Archive for September, 2008

The night is back again DMSR at The Grill Room, Cafe Royal 3rd Oct 08

Posted in Controversy, Fashion, Food & Drink, Living, Music, Nights Out, Romance with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2008 by Richard James Clark II

Selection of eclectic party music mixed by DJ Inka and guests!
Hip Hop, Swing, 80’s, Electro, Garage, House.. etc!
Whatever gets the party bouncin’!

Ladies Free before 12
£5 after 12

Guest list RSVP: krakmuzik@gmail.com

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The Real McCoy – Joining the BNP Sketch

Posted in Accomadation, Comedy, Education, Literature and Books, Living, News Media, Politics, Racism, Religion, TV with tags , , on September 29, 2008 by Richard James Clark II

This is a great sketch and shows how backward the BNP are and how clueless they are…

Swedish Twins Dice with Death on Motorway

Posted in Controversy, Education, Health and Beauty, News Media, Racism with tags , , , , , , on September 29, 2008 by Richard James Clark II

I have seen madness and I have dealt with drug addicts as a drugs counselor, but this video is scary.

You don’t know whether to laugh (in disbelief) or be shocked

I felt the Police dealt with this well

So this teaches if anything people what happens with the side effects of taking hallucinogenics

Also the comments on the video footage have been added by a NF racist who had also decided to show his disgusting behaviour in other videos on youtube..

Brits4Britain should be banned off youtube so any complaints should be filed against him, as his comments are uncalled for. Plus they are very fixed and misleading!

Q Tip’s Gettin Up for a Renaissance

Posted in Dance, Education, Literature and Books, Music, News Media, Nights Out with tags , , , , , , on September 13, 2008 by Richard James Clark II

The link to Q Tip’s new video

Gettin Up the first single of the new album dropping November 4th

The Renaissance

Support the legendary and in my opinion one of the most talented MC in Hip-Hop ever and show Arista how stupid they were for dropping Q Tip and not supporting Kamaal: The Abstract Theory and Open albums…

An interview about Kamaal with Q Tip

Mercury Music Prize is as safe as X Factor….

Posted in Comedy, Controversy, Education, Fashion, Literature and Books, Music, News Media, Nights Out with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 10, 2008 by Richard James Clark II

Why did Elbow win the Mercury Music Prize and is it reassuring, if unexciting, news

They won due to the musically dumb British public (who love Robbie Wililiams and the americans see him for what he is a talentless butlins holiday rep) and the crap judges who when asked why they liked the album said “It was the album we were all talking about”

BULLSH*T

Link to dark horses chosen for Mercurys

America´s Biggest Film Flops-According to Yahoo.com

Posted in Comedy, Controversy, Film, Literature and Books, Living, News Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2008 by Richard James Clark II

America´s Biggest Film Flops-According to Yahoo.com

BATTLEFIELD EARTH (2000)
Budget: $73 million, US Box Office: $21 million

John Travolta’s two-decade long quest to put L. Ron Hubbard’s tome on the silver screen ended with intergalactic failure. A perfect storm of hammy acting, bad direction, and ridiculous storytelling converged to make “Battlefield Earth” the worst reviewed film of 2000. It also won seven Razzies, a feat only matched by another famous box-office bomb, Showgirls.

THE ADVENTURES OF PLUTO NASH (2002)
Budget: $100 million, US Box Office: $4.4 million

In terms of sheer numbers, this flick is one of the biggest box-office flops in cinema history. Eddie Murphy was apparently so embarrassed by the end result that he refused to do any publicity for the movie.

HEAVEN’S GATE (1980)
Budget: $40 million, US Box Office: $3.5 million

In the annals of filmmaking, few movies reach the height of epic fiasco like “Heaven’s Gate.” This film — about European cattle-rustlers, rich WASP ranch owners, and roller-skating (really) — lost millions upon millions of dollars, destroyed the career of director Michael Cimino, and drove the hallowed United Artist studio out of business. It failed, and it failed big.

TOWN AND COUNTRY (2001)
Budget: $90 million, US Box Office: $6.7 million

What started as a light, frothy romantic comedy about married life — starring Diane Keaton and Warren Beatty — spiraled into one of the biggest money losers in the history of Hollywood. Production problems, scheduling issues, and constant script rewrites conspired to stretch the film’s production time to almost three years, ballooning the budget to a size usually found in summer blockbusters.

CLEOPATRA (1963)
Budget: $44 million, US Box Office: $26 million

Though the box-office draw of “Cleopatra” was quite respectable, it paled next to its monstrous cost. Originally set to cost a mere $2 million, the film’s budget soon spiraled out of control because of production delays, ailing actresses, and mythically lavish sets. Adjusted for inflation, the movie remains one of the most expensive flicks that ever graced the silver screen. The price tag proved to be so great that the production threatened to put 20th Century Fox out of business.

HUDSON HAWK (1991)
Budget: $65 million, US Box Office: $17 million

This overstuffed caper comedy dumped ice water on Bruce Willis’ formerly red-hot career. Perhaps one of the reasons the film proved to be so expensive was that Willis — who was increasingly sensitive over his thinning hair — demanded that a special effects firm go through the film and airbrush out his bald spot.

CUTTHROAT ISLAND (1995)
Budget: $98 million, US Box Office: $10 million

Director Renny Harlin convinced Carolco Pictures that his then-wife Geena Davis could be turned into an action-adventure star for this swashbuckling pirate yarn. The problem was that Michael Douglas pulled out of the film in spite of a $15 million paycheck. The part was then offered to Keanu Reeves who turned it down. As did Tom Cruise, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jeff Bridges, Michael Keaton, Charlie Sheen, Liam Neeson, and Tim Robbins. In the end, Harlin settled for Matthew Modine, who did little to open the movie. “Cutthroat Island” proved to be one of the biggest box-office losses in history, derailing Geena Davis’ career, and sinking Carolco Pictures.

ISHTAR (1987)
Budget: $55 million, US Box Office: $14 million

An example of how bad buzz can kill a movie. When the production for Elaine May’s comedy — about two lousy lounge singers who get caught up in Cold War politics — ran over budget, negative anecdotes started getting leaked to the press. In spite of positive reviews from the “New York Times” among others, the media brouhaha over the film spiraled out of control. The film died at the box office and soon “Ishtar” became short-hand for box-office bomb.

THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN (1988)
Budget: $47 million, US Box Office: $8 million

For a director whose career has been famously plagued with production fiasco, Terry Gilliam’s “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen” stands out as being his most expensive flop. Dogged by lawsuits, duplicitous producers and furious financiers, the production dragged on at a snail’s pace as the budget ballooned to gargantuan proportions. Though the film earned peanuts on its initial release, the film soon developed some serious legs on video and DVD.

HOWARD THE DUCK (1986)
Budget: $38 million, US Box Office: $16 million

Who would have thought that a movie about a cigar-chomping duck stuck in Cleveland would have been such a bomb? George Lucas produced this film which featured a budget as big as Lea Thompson’s hair — including a $2 million duck suit — and more special effects than you can shake a stick at. Yet when the film came out, it was quickly and almost universally hailed as one of the worst films ever made

THE POSTMAN (1997)
Budget: $80 million, US Box Office $17.6 million

In spite of the terrible press, Kevin Costner’s Waterworld actually made money. “The Postman” — dubbed “Dirtworld” by the crew — most certainly didn’t. It was slammed by critics as being a mawkish vanity project and it flopped at the box office. For better or worse, “The Postman” also derailed Costner’s career as a director.

ZYZZYX RD. (2005)
Budget: $2 million, US Box Office: $30 (Yes, you read that right.)

There are a lot of indie films that don’t make money. But few can boast a box-office draw less than the cost of a tank of gas. To satisfy a Screen Actors Guild’s requirement, director John Penney — who was holding out for a DVD deal — screened the flick in a Texas theater for a week where it earned a mere thirty bucks. The meager box-office draw landed the film in the “Guinness Book of Records” as the lowest grossing film of all time. To make matters worse, Penney had to return 1/3 of the gross, as two of the six paying ticket-goers were also crew members.

MEET DAVE (2008)
Budget: $60 million, US Box Office: $11.6 million

SPEED RACER (2008)
Budget: $120 million, US Box Office: $44 million

These two flicks are the biggest losers for the summer. While “Meet Dave” — which was given almost no publicity by its studio — lost more money in relation to its budget, “Speed Racer” — which was hugely hyped but failed to find an audience — lost more money overall. In either case, you probably won’t be seeing any more movies about alien Eddie Murphy clones or lollipop-hued race car drivers in the near future.

Musical taste “defines personality”?-I am Skeptical!

Posted in Education, Living, Music, News Media with tags , , , , on September 6, 2008 by Richard James Clark II

According to this report

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – Fans of classical music and jazz are creative, pop lovers are hardworking and, despite the stereotypes, heavy metal listeners are gentle, creative types who are at ease with themselves.

So says Professor Adrian North of Scotland’s Heriot-Watt University who has been studying the links between people’s personalities and their choice of music.

“People often define their sense of identity through their musical taste, wearing particular clothes, going to certain pubs, and using certain types of slang,” North said.

“It’s not surprising that personality should also be related to musical preference.”

In what North said was the largest study ever conducted into individuals’ musical preference and character, researchers asked 36,518 people from around the world to rate how much they liked 104 different musical styles before taking a personality test.

“Researchers have been showing for decades that fans of rock and rap are rebellious, and that fans of opera are wealthy and well-educated,” North said.

“But this is the first time that research has shown that personality links to liking for a wide range of musical styles.”

The study concluded that jazz and classical music fans are creative with good self-esteem, although the former are much more outgoing whereas the latter are shy.

Country and western fans were found to be hardworking and shy; rap fans are outgoing and indie lovers lack self-esteem and are not very gentle.

Those who like soul music can take heart as the research concluded they are creative, outgoing, gentle, at ease with themselves and have a high self-esteem.

And if you’ve ever wondered why people driving expensive sports cars often have music blaring from their vehicle, North could have an explanation.

Those who choose to listen to exciting, punchy music are more likely to be in a higher earning bracket, he says, while those who go for relaxing sounds tend to be lower down the pay scale.

North is still looking for volunteers to take part in the research. Details on http://www.peopleintomusic.com/

Conclusion

This is interesting but unrealistic and it seems to term people by genre, so how does it work if you enjoy loads of different music and for me this study only manipulates people to make very basic claims…

Lets take for example indie lovers lack self-esteem and are not very gentle, well when listening to indie music alot of the lyrical content is about alienation. But Indie music is not what it used to be, Indie music was supposed to represent Independent music, but now it is one of the biggest selling genres worldwide, and you only have to look at music festivals to know how popular it is.

Most music which sells is popular so to me this study is flawed in many ways

Also how many people will say, “I have low self esteem” “I am shy” “I am rough not gentle”, it is complete SH*T.

The researcher must be laughing at how popular this has been, because even as a Professor he would know you can´t term personality to taste.

So do the research and take part and comment on how this is laid out.