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Jul 04, 2007

Too Much Information About JoAnne Thrax

In preparation for my threatened review of "The Last of the Time Lords", here's that "get to know me" author profile thing everyone else seems to be doing. 

Name: JoAnne Thrax, though I also sometimes use the surname Pow!ers
Location: Madison, Wisconsin (in Amerika)
Occupation: Saxophonist
Earliest Dr Who memory:
I don't know.  Probably something with Tom Baker and Daleks or Krynoids or Ogri or a giant robot or something.
Favourite Doctor Who TV Story of all-time: I'm not sure I have a favourite, and given the 20 years since I've seen most of them, I'll try not to pick one.  I do seem to be partial to Daleks.
And on the opposite end of the spectrum: It's been a couple of decades since I saw most of the Pertwee-through-Colin-Baker episodes, so I'll probably have to go with "New Earth"...but "Time and the Rani" wasn't particularly good either.  Nor was "Fear Her".
Correction: My mistake.  Late-breaking "The Last of the Time Lords" news: it might be worse.
Favourite Doctor: Probably Tom, just because he was the first one I ever saw, but I like Chris a lot, too.
Favourite Companion: Sarah Jane Smith
Favourite Doctor Who Novel: There are Doctor Who Novels?
Favourite Doctor Who Audio: Stereo.  I totally dig it in stereo.
Favourite Doctor Who Website: This one, of course.  And I kinda like www.projectdalek.co.uk
Favourite non-Who Website: I'm not sure I can grasp the idea that people actually have "favourite websites", so I'll just mention one I like: http://angryarab.blogspot.com/
Favourite Films (in arbitrary order): "The Battle of Algiers" (Gillo Pontecorvo), "Seppuku" (Masaki Kobayashi), "Touch of Evil" (Orson Welles), "La Strada" (Fellini), "Once Upon a Time In The West" (Leone), "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" (Kubrick), "The Train" (Frankenheimer), "The Great Dictator" (Chaplin), "The General" (Keaton), "Bus 174", "The Ice Storm", "The Taking of Pelham 123", "The Devil's Backbone", "The Grand Illusion", "Serenity", "Yojimbo", "Little Otik", "The Mystery of Picasso", "The Thing From Another World", "To Be Or Not To Be" (1942), "Dancer In The Dark", "The Sweet Hereafter", "Zatoichi Monogatari", "Do The Right Thing", "One Million B.C." (1940), "The African Queen", "Casablanca", "Dog Day Afternoon", "Forbidden Planet", "The Legend of Drunken Master", "Brazil", "20 Million Miles To Earth", "I Am Cuba", almost anything with Harold Lloyd, and "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre".  Oh, and "The Killer Shrews"...
I watch a lot of movies.
Movies Everyone Else Seemed to Like That Were Actually Crap: "The Matrix", "Kill Bill", "Sin City"
Favourite TV Show: I liked that thing with the planes that hit those buildings, but it was really only on for a couple of days.
I enjoy listening to: Peter Brötzmann, Alice Coltrane, Nina Hagen, Sidney Bechet, Helmut Lachenmann, Fela Kuti, Keiji Haino, Throbbing Gristle, Public Enemy, Crass, Merzbow, Albert Ayler, Milford Graves, Kaoru Abe, Masayuki Takayanagi, Eric Dolphy, The Need, Sofia Gubaidulina, The Lemon Kittens, Guenter Mueller, Voice Crack, European free improv, musique concrete, Indian classical music, funk and soul from the 70's, to name too many.
I enjoy reading: Well, yes, in theory...but it takes so much time.
Other sci-fi I enjoy: Firefly, Farscape, Deep Space Nine, Blake's 7, James Tiptree, Jr., Ursula K. LeGuin, a bunch of movies.  I hear the new "Battlestar Galactica" is better than the old one.
Things that irritate me: How much time have you got?  Fascism.  Religion.  Sexism.  Racism.  Homophobia.  Police officers.  Shitty movies.  Shitty food.  Shitty television.  The shitty U.S. media.  Hypocrisy.  Mormons.  Adverts (the commercials, not the band).  Stupidity.  Mosquitos.  Jingoism.  Children.  Rich people.  Capitalism.  War.  Humidity.  Jam-bands.  Drug laws.  Living in a country too crappy to have a health care system.   Having to watch "The Last of the Time Lords" again so I can review it.  I could go on...
Favourite joke: What do you call someone who hangs out with musicians?  A drummer!
Guilty Pleasures: I have pleasures, although I am unfamiliar with this "guilt" you speak of.   Here's a bunch of them, some of which you probably think I should feel more guilty about than others: Bleu cheese.  Trainwrecks.  Samurai movies.  New York Times sunday crossword puzzles.  Limes.  Drugs.  Sushi.  Fire.  Bogart movies.  Thunder.  Bittersweet-chocolate-and-apricot oatmeal cookies, Pirate Radio.  Explosions.  Movies about the Underground fucking with the Nazis.  Garlic.  Central Asian history.  "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" from 2005.  H.P. Lovecraft short stories.  Revolution.  "Pearls Before Swine" (the comic), Watching way too much football during the World Cup and then little-to-none for the next four years.  Eating at restaurants where I'm the only one there who can speak English.  Historical epidemiology.  Women with handguns.  Coconut milk.  Blue and purple hair.
Reasons for Blogging: Blogging?  Who's Blogging?

I used to have cats named Alice and Yoko (after Alice Coltrane and Yoko Ono), but they were almost named "Fire Escape" and "Bin Liner".  ("Dalek" had also been considered).


I've a feeling JoAnne's really Hannibal Lecter reborn as a woman.

And that's not a bit Deus Ex Machina..

Top marks given, especially for Welles, Kubrick, Chaplin, Firefly, Deep Space Nine, women with handguns, and blue/purple hair.

I was just half reading along (5am here).

Let's hear it for 34 year old saxophonists who listen to experimental and noise music (seems that you have a thing for 80s euro and Japanese musicians) and who watch Doctor Who. My twin? Odd.

Ever seen "The Seven Samurai"? Love that one, such a different role from the usual stone-faced samurai for Toshiro Mifune...he's brilliant in that.

Yes, of course I've seen the Seven Samurai. I still think "Seppuku" may be the finest jidaigeki I've seen, however. Really one of the finest films ever made, as is Kobayashi's "Joi Uchi" ("Samurai Rebellion").

Still, the Kurosawa's are excellent. I'm especially partial to "Yojimbo" and "Throne of Blood", but they're all good.

I also recommend Kihachi Okamoto's "Akage" ("Red Lion"). More Brilliant Mifune.

"I've a feeling JoAnne's really Hannibal Lecter reborn as a woman."

How, exactly? Cannibalism was not mentioned under "guilty pleasures"...

Ah, see.. that's where I differ.

I identify Hannibal Lecter with a well-spoken, artistically influenced intellectual first, and a cannibal second. Or third or fourth actually.

It was a compliment, trust me.

Throne of Blood! Kickass...I always liked Macbeth too, so that helped. Washizu getted pelted with arrows at the end was very memorable.

"How, exactly? Cannibalism was not mentioned under "guilty pleasures"..."

Perhaps it was the Throbbing Gristle.

Hey I did forget to comment there too. Throbbing Gristle is A-OK in my book =D

Steven Wells' recent 'Throbbing Gristle Primer' is, I think, in the spirit of this blog -
· Throbbing Gristle formed in 1975 and were the first band ever to call themselves "industrial".
· In common with all other industrial bands, TG wouldn't last 10 minutes in a real factory. They'd probably run home crying after mill girls held them down and put milk bottles over their penises, flashed their garters and then smashed the bottles off wi' cobblestones.

Incidentally, did you know there's a JoAnn (no "e") Thrax that's a semi-famous pudding wrestler?

No kidding. Google her. Not that that doesn't sound dirty or anything..

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