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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Grindhouse

I finally got around to going to a UNSW Film Society screening tonight. Luckily it was a really good one: Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's exploitation double feature, Grindhouse.

This movie is awesome. I've never been to a drive-in theatre or anything to see dodgy exploitation films, or double features of any kind, so it was a new experience, and pretty fun to see (simulated) aged celluloid and trailers for schlock horror flicks with names like Machete, Don't and Werewolf Women of the SS.

The first movie, Planet Terror, was basically just a bunch of people running around stabbing and shooting zombies. Well, that's an oversimplification, but not by much. Its director, Robert Rodriguez, was behind the movie adaptation of Sin City, and if you thought that had lots of blood and gore... go see this movie. You'll never look at a hospital the same way again. Actually it reminded me a little bit of that show Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. Only with more zombies having their bodies blown in half by single gunshots. It also has a chick with an assault rifle for a leg, which always works in a movie's favour.

Basically Planet Terror was very funny for about half an hour. Then it started to drag on. Towards the end, I was still laughing but also wishing we could get onto the next movie already. Worth seeing once but that's about it.

I can't fault the other feature, Death Proof, on anything really. Quentin Tarantino has proven once again why he's such a respected film-maker - he took a cool idea, applied it to an old genre and then tipped the genre on its head to make something fresh and new. In short, it's about a stunt driver who gets up to dirty deeds in his "death proof" stunt car. I won't give away too much because it took my by surprise in several ways and I don't want it to be ruined when you see it. (Note my use of the word "when" rather than "if" - you have to see this movie.) I don't think I've ever clapped so enthusiastically after a movie - in fact, I'm pretty damn sure I've never clapped after a movie. FILMSOC are true connoisseurs of cinema.

Unfortunately, there's a lot of people in this world who miss the point of everything, and as a result Grindhouse has been a flop at the US box offices. I guess people don't like seeing two films for the price of one? So in Australia (and much of the rest of the globe from what I gather) it's being released as two separate films, thus ruining the whole point. The copy I saw was a bootleg, which is sadly the only way anyone in Australia is going to see it in its true form. That is, until it gets released on DVD. I expect that Grindhouse is going to become a true cult movie, enjoyed in home or university theatres by small groups of film enthusiasts, just like I was part of tonight.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

ModRocker.net - my new sketch blog

OK guys so a couple of weeks ago I registered the domain www.modrocker.net, and didn't know what to do with it. Now it is the address for my my brand new, never-before-seen sketch blog, ModRocker.net. So, you know, check it out. I've been drawing a lot lately but I couldn't really be bothered digitally inking everything like I have been for Kenso Tech, so I guess I'll mostly just scan pencil drawings for ModRocker. I'll still do some stuff on the computer though.

I've stopped making the Kenso Tech comics, and they're now on the ModRocker site along with some other goodies.

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Samsung arrested the development of my phone

OK I am going to talk about my mobile phone, because I KNOW YOU WANT TO HEAR ABOUT MY MOBILE PHONE YOU GUYS. It's one of those clamshell type ones. When it's folded up you can't press the buttons, so it doesn't have a keypad lock. BUT there is a button on the side to activate the camera, which can still be pressed when the phone is closed. So every couple of weeks I find two or three pocket photos, when the camera button has been accidentally pressed in my pocket and I get pictures of blackness (and occasionally a bit of light depending on how the phone was oriented). So yesterday I checked my photos for some reason and found 163 pocket photos.

Samsung, you are all morons. If you are designing a phone with a camera, one of the design objectives should be to make sure it doesn't take hundreds of photos of nothing inside the user's pocket. Some more free advice: in this day and age it should be a standard feature that a phone can ring and vibrate at the same time. When I'm in a slightly noisy environment I can't hear the damn thing ringing, so I have to put it on silent so I can feel it vibrate. But I like to be able to hear it ring as well as be sure I know it's ringing even if I can't hear it. My ringtone is The Final Countdown. It's awesome. Samsung, get a clue.

I finally finished watching the last season of Arrested Development last weekend. It's the best show ever made, pretty much. How is it that this fucking brilliant, hilarious show which should be an example for comedy writers everywhere gets axed after three seasons while the festering drivel that is Big Brother is invading our screens for yet another drawn out season? TV viewing public, get a clue.

Also you need to hear the new Battles album Mirrored. It sounds like nothing else before.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Sepia Side of the Moon

I've been meaning to check out Dark Side of the Rainbow for ages. Finally bothered to look for a pre-synched video and found one. Haven't watched it all yet (I'm downloading the avi file) but it looks kind of cool. I reckon it's a coincidence though. It stands to reason that if Pink Floyd went to the huge effort to make an album synch up with a movie, they would create more compelling links. They all seem pretty vague. Anyway, it should be fun.

I was going to refer to it by its other name, Dark Side of Oz, but one time someone heard that name and thought it was about the TV prison drama Oz, and spent fifty hours or whatever watching every episode of every season of Oz, with Dark Side of the Moon looping continuously. Then he got pissed off that it didn't work and went and bashed some dude's head in with a Strat.

Not really.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Free comics!

So, Free Comic Book Day has come and gone. I got me a copy of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival sampler. It's got some great stuff in it. Free Comic Book Day is awesome. I also picked up a copy of Bleach Vol. 1 and damn, no wonder everyone likes it so much.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

fifes

Does anyone know what that song is that's been on Triple J recently that sounds like a cross between the Scissor Sisters and Sesame Street? It's strangely compelling, primarily because I can't understand a word they're saying.

EDIT: It was D.A.N.C.E. by Justice.