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by Simon Hanselmann
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rough Stoner Chuckles & Melancholy, 13 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Megahex (Hardcover)
Megahex collects Simon Hanselmann's 'Megg, Mogg and Owl' comics. Megg is a depressed witch with a Tumblr account; Mogg is her familiar and lover, though isn't good at respecting her sexual boundaries; Owl is kind of a huffy nerd, who the other two bully. What starts out as stoner hijinks slowly curdles into something much more sour and melancholy. The art is soft and tactile and appealing, shifting from bright watercolours, to near-monochrome grey scale, to suit the tone. The humour reminds me a bit of the Mitchell and Webb sitcom 'Peep Show' with Owl as a Mark figure and Megg / Mogg more like Jeremy or Superhans. Perhaps an even better comparison would be 'Nathan Barley', with Owl as the character of Dan, who wants to rise above his surroundings, but at heart is no less of schmuck than his friends, who are far better at playing the post-ironic Vice magazine game than he is. He cares too much. Without revealing too much, there's an incident which he (understandably!) insists was an assault... but his friends just see it as a prank and he can't get them to re-frame what happened. There's that distinction between experiencing life as 'heavy' and experiencing life as 'light' that's at the heart of Milan Kundera's 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being'. The good thing is, unlike Kundera, Hanselmann isn't a misogynist. Characters mess up and hurt each other and commit crimes and fall to pieces but they're not evil, so much as lazy, confused and wretched. At the same time, you end up rooting for the bunch of them. There's a weird camaraderie about reading the comic... in a short amount of time you feel as though these guys are your stoner friends.

The first quarter of the book may seem a bit throw-away or even stupid... but persevere. It's kind of like the progression from 'Beavis and Butthead' to 'King of the Hill' that helps you appreciate that there was actually a lot more darkness and sadness in the former show than you first thought. Anyway, it's good stuff. Touching and comforting. It might just keep you going or, at the very least, provide some rough chuckles.

Museum Hours [DVD] [2012]
Museum Hours [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Mary Margaret O'Hara
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £10.99

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and transportative, 4 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Museum Hours [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
This review contains a spoiler.

I started 'Museum Hours' pretty unengaged and finished it in tears without really understanding how I can moved from point A to B. For a conventional narrative film, it has some pretty strange, associative editing. The film captures authentically awkward/ human performances by Mary Margaret O'Hara and Bobby Sommer, which slowly win you over just through decency alone, rather than any particular magnetism or charm. You get to see the Kunsthistorisches Art Museum intimately, from different viewpoints and are privileged to experience a very engaging lecture on Brueghel. I found it life-infused and infusing. If you like museums and quiet contemplation, then I'd sincerely recommend this film.

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