Posts tagged the charlie brooker tag
Posts tagged the charlie brooker tag
Charlie Brooker’s How Video Games Changed the World
This was okay, or at least thorough, but I’m disappointed it wasn’t just an hour-and-a-half of Charlie Brooker trying to explain Bioshock Infinite to Jon Snow. I really enjoyed that Jon Snow interview more— I just want to see a show of them shopping for Christmas gifts together, or going to Las Vegas or Macau together. I want Charlie Brooker to wake up handcuffed to Jon Snow in the tundra and for them to have to fight off wolves as they wait to be rescued.
My favorite question was definitely “What are kids?” What are kids?
“Twitter is the world’s most popular videogame basically, as far as I can see. It’s a videogame where you perform your personality or your opinion in a particular way … and it’s got a high score table where it lists how many followers you’ve got. Now obviously as a columnist or as somebody who has got a profile in some way… I’m just doing something that everyone is encouraged to do on Twitter or Facebook which is to come up with a sort of caricatured form of yourself and perform it on a daily basis… I just think it’s encouraging people to lie and exaggerate… I think Twitter encourages people to pretend they care about things, that they don’t really – if it wasn’t easy to pretend that they did.”
Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe, season 5, episode 3
This special episode where Charlie interviews BBC television writers(Russell T Davies, Paul Abbott, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Graham Linehan and Tony Jordan) is pretty great.
Essential to life, this episode.
Bain-Armstrong did a BAFTA class a while back that’s pretty good (I keep debating giving Fresh Meat a second chance… their other work is so good…). Linehan— there’s a documentary about him that I remember liking. Davies wrote that crazy book; Doctor Who superfans all own that one already…
Charlie Brooker on this week’s 10 O’Clock Live. Jeremy Irons…
Weekly Wipe: Barry Shitpeas and Philomena Cunk explain the Harlem Shake…
Black Mirror: Gasped at this title card at the end, more than anything in the episode. Was this episode how Nathan Barley was supposed to end?!? Have they talked about that anywhere? Huh! Satisfying episode, if not the best they’ve ever done by any means. But I’m curious why they programmed that one last. It’s an interesting note to end the season on— an episode that much about comedy and Brooker’s comedy-actually-empowers-the-powerful anxiety. Last week’s would have been the more dramatic finale so it’s curious they ended smaller like this. (Three-episode seasons aren’t enough! Especially when it’s a show where they can have other writers involved.)
Maybe a victim of bad timing though— watching this the same day people are all crazy angry about Onion jokes. Interesting juxtaposition.
WEEKLY WIPE 4
“The biggest meat whistle-blower since your mum" and "All this negative meat coverage is exactly the sort of thing that makes vegetarians happy. Or it would if they had the energy to experience happiness." And "It was this program called Wonder of Life about how science did all the life" for some reason made me laugh and laugh…
THE FUTURE IS BROKEN.
Black Mirror! The Guardian on this week’s episode: “Like The Hunger Games plus The Truman Show plus The Gadget Show plus Jeremy Kyle plus Big Brother plus Dawn of the Dead plus Sean of the Dead plus Groundhog Day plus a lot of morons with phones, all snorted into Charlie Brooker’s head where it can fester and go off a bit and gather darkness … before getting vomited out – projectile vomited – on to the screen.”
Next week’s season finale is this season’s politics episode…!
WEEKLY WIPE EP 3. Philomena Cunk on Die Hard 5, best thing ever.
This episode! So, so good! Charlie Brooker on the UK Meat Craziness ("some lasagna had more horse in them than Catherine the Great”-!!) and on whether gay marriage redefines traditional “marriage” ("if I choose to redefine a spoon as something to shove up my ass, it doesn’t stop you from enjoying your pudding… unless I use your spoon"-!!). Plus, two helpings of Barry Shitpeas, and Philomena Cunk just brutal this week. Also, the usual crazy horrible UK television things I’m glad not to know about (reality shows, Ant & Dec). Happy Valentine’s Day to me!!
Series 2 is off and running with an episode that had me thinking “Stanley Kubrick’s OMAC/Jack Kirby’s A.I” over and over.
I like that he started more intimate and character-driven than what he did with Season One. If he went as big right away, it’d become a boring thing of constantly trying to top itself with “society is horrible"-ness. I think that’d get very old, very quickly. And I thought it was so much better than the memory-one from season one, which it was kind of analogous to (though Robert Downey Jr. has apparently optioned that for a movie treatment and I take it that one’s very popular, in general— wasn’t my favorite). I fucking love this show, though. It’s just…I don’t know— not a tiny amount to think about after that one, no.
Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe. Catch it while you can.
The best thing I’ve read all year.
Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror season 2 teaser.