Well following my earlier posting about the boxset, it looks like Macgyver is popular again, at least in my world. I've had discussions at work on him the conclusion being that people fall into 1 of 3 groups; those who love him, those who hate him, and those who have no idea what I'm talking about. It is funny however hearing people say "MacGyver that guy who could make a bomb from string, pen and some chocolate.
I'm still making my way through the DVDs. I am pleased that the "turning a coffin into a jetski" episode is in the set. Hopefully seasons 2 & 3 will be released soon.
Well it now looks like not only is his popularity on a high but he's going to be given his biggest assignment yet. I knew it was a good idea to campaign for the boxset's release. Looks like a new campaign might be looming.
MacGyver has finally found it's way to DVD and the series 1 boxset is now available. I signed the online petition to get this to happen years ago, so it was quite surprising to see it actually on the shelf.
Needless to say I bought a copy immediately and am working my way through them. You can pick up some great survival tips from this show; I now know how to stop a reactor leak by sealing the crack with chocolate bars, I know that a fire hose can clear debris from an explosion and I know how to destroy laser security systems with a pair of binoculars; and that's just the pilot show.
The 419 scam is one of the most common scams doing the rounds on the internet. Surprisingly some people are still gullible enough to fall for it. It usually takes the form of someone in an African nation coming into a lot of money but needing a foreigner to access the funds as they're locked down. The scam then relies on the scammer needing money to get the paperwork in order, the requests never end and people continue to pay up until they realise they've been had.
Some people have turned the scam onto the scammers by getting them to meet conditions before the victim joins in. Most of these take the form of asking for the scammer to pose with a sign, but others have gone further asking them to pose with bread on their heads or kissing the head of a dead fish; the funny thing is that the scammers will do as they're asked as long as they think they're going to get their victim.
Tonight Channel 4 showed a repeat of the "Eyes Down" episode of "That Peter Kay Thing". This show was quite funny but the funniest bit had to be the Keith Lard character, an over-zealous fire inspection officer who is rumoured to have sexual relationships with dogs.
This is quite funny in itself, but what is even funnier is that in the area where the show is set there is a real Fire Inspector called Keith Laird who took offence to the show and quite obviously filed a complaint with the TV ombudsman.
Although we never found out if the real guy "bummed dogs", Channel 4 did agree to pay out and he got a nice £10,000 for his troubles.
On tonight's show they still made reference to the complaint even though the show was originally shown years ago.
The final film in my "Malcolm has nothing better to do with his holidays but watch movies"-alooza left me with a choice of Crash or the new Herbie film. Given the choice of Lindy Lohan and a white volkswagen or an ensemble cast in a moving drama about race I went for what seemed to be the most grown up of the two. Sorry Lindy!
This film brings together the following stars Miss Congeniality George of the Jungle the black cockney guy from Oceans 11 (without his terrible Barney Rubble accent) Rumblefish (who coincidentally also stars in the Herbie film), some hispanic actress Some hispanic woman but not Eva Mendes Ludacris Buffy's brother in Cruel Intentions The love interest in MI2 and a bunch of other people who I can't remember from other films.
The film is a very clever look at racism in all aspects of society and has the obvious white-on-black and black-on-white but also goes beyond this looking at black-on-black, black-on-hispanic, black-on-arab, arab-on-hispanic etc etc. …
I was walking down Sutton High Street and started getting paranoid when I saw the chav populace pointing in my direction. It turns out they had spotted Sam from Big Brother who was walking right in front of me. I didn't realise at first because she's shorter than I thought she'd be and she was also dressed in some awful pink outfit that looked like it should have been on a 14 year old.
She was clearly enjoying the popularity that comes with being voted out of Big Brother in the first few weeks. I also realised that her "friends" walking either side of her were probably security making sure she was clear of riff raff interaction until the final show tomorrow night. She will no doubt be appearing if only to milk a little bit more of the public's adulation until her next naked photo shoot is organised.
I then went for a shit, in a nearby shopping centre; I'll leave you to decide which of those two events was the most interesting.
The big Michael Bay summer blockbuster (although no Jerry Bruckheimer this time) follows the exact same direction style as Bad Boys 2, Armageddon, The Rock and all those other leave-the-brain-at-home movies he churns out. If you like the camera to slowly pan around the hero at waist-height in slow-motion capturing a little bit of lens flare then you're not going to be disappointed; there is plenty of it in this.
Ewan McGregor plays Bravo-Two-Zero or something equally banal, a person living in a wonderful enclosure where they wear white puma clothing, play xbox and interact with other branded products. He falls for Breaker-20-20 played by big lipped Scarlet Johannson but they can't get close because the rules of the enclosure say so. Everyone there dreams of winning a trip to The Island, a dream destination that is offered as a prize in a lottery where you don't even have to by a ticket. The compound is run by Sean Bean, the only guy in Hollywood with the ability to change …
Over the last few months my TV has been neglected as there hasn't really been anything worth watching. The last thing was "Hustle" which I've posted about before. In the last few weeks Channel 4 have been trailering this show Lost that was shown in the US last year and which is being downloaded by mates off the internet.
Tonight we got to see the first 3 episodes and the show looks like it is going to be a corker. Great characters, a really fucked up story, and some great effects really do come together to make a show that will mean my Wednesday evenings are now booked up.
Roll on next week!
My early observations.
We don't see any attempt to land the plane and it does break up at altitude. Therefore there is next to no chance of anyone surviving but somehow at least 48 manage it. I'm going to deduce that they're all dead already and lingering in some sort of purgatory.
Day 3 of the Malcolm-has-a-week-off-and-is-spending-it-at-the-cinema-athon. Today's film was great if you've always wanted to see a film that was a mix of Top Gun, Short Circuit, 2001, Firefox, Behind Enemy Lines, Charmed and Iron Eagle whatever number it went up to.
3 ace pilots; one white male, one white female and one black male (so that's the politically correct executive happy) are partnered up, not with a gay welsh atheist, but with a super intelligent computerised pilot which develops a mind of it's own when zapped by lightning (why wasn't this picked up in testing?). Rocking the status quo and the power-of-three mentality the pilots get a little bent out of shape, the black guy literally when he flies (nicely in slow motion I might add) into a cliff. Anyway, the computer robot decides to ignore everything he's told and seeks to blow up Russia on his own (because he's good at that).
So the film goes off all "kill the robot at all costs" and th…
Day 2 of the week off was almost identical to the first; a trip to the cinema then sitting in a bar working on ideas for the Japan trip.
Skeleton Key stars Kate Hudson (not Kate Winslet as I'd misread the poster) as a care assistant looking after John Hurt (not too taxing a role for him this time). She spends much of the night being scared whilst sleeping which leads her to explore the old man's house in her underwear.
There is also a lot of hoodoo voodoo (that you don't dare do people) nonsense as always happens in any film that's set in Louisiana that may or may not be important to the plot. You will find a new use for red brick dust if you watch this though. It would also appear that the League of Gentleman's Papa Lazarou has new kin in the form of Papa Justify, a minister who took the Hoodoo Voodoo to a new level! It was also nice that the executives didn't insist on Prodigy's "Voodoo People" be played on the soundtrack.
First day of my week off and it was started with a trip to the cinema. Devil's Rejects is the follow up to Rob Zombie's "House of 1000 Corpses" and sees the family from the first film continuing their sadistic trail, this time on the road instead of in the house.
The film was actually pretty good, free from the constraints of the big corporate control. The story excels in showing how much of a family they all were, when not killing and torturing that is; the scene when they're playing with ice cream perhaps the best example of Serial Killers having feelings too.
It was also good to see Sheri Moon Zombie (her real name) again. I'd forgotten how hot she looked in the first film. Perfect casting as the temptress of the family and those shot gun blasted jeans she wears.........hubba hubba!!
In the 80s, the KLF were one of the biggest dance acts; they were also extremely strange art terrorists reportedly killing sheep on stage, setting fire to a million pounds and at their "Fuck the Millennium" gig spending the entire show riding around in electric wheelchairs dressed as old men and carrying dead swans. Very strange indeed. As it happens it was their last ever gig and I'm glad I went along.
Anyway, I found this on a discussion board and it looks like they might be making a comeback.
Knowing I would be quite the worst-for-wear on Saturday I had visited Blockbusters in advance and got out a ton of movies to keep me occupied.
Assault on Precinct 13 was a rather dull remake of one of my favourite John Carpenter movies. The replacing of the bad guys being gang members with cops diminished the film quite a lot. The original saw lots of gang members pouring through the doors and windows of the station for a good half an hour. The remake has cops as the bad guys and the siege involves swat teams and helicopter troops which takes the film to an over complex level. Also the humour seemed to be lacking this time round. Anyone that has seen the original will be disappointed to know the "one potato, two potato" scene isn't in this version.
Harold and Kumar get the Munchies is a renaming of Harold and Kumar go to White Castle needed in the UK because we don't have White Castle here. The film tries to take the drug humour of Cheech and Chong and mix it with Roa…
This pic has been doing the rounds for the last few weeks. Thanks to snopes.com it has now been shown to be a fake, although most of us had guessed that. If you're interested in urban legends then this is a great site to go to. They look like they've investigated pretty much all of them.
Last night I was round the best mates for a dinner with friends. The food was really nice and we got through quite a significant amount of red wine. In fact it wasn't until 5am that I left and to make the walk home easier I popped on the iPod.
The next half an hour saw me walking home, whilst dancing simultaneously in a very bad Footloose manner. I let the shuffle on the iPod determine the music which in turn dictated the way I'd be dancing. This included hands in the air raving, a little bit of headbanging and at one point I think I was dancing on garden walls. There was passing traffic, so if you were driving through Carshalton and saw me drunken dancing I apologise haha!!
Any excuse to put a picture of Jessica Alba onto my site I guess. This was a film I really wasn't too interested in seeing but I was in town and had some time to kill so popped in and saw it. Actually it wasn't too bad as comic book adaptations go; not as good as X-Men or Sin City but better than Elektra and Daredevil (could anything be worse).
The characters, although well known don't appear to be fleshed out enough in the film, which you wouldn't expect; Mr. Fantastic in particular comes off pretty weak in this. There are also some ridiculous plot holes and things that don't make much sense but you'd expect it with fodder like this I guess.
It's going to be one of those films that I'll forget about quite quickly I think.
Missed the train home so decided to take a lengthy detour to the cinema to see one of the films I had to catch up on. Wedding Crashers is not a bad film but Owen Wilson needs to move away from the "nice guy" roles as he's becoming a bit typecast. Once again he teams up with Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrel (albeit briefly). It's a predictable story about guys who play the field then fall in love then lose the women then reconcile as the end credits roll.
The film will stick in my mind for 2 reasons both of which are quote related. The first is a term I will take to work to describe the sycophants that exist there.
"They're suckling at the power teat".
The second is much longer but nicely sums up dating
"I don't like the feeling. You're sitting there, you're wondering do I have food on my face, am I eating, am I talking too much, are they talking enough, am I interested I'm not really interested, should I play like I'm interested but I…
Now I'm not a fan of Hollywood's latest fashion for remaking old and foreign movies. Has the planet really run out of fresh ideas? However if there's an exception it would have to be Tim Burton's reinterpretation of this film. I really enjoyed the original as a kid and it would be interesting to see what he would do with it.
He is one director that has an amazing sense of style in his films and this is no exception. The sets are stunning, my favourite being the squirrel room with it's blue and white spiral floor that looks like one of those vortex things you drop your money into outside charity shops.
The Oompa Loompas have had an overhaul, gone are the 30 or so face painted midgets. Now we have a single midget cloned by computer until there are hundreds of the critters. The original looked scarier but the new ones are a lot lot cooler.
The songs have changed too. Whilst the lyrics are the same Roald Dahl penned ones, the style varies between Soft Rock, 60s Hippy sing…
Euphoria is a music compilation that started out containing the best trance tunes out there. Over time it's had several offshots such as an Old Skool, Chillout mixes and quite a lot of Hard House. I've been an avid collector of these compilations going so far as to locate the Ireland only and Canada only editions.
Last year the record label went into liquidation and the brand was picked up by Ministry of Sound, one of the most commercial labels in the world. The future of Euphoria didn't look too good.
This week the latest edition came out "Judgement Euphoria" and it's a corker. On the Judge Jules mix there's is an absolutely superb track called "Without You" by Dogzilla. I've been looping that track all evening but I don't think i has been released as a single yet. If I see it I'm buying it. dancelabel.com >> euphoria >> albums
Well after a lot of faffing over the last few weeks I have finally decided to go running in the local park. It was a really piss poor effort with me running 100 metres then walking 100 metres then running again but it gives me something to build upon. The aim is to get the evening routine in place and then go for a run in the morning too.