Posts Tagged ‘reviews

02
Jun
09

Movies – Lifeboat (1944)

recently Otis Frampton did a USTREAM broadcast of the drawing of a series of sketchcards all with a Alfred Hitchcock theme to them. Watching him got me on a Alfred Hitchcock kick.

So naturally the only thing to do at that point would be to goto Netflix and check out what they had available from him on their Instant Viewing list… They had a lot! So of course I started with LIFEBOAT

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Lifeboat is set during World War Two. As the story opens a ship has just been torpedoed by the Nazi’s and the survivors are slowly making their way onto a lifeboat. Shortly after the lifeboat fills up everyone realizes that one of their number just happens to be the Captain from the Nazi ship (which just happened to be sunk by a lucky return shot before the ship went under.)

The movie from there revolves around if they should let this evil person live or send him to the depths. Slowly the Nazi captain goes from being the prisoner to being the captor.

I think that the Lifeboat is one of my favorite movies by Hitchcock, using one setting and just a handful of actors he is able to keep me entertained through the entire movie. We see how the littlest things can swing the direction of a crowd, and how the the options that we would think unthinkable can become acceptable when it comes down to life or death.

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07
Mar
09

Friday Movies – The Watchmen

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watchmen_teaserposterI have to be honest with you from the start. I never liked the Watchmen comic book. I really can’t think of any of Alan Moore’s work that I have liked. I know in the geek world that is pretty much considered herasy, but that is just the way it is.

Having said that, when I had a chance to actually get out of the house for something other then school and go see the movie I jumped at the chance. I have to tell you that I was really really surprised. I honestly liked this movie. In fact, I would have to say that it would take a place in my top five all time favorite comic book movies.

I think that one of the things that I appreciated the most from the movie makers was that they did not try to pack this movie with a Heavy Metal music in the hopes that it would help them move more cd’s and increase the profitable. The music that they chose seemed to fit the time that the movie was supposed to be set in as well as the scene in which it was being used.

The other thing that i really liked was the casting. I thought that the roles were well filled. Inparticular I loved the two that they had playing Rorshach and the Comedian. I thought that they fit perfectly and really brought the characters to life. watchmen-movie-13

03
Mar
09

Books – Monster Island

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Monster Island
By David Wellington
Identify the book by author, title, and sometimes publishing information.

Monster Island is the first volume of the Monster Trilogy by David Wellington. The Monster Trilogy (Island,Nation and Planet) take place in a world that has been or is about to be over run by zombies. In other words, my kind of book.

David Wellington has chosen to present his novels in a very unique way. His novels are first presented online on his website blog a chapter at a time (yes, that is where I got the idea to post my Piper May story online.). A friend of mine. Jason Marcy, had posted about him on his blog and I had to check it out. I did end up reading one of his novels online, but for the rest I ended up buying them (partially to support him as an author and also because I wanted to be able to read them laying in bed…)

In Monster Island, the zombie plauge has already swept across the world, pockets of huhmanity survive. For the most part the earth is ruled by the undead. In Africa a warlord has saved who she could, but now she faces a problem. In a world overrun by zombies there is no flow of the AIDS medication that she needs to survive. In a desperate attempt to stay alive she sends Dekalb, a UN weapons inspector that she has kept alive, to New York in hopes of finding a stock pile of the drugs she needs. Dekalb finds himself with no choice but to honor her request since his young daughter will be held hostage until he returns.

The rest of the story unfolds as they reach New York via boat and proceed to search for the drugs while trying to avoid the undead of New York.

This book, being the first of the series was actually the second one that I read. Even though I read out of order nothing was really ruined for me. While the first and second book take place in the same world, they are only loosely connected. It is very important to have read Monster Island before Monster World though. I really enjoyed this book. Much more so then Monster Nation. I found the book to be a little more action filled and suspensful then it’s sequal.

Monster Island is a great book (dont get me wrong so is Monster Nation, Island is just better.) and I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes horror or Zombie stories.

03
Mar
09

Television – Demons

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Demons was a good show. I liked the characters and stories, but in the end it was just a rehash of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The story was that of a young man who in fact was the last living Helsing. He is befriended by his fathers friend who then goes about bringing him into the world of half-life slayers.

I don’t know if I would have kept watching this show if not for Philip Glenister in the role of the teacher/mentor. I was a big fan of his in Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, and really wanted to see him bring that kind of life to the show. In the end it never seemed to come together though.

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03
Feb
09

TV is eating my life…

So what have I been watching and wasting my time away with.

Spooks Code Nine is a spin off to the popular British television show Spooks (also known as MI-5 in the UK). Code Nine takes place in 2013 after a terrorist group has set off a nuclear device in London making all of the Southern UK uninhabitable. The six episode series deals with a new and young group of spooks (slang for spy) who have been recruited to replace the decimated ranks of MI-5 that were killed in the attack. While not living up to the original series, I thought that this one did hold some promise. But unfortunately poor ratings and reviews have ended it after just one season. I think that given a little more time to find it’s footing that this show could have really taken off. A point of interest for geeks who enjoyed the Doctor Who episode “The Doctors Daughter”Georgia Moffett, who played the Doctor’s Daughter plays the role of kylie roman .

Dead Set has to be the show that I have enjoyed the most as of late. I mean come on, It has Zombies! Dead Set is a one season series, as far as I know that is all that was ever intended and their will be no follow up. With this kind of story that is the way it should be. Dead Set is the story of the Zombie Apocalypse. Taking place in the UK the outbreak rapidly spread and soon the country is wiped out. Well all most. It would seem that the zombies are not big fans of Big Brother, because the people in the Big Brother house are fine and totally unaware of what has taken place without them… The show over the course of five episodes deals with them finding out what has taken place outside and their struggle to survive. While the series starts off a little slow as it sets everything up it quickly picks up and becomes a great Zombie show.

No Heroics is up next. No Heroics is the story of a world where Superheroes are common place. Taking place mainly in a superhero bar, The Fortress . The show follows a group of inept would be heroes as they go thru their lives wishing that they were better. This show is a trip for any comic geek. Full of rips on the whole superhero genre and in jokes. A second series of episodes is planned for this series.

Survivors is a remake of the classic BBC series of the same name that aired for three seasons from 1975 to 1977. This show retells the original story while at the same time changing it up enough to keep those who have seen the original interested. Dealing with a world that has had the majority of its population wiped out by a plague, this show follows a group of survivors as they band together and try to survive in a world where rules and laws no longer exists. The BBC did a great job in casting this series (Another point of interest for geeks who enjoy Doctor Who Freema Agyeman, who played the Doctor’s Companion, Martha Jones, plays the role of Jenny Collins .). I found myself hating the right people and really concerned about what happened to others. I was very glad to hear that this show was picked up for a second season.

Heroes. I finally caught up on the current season of Heroes. (except for last nights I have to wait for that to show up online so I can watch it.) I really don’t see what everyone was having a problem with. I mean come on its a Superhero show… You know, like a comic book. Yeah the story lines are out there and death doesn’t seem to be permanent to anyone, but isn’t that they way comics are? I enjoyed the first half of the season, but even more I am looking forward to the second half. One of my all time favorite comic book story lines was the Uncanny X-Men’s Days of Future Past. and the second half of the season looks like it will be taking a page from that play book! I missed last nights episode because I instead choose to watch….

24 I love Jack Bauer. I have always been a major Keifer Sutherland fan. Have always enjoyed 24. having said that, I think that the first six hours of this year have been a little weak. I thought that the story was dragging and I just really didn’t care for any of the supporting characters. I thought that the whole story line with the presidents husband was kind of a lame distraction from the real story. After hour seven last night I am really hopeful that this is all about to change and everything is going to come together and the pace will pick up.

Shows still on my to watch list
Demons
Being Human
Survivors 1976
Survivors 1977
Sarah Jane Adventures S02
Merlin S01 (yes I am going to watch it all inspite of how bad I thought E1 was.)
Apparitions S01
Eleventh Hour (the original BBC miniseries.)

Shows I have been watching but didnt talk about.
BSG
Supernatural




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