Monday, August 29, 2005

Snakes on a Plane

I cannot believe that this exists…

There is, according to
IMDB, actually going to be a movie called Snakes on a Plane!

I heard, and presumed it was some kind of joke, that this was going to happen last year. Okay, fair enough, Snakes on a Plane is probably the single best title for a movie that we’ve ever heard, but come on. What kinda premise is this for a movie, really, seriously? For gods sake, it's even got Samuel L. Jackson in it!

It was also been touted around with the title of Pacific Air Flight 121, but, earlier this month, Mr. Jackson said in an interview, that "We're totally changing that back. That's the only reason I took the job: I read the title." What a hero! An actor, and a good one, who gets the gag.

"On board a flight over the Pacific Ocean, an assassin, bent on killing a passenger who's a witness in protective custody, let (sic) loose a crate full of deadly snakes."

I'm stunned. Totally stunned. This has the potential to be priceless and I will have my bum firmly glued to a seat in the Showcase the very day this puppy hits the screen. Enquiring minds want to know. Lets prey for a sequel. "Alligators on a Train"?

Friday, August 26, 2005

DVD Review - Sahara

A catchey title, and another free DVD to add to the folders of tosh even if they did cut it to pices on This Is Wherever DVD Reviews cos I can't write to even the most basic word count...

"Potentially hot stuff..."

'Sahara' is the first of what Paramount is hoping will be their new action adventure franchise, a modern day 'Indiana Jones' or a much better 'Tomb Raider' (but with more Johnson's than 'National Treasure') with that healthy early Bond feel that (sensibly) takes itself less than seriously. Fingers crossed for them.

Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey) is obsessed by a big boat. This master explorer, ex-navy seal, and improbably named 'Clive Cussler' character (I've just read the first book and enjoyed it, with a pinch of salt) has been looking for a lost ironclad that disappeared at the end of the American Civil war, chock-full to the plimsoll line with Confederate bullion, and he thinks he might just have a lead. The trail leads to Mali; a country in the middle of a civil war and governed by a particularly nasty warlord by the name of General Kazim (Lennie James). Pitt and his world-weary and long suffering navy buddy Al Giordino (Steve Zahn) have only seventy-two hours to sneak into the country, but this'll to be no holiday-in-the-sun...

McConaughey leaps salamon-like to the challenge in a charismatic and physical role that could well shove him back into the big leagues. Steve Zahn plays, well, Steve Zahn really, no change there, but I suppose he's a natural at it. His character Al provides some outstanding and supportive comic relief, andding a crin and smoothing the cheese. The "Madonna of Madrid", Penélope Cruz [oh yes, ya would], plays Eva Rojas, a World Health Organisation doctor investigating a new plague that is spreading out of Mali, and it's a strong role for a gifted actress who brings a dash of class to the movie. In general the performances are good and the film has a real sense of fun as well as adventure, making the escapades of Dirk Pitt a welcome addition to the action adventure genre. This film isn't just about blindly hunting for treasure; there are interwoven threads of African Civil War and man-made plague, which oddly make the story more plausible and watchable than the usual mainstream Hollywood flick. Look out for William H. Macy as 'The Admiral' and Lambert Wilson playing another sleazy 'slightly-foreign-businessman' with effortless ease.

On the negative side, however, if Paramount want something to be 'the latest new action franchise' they should pull out a few more stops with the DVD extras. Alas we get just the basics a weak arsed docco. A lack of additional content isn't worthy of boycot, but in this day and age we expect 'better from the medium', and it's a good job the overall quality of the film makes up for the deficit.

Movie: 4 out of 5
Extras: 2 out of 5

Monday, August 15, 2005

Lacy in Corrie!

Oh my giddy Aunt!

Simon (the Lacy), my former business partner, fellow Hero of Film, respectable member of the Bradford Youth Offending Team and long time collaborator on all manner of filmic tosh, was in Coronation Street tonight (as someone called Lee)!

He even had a line or two, something about "an
extra bed because the locks are going to be changed" cos I recognised his voice. Well strange. They made him look a lot older and kinda balding. My mobile went mental with people textin' me.

He's a good bloke is The Lacy (he was 1st AD and 3 of the characters in Headline History too).

He's with the actors co-op North of Watford if you want him for owt.

Nice one bud!

Monday, August 08, 2005

'Widget' is a Word!

Duncan recommended Konfabulator to me and, only the other day, I heard it had been bought by Yahoo.

Smooth move Yahoo, good marketing, and it's great for Konfabulator as folks start making their own widgets (useful individual little graphical desktop aps).

If you haven't tried
Konfabulator, take a minute to download it. It's nice, and (while superficially trite) it's kinda useful.

Okay, so shed loads of widgets tend to eat resources. Big deal. I've already got Mr. Ravenwood and Mr. Williamson on the case getting local Google Maps info integrated with our property classifieds data to be displayed on a widget.

God I love progress.