Mark#33 – Daniel Larusso…You’re the Best Around!

January 11, 2007

Dipping back into the whole 80’s nostalgia thing today, I came across one of my favourite sequences from one of my favourite movies (well, it was one of my favourites growing up anyway).

The Karate Kid was right up there with Back to the Future and The Goonies for me, in fact they’re probably the three films that best define the 80’s for me.

In fact, I was shocked and a bit sad to hear that the actors who played ‘Sloth’ and ‘Mama Fratelli’ in The Goonies both died only 3 or 4 years after the film was made.

On a brighter note, April and I are off to Wales this weekend for a bit of R&R. With any luck we’ll find One Eye Willy’s hidden treasure.


Mark#15 – Movie Magic

September 5, 2006

As an avid DVD collector, the past 3 months have been torturous for me because I’ve been unable to play my Canadian Region 1 DVDs on these pesky British Region 2 DVD players.

I’ve been psyching myself up to buy a multi-region, HDMI compatible, progressive scan player, but a moment of inspiration about half an hour ago has just rendered that unnecessary…and saved me the £200-£300 outlay in the process.

Realising that most electrical devices can be hacked these days, I did a bit of speculative digging online and, lo and behold, within seconds I had found a code that enabled me to hack into my Mum and Dad’s old Philips 634 DVD player and enable the multi-region capability.


Now we can FINALLY watch Entourage Season 2, Deadwood Season 2, and all those other Canadian DVDs we bought just before we moved out here.

I’m so proud of myself!

Mark#6 – The Fame Game

August 24, 2006

April and I spent over three years living in Toronto, Canada, before moving over to the UK. As a major North American city, host of one of the top film festivals on the planet, and a prime location for movie shoots (movies that are “set” in New York City are often filmed in Toronto – its cheaper and easier to secure permits apparently), it wasn’t unusual to see the odd celebrity knocking about town. Especially when you live on the fringes of the ultra-chic Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood, as we did. And especially when you work in PR, as we did and, indeed, still do.

Below – in no particular order – are the highlights of my Toronto celebrity encounters:

1) April so excited at seeing Scott Speedman that she squeezed my hand so tightly it almost came off.

2) Being surprised by how stunning Sigourney Weaver is in the flesh (I always thought she looked like a monkey until I saw her up-close).

3) Seeing Dustin Hoffman marching up Bay Street, at least five steps ahead of his wife, who was desperately trying to keep up.

4) Watching Natalie Portman just sitting there, eating breakfast, and being incredibly, unbelievably HOT. Because she’s top of my celebrity ‘to do’ list, April encouraged me to go chat her up (anyone remember that episode of Friends, where Ross meets Isabella Rosselini?), but my supersonic sonar radar told me she probably wouldn’t be interested.

5) Coming seriously close to a fist fight with Canadian Idol winner, Ryan Malcolm (the Canadian equivalent of Will Young), which I would have won. Easily.

Mark#5 – S.O.A.P.

August 22, 2006

I wanted to see if I was savvy enough to properly embed a YouTube video into a WordPress blog…and I figured there could be nothing better to showcase than this classic dialogue from the movie April and I saw on the weekend: