Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Shocktober - 31 Horror Films, 31 Days!

Well doesn't time fly when you are having fun?!?!  Can't believe it is October already in the year 2016! Ever since the days of How B Grade Movies Saved or Ruined My Life I have often challenged myself to find new ways to watch movies I haven't seen.  One such way I have been doing for a few years now is Shocktober.  31 Horror Films in 31 Days leading up to Halloween! Usually I just keep the lists to myself, but in those rare moments where I get inspired I occasionally write about them...and guess what...I seem to be inspired.

So the rules (cause what good is a horror movie without rules!)

  1. It must be a film you have not seen (Or A variant such as a Director's Cut)
  2. If you miss a day, you must make it up (gotta reach that total 31 ;) )
  3. Enjoy

So, obviously it is not October first... so here is the list thus far:

Not your typical haunted house movie, but certainly reminiscent of films like The Others, The Orphanage or Time Crimes. The film creates a pretty tense atmosphere and manages to keep its secret pretty well hidden for the duration.

This Spanish flick has been on my to watch list for a number of years now and is probably more of a thriller than a horror film, but hey, I make the rules so I can sure as heck break em.  It is quite suspenseful in parts and certainly keeps you on your toes as to what exactly is going on, but if you ever feel that you have a fool proof plan to murder someone, this film is proof positive that even the best laid plans can have unexpected road bumps and the past will always come back to haunt you.

When watching 31 films you are always bound to have a few lemons...this was the first of my 2016 lemons. Basically taking a bunch of holiday makers to a deserted location where something bad happens and one by one they get picked off.  Every character in this was unlikable and thus made you just wish they would hurry up and die already so you could move on to the next film....

And here we have the first 2016 film of my 2016 Shocktober viewings!  I was actually pleasantly surprised by this one.  Whilst it doesn't lend anything new to genre and is a little disjointed in parts it was overall quite entertaining and certainly bleaker than any of the other entries so far this year! (I do enjoy an unhappy ending!)

Well so far, so's hoping the enthusiasm continues over the coming weeks!!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Carrie (2013)

Some actors continue to get typecast in certain roles, either as a result of their particular acting style or their physical appearance, but few actors have been cast in roles that are updating or remaking previous roles asoften as Chloe Grace Moretz appears to be

Young Carrie has a rather unfortunate experience in gym class when she gets her first period. Coming from a seriously devout religious household she has not been informed of the change her body is going through and thus thinks she is injured or worse dying.  Her peers, ever wary of her oddness, rather than helping her, take to bullying her in the most disgusting manner whilst filming it for posterity. (Aren't camera phones great!)

I guess really they have aimed Carrie at a more teenage audience... it kind of has elements of the Final Destination movies melded into it (slow motion death sequences along with blatant CGI and multiple angle repetition of shots), what I thought was a really big let down, was the missed opportunity to fit in a moral message regarding bullying, given that it is quite the issue these days. Instead it kind of hints at the whole "bullying has consequences", but takes it way too far in the end.

An interesting thing happened whilst watching this! I haven't seen the original in 10 years or so and re-watching it last night made me appreciate the remake more. (Hence the review) Don't get me wrong, I still think it was a needless remake, but seeing how dated the original is, I had to appreciate the work that went into bringing the new one into the 21st century and it did do it quite well.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Hello World....

So in the almost 9 months of my absence, I have moved house, downsized my collection, got back into vinyl (of all things), given up on hosting both radio shows, become addicted to Instagram and pretty much shirked all of my other online responsibilities for getting out there in the 'real' world.  It has been fun, but I thought I would put the blog hat back on for a day or two and see how that works out for me....

So as I mentioned above, I have been getting back into vinyl....a week or so ago was Record Store Day here in Australia and I was able to pick up The Lego Movie Soundtrack from my local is a pretty cool picture vinyl set as you can see below:

Anyway...I picked up a Audio Technica AT-LP60 and was pretty impressed by the sound quality for a $200 unit!  I have had 2 or 3 turntables lately and this was by far the best value for money! Here are a few other records I have managed to collect over the last few months...these images come courtesy of my Instagram feed so they aren't exactly detailed, but hey I am posting something so.... :P~

The Muppet Show
The Neverending Story by Klaus Doldinger and Giorgio Moroder.

The Aristocats Storybook & Songs
Empire of the Sun by John Williams
Lost in Translation (Japanese Release)
Disney Picture Album Releases - Hot Topic Exclusive
O'Brother Where Art Thou? - Various Artists
Crocodile Dundee by Peter Best
Arachnophobia - Trevor Jones & Various
The Jungle Book Storybook & Songs
The Labyrinth by Trevor Jones & David Bowie

 So there you have it! A blog post...finally....

Friday, August 29, 2014

Cinemagraphs Part 5

I hope you are sitting down!  Yes, I am posting a new blog post!!

One of the things I love about Nokia Cinemagraph is that it comes in very handy when trying to capture a moment for which a still image just won't cut it!  Here are a few of my latest Nokia Cinemagraphs at taken on my Nokia Lumia 1020! 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Steelbook Update!

Well here we are again with some new additions to the collection.  Above is the Kimchidvd exclusve steelbook edition of Tangled featuring a lenticular slipcover. It is very difficult to photograph, but is certainly much nicer in person!  It also came with a storybook (In English), some photocards and a sticker sheet.  A very nice set indeed.  Next up we have some Zavvi releases:

I have held off buying Starship Troopers on Blu-ray, but then I jumped when this was announced.  Haven't watched the disc yet, but it is a nice steelbook.

Oblivion was a bit of a miss for me, but I absolutely loved the score by M83 and bought this simply to get the isolated score in DTS surround sound!  Basically if you treat the film as a music video it works very well ;)

Again, The Little Mermaid is not one of my favourites, but I do really like this artwork.  I am a bit pissed though that I wasn't able to secure copies of Dumbo or Lady & The Tramp, two films I would much rather own... so this may get traded.

Byzantium was a blind buy, but I really enjoyed it and the stunning visuals look fantastic on this Blu-ray.  I am actually not a fan of the artwork they have used on the back cover, but that front cover almost makes me cry admiring its beauty :P

Double dip time, Close Encounters is missing the second disc and booklet from the original release, so really I just bought it for the steelbook. I note it has now sold out.

and last, but not least.  I did enjoy Django, but I wasn't going to own it.  I picked this up for $12 and as it came with the soundtrack I thought that was quite a good deal :)

I have more goodies on the way including the new 50th Commemorative JFK release from Warner so will be posting pics of that when it arrives, I have also ordered both versions of the Kimchidvd release of A Tale of Two Sisters so I am looking forward to those too!!!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Cinemagraphs Part 4

Once again I present you with my latest Cinemagraphs as captured on the Nokia Lumia 1020!  Water is still one of my favourite things to capture, so much so that I have visited countless waterfalls, lakes, streams, rivers and beaches in my quest to find things to photograph! The rest of the images can be found after the break and as usual I will warn you that the page may take some time to load depending on your connection speed! Enjoy! :)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Airlock Kickstarter Campaign!

The makers of the awesome Aussie horror flick The Tunnel have a new project in the works and like The Tunnel, you the consumer, can help bring it about!  Airlock is a sci-fi horror series set in space!!  If you thought being underground in the tunnels of Sydney was scary, imagine what these guys could do in space!!

Pledges start at only $5 and every $1 counts!!  The best part is the that series will be FREE to watch worldwide upon completion!  Everyone wins! :D

So please consider helping to get this project made!!

You can find all the relevant details including a teaser of things to come over at their Kickstarter page!