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"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake - Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956)"

Tuesday, August 21, 2001

Here kitty, kitty, kitty...
We watched Josie and The Pussycats on VideoCD last night. What an unexpected surprise! It was one of the funniest films I've seen in a long time. Made in the same part of the forest as 'Clueless' it's self-aware throughout. It's a satire poking fun at the pop music industry in general, but it focuses mostly on the twenty-something members of an 80's style rock group and their managers. Lots of rock and roll cliches are exposed and used in some twisted joke or other. The plot about "subliminal messages tracks under the music" is very well played. We had fun spotting all the hundreds of product placements at first (A&F, Revlon, MacDonalds, Pepsi, Sega) until we realised it was actually part of the plot. Reminiscent of that scene from Wayne's World. It's a fun movie. We laughed out loud. A lot.

My favourite bit:
Wyatt Frame : Hey Alec N., how's it hanging?
Alan M. : No, actually, it's Alan M.
Wyatt Frame : Yes. Well, what's with the initial, anyway? It didn't work for Sheila E., doesn't work for you.

Alan Cumming plays Wyatt Frame, the evil manager. I loved him as the really camp one in TV's 'The High Life', the baddie in 'GoldenEye' and 'Spy Kids'. More recently he's been on stage in 'Cabaret' in New York. He seems to have taken over from Tim Curry as the generic camp, British baddie. A mantle I've always rather fancied myself. :)

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