Monday, December 29, 2008
I was just thinking, now with the awards season in full swing, and all the promotion for Heath Ledger getting Best Supporting Actor nominations, would this all have been as heavily promoted if he had not have passed away? It seemed once he did pass away, the talk of the film increased so much, and everyone was even more excited to see his performance in the film. Would it have been the same if he was alive? I guess we will never know, but what is rather annoying is he is the only thing people talk about with the film. Yes, he was excellent, and yes the character of the Joker was excellent and quite possibly one of the most awesome villains we have seen on screen for some time. But what about Aaron Eckhart?
Now he was in my opinion just as good as Ledger and he had quite the challenging role to play. Playing Harvey Dent and going through that transformation was not easy, it had to be believable and convincing, and I don't think having another actor in that role would have had quite the same affect. So why then has his excellent performance been so ignored. Well I think we know that answer really, and I think it is quite sad. I think he deserves recognition for the role he played, and I would say deserving just as much as Ledger to be nominated for awards. But he has been largely ignored now, which is quite a shame.
I wonder how long it will be before a re-release of The Dark Knight on DVD will happen, complete with Commentary and all the other goodies that were lacking on this. Most of us will likely to be double dipping in the near future eh?
Saturday, December 27, 2008
It really didn't start off as a good year, had a break up the year before, ex was getting ready to move out. I was hoping to move to Melbourne but then decided to stay put. Nonno wasn't doing very well, and things happened, he ended up in hospital and then was at aunty Franca's house recovering. Mum made the trip back from Italy and moved in with me as the ex moved out. It was a few days before Easter weekend. And then Nonno had a massive stroke on Easter Saturday, at that time we were in the middle of moving one person out the house and buying all new stuff from Ikea. Easter Sunday we spent at the hospital and got the news that Nonno was dying, and they didn't know how long he would have. He lasted until Wednesday night, I remember Mum getting the call he was going and she raced to the hospital. And then John arrived at my house and then Dad and Cathy stopped by. Those few weeks were just horrible and so sad, it was horrible to see him in that state, and all the while thinking why did he have that stroke...he didn't deserve something so horrible. At that time, someone had quit at work and I was working like a dog, not having a single day off to grief and have time to have everything sink in. During all this our new fridge broke down, we had to deal with that rubbish as well, anything that could go wrong, went wrong. Telstra messed up and we didn't have a phone for nearly 3 days as well. Makes things difficult when all this stuff was happening. It was basically 2 weeks of hell, and it's hard to believe this all happened all those many months ago. I always think about Nonno and Nonna, he made it just over 4 years without her. The funeral service and everything I thought was very nice, and Dad wrote a really beautiful poem which we put in the coffin and then we printed out copies a few months later.
Life went on, had a lot of ups and downs, between work and my health, it wasn't very nice. Trying to meet some new people, people being complete assholes towards me. Felt like I was getting used by people, it was just pretty rotten actually. For whatever reason I decided to have someone back in my life and I wish I didn't, too much shit happened and yes I regret things but it shits me when people don't take any responsibilities for their actions and make up lies to make themselves sound better and make you sound even worse. Act like that and people wont be your friend, and you'll end up alone. It wouldn't surprise me if that is what happened to that person.
Oh well, mid year I met right here on this thing, a very awesome person. I think messaging them was the best thing I could have done actually. Started chit chatting on MSN and everything and then met up some time later for the premiere of The Dark Knight. I guess the rest is history, got to know each other some more and hung out a bit and totally fell for him. We ended up deciding to be together, and you know I couldn't be happier. All this and the fact I wanted change and a new start like I did at the start of the year and everything, contributed to my move to Melbourne. He had a job here starting after my birthday, my lease was up mid-November, what better time to move really. Finally getting to do what I wanted and still being able to be together with him. Everything has been great here, its awesome being close to Rachel, I missed my sister so much. I had to give up my cats to come here, which was beyond heart breaking, but at least they went to good and loving homes, it felt right. I miss them so much, and I hope they are well. The only thing that hasn't worked out so far is a job, but I am confident that it will soon enough. The new year is only a few days away, more jobs will come up and some sorry sucker lol will hire me! I just have to be persisant and not give up and do my best! I am not sure if I will finish off my Year 12, or do a course and gain qualifications, next few weeks I will decide. The thing is if I do a course and then get a job, some of the jobs I am going for offer the courses so I am just not quite sure. Just see what happens, but one thing is for sure I will be studying and improving my chances. I look forward to it, and I really hope work comes up soon. I hate being unemployed and not earning money, it makes life that much more difficult, but I guess what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.
Well I say good bye to 2008, I thank it for the good that came out of it (Mum moving back, getting with Daniel, moving to Melbourne ect...) and say hello 2009, I hope it is a much better year!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I decided to rewatch this classic after reading the novel which was recommended to me. I have to say the novel was quite a surprise and much different then I had expected. Certain things remained the same with the book and film and certain things were changed. I can understand the changes that were made as they worked really well for the film. Certain things in the book I don't think would have worked in the film.
The main thing which I really love how this film are our three main characters, Brody, Hooper and Quint. You can't really ask for a better cast to play those three, Roy Scheider is really the only person I could ever see in the role of Brody, he is spot on. Richard Dreyfuss is such a fantastic actor and he really suits Hooper. Robert Shaw is just insanely brilliant as Quint, I just loved him. The three men have such a fantastic chemistry together, it works so well. Without that, this film would have failed. The story is good, the shark threatens the town, but the shark just isn't any old shark, he seems pretty crazy! A nice massive great white shark, to ruin the summer of the small town.
Sure the actual effects are really dated and when you see the shark it doesn't look that scary but for the mid 1970's it is quite the achievement. Jaws is made all the more scary but the fantastic score by John Williams, he came up with yet another classic. It seems like whenever you see a shark that music just plays in your mind.
Overall this is a really great film, what they accomplished was really awesome quite simply put. I appreciated the changes made from book to film, what they did made it work on screen. The book however is in a league of its own and Peter Benchley came up with a classic.
Of course everyone should check out Jaws at least once in their lifetime.
Monday, December 8, 2008
So yeah, dramas with Toby. He was sick Saturday night, he had major back problems and his lungs had started filling with fluid because he wasn't taking his medication. He's on these steriods for a few weeks to help his back, his lungs are fine now, he has to keep taking the meds. And he had this lump which was coming and going, and Vets in Adelaide said it was arthritis related...umm yeah, stupid idiots, he has another hernia! I am so pissed off with the Adelaide Clinic, all they care about is doing useless tests and taking my money off me, rather then actually diagnosing the dog with an actual condition. The good news is, the hernia is small and not doing anything to Toby right now and he can live fine with it, just make sure his bowels are regular. The bad news is, we don't want it to get worse, because it will cause major problems and likely kill him, and with his heart condition and age it probably wouldn't be worth him having the surgery again, very risky and complicated. So lets hope the hernia stays the way it is and let Toby live out the rest of his days in peace. This poor dog in his 13 years has been through so much, I just want what little time he has to be peaceful for him. He has a lot of life and fight still in him and he isn't ready to go just yet. I'll be thankful for another 6 to 12 months. The Vet said with all the dramas of the last few days he was in quite good health, his heart sounded good and his heart rate was down which is good for his condition. She said his teeth looked pretty good (see at Adelaide they kept saying they weren't because they wanted more money), and that he was looking well for his age. So please, lets hope this hernia doesn't get any worse.
Well time for lunch and more job searching, fun fun fun!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
So, I felt like blogging this afternoon. Foxtel finally has been set up again, after like six weeks of getting screwed around by them. But get this folks, after an hour it stops working. Make a phone call, they said they would call back and work on fixing it. Two hours later nothing, ring again and the guy then resets something and it is working again. Foxtel = USELESS VERY USELESS! I can live without it really, but my mother on the other hand cannot.
Speaking about my mother, this past weekend when I went over to spend some time with Daniel, she goes out and buys a Wii. Yes, I have wanted to have a gaming console for a long time (PS3 actually) but being unemployed I had asked her to wait until I was working. But nope, she had to buy the Wii...and I don't care if you read this either Mum, sure it is great to have a Wii, but waiting would not have killed either. Anyway, the console came with Wii Sports, Sonic Unleashed and Mario and Sonic at the Beijing Olympics. I haven't played Sonic Unleashed yet, Rachel and Luca are borrowing it. Wii Sports is fun, good to play against each other (Daniel likes to cheat lol), bowling is cool, baseball is difficult, I am liking golf now I am getting the hang of it, tennis is good fun as well and boxing is fantastic, now that is hard work! Daniel bought me Star Wars Lightsaber Duals, its not bad, it is hard work though, need to practise some more. It is fun having light saber duals hehehe, every Star Wars nerds dream. He (Dan) did get me the Laser Sword to go with it, but the damn product is faulty, so I took it back and got TopSpin 3 game. Now that is a pretty wicked tennis game, such a great challenge on the Wii, you have to actually put effort in it and pay attention, its fantastic, I really love it.
So yes Saturday night and Sunday were spent playing the Wii, and getting a very sore back and arm! Before that me and Daniel caught Quantum of Solace at the movies Friday evening. I really liked it, I thought it was a good film, not as good as Royale though. The action in it was great, especially the opening, that was just so well done. Daniel Craig makes for a great Bond, he was the right choice thats for sure. The only problem with the film was a weakish story, but they are definitely leading into a third. I think their plan is for Royal, Solace and the third to all tie in together and something meant to be watched back to back. Should be good to see what the next one will bring.
So the weekend was great, good times. Didn't think I'd even get to see Daniel on the weekend, so it was very nice to spend that time together. Dans off to Adelaide this weekend, have to have a Dan-less weekend lol hopefully despite being busy while in Adelaide he has a good trip :) I will miss ya!
Moving on to migraines, they suck basically. I had a really bad one last week and I had a killer one last night. I have no idea what is bringing them on, well last weeks I have no idea, I know what last nights was about and it is possible I will get another one tonight as well. I do think perhaps my on going back issues could be bringing them on, I want to start working and then find somewhere to go, maybe start with massage. Because these treatments are not cheap, I want to be working before I go ahead with them and having real money coming in.
Well tomorrow after almost a year I am getting my hair cut. Just a small trim though, maybe get a layer put in. I am not getting it cut short, I love having long hair. See what I decide tomorrow in reguards to the layer. Not sure if down the track I might play around with the colour, streak it or something maybe??? I finally feel confident enough to do something with my hair, now that I can straighten it and everything and I got some new products to try (Shampoo, Conditioner ect...) so hopefully it all works out.
Over and out for now :) might go and try another drawing eh
By Peter Benchley
Release date: 2005-05-31
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
So far that is all fine, I'm doing the right thing and doing what is required of me. Which includes going to a Job Network place and doing things through them. It looks like Centrelink gave me the jackpot with my Job Network provider, they are actually quite fantastic, very nice and actually helpful. The sessions I've had to go to through them are actually pretty good and I go away with knowledge that I can actually use and apply for looking for work, getting the interview ect...
The man that runs it, is a good guy, he tells it like it is and he is very honest about everything. The advice he gives, is actually stuff that I can use and put to good use at that. Unlike the Job Network people I dealt with in Adelaide, he actually gives it to you straight and in a helpful way. If you need to ask something, he will take the time and answer it for you, he wont blow you off, like they did back in Adelaide. The ladies in the office there, saw what I had written on my forms, and they saw the type of work I was interested in, and told me about some opportunities that had come in that morning and said they would grab my resume and apply me for the position. It had been two weeks but yesterday I finally heard back and I had an interview. I asked the man who runs the session, how I managed to secure an interview without a covering letter, and he said they would have been extremely impressed with my resume. He said obviously what I am doing is working, to keep it up and I should secure employment.
I had a few interviews last week, one actually turned out to be very fraudulent. False advertising, and all of that, I was very disappointed that I had to set back my school enrollment to attend that interview. The interview I had on Wednesday went extremely well and I phoned back today and indeed she had put me forward for a 2nd interview with the employer and that they were just waiting for the employer to confirm interview times and as soon as they knew I would get the call. The other interview I had on Friday went really well as well, and I think they were seriously considering me for the role, it was with two people I would be working with and not a recruiter. I hope I do hear back from them as well, I will call them to see what is happening. With these coming on, hopefully I will have work soon. I just better not mess up in the interview, but so far I think so good. I've had more experience with interviews and with the help and advice I've gotten my confidence has risen so much, and I feel much more comfortable with it. I will keep on applying, but I really would love to secure one of these roles as they are really good and I know I would really enjoy doing them.
Wish me luck, hopefully within the next few weeks I will be employed again! Not only that, hopefully nothing comes up next Tuesday and I can actually enroll for to complete High School too!
She's addicted to nicotine patches
She's addicted to nicotine patches
She's afraid of the light in the dark
6:58 are you sure where my spark is
She's convinced she could hold back a glacier
But she couldn't keep Baby alive
Doubting if there's a woman in there somewhere
You say you don't want it again
And again but you don't really mean it
You say you don't want it
This circus we're in
But you don't you don't really mean it
You don't really mean it
if the Divine master plan is perfection
Maybe next I'll give Judas a try
Trusting my soul to the ice cream assassin
You say you don't want it again
And again but you don't really mean it
You say you don't want it
This cirucs we're in
But you don't you don't really mean it
You don't really mean it
How may fates turn around in the overtime
Ballerinas that have fins that you'll never find
You thought that you were the bomb yeah
Well so did I
Say you don't want it
Say you don't want it
Say you don't want it again
And again but you don't really mean it
Say you don't want it
This circus we're in
But you don't you don't really mean it
You don't really mean it
She's addicted to nicotine patches
She's afraid of the light in the dark
6:58 are you sure where my spark is
From the Choirgirl Hotel
By Tori Amos
Release date: 1998-05-05
Thursday, November 13, 2008
wait for it....
wait for it.....
a total of.....
Yes I owe them $3.22, it probably cost them that much to print and send the bill, how ridiculous! HAHAHAHAHAHA stupid idiots!
Anyone wanna donate to help me pay bahahah!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I really did not know much at all going into this, I had seen the trailer a while back, but couldn't really remember much, just that it had Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer and it took place on a train. Here is yet another film I think benefited from not knowing much about it. In keeping with that I will not give much away, just the basics is we have a married couple Roy and Jessie who decide to go on the Transsiberian train from Beijing to Moscow. Of course that sounds simple enough, but things soon change when they have to share their cabin with another couple Carlos (Eduardo Noriega) and Abby (Kate Mara). Of course through in some Ben Kingsley in there, we see him at the start and I wont say any more about his character, you will just have to watch. The actual script is pretty strong, for the most part it holds interesting, for something mostly taking place on a train that is quite the task. The script actually tries to flesh out our main characters which definitely helps the film and some what helps us identify with them. The acting is pretty good too, for the most part everyone is quite strong, Emily Mortimer stuck out the most for me. Woody was his usual self, for parts when he wasn't in it he wasn't overly missed and I felt he probably should have been. Kate Mara and Eduardo Noriega were good as well, they played all the right notes. The cinematography is certainly one of the films huge strength, it looks fantastic and the locations as well fantastic. You felt like you were actually there, scenes in the snow were especially well done. I would recommend this for fans of the genre (intense, slow burn thriller, character driven), and fans of the actors.
Next with my creative juices flowing, I will probably start up with poetry again. I have them all locked up inside and they need to come out.
Of course if I get around to catching a few films, I'll certainly get my thoughts down and share them with everyone as I usually do. I have a few I want to catch up on.
I managed to scan one drawing.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Everything is great really, the Unit is fine, it is smaller then what we had in Adelaide, but it is rather cosy and everything is set up really well. My room is almost perfect, if only my PC was working and I wasn't stuck on this lap top lol.
As usual I spent the day looking for work, as I do every day. It'd be awesome if someone would get back to me. I had 2 interviews last week, one said no and the other said I'd hear from them by today and of course, they have no rang! I have to go through this Job Network place, but I think going through them (Centrelink requirement) I should actually have a much better chance of securing work. They already sent me resume off to a really good sounding job that isn't far away and they seemed confident I should I get an interview, so fingers crossed.
I got my information for correspondence school for next year, I can start to enroll and check out what I want to do. It is very exciting, I am really looking forward to completing my High School next year. An enrollment counselor is going to call me next week on Tuesday, looking forward to that!
I think most things are pretty much sorted, settled in pretty well, Toby seems to like it here, I think he really likes seeing his cousin Carlos as well, we visited Rachel on Monday and they were running a muck in the house, it was hilarious. I'm hoping we can get some things rolling for Rachel's wedding, try and get started on the invitations, it is so exciting!
I am actually feeling so much happier now that I am here, the only thing lacking is a job, but hopefully it wont be that way much longer. Time to send out more applications and next week with the Job Network place should be a huge help as well, everyone was so nice there. They offer help with your resume, interview skills, cover letters and stuff, so I'll be taking advantage of that. They said if I do get an interview from where I applied yesterday they'd be happy to run through interview questions and get my confidence up ect... which is great. They seem to actually be more helpful then when I went through the ones in Adelaide.
If you haven't already check out my Armageddon blog and photos, that was great!
I shall be around, and you guys know where to catch me!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Well Armageddon Expo was pretty awesome, it was such a fantastic experience, I couldn't have imagined how great it turned out to be.
Since the very first WWE Diva Search took place, several years ago I have been a HUGE fan of Christy Hemme, since she was in the contest I thought "Whoa, what a bubbly and fun person, so full of life, so lovely, she is fantastic" and every week I voted for her online so she would win the contest. I found out she had a small website and I emailed her quite often to wish her luck and support and being the great gal that she is wrote back too. Of course she won, and I've been a fan of hers ever since, through her time with the WWE and now with TNA. For the past year and a half I've actually been the Admin at her official messageboard the RHS, which was started after she had won the Diva Search and I've been a member of since day one. The place is great, I've met some awesome people there through the years, and it is a real pleasure to help run with my fellow admins. So yeah basically when Joey told me that Christy was headed to Melbourne and actually so was I since I was moving, I was so excited to go and finally meet her. I think what got me more excited was Christy knowing I was going and leaving me this little message
"RHS ROCKS!!! You guys are seriously the best ever and gave me a ginormous smile!! Your support over the past years makes me feel very blessed to have you all in my life and you definitley made my birthday that much more special... THANK YOU!!
ps. going to Australia tomorrow with Traci Brooks and yaaaa I get to meet....your fellow RHS member Marcey, see you there Marcey!"
So naturally that got me all the more excited hehe! So after a few ticket issues, I got into Armageddon, Daniel had to line up early (5th in line) to meet comic book artist (legend) Jim Lee, so I headed around to the TNA area where Christy, Traci Brooks and Sandman would be. I bought the TNA Knockouts DVD which I could get signed and I chatted to a few people around the place, the guy who was working there was very nice, I told him about being an admin for Christys messageboard and he let me know when they had arrived and yes he told me about poor Traci having her luggage lost! I got in line and finally after so long I got to meet Christy! She was even nicer and more awesome then I could have imagined, I told her who I was and she was just so happy to meet me, and it was sweet to chat to her a bit and it was so lovely for her to offer to take some photos, and pose for one with me and I got a hug hehe! Actually it was great of Christy and Traci to pose for some photos (which you can check out), they were both lovely!
So after that I waited for Michael to show up, and checked out the Expo a bit, at this stage, Daniel was still in line and it hadn't moved really (apparently someone decided to ask Jim Lee to sign a hell of a lot of comics, what a turd!). There were some cool stalls and some cool costumes (as well as some bad ones hehe)! I did get to chat to a friend of my cousins, who I was hoping to run in to and checked in a bit with Dans friends who had a stall there, you know, informing the line hadn't moved and he'd been there for like 2 hrs! Got to catch up with Michael finally! So glad ya came man!
Eventually I got to Daniel when he got to Jim Lee, who signed 5 items for him, including this old VHS tape from the 80's, which I think surprised Jim Lee quite a bit haha! Wheres the damn DVD! Its a cool video by the way, look up Jim Lee and Stan Lee on youtube! Then one of the coolest things happened, Jim drew Dan a sketch, but inside the HUSH hardcover he had. And what a sketch, he did it in like 5 mins and its just amazing! Of Superman, he even used liquid paper on it, it looks so awesome, I just can't describe it hehe! Go see the pics haha! Needless to say Dan was on cloud 9, and he got to chat to Jim who told Dan to come back at around 5 and he'd check out his sketches, no need to line up either! How nice of Jim huh? More about that later!
So we hung out for a bit, got some food. We went (Me and Michael) to the TNA stall for the next round of autograph signings, and got to chat to Christy and Traci again while Michael got to meet her and get her autograph (he also got a free one from Traci haha)! I was on cloud 9 when Christy reffered to me as her friend! Yes we're friends hehe! She asked if me and Michael were friends and I said yeah! And she explained to Traci who I was, it was so sweet! Chatted a bit about her tattoos, which was funny actually, because she said everyone thinks they are fake lol! Took more photos, Michael got a really nice one with Christy! She was great!
After that we checked out the sights, got photos, posed with some people in costumes! Daniel went and chatted to some more comic book artists, Colin Wilson and Wayne Nichols, who were simply awesome! Colin did Dan a sketch from the cover of a comic, I was just blown away by the finished product, it was just fantastic! Colin was a very chatty guy too, it was interesting the things he had to say! And watching Wayne do a Wolverine sketch was interesting, nice to see them at work! He was really nice too, Daniel asked him to check out his sketches and offer him feedback, after checking out sketches Daniel had from other artists hehe Wayne checked out Daniels work and gave some amazing feedback and advice, what blew me away was how constructive he was about it and informative. Wayne dude, you should give lessons! It was so nice of him to do that, and I know how much Daniel appreciated it! Top blokes they were! Daniel then asked Wayne for a sketch, which he said he'd have done later in the day.
So we got more food, and walked around, and man this was AMAZING! Ernie Hudson, yes for those in the know Ernie Hudson starred in my favourite TV show of all time OZ as Warden Glynn, or for everyone else he was Winston Zeddmore in Ghost Busters (Hes the recruit hehe). So I went up to him and I told him OZ was my favourite show and I thought he was just the absolute best in the show and just amazing. He was like almost blown away with my comments and gave me this huge hug and was like thank you, and then started chatting to me about the show, he said he was surprised we got it here! I was just like OMG OMG OMG haha! I saw him a bit later on, and I got some cool pictures of him, but not with him because people kept getting in front of me. I know he totally wanted to pose with me lol!
So yeah, after that more walking around, got to watch Christy and Traci have a match with some local wrestlers, and I got to see Christy do as I call them the Christy splits! That was WICKED! I wish I could do that! I'll never forget when she did that on the Diva Search, best part of the contest lol!
So I went back to the TNA stall and I got to chat to Christy a lot more, even a little with Traci. Christy was so nice, she was asking all sorts of questions, about what I was up to, if I was coming back the next day, about Daniel, and how me and Michael knew each other and stuff. It was so great! I got more hugs from her and few more photos as well. I wished her a belated Happy Birthday and her and Traci wished me one as well, that was sooo sweet! It was such an amazing experience, she was so nice, it was like talking to someone I'd known, and the fact that she took the time out to get to know a fan was just awesome. She is a top lady! I'm sorry for some people I know who had a falling out with her, but I had a great time, and I can't say anything wrong about her! She's fantastic!
After that I went to find Daniel, it was after 5, and he was with guess who...JIM LEE! Yup, Jim Lee looked at Daniels sketches, and he then proceeded to give Daniel a 15 min, 1 on 1 tutorial! I believe Jim liked a sketch that Daniel did, based on well one of Jims pieces lol and he went on to talk and show him things, and it all got filmed! I don't think the film will be out for some time, but whoa! Now folks this sort of thing doesn't happen often, Daniel is one lucky guy! He got a lesson from Jim Lee! I think it just goes to show, if you treat someone with respect, you get it back! I managed to snap photos of it, I thought, damn this is a once in a lifetime chance, better get as many photos as possible! I think Daniel is still floating on that cloud! Hopefully Daniel keeps in mind everything Jim taught him and can put that to good use! Daniel, you have talent, and I really hope you keep sketching away, I love your work xox
After that we went back to Wayne, who was working on Daniels sketch, told him what happened and chatted to him. More sketching advice, and well seeing him work was cool. The sketch he did was fantastic, the apprentice from the Force Unleashed. He was a very cool guy as I mentioned, I just left him a comment on his blog to say it was nice to meet him and the sketch he did was fantastic and he already answered back on the blog to say thanks haha!
So that was our day, yeah I am probably leaving out stuff, but that is what I can manage to write! A fantastic experience, everyone was so nice as well from the people we went there to see, to the people in attendance.
Oh yes I did purchase a Sylar action figure, couldn't leave empty handed! And Daniel bought me a signed little print of Jim's, thank you
Over and out and check the photos!
Armageddon Album 1
Armageddon Album 2
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I got to say going in this not really knowing about it, kind of made it all the more interesting. Watching everything unravel at the start was great. It just takes you right in there and leaves you there. Ridley Scott is perfect for this type of film, and he has such a great cast. Leonardo is such a fantastic actor and he was perfect for the role, I thought he was fantastic. Russell Crowe was good, he was better in American Gangster imo, but he was quite solid. Mark Strong was fantastic as Hani, I thought he was quite the surprise. He gave a very multi-layered performance, which made his character all the more intriguing. Actually Vince Colossimo was pretty good, what a surprise to see him. I felt a few things were predictable in the film (the stuff with Aisha), but there were some other things I actually didn't see coming, so it was good in that respect for me. It kept me interested all the way through, which was great, it takes a different direction half way through but it did work for me. I'd recommend this one for sure, especially check it for DiCaprio, he is fantastic.
Monday, October 13, 2008
My PC decided to crap out on me, I seriously just want to throw it out the window, stupid thing!
Anyway must be off for now, ciao peeps.
This film is terrible, plain and simple. It starts off promising enough, but as soon as things start to happen it just gets worse and worse and more ridiculous. It is so unbelievable on all levels, it expects its audience to be extremely stupid. I found most of the action to be pretty terrible as well. Shia LaBeouf who I think is usually pretty good, isn't that great here, not very convincing. Who knows what Michelle Monaghan was thinking she was terrible and she is usually pretty reliable. Everyone else is wasted from Michael Chiklis to Billy Bob Thornton who clearly went into this for the pay cheque. Do yourself a favour, save your time and money and watch something more plausable and enjoyable.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Well first things first, I am no longer a single girl. I have a partner in crime, and he really is the best thing of all time!
Next time, I am moving out of Adelaide in just 2 weeks! Having secured a Unit for me and Mum just outside of Melbourne, right near my sister, I am getting out of here and starting fresh! Just need to find a job to get me started and then next year complete high school. Life is getting on track WOOHOOOO!
Unfortunately with the move I had to find new homes for my two cats River and Billy. They both have new homes now, and it seems like they went to the right people and they will be loved and looked after and make some people happy. Toby on the bright side is coming with us, and he's still going strong.
I finish work next Friday and I couldn't be happier to finally be leaving there. With all my health issues that place has given me, I should be better then ever once I finally stop working there. My back should hopefully get much better as long as I look after myself which I shall do.
I actually got behind the wheel of a car thanks to my partner in crime who gave me a short lesson and I drove a little bit down the street and did a few turns and reversed a little. It was my first time driving a manual so I was scared out of my mind but I did calm down eventually. Apparently there is hope for me yet. I did better driving Dads automatically because there is nothing to that basically. But his car is twice the size of Mums, so being it was so big was pretty overwhelming when I drove, and Dad is not the best teacher, with his zero patience lol.
So much to do and so little time, hopefully by tomorrow we'll have the removalists sorted and I can keep packing what I can and everything. Big pain moving, it'll be nice once we get there finally and can unpack. Should be an interesting rest of the month, which will end with my birthday YAY! I will be turning 24, so hard to believe too. Time flies, it really does!
Well if I can actually manage I'll have a few film reviews up at some stage. Well over and out for now peeps!
Monday, August 25, 2008
What a simply fantastic film! I loved this so much, it is easily going on my favourite films list! The story is a good one, you have one boy who wants to make a film, he is a bit of a delinquent, you have another boy who is shy and his religion doesn't allowed him to watch television, so one day when the two boys paths cross, he watches First Blood. The two boys go about making their own film, which of course leads them to form a friendship and all of that stuff that goes with it. The film has so much heart, it was just such a joy watching it unfold. The script is great, direction is great, acting is great, can't really complain about anything really! I especially thought the two lead boys were awesome, such great performances. This has such a high rewatchable value for me, I am eager to own it very soon.
I was really looking forward to this considering it stars Naomi Watts, Tim Roth and Michael Pitt. I was a bit let down, but overal I thought it was alright. It is a slow burn film, but I wasn't bored by it at all. I thought the cast did a pretty good job, stand out clearly Michael Pitt who can play this character so damn well, plus he is sooo easy on the eyes. What actually really got to me was how these people let the two guys just do what they want and play their games with them. I mean it looked like they could have gotten out of that situation so easily but didn't. I think that really let the film down for me, I really felt like the two guys were not that much of a threat yet the family made them one. Was that the point? I'm not sure...I don't know if seeing the original will help as I understand this is a shot for shot remake. There are some rather disturbing moments in the film, the off camera thing really helps with that as well. Hard to recommend this one, as the slow pace will put people off I think.
Being a fan of Stuart Gordon I was really looking forward to this. I had no idea how this would work as a film, the real story is awfully disturbing and I remember hearing about it. Leave it up to Stuart Gordon to make something very unique and disturbing, with his own twist. Story goes a young caregiver (mena Suvari) who is up for a promotion at work, goes out, has drugs/alcohol and decides to drive home, she hits Tom (Rea) who is a now homeless and unemployed. But she doesn't just hit him, he goes through her windshield, where she just leaves him. Brandi starts of as a likeable character but when you see her going to drive home despite the state she's in you automatically think what a stupid idiot. You really sympathise with Tom, played so well by Stephen Rea. And once she hits him, and she just leaves him there, you really just want to throttle her so badly. Mena Suvari is actually quite perfect in this role, displaying all the things her character is going through which ultimately like I said makes you want to throttle her. You can't help but want Tom to get away, but it seems things just go from bad to worse. The ending is a bit over the top but I did like it though. Something different from Stuart Gordon who will forever hold a special place in my heart for bringing my Re-Animator. This is not an easy film to recommend, but I would say if you are a fan of Stuart Gordon, Mena Suvari or Stephen Rea you really should check it out. And yes, this is based upon actual events, look it up, it is very disturbing!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Trying to get another job, which is something I wish I had kept at a few years ago. Trying to get into something I want to do, but really I just want out of there. It is severely damaging my health and most people don't realise just how bad my actual condition is! Which is really annoying, because it is hard to explain, and such. But just know this, I am in non stop pain, bad non stop pain, until my job changes it will probably only get worse. I am not a pathetic whinger lol but yes this stuff I need to get off my chest! It is just annoying that no one seems to care, or care enough to realise how serious it is. I am in a bad way, and it isn't fun!
Well in other news I finally got my Jason Beam print framed, yay! I did upgrade my mobile phone to an LG touch screen, still getting used to it, but I love it has a nice 5 mega pixel cam on it. I worked out how to use my new iPod haha, and I have videos on there woo. I haven't watched too many films lately, time just seems to pass by. But as always my reviews are posted, so go check 'em out.
Nearly finished this website I've been making for a function centre (aka wog club), honestly that has been a nightmare to do, thanks to two people whom I love dearly always changing their minds on it lol! I've put in soo much work for it, waiting for the pay day hehe.
Still watching the wrestling, Smackdown was a stronger show then Raw last week imo. Jeff Hardy and Shelton Benjamin put on a heck of a match and Jeff vs MVP should be a good one for Summerslam. Seriously on Raw one of the most entertaining things last few weeks has been Santino Marella and Beth Phoenix, I sure hope they win at Summerslam. CM Punk continues to get treated poorly, he better get the win at Summerslam. I do not want to see JBL as Champ, actually I do not want to see JBL at all. HHH vs The Great Khali is going to be terrible, why do I have a bad feeling Khali might win? Edge vs The Undertaker in Hell In A Cell should defintely be the match of the night, and I am sure it'll be fucking awesome too.
On the music front, been listening to a lot of stuff from a few years ago like some Incubus (remember that wicked song Drive?) and Queens of the Stone Age (Songs for the Deaf album) and I got like some wicked Tori Amos B-Sides and live performances. She is pretty damn amazing, loving the stuff a lot. I got a bunch of Placebo B-Sides, but I haven't had a chance to check them out yet.
Got quite a few films to watch, one in particular which I've been waiting for called Stuck. By director Stuart Gordon who directed one of my favourite films Re-Animator. Also got Son of Rambow to watch which looks great, and hopefully it is great hehe. So yes, maybe a few new reviews will arise soon.
I'd seen the trailer and it had me quite interested, I always fall for the films about teenagers acting badly. Basically its about a girl in High School who turns her babysitting service into a prostitution service so she can make money for college. Of course it gets more complicated then that, but you have to see that for yourself. Interesting idea, but it falls flat towards the end though. Decent performances all round though, with Katherine Waterston (San Waterston's daughter) as the lead girl Shirley, and of course John Leguziamo as her first client. The chemistry between them was good, but the way things happen just seemed a bit too forced. There was zero chemistry between Cynthia Nixon and Leguziamo who play husband and wife. There are some rather full on scenes during the film, but it is not overly shocking. I can just imagine if Larry Clark had directed this perhaps it would have had a stronger impact.
Where to start with this? I'd heard this was really good, heard mostly positive things about it. I can see where that comes from, but personally I was pretty disappointed. I've never actually read the book, and I didn't really know what it was about. It has the kind of vibe Cabin Fever has, the isolation and paranoia, although I liked Cabin Fever a lot better then this. Basically four friends are in Mexico and get convinced to go see these ruins. Well yeah little do they know there is something about those ruins...and so it goes on. Seriously, the characters are soooo bloody stupid, I wanted to see them get what was coming to them, and you know what, you're not supposed to feel that way! Jena Malone's character was probably the most annoying and whiny! Urgh! Jonathan Tucker actually was pretty decent in this, and Shawn Ashmore did what he could, even with some questionable scenes. Laura Ramsey who I'd never heard of before was gorgeous, and played her part well. Overall I was rather disappointed but I can appreciate what they were trying to do, and I actually was bored or anything through this, it did actually keep my interest until the end.
I really thought I would like this a lot more then I actually did. I still want to re-watch it and see if my opinion changes. I just didn't think it was as good as people made it out to be. The action is great to watch, it is way over the top and in no way can you take it seriously. Some stuff is just rather silly, too much of it actually. James McAvoy is pretty awesome though, I loved him. He played it so damn awesome all through the film and his characters developement was handled perfectly by him. Another great casting choice is of course Angelina, she rocks as Fox. Although she looks so slim in this, she does her role well. Morgan Freeman basically dials in his performance, nothing new for him. Keep an eye out for General Zod himself Terrance Stamp! Recommended to those who enjoy their cool action sequences without taking things seriously at all.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Natalie Portman recently spoke to MTV about her upcoming film BLACK SWAN. Not much has been said about the film. It does have ballet dancers, and an apparent sex scene between Portman and co-star Mila Kunis. On the subject of that scene Portman said it was "not explicit in any way,", which is all she said on that subject.
Revealing more about the tone of the film she revealed the following "It's very unique in tone, in terms of genre and tone. I think of it more as a psychological thriller, like 'ROSEMARY'S BABY' in [terms of] genre, if I had to pick a genre."
I do like the sound of that, Portman seems very enthusiastic about the film. It will be opening the Venice Film Festival, I assume we will hear more about the film at that time. As for the rest of us we will have to wait until December 1 to check it out.
The film is Darren Aronovsky's follow up to THE WRESTLER. Along with Portman it also stars Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder and Vincent Cassel.
Do I have a treat for you today! Six new pieces of art have surfaced for the upcoming RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE. These had been teased at Comic-Con and they are finally here for you to gaze at.
Three of the six feature Milla Jovovich as Alice, looking super awesome I might add. We get a look at Wentworth Miller and Ali Larter as well. I must say these look pretty cool and they actually give me faith this might a good time. The trailer didn't do much for me, it was about the 3D. I don't mind 3D being used here, I do honestly think the gimmick is more suited to horror.
Click on the pics below for full size. Not long to wait now as the film comes out on September 10. It stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller, Sienna Guillory and Boris Kodjoe.
Source: Ultimate Resident Evil
SPILLED BLOOD: Paul W. S. Anderson also directed the first film in the series.
Abel Ferrara recently spoke to UK's The Guardian, where he revealed his JEKYLL AND HYDE film was not going to happen. Last time we had heard about this film the original stars had parted the project (Curtis Jackson and Forest Whitaker). Ferrara spoke about Curtis Jackson "He could be an awesome Ed Hyde. He's the real deal. But it's not gonna get made." So what other reasons are there (besides the exit of its leads) that it's 'not gonna get made'?
"Warner Brothers have put up about one fifth of what the film should cost and want about one third of what it's gonna make." he added "They never made Jekyll & Hyde the way it was written. It's a guy and his creation. Having one actor play both parts is an abomination, a distortion of Stevenson's story. It's a masterpiece. I'm gonna make it one day."
Well there you have it folks, he didn't get the budget he wanted, which is a valid reason. Filming was supposed to start this summer. It is now on hold indefinitely. A shame too, this sounded interesting, especially with having two different actors play Jekyll and Hyde respectively.
SPILLED BLOOD: Claudia Schiffer (above) starred in Ferrara's '97 film THE BLACKOUT.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
PIRANHA 3D is not that far away now, today brings us the first TV spot for the film. My excitement level for this film is high, this new TV spot just blew it through the roof. And why? It shows us exactly why we are excited for this film, bikini clad women and lots of piranha's! I really couldn't ask for anything more, well except to see the film right now.
Not long to go now, the film is set for release on August 20. The film stars (not that you'd know it by this trailer below) Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Christopher Lloyd, Kelly Brook, Jerry O'Connell, Ving Rhames and Richard Dreyfuss.
SPILLED BLOOD: No stranger to horror, Elisabeth Shue also starred in Hollow Man.
Variety is reporting that Stellan Skarsgard (watch out for him in next years THOR) is in talks for the role of Martin Vanger in the remake of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. The character of Vanger is a suspect in the disappearance of a teenage girl. He was played by Peter Haber in the original.
On the subject, Stellan had the following to say.
"I've met (director David) Fincher; I want to work with him; he wants to work me. I've had a concrete offer, and now we are in negotiations. The contract is for the period September to March, but I don't know yet when I am supposed to start my part of the film."
He also brought up a few more details on the shooting locations.
"Most of it is to be shot in Stockholm, but some studio work will be done in the U.S. I think there might be some location work there as well, when it becomes too dark to shoot here."
Daniel Craig has already been cast in the film as Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist. The part of Lisbeth Salander has yet to be cast. Last week we found out about a few prospects (Rooney Mara, Lea Seydoux, Sarah Snook and Sophie Lowe) but nothing has been set in stone as yet.
SPILLED BLOOD: Star of the original, Noomi Rapace (above).
We were all given the impression that SAW 3D (the 7th SAW film) would be the last in the franchise. I am sure there are those of you out there who had your doubts. History has shown us that many franchises do come back, even if we are told otherwise.
Well actress Betsy Russell (she plays Jill in the series) revealed exclusively to PopWrap that the writers have some idea's for an 8th film.
"Before we thought it was ending [with 'SAW 3D'], the writers came up with an unbelievable idea [for 'SAW 8'], it's an amazing story that I would love to see."
She also mentioned the possibility of another film would relay on how well it does at the Box Office.
"Saw 8" might not be that far off! We want to end near the top, with our integrity in tact and not letting the characters die a slow death, so to speak. But I believe in my heart that someday, somehow, ['SAW 8'] will happen."
There you have it folks, a real possibility that the franchise might just live on. If the writers still have good idea's and the appeal is still there, then I say why not?
The film is set for release on October 29th and it also stars Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Sean Patrick Flanery, Gina Holden and Cary Elwes.
SPILLED BLOOD: The film gets released on my birthday, what films have been released on yours?
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Well this is quite the development in THE SHADOW drama's. First we heard that Sam Raimi was on board, then it was David Slade. It has switched studio's, then it seemed forgotten about. Now word on the street is that Quentin Tarantino is a prospect for the director's chair. Not only that, but he is attached as a co-writer.
This certainly has come out of the blue, in all of his ramblings I don't think I have heard him mention THE SHADOW. I do remember he mentioned he was interested in doing a superhero film, an original idea not something already in existence. Perhaps he wants to reinvent this character? Time will tell if this does pan out.
You might remember the original film which came out in 1994. It was directed by Russell Mulcahy (HIGHLANDER), and starred Alec Baldwin, Penelope Ann Miller, Ian McKellan, Tim Curry and Peter Boyle. It had an impressive cast and pretty good effects for the time. However the film was a major flop, now I consider it to be a guilty pleasure.
SPILLED BLOOD: The star of Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, Mélanie Laurent (above).
It was only a matter of time before AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON was to get the remake treatment. We may be a step closer to that becoming a reality, with the news that Dimension have a writer in mind. Fernley Phillips is apparently in talks to take the job and pen the script. Phillips wrote THE NUMBER 23 which starred Jim Carrey and was directed by Joel Schumacher.
Word is the Weinsteins want to move away from the original, this would be a modern take. I am not entirely sure what they have in mind with the modern part. One would assume they would be updating the film, much like other horror remakes have done. The original film was known for mixing horror with comedy, I wonder if they want to keep that element? This is one remake we will definitely have to keep an eye on.
Source: 24 Frames
SPILLED BLOOD: Star of the original film Jenny Agutter (above)
The good folks over at Empire Online have revealed the exclusive new one sheet for DEVIL. The film is based on a story by M. Knight Shyamalan, he is also producing. On board directing are the men behind QUARANTINE, Drew and John Erick Dowdle. The impressive one sheet show us a rather daunting lift. I think I might take the stairs.
So what exactly is DEVIL all about? A group of people trapped in a elevator realize that the devil is among them. Sounds pretty sweet to me, I'd expect perhaps a twist ending coming from M. Knight. I am not sure whether to be excited or not, M. Knight has been disappointing in the last few years. However he isn't in the director's chair this time, the Dowdle boys may pull this one off.
The film is set for release on September 17th and it stars Chris Messina, Bojana Novakovic (below), Jacob Vargas, Joshua Peace and Jenny O'Hara.
Source: Empire Online
SPILLED BLOOD: Bojana has recently had roles in DRAG ME TO HELL and EDGE OF DARKNESS.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Anchor Bay has released some new stills from the I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE remake. The film is set for release later this year on October 8th. With that only being a few months away, it seems only fitting to be getting some new visuals from the film. It recently was screened at Fantasia Film Festival, where Chris Bumbray had to chance to check it and review it.
The original film was a brutal and raw film, in the popular genre (in the 70's anyway) of rape/revenge. The premise of the film can dredge up all sorts of nasty imagery. A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers, who left her for dead.
Director Steven Monroe has promised this will be just as raw and brutal as the original. Judging by one of the stills below, I would like to think he has delivered on that promise. Check out the stills below.
SPILLED BLOOD: The director of the original film Meir Zarchi, is actually a producer on the remake.
Summit Entertainment have revealed the release date for the final film in THE TWILIGHT SAGA, I guess it is good or bad news depending on who you ask. Since the final book is apparently so epic it needs to be split into two films (much like the final Harry Potter). BREAKING DAWN PART 1 is set for release on November 18 2011, so quite a while away. Now PART 2 is set for release a year after that on November 16 2012.
The way I see it, yes they need time to prepare the films, shoot and edit them. But at almost a year apart it seems to be like they want to drag it out for as long as possible. There is no denying the fans will want this to live on as long as possible, but is this really necessary? I have no doubt these two will be huge at the Box Office, and I am certain the long wait will not affect that.
This time around BREAKING DAWN PART 1 and PART 2 will be Directed by Bill Condon (he does have some horror cred having Directed CANDYMAN: FAREWELL TO THE FLESH). Spoiler Alert for those not in the know, this last chapter in the Saga will chronicle Bella and Edward's marriage and honeymoon. Bella gets pregnant, which causes complications, and as always will she become a vampire? Jacob is in there too, he finds love in an odd place.
The films will feature the usual cast including Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene (below), Nikki Reed, Anna Kendrick, Kellan Lutz and Billy Burke just to name a few.
SPILLED BLOOD: You know what I do like about THE TWILIGHT SAGA? Ashley Greene, not only is she gorgeous but she is enjoyable as Alice.
It was some time last year I first heard about DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, a remake of the made for TV 1973 film. This one coming from producer Guillermo del Toro and directed by new comer Troy Nixey. Things have been kind of quiet about this film, until Comic Con hit where the film had a panel, which you can read about here (cheers Jason Adams). I've had this on my radar since I first heard about the film. They did film this baby in my neck of the woods, after all.
Today IGN debuted the teaser trailer for the film, thank you very much. The trailer is an odd one, it shows almost nothing while adding some rather cool atmosphere. It certainly held my interest, however it doesn't exactly give away any plot points, and you wouldn't know it actually stars Katie Holmes. The film also stars my fellow Aussie Guy Pierce (not in the trailer) and by the looks of it some pretty creepy looking creatures.
The film in a nutshell: A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own.
Check out the trailer (below), maybe with the lights off and get ready to be afraid of the dark (oh yeah see what I did there?). The film is set for release Jan 21st next year.
SPILLED BLOOD: Katie sure knows how to make an impression in horror films, she did show us her 'Holmes' in THE GIFT.