Saturday, 14 January 2017

Revengue of the NEERDS!

I will give that this movie is 100% better in its treatment of women. Now they are merely sexual objects, not actual characters that get dumped on!

The Nerds need to represent their school at the gathering of fraternities in the beach area of somewhere, but of course the Alpha Betas of another college don't want them there. And for some reason Ogre is back and with the other ABs? Anyway, the Nerds are mocked, but set up their own base to work from. The fraternities try to get physical requirements added to representation (which the Nerds won't meet), but the Nerds get that struck down, but are a part of another amendment to throw out any frat that disgraces their college with anything illegal. Can you see where this is going?

Yep, the ABs frame the Nerds in a way that is easily refutable, and the Nerds get marooned on an island with Ogre, at which point he basically joins them. (This is where we get the 'bush!' line, referring to weed in this case.) They make their way back and get back just in time to not get thrown out, and for Lewis to punch out the lead jock. (Again with the other Lambda Lambda Lambda people giving them a chance, in a way that seems racist, but again we've had no race issues?)

Gilbert is barely in this, perhaps the actor decided it was too stupid, but is around for basically a day of filming. Lewis, the other main nerd, who got the lead babe in the last movie, and even though is still with her?, gets the lead babe in this movie too. Wut? And from belching last time, we get spitting this time.

But this does seem like just another dumb frat boob comedy movie, with the unpopular people against the popular people. With even less effort put in. The frame up is stupid, and even the lead bad guy can't be bothered putting up a defense when confronted. However, this is after the Nerds smashed through the hotel with basically a tank, so, I'm thinking they still disgraced their college and should be thrown out anyway? But I seem to be the only one to notice that.

Okay, with decent into generic-ness, we're done, right?


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Friday, 13 January 2017

TP 3.3

It's the comedy episode... a lot of comedy... some might say too much comedy. It's A Man For Emily.

It's a ship of The Momma, Emily and Elmer, and they arrive at the Earth. They get a bad impression from seeing too many Westerns, but send Elmer down to get food... and so the TP get involved to help sort of the resulting mess. However Emily decides she wants John as her own manboy, but can he can get out of it?

The main problem is that it is a comedy, and everyone is treating it as much. The TP actors themselves are completely playing it up, with Peter Vaughn-Clarke grinning inappropriately in every scene, and Nick Young having to ham it up in the last episode. And then there are great lines like "Friendly as well as fat." Why did they think was going to get a sequel?

Amusingly the commentary, because the discs are produced by Big Finish, features Peter Davison as well as Peter and Nick. This is his first televisual appearance, and after this he wanted more... (although he doesn't say too much about this in his autobiography). The three of them take not just the piss but other elements out of this too. It's a great listen.

Certainly this episode doesn't stand up, but the commentary does.


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Wednesday, 11 January 2017


This is one of them dramas pretending to be science fiction in order to get a different audience in.

It's a ship travelling to a far and distant planet, when an accident happens and one of the passengers is awokened. He stumbles around for a while, is unable to do anything useful, but decides to wake up a female passenger he's crushing on. [Note: This should be a spoiler, but the movie gets to this point before anything you've seen in the trailers, and this isn't a point of mystery at all.] What happens then is the two of them have the rest of their lives together because they will die before the ship arrives... except more accidents happen and it's likely the ship will blow up.

First up, this isn't really science fiction. The meat of the story is that man wakes up woman and they spend time together. That could be anywhere, and doesn't need to be in space let alone on this set up. That set up just provides for some action sequences, but this is a story that doesn't need it. So that's a thing.

But the main problem is that person one wakes up person two [as I said, the movie makes no mystery about this, whereas perhaps it should have?]. Yeah, the guy's a dick for waking her up, but I can see the motivation for him doing so. And without that, we wouldn't have much of a movie. As least, not the romance drama we have here. (Again the sci-fi trapping is getting in the way of the story, they want to talk about 'what if a man and a woman were the last people around?', and cludge it up with this wrapper.) Split this part out into a more concentrated on that movie and it could work. And being alone in space could work. But not really like this.

So after all that, if you are still wanting to see Passengers, at least you'll enjoy Laurence Fishburne and Michael Sheen.


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Sunday, 8 January 2017

Boon Tomohowk

This is a modern western, in that it is a western, but now we are able to use modern techniques to really sell the gory details.

Some people are abducted from a small western town, so a group of four form a posse to go out and get them back, including the husband of the one woman taken, the sheriff and sort of deputy, and the stuck up guy who knows what's best. We follow them through the desert for a very long time, with one or two encounters, before finally getting to the cave of the evil peoples, and what that entails.

This gets graphic, but it's only really in the last part of the movie that it indulges in it. For the most part, we are following the four characters through the desert, and there is good stuff happening, but the movie really takes its time.

Like the other big western from recent memory, this features Kurt Russell in a gruff grizzly role. We also get Matthew Fox with a(n intentionally) terrible mustache, and Patrick Wilson, who I can't remember what I last saw him in.

The effects are very good, but I did spend the odd moment going "I think I can see where they put the wound application", so I wasn't completely involved. Still, very well done.

A good movie, check it out if you have any interest.


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Saturday, 7 January 2017

Revengue of the NERDS!

Yes, it's that classic movie that has now become a symbol for misogyny. Let's check it out!

Two characters, Lewis and Gilbert, are new to college, and now they have a chance for going after women! Only problem, they are extreme stereotypes of Nerds! They team up with other nerds, and form their own fraternity, but have trouble with the jock fraternity of Alpha Beta, and then get their revenge!

With how we start, fine, the jocks are obnoxious. But you know what? The nerds aren't any better! This isn't the tale of the underdog, this is the tale of a bunch of unlikeable characters all over the place not doing anything good!

However, let's get into it. The nerds form Lambda Lambda Lamdba, but the Alpha Beta's aren't interested in them. Fine, the ABs are jerks, and their big prank is letting some pigs into their opening party... which is a standard fraternity prank (from what I understand of movies), but this leads to the revenge. First against the AB associated sorority Pi Beta Pi by going into the sorority and setting up cameras...

...okay, even without the cameras, and with understanding that there is panty raids, this seems like straight up assault. Never mind being a prank, the LLL should be evicted, or put in jail or something! Instead, we get the gratuitous nudity, and they even involve minors (a young lad watching it). It doesn't go on as long as you might remember, but it isn't good.

Compared with this, the revenge prank on the ABs is putting liquid heat on their jockstraps... um, that seems like basic huge scale difference. This is just a stupid fraternity prank, the kind you expect. How does this compare with the invasion?

And then we have a big competition thing to decide who is the next top fraternity/sorority. The games session has some tricks by the nerds to get over the jocks, but the jocks win. Then there is the charity booth, and fortunately the nerds have pictures of the topless Pis to sell their pies... er, again, I'm thinking criminal charges? And around this point is where Lewis fakes being the main jock to have sex with the lead Pi. Again, I'm thinking rape charges, but she enjoyed it so it's all right? The last is a skit session, where the Alphas actually show a more fun side by dressing as cheerleaders, but the nerds are the only ones with an actual set up, so of course they win.

The Alphas get mad, trash the Lambda's house, but the dean finally stands up to them and the coach, with the help of the sponsor behind the Lambda's who shows up to silence everyone because... I'm not sure. What the hell is the point of this bit? Is it because they are black? But the Alphas haven't shown any sign of being racist, so... what? Anyway, big nerd speech, everyone embraces their inner nerd, yay!

Okay, some problems with the handling of Pis, but otherwise this is just another stupid college fraternity movie. Certainly not something make a series out of.


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Friday, 6 January 2017

TP 3.2

After all this talk about Galactic Trig and such, we get our first story on another planet. And it's rather dull. This is Worlds Away.

The reason telepaths are so late in breaking out on Earth is because the Egyptians are to blame. The Egyptian gods that is, who are, of course, aliens. They have a telepathic nullifying field and the machine only recently stopped working, hence the Tomorrow People. This machine is still working on another planet, so the TPs are sent there because they are used to working without powers. And lo, we get our 'peasant village' standard tropes, complete with witch telepath burner. Fortunately, the TPs are there to... shoot the machine, and everyone is saved!

Which is stretched out over several episodes. It's only three, but it feels like more. And the first episode they aren't even on the planet yet! When they get there, there's obviously the machine responsible, but instead of heading straight for that and dealing with it, they take the time out to deal with the locals. GET ON WITH IT!

This story is notable for two things. The first being the explanation of why telepaths now and not before. The other is the on screen presence of Philip Gilbert, the voice of TIM, who plays various clones with the acronyms of TIM (because, GET IT????).

This just isn't a riveting story, but it should be. With the Egyptian gods and another planet, this should be exciting. But it's dull. The next story however...


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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Ass Cree

Yeah, I went there with the title. This is the latest movie to prove that games can be movies. Where by 'prove' I mean actually 'test'.

Some dude sees his mother's death when he is young, grows up traumatised, then is kidnapped by a company to regress into a past self. SCIENCE! There he relives some of the deeds of his ancestor to find out where he put an apple. The apple, in this case, holds the genetic code for people that will enable the company to eliminate violence. SCIENCE! Everything goes wonderfully and everyone lives happily ever after.

I can't really express how... boring this movie was. It was just dull on every level. The basic story, of needing this macguffin is badly presented, and I don't care about it. The regression technology isn't even slightly believable, even with the graphics, so I don't care about it. And what happens in the past is just action scenes with no plot to speak of, therefore I don't care about it. Even that most of the scenes were filmed in real, with not much CGI, doesn't move them up the scale to narratively interesting. Just because the dullness was shot for real doesn't make it less dull.

And then we have plenty of set up for more movies, because we must have franchises these days, and if they can pull out a new game every year, why not a movie?

Just... snore.


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