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The (ruder) DEADPOOL trailer

Posted August 6, 2015 into Movies by John Birmingham

Don't waste your time with that family friendly version. This is the sexdroid you're looking for.

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TheWah reckons...

Posted August 6, 2015
It actually looks good. I am hopeful.

The green band trailer is worth watching just for having deadpool admonish you for watching the nice trailer and daring you to watch the "big boy trailer".. he also denigrates your mum. yay!

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Murphy_of_Missouri mumbles...

Posted August 6, 2015
Worth.
The.
Wait!

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Rhino is gonna tell you...

Posted August 6, 2015
Ryan Reynolds was born to play this.

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GhostSwirv is gonna tell you...

Posted August 6, 2015

Am beginning to think that Green Lantern was deliberately and brilliantly sabotauged by some guerilla studio exec to allow Ryan Reynolds the opportunity to play DEADPOOL.

If GL had been a hit DP wouldn't now be making grown men wet their pants.

Mordwa swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 6, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xcMxnNzp2I
Sabotaged by Deadpool himself...

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ShaneAlpha mutters...

Posted August 6, 2015
Why the fuck are you people not talking about the other awesome in the trailer. COLOSSUS. God I'm been waiting for Piotr to get a decent treatment.

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Sparty mutters...

Posted August 6, 2015
Just had to gloat about the cricket right now :-)

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted August 7, 2015
What's a cricket?

GhostSwirv is gonna tell you...

Posted August 7, 2015

Oh you won't believe what DEADPOOL does with a cricket!

Trashman mutters...

Posted August 8, 2015
Cricket.





...snigger...

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damian mutters...

Posted August 6, 2015
I find this comics world diverging from anything I recognise faster than I'd imagine. But this thing looks cool in a mechanical, gory way.

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ChrisB puts forth...

Posted August 7, 2015
To quote Star-Lord: a little pee just came out of me...

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Raymond Camden is gonna tell you...

Posted August 7, 2015
The green band trailer also has his friend giving him different insults I think. Watch both. (Oh, and the older black woman has a different insult as well I think.)

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Peter in the bleaches reckons...

Posted August 7, 2015
inthink I know where I will be on Boxing Day as there would appear to be no reason to watch the cricket this summer

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COHERENCE: the best SF movie you didn't see last year

Posted July 21, 2015 into Movies by John Birmingham

A sci-fi movie without space lizards, plasma cannons or giant robots, what's the fucking point? In Coherence the point was apparently to make the best sci-fi movie of 2014 with none of those things; no budget, no script, no big-name actors, nothing but an idea. And Xander from Buffy.

I finally caught up with this one over the weekend, having meant to watch it for a while. I heard it described recently as the best science-fiction movie you didn't see last year, and I got no argument with that call.

The setup is pretty simple. Eight friends, all of them comfortably Generation X (yay!), gather for a dinner party on the night a comet is due to make a close flyby. The comet isn't the reason for the dinner. This is just the first opportunity this group of friends has had to get together in a while. The light show in the sky is an added bonus.

The opening scenes where the various guests arrive at the party is an almost dizzying exercise in cinéma vérité. It feels like early Tarantino with multiple lines of overlapping dialogue snaking through and around each other. Unlike Tarantino's characters, however, the concerns around this dinner table are stolidly suburban. Children, jobs, middle-class ennui, shaky marriages, spluttering career paths, quiet desperation, all bundled up and swept under the carpet. The whole thing could play out like one of those films where people just sit around and talk for two hours. I think Jim Jarmusch made a career out of those. To make them work the dialogue has to be spot on, and in Coherence it is. Uncomfortably so at times.

The handheld camerawork, the intimacy, the completely natural feel of the opening scenes made it look like the most slickly produced reality programme ever made. I was kind of in awe of the actors being able to learn and carry off such dense, complex interplays of dialogue. I was even more impressed when I found out they improvised the whole thing. It’s a great performance and a lot of credit has to go to the editor as well for snipping out any dead spots.

That's all wanky film school talk though, innit? You want to know about the story. So at this point I have to blow the spoiler horn and blow it loud. I’ll keep the major plot points to myself, but those who want the pure experience should just go watch the damn thing before reading or commenting.

WHAAAAAHROOOOOO!!!

Coincident with the passing of the comet strange shit starts to happen. At first it’s cellphones inexplicably breaking or simply failing to power up. Then the fixed phone lines go down, and the Internet, and the power grid. Fans of horror movies will recognise what's happening immediately, even if the dinner guests take awhile to get around to it. They are being cut off, physically and narratively.

The dinner party is vaguely located somewhere in the affluent suburbs of the Pacific Northwest. Streets are quiet and tree-lined. The densely packed city, any city, seems far removed. It's plausible then that when the lights go out the world is plunged into a deep darkness, with only one point of light visible, another house a few minutes walk away. A couple of the men offer to go over and see if they can use the phone. Everything is fucked from that point on, but the fuckage happens so very gradually, so slowly, so completely and in such a bizarre fashion that even though hackles are crawling up the back of your neck, half of the dinner party guests are still arguing that everything is okay when it is totally fucking not.

What's going on? Aliens? Monsters? It feels like it, and there are some intensely creepy scenes as accepted reality begins to come apart. Even so, Coherence never cops out by devolving to a survivalist splatterfest.

It is a film which asks the sort of high concept questions not being asked by most speculative fiction on-screen. I rented it from iTunes, but have come to regret that decision because I can tell I'm going to have to go buy a copy so I can watch it again and again, trying to figure out not just what's going on, but the implications of what went on.

You would do yourself a disservice if you let this one slip past you.

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Spanner reckons...

Posted July 21, 2015
Ok I'm on this. I loved Chappie. There should be more good SF about.

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Peter Bradley mutters...

Posted July 21, 2015
I am so with you on this JB. I watched it on a plane. Luckily I was going to the EU so I watched it again straight away.
The thing that intrigued me most was not that amazing ending but the whole non-linear nature of the incidents.

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted July 21, 2015
I know. I really, really want to watch this again to see if I can unsort the through line and its implications. The bit where you realise that the characters you're watching may not be the characters you started watching wasn't just creepy. It was unnerving at an existential level.

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Barnesm has opinions thus...

Posted July 21, 2015

great to see others whose opinions I share liked this movie. I caught it on Foxtel when it was free, as I am always interested to see what the Buffy alumni who didn't get other gigs with Joss Whedon are up to these days.

I liked it, don't know if it was the best Science fiction film in 2014 I didn't see because:

  • I saw it
  • by definition how could I know if other films I didn't see were better ?


Peter Bradley mutters...

Posted July 22, 2015
There you go again Barnesm going all Karl Popper on us!

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Blarkon mumbles...

Posted July 21, 2015
Did you ever get around to watching Primer?

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted July 21, 2015
No, but I've it mentioned in discussions of Coherence.

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HAVOCK21 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 21, 2015
is there cylons i it?

Spanner puts forth...

Posted July 21, 2015
More specifically is Six in it?

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HAVOCK21 ducks in to say...

Posted July 21, 2015
in it!...ffsakes!

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon mutters...

Posted July 21, 2015
Right. Duly noted. First time i have actually taken note of a spoiler warning. Although now i know there is a spoiler i have to resist it and now I know something is going to happen. It's going to be like uni exams back in the nineties all over again when my bastard house mates had finished exams and broke the pact of no celebrating till all were finished and watched From Dusk Till Dawn in a haze of smoke and alcohol whilst i was trying to study Calculus 3 or Operation Methods or something. The house had thick walls but not thick enough.

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted July 21, 2015
They were toughening you up.

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Sparty asserts...

Posted July 21, 2015
Sold.

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Glenn Webster swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 22, 2015
On order-thank you.

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BostonJoe reckons...

Posted July 23, 2015
Once you've seen this at least once have a look at the timeline that someone with a lot of time on their hands made. It can be seen here http://i.imgur.com/3iE5y7Q.png You'll need to zoom in to see anything.

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted July 23, 2015
Good work! Thanks.

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Kill Whitey reckons...

Posted July 25, 2015

Watched it last night. Concept gets an 8/10. Execution gets a 6. Primarily the motivation for some of the characters actions is beyond flimsy at best. The story of the friends getting together and talking about life and having problems and yadda yadda yadda is actually way better done than the sci-fi element. Unfortunately the trailer broadcasts the twist a mile off.

Im gonna resist the timeline link above because I do feel like giving it another bash, just to see if I can spot where things *really* start going wrong for the characters.

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Darryl puts forth...

Posted July 27, 2015
It felt a lot like Plus One to me have you watched that?

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted July 27, 2015
No I haven't, but now I will.

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Not sure how I feel about this Han Solo movie spin off

Posted July 10, 2015 into Movies by John Birmingham

Disney seems intent on creating a whole universe of media for Star Wars, but I can't be alone in feeling a little nervous about the announcement of a stand alone film exploring Han Solo's early years. It was great to see an old and crumpled Han at the end of that last trailer and I sorta wonder how we'll go watching Ford reprise the role in The Force Awakens, only to have to watch another actor climb into the Falcon a few months later.

Who could pull that off?

Chris Pratt? Dunno. Nathan Fillion? Mmmaybe, ten years ago. Shia LeBeouf? Oh hell no.

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beeso asserts...

Posted July 10, 2015
Great directors though. the guys that did The Lego Movie (and Clone High, one of the funniest most subversive cartoons ever)

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HAVOCK21 has opinions thus...

Posted July 10, 2015
I would have to say I am with you on this one JB, the movies are iconic and the BRAND and all its marketing, and associated releases are for mine controlled and fit. Now Ill wager that the movies divert from the books, I have no doubt and purists for whom the books are holy writ will cry foul at what the movies have done. But for those for whom the movies are the sole source of the " Star Wars Saga" taking it off in another direction..........and opening up the very real possibility of miscasting the lead replacement for Solo has implications........significant to say the least in my book.
I'm really not sure barreling down the solo road head down arse up is smart, i'm trying to see just what sort of story arc wold fit and be acceptable........blood guts, chrome and flying body parts might well cover it, maybe somewhere in the books arc is an unholy dust up between the empire and the federation or whatever that might be marketable and have enough of a story line to interest even the shallowest of us...me included. T and A and EXPLOSIONS!...yeah that would most likely do it.
Actually I'm wondering if anybody has taken an off shoot of the primary film franchise and developed the left or right side arc or whatever the hell it is you call it an made more than one film. Is this sort of thing able to sustain series? and not be relegated merely to the carton world?
As for who might play Solo, depending on how far back, Ben Afflick came to mind, then again given our affliction for all things PC maybe it should be Oprah.
I like Chris Pratt from Jurassic World, or I reckon I have it.

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HAVOCK21 puts forth...

Posted July 10, 2015
Taylor Kitsch!

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HAVOCK21 ducks in to say...

Posted July 10, 2015
AND ths one...LONDON HAS FALLEN...gunna be fkn EPIChttps://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CDYQqQIwAg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DLQLEZ1oqG5Q&ei=5gWfVZz_OsPn8AXNp5_oCA&usg=AFQjCNGY7T1vYmGcLCx43krYa6zGROt11g&sig2=XA3VLpyFWLhKUgNc2CCa7A&bvm=bv.96952980,d.dGc

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Rob puts forth...

Posted July 10, 2015
When I saw it was the Lego movie guys I thought it will probably be a good film. Chris Pratt might work but it might also kill his career. Brad Pitt is probably too old but would make a good droid sidekick.

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insomniac swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 10, 2015

All well and good, but who is going to play Chewbacca?

pi asserts...

Posted July 10, 2015
Aye... without a good Chewwie, it'd fall flat pretty fast.

Rob ducks in to say...

Posted July 13, 2015
Probably give us Jaxxon the rabbit and his space ship the lucky rabbits foot. Fer the kids you know.

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Shifty Tourst mutters...

Posted July 10, 2015

I agree. I think the biggest mistake which has happened in the Star Wars universe has been showing too much of it. The Jedi used to be this mysterious order of mystical warriors, that you really don't know anything about except in hints, passing information. Then, the new Trilogy comes out, and we know everything about them.... they have a school, tetchy librarians, a big ass temple. They must also have bookkeepers, and bureaucrats... because there are a lot of them, somebody needs to organise them. Must also have cleaners, because shiny sci-fi surfaces must be prone to marking.

So we went from Mysterious badass warrior monks, to public servants with laser swords... hmmm, sexy.

Same thing applies to Darths backstory. Before, hints and snippets about wars, fallen apprentices and betrayal. We're seeing a story built in the aftermath of another story, which we know nothing about. Its intriguing, compelling.... and we want to know more. But I think this is precisely why its great.... that we don't know the entire story and that we want to know more. Once its shown its narrative power is lost.

The other problem is what I like to call the prequel problem. The most interesting thing that has happened in the world happened in the mainstory. The characters story, only intersects with those events in that story. But now you have write an interesting story about somebody, who has no reason to intersect with the main interesting things for twenty years or so. So they need to find ways to shoehorn them into dealing with the momentous events. So prepare to see young Solo with extremely contrived reasons to run into people he'll forget meeting later on.. ferrying pre-emperor Palpatine to mysterious meetings. Smuggling Mon motha away from clone blockaded planets. Its basically what they did with droids in the new trilogy.


Shifty Tourist mutters...

Posted July 10, 2015

Oops, should have read fully before rant.. I mean commenting.... I'm way off topic.

I think Chris Pratt has the right look.

Rob asserts...

Posted July 10, 2015
Public servants with laser swords. Gold! So fkn true.

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yankeedog mumbles...

Posted July 10, 2015
Anthony Ingruber (the guy in the clip linked) should be cast. He's young, looks like Ford, and sounds like him. Solved.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bba_wPdLxp4

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3452021/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t30

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pi mumbles...

Posted July 10, 2015
The story of how he got the Falcon from Lando would, IMO, be a pretty good story.

Sudragon is gonna tell you...

Posted July 10, 2015
'Won it in a card game' IIRC, but this could expanded into a Guy Ritchie, Hustle style interstellar caper movie. A minimum of large explosions, running gun battles and playing up snappy dialogue.

Which could be quite entertaining.

Raymond Camden swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 12, 2015
I have to say - I always figured the "won it in a card game" was hiding a much more interesting story.

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SZF asserts...

Posted July 10, 2015
Dear Hollywood: Just. Fucking. Stop. With. The. FUCKING. Origin. Stories!

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trib swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 11, 2015
If they do it, I hope they base it on the Han Solo Adventures (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Han_Solo_Adventures). Set just before Episode IV, and not a bad read if you can find them,

yankeedog mumbles...

Posted July 13, 2015
The Brian Daley books? Those were great fun.

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damian is gonna tell you...

Posted July 11, 2015
Martin Freeman?

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GhostSwirv swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 12, 2015

How about someone to blow the minds of both Star Wars and Star Trek fans and cause the Space Time Continuum to implode with spacey splodey goodness?
Chris Pine as Han Solo

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Quokka is gonna tell you...

Posted July 13, 2015
No. Chris Pine needs to get busy making MOAR Star Trek. Hans off the crew of the enterprise, you greedy poacher, Ghostswirv.

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GhostSwirv asserts...

Posted July 13, 2015
I prefer the term, Gredo Bounty Hunter, if you don't hive-mind.

I'm sure CP could PO from JJs ST soundstage over 2 JJs SW soundstage with very little tribble, err, trouble - there's precedent for this arrangement.

Michael J Fox would leave the set of TV show Family Ties to go shoot Back To The Future at night, and look how that turned out!

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Therbs is gonna tell you...

Posted July 14, 2015
Nup. Not interested in this. Solo did his thing when he helped save the universe and get the princess. Anything else is gonna be small, wasted potatoes. They should use a new character instead of piling slop onto an overextended cartoon. Just kill him and the other originals off and be done with it.

GhostSwirv puts forth...

Posted July 14, 2015

What kill them all ... you mean with like a Photon Torpedo or a Phaser blast from a starship travelling at warp speed?

Therbs mumbles...

Posted July 14, 2015
Anything. Anything at all.

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Ixion28 ducks in to say...

Posted July 16, 2015
I think I know how I feel about it. The more details about the Star Wars universe you get, the duller it will be. One reason Star Wars is so special to so many people is that it really only consisted of six movies (and four of them are duds), and it took 38 years for them just to reach "The Force Awakens". Disney's notion of one Star Wars movie a year...well, in just a few years we'll be up to our asses in Star Wars, and we'll see how special it feels then, when you're being beaten over the head by it every time you turn around. None of the "Anthology" movies is about anything I need an entire movie about. I really don't care a damn how the Rebels stole the Death Star plans, and I care even less about young Boba Fett or young Han Solo movies. Less is more, and a sense of mystery fires the imagination. These all sound like a bunch of crossing the t's and dotting the i's continuity filler, retcon timewasters that are exactly the same sort of junk that filled the wisely-disposed-of "expanded universe".

Rob asserts...

Posted July 17, 2015
The unknown parts of star wars was what made it special. In the end the tedious exposition killed the joy. I preferred making up my own what if, but, and why. Still the toys are awesome.

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Akbar's Eleven Pull off the DeathStar Heist

Posted June 28, 2015 into Movies by John Birmingham

It shouldn't work, but it totally does.

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insomniac reckons...

Posted June 28, 2015
I know there was probably some editing involved but it would be so sweet if the audio was laid straight on top of the video and it fit perfectly.

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Posted June 28, 2015

Goddammit! I knew Chewbacca was always voiced by Casey Affleck

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Posted June 29, 2015
God damn, that's nice.

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Predator: Dark Ages

Posted May 31, 2015 into Movies by John Birmingham

This fan made film of Arnie's dreadlocked nemesis mooching around the early middle ages is totally worth pouring yourself a couple of adult beverages and throwing on to your nearest big screen.

It's a remarkable achievement, and the quality is sustained over most of the half hour's running length. I've dropped the trailer in below but you can watch the whole thing on the youtoobz here.

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NBlob asserts...

Posted May 31, 2015
Nice drone shot @ 4:30, unfortunate wobbly-cam choice @ 7:41.
At a bigger scale, interesting how professional amateur efforts are becoming. I sometimes have a hack @ Fan Fic, I have no illusion about the quality, or lack thereof of it. But since tools of a professional level have become consumer it has re-defined what a pro needs to bring to the party.Back in the day, consumers took stills on horrible little 110 format film, while pros shot on 6x41/2 or 6x6 format, easily 5 times the image quality. Uncle Barry shot 16mm cine, while pro's shot on Betacam SP, or at least SVHS - double or more the quality.
First ProSumer Word Processing- allowed Mums to Paginate & justify like Pros. Killing print shops most lucrative jobs- wedding invites.Now high-school kids can shoot 4k on DSLRs, can cut on Adobe and export via the UTubes to the world a capacity, till recently only in the hands of moguls.I'm not saying if it's a good or bad thing, just interesting.
Must be similar to when GreyBread watched Ig & Ug master fire.

NBlob would have you know...

Posted May 31, 2015
Was better when it had paragraph breaks.

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted June 1, 2015
It still reads fine. I'm constantly amazed at the quality of fan made media. That Predator short looks better than a lot of professional efforts, at least at the made for TV level.It'd put most SyFy titles to shame.

Rob mumbles...

Posted June 1, 2015


Back in the day when Nirvana had only one album. I used to work at a TV company. The place had 7 employees and used contractors for all the big productions. The plant in the building was worth about a Million dollars for the editing suite alone, notwithstanding the $50K to $70K for a broadcast camera by itelf. Tapped on to that was day rates of $450 for dollies and cranes. and $1000 per day for lighting trucks. Fast forward to 2014 I worked on 3 short films shot on a Red dragon in 4K. The camera is probably about $20,000 and theres some extras for lenses. We used a tiny slider for tracking shots worth 350 on ebay for a good one. The lighting needed was basically and bank of fluros and some small LED light panels. Because the cameras are so light sensitive you don't need the lighting required for 35 mm film and braodcast video. I could also buy a stedi cam rig for $400 if pushed (my toy one cost $60)

I used to beg, borrow and steal to make movies back in the 90s, especially music videos , but the issue was you just couldnt edit the footage easily.Now I can shoot on my HD Samsung (cost $130) edit on my pc (cost $700) all in HD and broadcast in on youtube. The quality is way higher than anything I did in the 90s and all it takes now is some organisation and creativity. Just don't expect to get paid.

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted June 1, 2015
Oh yeah, pay. I forgot.

Darth Greybeard is gonna tell you...

Posted June 3, 2015
NBlob's unjustified aspersions on my age aside, it's a constant joy and wonder to me how fast technology advances. Yeah, I know it has its downsides too but I love it. At the risk of when-I-were-a-ladding, you really had to grow up with wood stoves, back yard dunnies, ice boxes and upright phones with the earpiece on a cord to REALLY appreciate what we've got. When I ask my phone for the opening hours of some business it gives me a silly grin. And the other day I saw a Kickstarter for a modular phone case that added temp, humidity, sound level, barometric pressure etc sensors to your iPhone/Samsung. Tricorders! Now if you'll excuse me, I have some flint to knapp.

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Rhino mumbles...

Posted June 1, 2015
Awesome.
Are chicks who look like elves and use bows a troop now? Also, the obligatory Moor with Crusaders? I bet one of them saved his life and now he must repay the debt.

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Posted June 1, 2015

insomniac has opinions thus...

Posted June 1, 2015
Do you have any lynx as proof of your assertion?

insomniac mumbles...

Posted June 1, 2015
I left myself wide open for that one. It servals me right.

Anthony puts forth...

Posted June 1, 2015
Your comments are becoming increasingly irrelephant and you need to get otter here...

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted June 2, 2015
I don't want to be accused of being a pussy, but I feel that this competition is restricted to feline varietals, invalidating your deviation into the Lutrinae family of aquatic mammals.

Rhino reckons...

Posted June 2, 2015
Do you have any Lynx to back-up your assertions?

Rhino puts forth...

Posted June 2, 2015
Oh noes. I did punnus redundance. Shame on me.

Rhino mutters...

Posted June 2, 2015
I feel like I cheetah'd myself.

Rhino reckons...

Posted June 2, 2015
Oh, God, did it again.
Can a brother get a delete button?

insomniac swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 2, 2015
The Rhino appears to be a copycat

Darth Greybeard swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 3, 2015
I note that Rhino offended twice. The leopard does not change his spots.

w from brisbane asserts...

Posted June 3, 2015
Meow Greybeard! You don't pussyfoot around.

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Chaz asserts...

Posted June 1, 2015

Cool,

but the idea of the female (and Moor) with Crusaders pretty mixed up.

pi ducks in to say...

Posted June 1, 2015
Pfft. Happened in Robin Hood.

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Aaron mutters...

Posted June 1, 2015
I happened to watch this last night. Very impressive. Have always thought it would be cool to have predator in low tech times.
Actually the predator serves as a model for what a battle hunn might looks like if they embraced tech developement?

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Murphy is gonna tell you...

Posted June 1, 2015
Why, why, why do they always split up?

FormerlyKnownAsSimon puts forth...

Posted June 1, 2015
human evolutionary tactic. There is a gene that makes us decide to do it. Called Pbt103 or more commonly referred to as the Robert Frost gene. The ones that split up and get nobbled don't get to pass on their genes. Means that as time progresses instinctively humans make the right choice on which way to go when faced with a choice of surviving or being skinned/eaten/axe murdered/turned into mince meat.

Murphy ducks in to say...

Posted June 2, 2015
I thought it might actually be called, "The Darwin Award Gene," or, "The Dudley Dumbass Brigade Gene."

Splitting up is ALWAYS a bad idea.

Fanning out is bad too, especially if you are wearing a red shirt.

Chaz mutters...

Posted June 2, 2015

NEVER split the party.

Basic RPG error

Darth Greybeard has opinions thus...

Posted June 3, 2015
Except in Ghostbusters: "We better split up - we can do more damage that way."

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she_jedi asserts...

Posted June 1, 2015
Wow that was really good! I enjoyed that immensely.

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007 mini binge

Posted April 7, 2015 into Movies by John Birmingham

One of the joys of having a Stan subscription is their full collection of James Bond films. From Dr No to Skyfall. My all time fave Bond is probably still Casino Royale because you gotta love a rebooted origin story. It was one of the first things I watched on Stan. (I think Breaking Bad might have been the first).

Casino Royale still looks good, and Skyfall remains the most sucessful of all the Bonds, but I was plesantly suprised on rewatching Quantum of Solace how much I enjoyed it. Solace has some real problems, mostly attributable to the writer's strike which affected production. You can see the producers defaulting to what they know. Stupidly over-the-top stunts, forershortened narrative arcs, wild jumps over sudden plotholes, character sketching rather than development.

And yet... I enjoyed it a lot more than expected.

If you replaced the silly gymnastic fight on the scaffolding at the start of the film (after the attempt on M's life), and substituted a short, brutal but realistic fight, possibly with M's life held immediately in the balance, you'd go a long way towards getting Solace off to a much better start. A few other cuts and tweaks here and there, all to advance the story and flesh out the characters of the supporting players, and you'd have a film that could hold its head high next to its modern siblings.

(Example, when Bond hires the plane and explains the guy will sell them out, you need to see they were in the air for an hour or so before the Bolivian airforce – all two aircraft, the Aermacchi turboprop and the helicopter – attacked them.)

The Quantum/Spectre story arc is a great one. The final scene in Solace, where Bond tracks the Spectre agent who lured Vespa into a honey trap, was every bit as good as the black and white prologue to Casino Royale. It felt like the producers remembered they were making a spy drama, not a special effects and stunt driven action film.

I'll probably watch all three again before Spectre comes out at the end of the year.

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Bondiboy66 ducks in to say...

Posted April 7, 2015
Still haven't seen Solace and Skyfall....when Ch 7 was showing a weekly Bond flick recently, young Thomas and I watched them religiously - he definitely developed a taste for the classics, and shared my taste for Sean Connery Bond over the others. Have yet to show him the Daniel Craig ones though...

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Chaz ducks in to say...

Posted April 7, 2015

Didn't really enjoy QofS when I saw it at the cinemaxthingy. CR still had a real hold on my imagination I suppose.

But watching it as part of a Bond fest of all three Craig movies made me appreciate it more.

Intend to watch all three again before I go to watch Spectre.

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HAVOCK21 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 7, 2015
it really does explain f kn lot about you lot about what you lot have not watched but fkn should have watched.

ITS FKN WICKED to der 10 plus. I really loved the bit where he tosses him a tin of oil in the middle of fkn bum fk nowhere! and ffsakes.....DONT GET MESTARTED ON VESPA!....HAWT....DAM HAWT.

death. blood chaos and fkn destruction and whats not to like about driving a front end loader halfway across a construction site and into the concrete fkn slab!

The plan chase nd shoot'em up was bruce willis esq n really shitted me, the producers should have had the knees fkn cut off and the writters heads should be fkn mounted somewhere for that...poxy as!

But the lst three have been seriously fkn good

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damian swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 7, 2015
Got 6 months free Netflix with new phone. Currently watching a thing about taking the master sommelier exam.

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted April 8, 2015
Why must you mock us?

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Murphy_of_Missouri mutters...

Posted April 8, 2015
I keep forgetting that there have been three Daniel Craig/James Bond movies and not two.
Quantum of Solace, I am sure, is why.
Respects,
Murph
On the Outer Marches

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beeso is gonna tell you...

Posted April 8, 2015
Bourne ruined Bond for me.

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GhostSwirv swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 8, 2015

After the triumphant arrival of Daniel Craig as Bond, James Bond in Casino Royale I too was at first underwhelmed by the subsequent offering of QoS.

But further binge viewings of Bond, courtesy of a b'day gift of the Blu-Ray 50 year Anniversary Box Set has, like you JB, made me reconsider QoS in a more favourable light.

Given that it was being made in the midst of a writer's strike and that EON didn't have the rights to utilise SPECTRE or Blofeld and so had to turn QUANTUM into the ultra-secret bad guys its a pleasant surprise that more of it works than not.

When I first watched QoS I didn't like the Opera sequence but on subsequent viewing I find its one of the best parts of the film for me - operatic extras mowed down by faceless govt. apparachicks while their Hidden Masters watched from the crowded bleaches is almost too clever for a Bond tale.

I agree also JB that the early flight and fight sequnce needed more M in it to heighten the tension and raise the stakes. I never liked the fact the producers decided to discard the Gun Barrel opening and go straight to a rather benign Helicopter over water tracking shot to begin the story.

In another blogosphere, before I was aware of the waft of the Cheeseburghergothic, I wrote a little early fanfic of how I would have opened QoS - it goes something like this ...

MGM Lion roars

FADE to BLACK

Gun Barrel Sequence with Daniel Craig

He SHOOTS, SCREEN BLEEDS RED

SMASH CUT TO:

INT: FRONT SEAT ALPHA ROMEO - DAY

GUNMAN'S WHITE SHIRT blooms RED.

CUT TO:

EXT: SHATTERED WINDSCREEN ASTON MARTIN - DAY

BOND's gun thrust through the shattered glass, unblinking as he empties the clip into the windscreen of the ALFA.

The ASTON MARTIN nose to nose with ALPHA ROMEO races backwards down the lake shore road then spins about and dashes into a TUNNELL.


John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted April 8, 2015
Nice

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Barnesm is gonna tell you...

Posted April 8, 2015
As a science fan calling a film the Quantum of Solace had me at Quantum. I pondered by the use of Quantum, did it refer to a significant change in the state of solace or the compassion or comfort provided in a time of distress? Did it mean quantum in a sense of the smallest amount possible? surely the writers would have chosen"'the Planck's Constant of Solace". Solace - that word conveys so much, compassion but it is compassion in a time of crisis and overwhelming loss. Is the title a reflection that in the face of such overwhelming loss no matter how much care or concern we offer it is effectively nothing, no matter how great.
This would truly be a fundamental difference in the state of concern, indeed a 'quantum of solace'. My only regret is that the world portrayed did seem to be despaired enough to justify the title.

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GhostSwirv mutters...

Posted April 8, 2015

Quantum of Solace is one of five short Bond stories written by Fleming, published under the collective title of For Your Eyes Only, released a year after Goldfinger.

The other three are Risico, about a Russian spy-ring in New York, The Hildebrand Rarity - about a fish, and From a View To A Kill - motorcycle assassins.

Skyfall is a film title that doesn't appear in any of Fleming's texts - although to be fair neither does GoldenEye, but that is the name of his estate in Jamaica where he wrote his novels.

That just leaves Risico and Hildebrand as the last surviving Bond titles - hard to see how either of them could be used in a Bond adventure.

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NBlob mutters...

Posted April 9, 2015

Pfft. Bond.

Nothin' to see here. Apart from Halle Berry & the tall blonde cellist.

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Surtac has opinions thus...

Posted April 9, 2015
I have to agree with JB. QoS doesn't work well as a standalone film, but as a bridge between CR and Skyfall I think it works fine. I've watched that trilogy a couple times recently and I'm sure I'll do so again before Spectre arrives.

So it goes.

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pto mumbles...

Posted April 9, 2015
For me it's always been the other way around. I liked Casino Royale but still can't quite understand the hype around it. It seems like that poker game takes up half the movie. I liked Skyfall as well but there just are way too many plot holes that are peppered over with action sequences. But QoS I loved right away and still do. Yes it does have problems, but it's by far my favourite of the three Craig movies and I can't even really explain why.

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Ixion28 would have you know...

Posted July 16, 2015
The rather extreme negative reaction to QoS still seems bizarre to me. The film's biggest crime, I think, was that it wasn't as good as "Casino Royale", which was easily the best Bond film since "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", and maybe since "Goldfinger." But the constant disrespect the movie receives is way out of proportion to it's flaws. The biggest problem the film has for me is that it isn't really it's own movie, but a sort of not-entirely-necessary epilogue to "Casino Royale." It begins ten minutes after the end of CR, and it ends without any resolution of most of the plot threads, which are still continuing into the upcoming "SPECTRE". And it's true that the action scenes are a little too much in a by-the-book "chaos cinema" style. But it's still better than everything Roger Moore ever did.

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted July 16, 2015
I think you nailed it with the epilogue thing. It felt unnecessary.

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