what rats won't do

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First, Real Life Peter in 1997, do you think there is such thing as a quintessentially British film? And if so, is this it?*

And that’s all you need to know about What Rats Won’t Do which has finally (finally!) been released on dvd.

*actual question asked by interviewer.

Except actually apparently not because just look how long this is.To more or less quote myself from the original slow motion filmography post (from way back in 2014 when the only available version of the film was a vhs-rip with hardcoded Portuguese subtitles), this is another not-huge supporting role for Peter, this time as Tony the somewhat dodgy solicitor

who also seems to be something of a PR and who is the best mate of the lead played by James Frain (who was also in Prime Suspect 3 although he and Peter didn’t have any scenes together).

Tony doesn’t have all that much to do except wear lots of iridescent ties

with those weird overly-buttoned late 1990′s suits

while throwing people into cars (see above), navigating press packs (see above), drinking champagne in limos (see above), and when the occasion calls for it, giving excellent glare.

Also, there’s only one real instance of what you might call swearing in anger in this and guess who does it?

Also, also, this probably just the only time you will ever see Peter anywhere near a cricket game, much less wearing (extremely untidy) cricket whites with matching white suede shoes.

No, we don’t get to see him play (“play”), which obviously would have been the best thing ever, but life is full of disappointments that we must learn to bear gracefully.

BUT WAIT. What DOES the mole rat disease do? I mean I know what it does mechanics-wise but what does it do. Don’t you dare to give me a permanent condition with no better explanation that ‘kills kids, mildly punks adults’ (based on sample size of one adult, one child) that’s not okay. What are the symptoms and how do I manage them? Does this lower my life expectancy? Can I kiss / have sex without worrying or what? Does it transmit between humans or is it strictly a vault 81 molerat –> human interaction? Will it KILL ME? 

Curie please explain I think you’re the only one left who might know. This is important.

anonymous asked:

What's FOIA requests?

Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) the American public can request specific information and documents from government agencies, even if that information isn’t published or widely available. (There are a number of exceptions as well, I won’t get into the details here.)

For example, at one of my previous jobs, we had to submit FOIA requests to various state Medicaid agencies to look at what their coverage requirements were. We’d fill out a form specifying exactly what information we wanted, then fax it in, and hope they got back to us within 20 business days.

Federal agencies get literally tens of thousands of these requests per year.

FOIA requests are very time-intensive for both the private individual requesting the information and the government body, which has to find and prepare the information. The individual has to know exactly what information they want, and understand that they can ask for under FOIA, then wait a month for an answer. The government has to find the information, potentially redact certain parts, and send it along.

It’s why the idea of two people meeting and developing a friendship over a FOIA request is so funny—they’re very important for governmental transparency, but really one of the most tedious bits of bureaucratic minutiae.

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Hmmm, can you see see something of a pattern here?

Four times in three different decades where Peter gives an interviewer way more unvarnished truth than they were probably expecting.

I’m not sure what I like more: when younger Peter says exactly what he’s thinking (as in the unfinished student film interview from 1989 or even better the What Rats Won’t Do interview from 1997 which does the impossible and makes me happy that film exists) or is it when older Peter is trying to be diplomatic, but by the time his brain catches up to what his mouth just said OUT LOUD, the cat has well and truly escaped the bag.

Of course, other times I’m pretty sure he knows precisely what he’s doing

as I think he did exactly three years ago today on 17 March 2013 when Peter and the very beginnings of The Greatest Mustache in the World had to endure what must have felt like an eternity of Sunday Brunch with The Saturdays on St. Patrick’s Day.

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067 What Rats Won’t Do (1998)

Another not-huge supporting role for Peter, this time as Tony the somewhat dodgy solicitor – who also seems to be something of a PR – the best mate of the lead played by James Frain*.  Tony doesn’t have all that much to do except wear nice ties, throw people into cars, navigate press packs, and alternate smiling and glaring, both of which he does with great panache. 

Also, this probably just the only time you will ever see Peter anywhere near a cricket game, much less wearing (extremely untidy) cricket whites.  No, we don’t get to see him play (“play”), which obviously would have been the best thing ever.  

A small technical note: the only known source for this film has Portuguese subtitles that can’t be turned off.  I cropped them from the gifs where they would have been visible, but they’re still very present in the film itself.

*For anyone keeping track, they were both in Prime Suspect 3, but had no scenes together. 

What Rats Won’t Do (#38)

I’m a little concerned about the number of British B-Movies I’ve been not only consuming, but enjoying recently and this one - despite probable expectations - continued the trend. It’s cliche and nineties but I found it very engaging and enjoyable. The performances are worthwhile (Natasha McElhone and James Frain have good chemistry and reparte) and it also marks the first time Parker Posey didn’t get maddeningly on my nerves. It’s short and worth watching on Netflix if you’re looking for something nice, if not particularly high quality. I liked it.