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Month: February, 2013

Dark Blood on the Viper Room floor

Dark Blood, will always be known as the film that never was; the film that met a cataclysmic end on the sidewalk outside notable LA hotspot, The Viper Room.

The occasion of course was the untimely death of River phoenix, the actor who collapsed outside the aforementioned venue from drug induced heart failure. The film was the late actor’s then-current project, that on the day of his death was only days from completion.

20 years later, reels of the uncompleted film were recently shown at the Berlin Film Festival. The original Director of the project, George Sluizer has since ‘completed’ the film by embedding voice overs over the rushes that Phoenix himself did not finish.

Having been warmly received by critics at the Berlin Film Festival it would be great to see this work released to a wider audience (at the approval of the Phoenix family, naturally) From what reports suggest, Dark Blood is an astounding project, exhibiting the supreme talent and charm of the young actor. The film, cut short, like Phoenix’s own life proves even more poignant than a scenario in which his passing had occurred after wrapping – the rawness of a grand film ripped of its finale is a stamp of what came to pass for this truly talented actor.

River Phoenix

Phoenix as Chris Chambers in the Epic Stand by Me (1986) Reiner, Rob


#Readarama and a Jane Austen birthday

I have only very recently cottoned onto Penguin Publisher’s ‘Readarama’’ initiative – or #readarama for the twitter-ites among us. Ostensibly, the idea is to get our nation reading and enjoying books once more, by posing the challenge whereby we pledge to read one book a week, for the duration of 2013. I must say it feels slightly reminiscent of the “walk to school week” challenge that was annually posited on every child at my school (those many years ago); however, this grown up version is something I am aiming to get myself involved in as much as humanly possible – it does seem to be a tad idealistic for anyone holding down a full time job or any level of social or familial responsibility… Nonetheless, I hasten to add the importance I have placed upon myself this year, to up my reading ante and conquer some of the books currently collecting dust on my shelves – I am one of the few remaining people on this planet who is yet to embrace the kindle.

However, as this year marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, it seems as good a time as any to reunite with my love affair for this absolute smasher of a book, and one of my all time favourite, dog eared paperbacks. Before the cries lamenting my obviousness of choice come hurling down on top of me, I must hasten to add that my favourite element of the novel by a mile is the punctuating presence of a certain odious Mr Collins. As a woman I realise I should align myself entirely with Elizabeth Bennett – and to all extents and purposes, that is the case (well done Ms. Austen). However it is the repugnant nature of Mr Collins, combined with the tasteless renderings of Mrs Bennet that land this book among the pile of comedy golds that take up the majority of space on my bookshelves.

During my research into the various festivities that were put in place to mark this Anniversary, I managed to stumble across the most fantastic Flikr account (full evidence available here) who have in their own unique way, documented the Pride and Prejudice fairytale.

Anyone else suspect J.A. would have loved this?

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Barbie Pride and Prejudice