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We were hanging out in the UGC bar last night

Posted: February 1st, 2003, by Marceline Smith

Man, are we cool or what? Totally solves all those ticket buying problems though. You’re there early enough that no-one else has bought tickets yet but not so early that you might change your mind and go do something else instead. Then you go drink alcohol and wonder what bubble-coated prawns are until showtime. The non-revolutionary part of me that likes supermarkets and tall buildings thinks it would be cool to hang out in the UGC bar even when not planning to see films. I know this to be wrong though. The ticket lady gave us a free UGC magazine to read and it was great. Reviews of upcoming movies with a handy ‘You’ll like this movie if you liked…” thing, like Amazon recommendations in reverse. Totally perceptive stuff like If you liked Muppet Treasure Island you’ll like this new Disney movie also based on Treasure Island! If you liked Memento you’ll like Irreversible ‘cos, er, it’s filmed backwards… If you like Eminem you’ll like 8 Mile! Actually the 8 Mile review just had some presuasive quotes like ‘Eminem Rocks!”. So I’m deffo going to that now.

Did we see a film? Oh, right, yeah. We went to see The Two Towers. I’d already seen it but it was all part of my convoluted Lord of the Rings viewing strategy. I watch the film for the more vivid experience of watching the story develop, then I read the book to fill in the gaps and explain anything I didn’t get and then I see the film again with my new-found understanding. I’m really enjoying this way of doing things, apart from having to stop myself from reading the last book before December. I got much more out of this second viewing although some of the more ridiculous bits seemed ridiculous beyond belief [that bit where Sam and Frodo hide under a cloak outside Mordor made me want to scream with annoyance] and some bits in the middle were really dragging but overall it rocks and even more so than the first film. I imagine most of that’s down to Gollum though who manages to be both hilarious and pitiable and steals the entire film, with Frodo’s scary eyes coming a close second. If you’ve not seen it yet then get on it before you miss your chance. I can’t wait for the next one.

Marceline Smith

Marceline is the fierce, terrifying force behind diskant.net, laughing with disdain as she fires sharpened blades of sarcasm in all directions. Based in Scotland, her lexicon consists of words such as 'jings', 'aboot' and 'aye': our trained voice analysts are yet to decipher some of the relentless stream of genius uttered on a twenty-four hour basis. Marceline's hobbies include working too much and going out in bad weather.


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