Dakota Blue Richards will play Lyra - still hope for Nicole Kidman as Mrs Coulter# Friday Jun 30, 2006
Y'know, I'm beginning to think "How much more amazing would this have been if they'd gotten Delroy Lindo instead of Samuel L. Jackson?"# Tuesday Jun 27, 2006
Download an MP3, listen to it on your iPod while in the cinema. Neat way to encourage repeat viewings.# Tuesday Jun 27, 2006
[Now I only saw five minutes of this film but it was enough to convince me of what a desperate desperate place Seventies Britain was. Did they really queue in line for this? Maybe the commies weren't so crazy after all, at least queuing for bread serves some sort of purpose, what's the point of queuing up to see a man get hit in the penis with a roller blind?](http://oldrottenhat.typepad.com/oldrottenhat/2006/06/sometimes_all_i.html)# Friday Jun 23, 2006
Looks a lot less low-budget/more high-concept than I was expecting# Thursday Jun 22, 2006
"Hey H., you know what would be awesome? A service where you could register a group of friends' phone numbers, then when you're out and about, you text your location to a server and your friends could text the server and find out where all their friends are."
"You mean like Dodgeball?"
I search for "Dodgeball text" and find out that not only has someone already thought of this, but Google has bought them already.
All the same, someone needs to launch this in Ireland. It would make weekends so much easier to organise. I hope this is built into Live Anywhere.1 minute read # Sunday Jun 18, 2006
My DVD inbox - movies I haven't seen or whose DVDs special features I haven't watched - has grown to 60 DVDs. I figure this is a good time to take a look through the list and see what's going on. Maybe figure out why I'm having such trouble getting through them. If you're interested, the full list is available on listal.com.
To be honest, I'm amazed that drama features so highly. From looking at my list, I'd have guessed Horror or Sci-Fi would be the most popular genre. I put this down to shoddy tagging on IMDB. Or a really bad personal definition of "horror". Cutthroat Island is horrific, so that makes it horror... right?
For an eighties kid, the 1980s are seriously underrepresented here.
(This was the first bar-chart I've ever made in excel. I had to get H. to help me.)
I couldn't be bothered breaking this down any further. Although I'd say that the majority of the foreign-language movies were Japanese, from the large amount of J-Horror waiting to scare the pants off me.
I've all but given up watching TV now. I tend to do all my TV watching via bittorrent or DVD. This is probably lower than I would have guessed. Still haven't gotten around to watching Six Feet Under yet. Is it wrong that I am completely unable to get excited about this show? Loving Carnivale though.2 minute read # Friday Jun 16, 2006
The book isn't even published yet, but the screenplay has been bought by Brad Pitt's production company. Still, awesome title.# Friday Jun 16, 2006
I finished reading Douglas Coupland's JPod last night. Here are a couple of my theories regarding this book:
Douglas Coupland is completely out of ideas and is gently strolling down the David Sedaris route of desperately presenting the most mundane situations and ideas as innovative. Not only that, but he knows it. There's a twinge of panic about JPod that completely sets it apart from the laid-back coolness of Microserfs.
He got so sick of people asking for a sequel to Microserfs that he decided to punish them by churning out something that takes the same style and formula but takes it to the point where it actually mocks the reader. Case in point: 40 pages of the first 100,000 numbers of Pi with one wrong digit. What is this? The Da Vinci Code for autistics?
Maybe he really has, once again, completely captured the zeitgeist and the world is actually full of the same kind of boring, selfish fuckholes that appear as characters in JPod. Personally, I think it's probably a combination of all three.
"Frighteningly bad cinema is the only thing scary about Alone in the Dark, which gives video-game movies an even worse name, if that's possible."
"They say that even ugly babies have faces their mothers love, but this is truly a film that not even hardcore genre fans could appreciate."
"Saying Uwe Bollâ€™s Alone in the Dark is better than his 2003 American debut House of the Dead is akin to praising syphilis for not being HIV."
"I WILL LITERALLY KICK THE ASS OF ANYONE WHO HATED MY FILMS."
Uwe Boll, worst director in the world, is offering critics of his films the chance to get into the ring with him and settle their scores with fisticuffs. The critics will be chosen by Uwe Boll, flown to Vancouver, put up in a hotel as a guest of Uwe Boll and will finally step into the ring with Boll, where he will film the match to be included in his new film Postal, starring Gary Coleman.
Uwe Boll has now, officially, lost the plot.# Tuesday Jun 13, 2006
Also a lot of love for the "maestro" and "weak spot" shirts# Friday Jun 9, 2006
... and it's a total fag.# Tuesday Jun 6, 2006
Someone in work pointed me to Freetar Hero - a free PC-based replacement for Guitar Hero. Nothing really new there, there's been a few out there already. But what sets this apart is the awesome new Freetar Editor, which allows you to create your own levels from your MP3 collection.
As this video demonstrates, the upshot of this is that I might actually get a chance to rock out on my Guitar Hero to Journey!
Looks like Mackers won't have to buy a TV to play this after all.1 minute read # Tuesday Jun 6, 2006
This is my favourite piece of cosplay ever:
This is my second favourite:
# Tuesday May 30, 2006
2,340 calories in this meal if you include a drink and medium fries. Just looking at this picture is making me want to poop.# Monday May 29, 2006
2,340 meal if you include a drink and medium fries. Just looking at this picture is making me want to poop.# Monday May 29, 2006
BURBANK, Calif. - Paul Gleason, who was in "Trading Places" and "The Breakfast Club," has died. He was 67.
Gleason died at a local hospital Saturday of mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer linked to asbestos, said his wife, Susan Gleason.
"Whenever you were with Paul, there was never a dull moment," his wife said. "He was awesome."
A native of Miami, Gleason was an avid athlete. Before becoming an actor, he played Triple-A minor league baseball for a handful of clubs in the late 1950s.
Gleason honed his acting skills with his mentor Lee Strasberg, whom he studied with at the Actors Studio beginning in the mid-1960s, family members said.
Through his career, Gleason appeared in over 60 movies that included "Die Hard," "Johnny Be Good," and "National Lampoon's Van Wilder." Most recently, Gleason made a handful of television appearances in hit shows such as "Friends" and "Seinfeld."
Gleason's passions went beyond acting. He had recently published a book of poetry.
"He was an athlete, an actor and a poet," said his daughter, Shannon Gleason-Grossman. "He gave me and my sister a love that is beyond description that will be with us and keep us strong for the rest of our lives."
Actor Jimmy Hawkins, a friend of Gleason's since the 1960s, said he remembered Gleason for a sharp sense of humor.
"He just always had great stories to tell," Hawkins said.
Gleason was survived by his wife, two daughters and a granddaughter. Funeral plans were pending.
He never really got any huge roles, but the few lines he got were often the standout moments in movies. The moment in Trading Places where he turns around and tells and old woman to Fuck Off counts, for me, as the most perfect delivery of a "fuck off" ever filmed.2 minute read # Monday May 29, 2006
Fuck anyone who complains about MTV not playing music any more, their energies are much better spent coming up with shows like this.# Friday May 26, 2006
To celebrate my new Xbox 360 - an ad that's somewhere between an episode of Spaced and the Grand Central Station scene from the Fisher King# Wednesday May 24, 2006
...you have to be extra-careful what parts of your name are covered up# Tuesday May 23, 2006