Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Right, that "thing" happened again. As per usual, I forgot to change any of the clocks in the house. Actually as I type this, I'm sure the clock in the microwave hasn't been changed. I cant be arsed to check it now!
So, the county wakes up an hour earlier or later I'm not quite sure. Either way we get screwed. I wonder did the communists come up with this daylight savings shite. And before anybody leaves a comment, I know its to do with the farmers. But, maybe communist farmers!
Here’s my suggestion. People enjoy their weekend. People love their Sundays. People stay in bed a little longer, Sunday papers, Sunday roast, Sunday sex mornings and so on. But with the hour moving forward, we lose out. The whole weekend is ruined. They may as well drop the bomb!
So why not put the hour change to some other day during the week. One of the shitter days, like a Tuesday or a Thursday? Maybe a Friday? Chances are you’ll be working or whatever, so it’ll make little or no difference to you. People will be in better moods, knowing that when the clocks change, its not going to fuck with their weekend.
Also, it’ll keep the communists at bay for a while longer.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
New Star Trek Poster via Empire
Fifty Dead Men Walking - Looks great!
Observe and Report - This better be no Mall Cop shit
Crank High Voltage - Bring it on
So, from the man who brought us the wonderful I-Robot (wonder did Apple sue for the title?), Alex Proyas, comes Knowing, starring Nicolas Cage and a host of actors that aren't as well known as the man who swapped faces back in the day with John Travolta.
Knowing has a straight forward story. School in the 50’s decides on making a time capsule and the weird kid in the class scratches loads of numbers on a big page. This along with hundreds of drawings of rocket ships and flying cars are buried into the ground, in a nice, large, silver thermos flask….or something.
50 years later, the school opens up the Thermos flask and the kids all get a piece of what's inside. John Koestler’s (played by Cage) son, of course gets the page with all the numbers on it. From there daddy Cage takes a look at it and realises that all the numbers correspond to disasters throughout history. The number’s not only show what happened in the past but also predict the future. The date, how many will be killed and the longitude and latitude of the event.Then some wise person asks "What happens when the numbers run out?” The conspiracy theory fans will love the fact about the people who are trying to abduct Cage’s son in the movie. Are they government? Are they some secret organisation? Are they pizza delivery men?
Without giving too much away that’s Knowing in a shell made from nuts. When the predictions come true, the set piece’s are truly horrific and terrifying. Granted they could have been made a bit more gory, but you cant help but wonder is this how a plane crash or subway disaster might actually look like.
From the movie watcher’s point of view, Knowing is kind of like Final Destination. In the sense that you cant wait for the next death to happen even though it may make for grim viewing. Unlike Final Destination, Knowing features a limited number of death sequences. You could count them on one hand to be honest. And for me, they could have increased the terror scale by having 2 or 3 more predictions. That said, the with recent rail and air tragedies, the sequences do really play on the mind. I wouldn't fancy this as an in-flight movie!
There's going to be no best actor performances from Knowing but the movie is solidly made with some terrifically well shot set pieces. Th row in one or two little “jump” scares and Knowing is a very good movie, with solid, if not average performances from all involved. As with these genre of movies, some people may feel the whole thing is unbelievable, particularly in the final quarter. But don't let that put you off. Knowing has plenty of good old fashioned entertainment, that doesn't require your brain to be in full working order to enjoy.
Had a good time yesterday at the Honest Food company BBQ! Great food! Drive home was a struggle with stuffed bellies!!!
Everyone of us is guilty of having a little secret, hidden pleasure! Be it porn, chilli chocolate and no brainer, action movies. Or all three. None feature heavy on story lines, plots or acting, but give pleasure in huge big dollops! And this is exactly what Wheelman does!
Vin Diesel in his wisdom and gamerness was the first Hollywood actor to set up a game studio, called Tigon studios. So himself and his crew joined forces with Midway and came up with Wheelman. In a nutshell, Vin Diesel is the Wheelman, and undercover cop or operative. Basically all the bad guys think he’s another regular old bad guy. Or something! Sure there's a plot and all, but it doesn't really matter. Not to me anyway!
I was far more interested in stealing cars, bikes and trucks and hurling them around a loose, digital representation of Barcelona. In between driving around a Spanish city which features plenty of jumps and stuff to break, there's plenty of madness, explosions and driving through buildings! Not to mention the ability to air jack cars, which see’s your quite accurate representation of Vin Diesel climbing out of his moving car, jumping onto another car, kicking the driver out and driving off!
The game looks well, some of the textures are a little lo-res and moves along at a fairly frantic pace! There's tonnes of set pieces and explosions to keep the action gamer happy! And don't forget a healthy dose of side missions. Its not as polished as GTA IV (which it will draw comparison from) but you don't really notice complete lack of Mr.Sheen when your side swiping a cop car into the side of a tunnel.
Wheelman its sheer balls to the wall fun! Don't expect an amazing storyline or mind-blowing cut scenes, but strap on the seatbelt! And to return to the porn comparison, like all good porno flicks, you keep coming back for the same great scenes time after time! And Wheelman has plenty of em! This is some of the better no brainer fun you can have at the moment!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
So much hullabaloo about the teacher who painted and hung pictures of Brian Cowen in the 2 galleries in Dublin. One of the tea-shock on the bog and the other of him nekkid holding a nice oul pair of y-fronts. FFS!
Personally, I don't see what the shitstorm is all about. It may be offensive to some and possibly a little bit in bad taste when his wife and kids are concerned. But I'm sure his wife has seen him naked!
Now, like alot of us, myself included the tea-shock isn't exactly sculpted like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Barbarian! No big deal. People are people at the end of the day and you are what and who you are. As opposed to jumping on RTE news, from a PR point of view, I think a few of the heads should have sat down and talked this through. But instead the Gardai went thundering off to Today FM, alright, one guard, make that a detective. And an apology was aired from RTE after a complaint from the press secretary.
Instead of the whole thing turning into a circus, where Lions reguarly ate the trainers, it could have been a whole lot different. If Brian Cowen had went on the news and said "I'm not sure about it to be honest. I think the belly is a bit too big, I'm not eating that many sausages and rashers." or "Well its a good likeness, but my moobs are too big". That would have been the end of it! People would have got a laugh and it would have done wonders for Brian Cowens PR. People actually would have started to laugh with him instead of laughing at him!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Most impressive! Obviously someone with waaaayyyy too much time on their hands, but none the less! Hats are off!! I want a Creme Egg now!
Now off to click publish If I can find it!
So far so good, actually liking Windows Live Writer
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Blog exclusive - Ong Bak 2 Trailer via AICN - First one was savage, and this looks as good!
In The Loop - A Nazi Julie Andrews? Rock on!
Knowing - Dont like Nic, but am a sucker for the end of the world stuff
The Damned United - Not much of a soccer fan anymore, but this looks really promising!
State of Play - Great Cast, time to get the pants off...maybe
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Star Trek Latest Trailer - I would never take my pants off for ST , but this trailer has me thinking about looseing the belt a notch
Public Enemies Trailer here as posted earlier in the week and Wolverine here
Harry Potter 6 Latest Trailer
Friday, March 06, 2009
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Tanya from Sales - The Day After tomorrow by Allan Folsom
Lenny from The Red Rooster - The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Or The Great Shark Hunt by Hunter S. Thompson
Lana our News Editor - Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding, Recipes for a Perfect Marriage by Kate Kerrigan and The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Jen from the .ie, CTB - A million Little pieces written by James Frey.
Nuala from reception, CTB- Bill Bryson- ‘Down Under’
Dave Mac from Dundalk and The Redzone - Life of pi bt Yann martel and Peter Carey- True history of the Kelly gang
Caroline from the Weekend Rooster and RedFM production - The Book Thief- Marcus Zusak and Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Ben Spicer from Sales / Marketing - Kane and Able by Jeffrey Archer
Eilish Barry from News - Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Paul Dollery from Sport - Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby and Behind the Curtain by Jonathan Wilson. And no! theres no free drink at this!
For anyone who's into film. I picked the ILM book up on Ebay after much begging, pleading and lying to the seller who was refusing to ship outside the states. I got it for a bargain, compared to the huge prices I could have paid in Cork. Its a mind boggling book and such a great coffee table book as well.
I'm a huge Howard Stern fan since the mid 90's and Miss America is a fantastic read. I read the whole thing in a few nights. Could not put it down at all. Plenty of celeb scandals and comments too boot! Really funny and some great insights from one of the radio industries best!
Long way round - Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor
Way, way back in the day I spoke to the 2 authors on the phone and this book has probably been in the toilet with me more than any other. Plenty of madness and simple to pick up, read and put down again! Basically, a how, what, what not and how to do everything that matters.
One of the greatest comedians to have ever lived. A wonderful little insight into the brilliance that is Richard Pryor.
I'm a big fan of Gordon Ramsay, but for pure rawness and talent I think Marco takes the prize. Absolutely brilliant book with great tales of Oliver Reed and shagging diner's wives.
Andy Kaufman revealed - Bob Zmuda
This a great book by Andy's life long collaborator, Bob Zmuda (who would dress up as Tony Clifton at times). One of the better books available about Andy. Also have a nose off Lost in the Funhouse.
Great Escapes - Theo Kalomirakis
Being a fan of putting cinemas into houses and rooms, this is the bible for me. An amazing architect, Theo Kalomirakis has designed theaters for many high rollers. Buy this book and be prepared to drool.
Banksy Wall and Piece - Banksy
Only picked this up last year, but fascinating insight into the man, the myth and the legend!
My boring ass life - Kevin Smith
Yes, predictable from me I know. Basically its the director and writers blog put into book form. Great posts / pages and some heartfelt touching moments.