Archive for June, 2011

June 30, 2011

REVIEW OF THE KARATE KID REMAKE

SHOULDN’T A MOVIE CALLED KARATE KID HAVE SOME KARATE IN IT? APART FROM A COUPLE OF TRAINING SESSIONS, WILL SMITH’S KID IS DOING THE BEST HE CAN WITH POOR MATERIAL.

BASICALLY, A LOAD OF KEEK, BRING BACK MR MIYAGI, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 30, 2011

JOHN CARPENTER’S THE FOG- A FORGOTTEN CLASSIC

LAST NIGHT I CAUGHT THE FOG ON ITV4 AND IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FAVOURITE OF MINE BUT MY DVD IS IN A BOX IN THE ATTIC SOMEWHERE. NOT GENERALLY KNOWN AS ONE OF CARPENTER’S BEST FILMS, I WONDER WHO EXACTLY WAS WATCHING IT BECAUSE FOR ME, IT IS GENUINELY ONE OF THE BEST HORROR MOVIES EVER.

EVERYTHING IS PERFECT IN THIS FILM WHICH SEES GHOST PIRATES SEEK REVENGE FOR BEING MURDERED 100 YEARS PREVIOUSLY BY KILLING THE EXACT NUMBER OF COUNCIL CONSPIRATORS THAT CONDEMNED THEM.

JAMIE LEE CURTIS IS CAST AS THE HITCH HIKER CAUGHT UP IN THE TERROR. INDEED ONE OF THE MOST FRIGHTENING SEQUENCES SEES HER ALONE IN A ROOM WITH A WALKING CORPSE, SCALPEL IN HAND AND HE’S COMING UP BEHIND HER. YOU ARE SCREAMING AT THE SCREEN FOR HER TO RUN.

CARPENTER SETS THE ATMOSPHERE FROM THE FIRST SHOT AS THE OLD MAN TELLS A GHOST STORY ON THE BEACH, THE STORY OF THE MURDERED PIRATES WHICH GIVES THE MOVIE AN ALMOST FAIRYTALE/POE FEEL TO IT. THEN THE SIMPLE CREEP AS CHAIRS MOVE BY THEMSELVES AND CAR HORNS TRIGGER IS SIMPLE YET EFFECTIVE. SOMETHING IS COMING.

THE WIDE LANDSCAPE SHOTS ARE POWERFUL, DRAPED IN FOG AND DULL WEATHER EVOKING A LONELINESS AND FEAR YOU, THE VIEWER WILL BE LEFT ALONE IN THIS VASTNESS WHEN THE PIRATES COME. IT SENDS A CHILL AND STEEPS YOU IN THE ATMOSPHERE, ESPECIALLY AS THE FOG HORN SOUNDS LIKE A TORTURED SOUL.

I COULD GO ON BUT I’LL JUST LIST WHY THIS IS SO GOOD, NOT ONLY IN STORY BUT A CINEMATIC TRIUMPH.

1 THE STORY IS ROCK SOLID.

2 THE DOUBLE BLUFF AS A DEAD BODY FALLS FROM A LOCKER.

3 THE PIRATE SHIP AS IT DOCKS ALONGSIDE THE HELPLESS TRAWLER.

4 THE DESOLATE LANDSCAPE WITH THE FIG HORN SOUNDTRACK.

5 THE ADRIENNE BARBEAU’S STORY THREAD IN THE LIGHTHOUSE AS THE FOG ATTACKS THE TOWN. SHE IS MAGNIFICNET AS A SOLE VOICE IN THE NIGHT AND THE ISLAND’S ONLY HOPE OF LETTING THEM KNOW WHAT IS COMING.

6 HER BATTLE WITH THE PIRATES CULMINATING ON THE ROOFTOP.

7 THE PIRATE KNOCKING ON THE DOOR IN SILHOUETTE WITH A SCYTHE AND DISAPPEARING AS THE CLOCK SHATTERS AND THE DOOR IS OPENED.

8 THE ATTACK ON THE HOUSE AS NICK SAVES  THE KID AS A PIRATE SLOWLY TEARS HIS DOOR APART, ONLY FOR HIS TRUCK TO BE STUCK IN THE MUD AS PIRATES SURROUND THEM AND ROTTING HANDS REACH FOR THEM.

9 FATHER MALLONE AS HE FINDS THE JOURNAL OF HIS ANCESTOR AND LEARNS THE TOWN’S DARK SECRET.

10 THE FINAL CHURCH BATTLE AS THE FOG LITERALLY COMES ALIVE, SWALLOWING THE STREETS AND SMASHING THEIR WAY INTO THE CHURCH VIA LIGHTS AND HANDS SMASHING THROUGH WINDOWS. SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE.

11 THE SHOTS OF TH FOG AS IT LITERALLY CONSUMES THE TOWN AND ADRIENNE BARBEAU’S TERRIFIED LOOK AS THE FOG SWOOPS OVER A HILL TOWARDS THE LIGHTHOUSE.

12 THE MUSIC SCORE, AGAIN, SETTING A DESOLATE, MOURNFUL ATMOSPHERE.

13 THE FACT THAT NON OF THE CHARACTERS ARE DUMB AND GO TO THEIR DEATHS LIKE IDIOTS, THEY ARE GENUINELY TRAGIC AND YOU CARE FOR THEM, FOR FUTURES LOST AND POSSIBILITIES UNSPOKEN.

ALL IN ALL THE PERFECT HORROR MOVIE TO WATCH WITH YOUR LOVED ONE. TH REMAKE WAS CRAP AND MISSED THE POINT OF THE ORIGINAL, IT’S NOT A LOVE STORY, IT’S A STORY OF JUSTIFIED VENGEANCE AND THE SINS OF THE FATHER. IN THE END, THE GHOSTS WERE RIGHT AND THERE AREN’T TOO MANY MOVIES YOU CAN SAY THAT ABOUT. SIMPLE YET EFFECTIVE, WORKS EVERYTIME

June 30, 2011

THE TIME WARRIORS FIRST FOOTSTEPS PAPERBACK OUT NOW

THE DEBUT NOVEL FROM IRIH WRITER OWEN QUINN IS OUT NOW ON PAPERBACK ON SALE VIA CREATESPACE AND AMAZON.

IT IS THE NEWEST SCIFI EPIC FROM IRELAND AND FEATURES A RACE OF ALIENS THAT CAME TO LIVE AMONG US WHEN THEIR WORLD WAS DESTROYED. THEY HAVE BEEN LED TO EARTH BY A VISION OF THE FUTURE WHERE SOMETHING CONSUMES ALL LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE AND IN THE CHAOS ONLY ONE PLANET SURVIVES. EARTH AND THIS IS WHERE THE FINAL BATTLE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL WILL BE FOUGHT.

PROBLEM IS THEY DON’T KNOW WHEN OR WHAT SO THEY PLEDGE TO FIGHT EVIL IN ALL ITS FORMS TO PROTECT THEIR NEW HOME.

OVER 17 ADVENTURES ACROSS THE 4 VOLUMES, VARRAN, MICHAEL, TYRAN AND JACKE, AN IRISH GIRL, WILL FACE DANGER AND WONDER AS A WHOLE ARRAY OF ALIENS AND VILLAINS THREATEN OUR WORLD.

BUT NONE OF THEM REALISE THE ENEMY IS WATCHING AND WAITING IN A PLAN THAT BEGAN THE DAY XEREBA DIED. PRICED £6.99. A NEW DAWN IN IRISH SCIFI HAS BEGUN.

June 29, 2011

TRANSFORMERS STAR LABEOUF TO QUIT?

TRANSFORMERS STAR SHIA LABEOUF HAS STATED RECENTLY THAT HE WILL NOT BE RETURNING TO THE FRANCHISE IF IT GOES TO A FOURTH MOVIE. HE DOESN’T SEE WHERE HE CAN TAKE HIS CHARACTER AS HE HAS PRETTY MUCH BEEN THROUGH IT ALL OVER THE THREE MOVIES. HE ALSO SAID THEY LEARNED FROM THEIR MISTAKES ON THE SECOND MOVIE AND RETUNED AND REFINED THEM IN THE THIRD WHICH HE SAYS IS EXCELLENT ENTERTAINMENT.

June 29, 2011

HARRY POTTER THE NEXT GENERATION?

HARRY POTTER IS ALMOST OVER AS THE SECOND PART OF THE DEATHLY HALLOWS HITS CINEMAS ON 7TH JULY. BUT THERE ARE RUMOURS THAT THE SAGA MAY NOT BE QUITE OVER JUST YET AS IT HAS BEEN REPORTED THAT JK ROWLING HAS IDEAS FOR BOOKS 8, 9 AND 10. COULD HARRY’S OFFSPRING BE ABOUT TO FACE A NEW GENERATION OF VILLAIN OR HAS HARRY, HERMIONE AND RON SOME UNFINISHED BUSINESS WITH THE LEGACY OF VOLDEMORT? OR IS SOME NEW EVIL WAITING IN THE WINGS TO STRIKE THE NEW GENERATION? LET’S HOPE SO.

June 29, 2011

HARRY POTTER END OF THE LINE ON 7TH JULY

WITH POTTER FEVER MOUNTING, LEICESTER SQUARE WILL BE CONVERTED TO POTTER LAND ON 7TH JULY FOR THE PREMIERE OF THE SECOND PART OF THE DEATHLY  HALLOWS. THE FINAL BATTLE BETWEEN HARRY AND HE WHO CANNOT BE NAMED TAKES PLACE IN A REALLY SPECTACULAR TRAILER BUT AS I WAS BORED TITLESS BY THE FIRST PART, I HOPE THEY CAN PULL OUT THE STOPS THIS TIME AND GIVE THE FANS THE SPECTACLE THEY DESERVE.

EMILY WATSON HAS ADMITTED HAVING A CRUSH ON DRACO MALFOY HIMSELF, TOM FELTON. ALONG WITH THE RELEASE OF THE POTTERMOUR WEBSITE WHICH SEES JK SELL THE BOOKS DIGITALLY WITH NO PUBLISHER TO TAKE PART OF HER EARNINGS, SHE HAS SET THE WAY FOR ALL AUTHORS DESPERATE TO GET THEIR STUFF OUT THERE AND PROVED IT CAN BE DONE. SO HERE’S HOPING THE MOVIE DOES NOT DISAPPOINT AS THE LEGACY CANNOT BE DENIED. LOVE IT OR HATE IT, POTTER WILL BE AROUND FOREVER.

June 29, 2011

PRIMEVAL SERIES 5 MUST SEE TV AND AN IRISHMAN JUST SAVED THE WORLD

LAST NIGHT SAW A SERIES COME TO FRUITION. IT’S TAKEN THEM 4 SERIES BUT THE WRITERS HAVE FINALLY MADE PRIMEVAL THE SHOW TO WATCH. IT’S COME A LONG WAY FROM ITS HUMBLE BEGINNINGS AS A DINO OF THE WEEK SHOW.

THE CAST CHANGE HAS BEEN FOR THE BETTER WITH IRISHMAN MATT, PLAYED BY CIARAN MCMENAMIN, NOW FIRMLY IN THE LEADING MAN ROLE AND HE JUST SAVED THE WORLD. ABOUT BLOODY TIME.

THE TEAM NOW CONSISTS OF ORIGINALS ABBY AND CONNOR ALONG WITH LESTER AS THEIR SARCASTIC BOSS AND THEY ARE JOINED BY EMILY, A VICTORIAN LADY AND MATT, A MAN FROM THE FUTURE TRYING TO PREVENT THE CATASTROPHE THAT IS FUTURE EARTH, FULL OF TOXIC WINDS AND MUTANT PREDATORS. THIS IS THE TEAM WE SHOULD HAVE, MIXING THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE.

THEIR MISSION NOW WAS TO STOP BILLIONAIRE PHILIP FROM ACTIVATING NEW DAWN AT A CRITICAL MOMENT WHEN THE ANOMALIES CONVERGE AS PART OF THEIR NATURAL LIFE CYCLE. TOO LATE, THE MACHINE WAS ACTIVATED, STORM CLOUDS GATHERED AND CONNOR WAS PLUNGED INTO A NIGHTMARE FUTURE. NEVER HAS THE CAST WORKED SO WELL AS THEY RACE TO PREVENT THE END OF THE WORLD. THE EFFECTS ARE PARTICULARLY STUNNING THIS TIME WITH GIANT ANOMALIES AND WOODLICE. THE CONNOR/ABBY ARC WORKED WELL BEFORE BRINGING THEM BACK TOGETHER AS MATT SACRIFICED HIMSELF TO SAVE THE WORLD ONLY TO WALK FREE AS IF NOTHING HAD HAPPENED.

BUT THE FINAL JOYOUS TWIST WAS A SECOND SCARRED MATT TELLING HIS PRESENT SELF HE HAD TO GO BACK TO THE FUTURE.

WHY? I CAN’T WAIT TO FIND OUT.

PARTICULAR CREDIT GOES TO BEN MILLER AS LESTER WHO SHOOTS A MONSTER FOR TOIUCHING HIS CAR AND SINGULARLY GETTING ALL THE BEST PUT DOWNS AND ONE LINERS WHILE CONVEYING A DEEP LOVE AND LOYALTY TO HIS TEAM THAT SEEMS MORE POIGNANT THAN EVER. ADD THE FACT THAT PHILIP’S PLAN WAS MANIPULATED BY HELEN CUTTER WAS A FANTASTIC TWIST AND ALL THE MORE MENACING AS HELEN’S VOICE HAUNTS PHILIP AS HE MAKES THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE AND DESTROYS NEW DAWN TO SAVE CREATION.

THIS SHOW HAS GROWN FROM SOMETHING ENTERTAINING TO UNMISSABLE.

THE WRITERS HAVE PUSHED THE BARRIERS WITH THE ANOMALIES BEING MORE OF A THREAT THEN WE KNEW, REAL CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AND EMOTIONAL TRAUMA, MONSTERS USED INTELLIGENTLY AND GREAT IDEAS LIKE RAPTORS IN VICTORIAN LONDON, SPRING HEELED JACK, SUBMARINES TRAVELLING IN TIME AND THE MANIPULATION OF CONNOR ALL SHOW THIS SHOW HAS REALISED ITS OWN POTENTIAL AND IS AIMING HIGHER HAN EVER. PLEASE GUYS KEEP IT UP AND MAKE THE NEXT SERIES EVEN BETTER.

SUPERB.

June 27, 2011

ROBBIE WILLIAMS BACK A HAPPY MAN AND HE STILL OWES US A FREE CONCERT

June 27, 2011

TAKE THAT ROCK CROKE PARK

IT’S BEEN OVER A WEEK SICE I SAW TAKE THAT IN CROKE PARK IN DUBLIN, REUNITED AS A FIVE PIECE AGAIN AND I HAVEN’T RECOVERED YET. PROGRESS STILL BLASTS AWAY IN THE CAR AND EVERY SONG HAS BEEN HEIGHTENED BY THE STUNNING MEMORIES OF THEM LIVE IN CONCERT. I KNEW IT WAS GOING TO BE GOOD BUT NEVER FOR A SECOND DID I THINK THEY WOULD BE TOTALLY MIND BLOWING.

THE PET SHOP BOYS OPENED AS THE SUPPORTING ACT, A FAVE GROUP OF MINE I THOUGHT I WOULD NEVER SEE BUT THEY WERE SIMPLY AMAZING. THEN THE FOUR GUYS TOOK THE STAGE AND THE STADIUM ERUPTED. THEY LAUNCHED INTO SHINE AND PATIENCE AND SONGS THEAT HERALDED THEIR COMEBACK. SUDDENLY ALL FIVE ARE ON A BIG SCREEN AND THE DOORS PART TO REVEAL ROBBIE WHO LAUNCHED INTO LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU AND ASOME OF HIS SOLO STUFF BEFORE ALL FIVE CAME TOGETHER AND TAKE THAT REALLY WERE BACK FOR GOOD. WE HAD AN ALICE IN WONDERLAND THEME WITH MARK RIDING A GIANT CATERPILLAR, A MARTIAL ARTS SHOW FROM HOWARD AND JASON AND A QUIETR MOMENT WHEN THEY SIMPLY SAT ROUND A PIANO AND SAT A FEW SONGS AND MADE A JOKE ABOUT THEIR SPLIT AND ROBBIE’S RETURN.

THEY FINISHED WITH A GIANT ROBOT GLIDING DOWN THE CATWALK WITH THEM SINGING NEVER FORGET BEFORE FIRE ERUPTED EVERYWHERE IN A SPECTACULAR FINALE. THE TICKETS MAY HAVE BEEN 85 QUID BUT WORTH EVERY PENNY AND EASILY A SHOW YOU COULD GO TO AGAIN AS THERE WAS SO MUCH HAPPENING TO TAKE IN. GYMNASTS FORMED THE WORD PROGRESS ON A GIANT WALL ON ROPES WHILE THE GROUP DESCENDED ON LIFTS WHILE ROBBIE SWANDIVED.

TOTALLY SPECTACULAR, TOTALLY COOL AND A REAL SENSE OF THE PAST IS THE PAST AND A HAPPY FUTURE FOR OLD FRIENDS REUNITED. WELCOME BACK GUYS AND HURRY BACK SOON.

June 25, 2011

INVASION BELFAST COMING OCTOBER