Friday, 31 May 2013

Flavours of the Month: May 2013...


24 Season 7 - I've done seasons 1-through-6 twice-a-piece, but the last two seasons I've only done once. It's been three years since the show ended, and so I gave the seventh season a second spin - it's good to have another dose of the Jack Bauer Power Hour on the telly.

L.A. Confidential - I absolutely barged through the book, and as I like to do, if there's a film adaptation of the book I've just finished reading, I run off and watch the movie to compare. While "The Black Dahlia" was a pretty poor film adaptation, "L.A. Confidential" (while reorganising and dispensing with a lot of back-stories and side-plots) is a superb example of exactly how a film adaptation should be.

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Thursday, 30 May 2013

"Zhombeez!" (2000)...

I dug this out of my vaults today and uploaded it to YouTube.

Many years ago now - during the summer of 2000 - I made a simple stop-motion experiment with zombies that I crafted out of clay. Inspired by George A. Romero's "Day of the Dead", I also created an army figure styled somewhat after Captain Rhodes and did my own - rather basic (it was my first, and pretty much only, attempt at stop motion animation) - re-enactment of the infamous scene from Romero's landmark horror flick.

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Sunday, 26 May 2013

Dead Genesis (Reese Eveneshen, 2011) DVD Review...

Indie filmmaker and zombie fan Reese Eveneshen (Writer/Director/Cinematographer) previously made waves on the low budget indie zombie flick scene with his 2007 remake of Night of the Living Dead, and with the follow-up film – Dead Genesis – Eveneshen seeks to tread familiar ground with a serious approach and bloody-minded ambition.

“It's not a war, it's us kickin' ass!” Beginning on Day 1 of the zombie apocalypse, we are quickly whisked through to Day 231, with the crumbling of society, and a push-back by the living, scanned-over with highlights. Families are literally torn apart (in an eye-widening first five minutes that separates the men from the boys), lawlessness takes over, and the 'War on Dead' begins with local militias becoming heroes of a resurrected New Media Corporation. Stories of hope and survival are transmitted to survivors as mankind sets about taking back what's theirs – but at what cost to their humanity?

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Saturday, 25 May 2013

YouTube Finds: Lazy May Edition...

I've been awfully light on the blogging front this month, but here's something I haven't done in a while - YouTube finds - videos that I've watched recently that I've been particularly fond of ... in no particular order:

1) Breaking Bad 1995 Style:

2) Pete Holmes on why being a kid sucks, and being an adult rules:

3) The Walking Dead "This Will Destroy You":

A superb fan-made video montage by DJC Productions.

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Friday, 24 May 2013

Total Recall (2012) mini-musing...

What's it about?
Len "Die Hard 4.0" Wiseman's action-fest sci-fi that is part remake of the 1990 movie of the same name starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and part re-telling of the source text by Philip K. Dick ("We Can Remember It For You Wholesale") about an apparently average worker drone who wants something more from life, and seeks implanted memories from Rekall, only to discover he's actually the leader of a resistance movement.
Who would I recognise in it?
Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston and others.

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Sunday, 12 May 2013

Triple Bill Mini Musings: Lovely, Majestic, Godly...

Lovely Molly:
What's it about?
From Eduardo 'The Blair Witch Project' Sanchez, this low-fi, slow-burn, chilling, skin-crawler of a haunted house flick centres on the titular newlywed (and ex-junkie) as she returns to the not-so-peaceful family home in rural Maryland and discovers that something's going bump in the night.
Who would I recognise in it?
Alexandra Holden.
I'd heard good things about this, but didn't know an awful lot about the movie itself, and perhaps that helped. It's a gradually-paced flick that prefers a highly unsettling soundscape and carefully suggestive visuals, that hold back up-front horrors in favour of something altogether more effective at getting the shivers to bother your spine. It's worth sticking around as the gently ratcheted tension builds into a haunting finale. Good.

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