Tropic Thunder

Posted by Chalky on Oct 26, 2008 in Film

A couple of weeks ago, I went to see Tropic Thunder. I was glad that I went to see it without first seeing any trailers. I think it’s nice to go the see something and not know what to expect beforehand!

The film starts with some amusing fake trailers starring the members of the cast for the actual film being filmed for the film…. if you get my drift. They really set the film up and it would have been good to see one or two of these being shown as part of the Trailers for the actual film.

The film was mostly well cast, with the interesting twist of Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.) having a “controversial skin procedure so that he can play an African American”. Kirk stays in character throughout the whole movie and even when the going gets tough, he reckons he still knows what on earth he’s doing:

I know what dude I am. I’m the dude playin’ the dude, disguised as another dude!

It was good to see Steve Coogan in the film even if it is short lived! Whilst watching the film, a friend pointed out that Tom Cruise was in the film. She was referring to the strange Film Producer Les Grossman, but when I looked, the scene had switched and I thought they meant the character played my Coogan (Damien Cockburn). It wasn’t until the end when the credits rolled that I recieved an “I told you so” whilst me, along with the rest of the audience remained extreamly puzzled!

There was only one real disappointment I noticed The role of Tugg Speedman’s (Ben Stiller) agent, had clearly been written for Owen Wilson who they obviously didn’t manage to get. Wilson was therefore replaced with a wannabe actor who tried too hard to be Owen Wilson instead of thereself.

Overall, a funny film. If it’s still around at the cinema, it’s definitely worth an Orange Wednesday!

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Clarence in Disgrace

Posted by Chalky on Oct 9, 2008 in Bad Luck, Driving, Scunthorpe, Work


Clarence, a literal shadow of his former self

Clarence, a literal shadow of his former self

On Monday, I took the extremely long way home, via Recovery Truck! I 

Whilst on the M180, I began to smell a funny smell. I’m almost certain it wasn’t actually my car that was causing the smell but by this time, I was so paranoid about the whole thing that I didn’t really want to carry on. I pulled onto the Hard Shoulder and called the AA. They said that I would be placed on the High Priority list seeing as I was stranded on the Motorway rather than being in a safer location. An hour later, a Recovery Truck pulled up behind me.

The Recovery Man was a very friendly man and had lots of interesting things to talk about. He had been a roofer for 22 years and then one day, a voice inside him said that he couldn’t do it anymore and explained that a few of his friends had had similar experiences, ignored them and then died a few weeks later from accidents at work. He decided to follow the voice in his head and gave up in favour of his current job.

We also talked about the current drinking culture in the UK and about Christmas and the New Year. It certainly made the journey a lot easier as I had visions of sitting in silence for the whole one and a half hour journey. 

After arriving just across the road from my house, we un-loaded the stricken Clarence and, after directing him to the local KFC, limped the C3 the rest of the way home. 

I’m currently using Percy, my Mk. 1 FIAT Punto to get me to and from work. Thank heavens I hadn’t got round to selling it yet! Looks like I’ll need to call in a few favours with my Uncle when he gets back of holiday! 

Thanks to Nitesh for suggesting my car should by called The Giddy-me-up to KFC Chariot instead of Clarence… He knows me so well!



“Have you got your ears in?”

Posted by Chalky on Oct 8, 2008 in Life Stuff, Random

For a long time now, I’ve considered myself to be a good listener and I feel honoured that people feel they can come to me if they need to talk to someone.

But who does the listener turn to when they want someone to hear them out; Who listens to the listener?