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Gordon Ramsey Romantic Comedy Film Bombs, UK Profit Opening Night: $181

This made me smirk. Which for an unemotional stoic wank rockstar celebrity blogger like myself is a HUGE expression of mirth comparable to a mere mortals soiling of pants.

AT some point, somebody involved with the romantic comedy Love’s Kitchen must have thought that it was a recipe for success, but box office figures out yesterday told a very different story.

The UK film, starring Dougray Scott (who previously appeared in Desperate Housewives as Teri Hatcher’s love interest), Four Weddings and a Funeral actor Simon Callow and Gordon Ramsay (as himself), had indeed achieved one of the most remarkable opening weekends in cinema history, though not quite in the sense that the producers were hoping for.

Love’s Kitchen grossed precisely £121 ($181) nationwide, The (London) Times reported.

The entire UK takings would cover the cost for one person of the cheapest available dinner with two small glasses of house wine, coffee and chocolates at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, the Michelin-starred chef’s eatery in Royal Hospital Road, West London.

The record UK box office taking for an opening weekend belongs to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, which grossed £18.32 million $27.4 million) last November.

Love’s Kitchen, by contrast, appears to have been seen by more reviewers than paying punters. You would hope that they enjoyed writer and director James Hacking’s debut film more than the critics.

Wendy Ide, of the Times, awarded it no stars, describing it as “cack-handed, cloth-eared” and featuring “exchanges so painful to watch that you would be better off rubbing Scotch bonnet peppers in your eyes.”

Charles Gant, a box office analyst, said that the film’s opening weekend was “one of the worst performances ever” in the UK. “My guess would be 20 people saw this film,” he said.

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Posted: June 30th, 2011
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Real Life Functional AT-AT Walker

AUSTRALIA’S status as the world capital of Big Things is under attack.

In February, the citizens of Detroit successfully lobbied for a giant statue of RoboCop to keep its crims in line.

In the same week, news broke that a three-metre tall Arnold Schwarzenegger statue will stand guard outside the Governator’s former home in Thal, Austria.

Both of which kick Robertson’s giant poo-tato and Ballina’s prawn to the kerb when it comes to cool icons for your country.

And now you can add — possibly, unless George Lucas hears of it — a lifesize, fully-functioning replica of a Galactic Empire AT-AT walker to the countryside somewhere in Oklahoma, if Mike Koehler gets his way.

Note fully-functioning — not like that static tat at Disneyland’s Hollywood theme park.

The 16m tall (some nerds experts put them at 23m) All Terrain Armoured Transports featured most famously in the attack on the Rebel forces’ secret base on Hoth in Empire Strikes Back, where one tripped over a bit of rope and exploded.

Another one makes a cameo in Return of the Jedi after a smaller version — an AT-ST — gets smashed by monkeys with logs.

But they look fearsome enough and Mr Koehler has been given the green light by online fundraiser Kickstarter to begin collecting cash to realise his dream.

It’s called AT-AT for America and Mr Koehler’s welcoming any offers of help or donations.

We chatted to him about why his country needs it…

Why did you choose a symbol of the Empire’s destructive capabilities to represent the US?

The AT-AT is not so much a representation of the US as it is a monument to what geek culture and its know-how has done for people in the country and, as I am quickly learning, folks all over the world. The can-do and cooperative spirit that nerdy pop culture has inspired can’t be overlooked in the past 30, 40, 50 years.

I wanted to make something that was: A) Doable. Fast-than-light and force field technology made many options unrealistic. B) Big enough to be awe-inspiring. Many people have made R2 units and Back to the Future Deloreans. The AT-AT is 50-feet tall.

If it proves too difficult, do you have any smaller scale Star Wars projects in mind?

I guess we could do one of the smaller scout walkers, but that seems like copping out.

If it proves easy, would you consider building a Death Star?

The Death Star would involve too much red tape I’m afraid, unless I could get Richard Branson on board.

The original AT-ATs had some notable design flaws. How will you Ewok-proof it?

No Ewoks will be allowed around the build sites. Sharpened logs will also be strictly prohibited. We are working towards some strong anti-log technology.

Have you had any interest from Mythbusters et al?

No word yet from the Mythbusters, though I hope as we continue to build momentum that we will get a lot of help from some of our geek heroes. When I first thought of this, my ideal project managers were Adam and Jamie.

If Detroit can get a RoboCop statue, maybe you should pitch your AT-AT for a permanent public space…

Once we’re done, I would like for the AT-AT to find some place nice to be housed and admired as a monument. Since it will be fully operational, people will be able to ride it. It would be an art piece on par with the Statue of Liberty, but with the ability to mosey around the block.

Have you had any cease and desist orders from George Lucas yet?

We have not heard from Lucasfilm yet, though there is that expectation. All I can say is that we won’t be making any money off this project, we consider it a public work of art and we would gladly locate it where ever Mr Lucas would like us to. This is a testament to how many dreams his work and other work like his has inspired in people my age and younger.

Will you live in it once it’s finished?

No, I won’t live in it.

Can I?

You can’t live inside it, though you are welcome to string a hammock between its knees.

Is there ever a chance that such a monolithic, relentless corporate machine could ever be seen in Australia?

Given enough support and volunteers, the AT-AT, like Oprah, would be happy to visit Australia.

 

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Animation Realism ‘too Creepy’

Computer animation has a problem. When it gets too realistic, it starts creeping people out.

Most recently, moviegoers complained about the near-realistic depiction of humans in Disney’s 3D flick Mars Needs Moms, which bombed at the box office despite costing hundreds of millions of dollars.

A theory called the “uncanny valley” says we tend to feel attracted to inanimate objects with human traits, the way a teddy bear or a rag doll seems cute.

Our affection grows as an object looks more human. But if it looks too human, we suddenly become repulsed.

Instead of seeing what’s similar, we notice the flaws — and the motionless eyes or awkward movements suddenly make us uncomfortable.

Mars may have plunged to the bottom of this valley of fear.

“People always comment on things feeling strangely dead around the eyes,” said Chuck Sheetz, an animation director of The Simpsons and a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.

“If it gets too literal, it starts to feel false or has a strange effect.”

Skin texture that is slightly off can especially leave people feeling unsettled, said Patrick Markey, a psychologist and director of Villanova University’s Interpersonal Research Laboratory.

The near-realistic animation style championed by producer Robert Zemeckis uses motion-capture technology, where actors are covered with dots and skin suits and have their performances captured on computer. The dots provide the frame, and the rest is filled in with computerised graphics.

Mars creates humans that are more realistic and detailed than Zemeckis’ earlier attempts in such movies as Beowulf and The Polar Express — which were also criticised for inviting this discomfort. The greater detail might have made things worse.

Doug McGoldrick, who took his two daughters to see the movie, said the faces of the main characters “were just wrong”.

Their foreheads were lifeless and plastic-looking, “like they used way too much botox or something”, said the 41-year-old photographer in Chicago, Illinois.

Marc Kelley, a 32-year-old pastor in Allegan, Michigan, who went with his two young children, said he found the renditions of characters “all annoying in their own way”.

Indeed, when the mother of the main character Milo mentioned the word “zombies” at the start of the movie, it conjured up a feeling that the characters were themselves undead.

Animation experts say the key to success is to be only authentic enough to tug at our heart strings.

The best example of this was Avatar, the 2009 blockbuster that made $US2.8 billion in theatres around the world.

The humanoid, but blue-bodied Na’vi were alien enough not to trigger our inner rejection mechanism.

“My own personal opinion is try to stay away from photo-real with a human,” said Greg Philyaw, the business development director at Giant Studios, which captured the performance of human actors for their digital re-creation in Avatar.

“Subconsciously you know what you’re looking at isn’t quite right.”

Disney, by its actions, has already voted against the super-real animation format.

Last March, it said it would shut down the Zemeckis-run company ImageMovers Digital, which made Mars, to cut costs.

Several months ago, Disney also nixed a plan to fund and distribute Zemeckis’ Yellow Submarine, a half-finished work he is now free to shop to other studios.

Disney declined to comment for this story, and Zemeckis declined interview requests through an agent.

Mars had an estimated $US150 million production budget, but has brought in just $US34 million globally since its March 11 opening.

To be fair, there were other problems besides being visually unnerving.

For one, it appeared to be marketed at young boys who are interested in science fiction but also are closely attached to their mothers. That’s a small group to begin with, and neglects dads and daughters.

Some young children also got scared about the plot involving mommy abduction.

Mars also came just a week after Paramount’s 2D animated movie Rango, starring Johnny Depp.

And instead of appealing to fans because of the increasingly popular 3D format, Mars may have annoyed theatregoers faced with higher 3D ticket prices.

“If a movie’s unappealing and you’re trying to charge a higher ticket price for it, it makes it even less appealing,” said Brandon Gray, president of tracking company Box Office Mojo.

Mr Gray noted that Mars had the lowest opening weekend for a wide-release 3D movie ever.

Maija Burnett, associate director of character animation at California Institute of the Arts, took a broader view, even though the school teaches about the pitfalls of the “uncanny valley” in class.

“There’s a continuing attempt to explore what the boundaries are within (computer generated) animation,” she said.

“Every film that uses this is one important step along the way.”

In the “uncanny valley” theory, the valley isn’t bottomless. As things grow more realistically human, our affection starts increasing again, climbing out of the valley on the other side.

In other words, increasingly sophisticated animation might stop creeping us out and start fooling us.

Posted: April 5th, 2011
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The Walking Dead (MOVIE!), A Must for Zombie Fans

The Walking Dead is centered on Rick Grimes, a small-town police officer from Cynthiana, Kentucky, his family, and a number of other survivors who have banded together in order to survive after the world is overrun with zombies. As the series progresses, the characters become more developed, and their personalities shift under the stress of a zombie apocalypse, most notably Rick’s.

In the beginning of the series, Rick and partner Shane are in a firefight and Rick is shot and enters a coma. Upon waking in a hospital, he discovers the undead are in the building and town. Rick returns home and shortly decides to go to Atlanta, where the survivors were told to await help, to find his wife Lori and son Carl. He discovers the city is crowded with zombies and bumps into Glenn, a scavenger for a band of survivors. Following Glenn, Rick discovers Lori and Carl are okay along with Shane, who is less than happy that his former partner has returned. He also meets new survivors.

The group search for a place to call home, settling in several temporary camps, including a prison, which comes to the attention of an insane man calling himself the Governor. The Governor runs his local city, Woodbury, Georgia, like a dictator and tortures Rick and other members of his group, culminating in an assault. After the prison is made unsecure by an attack, Rick and the surviving members encounter cannibals and a township that is enclosed and safe, but holds a secret.

It has recently gone into production as a movie, with option of a later serials, read on for news on casting and stuffs.

Ain’t It Cool News visits the set of The Walking Dead. “To be frank,” writer Quint says of a particular scene, “this looked f—— terrifying.”

ScreenCrave points to two new production photos from The Walking Dead set, remarking, “AMC has a grade-A line up of original programming and The Walking Dead should be no different.” 411Mania and MovieWeb also spotlight the images.

MTV reports that The Blind Side‘s Robert “IronE” Singleton will be joining the cast of The Walking Dead as a character named T-Dog, while DreadCentral notes that Adrian Kali Turner has been cast as Duane Jones.

UGO references AMCtv.com’s interview with Robert Kirkman, in which The Walking Dead comic author describes Andrew Lincoln as “a man who eats, drinks and sleeps Rick Grimes.”

Posted: June 27th, 2010
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Upcoming horror: Cloverfield 2, Silent Hill 2, Rec 2

Wet dream come true, right? These are just industry rumours, so don’t quote me on them, or do if you like idgaf. Cloverfield 2 has been “in talks,” as Paramount is trying to work out a deal with original director Matt Reeves, along with Abrams and writer Drew Goddard since the end of Cloverfield’s production, but given that JJ has nothing going for him now Lost ended, a little birdy has told me that a late 2010 production is on the cards.

The obvious sequel to the successful game-to-film adaptation is in the works, with Davis Films aiming to shoot the movie in 2010 after Resident Evil 4, which it’s now prepping. Sadly, given that Resident Evil has always been an absolute crap franchise, even for zombie-related material, we’ll probably see 50,000 lurkers coming out of a shoe box big enough to fit 0.17 of them. It’s said that if Christophe Gans doesn’t return as director that they’ll possible seek another foreign director although he’s expressed interest in staying with the franchise, but if he is unable to, he’ll remain close to production and feels that the visual style and tone of the first film should be kept in tact. Roger Avary (Silent Hill, Beowulf) will return and has signed on the dotted line.

Rec 2 is out and finished, it won’t be in cinema’s in Australia until the end of the world (see: 2012?) but is available at Pirate Bay as a torrent download with hard coded English subs, it follows the storyline of Rec, but sadly because they’ve again opted not to use English the subtitles really do detract from something visceral like a body-horror as the Rec franchise has come to be seen. This means that there’ll be a Quarantine 2 (Quarantine was the English language variant, American shot version of Rec) which means more tardy American B-grade actors aplenty and a quality overall dimished yet still superior to the non-English version due to no distracting subs and better production elements bad actors aside.

Posted: June 20th, 2010
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Kendra Wilkinson Sex Tape (NSFW)

Yes, it’s real. Yes it’s here. And yes I included a link where you can download Kendra Wilkinson’s sex tape, “Kendra Exposed” which Vivid Entertainment released despite Kendra’s legal battle to prevent it. Kendra’s lawyer wrote to Vivid:

“The video is private and highly confidential taken for private use and not for public disclosure. Any exploitation of the video would be a gross violation of Miss Wilkinson’s constitutional and common law rights of privacy.”

Kendra is said to be worried what her husband Hank Baskett, Jr. is going to think of her after the tape’s release and that it might ruin her marriage! But Vivid doesn’t seem to care too much about that as CEO Steve Hirsch says:

“After reviewing our legal position we remain confident of our right to distribute the video. Thus Vivid.Com plans to release Kendra Exposed within the next several weeks.”

A rep for Kendra added, “During this difficult time, Kendra and her family would greatly appreciate the respect of their privacy.”

Not only were there multiple sex tapes, but multiple partners and while Kendra has threatened to sue if the tapes are released she has not returned requests for comment about her attempts to secretly sell the tapes and the company she formed in November, 2008 to do so. Unfortunately the leaked version involves some fugly ranga and is a single shoot single partner thing.

While attempting to sell the tapes in 2008 Kendra was already with Philadelphia Eagles’ wide receiver Hank Baskett, who is now her husband. She needed the approval of Playboy’s Hugh Heffner to go through with the deal, as she was starring in her final season of The Girls Next Door.

I’m going to save everyone a lot of trouble and make of list of things not in Kendra’s sex tapes:

1. Unicorns.
2. Condoms.
3. Her husband.

Without further ado, we’ll respect Vivid’s copyright as much as they respected her privacy:

http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/5599648/Kendra_Wilkinson_Exposed_Full_Sex_Tape
Uploaded: 05-30 14:31, size 527.72 MB 494 seeders.

Posted: June 20th, 2010
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Pioneer One, Torrent Release Free Serial Drama

An object in the sky spreads radiation over North America. Fearing terrorism, U.S. Homeland Security agents are dispatched to investigate and contain the damage. What they discover will have implications for the entire world. So reads the bi-line of one of the, pun intended, pioneer films shot with intent for torrent release.

Pioneer One is the latest project from Josh Bernhard and Bracey Smith whose previous indie feature The Lionshare, became VODO’s biggest success to date with over 450,000 downloads since its release. The success of the project inspired the writer/director duo to develop this quality drama in collaboration with VODO and its distribution partners. With a successful distribution of the pilot they’re hunting for the donors and sponsors that will make the continuation of the show possible.

The show’s pilot was shot for just $6000, raised through the micro-funding platform Kickstarter. “This production was possible due in no small part to the willingness of talented, professional people working for free,” explains Bernhard. “From actors to composers, they did this because they believed in the project and wanted to see it happen.The production was a journey in and of itself. Check out the video blogs that were posted to the web that tell the story from script to finished episode”: vimeo.com/channels/pioneerone.

The initial pilot is very short, and you really don’t see where they dropped the $6k in donations, aside from knowing they’re operating one camera. Or someone, rather, is operating one camera, who is clearly not qualified to be doing so based on the very amateur film studentish angles used and the inability to smoothly frame a shot. It feels as though the entire thing was shot in one take day with no reshooting scenes that didn’t play out well, especially during a lot of the two person conversations where the camera is trying to stick to the rule of thirds but the persons are so close to each other they’re basically cutting a person out each time the opposite speaks and vice versa.

I don’t mean to overly criticise it, it’s a good attempt, but it just lacks a lot, and doesn’t seem to be worth the $6k spent. They better bust into zombie apocalypse and bunker survival soon because they can drop their costs dramatically if they went the route of true survival horror. Oh well, here’s hoping.

Posted: June 17th, 2010
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Movie Review: Survival of the Dead (2009), G.A. Romero.

Most of you know I am an avid zombie lover, well, no, I don’t love the undead, I love films, games, and things about them. Needless to say, things can’t score a 10/10 when I review films unless they implicitly have zombies.

A few years back after the remake of Dawn of the Dead, George A. Romero, a hack director who got lucky with one semi good zombie film then a series of really cliche splattercore lameness managed to con some producers into giving him some cash to make Diary of the Dead, to compliment Night, Day, Dawn, Dusk, Teatime of the Dead et al.

Diary of the Dead was really hack. Low quality. Bad actors, bad storyline, bad .. everything.

Well, he did it again. He’s like that old rocker who didn’t age gracefully and really needs to get the fuck off stage and not try and relive his glory days.

Survival of the Dead is the biggest let down. It brings back the soldiers who were featured as highway men in Diary of the Dead, the opening scene alone tells us that film production hasn’t improved over the years past the laughable nearly comic splattercore lameness of the 70′s and 80′s as Romero is still just as tacky and lame.

Corny one liners, really bad effects, uneccesary gore for the sake of gore, and the old school cliche freak outs that became far too predictable in the 80′s.

I just wish people would stop giving Romero money to make this shit. He’s ruining my impression of him with every film he releases. All in all, Survival of the Dead is terrible. It’s below B-grade, and feels so unfinished, more like a first year film production project. What’s worse is he still has his moral preachy soapboxy portions that really made me disregard him as a real director from the get go.

1/10. And the 1 is for zombies, nothing more.

Posted: May 8th, 2010
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Why Australian’s Pirate, Survey Results from CoreData

I’ve always said if they don’t give us what we want when we want it we’ll pirate it. Screw going to the movies, my plasma is higher def than your projector and my sound quality is vastly superior. Screw waiting years to see 20 minute shows stretched to 1.5 hours of adverts, I’ll download my shows and watch them nao kthx. 😛 Below are the results of News Ltd’s survey, please note a lot of their inferences are based on the assumption that all persons answered honestly (ie: ‘rich get stingy’, more like people lie about their income, etc) so evaluate it with critical thought: –

WHY do people turn to the web to get TV shows, movies and music without paying for them when they know they should?

We asked more than 7000 illegal downloaders to tell us just that. Here’s the breakdown of their answers.

Overview

The online survey was completed by 7324 respondents who said they had illegally downloaded or streamed TV shows, movies or music in the past 12 months.

Respondents were asked to choose the most applicable reasons for illegally downloading or streaming media from a list of about 12 possible choices, for each type of media — TV shows, movies and music.

They were also asked how much they would be prepared to pay for a similar legal and convenient service if it existed.

Some of the key findings were:

CONVENIENCE was as much of a motivating factor as money for people who illegally downloaded or streamed media.

MORE than two-thirds of respondents say they would be prepared to pay for a similar legal service if it existed.

GEN Y is prepared to pay more for legal downloads of TV shows and movies than any other age group, while people between 31 and 50 are more likely to pay top dollar for music.

THE young (under 20) and elderly (61 and over) are least likely to say they would pay for legal content.

TV shows are illegally downloaded more regularly, and by more people, than movies or music.

Click here to read the original story

Read on for more results on each type of media.

TV shows

6694 respondents said they had illegally downloaded or streamed a TV show in the past 12 months. Of these, 86.8 per cent said they did so regularly.

When given multiple choices to explain why they illegally downloaded or streamed TV shows, most respondents chose:

1) I’ll have to wait too long to see it on TV (50.7 per cent)
2) I want to be able to watch it whenever I want (41.5 per cent)
3) It doesn’t have ads (38.9 per cent)
4) It isn’t shown on TV at all (35.9 per cent)
5) It’s convenient (35.6 per cent)

When asked how much they would pay for a convenient legal option, respondents chose:

1) $1 per episode (39.2 per cent)
2) Nothing (33.6 per cent)
3) $2 per episode (18.7 per cent)
4) $3 per episode (8.4 per cent)

Shows not so social: Less than 1 per cent of respondents said they downloaded TV shows to share them with friends.

Movies

5902 respondents said they had illegally downloaded or streamed a movie in the past 12 months. Of these, 72.7 per cent said they did so regularly.

When given multiple choices to explain why they illegally downloaded or streamed movies, most respondents chose:

1) Going to the cinema is too expensive (43.5 per cent)
2) It’s convenient (42.4 per cent)
3) I want to be able to watch it whenever I want (42.4 per cent)
4) It’s free (28.7 per cent)
5) It’s an old movie I can’t find on DVD or Blu-ray (25.8 per cent)

When asked how much they would pay for a convenient legal option, respondents chose:

1) $2 per episode (45.6 per cent)
2) $5 per episode (28.3 per cent)
3) Nothing (21.6 per cent)
4) $10 per episode (4.4 per cent)

Paying promise: More pirates said they would pay $5 per film through a convenient legal service than those who wouldn’t pay anything. The most popular choice was $2.

Rebel retirees?: Respondents aged 61 or above were the most likely of all age groups to say they illegally downloaded movies once a week or more.

Music

5712 respondents said they had illegally downloaded or streamed music in the past 12 months. Of these, 69.5 per cent said they did so regularly.

When given multiple choices to explain why they illegally downloaded or streamed music, most respondents chose:

1) I want it in MP3 format without copy protection (43.2 per cent)
2) It’s convenient (37.0 per cent)
3) CDs are too expensive (36.5 per cent)
4) It’s free (33.2 per cent)
5) I want to know if I like it before I decide whether to buy it (28.2 per cent)

When asked how much they would pay for a convenient legal option, respondents chose:

1) 50c per song (48.8 per cent)
2) Nothing (33.6 per cent)
3) $1 per song (14.7 per cent)
4) $2 per song (2.8 per cent)

The rich get stingy: Respondents with an annual household salary of more than $350,000 were more likely than other income groups to admit illegally downloading music on a regular basis.

The news.com.au illegal downloads survey was carried out between April 16 and April 22 in conjunction with market research firm CoreData.

This information is disemmination of news data as per the Copyright Act.

Top 10 Pirated Films of 2009 per TorrentFreak

TorrentFreak recently released statistics that reinforced my previous post on this issue, the top ten downloaded films of 2009 are no surprise. Well, actually some are pretty crap and I don’t know why people would bother, but hey. Let’s just hope film producers consider it a compliment, and rest assured knowing all of us have purchased legitimate copies of things we’ve downloaded. Well, some of us. Maybe it was just for the directors commentary and special features. Okay, so we ripped your shit off and you didn’t get a cent out of us, sorry ’bout that hey. 🙂

10. Knowing

Kicking off the list of 2009′s most pirated movies is sci-fi thriller Knowing. The blockbuster, starring Nicholas Cage, made $200 million worldwide. It was illegally downloaded 6.93 million times / Summit Entertainment

9. X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men Origins: Wolverine, starring Australia’s Hugh Jackman, was leaked online one month before its scheduled release in May last year.

The leak received widespread media attention when Fox News entertainment columnist Roger Friedman was fired for downloading the illegal version to review it. The film clawed in $406 million and was downloaded 7.2 million times / Fox

8. State of play

Kevin Macdonald’s political thriller about a journalist’s fight to solve the mystery behind a congressman’s murdered mistress made just under $95.6 million worldwide. It was downloaded 7.44 million times / Universal

7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince came in third for the highest grossing film of 2009, raking in more than $1 billion worldwide. The movie was illegally downloaded 7.93 million times / Warner Bros.

6. District 9

Sci-fi film District 9 did well at the box office, making over $223 million. It was downloaded 8.28 million times / Tristar

5. Twilight

The film adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s popular novel earned more than $419 million worldwide when it was released in 2008. Despite its success the year before, the film was still illegally downloaded 8.72 million times in 2009 / Summit Entertainment

4. The Hangover

Todd Phillips’ misadventure comedy The Hangover came sixth in worldwide box office results in 2009, raking in $509 million. It was downloaded 9.18 million times / Warner Bros

3. RocknRolla

Although it premiered in late 2008, Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla was the third most illegally downloaded movie of 2009. The movie made just over $28 million at the box office and was downloaded 9.43 million times / Warner Bros.

2. Transformers: Rise of the Fallen

Michael Bay’s sequel Transformers: Rise of the Fallen proved more successful than its predecessor at the box office. The movie grossed over $900 million worldwide $120 million more than the first film. It was illegally downloaded 10.6 million times / Paramount

1. Star Trek

JJ Abrams’ Star Trek was popular at the box office, raking in more than $416 million, but it was also popular with pirates. According to TorrentFreak the movie was illegally downloaded 10.96 million times – making it the most pirated movie of 2009 / Paramount

Posted: April 18th, 2010
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Movie Review: Shutter Island (2010)

A slow starter, somewhat a fish out of water narrative with heavy cliche reliance on the heart broken main character, isolated, and probably destined to redeem himself before this is through.

Leonardo Di Caprio’s acting is–as always–a mood ruiner, guy can’t even speak English, ‘ex-caped prison-uh’ my arse. The big old evil realm of psychiatry again used as a deus ex machina for an already cliche pushing film.

Great concept, poor execution, bad acting, surprisingly good cinematography. Very House on Haunted Hill, although I’d give that film a high 9.

Overall 7/10.

Post-script: Somehow they managed to tie nazi’s into it. Nazi psychiatrists! The über-badguy for any lackluster narrative! 😛

Posted: April 8th, 2010
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Movie Review: The Grudge 3 (2009)

Crazy kid in an asylum, ripped apart in an empty room, cut scene to crazy Asian man killing wife, cat, and other stuff; lots if lame long black hair. You just know you’re watching J-horror at it’s finest .. make that lamest.

Edgy when the Ring first came out, the Grudge 3 just flogs the dead horse of cliche spirits, creepy kids, and long black hair which is about as frightening as a sock.

Set after the events of the second, this one actually has a lot of Japanese and is subtitled for many bits; nice given that most of the Americanised J-horror out there combines the worst of both world.

Nothing too scary, don’t know why it doesn’t have a PG rating. It does however have Marina Sirtis in it, who played Deanna Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

4/10, 3 of which are for having a Trekkie on cast.

Posted: March 21st, 2010
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Movie Review: Saw VI (2009)

The same as Saw II-V, except with more cut scenes. That’s all I have to say. Tardy.

3/10.

Posted: March 21st, 2010
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Movie Review: Saw V (2008)

I have stopped with the Twitter reviews and have moved to blog format, I really can’t say much via Twitter; that being said my blog reviews will still be brief and aimed to be an at a glance dynamic rather than a critique.

My aim is to tell you what I’m watching, whether it’s good, and give it my regular rating out of 10 (a 10 only attainable if there’s zombies, thus 9 being the highest, albeit nothing has scored an 8 yet); if you choose to watch it, I hope my snippet reviews help. 🙂

Now, on with the first blogged review! I’ve finally gotten around to watching Saw V, whilst I followed it’s production closely. The Saw franchise was the brainstorm of a couple of unknown Australians (IIRC), it started out visceral and horrific, in a true body horror sense. Then it did the obvious, sold out and became tactless splattercore.

Saw V doesn’t disappoint if gore is your thing, the plot is rather obvious from the get go. The games are often unfair and pointless with allegorical implications of some morality behind each act.

The initial narrative is very similar to the key elements of The Cube (remake), which is friggen awesome i might add! All up I’m glad I didn’t waste my cash to see it at the cinemas, horribly predictable. Nothing will top the needle pit IMHO. :/

6/10.

Posted: March 8th, 2010
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Giant Spiders, Ancient Texts, ISPs and Australia

Between chasing venomous spiders and being offered wonderful packages from Telstra to resolve TPG’s ongoing breach of contract it has been a very odd day. The distributions manager of K-Mart have my number for consultation on big game releases they should cover now they have more 24 hour stores and can catch in on gamer impatience to wait until business hours to buy a new release.

Digging around a glassware cabinet that came into my possession from my family, and never really investigated, I found a heap of 150-200 year old books and documents of kith and kin, as well as letters from various armed services, telegrams, notes, you name it. It adds to the confusing mass of family and ancestry related stuff I already have in my study and decking out countless book cases through the house.

How does one file such? Do I sort it or leave it as I found it, with most documents tucked into pages of ancient books? Do I get them restored where they’ve been shoddily mended with cellotape as old as the 3M manufacturing plants in Europe? How do I store them? I need somewhere to put them rather than scattered across a residence as these things had enough meaning to my ancestors for them to hang onto and pass them all the way down to me.

Do I return documents to people mentioned on them who probably would have no interest or care for them as of my surviving family? Do I assemble a package of whacky crap tucked into a bible or book of poetry or a journal from my time period and pass that down? I really am at a loss.

Had an otherwise uneventful day, still being screwed around by TPG, my out of pocket so far is nuts. Telstra made me a good offer but haven’t contacted me back to seal the deal even though I’ve prodded them on Twitter. K-Mart AU don’t have a Twitter account, how backwards? Maybe I should offer my services as a new media consultant to get them engaged with their customer base?

I’m sitting on the end of my bed with my mind going a million miles an hour, watching Baz Lurhman’s Australia. It’s Red River set in Australia mixed with corny attempts at iconicism and liberal dashings of racial stereotyping and the anachronistic ‘noble savage’ take on Australian aboriginies. All up it is as disappointing as the originality of the title suggests it would be.

Wow, what a vent. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged for the pleasure of blogging, I should keep that up again. Goodnight folks.

Posted: March 4th, 2010
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Dolby Silences Loud Adverts

Dolby Volume was developed to address a complaint seeming as old as television itself; that shows on screens seem to whisper while commercials shout despite being on the same volume settings. Volume inconsistencies can also occur when compact disks are switched in players or between music files in MP3 devices.

For fellow Australians, you really don’t appreciate how loud adverts are until you download and listen to an American broadcast with adverts intact. You think our ads are loud? The US ones are screamingly loud, I’m talking at least twice the volume of the show that’s being aired!

“One of the biggest complaints consumers have had is volume inconsistencies,” Mr Eggers said. “We solved that problem. Dolby Volume gives us the capability to choose our favourite volume level for all media then set aside the remote and never touch it again.”

The technology is being built into Toshiba televisions and car audio products this year, according to Dolby.

The company recently showed off Dolby True HD, which is being built into Blu-ray high definition video players and disks to deliver sound tracks as immersive as the imagery. “A person with a Blu-ray player can literally hear the same quality heard in the studio when they were mixing the audio; the same quality as is on the master tapes,” Mr Eggers said.

Dolby also developed a Digital Plus audio technology to bring “surround-sound” to online films and other content delivered to televisions that are being built with “widgets” linking them to online services. France, Italy and Poland have adopted Dolby Digital Plus as a standard for high-definition audio in televisions, according to the company.

Dolby also has put technology in headphones that provide stereo surround-sound experiences to people playing films or music on computers, MP3 players or mobile telephones. Dolby Axon in headsets for videogame lovers gives positional feedback to people talking to each other while playing together online by making voices sound as though they are coming from where virtual characters happen to be.

Voices get louder as gamers approach one another, and fainter with distance, according to Dolby. Like in life, sounds made by on-screen characters are obstructed by objects in the game.

“As a gamer, I can tell you it comes in pretty handy to be able to hear your enemies footsteps coming up behind you,” Mr Eggers said.

Posted: January 10th, 2010
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Review of Deadgirl (2008)

Deadgirl is a flick I stumbled across at my local video store a few days back, I’d never previously heard of it, but it sounded kind of amusing. Two high school outcasts constantly ridiculed and picked on, who’d rather drop out if it weren’t for the main characters creepy obsession with a girl play the fish out of water protagonists. One afternoon while skipping class they make a discovery while exploring an abandoned mental hospital; a beautiful woman, not alive, not dead, strapped to a gurney. One flees while the other satiates his darkest fantasies. Their secret isn’t secret for long.

Great synopsis, but not a great film. First thing that struck me was that the main character is sleazy as hell, and awkward in his role, the opening scene leaves a lot to be desired with poor camera work and very uncomfortably drawn out scenes. Every ‘walk’ scene is horrific, especially attempts at artistic shots of their feet; they’ve obviously been instructed to ‘walk slow’ and their interpretation of that request is to take oscenely small lurching steps, giving an overall effect that they bombed out an audition as zombies and are re-using shot footage.

The film is shot with hogh quality gear and the the editing is adequate, but the cinematography and entire plot / script is a let down. It really is cumbersome to watch how unprofessional the two male leads are in their acting. The female lead, the ‘deadgirl’ is made out to be a super ‘babe’ yet is .. well, rather unfortunate looking, with an ugly face and hideously fake tits with malformed ‘cookie cutter’ nipples from botched surgery.

The ‘nut house’ as they affectionately call it is actually a run down hospital, which they proceed to trash and vandalize eventually leading in to discussion about ‘tunnels’ and the loons that were kept there. The effect of building the place up is wrecked by the fact the tunnels ‘used so the real crazies aren’t at cause of risk being moved between cells’ are filled with old humidicribs, something one wouldn’t find at a mental asylum and are actually one small hallway, redecorated (minimally) for two shots to imply twice the length, with the actors shambling at such an abominable pace you want to fast forward it so they’re at least 50% normal speed. Their slow walking doesn’t make the small set seem bigger, however.

I’m tempted to add more detail, but none of it would be positive, and it’d merely spoil the (piss weak) plot.

3/10, and only because there’s zombies, nudity and a gnarly scene where a guy gets his wang bitten off.

Posted: January 9th, 2010
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George Romero’s ‘Survival of the Dead’ gets Distributor

The Wagner/Cuban Companies’ Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced today that it has acquired US rights to George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead, the latest in the legendary and beloved series of zombie films which bowed at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals earlier this year. Romero, one of the most influential and respected horror auteurs of all time, has created a new, terrifying vision that combines viscerally gory undead action with biting social commentary and a return to the black humor and playfulness of his seminal film, Dawn of the Dead. Magnet will release the film as part of its Ultra VOD program this spring, debuting it on VOD platforms nationwide a month before its theatrical release.

Like its predecessors, George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead takes place in a desperate, nightmarish world where the dead walk the earth, relentlessly attacking the living. It is the story of Plum Island – a beautiful refuge whose isolation allows two powerful families to maintain a semblance of order in the wake of the zombie holocaust. But as the inhabitants slowly die off, the two clans become sharply divided: the O’Flynns believe that the undead must be destroyed without exception, while the Muldoons insist that afflicted loved ones be kept “alive” until a cure is found. The result is an escalating showdown with echoes of a classic Western stand-off that erupts in brutality and violence.

“George A. Romero is an undisputed cinematic legend, and we’re honored to be bringing another installment of this incredible series of films to horror fans,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Survival… is smart, extremely fun and a worthy addition to the …of the Dead franchise.”

Says Romero, “I’m a big admirer of the team at Magnolia. They’re creative and passionate, and I’m excited to put Survival… in their hands.”
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Posted: December 21st, 2009
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Top 25 Horror Movie Twists

I stumbled across a very amusing run down of the top 25 horror movie twist endings last night laying in bed reading on my iPhone, I had to bookmark it with intent to repost it, as much as I hate reposts, it really is a good read, especially if you haven’t seen a couple of the films on this list!
Everybody’s a sucker for a good twist ending, and no genre tries harder to throw viewers for a loop than horror and suspense movies. Below are the best 25 that I can think of, ones that go beyond a mere Scooby Doo-like unmasking of the killer. It goes without saying that if you don’t want to find out what the movie’s twist is, don’t read beyond the “Spoiler Alert!“. Now that I’m legally free of liability, on with the show…

25. April Fool’s Day (1986)

© Paramount
This seemingly typical ’80s slasher has a twist ending that has made it more memorable than it should be — unfortunately leading to the woeful 2008 remake.Spoiler Alert! It’s all been a big April Fool’s Day joke. No one is actually dead. (Apparently, the pranksters are very good at special effects and makeup.) It’s a nice idea for a twist in general, but a slasher with no one dying is pretty lame.

24. When a Stranger Calls (1979)

© Sony
This movie is best known for its “prank calls coming from INSIDE THE HOUSE” concept, but in the original film, this moment accounts for only the first 20 minutes. The rest is a dull case study of the killer, seven years later, trying to live life on the outside of the loony bin…until the ending.Spoiler Alert! After following the killer around for an hour or so, we suddenly switch back to the babysitter from the opening scene, now grown up with kids. She receives a call from the killer reminiscent of the calls from seven years ago, and although her kids are OK, can you guess where the killer is? That’s right, in the house. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, I’m dead. Not only is he inside the house, though, but he’s IN THE BED!

23. Identity (2003)

© Sony
Ten strangers stranded at a remote hotel in the middle of a torrential rainstorm begin dying at the hands of an unknown killer. Sounds simple enough, but the twist turns this been-there-done-that premise on its ear. It’s perhaps the most divisive ending on this list, but love it or hate it, it’s unique.Spoiler Alert! The people in the motel are all personalities in the head of a killer sentenced to die. He’s been given a special treatment designed to “kill” his alternate personalities, leaving a kinder, gentler killer.

22. The Descent (original ending) (2005)

© Lions Gate
A group of female spelunkers get trapped deep underground by a cave-in and discover a race of humanoid beasts looking for a spelunker meal.Spoiler Alert! The original European ending was a much more depressing — though probably better — affair than the American ending. In the original version, the last surviving spelunker finally escapes the cave and drives away, only realize that her escape is a hallucination, and she’s still trapped in the darkness. The end.

21. Fallen (1998)

© Warner Bros.
The soul of an executed serial killer jumps from body to body, and only Denzel Washington realizes what’s going on.Spoiler Alert! We’re set up in the opening scene by Denzel’s voiceover, saying that he almost died during the ordeal. What we don’t realize is that Denzel is possessed by the killer while he’s speaking, so in fact it’s the killer who almost dies, while Denzel, sadly, bites the bullet.

20. Carnival of Souls (1962)

© Criterion
A woman is the lone survivor of a car crash but soon thereafter begins to see strange ghouls chasing her.Spoiler Alert! This is one of the first films to use the plot twist of the protagonist being dead all along, which now has been beaten to death. Enough, people!

19. The Others (2001)

© Buena Vista
During World War II, a woman and her two children move into a mansion and begin to suspect that it might be haunted. Is it or isn’t it?Spoiler Alert! The house is indeed haunted…by them! The woman and her kids have been dead all along and have been bothering honest living people trying to make a living. The ending might’ve had more of an impact had it not come on the heels of The Sixth Sense.

18. Scream (1996)

© Dimension
A serial killer in a mask and robe stalks a bunch of teens. This is one of the few slashers in which the revelation of the killer is a true twist — one almost impossible to guess precisely.Spoiler Alert! The killer is…two killers! Neve Campbell’s boyfriend and his friend team up to play “Stab the Student Body.”

17. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

© Image
A man relates his tale of madman Dr. Caligari, who along with his zombie-like henchman, committed a string of murders.Spoiler Alert! It turns out that the narrator is the real madman, and he’s telling his tale in an insane asylum. Caligari is in fact his doctor in the asylum.

16. The Mist (2007)

© The Weinstein Co.
A fogbank containing bloodthirsty monsters comes rolling into a small town, trapping a few dozen people in a grocery store. The movie changes Stephen King’s original ending to provide a major jolt.Spoiler Alert! Five characters drive a truck out of town, only to see that the creature-filled mist goes on forever. They run out of gas and are so despondent that they decide to commit suicide rather than be killed by the monsters. Since they have only four bullets, David (Thomas Jane) shoots the other four people — including his son — and steps out of the truck to let the creatures kill him…except the Army shows up, saving the day. Whoops! While the ending doesn’t fully work — partly due to Jane’s acting — it takes guts to even attempt.

Everybody’s a sucker for a good twist ending, and no genre tries harder to throw viewers for a loop than horror and suspense movies. Below are the best 25 that I can think of, ones that go beyond a mere Scooby Doo-like unmasking of the killer. It goes without saying that if you don’t want to find out what the movie’s twist is, don’t read beyond the “Spoiler Alert!“. Now that I’m legally free of liability, on with the show…

15. High Tension (2005)

© Lions Gate
A psychotic truck driver invades a home one night, killing the family and kidnapping the daughter. He doesn’t realize, though, that the daughter’s friend, Marie, was spending the night at the house, and she hitches a ride in the back of the killer’s truck in order to help free her friend. Then things get weird…Spoiler Alert! The male killer we see throughout the film is actually a figment of Marie’s imagination. She’s the one doing all of the slicing and dicing. It’s one of those improbable endings that explains away the inconsistencies by stating that everything was seen through the eyes of a crazy person. The same thing happed with Glitter.
14. The Wicker Man (1973)
© Anchor Bay
An uptight British policeman investigates a missing child on a British isle that celebrates pagan customs. Although considered to be a horror classic, the only real moment of horror comes in the movie’s final moments.Spoiler Alert! The story of the missing girl was made up to lure the cop to the island so that he could be sacrificed to the inhabitants’ pagan gods in a burning “wicker man.” Weenie roast at 8:00 by the goat’s skull!

13. The Orphanage (2007)

© Picturehouse
Soon after a couple moves into an abandoned orphanage, their young son goes missing, and the mother suspects that the ghost of a boy she saw with a bag over his head might be responsible.Spoiler Alert! The ending is open to interpretation, but from what I gather, the house is haunted, but the “ghost” that the mother sees is in fact her son dressed as the bag-headed ghost boy. After she punishes him for misbehaving, the son puts a bag on his head, attacks his mother, then gets scared and runs to hide in a secret room accessible through a closet, where he falls down and dies. In the mother’s haste to find him, she inadvertently knocks over a post in the closet that blocks the secret passage, preventing the son’s body from being found.

12. Diabolique (1964)

© Criterion
A wife plots to kill her husband with her husband’s mistress, but after the deed is done, the body disappears. This French film actually includes a message at the end warning viewers not to reveal the twist ending to people who haven’t seen it. Oh well…Spoiler Alert! The husband isn’t really dead. He and the mistress plot to make the wife think he’s dead, then scare her into having a heart attack.

11. Black Christmas (1974)

© Eclectic
A sorority house must deal with a series of threatening phone calls and the disappearances of some of their sisters.Spoiler Alert! Five years before When a Stranger Calls, Black Christmas originated the “crank calls coming from inside the house” routine and put it where it should be: at the film’s climax. Granted, this revelation isn’t terribly surprising, since we see the killer systematically picking off sorority figures inside the house, but it was influential, and the film’s final twist is that the man who dies and is assumed to be the killer turns out not to be the one. He’s still INSIDE THE HOUSE.

10. Angel Heart (1987)

© Live / Artisan
A private investigator in the ’50s named Harry Angel is hired to find a former singer named Johnny Favorite, who disappeared after fighting in World War II. During his investigation, Angel stumbles upon a series of murders on the way to a shocking revelation.Spoiler Alert! Harry is Johnny. Johnny killed the real Harry and assumed his identity, then was drafted into the war and got injured, requiring extensive facial surgery and causing amnesia — so he doesn’t realize who he is, and no one recognizes him. Furthermore, Harry/Johnny is the person killing all of the people, under the influence of the man who hired him…Satan himself! (who looks surprisingly like Robert De Niro)

9. The Skeleton Key (2005)

© Universal
Caroline gets a job as a live-in nurse for an incapacitated man living in a Louisiana plantation with his wife, Violet. The house is rumored to be haunted by the ghosts of two servants — a husband and wife — who were hanged in the 1920s for trying to teach the owner’s children hoodoo.Spoiler Alert! The spirits of the two servants are in the bodies of the old couple. Well, originally, the old man held the male servant’s soul, but it was transferred into a young lawyer, while the spirit of the female servant is transferred at the end from Violet into Caroline’s body. The film ends with Caroline’s soul and that of the young lawyer occupying the old couple’s bodies, both incapacitated and mute, and the servants having new young bodies.

8. Seven (1995)

© New Line
Two police detectives, Mills and Somerset, try to catch a serial killer who chooses victims who break one of the seven deadly sins. As we reach the climax, the killer has accounted for five of the seven sins, until…the box.Spoiler Alert! The killer offers to take Mills and Somerset to the location of the sixth and seventh victims. When they arrive at the barren outdoor location, a delivery van drives up and drops off a box containing Mills’ wife’s head — thankfully, not C.O.D. The killer confesses that he killed her because he was envious (the sixth sin) of the Mills’ family life. Mills, using his wrath (the seventh sin), then shoots him dead, all according to the killer’s plans.

7. Friday the 13th (1980)

© Paramount
A boy named Jason drowns at Camp Crystal Lake in 1957, and a year later, when two counselors are murdered, the camp is closed down. Jason’s body is never found, and he’s rumored to still be lurking. Twenty-two years later, it reopens, only to have a killer begin stalking the camp counselors once again.Spoiler Alert! Is Jason responsible for the deaths? No, it’s his mother, Mrs. Vorhees, wearing a fashionable sweater. But wait, there’s more! The last remaining counselor, Alice, kills Mrs. Vorhees and goes for a gentle float in a canoe — at which point Jason’s decaying little boy body jumps out of the water and drags her under. The police eventually pull her out, and Jason is never heard from again…except 11 or so more times.

6. The Ring (2002)

© Dreamworks
Rachel, a reporter investigating a video tape rumored to bring death to anyone who watches it, finds out that it is somehow tied to a mysterious young girl named Samara.Spoiler Alert! Rachel does all of the grunt work to find out that Samara’s body is lying at the bottom of a well and then even goes down there to retrieve it — thus, by all normal movie logic, freeing the restless spirit from haunting people through video tapes and prank phone calls. However, as Rachel’s psychic son so effectively points out, Samara is evil, and Rachel has succeeded in freeing her spirit to kill at will. Nice one, Mom.

Everybody’s a sucker for a good twist ending, and no genre tries harder to throw viewers for a loop than horror and suspense movies. Below are the best 25 that I can think of, ones that go beyond a mere Scooby Doo-like unmasking of the killer. It goes without saying that if you don’t want to find out what the movie’s twist is, don’t read beyond the “Spoiler Alert!“. Now that I’m legally free of liability, on with the show…

5. Sleepaway Camp (1983)

© Anchor Bay
Mousy teenager Angela is sent to summer camp, only to be caught in the midst of a rash of murders. This cheap slasher is by all accounts worthless and would’ve faded into obscurity if not for the final jaw-dropping, tape-rewinding, pause-and-stare-and-call-your-friends-over-to-stare moment.Spoiler Alert! Angela turns out to be not only the killer, but a boy as well. Angela is actually Peter, Angela’s brother. The real Angela died years earlier, and Peter assumed her identity after being dressed up in girl’s clothing by their aunt. We realize that she is really a he during the film’s climax, when he reveals himself in all his glory, naked beside the lake, holding the head of his final victim. Eat your heart out, Crying Game.
4. Psycho (1960)
© Universal
Mild-mannered motel owner Norman seeks to cover up a series of murders committed by his overbearing mother.Spoiler Alert! Norman, apparently a great mimic and voice-thrower, dressed as his mother to commit the murders. Years earlier, he killed his mother — whose skeleton sits in his cellar in a rocking chair — and developed a split personality: that of him and his mother. The movie’s little-known alternate title was Freud’s Field Day.

3. Saw (2004)

© Lions Gate
Two men, Adam and Lawrence, find themselves chained in a large bathroom with a dead body. A recording informs Lawrence that he must kill Adam within eight hours, or his wife and daughter will die. As the deadline approaches, we see the man who’s been monitoring the men’s actions break into Lawrence’s house and attack his family.Spoiler Alert! The man who appears to be the mastermind behind the “game” is in fact a player himself. He’s being forced to act by the true mastermind, the man posing as the dead body in the bathroom. Lawrence eventually cuts off his foot in order to escape (presumably bleeding to death), at which point the “dead body” rises and proclaims to Adam, “Game over,” locking him in the room to die.

2. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

© Anchor Bay
Several people trapped in an isolated farmhouse struggle to defend themselves against a horde of flesh-eating zombies surrounding the building.Spoiler Alert! Ben, the last person left alive in the house, manages to survive by locking himself in the basement after the zombies break in. The cavalry arrives the next morning in the form of a bunch of good ol’ boys shootin’ zombies real good. Unfortunately for Ben, as he runs upstairs to greet the rescuers, they mistake him for a zombie and put a bullet in his head. The hopelessness of the ending embodied the war-ravaged era and, combined with the (unintentional or intentional) racial implications of Ben’s death, made for one powerful bummer.

1. The Sixth Sense (1999)

© Buena Vista
Child psychologist Malcolm Crowe is working with a boy named Cole who claims to be able to “see dead people.” At first, Malcolm is skeptical but eventually comes to believe in the child’s ability.Spoiler Alert! Malcolm helps Cole learn to use his power for good. The end. Oh, and Malcolm is really a ghost who doesn’t realize he’s dead. When anyone mentions “twist ending,” The Sixth Sense comes to mind, and for better or worse (probably worse), it’s spawned a generation of films that feel they must “trick” the viewer into liking them. Pretty sneaky, sis.
Posted: December 21st, 2009
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Tik Tok Parody Video

Two things that made me laugh so hard I almost wee’d.

The Most Bachelor Thing You’ve Done and this wonderful little parody of Tik Tok by Kesha that I’m surprised isn’t viral yet: -

Posted: December 16th, 2009
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