Last month’s goodies result in League of Gentlemen, a Fear and Loathing in Hollywood documentary, and Beethoven played fast. Today I also get to clips on hoaxes and illusions, before enjoying Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

December 2013 goodies

This being the 12th day of January this is the last day of which I’ll be cleaning up the remains from last year. It’s gone quick, and has resulted in a lot of interesting things that I want to take a closer look at.

League of Gentlemen

An interesting TV series that I came across in December was the League of Gentlemen (1999). It’s remained relatively under the radar, but is about a small English town of grotesques, played by a troupe of 3 to 4 comedians in a Monty Python style, but with an underlying backdrop of faustian proportions.

Fear and Loathing documentary

Rather than being a documentary of the movie, this Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood (1978) is about Hunter S Thompson himself, and delves deeply in to the real-world situations and events that inspired his book.

Beethoven played fast

Beethoven has always been controversial, but perhaps most controversial are the metronome markings he places on his pieces when it was invented, but sadly after he’d become profoundly deaf. As a result, it has resulted in much discussion of how Fast Shall We Play? and the beethoven that we listen to is much slower than was actually intended, because the music become more difficult to play at the intended speed.

As a result, some musicians are challenging themselves by playing his pieces at the intended speed, resulting in some wonderful performances such as Beethoven “Moonlight” Sonata op 27 # 2 Mov 3 by Valentina Lisitsa. RadioLab who do excellent radio podcasts have pretty much nailed the topic too, with their piece called Speedy Beat.

Sunday clips

The usual movie fare was off the plate today, so much of the day was spent relaxing and working through the history of youtube videos of Captain Disillusion who successfully debunks a wide range of video techniques in viral videos that are commonly used to fool people. As a result, CD has provided good access too to information about Quirkology cropped up who deal mostly with psychology tricks,  brusspup who fancies illusions, and Dani DaOrtiz who is a specialist in close-up magic.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Tonight it was off to the theatre to catch a rare viewing of Monty Python and the Holy Grail on the silver screen, which was well worth the effort but you couldn’t help but feel that certain parts of it were stretched out. Nevertheless, it was still highly enjoyable and the crowd still loves and appreciates them.

Good deed for the day

On the way home I noticed that a neighbour down the road had put the wrong set of bins out, so they were greeted with a puzzling knock at the door to explain the situation. The news was received with much gratefulness and I left with a spring in my step to make my day.