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20 REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL IN 2010

This blog is, in a convoluted way, a hype blog of sorts. Except it’s the stuff that gets me hyped, which means it’s always going to dip into dark realms of self-indulgence that should alienate more than a few people. That’s just how I like it. Forget retrospectives for the moment too. The lead into 2010 is going to be underwhelming, but as the year unravels and you get used to writing ‘2010’ on cheques or paying-in slips (both fairly old-fashioned habits to carry a date that seems so futuristic, but, hey, for the most part, we’re a regressive people) there’s some good things on the horizon. It won’t be all-wack-everything in the near future. Why? Because here’s twenty reasons to be cheerful over the next twelve months –

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THE DEAN STANTON EFFECT…

I’ll admit it, especially seeing that I was about 8 years old at the time – I once mistook Lee Van Cleef for Harry Dean Stanton. It was during ‘Escape From New York’ and I was bamboozled by the cinematic barrage of triple-word names. Since then, I’ve kept an eye out for him, and we Stanton fans have been spoilt by the frequency and eccentricity of his appearances. I’ve paid homage to Warren Oates round these parts, and seeing as Harry played beside him in three favourites -‘ 92 In The Shade’, ‘Cockfighter’ and ‘Dillinger’, and as the definitive ambassador for crumpled oddball roles, he warrants his own spotlight here.

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