from Edinburgh, Scotland.
, 17 Mar 2008
From SILVER HARP Edinburgh 17th March 2008 [St. Patricks Day]
36 China Town
Strongly influenced by Hollyoaks, and a beverage too far, the director set this story (I think theres a story in there somewhere) in a strange land of eternal youth and God-given wealth (well nobody works so it must be coming from somewhere). And he called that land Goa - not to be confused with that other Goa; a large island off the west coast of India so beloved of the rich and famous and fast getting a reputation as Asias number one, tourist, drug-den.
This surreal land, lets call it Bollyoaks, is populated by young trendy-types (did I mention its also eternally stuck somewhere in the seventies), who look as though theyve all just stepped out of the same unisex hair salon. The number one goal of each individual appears to be to reach a level of narcissism greater than their counterparts and at least that of four seconds ago. Its hard to understand the motivation to form relationships here as everyone is clearly so deeply in love with themselves. As mentioned previously, theres no need to work, though entertaining yourself is compulsory; thats assuming your taste never exceeds the limits set by a million gaudy light-bulbs, music so loud it could be employed in house-demolition and flashing neon signs guaranteed safe only in an epileptic-free society. Youll also need to appreciate the lyrics of the, forever, current number one hit record entitled, Twenty-four, Seven-Nine, Take the View. And to make things that much easier the lyrics are just the title repeated over and over again. Do remember to seek the advice of a structural engineer and your local Health Board prior to playing indoors at full volume.
For added appreciation, do as I did, and forget to turn on the English subtitles. Arabic is such a more decorative written form and its surprise appearance will cause even more self arse-kicking for compounding the disaster of renting this God-awful DVD in the first place.
Happy viewing. Or as we say here in 'Goa'; 'Don't do it man'.
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