Sunday, 31 October 2010

The One Where I Face My Demons

This face has haunted me.

I went to see Exorcist when it was re-released at the cinemas. I went with a group of mates, and we were laughing, and giggling. Everything was really, really funny.

Then, when they dropped me off, it dawned on me.

I had to walk up a long garden path. Then into a house, where I would need to sort turning the lights off.

On my own.

The One Where We Vote On Alien(s)(3)(R)

Look, no one will be more hurt than JMcG.

I just think if this weeks vote was "Which Back To The Future Is Your Fave", it would be a landslide.

Plus I ran out time to watch the Blueys this weeks, so... This may make it a bit more interesting.

So... What is your favourite Alien film?

Anyone wanting to know where AvP, and AvPR are, need never return again. EVER.

Please RT and get others involved.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

The One Where It's All In A Number

Does every club have a number?

Jot below who you support, and what that number is.

For United, it's number 7.

And I have a lil theory about what to do with ours...

The One With Paranormal Activity 2

Halloween tomorrow.

What better way to spend it than seeing Paranormal Activity 2?

I know, I know. I never thought I would say that either.

My review just went up on Live_For_Film, HERE.

Go read!

Friday, 29 October 2010

The One Where I Write To Dexter!

"It's Not About Vengeance... It's About Retaliation"

Dear Dexter,

I blame Entourage. And The Pacific. I'm not making excuses, but I do.

I went from watching no TV, to being hooked on two brilliant series.

Dexter, you just didn't fit into that.

Having just finished Series 7 of Entourage, and with no sign of another series being out any time soon... well... it created a window.

I know what you're thinking. Why has it taken me six years to even bother?

That's a good question. Especially as I remember clearly seeing the DVD (Ha. Who watches DVDs anymore, right?!) box set in Woolworths. Do you remember Woolworths? I liked their pic n' mix.

Let's skip over that, shall we? We'll just say, "I didn't "do" TV at the time", OK?

Welcome back, Dexter. Lets try again, shall we?

One of my favourite films is American Psycho. I bet you LOVE that one!

It's easily in the top ten most underrated films of the last twenty five years, don't you think? And those that know me, will know I love that about it.

I think a factor in my being "anti-dexter" (if I ever was?), was that here was a TV show getting all the credit AP should have been reaping. Don't take that personally, and meat cleaver me in the face, OK?

Like it or not, the two are very similar. It's just a fact, Dexter.

I still smart that the opening is a direct lift. Food being cooked, to look like body parts. I'll take that as an out and out homage - it's too blatant to be anything else. It doesn't help my resentment, though.

Thankfully, there is enough about Dexter to hook you in.

So much so, that by episode four or five, I was banging my head against the table like I did when I first saw Entourage.

How had I not seen this before?

Why had I blatantly ignored something that was pretty much made for me?

The first series of Dexter builds brilliantly, Dexter.

Mrs T loves CSI. This is like CSI for adults. Loads of forensics. Loads of crime scenes. But brilliantly you see the murder from the view point of a murderer. So Dexter, who is normally first on the crime scene, is inside the mind of the killer immediately.

It's like Will Graham from Manhunter, stretched over a few series. (Has that sold it to you, Dad?) Have you seen that, Dexter? It's easily one of the most underrated films of the last twenty five years - don't you think?

Dexter, you also "take out the trash". You kill people that have got away from crimes. A bit like a psychotic Batman. Using tools and knowledge at your disposal. That element was crucial in my enjoyment.

It should be samey, and is, but there is a saving factor.

The acting is top notch. The characterisation, of your "girl friend", and "sister", work brilliantly.

Plus the introduction of a serial killer, that has an obsession with you, plus is your sisters boy friend... why not?

I am genuinely impressed, Mr Dexter. I wish I could skip series 2, 3, 4 and a bit of 5. I'm a busy man. I don't really have time to sit on my ass, and watch TV and movies. Haha.

Thanks again, Dexter. I look forward to wasting my life away, watching series 2.

Yours Sincerely,

A humbled AT

Thursday, 28 October 2010

The One Where I Double Take Iron Man 2

I'll be honest.

I didn't enjoy Iron Man 2 as much as I did at the cinema. Either time.

I think the problem with that was that I was psyched for it at the cinema, for two major reasons.

1) I got to experience Southampton's IMAX, and freaking loved it.
2) I got to experience Waterloo's IMAX as part of the Stag, and freaking loved it.

The One Where It's Not *ALL* About Blueys

Entourage is the best show on TV.

I already told you that.

I've had series 7 to watch for an age, and waited.

No, I don't know why either.

I can't believe how they left it all hanging.

I went back to IMDB to see for news on series 8.


Wednesday, 27 October 2010

The One Where I Try To Scream, But Whimper

I remember seeing the Total Film review for Alien Resurrection in 1997.

It was pretty scathing.

There was, however, an underwater sequence.

And I remember being wildly excited about that.

The One Where I Scream A Lil Bit At The Alien 3 Detractors

Alien 3 and I go way back.

Waaayyy back.

It all began with me buying a series of comics (Dark Horse), that in hindsight the Newsagent should never had sold me. It was full on gore.

Then in 1992, my Dad kindly took me to the Point cinema, in Bracknell. He went to see Alien 3, and I went to see California Man.

I saw Alien 3 on a pirate VHS the same night I saw Childs Play 3.

Then, on a magical Xmas morning, much to my surprise, Dad had got my a proper VHS copy of it...

Cue stomach churning...

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

The One Where AT Screams In Space (Like A Girl)

For those of you worried that Mrs T had my Xmas shopping all day (she did), I did see Aliens today.

I reviewed it over on GCs Blog.

Hit the link. Then vote. Or vote, and then hit the link.

Either way, pop back tomorrow, for the verdict on... You guessed it... Alien3!

The One Where I Scream Like A Girl (In Space)

I love Blu Ray.

I love that I got Iron Man 2 yesterday, (while Mrs T was poorly sick - and too weak to say, "Err... Isn't Alien Anthology and Back To The Future Set enough for one day??"). I love that that will look even better than it did at the cinema, and rock my 7.1 - shaking them, like the pillars of heaven.

What I love most though, is discovering an old film. Say, one that's 30 years old.

Because in all honesty, if they do it properly, it's like seeing a brand new film.

I had that experience last night...

Monday, 25 October 2010

The One Where WS2 Is Guilty, But Valhalla Rising Is The Real Criminal!

My God. Where to start?

JMcG and I did rival posts on Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. A lot of people read those, and yet didn't vote.

I'd normally go off on a foul mouthed tirade about that, except Valhalla Rising, which I had wanted to see for an age, is actually terrible.

Like so disappointingly bad, I feel that it's put Wall Street 2 in perspective.

This is not me apologising, JMcG.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

The One Where MUFC Decide

Well, it's been a hell of a week, eh?

A lot of people feel we've gone through all of that to only be back where we were this time last week.

So this weeks vote...

Are you glad Wayne Rooney stayed at Manchester United?

Get involved even if you're not a United fan. (I'm looking at you, City fans).

Is it good for the Premier League? Bad for wage structures - Especially Uniteds?  Did he ever intend to go? Will he go next summer anyway, albeit with an inflated price?

Jot your thoughts below.

Vote top left, then pop back next Monday for the result.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

The One Where I Bounce Around In Circles, Doing The Roo-Turn

I'm not too sure where to start, to be honest. I feel like I need to address it though, so I'll just crack on.

I wrote on Tues or Weds (it's been one of those weeks), that Rooney has burnt his bridges.

I don't want to go fully back on that, because there's been serious damage done. But the truth is, did I ever expect him to stay? No. Not until that "pointless" statement that United released Thursday.

Saying nothing. Except it didn't say nothing. It said everything.

Friday, 22 October 2010

The One Where NJ Rocks The Shit Out Of Southamptons Guildhall

This song reminds me of March, when my Granddad passed away. Tonight, with my best mate (non-Ledger), we'll jump around like dicks, as they play it three feet from me.

Anything to take my mind off Mrs T not being at Truscott Towers until Monday. Have a great time, wifey - you've earn't a "break".

Thursday, 21 October 2010

The One Where I Fall In Love With Football (Again)

City played in Europe on Thursday night. What do you think the travelling fans did, before the game?

Ha. What else is there to do?

The below video restored my faith in Football.

The One With Scream

This Halloween, why not consider Scream?

Hit the link for my thoughts on this movie, posted on Live For Films.

All of my other LFF reviews are on the left hand side of the Blog. Just hit the title card.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

The One With In The Mouth Of Madness

This Halloween, why not watch In The Mouth Of Madness?

Hit the link for my thoughts on this movie, posted on Live For Films.

All of my other reviews are on the left column, towards the bottom. Hit the title, and voila.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

The One With A Triple Bill Of Horror

Start of a Horror Triple Bill this week.

Aptly starting with one of the most horrific films of the year. (Before Wall Street 2).

Resident Evil: Afterlife.

My current job comes to an end Thursday, and it's going to be a mental week.

So I thought I would link three reviews I've done fairly recently. All Horror films. You know, for Halloween, and that.

Tonight one very much tongue in cheek. Tomorrow a classic. And Thursday a Cult Classic.

Normal service will resume Friday. Sort of.

The One Where Rooneys Silence Isn't Golden

Don't write, just wait.

Wait. Wait.

Ah, fuck it, I can't. This is a diary. So I should tell you how I feel.

Monday, 18 October 2010

The One Where Pro Evo Is Better Than FIFA.... And The Vote Proves It!

FIFA 7 - Pro Evo 24

I'll be honest, this weeks vote was a bit of a balls up.

Gray suggested it had to be FIFA v Pro Evo.

I suggested with Tweetahon2, it should maybe be a skip week.

Then I thought... well, if he RTs it - we may be OK.

Then he didn't RT it. Not even once.

The One Where JMcG Defends Wall Street In This Weeks Vote

OK. Strolling in to court late... JMcG - with his case, defending Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

Have a read, and then vote to the left. Simple.

Why you have to Acquit Wall Street 2 of all Charges  

Don't get me wrong, Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps (hereinafter referred to as "MNS") is NOT a 5 star film. I am not here to prove that though. I am here to prove that it is not the 1 star disaster that my learned colleague ('learned' AT, it's pronounced 'learned') would have you believe it is...

Sunday, 17 October 2010

The One Where Facebook Is Better Than Twitter

Mike kept assuring me, "Don't worry... It's Fincher".

Then the 12A came up.

"FFS", said Mike. "It's not right a Fincher film being a 12A. What was the last 12A he ever did anyway?"

"Er. Benjamin Button, Mike. His last film." I replied, helpfully.

It needed have mattered. It took me three minutes to fall in love with Facebook Social Network.

The One Where We Vote Wall Street 2 GUILTY! (Or Not Guilty).

This weeks Vote starts now.

Is Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Guilty Or Not Guilty?

Guilty of what?

For me? Going head to head with Resident Evil:Afterlife as the worse film of the year. Guilty of killing Michael Douglas' career. Of putting the last nail in Oliver Stones career coffin.

Choose what you like... Read the cases For and Against, and decide.

Vote whether you've seen it or not. Otherwise only four people will vote. The other two walked out.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

The One With A Dear Rooney Letter, From SAF

I don't really have too many United Memories against West Brom. I sort of hope I don't have too many this time, either.

We've been class at home, so far. Apart from fielding a Carling Cup team versus Rangers, ofcourse.

So I expect three points today. And I hope Wayne finally puts his demons to rest. The reason I say that is because a little Mexican is banging goals in left, right and centre for his country. And I don't think we're too far off Rooney finally realising it's not a knock that's kept him out of the United team.

I did a FaceBook status the other day, which I quite liked - and think sums up perfectly how I feel about rumours that Wayne is stalling on a contract.

Dear Wayne,

I admit you didn't have a poorly ankle. The reason you didn't play was because you were shagging around, and it made you mental. And shit.

Yours Sincerely,


ps. Don't ever think you're bigger than this Club again.

So, that's that. A win today. And maybe Fergie not tinkering with the team.

Or... tinker away, and unleash Hernandez.

Friday, 15 October 2010

The One Where I Declare Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps GUILTY!

OK, something different for this one.

3/4 Ledgers went to see Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps on Monday. The 4th Ledger must have been busy.

JMcG and I have waited for this day. A day where we sit opposite spectrum's on the film scale.

I hated it. He loved it. So, we both put a case to the Jury.

Mine today. His over the weekend. Then you can vote. Of course, most of you will be so compelled to vote Guilty after this review, that you're more than welcome.

Is Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Guilty... or Not Guilty? You don't have to have seen it to vote. I pray you never see it. Here's why...

Thursday, 14 October 2010

The One Where @DiaryOfALegend Teaches Me To Dream A Little Bigger

I'll leave it to Gray to sum up Tweetathon 2. I'm not too sure where to start.

What happened last night is almost indescribable.

Strangers giving up hard cash, some upwards of £50 in one fell swoop.

I can't deny it got me thinking. Maybe the worlds not such a bad place

Leaving Wallbrook won't ever be the same again.

There were tons of highlights. Have fun trying to sum them up, mate.

For me, though? It was being proven wrong.

I thought upping the total from £2000 to £5000 was mental. Maybe even a little bit arrogant - if that's the right word.

People logging on late would think that had always been the target. Up it to £3000, then budge it up a bit more.

I know Gray better than anyone. His thought process if he had not done £5000 would have been initial disappointment. Even though £4000 looked on.

But in the end, it doesn't really matter. (Get it @KyeLani?).

Why doesn't it matter?

Because he/we blitzed it. In the end it wasn't close. If anything, it will top £6000.

That's incredible. A brilliant achievement.

And consider it a lesson learnt.

Don't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

The One Where Tweetathon 2 Draws To A Close... With Ben Affleck. @DiaryOfALedger

Day Three in GCs house... (In tired, Geordie accent...)

Final stretch.

I better be out of here, soon. You know. Before we kill each other.

"Daddys coming home. Coming home... forever."

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

The One With The Middle Of The End For @DiaryOfALedger

Day Two in GCs house... (In Geordie accent)

It's the middle day, yes? Time for some super sounds of the seventies...

Monday, 11 October 2010

The One Where Bats Kicks Superman In The Balls

Batman Smacks Superman Ups Side His Head: 26 v 8

So... Bats wins.

And it wasn't even close.

Lets hope it's an Omen, eh?

The One Where 60 Hours Starts At 12

And so it begins...

At 12pm today. Which I like to think is a nod to 12 lunches.

Good luck, Fella.

Have you donated yet? Is there anything you can do to spread the word?

Sunday, 10 October 2010

The One With My First Thoughts On Pro Evo - Pes2011

I remember seeing the first trailer on JMcGs stag, here.

God, I wanted to believe the marketing spin so much.

But I'd been burnt before.

I played the hell out of PES 2010. It was a flawed game, no question - made worse by FIFAs surge forward.

This year, Konami had to get it right. If not, it was curtains. I honestly believe that...

The One With 10/10/10

It's the tenth day, of the tenth month, of the tenth year!

Let's celebrate with Paolo Nutini... seeing 10/10.

I don't get the Paolo Nutini hate. I really don't.

So he's drunk half of the time he plays.

Who cares?

So was Georgie Best. Didn't do him any harm, did it?

Saturday, 9 October 2010

The One Where Wayne Gets His Chance

Last week Wayne did a brilliant interview with Sky.

Finally growing up?

Friday, 8 October 2010

The One Where Matt Damon Is Gay In The Departed

"You Look Here, Fella... I Am *Not* Fucking Matt Damon, OK??"

I don't know why, I just really felt the urge to watch Departed t'other day.

It had been a while, and the Bluey was sat there gathering dust.

Empire ranked Marky Marks films, and this was number one.

So, I had to revisit...

The One Where Its Pro Evo Day!



See you again some day...

You can't do that in FIFA.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

The One Where @DiaryOfALedger Goes Head Mental. Again.

What can you achieve in 60 Hours?


I'd play Pro Evo for about 36 hours, with gaps of 8 hours sleep.

Jon may watch his new Back To The Future Box Set, plus a few extras, a total of 6 times. With a lil nap of 8 hours in there. It would give him a lil time to do his hair, too.

MC? He may spend a while gaming on everything other than PES 2011, before going in and trading the games in... for PES 2011... then trading it back in. He'd still have time for a few 8 hour naps.

Some one else may watch Lost. All the way through. With gaps of about 8 hours for a cheeky sleep.
(Although, why they'd do that? I have no idea.)

GC? Well. He's going to stay up 60 hours straight. On twitter. For charity. No sleeps.

This time next week? He'll be having the greatest sleep ever, though. It will all be done.

I'll be there, in full website glory, (possibly) snoring in the background. I may even have my hands down my trousers. Not for some sick sexual gratification. I just do that when I'm asleep. It keeps them warm.

I'll be the moral support. The comedy that keeps the 60 hours (minus sleeps) ticking over. The boyish good looks that keep the ladies coming back to that there website. Here's another link. You didn't click on the other one, did you?

Look, in all seriousness, what GC is doing is a bit mental. He did 48 hours last year and was broken. I was the only one that saw him come the finish. But I remember clearly, him saying he would go again next (this) year. And he is. And he'll top the 48 hours in the process.

He raised a lot of money last year. He made friends with Jonathon Ross (OK, OK... he did better than that. He got £50 out of him!). He became a legend on twitter in the process.

So it's simple. All I ask is everyone gets behind him. Donate if you can. Send pizzas if you can. (I miss LJ). Tweet him. Make him laugh. Get into a debate with him about the morales of staying up for 60 hours for charity. He likes debates. Mass debates. (*sniggers*).

Be a part of this. If you're on twitter, and not involved in this... well... you're not really on twitter, are you?

RT anything with links. Know a celeb? Please get them to RT links, too. Wossy didn't just happen to be searching for "Ledger" last year - although I'd imagine he does that a lot.

Good luck GC. We're all proud of you. No one doubts you'll do it... and, as the Ledger motto* says, you'll do it in style.

I'll be there. Snoring to keep him awake. What will you do?

You can start by liking this post. That will put a link toy your FB wall, for all your friends who may not know about this.

The lil RT button will put it onto twitter, too. We need to get these links out there, yes?

* We don't have a motto. But really should.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

The One Where Avatar Gives Me A Woody

I appear to have a massive erection.

On the App? Get your ass on a proper Internet thingy. This looks amazing!

If they start on Earth, and do the parallel with Pandora thing this hints at? SOLD.

The One Where Mrs T Hits 30... Well, 29

It's my Wife's birthday. She's the mother of my child, and my soul mate.

There's a video, if you're on the App.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

'Is there a heart beating? Is it just emptiness?' by @diaryofaledger

...And You Shall Know Know Us By The Trail Of Dead came recommended by the boyfriend of a colleague back in London days.  Their second album, Madonna' had just been released and I was assured that it was right up my street.  So I bought it (imagine that) and initially I was nonplussed.  But I stuck at it.  And now it's one of my favourite albums.

The One Where I Dreamt Of Matt And Ben

Hahahahaha. Just kidding, Ben.

Seen The Town yet?

I won't let up til you do.

Tonight, here, I again declare my love for Ben Affleck.

Monday, 4 October 2010

The One Where We Barely Voted On Snooker

Well, if it proved anything, it's that if I don't promote the vote, it won't get voted on.

It also proves Film/twitter votes are the way to go if I can expect people to get into it.

It also proves, as I suspected, that Snooker is boring.

Still, there was enough of a vote to declare a winner, and for this vid, you (barely) voted, that Ronnie O'Sullivan was a genius. That he was so in control of his abilities, he could afford a bit of arrogance - because he could back it up on the pitch. Or table. Whatever.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

The One Where We Vote... Batman Or Superman?

It's been a good week.

Finally, finally, Nolan has signed on for Batman 3. (The Dark Knight? Gotham? Batman Returns Forever?)

Plus, for one brief, perfect moment, Ben Affleck was attached to the Superman reboot.

Alas, it's not to be... but! It gives us a great chance to do a vote that has plagued generations.

Batman or Superman?

Saturday, 2 October 2010

The One With Sunderland, And Steve Bruce

My god, I love Steve Bruce.

Not a bad word to add.

I love him. Unapologetic. The man is a United Legend. Epitomising everything United demands of it's players, and Captains.

Friday, 1 October 2010

The One With FIFA 2011

"On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero." 

This isn't humble pie, OK?

That would be next week, if PES 2011 (never called it that until this year. That's them damn twitter hashtags...) isn't what I think it will be.

And I still think it will be what I think it will be.

It's just after a day, and a full season on FIFA 2011, the gap that was suggested on the demo just isn't there.

It's a great game. Superb actually.

"I felt like putting a bullet between the eyes of every Panda that wouldn't screw to save its species. I wanted to open the dump valves on oil tankers and smother all the French beaches I'd never see. I wanted to breathe smoke." 

The One With The Hole In 3D

OK, so I cheated on Ben Affleck within 24 hours, with another hero of mine.

I sort of felt bad, but the thing is, I was drunk, and confused and that.