Thursday, October 15, 2009

Day #21,484

Walk km 3039-3043: Robson/Denman/seawalk/Thurlow
Walk km 3043-3048: Robson/Bidwell/Barclay/Denman/seawalk/Thurlow/Davie/Bute/Thurlow

autumn street scene
aprox km 3045 Barclay St. Vancouver

Song Of The Day: Stop Your Sobbing
Here's a Ray Davies tune from his early days written in that melodic "english invasion" style that he was so adept at. We have a version by his band, The Kinks. We have a version by his girlfriend's band, The Pretenders. And we have a version by a band that had no relationship with the songwriter at all (that we know of), Singapore's The Cyclones.
On the video, The Pretenders lip sync to their recording but the verisimilitude is ruined by the double tracked vocals.

Movie #1110: Bad Boy Bubby(1993,Rolf De Heer)

This one starts out kind of weird, then it gets weirder. Then a "meaning" is added and it gets quite normal. Why in the world do people need to add a deeper meaning to a harmless bit of entertainment. If they're good at it they can add it without anyone knowing it's there. But here they just have actors giving speeches. I believe it was Jack Warner who said about Warner Brothers movies "If I want to send a message, I use Western Union".
There is a big problem with the sound. I initially tried to watch this on my laptop but had to stop because even at top volume I couldn't hear the dialogue. It turns out that they were recording the sound from two microphones that were planted in the lead actor's hair. This caused some noises to be quite loud and others to be too quiet depending on how far the sound was from the lead character in the scene. Unfortunately, a lot of dialogue is missed using this technique.

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