I recently saw three great King Kong movies, never having seen a single King Kong film before in my life.
Here is a writeup of what I thought about the three flicks and how they differ.
King Kong (1933)
Directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, this film started it all off with a bang.
The movie depicts a group consisting of a director, his film-crew, an actress, and a ship’s crew, who all travel together to an undiscovered island to film a docufiction.
They find a tribe living on the island, who
kidnaps the actress Ann Darrow
After visiting Cardiff I took the train back to England, and traveled north up to Newcastle, Northumberland.
After dropping my rucksack of at a hotel, I hopped on the bus out to Alnwick Castle.
I had traveled to this particular castle because this was the castle which had been used as the filming location for Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter movies, ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’ and ‘The Chamber of Secrets’, and had as a result informed the look of Hogwarts in all subsequent films.
In the movies there were of course a lot added to the castle in post-production, mostly in height, but I did not mind. Hogwarts was a place I had wanted to visit ever since I devoured the books as a child.
While doing research for this post, I learned that the castle had been used to film many other things than just Harry Potter, but one of them made me really exited.
In February of 1983, Rowan Atkinson and his co-stars were filming around Alnwick Castle, as it would double as King Richard IV’s castle for the first Blackadder season, titled ‘The Black Adder’.
Blackadder is one of my favorite comedy shows, so I wish that I would have noticed that when I was there.
After I was done soaking in the Hogwartsian atmosphere, I took the bus back to my hotel.
And after a night in Newcastle, I started my journey southwards, to France!
A lot of the songs by Ninja Sex Party are quite raunchy, but here are five mostly safe for work ‘Ninja Sex Party’ songs.
Dinosaur Laser Fight
Danny Sexbang and Ninja Brian teaches a classroom full of kids the science of dinosaurs, and how they battled robots with lasers.
The animated bits were made by Arin Hanson, aka Egoraptor.
Danny is rock as fuck, just ask his mom!
The animated bits were made by Gregzilla, and the tagging on the wall were various bits of NSP fan-art.
Let’s Get This Terrible Party Started
A party anthem works wonders for getting party attendees psyched!
But there needs to be an actually good party underneath it all, or the whole thing just seems silly.
For the record, I think a ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ party would actually be pretty cool.
Danny tries to win over a woman, by bragging about how he defeated a mythical beast.
Eating Food In The Shower
I started my summer vacation today!
We do not have any plans set in stone at the moment, but we have a bunch of ideas.
We could end up traveling, or we could spend our time relaxing at home.
We are most likely going to swim, as we recently bought new bathing clothes.
It has been quite a while since the last time I went swimming, and even longer for my girlfriend, so that could get interesting.
Let’s hope we remember how 😉
Only one thing is for sure, and that is that we are going to have a great time!
Back in February, I shared my favorite song from each ‘Miracle of Sound’ album.
This proved to be very difficult, as there are so many great songs there!
So I have decided to make a Top 10 or Top 5 list for each album, depending on how big the album is to begin with.
Let’s get to it!
5. Beneath The Black Flag
After arriving in England the first place I intended to visit was Salisbury in Wiltshire, to see the prehistoric monument located just outside the town.
Before taking the trip out to Stonehenge itself, I decided to take a look around Salisbury, and found their lovely cathedral.
Stonehenge was far enough away from Salisbury that there were shuttle buses going back and forth from there.
It was sort of a shock to me to see just how close Stonehenge is located to a fairly well-trafficked road, but it was far enough away for me to practically ignore it.
When I and my fellow passengers stepped of the bus, we were greeted by a gaggle of wiccans, druids and pagans handing out pamphlets and picketing the tourism industry around Stonehenge.
The security and ticket takers seemed very annoyed by this.
Once I got behind the fence, everything calmed down a bit.
But I did sort of see the point that the protesters were making, in that it seems wrong to me that Stonehenge is located behind a bunch of fences, and not free to be explored.
But if that were the case, I bet that the structure would have long since been divided up in thousands of souvenir pieces, scattered all over the world.
Stonehenge, and other structures like it, has always fascinated me.
There is something about a lone man-made structure located in the middle of a beautiful natural environment that really speaks to me on a personal level.
So much so that I keep having the urge to create when I am out in nature.
After I was done looking at the monument, I headed back to Salisbury with the shuttle bus.
And from there I hopped on a train to Cardiff, Wales!
In the year 2000, when I was nine years old, my mother read the first Harry Potter book for me and my younger sister over the course of several nights.
After she had finished, I was still so entranced by the world which had been presented to me that I reread it several times on my own.
While I did not understand it at the time,
what I love about ‘Harry Potter’ is that they are mystery-novels disguised as fantasy.
The comedy band Ninja Sex Party are juvenile as a rule, but these five songs are some of their most explicit.
You Can Do Us
In the fall of 2005, at the age of 15, I fell in love with a British science fiction show.
I had been watching the Norwegian national broadcasting network’s second channel NRK2 to an excessive point all through the summer.
While NRK1 mostly showed mainstream stuff like the news, HBO dramas, programs made by NRK itself, well-known movies and new detective shows, NRK2 often showed more unknown cult fare.
Some of the stuff on NRK2 which I liked the most were British comedy from before the new millennium. Stuff like Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Blackadder and The Young Ones.
Then one evening while I was watching the channel after school, I saw a weird commercial for a program which looked like it involved an alien with a pig’s head crashing into Big Ben, and the subsequent political turmoil taking place in 10 Downing Street.
This turned out to be a trailer for just a two-part story a few episodes into the 2005 season of Doctor Who, with the rest of the season having completely different stories each (or every other) episode.
The Space Pig also turned out to be a pig from Earth which had been genetically altered by an alien crime-family, to fool humanity before the family’s actual plan could be set in motion.
This was one of the first times I had been exposed to this kind of weird storytelling, and I loved it!
The only thing similar to it that I had experienced at that point were books written by Douglas Adams, and I later learned that he had written episodes for Doctor Who in the 70s, and that he had even been the showrunner for a year.
That was also something that surprised me when I found out, that this cool new cult television show that I had just discovered were actually not that new at all, and
had been running on-and-off since 1963.
After Amsterdam, I traveled up to Hoek van Holland, or The Hook of Holland as it is known in English.
From there I took a ferry which is a part of the Dutchflyer rail-ferry service between Hook van Holland Haven station and Harwich International station in England.
Then from Harwich I took the train to Liverpool Street station in central London.
I did not spend much time in London during this trip, since I had already been there, and I wanted to experience as many new places as possible during my month on the rails.
So I quickly traveled on to Salisbury, to see Stonehenge.