Yeah, going back to a classic. For varying definitions of the term 'classic'.
An extremely attractive model wakes up in a house, which is immediately invaded by a wind machine and a team of tough military types. Which includes someone who looks like they might cry if someone says boo, and a token badass chick. Led by Colin Salmon, they go into a base and, after half the movie and half the cast is offed, they finally meet zombies. Despite everyone knowing why they were watching this movie, and not caring about the politics and backstory and such, it takes a long time to get around to what people were wanting. And then it's... quite dull really. Go here, fight zombies, go there, fight zombies, go here and infight a bit, then a train ride and failure to escape (complete with non-obligatory nipple and crotch shots of Milla Jovovich).
Yeah, not a lot of plot in this. Certainly not a lot of horror, especially when you know some of the behind the scenes information about how effects were done and dogs were zombified. And the CGI Licker is an obvious special effects and integrates into the film not well at all. Milla Jovovich is impressive in many ways, but Paul spent a bit too much time lingering on her naked body to be really comfortable.
This did rate high, probably more due to expectation and being different, and it is still better than the rest of the series (which I will be rewatching). Which, however, just says how bad the rest of the series gets.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Yeah, going back to a classic. For varying definitions of the term 'classic'.
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
What the hey, let's watch a new tv show, Helix!
Down in a base in Antartica (a very large underground base, that might as well have an Umbrella logo on it... okay, I watched certain movies recently...), a virus gets loose, and the CDC is called in. A group is hastily assembled and flies in and soon gets caught up in all sorts of shenanigans. (And yes, the virus does seem to make people act a little like zombies, but not really, and the mindless ones aren't really the point of the show, so I don't feel like this is a zombie show at all.)
By episode four, we have revealed that pretty much every one is lying about everything all the time. Various character backstories come out, and people trust clearly untrustable people, and people are killed off out of plot convenience and... it's all rather messy...
And yet, it is very watchable. Because it is about the people, and not about virus'd people, the plots are more relateable, and there is still the odd science gimmick to keep things interesting. There is the requisite character revelations and twists and turns... and while we are ten episodes in, I'm not entirely sure where they plan on going for the last three that isn't just stretching the remaining small amount of plot out over those episodes and not really having new reveals. Then again, no doubt the creators are hoping for a second season so expect yet more reveals to come!
Certainly I hope to remember to check out the remaining episodes, and consider this a win in the 'random show to watch' lottery.
Monday, 10 March 2014
Well, it took me several months... possibly even years, but I finally watched all the episodes of Tomb Raider the TV series, aka Relic Hunter. (Although it also freely rips from Indiana Jones.)
Tia Carrere is
Lara Croft Syndey Fox, a Relic Hunter who works for a university and every week finds herself off in some part of the world hunting down a relic that just conveniently is still around. And, just as conveniently, the traps surrounding it still works too. And bad guys just to happen to chose that moment to also make a play for it... yeah, you could say formulaic.
Also formulaic is that there is "romantic tension" between the two leads, Sydney Fox and upper class British twist Nigel Bailey. Although more Nigel occasionally lusting for Sydney. But that doesn't stop them having many episodes of 'lover of the week' turning up. Right in the middle of what every show was doing.
Tia Carrere looks to have been hired for the same reason as Angelina Jolie: a kick-ass actress that looks good. Christian Anholt is Nigel and... after looking at his credits, if I rewatch Curse of Fenric, he'll be someone to look out for. As the 'sexretary', we start with Linda Booth for season 1 and 2, and she's cropped up in other sci-fi shows. Tanja Reichert is there for season 3, with both of her obvious reasons for being cast, and also seems to have done stuff afterwards... There are various people that we now recognise as stars, but would see this as 'bit part I was glad to get to pay the rent', for example Ian McNeice and Omid Djalili.
Interestingly, for season 3, they decided to end on a cliff-hanger revelation, which they didn't do for 1 and 2... and yet, there was no season 4.
Considering how generic this feels, I can't say I'm surprised this isn't a huge hit...
Sunday, 9 March 2014
I was wondering what I was going to talk about... then I saw this was available. Woo!
Up on a mountain, there are people pulling sick skiing moves. Woo! Look at the people shredding the snow and freewheeling the boards and... other terms, I have no idea. Oh, and sharks are around. Before you ask 'how can they move through snow?', don't worry, they are mystical sharks, courtesy of native Americans, so everything is fine. People slowly go missing (the main couple spend a lot of time looking for two people... and I'm not sure we ever met the people who are missing, so cared not even in the slightest), and no-one believes sharks are about, until they see them. And, of course, by then, it's too late. Chomp! Fortunately, due to complete chance, everyone (ie three remaining cast members) live! Unless others survive. Meh.
I will admit the sharks look decent. They are a CGI and composited as fuck into the movie, but what we see is well detailed. The blood effects are... bad. The shooting is standard 'put on bullet sparks afterwards' affair. And all I will say about the acting is that they showed off the bodies of very pretty women, who were clearly hired to have bodies to show off.
With the way this is all going, how long until "Comic Sharks - this time for go for the issue without the splash page!" ?
Saturday, 8 March 2014
Just think of being an extra in this movie. With everything being set in one location on the plane (which is probably about ten different sets to do all the effects they want), you're going to be booked for the whole production run and be on screen all the time. Boo-yah!
On a plane, someone decides to screw with Liam Neeson and claim someone will die every twenty minutes... and rather happily the movie does manage to do that. I put it that way because some of the deaths are extremely convenient to happen on time. Even when they try to explain them, it still comes across as complete rubbish that that managed to happen that way. Anyway, during all this time Liam is trying to find out who is behind everything, but unfortunately doesn't turn out to be Julianne Moore... okay, that might be considered spoilers, but she is never the villain! Come on, how great would it be if she turned out to be the Big Bad behind it all! Come on Hollywood, make it happen! And the bad guy is revealed and, as you might expect, what's going on isn't as interesting as the set up...
So yeah, one location, a plane, so they can't blow it up over and over. The movie moves around enough that it doesn't feel too stuck in one place, and plenty of action, of course. Although I do need to complaint about one bit (spoilers) The old bullet in the window causes complete structural failure of the plane, with everything blown out...(/spoilers). Nope, doesn't happen. Bullshit.
Liam Neeson isn't really trying that hard, but still comes across well. Julianne Moore is playing the one character is ever plays. And.. there are other people in this, including Oscar award winner Lupita Nyong'o!
Not going to surprise anyone, a decent film, but hardly innovative.
Friday, 7 March 2014
As well as the Symphonic Spectacular, other things I didn't know about but were happening was a Doctor Who Exhibit at the Capital E Central... which isn't at Capital E.
It's a large room, in which there are large posters with large texts on them... and varied and many props. Check it out!
Other photos are available.
There was a Cyberman, and a Dalek, and some outfits... and a TARDIS of course...
And yet... it felt rather sad. It only takes about ten minutes to wander around, and it just didn't grab me. Great, I got to see some items up close... but it was like a sad school exhibit of random items kids had at home.
Perhaps Peter's blog will be more exciting.
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Thursday, 6 March 2014
We've been hearing more and more recently about paedophile priests. But it's been something that's been going on since the 1960s and 70s... well, even earlier than that, but this is the story that starts there, and deals with Silence in the House of God.
We start with three deaf men telling of their childhood events when Fr Lawrence Murphy molested them... and how the Church did nothing about it. Then we hear of other stories, and... how the Church did nothing about it. Even when they did something about it, they didn't really do anything about it. And in present day... still the same story, whereby it's 'poor priests' and that's about it.
I can't say this movie made me angry, because it didn't surprise me. If anything, I was just sad at how little has been done and, cynically, how little is going to continue to happen. As long as the Church has the respect of the populace, it's going to get away with this. It claims to be the moral leader... and the attitude to evidence against that is 'shush'. It's not new news to me.
A good telling of many of the details of some of what has been happening, but your ability to put up with the details may vary.