"Are you sure that this is supposed to be Mejillas? I ask only because I can see no sign of lobes, or indeed the comforting lump of stirrup. Now forgive me but I would have thought that patatas bravas should at the very least contain some minute traces of peruvian chili. Standards have certainly slipped around here from what I've been led to believe. Do you know who I am? Jean Christophe Blanc turns white at the mere mention of my name! I once made the Roux sisters cry too. Just because I said that their attempt at Coquille St Jacques had the exact texture and colour of congealed snail vomit. Some people just cant take constructive criticism. Take this away and bring me that poncy spic scrambled egg thing you do. And three bottles of the Riscal '82. Oh give me strength! You've got a '94 on the list! You won't foist that frost ridden much on this Englishman you filthy scarab!
Ive been hearing a lot about those whinging American screenwriters and their strike. It seems that one big bone of contention is that they are tired of directors getting a "Film by" credit plastered all over the opening titles and on advertising posters. They say that a film isnt just the work of one person and that its not fair to single out the director and pretend that they made it all by themselves. I have a small problem with this. Has anybody looked at the end credits of a film recently? Whats the first thing you notice, eh? Its that they consist of a long list of usually made up of hundreds of names. Now just how stupid do the Screenwriters Guild think that people are? Do they imagine that people walk out of the cinema thinking that all those people were just standing idly by while the director ran around like a blue-arsed fly doing all the work? Or are they just a bit miffed that nobody knows the names of any actual screenwriters any more? What might help would be for them to stop writing scripts that are so bad that they end up having to get half a dozen people in to do a stream of endless re-writes. The average film these days can have as many as four or five writers credited on it. At one time people used to do re-writes anonymously unless they substantially changed the work so much that they had to be credited. That was until the Screenwriters Guild complained and got the rules changed. So essentially theyve only got themselves to blame. Idiots!
If I dont get my main course soon, Im coming in there to get it myself! Dont make me angry - you would like me when Im angry!
James Cameron has reiterated his intention to be the first filmmaker in space. He wants to visit the International Space Station and make a television series and an IMAX film about life on board. He also wants to film a space walk. So thatll be a bit like the IMAX film made by the astronauts on board Discovery a few years back then, eh? Part of which featured footage filmed during a, er space walk? Personally, Im just curious to see how he manages to fit his traditional Bill Paxton cameo appearance into the bloody thing. Actually it strikes me that outer space is rather like a James Cameron film. They both seem to go on forever and have a distinct lack of atmosphere.
Ah, at last! Now excuse me but does this look like mandibulos de cerdo to you? Does the chef actually have any experience of preparing food or does he just throw a random selection of ingredients into a pan and hope for the best?
Ive been reading about the Internet advertising campaign for the new Kubrick/Spielberg film AI. Basically its a sort of giant puzzle where you type in names from the trailer into various search sites which then point you to different fictional websites which give small clues to various aspects of the films plot. Now while this is all tremendously exciting for all the Internet nerds and gives them a break from downloading semi-naked pictures of Britney Spears - can I just throw out a small note of caution? Because it needs to be remembered that AI is a film that brings together Steven Spielberg and children. A combination that, rather like adding nitrogen to glycerine, is deadly in the wrong hands. Because let us not forget that the presence of children in a Spielberg inevitably means a gush of sentimentality and sickly, syrupy emotion. Im told that a lot of people cried at the end of ET: The Extra Terrestrial. I wouldnt know. I was too busy vomiting.
Talking of which - does this taste all right to you?"