Christian Marclay’s ‘The Clock’: Live!
16.27 OK you win Christian. You’ve beaten me and my laptop battery. I’ve watched a paltry quarter of the film and my eyelids are burning with the sight of clock faces. For those wanting to catch some of it at least, the film is screened till 10pm (and then 24 hours again next weekend) though be prepared to queue! Right, off to find what’s left of the sunlight..
16.06 Four o’clock seems a quiet time in movie land. Apart from people playing chess in French cafés of course.
15.54 Michael Douglas has a great departure lounge posture. Relaxed yet smart, comfortable yet ready to move. He’s also got a voice you feel rather than hear.
15.43 Beginning to feel like I’ve seen every possible variation of watch/clock ever made. A pensive Edvard Munch sat alone in a crowded room. Know how he feels!
15.36 Steve McQueen the latest riser so far..
15.27 ‘It’s 3.27 and in exactly 33 minutes time all the evil people in the world will be 1/3 of their present size’
15.15 A quarter past three and a young Pip arrives at the house of Ms Haversham
14.59 And Woody ‘Lennie’ Allen shows up at the apartment of a buxom young lady with a penchant for smutty timepieces! He does the ‘out of my depth’ face better than anyone.
14.49 Some nice discreet use of the watch walky talky by an ‘operative’ as they call them in the movies. Unfortunately he seems to not have realized that he’s wearing a pink blazer and so is hardly blending into the crowd.
14.45 Seems a popular time to pawn your watch.. John Malkovic, Michael Caine, Nic Cage (older, so with his ‘voice’ on)
14.36 I don’t think anyone holds their watch to their ear quite like Robert de Niro, with that shrug that could mean just about anything.
14.30 Mid afternoon seems to be a sleepy old time. People waiting around smoking seems a popular past time.
14.20 Who needs a watch? Mick Dundee certainly doesn’t – just the sun. What a guy..Incredibly people still waking up. What’s the latest anyone has ever woken up in a film I wonder?
14.13 Hurray! Hook and Schmee smashing up the clock shop.
14.03 Correction! Hapless pizza boy aka Peter Parker had 2 and a half minutes to make the delivery. He was late. Stern looking receptionist isn’t paying.
14.02 Two o’clock seems to be happy hour – at least for Agent Mulder..
13.57 Peter Parker aka Spiderman aka Pizza boy is running late! He’s got 29 minutes to deliver 6 deep pans or he’s fired. Wonder if he’ll make it?
13.37 Train montage time.
13.30 Hehe. Oh Christian – comedy splicing of Angelina Jolie in ‘Tomb Raider’ looking through binoculars and seeing a couple in 50s Paris.
13.25 Woody Allen’s pacing all over New York. Ye gads, Hugh Grant’s run is incredible. And Klaus Kinski wants his opera house apparently.
13.21 Sean Penn’s not having much luck convincing a hillbilly mechanic that his watch is worth ‘seventy eight hundred dollars’. ‘Where’s the numbers on it?’ our grease covered simpleton points out.
13.10 Johnny Depp has overtaken both Statham and Columbo in the minutes on screen ranking. That’s a good thing.
13.04 Full house in the WC cinema now.
1.00pm and all’s well. Though we just had two car crash scenes edited together which was a bit gruesome.
12.43 Have been some great timepieces on display but nothing tops Roger Moore’s watch that handily cuts him and his Bond girl free. Couple of UK comedy spottings with the scene from the Office when Brent’s lodger gets in late and John Cleese gets stopped by the police similarly running late.
12.30 Time for a did you know fact: Owen Wilson’s left handed..
12.21 Is it just me or did Nic Cage have a totally different voice when he was younger? Is his nasal drawl an affectation?
12.16 Tom Hanks trying to synchronize watches with an idiot in ‘The Ladykillers’ – his little beard is really quite something.
12.08 Great scene from Once Upon A Time in the West – bad guy getting shot at but the harmonica man helps him out: ‘Time sure flies, it’s already past 12.’ (Bad guy looks around. Gunman hiding behind the clock!)
12.04 12 o’clock came with a cacophony of bells. Mostly caused by Quasimodo who was riding one like a kid on a swing.
11.52 Time for cards. Leonardo DiCaprio’s going to America! Lola from Run Lola Run has just quite impressively smashed a glass clock with a blood-curdling scream. Richard Gear’s on the phone. Hold the line..
11.41 Oh dear, poor old Stan Laurel getting into a pickle with a gilded mantelpiece clock he’s broken. Big Ben has to be the most featured clock face – some guy’s climbing it. This is getting tense.
11.32 Everyone all a rush (except for John Cusack who’s still in bed). Languages heard so far: English, French, German, Swedish, Chinese, Japanese, Danish (?).
11.19 First explosion of the day on 11.16. First dead body sighted not long after. Elsewhere in movie land people are still only just waking up. Columbo and Jason Statham seem to be leading in the most-spotted stakes..
11.10 Alec Guiness plays a suave ship’s captain to a tee. ‘Everything is most gratifyingly OK,’ he murmurs louchely. Wait a sec, is that another Brit I hear? Yep, Michael Caine’s joined the party.
11.00 Lot’s of clock-watching approaching elevenses. Harry and Ron have just missed the Hogwarts Express – fiddlesticks!
10.48 That was great at 10.45 – Mr Darcy has come a-calling on Elizabeth. Keira Knightley looks faintly amused. Simmering tension ensues..
10.40 Adam Sandler taking a kid for a McDonalds breakfast. Rather you than me, Adam. Think I’ll stick with my Pret coffee.
10.35 Patrick Swayze getting checked over by a doctor – shot of the tube – Matt Damon in a police cell. Late breakfast time – people still just about waking up. It is Saturday, after all.
10.30 Some teething problems finding wifi but am on, live!