?

Log in

Recent Entries Friends Archive Profile Tags My wildlife photography
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you're familiar with Judge Dredd, and enjoy reading tales of MegaCity One, then yes - the new flick really is the real deal. By the time Dredd and Anderson emerge from the block, you've fully accepted that's who they are, and why they're wearing those uniforms - kudos to the casting director. Karl Urban even manages the Dredd grimace, which I'd hitherto thought anatomically impossible. =:) Be aware, though, that it is a highly violent flick that makes Robocop and Die Hard look peaceful - still, the camera doesn't linger on the gore, though it certainly makes it visible. Easily recommended. With an 18 certificate in the UK, it'll be interesting to see if they have to make cuts for a broader US release, or settle for NC-17; it opens in Canada and the US on Sep 21. (Aha! It's an "R") As for actual reviews, here's Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and the Guardian. And it seems fairly fresh according to Rotten Tomatoes.. =:D

FWIW, the soundtrack's well worth picking up, if you like seriously heavy industrial synths: Amazon UK (£7.49), iTunes UK (£7.99); doesn't seem to've been released in the US yet.


The Belgian animated feature "Le Jour des Corneilles" (The Day of the Crows) looks like one to keep one's eyes out for, judging by the trailer, with animation somewhere between The Triplets of Belleville and Studio Ghibli in flavor.

Just a reminder: the rather spiffy culinary project to cook meals in the style of every UN member nation, United Noshes, is also available as an LJ RSS feed: unitednoshes. =:9

There's a dangerously cute leveret in the BBC Wildlife Magazine's short story on mountain hares in Scotland.

So, you're waiting for the lights to change, so you can cross the road.. how about a game of Pong while you wait?


Ever wondered how wretched, useless, and arrogant the TSA is? Here's a handy summary - and that's hardly comprehensive.

Could be fun.. the iTunes Festival this year wraps up with Madness on the 27th, and Muse on the 30th. ^_^ Applications are still open for free tickets for both (they run a drawing out of applications received), and like all the other concerts, they'll be streamed live. As in previous years, the venue is the Roundhouse, in London.

Keep the Lights On, a gay romance set over the course of several years, seems to be receiving good reviews, with a current metascore of 82.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Streetpong isn't real :(
How so?

If not, then your challenge is to make it so. ^_^
Look in the comments, there's a link to a facebook page with pictures explaining how it was done (superimposed basically).

To be fair while it looks cool I did think having basically a big smartphone type device in a public setting wasn't really very practical. I can't imagine it lasting more than a week before it gets cracked / stolen / vandalised or just plain worn out. Not to mention kids stopping the traffic ever minute because they're playing pong, or people running across the street to play their opponent regardless of the lights, or stopping in the middle to greet and chat..!

Looks cool, but could never see it working in reality.

That said a sturdy non-touchscreen display with the red / green countdown does look damn cool and surely should be feasible.
Depends on the locality, really. Some places, you can have wonderful public floral arrangements, others, only right in the middle of the busiest roundabouts. It'd certainly be prudent to equip something like that with a study protective polymer layer that's easily replaced.

Hmmm. Wonder if I could get the local council interested.. the heart of town's very pedestrian friendly - mostly just buses and taxis, all quite used to yielding. I do like the countdown too, yes - some US crossings have double 7-segment countdown timers, showing how long you've got left to cross, so you know if it's worth hurrying up for, or if it's just about to turn.
You've made me sad...
Sorry!
I AM THE LAW!
He even pulls off that line convincingly. ^_^ Though I'll admit, I'd have liked a slightly more gravelly voice, like Clint Eastwood in his prime. Indeed, if this'd been made thirty years ago, he'd have been the prime contender for the role.
I don't know the Dredd universe, but after seeing the trailer I thought they were coping from The Raid: Redemption (so worth seeing if you're not come across it) with the police trapped in a hi-rise filled with enemies. Is the trailer accurate to the comics?
Mostly, yes. They did appear to bring it somewhat closer to the present, judging by the opening exterior shots - rather less crowded than I'd expect of MegaCity One. I'd imagine that's mostly a budgetary matter, as IMDb reports it was made for $45m - not exactly chicken feed, but not gigantic by Hollywood standards: about 1/3 of the budget of MI:GP or (adjusted to 2012 dollars) Fifth Element.

They did perform some minor tweaking elsewhere, such as on the uniforms, but done very well - the ones portrayed in 2000AD would be very difficult to bring into reality convincingly, so they made them more practical (eg no chain on the badge). More really just another variation of the uniform.

The settings, the hopelessness of life in the City Blocks, yes.. caught very well. And of course, crucially, Dredd and Anderson are very much as you'd expect.

As reviews are noting, it's also one of the unusual examples of 3D filmmaking where it's used to very good effect - not just "hey, look at this thing coming really close to you!"

I know of The Raid, but haven't seen it. I've noticed similar comparisons, but they're very much their own films - neither of them are Die Hard, either. =:) It's a little awkward with the timing, of course, that we find two "high concept" releases at the same time, both involving a tall building and conflict within.

Thankfully, its opening weekend was solid, leading the pack, and even beating out Lawless. Hopefully its US release won't be some timid affair - I'd love to see either sequels, or other 2000AD stories (ah, if only they could adapt Halo Jones; but even if not, ABC Warriors, Slaine, their reboot of Dan Dare, Robohunter..).
You so never struck me as a comic book reader, let alone Judge Dredd.
Hee! I bought 2000AD for years, only stopping around 1994, when I started with Trilobyte. And just picked up my first since then, courtesy of Clickwheel, who offer current issues in plain ol' PDF and CBZ.

I did have quite a reasonable, small collection, until the days of San Diego, including many of the furry "classics", like Weasel Patrol and Critters. These days, my comics are purely digital - that way, I can never lose them, just a matter of downloading them again from ComiXology or iVerse. And the iPad does make such a great comic reader, even the original version I have, let alone the new model's scrumptious display. (Have you seen Bryan Talbot's excellent Grandville series? Furry steampunk, of a Britain that's now part of France =:)
Nope, never heard of Grandville before.