Friday, January 30, 2004

Get on a good foot
James Brown has been arrested for domestic violence - check out the police mugshot. Scary. He was release without bail. He is due to play some shows down this way in April, over in Australia. If he's not in jail.

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

I can see the music...
On my lunchbreak I stood in Whitcoulls and read the interview with Shayne Carter in the new Rip It Up magazine. True to form, he was his usual guarded self, as is the wont of someone with a healthy distrust of the media. However, Shaynes's discovered the joys of blogging - check his guest spot at Public Address. Its also a nifty piece of promotion for his forthcoming Dimmer album (go the cross-marketing!), and a much more interesting read than the numerous press interviews that Carter no doubt endured/will endure on the promotional rounds.

Some of my workmates eat McDonalds for breakfast, and Wendys for lunch. Its truly appalling; how can they do that to their stomachs? Basically, I think that if you eat shit, you feel like shit. Simple food logic.
Now someone has taken this to its logical extreme: Morgan Spurlock has made a film called Super Size Me: A Film of Epic Portions. Its the talk of the Sundance Film Festival. He ate McDonalds for a month, at every meal. He gained 12kg.

"Neither Spurlock, 33, nor the three doctors who agreed to monitor his health during the experiment were prepared for the degree of ruin it would wreak on his body. Within days, he was vomiting up his burgers and battling with headaches and depression. And his sex drive vanished.
When Spurlock had finished, his liver, overwhelmed by saturated fats, had virtually turned to pate. "The liver test was the most shocking thing," said Dr Daryl Isaacs, who joined the team to watch over him. "It became very, very abnormal."
McDonald's has finally been forced to comment. "Consumers can achieve balance in their daily dining decisions by choosing from our array of quality offerings and range of portion sizes to meet their taste and nutrition goals," it said in a statement last week."
In an inteview with Newsweek, Spurlock describes how he felt at end of the month...
[Laughs] I felt terrible! I felt so bad because I put on this weight so quickly my knees hurt. I was so depressed. I would eat and I would feel so good because I would get all that sugar and caffeine and fat and I would feel great. And an hour later I would just crash—I would hit the wall and be angry and depressed and upset. I was a disaster to live with. My girlfriend by the end was like “you have to stop because I’ve had it.” [She's a vegan].

While the rest of NZ gets caught up in endless pre-Oscar hype, there's a Kiwi getting mention at Sundance....

"No documentary was more timely or disturbing than "Persons of Interest." Filmmakers Alison Maclean and Tobias Perse conducted a series of interviews with Arab and Muslim immigrants who were swept up in the post-9/11 hysteria and imprisoned, often with no charges filed against them and no legal recourse. The film has an elegant, almost formal, simplicity; all the interviews are conducted in a bare room suggestive of a jail cell. The 12 stories we hear illustrate all too clearly the human cost of a Justice Department that has abandoned fundamental human rights in its indiscriminate campaign against terrorism. But the film never raises its voice to propagandize. It doesn't need to."