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Apparently this film isn't out over here until Wednesday, but I guess that someone didn't inform Vue Cinemas as I was able to book a ticket and watch a screening this morning.

I've been a fan of Hergé's series of comic books The Adventures of Tintin, having read many of the comics in their 90s printings and having watched The Adventures of Tintin, produced by Ellipse and Nelvana, every week when I was growing up.
As soon as I saw the trailer for this film on YouTube I got seriously excited. Not only was it being remade by Spielberg and Jackson but Stephen Moffat, Edgar Wright, and Joe Cornish were writing it.

Deciding to go to the cinema to see it was a pretty last minute decision. I saw a picture on Twitter from the premiere of the film of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Daniel Craig and Jamie Bell, which reminded me that the film was due out. I immediately looked up times and bought a ticket to see it today. I wouldn't usually do this as I've fallen out of favour with the movie going experience due to the rudeness of other patrons, plus not being able to smoke, but I knew I had to see this.

I don't regret it either. This film is a fantastic and faithful adaptation of the first three Tintin books. The mocap CG was beautifully done, leading me to double-take a few times because of the incredible amount of detail used. Hergé's art style was kept in the character designs, which I loved, and the effects were never over the top. The actors were fantastic in their respective roles and the writing brought all three books togtether quite well in it's 107 minute run time.
There were also numerous nods and homages to the comics and previous works on Tintin, which made me smile.

I would really reccomend this if you've a liking of Tintin at all. Spielberg and Jackson seem to have an amazing chemistry that reminds me of when Spielberg was working with Lucas on the first three Indiana Jones films, and it really shows in how beautiful this film is.

In other news I decided to pick up a copy of Metal Hammer, a monthly Heavy Metal music magazine, on Saturday whilst on my way to work. I hadn't really looked at the cover until I got on the train and then saw what was inside it... a 10" record of Machine Head's song Locust (YouTube).

This massively surprised me. I was not expecting to have a record as a cover freebie with a magazine. Unfortunately I didn't have a record player to play it on, but a quick trip to Cash Generator sorted that problem. I picked up one that has a USB connection for audio transfer to a computer for £15!

I've yet to hook it up to a proper amp (will probably use my Fisher CA-224), but it sounds pretty awesome through the headphone socket on the front of the player. I look forward to hearing how it sounds through some nice speakers!


Mar. 10th, 2009 05:15 pm
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So I saw "Watchmen" today. Holy shit, IMO the best film of 2009 (although it might get usurped later this year).

I don't really have any bad things to say about it, it was that good.
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OK, so I might actually watch The Red Riding Trilogy on C4 this week.

It's a three part film series based on Dave Pierces quadrilogy of novels about the Yorkshire Ripper. The first film is on Thursday at 9pm on channel 4.
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I watched Philadelphia for the first time today. I've known about it for a long time but I just never got around to watching it.

I cried.
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Inspired by [ profile] twitchdawoof, I'm gonna post a song here that's really a guilty pleasure for me.

Don't You Forget About Me, by Simple Minds

What can I say? This song strikes a chord with me.

Unfortunately it's not because of the song itself but because it reminds me of "The Breakfast Club" written by the amazing John Hughes; the only person I can think of who has written more than one awesome film that's about nothing in particular, just about a day in the life of a few individuals.

Other films of this nature by John Hughes include:
Sixteen Candles
Pretty in Pink
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Some Kind of Wonderful

Other "nothing" films also include:
Ghost World
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I just have one thing to say about the new Indy movie (apart from the fact that I actually liked it)...

Spoilers within )

That's it. :P
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Inspired by [ profile] yakeo's recent LJ post, we're watching Aliens. :D

"How do I get out of this chicken-shit outfit?"
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Last night I watched some short videos of Disney's "Classic" Dumbo and came across the scene where Dumbo and Timothy get plastered and start hallucinating (Pink Elephants on Parade).
Apart from being quite surreal and freaky (possibly the best scene of the film IMO) I started thinking "Are there any other Disney films, or even kids films, where the main characters hallucinate?"

I can't think of any. Can any one else?
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Firstly I apologise if this post comes off a little... odd.

Those of you who know me well will know that I have a dislike for most modern day television programming, designed to brainwash us and lower our IQ's; Big Brother, for example, is obviously designed to make us feel more comfortable with CCTV cameras as the number of them steadily increases.

Recently I sat down to watch the 1976 satire Network whilst over at V's ([ profile] cavebearranting and [ profile] r4nger5) place. This film strikes home at what I (and V) have been saying about mainstream television.

There are some wonderful scenes in this film where the main character Howard Beale (a news anchor) finally loses all of his composure on the air and delivers his wonderful "mad as hell" speech.

"We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, 'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone!'
Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone! I want you to get MAD! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot - I don't want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad!

The above quote strikes a chord in me as I do know quite a few people who are begging to be left alone with their toaster, TV, etc. Even 30 years later the message is still fresh.

I'd love to say more about this, but I really can't without spoiling some of best moments. It's films like these that really make me feel good inside, like it's not just a small group of us who see what's happening.

On a slightly related note I need to start watching more David Cronenberg movies; I've only seen Videodrome, The Fly, and eXistenZ.


Nov. 25th, 2007 06:05 pm
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Nineteen Eighty-Four, followed by Trainspotting, followed by The Big Lebowski makes for a fairly interesting afternoon. :)

Now I'm backing up all the DVDs we have to our NAS. Just done The Chronicles of Riddick, doing Snatch now, followed by Final Fantasy - The Spirits Within.


Sep. 26th, 2007 03:50 pm
graafen: (Default) pukes will sleep with your rifles I'll be going to the cinema with [ profile] avon_deer and [ profile] greyscar to see Death Proof.

Now all I have to do after this is see Planet Terror when it gets released next year. :D
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Sorry for not being online much this evening. My flatmate asked if he could have the flat to himself for a few hours this evening, of which I gladly obliged. So instead of sitting online I went out with [ profile] rustyfox while he took some photos.

We went onto Heath Common to take some pictures of the wonderful clouds that were left over from the earlier weather and then onto Sandal Castle. Rusty also took some portrait pictures of me (which I hope to have soon) and we discussed possibly taking the werewolf there one night. ;)

Later on, when we got back to his place, we watched The Shining. :D

All in all it was a great evening. :)

And now to bed!
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I've been listening to the unabridged audio of Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein.

Wow. What a difference to the film of the same name. Part of me wants to do Paul Verhoeven a discourtesy for missing the major aspect of the book with his film adaptation.

Now, I'm not saying that Starship Troopers is a bad film, it's just that it in no way compares to the book. In fact they are almost two seperate stories that are coincidental in certain aspects (characters, the bugs).

I still need to listen to the rest of Starship Troopers (about 50% done).


Feb. 19th, 2007 10:16 am
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This weekend has been relaxing and constructive at the same time. As said before I went to Zac's place after work on Friday and we spent that evening just relaxing and watching films.

On Saturday Zac and I finally started writing down ideas for our own Internet TV program, which I think is going to be pretty cool when we get the first episode done. Due to Zac and I working completely different shifts we're probably only going to be able to get one episode done every six to eight weeks. I'll post more info regarding it as we move along.

Sunday was spent doing a whole lot of nothing, other than playing about with my computer and Adobe Premiere/After Effects, trying to create a title for the above said program.

And now it's Monday, and I'm back in work with the beginnings of a cold.



Feb. 14th, 2007 11:56 pm
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My fellow LJ folk.

If you liked Shaun of the Dead then you are going to LOVE Hot Fuzz.

It's on general release here in the UK and limited release in the US from the 20th April.

You must see this film. :D


Sep. 13th, 2006 12:28 am
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Hi, I'm Graafen, I'm a 22 year old werewolf, and I like the film Doom.


Jul. 31st, 2006 01:34 pm
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What a Monday. Busy as usual when I first got in and now it's raining. At least we need the rain to help cool things down. I'm still pretty tired from Blogathon, but I'm sure I'll be OK in a couple of days.

The script for the FCTV short is almost finished. Once it has premiered at FC I will stick it onto YouTube for the rest of the world to see.

The second short, codenamed "Paw", will go online during FC. There will be a follow up short which will go online a month later.

Only a few people know about these shorts and that's how it will stay. I'm not giving anything away until they are on YouTube.

I'm happy to start going back into media, I've always had an interest in it and it's really the only creative outlet I have. I just hope I'm better at direction and production than I am at everything else. Being a "Jack of All Trades" is nice but I'd like to specialise in at least one creative field.
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An open letter to Uwe Boll.

Dear Mr Boll,

I emplore you for the sake of gamers and cinema goers the world over to stop making films. Every single film you have made sucks on a gigantic level, and your current obsession of making films based on video games beyond forgiveable.

We don't care if Hollywood likes you because you'll make five or six films at a time, because all we care about is the sanctity of our games and minds.

In closure, stop making films.


Graafen Blackpaw / Thalyi E. Wolfe.
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Yesterday I was in Sainsburys to get some juice (yum!) and came across a copy of Donnie Darko on DVD, so before bed I sat down and watched it. What an awesome film! :D

I'm too tired to write anything coherent right now; I blame you, Internets.

More later when I'm a little less "meh". :)
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On Saturday evening I saw Being John Malcovich at [ profile] avon_deer and [ profile] rustyfox's with [ profile] snowfields and [ profile] makenshifur.

What can I say about this film? Quite a lot, actually. Especially "Spike Jonze, I want 112 minutes of my life back.".

If I had to sum this film up in one word, it would be "predictable". Everything was obvious, including the ending. The acting was 2 dimensional and wooden, I've seen more depth on Crossroads! And what was with John Malcovich sounding like Michael Jackson?

Being John Malcovich is probably one of the poorest films I have ever seen.

Bad Spike Jonze. No cookie.


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