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So, I've had a few days of holidays on my own. I decided to go on a bit of a movie and TV binge, catch up with a pile of stuff I've been meaning to watch.

Under a cut, though no real spoilers for Saw V, Midnight Meat Train, Feast 2 and 3, Dollhouse and Torchwood: Children of Earth... )

Not bad for less than a week, huh? Now, of course, my sweety is on holidays with me, so we won't be watching quite as much, I suspect. But it was nice while it lasted. ;)
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Dear Steven,

I might have once berated you for your miniseries Jekyll. In fact, I definitely did. I might have intimated that anyone, literally anyone, could have made a better adaptation of the source material. Certainly, no-one could make a worse one. Surely.

I was wrong.

Last night we watched Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde, starring the usually-reliable Dougray Scott (who we once bumped into in a hotel in Mauritius, but that's not important right now...). We thought it might be cool. At the very least, it would be better than Jekyll.

Again, I was wrong.... under a cut for spoilers... )

The Forbidden Kingdom with Jet Li and Jackie Chan, on the other hand, was a lot better than I was expected. Fun, light, sometimes clever, often cliched, but always entertaining.
martinlivings: (Nom Nom Nom Nom)
So, I watched the entire series of Phantasm (known in Australia as "The Never Dead") movies last week. When Izz asked me what they were about, I told her they were about an alien from another dimension pretending to be an undertaker who was killing people and stealing corpses from graves in order to crush them down to half-size, put them in Jawa costumes and send them to their own dimension to work as slaves, by means of a gigantic tuning fork. Oh, and metal balls fly through the air and kill people too.

She thought I was kidding.

You have to admire a series of four films that, for twenty years, used the same actors, writer, director and, let's face it, plot. They're demented, illogical, random, silly, terribly acted, ineptly directed... and rather a lot of fun. Extra points for Reggie Bannister, an ugly, bald aging hippy, getting to make out with or at least share a bed with a different beautiful young woman in every single one of the sequels.

I give them three flying metal balls of death. :)

martinlivings: (Life is Pain)
The Happening

Utterly, utterly, utterly, utterly crap.
martinlivings: (Zombie Martin)
From [ profile] jack_ryder...

Stan Winston, dead at 62.

This makes me really sad. Winston was a bit of a hero for me in the nineties, when I was heavily into special effects makeup. He was one of the heavy hitters, along with Dick Smith (no, not the Australian entrepeneur!), Rob Bottin, Tom Savini and Rick Baker. These were the guys breaking the rules, pushing the envelope of special effects makeup. Winston always seemed a little full of himself compared to the others, but he was a gifted artist and will be missed.

For those who don't know his work - think Terminator, think Aliens, think Jurassic Park, think Predator. He also did the makeups for some of Tim Burton's films, including Batman Returns and Edward Scissorhands. He was a character creator, more than a gorehound. Most recently, his studio did the effects for Iron Man and Indy 4.

62's way too young. He had a lot more ahead of him.


Mar. 30th, 2008 01:14 pm
martinlivings: (Zombie Martin)
So, on the recommendation of [ profile] chuckmck at Horrorscope, we got out and watched Fido, a zombie comedy starring Billy Connolly and Carrie Ann Moss. Chuck said it was brilliant, and I generally listen to my man Chuck.



Below cut for possible spoilerage... )
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Pan's Labyrinth
Guillermo Del Toro

Gorgeous. Traumatic. Breathtaking. Violent. Masterful.
martinlivings: (Genius)

Boll to tackle Sandiego

Uwe Boll, the German-born director whose computer game movie adaptations include "Alone in the Dark", "House of the Dead" and "Bloodrayne", announced his latest project at a film festival in Berlin today - an adaptation of the game "Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?".

"It cries out for re-imagining," he told a crowd of fans in the film library of the Institut Dummkopftag. "This classic work of virtual entertainment deserves to be exposed to a modern audience."

Boll has already cast "Species" actress Natasha Henstridge in the eponymous role of Carmen Sandiego, who in his version is an airline stewardess spreading an avian flu-like virus across the planet. It's up to the heroine, played by unknown German actress April Zuerst, to save the world, following a series of clues to trace the unknowing modern Typhoid Mary.

"It is 'Outbreak' meets 'The Da Vinci Code'," Boll assured his audience, who greeted the news with muted cheers.

- Reuters
martinlivings: (Screamatron 5000)

Out doing "The Number 23" promotions, director Joel Schumacher ("The Lost Boys", "Batman & Robin") told IESB he would like a go at directing an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's "Sandman".

*runs away screaming*


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