Dave the Podcaster

The Bugcast episode one wan won, broadcasting live tonight...

Oh yes, episode 111 of The Bugcast is broadcasting live tonight from 21:00 UK time over yonder in The Bugcast Chatroom

It’s a slow one this week, without the usual kickers, but the music is still very much of the same standard you would expect from a high quality music podcast such as this.

And... if that wasn’t enough... we have a brief chat with Mark Marshall about the Four For 4 Project and where it’s going.

All this for nothing? You betcha! ;o)
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The Wicker Man (2006) - a review

Well, I approached this remake of the 1973 cult classic horror, The Wicker Man, with much caution and fear, knowing how modern remakes of classic films usually turn out to be so disappointing.

Now, this remake, starring Nicolas Cage, wasn’t received very well by critics or the box office... so I’m sure you can understand my concern.

Another case in point is The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) - again, another amazing film and certainly one of my favourite films of all time. The 1998 TV movie remake was dire at best. I haven’t seen the 2009 movie remake as yet, but I will approach that with the same open-mindedness as I did with The Wicker Man remake.

So, back to the situation in hand...

As a standalone film and without my prior knowledge of 1973 original, I don’t think that the 2006 remake of The Wicker Man would have appealed to me, as it failed to contain the depth and detail that I expect in a film such as this. The original, starring the late great Edward Woodward is one of my favourite films of all time, and although it was very difficult not to compare the remake to the original, I tried to base my experience on the quality of the story, rather than the quality of the filmmaking.

As it happens, I was actually very impressed with the faithfulness to the original screenplay. The storyline was consistent with the original - apparently over 80% of the character script was verbatim to the original, which is something I wasn’t expecting. But, something I was expecting was the over-dramatisation of the plot: the car crash at the beginning, the water-related scenes, the bees, etc.

I don’t want to give too much away, so as not to spoil the film for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet... so I’ll summarise by saying this: the acting was good, the storyline was good, the faithfulness to the original was good, the climax was probably dampened by my knowledge of what was going to happen anyway, which is why I was hoping for more from this remake. The short period of violence towards the end of the film was somewhat controversial, and a little excessive in my opinion.

Overall, I enjoyed it... but it could have been so much better. It lacked the element of originality which could have made this film great.

Rating: 3/5
Dave the Podcaster

The Bugcast, episode 109, broadcasting live tonight...

This is just a quick note to let you know that The Bugcast, episode 109, will be broadcasting live from 21:00 UK time tonight, in The Bugcast Chatroom.

You just know, when your wife texts you at work to say “Some top tunes this week ;)”, that there is an amazing line-up of tunes tonight. Classical piano, maudlin poetry, electronica, rock and parody... where else can you get that sort of variety?!

Never been before? Don’t know what this podcasting lark is all about? Come along to the chatroom and find out what it’s all about :o)
Dave the Podcaster

The Bugcast episode 106 is now available for download

Episode 106 of The Bugcast is now ready for you to download or subscribe to.

A second musical journey down memory lane, as Dave and Caroline play some of the best tracks they’ve played, as submitted by a number of their listeners.