I've not been too well this week. Something I ate maybe? Either way, as well as the usual 'pleasantries', I've had a fever of sorts which has left me in a strange state of mind.
I've been off work, which is quite unusual for me, but has allowed me to catch up with some much needed, 'Being Doubled up' and 'Mortal Groaning' practice.
To keep me company I've had my vital Word and Wired subscriptions and I've been reading Cormac McCarthy bleak apocalyptic road-novel The Road. Which, whilst very good, didn't cheer me up much. I've also been trying to get re-acquainted with Photoshop, but haven't really had the patience.
So most of my entertainment has been from TV and Film. I watched episode two of the new series of Spooks, which stars Peter Firth, Rupert Penry-Jones and Jo Whiley. I've been a fan of this show from the start, despite the slightly ludicrous "From Tomorrows Headlines" plots and the slightly clunky dialogue "It'll be spy on spy!" and "No names, no pack drill!", it keeps me tuning in. It's been compared to 24, but I think it's better. I got bored of watching Keanu Sutherland chasing generic terrorists, torturing people, being tortured and having members of his family killed after just two seasons.
I watched Mr Brooks with Kevin Costner, William Hurt and Demi Moore. Now there's cast that would have have blown the budget a few years back. Kev plays a serial killer, Bill plays his MPD alter-ego and Demi is a millionairess cop, on the trail. If you haven't already guessed, you're probably going to need to visit both Severn Bridges, and the one at Bristol to find enough cable to suspend your disbelief. Costner, always a bit of a one-note Gary Cooper type, strays dangerously out of his emotional depth on occasion. It's not without interest (I'm a fan of David Fincher's The Game, which actually snapped credibility in several places), just silly and slightly unpleasant.
It has made me want to hunt out these actors former glories. I loved Hurt in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Children of a Lesser God, Altered States and Broadcast News.
And Costner was great in JFK, Field of Dreams, American Flyers, Silverado, Open Range and the magnificent Dances With Wolves.
And Demi was great in...erm..St Elmos Fire.. and errrr. Striptease? (actually I'll give her some credit for A Few Good Men and About Last Night).
There are actually films you should stay away from if you're in a mildly 'altered state'
I watched the old Ealing classic Dead of Night again, which was superb, but slightly disconcerting if your feeling feverish.
I once made the mistake of watching Jacob's Ladder with a bout of the Beijing Flu. The psychological effects were wide ranging and probably permanent.