Counting with Simon Le Bon

Revisiting the eighties has become a veritable right of passage for the retromaniacal. And that’s a good thing too, because as Simon Le Bon can attest, those who were there can’t remember very much at all. Here, the Duran Duran frontman and lyricist shows how to best deal with amnesia: wittily.

1 memorable line in a film or song:
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain . . . Time to die.” Or something like that.

2 people that should collaborate:
Grayson Perry and George Osborne.

3 things I haven’t done yet:
Crashed a helicopter; walked out when someone wanted to present me with an award; sex for money.

4 decisions I regret:
No regrets.

5 things I used to believe:
Politicians; fortune cookies; activists; angry young men; anybody with an ax to grind who, by the way, will inevitably turn out just to be somebody with a chip on their shoulder. Nice guys can finish first!

6 hours ago…
I seem to have a gap in my memory.

7 days I barely remember:
. . . was that in the ’80s?

After 8 PM:
Giving it LARGE until the wee, small hours.

My 9? lives:
All long gone.

I wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole:
The poisoned chalice that is reality TV, celebrity press and general self aggrandizement in the name of personal vanity. You can all kiss my . . . ~

Photo: Andrea Stappert

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Bogner’s TV Guide No. 1

Bogner's TV Guide No. 1 Game of Thrones is the newest HBO epic, based on the fantasy saga by George R.R. Martin. After a very successful (and enormously expensive) first season in 2011, the second season started airing on April 1st in the United States.

Like most successful books with a big fanbase that gets turned into a television show, this one has gained a lot of interest too, especially on the Internet. Basically there are two reasons for this:

1: Like every major production nowadays, Game of Thrones has a PR budget that equals the Gross National Product of a small country. And since we live in a digital world, most of the money is spent online with the result of creating an even bigger hype than there already is.

2: It’s common knowledge that the fantasy genre is basically crack for nerds; with the World Wide Web being first and foremost a gigantic nerd-playground, lots of websites hope to get shitloads of clicks just by having anything Game of Thrones-related in the headline.
And this is what sucks: Every media outlet blogs or writes about the TV show in order to get a piece of the cake or in fear of missing out on the next big thing.

But the problem is, aside from the extraordinarily compelling story and some facts regarding the production (an estimated fifty-million dollars just for the first episode, a great cast of well-known actors, an extravagant setting – all that has already been covered during the first season) there isn’t much to talk about when it comes to Game of Thrones. Unlike most other HBO shows, there is no meta-level to the story, which is set in a medieval universe with castles, swordsmen, big battles, and yeah, dragons. This may come as a surprise to all the critics who enjoyed other epic TV shows like The Wire (highly acclaimed for it’s realism and critical social commentary), Six Feet Under (highly acclaimed for it’s seemingly real life focus and it’s circling around the question “What is the meaning of life?”), Battlestar Galactica and many others. Game of Thrones is nothing like that.

The only connection to other modern series is the TV show’s explicitness, and the way it gets rid of a romanticized image of a certain fantasy age. What Deadwood did to our idea of the Wild West, what Rome meant for the ancient world and Blade Runner for science fiction, Game of Thrones has done for the medieval fantasy world. There are no hobbits, no benevolent sorcerer, and certainly no elves in Westeros, but lots of elaborate characters with personalities and allegiances beyond the black-and-white, good-and-evil molds that characterize so much of the genre.

So please, media outlets: stop covering Game of Thrones by just rehashing the episodes. The show itself is always much better than your boring recap.

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Ridley Scott to direct Blade Runner sequel

Ridley Scott to direct Blade Runner sequel Ridely Scott is to direct a sequel (or prequel) to his 1982 classic Blade Runner, which starred Rutger Hauer and Harrison Ford. Filming is due to begin next year and the film looks to be in cinemas in 2014. Speaking to the LA times the film’s producer Andrew Kosove said that “everything Ridley does as a filmmaker is fresh. I believe he sees an opportunity to create something that’s wholly original from the first Blade Runner.” Which basically means no Harrison Ford. Which is OK, as we reckon he will be well into his seventies by then – too old for scenes like this;

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