karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Cinema)
BloodRayne 2, on the other hand, is utter rubbish. Not that the first one is a good film as such but at least it wasn't boring. €10 badly spent.
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Cinema)
Last night I went over to [livejournal.com profile] robinbloke's, played a little Wario Wares Smooth Moves on the wii, cooked up two gorgeous fillet steaks from the Art of Meat and then we watched DVDs:

- BSG Razor. Wow, really excellent film, lots of character stuff, background story and old style toasters! ETA: This doesn't mean that it works as a standalone story, it's what happened on the Pegasus in the beginning and then during Lee's command, as well as a few flashbacks to Adama's time during the first Cylon War.
- Planet Terror: (Robert Rodriguez' half of Grindhouse) Hot chicks, gratuitous splatter, Tom Savini and Zombies, there's not much else one could want...
- Blood Rayne: cheesy adaptation of the video game by Uwe Boll. Not as bad as some of his other stuff, this was actually watchable.

Now back to tidying and stuff.
karohemd: by sogoth.livejournal.com (Music)
Just got Kenny Wayne Shepherd's Ten Days Out - Blues From The Back Roads, an album he recorded with various Blues greats across the country, from B.B. King to Hubert Sumlin, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, members of the Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf bands and so forth. All the tracks were either recorded live or as sessions. The music would be cool already but the album also comes with a full-length DVD with concert excerpts, interviews and behind the scenes footage. Highly recommended, and while 20.49 sounds a bit steep (import, it costs the same in dollars in the US), it's worth it for a full CD and DVD combo.
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Cinema)
Hm, good thing I didn't go to the cinema when it was on. Technically, it was brilliant and because it's all cartoony, the not-quite-natural movements of the characters worked (unlike Beowulf) but content-wise, it was rather lame and tired, I found. Once you're used to the concept, you know what the gags are going to be like. Shame, really, and I hope they'll leave it at that.
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Cinema)
Bought this in the US and watched it while I was waiting at the airport yesterday (or today? I get confused).

Rodriguez' piece of Grindhouse is so much better than Tarantino's and anyone who like me was disappointed with that should watch this. It's got hilarious action, characters you care about, zombies/infected, lots of gore, a little bit of gratuitious nudity, great music and of course the chick with a high powered automatic rifle for a peg leg.

Anyone in Cambridge up for seeing Stardust on Tuesday at 8 at the VUE?
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Default)
When I watch DVDs on my PC (my monitor is larger than my TV so it's an obvious choice), I have to turn up the volume quite a bit to be able to hear the sound properly. This was the case with the previous mobo and it also happens with the new one.
All my audio settings are on max (playing CDs or mp3s or computer sounds is fine) and I can turn up the DVD loud enough to hear it properly but if there's another message popping up etc., that sound is very loud.
I checked on the web and this seems to be a reasonably common problem but none of the suggestions seem to help me.

Any ideas?
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Cinema)
I just watched Laputa - Castle In The Sky, an older film ('87) but after Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away, it's my favourite. A big part of it is probably that it's very steampunky with its air fortresses, kites and other anachrotech and because the story and background aren't as terribly off-the-wall as usual.

*envies [livejournal.com profile] nekofairy666 and [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man who get to see the Ghibli museum*


31 Aug 2006 03:53 pm
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Cinema)

Lovefilm have added an option for the discs of a TV series to be shipped in order. Previously, it had been a bit of a gamble.
Might be one result of their merger with ScreenSelect, I guess.

This and the new prioritsation system (if it works) means I should have Carnivale Season 2 winging its way into my letterbox soon. Rah.
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Cinema)

for recommending The Happiness of the Katakuris.
It's about a family who open a guest house in a remote region. When the first guests start dying, it's only the beginning.
I find it hard to describe it, you have to see it to appreciate it. Curiously, the best comparison I can come up with is the Buffy musical ...

Definitely one for [livejournal.com profile] camgothfilmclub, I think.
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Lego)
This time pasta with sauce:
1 can of chopped tomatoes, 1 half onion, 2 fat gloves of garlic, two mild chillies, 1 can of anchovies, salt, pepper, dried herbs.
Sweat off the chopped onion and garlic in evoo, add the chopped anchovies and chillies, dump in the tomatoes, season and simmer for 20 minutes. The anchovies will literally disintegrate and create a wonderful taste. Mix it all together and grate a generous helping of fresh parmesan over it.

Now for a fruit salad with the riipe mango, pears and bananas I need to use up after seeing if this Sea of Souls is any good.

ION, The Devil's Rejects is so much better than House of 1000 Corpses. You almost sympathise with the bad guys, scary and well done and even well acted in most cases.
Watched Jason X on Channel 4 last night. Oh dear but good enough to entertain on a late Friday night.
The extras on the 2 disc edition of Sin City are pretty cool, too and the extended edition separated into four chapters works better, I think.
Have also been watching a lot of ST:TOS (renting the DVDs from Lovefilm) lately. Gods, some of it was crap but some were really good, too (like Balance of Terror, for example)

Mentioning Lovefilm, I'm considering switching to ScreenSelect. They sent me two major titles in the first lot that had been sitting on the top of my Lovefilm rental queue for ages (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Devil's Rejects) and they send out TV DVDs in order (rather than randomly as Lovefilm do, even if you put them into the queue in the right order). The costs are the same (15 quid for 3 DVDs at a time, unilimited number of DVDs).

Have done some housework and whittled away at my photo backlog. More of the same tomorrow.
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Beer)
Many thanks for the texts etc last night.

Yesterday was lazy with sleeping until noon as I watched Zatoichi so I could return it today. Fine film indeed, if slightly confusing as to the actual background.
Did some last minute shopping and then headed off to Farcet. Helped [livejournal.com profile] autumn_storm with food prep and made Mousse of Doom™.
Lounged around a bit watching Battlestar Galactica and then guests arrived. The party was very relaxed and chilled, just as intended. More DVDs were watched incl. The Call of Cthulhu, then there was chlinking glasses for midnight and then we watched Volcano High, an Aftermath present from [livejournal.com profile] raggedy_man. Er, yes. Some interesting effects but very very strange indeed. Then everybody who hadn't already left or crashed did so.

Today I got up around 10, mooched around a bit, had ginger bread and other leftovers for breakfast and then more DVDs were watched, this time courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] belak_krin. First, a horrible dub version of Twin Warriors and then various episodes of The Tick which just rocked mightily.

After the last guests had left, I had a short but quite successful photo session with [livejournal.com profile] autumn_storm,  a preview of which will be posted later tonight.

All in all, a very nice start into the New Year.
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Cinema)
The film is fantastic. I love old style horror films and pulps and this one is spot on. The cheap sets and ropey effects don't deter at all from the enjoyment because at that time, the effects were ropey, too.
It's also very true to the source and the Cthulhu stop-motion model is hilarious.
They even included "faults" and specks of debris in the film. The making of documentary on the DVD is interesting, too, both from the technical side and other bits like the outtakes and acting samples. You never hear the voices so they just improvised with some hilarious results.
I don't know who else is selling it over here but you could get in touch with [livejournal.com profile] angusabranson as he's got still some stock left, I think.
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Cinema)
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Cinema)
Quick rundown of films recently:
Hellboy - As someone who doesn't know the comics, I quite enjoyed it in a switch-off-brain-enjoy-the-ride kind of way. I like that despite all the prosthetics, you could still tell it's Ron Perlman, who rocks.
I, Robot - Hm, OK. Too clean, too shiny, nice effects but a bit blargh and just far too shallow considering the material it's based on
Intacto -  a Spanish film recommended by (and borrowed from) [livejournal.com profile] akonken about lucky people (and who can either control their luck in certain ways or steal other people's luck). Really not bad at all.
Chronicles of Riddick - Vin Diesel doesn't do anything for me and neither did the plot. Pitch Black was mean and nasty, this was bleh. It looked like it was made by the people who made the Dune TV films with a slightly higher budget. A few good moments but nothing gripping.
Battle Royale 2 - Also no comparison to the first. The violence seemed to be there completely for the violence' sake without that gut-wrenching atmosphere of the first film. If there was supposed to be some kind of message, it didn't come across.

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