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Heroes is over...

So Season 1 has come to an end and although the ending was a little anti-climatic it was still much better than most rubbish on the TVs these days. Apparently we might get a completely different story with new characters for Season 2, although the final scene in season 2 challenged that.

Can't wait for it whatever happens...

BBC2 is supposed to start showing it soon, just a shame they couldn't get it quicker as the majority of internet savvy people would have been viewing it already.

Trance on the Thames

A free party on the beach beside the Thames (not strictly a beach but just a low tide).
It was attracting quite a crowd both in participants and onlookers.
It did rain, but we still had a good time.





28 Weeks Later

The sprinting zombies are back in the follow to 28 Days Later.....this time running amok around London. Hold on, wasn't that what they did before?

Ok, so its not that original a story. Having all died from starvation we learn that plans are afoot to rebuild London, and as people gradually return so does the virus, when a couple of kids find their mother apparently having survived the infection.

So you get 90 minutes or so of violent gore, shaky cameras, loud screaming, more shaky cameras and a relatively high body count. Sitting in the front row of the cinema I felt sick in places from the camera work. If you thought Bourne Identity was bad then you may want to give it a miss. Its just funny that the cinema I saw it at made a big deal of the strobes; a warning of motion sickness would be more appropriate.

Acting is fairly ropey but thats always the case of child actors, except for that Haley Osment kid from Sixth Sense - he's just creepy though (not that he's in this film, I&…

Found in Clerkenwell

One I missed when I did my Banksy tour, found when I went for a walk during my lunch break at work.


According to the writing alongside it this is not a Bansky (sic)

Black Snake Moan

Ignore the blaxploitation poster, the film is so much better than that makes out. Christina Ricci plays a nymphomaniac piece of trailer trash, Samuel L Jackson plays a blues guitarist dumped by his wife. After being left for dead Ricci's character is rescued by Sam both from her physical injuries but also her long term torment, however along the way she manages to reciprocate the gesture.

It sounds a bit pants and I'm not the goodest reviewer but I really enjoyed the film. Once the characters are established the performances really come into their own. Jackson can really do no wrong and this is one of Ricci's strongest roles since The Opposite of Sex, although she's never going to top Wednesday Addams. Justin Timberlake as Ricci's boyfriend is perhaps the weakest performance of them all.

Worth seeing...

The Thames @ Night

On Saturday I went clubbing (weird electronic event at the The End) and left my camera in the bag I checked into the cloakroom. I left early and it was still dark so on the way home I chose to wander along the South Bank and get some shots as dawn broke. I also took the opportunity to get some pictures of Anthony Gormley's new installation currently getting a lot of rave reviews in the London press.

London Eye

Houses of Parliament

For those of you that don't recognise it this is part of the South Bank where skateboarders fail to land kick flips during the day.

This is one of Anthony's statues. There are basically around 30 of them all stealing the skyline and facing the gallery that houses his exhibition. This is one of a couple of pieces that sit at street level rather than on the top of buildings that the majority are doing.

St Pauls

A little closer this time

No embankment in the foreground this time.

Back down to the Houses of Parliament, the sun should be up soon.

London Eye

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Spiderman 3

The first of this Summer's Movie Blockbusters is Spiderman 3 but will it be the best one?

Sort of following on from the first two films, with a little bit of back story rewriting to make things fit we now see Peter and Mary's relationship going through a difficult patch (actually, wasn't that the first two movies too) whilst we have 3 new bad guys for him to deal with.

First up is Sandman, a guy who is made of sand (like, durrrrrrrr). Hobgoblin (not made of hobs), the son of Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin character who is also Peter Parker's best friend, and finally we have Venom a black goopy alien that takes over one of Spidey's suits, turning the web slinger into a bad moody version of himself when he wears it.

So, its quite a mess of characters and so the film comes in close to 3 hours. Signs that movie audiences want more for the bucks. Years ago you would have been happy with one goody and one baddy but now we have reams of both.

The acting throughout is pretty …

Transformers

In preparation for what's likely to be the biggest movie this Summer, one of the cinemas in London was screening the original Transformers over 20 years after its original launch.

...and boy was it showing its age. The animation was basic to say the least but then the original cartoons weren't exactly masterpieces in that department. The soundtrack is awfully cheesy rock songs typical of the decade. In fact the soundtrack reminded me of the soundtrack to Team America, which was a piss take anyway. The funniest song was the one that ended with the line "Nothing's going to stand in our way....................today".

The story is around the ongoing battle between the Autobots led by Optimus Prime (for around 20 minutes before he gets shot and dies) and the Decepticons led by Megatron (for around 30 minutes before he is rebuilt as Galvatron), and the threat to both of them by a massive planet munching transformer called Omnicro (voiced by Orson Welles trivia fans). I …

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Nicholas Cage plays a chain of high street fashion shops.....oops

Nichols Cage plays a magician with the ability to see 2 minutes into the future. I must have the same ability as I knew before watching it that this film will be rubbish..........and it was.

Based on a Phillip K Dick novel, you wonder if movie makers are now trawling the poorer stories that he wrote. There is an OK twist towards the end but the rest of the film is crap. Even the special effects were ripped off from X-Men 3 (the multiple man) and Matrix (the bullet dodge). We don't even get the Nicolas Cage "pointing to the temple" pose he usually does in this film.

Oh, and there's a hilarious bit where the woman is talking to some Native Indian kids and a girl says to her "He likes you because he looks at you like my brother looks at his girlfriend", then it cuts to Cage making a gormless face, priceless!

The best bit is at the start of the credit roll, where it jumps to the end momentarily befor…