verkaim23
Band homepage: http://www.myspace.com/krusherpl

And finally : A band who were doing Power Metal before anybody called it Power Metal
(I rather like this one. Mid-paced with a definite groove and a chorus that's catchy as all hell)

 Rage - Human Metal (Germany) 

Honour to: VikdeRock


You know, I think I have enough songs from this year to sneak in a second post.

Watch this space.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Been Watching: Summer Wars (2009)

Anime Madhouse
  When pretty Natsuki Shinohara asks fellow pupil Kenji Koiso if he wants a job he is more than happy to take her up on the offer, especially since it involves a few days out at her family's countryside home.
 What she didn't tell him was that the job involved being introduced to her large, boisterous family as Natsuki's fiance.
 Things then get even more complicated when somebody uses Kenji's account to hack into the worldwide OZ network - backbone of world commerce, entertainment and government - and cause all kinds of havoc.
  But as the perpetrator is about to find out, pissing off Natsuki''s family was a bad idea.
 Because this clan has never yet backed down from a fight and aren't about to start now.

  I'm going to come right out and say that I absolutely loved this one.
  Studio Madhouse manage to create an anime that covers family drama and cyberspace antics and does both wonderfully.  Almost every single one of the extended Jinnouchi clan is established as a vibrant character and their interaction with each other is as good as anything Hayao Miyazaki has ever done.
 Then there's the action in Cyberspace which is equal parts charming and jawdropping, building up to a spectacular climax.
 Naturally the animation is up to the usual Madhouse quality. The character designs are kept simple but the faces especially are beautifully expressive, while the Oz network itself is astonishing, colourful and bristling with detail.

  If you want some sort of underlying theme, I'd interpret "Summer Wars" as highlighting the need for humanity and social bonds, even in the 21st Century. 
  Personally I'd recommend you just watch, and enjoy, one of the best anime movies I've seen in the last few years.
 Here's the trailer if you fancy a sneak peak.


Saturday, 10 November 2012

The Metal Project: 2002

  I don't really remember much about 2002. There was rather a lot of Nu-Metal about, to the point where it was getting boring.  By contrast,  Finnish Symphonic Metal band Nightwish started getting a lot more attention in the UK,  as were an increasing number of European Power Metal outfits. 
 I also picked up an EP by a slightly quirky British band called The Darkness who seemed to have promise...
 Anyway, on with the music. Quite a short post this time around but I hope you find something you like. 

  Starting with an outfit who just love a good singalong anthem.

Dream Evil - Heavy Metal in The Night (Sweden)

Honour to: musiclord197

I couldn't do this project without all those fans hunting down
obscure stuff and putting it on Youtube.
 Like this slice of US old-school, for instance.

Jack The Ripper - Metal Man (USA)

Honour to: crgreyf

Sticking with the Trad Metal style albeit with a Spanish flavour.

Wurdalak - La Senda Del Metal (Spain)

(Not to be confused with the Norwegian Black Metal outfit Wurdulak. 
And contrary to what you'd expect from the thumbnail, it's a bloke singing.)

Honour to: Caoz Anatema

  I suspect this post is going to be mostly Trad/Power stuff.

Cryonic Temple - Metal Brothers (Sweden)

Honour to: xXZoNaMeTaLXx
Listen to the lyrics on this one. 
A song that includes the words "Vengeance" and  "Agony"  really shouldn't sound this happy.
Screw it, it's so damn catchy I don't care.

Freedom call - Metal Invasion (Germany)

Honour to: dorgobar

And finally  , a band that really like Manowar.
Really, really like Manowar.

Majesty - Metal To The Metalheads (Germany)

 Honour to: LadyGalneryus

That's it for now. ee you next time for more of the same.
 

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Album Covers And Warrior Women

 I thought it was about time I pulled out another selection of album covers featuring tooled-up young ladies.  I'll start with a band that don't really fit under the label "Heavy Metal"
album cover women with swords  amazons
Ten -Stormwarning (UK 2011)
Is she a warrior-princess contemplating the city she just put to the sword and the flame?
Or is our heroine gazing upon her destroyed home for the last time and planning vengeance?
Personally I think she's wondering who nicked her trousers.

Ten album cover women with swords women swordfighting
Ten - Heresy and Creed (UK 2012)
I suspect this is not a historically accurate depiction of the Crusades.

Metalium - As One (Chapter Four) (Germany 2004)

Frankly she doesn't need a sword. With all those blades and spikes sticking out of her, 
she'd kill you just by brushing past in a corridor.  

Metalium - Demons Of Insanity (Chapter Five) (Germany  2005)

See? What did I tell you? She wasn't watching where she was going and her 
shoulder-spikes burst that...giant-ass egg-thing. 
 Now the place is a right mess and her Evil Overlord parents are going to be home any minute. 

metal album cover women with swords

 Bloodthorn - Onwards Into Battle (Norway 1999) 

She could never understand why guys didn't want to talk to her.

metal album cover amazon chariot

 Dragonforce-Valley Of the Damned (UK 2003)

Note that the horses are behind the chariot. 
This was a major design flaw and led to some embarrassing accidents

And finally

martine beswick metal album cover

Thor - El Pacto (Argentina 1985)

Look at the picture above.
Now look at this still of Martine Beswick from the 1966 Hammer flick "Prehistoric Women". 

prehistoric women
Cunningly giving her a spear and a scale mail loincloth seems to
 have been enough to stave off the lawyers.

 That's all for now folks.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

The Metal Project: 2001 - A Metal Odyssey.

The Metal Project is my attempt to track down every song on Youtube with "Metal" in the title. 

Keeps me out of mischief.     

The year 2001 saw more of the same. Linkin Park and Slipknot were the rising stars of Nu-Metal, Judas Priest followed up the tuneless "Jugulator" with the much better "Demolition" and the inaugral Bloodstock festival was created as a vehicle for all those European Metal bands most UK promoters refused to touch. 
 On a personal note, I finally got to see Savatage live!

I think we've got a fairly varied selection this time around. Enjoy.

Let's start with these Canadian survivors nailing their colours to the mast.  

Anvil - Real Metal (Canada)

Honour to: Bassett1995

Wizard - Black Heavy Metal (Finland)

Honour to: Christcrusher1

This next one is...odd.

Naglfar -Fat, Old Heavy Metal Mama (Norway)

Honour to:labruja666

See what I mean? 
Time for some Spanish Power Metal

Muro- Corazon De Metal (Spain)

Honour to: EVLfuentero

And from that to some unhinged Japanese Black/Thrash mayhem.
These guys also wrote a song called "Dick is F***ing Big"
Does that tell you all you need to know?
Honour to:metalniece

I love the floaty synths on this next one. 
If Vangelis or Jean-Michel Jarre had a go at Prog-Metal it might sound a bit like this. 

Ambeon - Cold Metal (Netherlands)

Honour to: AstridVanDerVeen

And now something a bit more Trad - but with a few flourishes.

Khafra- Caja De Metal (Mexico)

Honour to: Alan Saguero

This next one sounds like something one of the thrashier NWOBHM bands might have come up with.
It's two tracks for the price of one, incidentally.

Demonax - Play That Metal Mean/Authority (USA)

Honour to; speedriider

If you like The Poodles you might like this next track

Midnight Sun - Metal Gods (Sweden)

Honour to: bambosz

For those of you who thought that last one was too poppy...
Have some of this

Nargaroth - Posessed By Black F****ing MEtal (Germany)

Honour to: JosefFritzlRecords

And that's it for now.
See you next time.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Film Review: 6 Angels (2006)

Starring: Nobody you've ever heard of  and being in this piece of dreck will enhance nobody's CV.

The Plot: A young woman awakes from a 12 year coma to find her family are dead. Then a mysterious woman explains that she's now an Angel, one of three heavenly soldiers tasked with maintaining the balance between Good and Evil.
 Naturally there's also three Fallen angels on a mission to do...evil stuff. What exactly is never really explained.
 When the bad guys launch a sneak attack, our reluctant heroine finds herself fighting alone with the fate of the world at stake. 
So is it any good?   

NO!

  The DVD blurb describes this as An action-packed adventure in the style of  "Highlander" and "The Prophecy"  By "In the style of.." they actually mean "Steals ideas from.." and as for action - packed... I have to ask, what movie were you watching?
  The bulk of the movie is heroine Taileen looking puzzled while the good angels explain stuff to her. Meanwhile the bad angels act like utter dicks for the hell of it. 
  Once Taileen's teammates get themselves killed by forgetting that the opposition are liable to be cheating bastards, things do pick up a bit. And at this point wouldn't have been nice if the action sequences had been put together by somebody who knew what they were doing?  There's a protracted fight-scene that's so hamfisted it's actually painful to watch and the final showdown is a lethal game of hide and seek in a warehouse because there's not enough of those in low budget movies.
  Nobody involved in this film can act, write or direct and about the only positive things I can say are: 
Star Alison Fabre is redhaired and kinda cute.
Taileen's psychokinesis is put to novel use when she realises the things she can move include the bones in somebody's neck. 
There's not many films where you get to hear Lucifer call God a Mother******.
 Normally I'd post screenshots but that would involve having to sit through this shite again and life's too short.
I spent  £1 buying this. I want my money back.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Been Watching: Redline and Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack

 Today's post is devoted to a couple of anime DVDs I watched the other day  and I suspect I could not find a more startling contrast if I tried.
 Let's start with:

 Redline (2009)

  "Redline" is the biggest and baddest motor-race in the entire Galaxy, where a select few test themselves and their machines to the limit. There's no restrictions on engine-size, very few safety measures and firing missiles at the competition is actively encouraged. 
  To add an extra element of fun, this year the contest is being held on the fiercely xenophobic Roboworld and the locals have promised that any "Redline" racer even arriving in their atmosphere is going to get turned into a cloud of singed atoms.
  Bequiffed Human racer "Sweet JP" made it through to Redline on a fluke. His car is in bits, his support team detest each other and The Mob are looking over his shoulder but what the hell, he's pretty sure he can win anyway.   And he's just met a girl he rather likes.
 Pity she's one of the other racers.

  There is no other way of describing this anime but "OTT".  I mean there are lot's of other words I could use: "Colouful", "Bold" and "Brash" all come to mind. "Restrained", however, doesn't.
  The colour palette is all bright colours, the character designs are gloriously unhinged and if you asked a ten year old boy to design a racing car for the year 3000, he'd come up with something like these, only the Redline cars have more engine, more firepower, more everything.
Think "Wacky Races" updated for the 21st century and created by petrolheads fuelled on Red Bull and bad amphetamines.
  But is the animation any good?
It's by Studio Madhouse, so what do you think?
 Everything is so bright and- one the race gets started - so intense  that visually, this is the most jawdropping thing I've seen in quite a while.
 Provided you don''t want your anime tainted by anything resembling reality, this one is enormous fun. Here's the trailer. Play loud after eating lots of sugar


Compare and contrast with :

Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack (2012)

  Newly engaged Kaori and her friends Erika and Aki arrive in Okinawa for a holiday. With the three being quite different personalities there's a certain amount of tension bubbling under the surface but frankly this is a minor concern compared to the large, angry shark on mechanical legs that just smashed it's way in through the window and tried to eat them. 
 Understandably shaken by the experience Kaori tries to contact Tadashi, her fiance, but is horrified to discover that Tokyo has been overrun by scuttling fish-cyborgs and Tadashi isn't answering his phone... 

  I picked up this film expecting it to be goofy monster-fun and I really should have looked at the credits list more closely because "Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack" is based on a manga by Junji Ito. 
 Over the years I have read  precisely two manga that have seriously disturbed me and Junji Ito wrote both of them. (Uzumaki and  The Enigma Of Amigara Fault )
 So less "Goofy monster fun" and more "Weapons-Grade Nightmare Fuel". 
 The premise may sound silly - and it is - but as Kaori struggles to get back to Tokyo the film gradually descends into something darker and weirder.  Without wanting to give too much away, the invasion of fish is only the curtain raiser and by the end we're looking at something between "Zombie Apocalypse" and "Return of The Old Gods."
 The animation is functional rather than pretty, the characters especially having that "flat" look you see in  some tv anime. The animation crew do make up for it with their work on the fish-beasties and the scene where a Jumbo jet tries to land on an infested airfield is quite impressive, as is the initial shark-attack.
 Apparently there's a lot of changes from the original manga -  the story is condensed quite a bit, characters are mucked about with and the ending is quite different - so  if you're a fan of the manga you may not like this.  I, on the other hand, couldn't really say I enjoyed it but it was an interesting viewing experience.
Problem is, I'm confidently expecting my upcoming nightmares to feature lots of scuttling mechanical legs. 
Trailer here if you're interested:

 
 

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Dear Rest Of The World...

 I haven't had a proper rant in a while so let's get a few things off my chest.
Ahem.
Dear rest of the world,
 Please find below a short list of things that annoy me ever so slightly. Please knock it off.
1. "You know wrestling is fake don't you?"
  Leaving aside the fact that scripted action has never stopped anybody enjoying movies and tv, this one winds me up something fierce. If you tell me this then one of two things is happening.
 Either you think I'm too dense to have worked it out for myself or you are trying to score points.
 Now I've been watching wrestling for almost 30 years and that's not likely to change just because of your opinion. The one thing that has changed is that I now think you are a bellend.
2. Talking at the cinema.
 And no, I don't mean whispering to the person next to you if they were having trouble with the plot, I mean chatting merrily away like you were sat in a beer garden. The film starts, you shut the hell up. How difficult is it to grasp?
 I should have the legal right to beat these people to death. 
3. "Ladies, buy this product. Aren't men stupid. Hurr hurr."
  This has been pissing me off for at least a decade and if anything, it's getting worse. I turn on the tv and one ad after another has the smart mother/daughter/girlfriend showing up some hapless male for the semi-literate shaved ape he is.
 That's supposed to be me up there is it? Thanks ever so frigging much.
Hang on, apparently I'm supposed to prove I can take a joke and laugh it off. However,  I have a better idea.
 How about, I stop buying your product you patronising sack of monkey turds, and how about you stick a broken bottle up your arse and give it a quarter turn to the right. 
4. "But it's the Olympics..."
  The Olympics was a big deal, clearly made a lot of people happy and no doubt the next World Cup is going to get a lot of people bouncing around happily.
But not me.
 I'm not interested in sport, never have been interested in sport and Elvis will make a comeback paying dubstep before my feelings towards athletics ever get beyond "Meh!" So why do people get astonished because I'm not cheering for Team GB?
  So if you enjoy watching people running around a track, I wish you joy but just because a sporting event is bigger profile does not give me any more incentive towards giving a shit.  I'll listen politely but that's all you're going to get. Accept this and we can move on with our lives.
5. "We paid good money for this footage. We're going to get our money's worth."
 Coming up, I will explain exactly how annoying it is to see documentaries reusing the same short snippet of film time and time again.

  Ever noticed how certain documentaries will keep showing the same snippet of recreation throughout the programme?  Any programme about the end of the dinosaurs is  guaranteed to use the compulsory  shot of an asteroid tumbling towards earth every ten minutes or so. This starts to grate after a while, especially when you realise the narrator has to give a recap after every ad-break, complete with that damn shot of the asteroid again.
 The trashier "World's Dumbest Rednecks" type of programme takes this to extreme levels by running the same clip 3-4 times right after each other.     

  We've been discussing documentaries using footage over and over again and how much it gets on my tits.
 Pack it in. 

 That's it for now folks. I'll maybe do some more when my blood-pressure gets back to normal.
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