Monday, 22 January 2018

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 22nd January, 2018

Hmmm … 

I’m mildly nervous, today.

I’ve got … 

Interviews … !

One — late this afternoon — is at the job centre.

Ridiculously, I’ve had to reapply for the Universal Credit I’m on, as a result of the overtime I’ve done.

Now hours are going back to normal … ?

I have to reapply: unlike LAST year, where they just carried monitoring me … !

Ridiculous is possibly putting it mildly …

The other interview … ?

Is at a call centre: that’s very local: literally, three minutes up the road!

Here’s hoping I get something out of it.

It would save a lot of money on transport … 

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In other news?

I’ve had something of a revelation … !

I watched Darren Aronovsky film, mother!, last night.

Which is a bit … you know … odd.

Or, at least, odder than I felt appealing.

Hmmm … 

Have you heard of feedback?   You’ve possibly heard some, if you’ve heard some of Jimi Hendrix’s more outré tunes.


It’s happens when you put a audio source, a speaker say, too near a pickup: a microphone or guitar pickup, for example.

You get a lot of electronic shrieking.

Fine, if you’re Jimi Hendrix.

Not if you’re a blogger in Essex.

Last night, I realised that feedback … was what was causing the horrible shrieking noise, I’d get: whenever I used my new webcam.

It’s picking up the hum from my computer’s speakers.

I’ve — sort of — solved the problem, though.

By turning down the computer.


Ahem … !

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mother!: what the duck?

21st January, 2018.


No, really, I’m a duck … !

Yeah … quack, quack … !

Ahem … !

Just in case you hadn’t realised … ?

That’s me in that introduction.

Fresh off of tonight’s movie action.

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Let me briefly introduce myself, here, if I can … ?

My name’s Paul: also known — for various reasons — as Nik Nak.

I’m — currently — working in a call centre: but have worked in  pubs, fast food gaffs, toyshops … and ran pub quizzes.

I’ve also blogged about all and sundry: for the past decade.

Including about TV shows I’ve watched.

And movies.   I like the occasional movie.

It’s a movie that I’ve watched, tonight.

The 2017 film, mother!: written and directed by Darren Aronovsky.

Something I’d fancied seeing, as two previous Aronovsky films — π and Black Swan — had mildly impressed me.

And?

Strange … ?


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mother! is set in a house in an isolated glade: owned by an unnamed poet — only referred to as Him, played by Javier Bardem — that’s been burnt down by a fire.

And being reconstructed by his equally unnamed wife — referred to as mother, and played by Jennifer Lawrence — who’s throughly enjoying the quiet life.

Until one day … ?

Their lives are interrupted by uninvited guests.

A dying, equalling unnamed, doctor — ‘Man’, played by Ed Harris — and his wife, ‘Woman,’ Michelle Pfeiffer.

Which is where …

Things …

Get … 

Disjointed … 

And mother’s life is irreparably changed … 

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Now … 

Strange … ?

Strange is the word.

Or one word, certainly.

The other one I’d use?

Is ‘dream-like.’

Aronovsky has written and directed mother! so that it comes across with the disjointedness of a waking dream, with jumps from one line to another, Him disappearing from one door to come in at another, and discussions and conversations taking different directions: seemingly at random, and seemingly with no apparent cause.

mother get’s abruptly pregnant, for example: immediately after after a tastefully rough bedroom scene.

Him writing a poem which never, seemingly, leaves the house …  only for his publisher to phone to say how much she liked it.

Leaving mother very confused: as this is seconds after she’s given her opinion of it.

Confusing?

Well made?

The answer’s got to be yes: to both questions.

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Now … 

You’re possibly saying “Paul, what did you think of mother! … ?”


Oh, that’s a tough one.

Frankly?

That really is tough … 

Right now, I don’t know that I could tell you I liked it.

It is very well made: with — possibly — a lot of depth, meaning, and philosophy there, if you chose to look for it.

But I think it’s a film I found mildly confusing.

Not that I mind confusing, occasionally.   I’m a fan of 1960s version of The Prisoner, which some will tell you is incredibly confusing.

And of Denis Potter’s The Singing Detective: which some will tell you is just as confusing.

Both of which?   Both of which I found straight-forward, compared to mother!: even though both The Prisoner and mother! — in their final scenes — loop back around to their respective starts, after convoluted finales.

Personally?

mother!’s only getting two stars from me.

It’s a well crafted movie: and one that is, with its dreamlike logic, worth watching at least once.

You might take to it.

But, ultimately?

mother! wasn’t for me.
mother!
★★☆☆

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 21st January, 2018.

Bleaugh … 

I think I need more sleep!

Or, at least, I needed more sleep, yesterday.

I REALLY managed to lose my temper — twice — dealing with some awkward punters.

Not a good thing: especially if — as a result — your supervisor tells you to get out of the office, to get some fresh wire and calm down!

I think I managed that … 

But, LORD, what a day … !


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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 20-1-2018: On Islands.

*Yawn*

Again with the yawning!

Again … because I’m up early for work.

In one sense?

In one sense, it’s knackering, it really is.

And I’m not getting any younger!

The upside … ?

Is that it means I get the night off.

OK, granted, I’m not going to do anything more that get an early night … 

But hitting the sack does have some appeal, right now … !

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Friday, 19 January 2018

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 19th January, 2018.

*Yawns* … 

Frankly?

There’s a reason for that … !

Yes: I’m off to work, early, today.

Frankly?

I think I’m regretting it, already.

Frankly … ?

I want to go back to bed … 

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