J.J.Abrams is the man behind the mysteries in Lost, handshaken cam horror in Cloverfield, the great Spielbergish Super 8, the renewer of Star Trek, the head behind the fantastic Fringe series and now in the producer seat of a full new Tv-series called Revolution. Does he still hold the magic. Well, maybe?!
Revolution depict a post-apocalyptic world set 15 years after a permanent blackout. No electricity, no cars, no planes, the whole infrastructure of the modern world has gone down in the drain. People are living in small communities and strong leaders are popping up with there gang of armed militia. The main character is a young girl called Charlie, played by Tracy Spiridakos who I don’t know, but still gives a good look and a center to care for in the serie. But do we really care? Characters pops up and dies, some keeps on going but it is hard to find a center here. I guess it will be Charlie, but for all I know she will die in the second episode.
So far we know that Charlie is the daughter of a man that has something to do with the blackout, but he dies killed by the Militia. Charlie is looking for her uncle who lives in Chicago. He also knows something. She travles together with her step mother and a former It-nerd. Her brother is taken by a Militia, and they are looking for him too. The Militia is looking for Charlies uncle and the Militias leader is a former friend of Charlies dead father. Charlies uncle is a fighter and gives a big fight killing of 20 armed men alone in the pilot. Everything, at least initially, seems to revolve around an amulet, a piece of jewelry that has the ability to create electricity. This is the secret revealed in the pilot.
I will follow this series. Hopefully it will gives os a great mystery. There is hope in the part of the secret people knowing something about the blackout and in the strange amulet, but I am afraid that we will get to much focus on fighting, surviving and not much on the mystery arc. As in Terra Nova that ended after to many episodes of “monster of the week” with a big mystery and no solution. I hate that. It is better with a shorter run, but with a mystery/ solution arc. Like the great Coma!
This must be some of the last thing Tony Scott worked on before he killed him self. Coma is a new creepy two part tv-series by the famous Scott brothers. Based on the the 1977 novel by Robin Cook, penned by Black Swan’s John J. McLaughlin with Six Feet Under’s Laurene Ambroseas a medical student who suspect there’s a good reason why patients at the hospital are falling into coma during routine surgeries.
NPR Music has just named Meredith Monk on of the 50 great voices of the world. NPR Music is National Public Radio and is a privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization for 797 public radio station in USA, and they says this about Monk: “Simple and unadorned, Monk’s vocal music sounds as if it has always meant to exist”.
Monk describes her self as a “composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new opera, music theater works, film and installations.” As such she is part of the alternative scene grown out of the 60′s new experimental expressions in art, music and literature. She is a pioneer in what is called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance”. Her creative mind creates works that exist in the intersection between music and movement. She combine music, sound, dance and art and weave these disciplines together to create new modes of expression and perception in the audience.
Monks main instrument is her voice, and it is an incredible voice creating landscapes of sound, magical tapestry of feelings, dreams, memories and wishes. In decades she has been using her voice in a way that no one else have or can. She is unique. She may be called a minimalist in the sense that Philip Glass and Steve Reich are minimalist, but she is not limited in here expression, not that Glass or Reich are limited, but playes on so many strings that the Monk experience is full and very satisfying and mindblowing.
Many may not get what Monk is all about and just hear noises and strange weird sounds, and some may be scared away by titles like “interdisciplinary performance”. Still if you give it some time perhaps you will be capture by the magic in her voice. It is best to watch her live. I have seen her twice and both times I was strucked by the beauty of her voice of course, but also by her performance, movement and expressive appearance.
In 1968, she founded The House, a company dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to performance, and she have influenced many artists like Bruce Nauman. In 1978 she formed Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble to dive deeper into the world of vocal textures and forms. Her song was often contrasted with minimal music like on the older Our lady of late from 1972, where she sings accompanied by wine glass.
Exiting and new way of make a sound is what Meredith Monk is all about. In 1979 she recorded her first record. A composite of vocal and drums that in a strange way is partly quit “popish”. In this Youtube clip called “Traveling” from Dolmen Music (1979) you can hear her voice like it is meant to be heard.
Like the first Dead Space, a game/ movie combo of the sequel Dead Space 2 – The Aftermath, is released. I never played the first game and I guess I don’t want to play the second, but I saw the first Dead Space film, which I didn’t like that much, and yesterday I saw the Dead Space 2 movie. Aftermath focuses on Marker shards (alien artefacts) and the Aegis VII disaster as told from the point of view of four different characters experiencing the story.
Dead Space 2
Only four crew members survived on the USG O’Bannon and it is their story we are told. It is a pretty standard Sci-Fi/ horror story about alien artefacts and the dead waken to life from the strange power in the collected artefact. The first thing I noticed was that the story was not only told through four different people, tortured to tell the truth. I never understood why they needed to torture the crew as they where more than willing to share their story. Anyway, as the main part of the story was told through a pretty awful 3D, the four tales where animated in both 2D and 3D and told by four different animation directors in a Dante’s Inferno style. I haven’t found out who the directors are yet, but they where all good in their own way and this technique made the movie a visual pleasant experience.
In the fourth episode of Futurama season one, called “Love’s Labours Lost in Space”, there is a list of creatures needed to be rescued from a dying planet and one of these creatures is the infamous Sharktopus.
Creature list in Futurama
As far as I know this is not a mythical creature as such, but a modern monster created recently, as seen in Futurama and now in 2010 when Syfy Channel made the whole concept into a TV movie.
With Declan O’Brien at the helm, known for flicks like Cyclops from 2008, I didn’t have any big hopes for the movie. As one review of Cyclops stated: “this film is truly a masterpiece. A masterpiece of crap“. Sharktopus was released in september 2010 and is soon to be found on a DVD in a shop near you. And rest assure it is a terrible movie. Still way cool though!!!!!
The producer behind is Roger Corman. Corman is a legend with nearly 60 years of producing, scripting and acting in hundreds of movies. He is known as the “King of the B-movies” and has a record of producing 7 films in a year. His fastest film was The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), which was shot in two days and one night.
He also won the Academy Honorary Award in 2009 and now he is back with new low budget SyFy horror flicks. Dinoshark, Dinocroc vs. Supergator and Sharktopus in 2010.
Sharktopus is about a group of scientist, known as “Blue water”, who genetically engineer a half-shark, half-octopus for combat. During a demonstration the beast escapes the control of its creators. Hunted by Blue Water and a television crew, the monster is on a rampage killing bikini clad girls along the beaches. The acting is not to good and the CGI is bad. Like when the monsters long arms grabs this girl and drag her into the sea. The water is shallow and there is no room for the shark-part below the waves and the long tentacles. It may not have a big budged, but I don’t understand why the don’t apply any logic to these parts to make it look more correct and more real. I guess it is all due to the production time scale. Corman is, as seen, known for his fast productions and this is no exception. The monster is bad and it resembles a bad Asylumcreature.
Still it got Eric Roberts as the hero/ bad guy /monster creator, and Roberts is always cool. I only wish for him to have “made” a better monster.
Sharktopus is not a horror movie, it’s a comedy, and it doesn’t take it self to serious. I have seen many bad SyFy movies. They are always bad, but most of the time funny in a non intended way. This one is created to be a take on a genre, like the Piranha 3D movie from 2010, and as such it is a success, just not a great success. As it is said in a review: “we are treated to some hilarious comedic gold in how intentionally bad the film is. That’s what makes Sharktopus so damn entertaining. It knows it’s stupid and it’s immensely entertaining due to its stupidity, playing off really as a parody of all previous Syfy Channel Originals.”
Yes!! finally 2011 is here and it is just a year or so until 2012, when the world we know will fall apart and collapse in an armageddon of fire and destruction, or maybe not. Time will tell, but until that moment, Exonero will keep on dwelling into anything that we find awesome in the world of pop culture and everything else.
We will not focus on fashion, makeup or new ways to make celebrities look like plastic dolls. There is enough blogs doing that. Our goal is to dive into the world of hack and slash and monsters and stranger things….like aliens and stuff. Still some of the new enhanced celebrities with their plastic boobs and dead Botox faces may be mistaken for a strange alien monster from outer weirdness, so…..
The Walking Dead has given me another new love for the genre. They do have the slow moving stupid zombies, but they come in hordes. The series is full of nice details that make it one of my favorite series of 2010. There are brain goo splashing on the camera lens when they are hacking them zombies dead for good and it is a gory and dreadful world the series depict. The best of all is that it is very good acting from the cast. I really feel the people here. It is an awesome script based on an awesome comic.
I didn’t have any great expectations for this series. The Event started out quit slow and even if I did get hooked on after a while it feels insubstantial in a way. Still as I haven’t seen more than 10 episodes I guess I hope it will pick up some speed and deliver what it promises.
Cast - The Event
I mean aliens living among us, big conspiracy, strange powers and aliens trying to get home. It has everything we need and I just hope it will deliver!
Skyline gave us just the alien story that I needed. It may not have been the best story ever and the cast may not come from the hotbed in actors heaven, but HEY it grabbed me. The location settings, claustrophobic localized in and around a few appartments, made an intense experience. I was latter told that the choosing of location was a result of a low budget and the main appartement was the directors own appartement.
Anyway I enjoyed the flick and I really liked its brain sucking monsteraliens. A strange open ending gives hope for some more!
As far as SciFi, or rather the “grounded on earth Sci-Fi” types, goes Fringe got it all. It does not have spaceship, strange planets or aliens as such, but a dimensional twist between two nearly identical worlds and the strange observers/watchers sneaking in the background, gives a strange and funny Sci-Fi series.
The main trio with Olivia and the Bishop combo plays out rather well and it is a story that I loves to follow. Hopefully it will finish it’s third season and keep on into the fourth.
After Heroes sank into oblivion, developing from a nice superhero series into a confusing and irrelevant series, we got Misfits. And finally a series that delivers more than it promises. Misfits follows five young delinquents on community service.
In a freakish storm they all get superpowers. With the ability to read other minds, sending people into a sexual frenzy, rewinding time, invisibility and immortality the five tried their best to get on with there normal life. Not easy when super villains shows up and they have to fight to stay alive.
The best thing about the series is not really the super stuff, but rather a smart script and great actors that make this one of the best thing of last year. It is one of the most funny and smart things ever made. It is violent, sexy and dirty. They are swearing and fucking and they delivers a hilarious series with the great talent Robert Sheehan as the immortal Nathan in front.
Just watch the Christmas episode where Nathan falls in love with a pregnant girl and help her giving birth to the baby on Christmas eve. While the new mother cradle her baby Nathans thinks she is giving birth to a second child. Something is on it’s way out of the mother and Nathan attacks the thing calling it a Alien. It is the afterbirth. The whole scene is nasty, absurd and extremely funny.
Scott Pilgrim VS. The World
One of the highlights of 2010 is Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Sadly it didn’t turn into the monster hit it deserved to be, but still it was a great flick and I enjoyed it enormously. The nerdy kid, played by Cera, the gay roommate, the girlfriend, Ramona, the effects, the music, it did have everything.
It was just great and I think I have seen it 10 times so far. It may not be deep and it could have developed the characters some more, but it was a “cartoon” and as such it shall be somewhat flat and full of nice effects. Just Great!!!
Another great show was Primeval. It is just finished it’s third season and even if it has been some downers and not to good episodes it is still great fun. Nice monsters and a time traveling plot.
It started out quit cheap, but now the effects looks top notch and the monsters are good. The fourth season looks like it will just keep up the good work from last year.
There are of course many more series, flicks, books, games and so on that made it all the way into the pleasure center of my brain, but this short list gives you something to rewind and remember from last year.
When you grow older you leave a phase where you stop dreaming and start to dwelve on the facts of life. Thats when you become an adult and leave childhood behind. It will always be sad to leave that phase behind, but you don’t really see it like that as you get to know the real things like money, sex, responsibility, politics and power, or maybe lack of power. Most people just accept the facts and close there eyes to what has been, but some keep on dreaming and never, really grow old. The Problem is that they have to live an adult life and combine it with their own dream world. A combination that can turn ugly, but in most chases just plain strange. One of my favorite thinkers in the western world is not my favorite because he change anything or because he made any great impact on anything at all, but because he is just strange, or rather his ideas were strange. His name was Charles Fourier.
Charles Fourier was a French utopian socialist and philosopher. Born in 1772, dead in 1837, and he is most famous for inventing the word feminisme and the infamous phalanxes. He argued for the liberty of women, but he was not interested in any “equal rights”. He declared that concern and cooperation were the secret of social success. To survive as a society it need to build its structure on cooperation between different classes, equally but still classes and a system were you would be recompensed according to your contribution.
To make this work he wanted to build large “Phalanxes” or “Grand hotels”, four level apartments complexes, where the riches lives at the top and the poor at the bottom. There should be no trading. Everything a society needed would be inside the “house”. The Jews, associated with trading, should do the farm work. Fourier saw poverty as the principal cause of disorder and in this “House” of his there will be enough for everyone. So far so good. His ideas may be sound but not that different from any other would be socialist and still it just present a society not that far from any existing society, beside the one “House” though.
It’s from here on it becomes strange. Fourier believed that there were twelve common passions which resulted in 810 types of character, so the ideal phalanx would have exactly 1620 people. He predicted that there would be six million of these, loosely ruled by a world omniarch, and later, a World Congress of Phalanxes. The idea was that when enough people moved into a shared house their sexual tension would turn into constructive energy for the society.
Fourier was a supporter of women’s right and believed that all jobs in his “Houses” should be open for women based on their skills and not on their gender. He was against the traditionally marriage and he defended homosexuality. He even though about those who couldn’t get them self a sex partner and he wanted a corps of “fairies” who could cure them of their lovesickness, and visitors could consult the card-index of personality types for suitable partners for casual sex.
He wanted to liberate every human individual man, woman and child through education and liberation of human passion. Fourier was a man of details and he listed every small part of being a human being living together in a new world liberated through his ideas. He was deeply disturbed by the disorder of his time and wanted to stabilize the course of events which surrounded him. Fourier saw his fellow human beings living in a world full of strife, chaos, and disorder. He saw the future of Perfect Harmony were the sea water turns into lemonade and the North Pole would be milder than the Mediterranean.
Some liked his Utopian ideas, but not to many, but some brought the idea to America and they build some Phalanxes, but it never worked. Everything went into chaos after a short time. I guess the idea of passion turning into social skills didn’t really worked, but it was a nice idea.
In 2006 a surreal grotesque movie called Taxidermia, was released from the Hungarian film director György Pálfi. It is a film about three generations of men from Hungary. The granddad, a military orderly, is performing menial duties for a lieutentant and his family. In a too realistic dream he impregnates the lieutenant’s wife while he performs sodomy with a dead pig. The lieutenant executes the orderly and raises the child has his own.
The child, a boy, grows up to be the number one Hungarian speed eater. He marries a sovjetian speed eater champion and they get a son called Lajoska. Lajoska is in contrast to his to fat parents anemic, pale and thin. He grows up to be a taxidermist while he looks after his extremely fat and monstrously obese father. In the end Lajoska leaves his father, who himself can’t leave his chair, and is as a result eaten by his own cats. Lajoska stuff the cats and his dead father and locks himself in a surgical harness. Lajosla start to remove his own internal organs and pumping his body full of preservatives and in the end sewing himself up. He activate the machine that decapitates him, leaving behind the preserved body displayed along with his father and the cats.
The movie is a surreal and dark horror comedy, and while I have given you the story and the ending it doesn’t matter as it is the way Pálfi tells the story that is fascinating. It is a movie that I can see again and again for the best parts like the eating contest where they eat and eat and rest by vomiting before they eat again. The filming and setting reminds me somewhat of the French, Marc Caro directed, Delicatessen from 1991. While that movie is also taking a dip into the dark with its cannibalistic theme, it is basically the colors, lightning and a surreal presentation of the most bizarre and awful things in Taxidermia that reminds me of Delicatessen. The cinematography is excellent. There is something in the combination between grit, dirt, decay and clean clear colors, and a strong contrast between light and shadows with a surreal setting and plot that gives these movies an atmospheric apperance of excellence. The same is evidence in the movies by Peter Greenaway’s Z.O.O (1985) and The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1983).
Taxidermia is a twisted tale and it is worth a look. Please rent or buy and see it!
After months of anticipated waiting I finally got to see the first episode of The Walking Dead and YES!!!!! it was worth the wait. Basically the best part is that they have made a real show, used a lot of money to make it right, and it delivers zombie mayhem on the small screen for an ongoing series like it should be for a 2 hours big screen flick.
Running from zombies
The quality of the show is superb and the acting is good and the first episode delivers its dose of explicit violent like it should. The best scenes is the opening killing of the zombie child, the suspense walking through the empty but also zombie infested hospital and the last scene inside the tank surrounded by horse eating zombies. I just can’t wait for the second episode!!
Nneka or Nneka Egbuna (born 1981) is a Nigerian-German soul and hip-hop artist, singer and songwriter. At an age of 18 she moved from Nigeria to Germany to pursue a career in singing and has since her first EP, The Uncomfortable Truth, from 2005 turned into one of the most profound and talented artist in her genre.
But to define her genre is not that easy. She moves with easy in the borderland in between R&B, soul, funk, reggae, dub, hip-hop, world music, folk, pop and rock. Still you can recognise her style through her voice which is forceful, and her lyrics that wants to tell you something about the world and about the way we threat each other. She has an agenda and in a way she falls in the long tradition of singers who wants to change the world and make it a better place. She is an idealist with a message.
Like she says in here big hit, Heartbeat, from 2008:
“You have goals to achieve
But the roads you take are broad are heartless
That wants you make another way
You throw stones
Can you see that I am human I am breathing
But you don’t give a damn”
“You sold your soul to the evil and the lust
And the passion and the money and you
See the same ones die, people hunger for decades
Suffer under civilized armed robbers, modern slaveholders”
“Evaded, eliminated, erased, interrogated
Our tradition, our love for our fellow countrymen,
Our property, our resources – our pride”
As an African she focus on the oppression of the africans, but not only in the colonial past as the oppressions is also part of the presents.
In Africans from 2007 she states that they:
“Lied to us,blinded slaved us,misplaced us,strengthen us,hardened us then
they replaced us now we got to learn from pain
Now it is up to us to gain some recognition
If we stopp blaming we could get a better condition
Wake up world!!
Wake up and stop sleeping
Wake up africa!!
Wake up and stop blaming
Open ur eyes!!
Stand up and rise
Road block oh life penalty”
Nneka sounds like a fighter and a songwriter for a revolution and falls in a long tradition of strong voices with a social agenda. What is somewhat special about Nneka is her mixed heritage. Germany and Nigeria, Europe and Africa. In Germany she works with DJ Farhot, a producer living in Hamburg. A relationship that mixes different styles and different cultural expressions. If you listen to this live in studio version of Focus you hear the mix of styles in her voice.
——————————– “Government politics, system policies,
money, banks, foundation and discoveries
Mischievious and self centered development strategies,
uneffective enough not to affect the physics and the spirits of mankind
in short and infact where do we go from here when we lack love in our hearts
when we lack an open heart and lie to ourselves and the one that truly loves, that we love
truly we don’t really give a fuck
another day has passed my conscience is hunting me one small form
e to face this next temptation that is coming up now
the flesh has overcome the spirit, eyes opened but shot, sight blurred
can’t see the road because I am scarred of the lights
I gotta go on, I gotta move on, we gotta go on, we gotta move on
Cause if you don’t search for the truth your soul will definitely remain undone”
“Temptations of this world
You see the demons coming out of you
They reveal themselves to you and yes you can see your truth
Oh no no, got to maintain your mind
In this world of pain
In this world of sin
In this world of hate
Maintain your Focus
The misery is all around you
It is hard staying away from the temptations of the world
Maintain your mind, see”
Basically her message will be that in a world of misery we have to hold on to the truth and keep on going to fight on for what is right. In her pesimistic view of the world there is an optimistic soul looking forward.
If you are tired of the constructed pop music and empty pretty faces take some time off and listen to Nneka. She has alot on her heart!!
After the success with the first top violence, kids bashing the crooks, comic and movie, Mark Millar and John Romita Jr is back with Kick Ass 2: Balls to the Walls and it will hit the comic shops soon. Here is the first 5 pages and cover, and as you will see Hit Girl is back teaching KICK ASS to be a bad ass.
I have been away for a week and haven’t got the time to update this blog, but the first thing that caught my attention was news about a new Fantastic Voyage movie. James Cameron is not directing this 3D remake, but he will produce and he has hinting that Louise Letterier – Transporter 1 and 2 and Clash of Titans – will direct. Release day is set sometimes in 2013 so it will be a long wait.
There is also some news about The Hobbit as there is a list of official announcements regarding actors , both cast and considered for roles.
I just read a funny story about Eric Stoltz (Capricas Daniel Graystone) and that he played the role as McFly for 5 weeks before they understood that he was not the right man for the job. They needed someone with a better timing for humor and, yes Michael J. Fox came and the rest is history!
David Tennant has been the 10th doctor in the English ever going Dr.Who series, and it has been great fun. As a non English viewer the series focus on slow moving, man in a suit monsters, has not take away the charm of the series. There has been some great CG settings, but the aliens and monsters are always (I think) rubber. It is always great fun to watch the awful Daleks with there snail speed, irritating voices and not very sturdy gun props. They roll around screaming kill, kill and you see their main weapon in front is just a shaky plastic thing. Anyway the doctor is FUN, and for me it was David Tennants acting that grabbed me and maked the series working.
I first saw the doctor as he was acted through the 9th doctor by Christopher Eccleston, but it was David Tennant who really convinced me that Dr. Who was any good. The11th doctor with Matt Smith is still good but it teared my heart when Tennant left the show.
Now, some time later David Tennant is back with a new 4 part series called "A single Father". I knew it to be a kind of melodrama, best suited for the missus, but as it was Tennant I had to watch the first episode. And Je*** Chr*** I am still, hours later, shaken deep down into my roots. I am a man, told to hold my tears, but when Hollywood use their magic to force a tear or two from me I go for it and let the tears drop. This time it is not Hollywood and it is not just a tear drop. I has never sobbed before as I sobbed here. The excplicite and meaningless death of the wife and the way Tennant played the griefing husband coping with a life as a single father for 4 kids is just …….I have no word. Tennant is just a very convincing and good actor!! Please everybody, watch A single father, even if you like me don't normally watch these kind of shows.
Monsters is a popular theme in the world of modern movie making or in the general myth making as such. Making up a duality between us, the good and the others, the bad, the monsters is an old exercise. From the Greek snakeheaded Medusa to the Norse trolls and more modern Alien nightmares. There has been a discussion about the reason humans invent all these monstrous beings, and it is said that we need the monsters to keep a sanity about who we are and what we are. By posting the monsters as the most awful thing that is we state us self as something completely different and ultimately good. The construction of monster myths is very much imminent in modern popular culture but will not have the impact that it used to have as we are to secular to believe and we are to knowledgeable to fall for the illusion of the modern making of monsters. Still we want to believe and as the world grows smaller and every stone is turned and we can’t find any monsters we search for them in the place we still can’t reach; outer space or other dimensions.
This autumn the latest monster flick, following a similar story as The Mist from 2007, telling a story about an alien infestation. In The Mist there was a breach between dimensions that let the monsters in. In the this years Monsters an Alien life form spreads throughout the
Mars Attacks (1996)
U.S.-Mexico border region leading to the quarantine of half of Mexico. Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life form began to appear. The story follows Andrew, an American photojournalist helping his wealthy employer’s daughter, Samantha, get back to America. Their journey takes them across Central America and eventually into the infected zone.
My hopes where not up, but the flick turned out to be quit good. It focus more on suspension than on Monster bashing. Every shooting and killings is always off camera and you never really see the alien monsters, and Andrew is no fighting hero but a real scared man. Samantha has this bandage on her arm and I sort of wait for her to turn into a monster, like Wikus Van De Merwe in District 9, but it all ends well and quite open as the infestation is spreading north and into the US. In the last scene were Samantha and Andrew watches two big monsters sharing a moment of passion (and they talk with whale song) we do understand that the aliens may not all be the monsters they are supposed to be. They may be big, and the may be alien, but it looks like the humans have to share the Earth with them for a long time to come.
One thing though. In 6 years the aliens “spores” turns into big elephant size monsters. That is fast!!
Ridley Scott, known for the adapt of Philip k. DicksDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Blade Runner – ( and Alien, Alien prequel…) will start the production of four hour-long episodes of the The Man in the High Castle (1962) for the BBC. Dick’s novel is a science fiction alternate history, depicting a world in which the Axis powers—Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany—triumphed over the Allies in the Second World War. There are other Philip K. Dick adapt in the pipe lines, like a remake of Total Recal and The Adjustment Bureau.
Philip K. Dick
Dick is a master of telling complex stories and it has been difficult to adapt them into a movie, but they try and try or rather fail and fail. Ridley Scott is possible the only one who manage to capture a essence of what Dick is all about with Blade Runner, so hopefully he will gain success this time too. I have no release date yet!
When I see a movie I always like to check out the cast, director, writer of the flick, specially if the cast is nearly unknown. In “The Rig”, a new horror flick, they front the semi-celebrity William Forsythe. A strange move as he is killed nearly instantly, but I guess as they didn’t have any other famous they fronted what they had. One of the other actors in a lead role is Serah D’Laine, known from Parasomnia, a 2008 horror, as “Pretty Young Nurse” and while she does a good job, this is as you can see a low budget, cheap cast, monster in a suit, no CG, 1980 kind of monster horror movie.
Still I kind of liked it. There is this Oil Drilling Rig, there is a storm, there is an assembly of strangers working on the rig, some love, some sex and there is a monster, coming up from the deep, killing them off one at the time. From the Poster artwork I though and hoped for a big under sea creature, but the monster is just a standard man in a suit with claws and buggy eyes and you don’t really see the monster, just some glimpses of something brushing past, something wet, slimy with teeth and claws.
And nearly every one dies but we don’t really care. I never got emotional connected to any of the characters and they could live or die for all I cared. Still there was one thing that gave this flick a boost, the music. It was good and I don’t understand how this little horror could get a original score like this. The composers are the same that made music for Interception. Maybe they used all there money on the music and thats why they had to go for a man in a suit monster and c-actors?
Still some hours of old style horror was ok on a rainy evening!
I am a sucker for spectacular Sci-fi flicks and finally it looks like it is one on it’s way. Skyline promised a lot and hopefully it will deliver what it promises November 12, 2010.
After a night party a group of friends are awoken, in the night, by a light beaming through the window. People are drawn to the light and then sucked right up into the air. A alien force with big space ships are swallowing humans and our heroes have to fight to stay alive while there world is falling apart.
Eric Balfour, who plays one of the main characters, is known from from the Tv-series Haven where he is plays the sympathetic crook and from the infamous sexual explicit Lie with me from 2005. I am not familiar with the other actors, but I am hoping that Eric Balfour will gives this flicks some depth beside the obvious CG effects.
Update september 2012. Exonero.org have been inactive for a while, but is no live and well.
Some tags for the times to come:
- Harmony Korine
- Clive Cussler vs. James Rollins.
- William S Bourroghs
- FM Einheit
- Einstuerzende Neubauten
- The hunt for Trolls
- Syfy - Original movies