Thursday, 19 October 2017

#tbt Beermats: Week 3

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Monday, 16 October 2017

Three Parties for You This Week

I'm not sure how quickly some of you can drop everything and go out on a Tuesday night, but if you can, you should.

After Taboo moved from Tiger Tiger to History, new party night Playground has stepped in. It looks great, like student nights in Tiger always have been. Hence, Manchester Cool Bars are going to check it out. £2.50 doubles and £1 shots and a huge venue with numerous rooms. I can't tell you much more as it'll be my first trip to Playground.

There's 6 of us so far in the meetup. Make it 7!

Thursday night Cool Bars is out again, this time to Socialite, Club LIV's Thursday night party. £4 tickets, £2 shots in a venue built to house celebrity parties. And there'll probably be one.

If you fancy saving yourself, though, the Saturday night meetup will round your weekend off with a bang: Cool Bars are headed to Bijou.

I'm not going to pretend I'm familiar with the names in this poster, but it's a stunning venue. The group has been here once before, and I felt it was worth going back, especially during term time. The best-looking crowd in town. Their back bar has some gems on it too, if you like your spirits.

More than a handful of events to get involved with- don't say I didn't invite you!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Excess Month Research: Week 2

I've avoided going out much this week in favour of saving up and getting through a ton of films that people have been recommending to me for years. These are all movies that follow a theme of 'excess,' which I interpreted loosely.

I made it about 20 minutes into Van Wilder: Party Liaison before turning it off. The least funny of the National Lampoon films that I've seen.

Kill Your Friends followed this, Owen Harris' brutally faithful interpretation of John Niven's music-industry-bashing, yuppie-murdering novel. Entertaining, and imaginatively brought to the screen. Like the book, though, it strains to differenciate itself from American Psycho (it does, however, have better depictions of violence.) I was quite happy to see James Corden's Character murdered as, like he proved at Friday night's amFAR Gala, he's a fat unfunny overhyped prick.

Up next: Filth, John S Baird's interpretation of Irvine Welsh's bent-copper thriller. A reliable adaptation that works without the tapeworm thread, and with a Russel-Crowe-esque James McAvoy filling the lead alcoholic, drug addicted and unreliable narrating role. A 400-page book is impressively condensed into a 100-minute movie. Gross and heartfelt.

Blow followed this, Johnny Depp's portrayal of George Jung, who smuggled cocaine for the Medellin Cartel in the 1970s. A routine tale of a dealer making millions then getting caught. Great fun, though.

American Made was next in the list, yet another coke-smuggling true story this time following pilot Barry Seal as he links up the same Medellin Cartel with Floridian dealers, only to get busted by the CIA and work for them too. Utterly chaotic but fascinating. I'm not sure whether I had a buffering problem or the director was trying some kind of Scorsese-style freeze-frame technique. It was annoying, though. The ending, in which Seal records a message for his family knowing he'll be killed at some point, was reminiscent of 90s Gangster flick Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead. American Made is an enjoyable movie.

Away from films, I got a blog RT from Love Island's Scott Thomas, to his 306K followers. Thanks Scott!

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Andy's Man Club STORM the Action Oldham Charity Wars Quiz

Andy's Man Club Oldham banded together for a slightly slightly different cause than usual- Thursday night saw the annual Charity Wars, where local charities go head to head in a trivia quiz.

The movie quiz was held at (and sponsored by) Clough Manor in Saddleworth, and ran by Action Oldham, a 'charitable fund that supports good causes across borough with grants, so they can make a real difference to local lives.'

Having spent most of my teenage days in a darkened bedroom watching hundreds of movies and reading Total Film and Empire back issues, I was pretty well-versed. We came first place. The prize: a pair of tickets to enter the Milltown Races, a trophy and £75 in cash (which will go towards promoting Andy's Man Club).

My team mates compared me to Rain Man, from the film that, typically, I haven't seen.

A good opportunity for Andy's Man Club to gain exposure, and to encourage men to talk, leading- hopefully- to a reduction in suicide, which is the biggest killer of men under 50.

The White Hart is a lovely country pub out in the hills of leafy Lydgate. Great pork sandwiches too.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

#tbt Beermats: Week 2

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Monday, 9 October 2017

Wolf of Wall Street

Not much happening in terms of meetups in the upcoming week- I'll be sticking a few up in November, so keep your eyes peeled for them.

We're over a week into Excess Month: Research, a month of films and books with an indulgence theme. As an example, I've just watched Wolf of Wall Street for the first time, Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Jordan Belfort's yuppie autobiography. 

Terence Winter's screenplay perfectly cuts out the dross of the novel, which was overlong, slow, self-absorbed and very heavy on finance detail. Great fun, easy to follow and never felt like the three hours it runs for.

I have many more films of a similar ilk to watch, so expect a few reviews.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Anthony Crolla's Afterparty WENT OFF

Who saw Mancunian Anthony Crolla's fight against Scotsman Ricky Burns last night? If you missed it...

I caught up with it this morning, but had previously set up a meetup for the afterparty in new Deansgate Locks bar El Diablo, and secured guestlist from promoter and Love Island competitor Scott Thomas. He'd suggested it would be £10 on the door, but as my name was down the girl at the entrance let me straight in.

The club's dΓ©cor was quite unique, with brown couches and backlit mesh covers to the arches that make up the Locks, a set of bars built into the arches of a viaduct. The club's music was refreshingly dancier than most, but what made it more unique was the luminous stilt-walking robot men. Obviously.

The club still has a few growing pains- a couple of plasma screens froze, and there was a strange smell at times that I couldn't define.

The clientele seemed pretty chilled out, friendly and with a good mix of ages. One guy could have passed for a very drunk Michael Fassbender, but I'm pretty sure the guy who's hand I shook was Love Island season 2 winner Nathan Massey. Someone in there looked like season 3's Tyne-Lexi Clarson, and she promoted it over her Twitter a few days ago, so I'm guessing it was her. I didn't quite ask in time.

As the night drew to a close I managed to say hi to Anthony Crolla himself. We'd both been at a youth boxing event in Oldham a few years ago. A good guy, he remembered the event.

Good fun. The bar's worth going back to!