Burn-E

We all know Wall•E, who cleans up Earth.

This is the story of Burn•E, who does maintenance on the ship:

http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/k1uCDheC6Itc4PQ1V4&related=1&canvas=medium

Dear Lucas Estate

My RSS feed reader this morning was graced by a fantastic article over on a new addition to my feeds list: Terminally Incoherent.

They don’t need to split it into a trilogy like Lucas did. They can do it in one movie if they can and want to. The aim is to still keep it somewhat the spirit of the Classic continuity but the Vader parts ought to be darker and more serious for obvious reasons. Make sure that R2D2, C3PO, Chewbacka and Fett family do not appear in this movie at all.

That’s all of a teaser I will provide. Please, go and read it in it’s full glory.[]2

Open Letter to the future George Lucas Estate

IMDb Data and iTunes

Using python, it’s easy to get data from IMDb into your iTunes database.

You’ll need a few tools to get this working. appscript, py-IMDb and CocoaDialog. Install each of these, and for the latter, note where you store it. I’m not going to go through the code, as it is fairly well commented. If you can’t get it to work, leave a comment and I’ll see if I can help.

IMDB2iTunes.py

Note that you will need to save the file above, and rename it so it has a .py extension.

Review: Children Of Men

Every now and then, a movie comes along which keeps you enthralled from the first minute right up until the end credits roll. Children Of Men does this, and keeps you thinking, well after you leave the cinema.

From the starting sequence, where we see the result of a society where no children have been born in just over 18 years. The death of the “youngest person alive,” juxtaposed with the terrorist attack which narrowly misses the hero, Theo, (“If you took cream and sugar, my friend, you might not be here now”), and the dystopian London that we see glimpses of demonstrate how bad a world without the voices of children would be.

I didn’t really know what I was expecting going into this film, I had some visions of a Science Fiction feature, but wasn’t really ready for what ensued. Future Britain (2027) has become the last bastion of civilisation. America and Europe have both fallen into disarray, and with a huge influx of Fugees (refugees), the Department of Homeland Security (UK) have taken to incarcerating, and perhaps terminating all of the illegal immigrants.

The beauty of this film is that it is an entirely plausible future. The culture of fear that the Western Governments are already peddling regarding different people and their status as terrorists has in some places already resulted in riots where the dominant culture has actively sought out people from a particular ethnic background and targeted them with violence.

When Theo goes to meet with his cousin, who lives in the secure, gated section of London, we are exposed to the hypocrisy that is already present in our cultures. Whilst in Greater London, and the rest of Britain, foreigners are quickly caged, removed and shipped off to somewhere else, the parklands in the inner sanctum have Zebras and Camels, led and ridden by people of non-anglo background. Similar to how in the days immediately following September 11th 2001, when the rich oil sheiks were permitted to fly out of the USA, even though it was their cousin that was the mastermind behind the attacks.

Without spoiling too much, Theo, excellently portrayed by Clive Owen, has a somewhat shadowy background. His ex-wife, an American and therefore an illegal immigrant, is the head of a terrorist group, and kidnaps him to ask him transport a young woman, Kee, to the coast. It’s pretty evident she is the first pregnant woman in over 18 years, and when the transport goes pear-shaped, Theo and Kee are on the run.

What’s fantastic, even though there is a significant amount of violence, is how gripping this film is. You don’t realise until after the movie finishes just how involved in this film you have become. As Theo wanders around miraculously avoiding bullets, you are literally on the edge of you seat. Ignoring the deep political, philosophical and social statements, the action and tension in this film will keep you entranced and enthralled for the full 109 minutes. If you only see one film this year, make sure it is Children of Men.

Dub In Ya Mind [Beach Club Mix]Afterlife • Café Del Mar • Volume 6

Review: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Someone told me today when I mentioned I had seen this film that this title is what they know _James Bond _as. Because, that’s what he does. Kiss, Kiss; Bang, Bang. Even with the colloquial meaning of Bang here in Australia, that’s still somewhat true. This film nearly lost me in the opening sequences. Sure, the young magician act was magnificent, and well done, but the party was poor. It was almost like the pre-screening audiences had totally missed all of the salient points, and there was a percieved need to bring in a narrator to bring everyone up to scratch. And if it can’t be done subtly then they took the easy way out: stopping the film mid-frame, and having the narrator talk over the top. Cheap. Luckily, as soon as the party was over, things settled down to a better tempo. The parallels between the film, and lives of Robert Downey Jnr and his love interest neatly intersected with those that were present in the novel on which the film touched many times. Downey Jnr himself was good as the lead character (and narrator - Grr), although since he was supposed to be playing a 34 year-old. Surely they could have actually found someone a bit younger, or who looked a bit younger to fill this role. Or did they find a nobody, train him up nicely, giving him detective lessons, just to get Downey at a cheaper rate? (In joke - watch the film and you’ll get it). The star of the show was undoubtably Val Kilmer, in the delightful role of Gay Perry, a formerly (?) gay private detective. Michelle Monaghan makes a very good struggling actress, and looks very nice with not much on. The big surprise is that of Harlan Dexter. A very old, very balding Corbin Bernsen is almost unrecognisable as the former star of LA Law. I didn’t even realise until researching for this review that it was indeed him! This film is most definitely worth a watch. I’m half tempted to re-edit this and remove the silly narration scenes, but I’m way to lazy to do that.

Review: American Dreamz

…that’s Dreamz with a Z.

I went into this film with an idea in my head as to what it would be about. There has been a significant amount of advertising, and, to be honest, it looked good. With not being a real fan of the Pop Idol-type shows, but knowing more than enough about them to understand even the most in-jokes, I felt I was fully prepared for whatever the movie threw at me. I was surprised. Whilst the film was poking fun at the popularity contests that are the current crop of New Talent shows, it went far deeper than this into it’s satire of American family and political life. With a title sequence that had music reminiscent of a civil war flick, I was unsure as to if I was in the right theatre. If it wasn’t for the teaser where we see just how shallow and self-absorbed Hugh Grant’s character is, I would have asked around, or even ducked out to see the number on the door. And the opening scenes, with Dennis Quaid took a few seconds for me to adjust. He is clearly a parody (and a very close one!) of the current US President. Whilst at times he looks a bit like George W. Bush, as soon as he walks, talks or moves, he clearly becomes the kind of person you clever Americans have elected again.

Maybe it is time I read newspapers. I’ve learned a lot this morning. It turns out North Korea and Iran are not like Doctor Octopus and Magneto at all…

The lack of understanding of current affairs, the ease by which he is pushed around by his staff, the cluelessness as to what to say, Quaid certainly hits the nail on the head. It seems like it’s way over the top, but this nagging feeling inside me keeps saying this is exactly what Bush is like behind closed doors. A spoiled little boy who was pushed into the presidency by his parents and advisors, and doesn’t really know what he’s doing. Someone who doesn’t realise the laughing stock he is internationally, and possibly even nationally. Perhaps, if Bush read the papers, then he might not be so likely to follow the whims of his handlers quite so easily. And the characters involved more directly in the show are magnificent as well. Mandy Moore in her second real satire movie (she was in a rather anti-fundamentalist christian movie some time ago) simultaneously manipulates the population and her family and loved ones. She certainly is shaping up to be the next anti-establishment sweetheart.

I’m not physically attracted to other people, but if you want me, I’m yours.

I’m not sure who this movie is aimed at. If it were my audience, then I’m sure it would be a hit. Those people that couldn’t stop watching Farenheit 911, loved Three Ki_ngs, and were somewhat scared by _Wag the Dog. But Mandy Moore seems to still have a younger, less politically astute or aware following. And the lack of impression that this is actually a political satire in the advertisements seems to indicate that it is a film for the fans of American Idol, a chance for them to laugh at the show they love and themselves for loving it. Don’t get me wrong: this is not a film that was funny all of the time. There were plenty of moments that just didn’t ring true. However, it kept me entertained for most of the two hours. Certainly looks a whole lot more fun than The Da Vinci Code.

The Dark Crystal Sequel

“Dark Crystal” Sequel In The Works (May 14th-15th, 2005) - Dark Horizons Jaq will be stoked. The Dark Crystal is possibly the best Henson thing ever created.

Daisy Duke

Daisy Duke Dances For You. Best. Thing. Ever. (Thanks to Ash Green for the link!)

Culture Snob | The Phantom Nuance

[Culture Snob Movies The Phantom Nuance]1 This totally sums up my opinion of the most recent Star Wars film, and much more eloquently than I ever did. Culture Snob, you are going to be on my RSS feed.

The Darth Side: A New Hope

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