Friday, March 27, 2015

LJD'S WEEKLY CATCH UP: One Direction broke up, Jeremy Clarkson got sacked, The X-Files is back and Pretty Woman is 25.

Three big things happened in the world of entertainment this week.

First - Pretty Woman turned 25. That’s right, the hooker and the playboy turned 25. Some of the cast turned up on America’s The Today Show and all Julia did was constantly talk over everyone else. I see Jason Alexander wasn’t there but then maybe he no longer wants to be linked to it, considering Seinfeld and all.

Second, The X-Files are coming back, only for six episodes unfortunately. I wonder if they’ll bring Scully and Mulder’s kid into it as he clearly showed natural alien abilities when she left him with his new family. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Third, the BBC finally, after a few weeks of turbulent times, decided to sack Jeremy Clarkson after he punched a producer for not getting him a steak. As many have said, he's rich enough that it doesn't matter but any other station would want him and will send out the offers. Top Gear itself will survive after all these years.

Fourth, One Direction is falling apart. Not only did Louis break up with his girlfriend, once again becoming a single man, but Zayn has quit the band all together after first leaving the current tour for a few shows due to “stress”, although it could also be that rumours had him and his fiancée breaking up after he supposedly cheated on her and got caught at it, so who knows. He’s been missing over the last year for several TV and tour appearances and has looked quite gaunt and sick, like his health has seriously suffered. So now he has officially quit One Direction.  

Hey Simon, One Direction are your biggest money earners, take bloody care of them instead of milking them for all you can. Look what you had to put up with, with Susan Boyle. She constantly threw tanties and ended up in health facilities because of her condition. Who wants to deal with that all over again? 

Will One D continue in its now altered state? Take That survived the exit of Robbie Williams, albeit for only a year. But when they reunited it was as a four piece and they were hugely successful until Jason wanted to leave again. Backstreet Boys were a foursome when they reunited as Kevin wasn't interested. 

Many bands suffer the loss of a member through leaving or death, many move on with the band, many break up. Are Directioners going to still love them as a foursome? I don't see why not. There should be enough fans who still love the remaining four to stick with them regardless of the fact one has now left. If you stop loving a band simply because a member leaves then that says more about you than them. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

LJD'S WEEKLY CATCH UP: Dolce & Gabbana suck, Internet Explorer dies and the winner of Australia's I'm A Celebrity is...

This week Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana royally stuffed up their karma bank and potentially their business by stating this in an interview with Italian magazine Panorama: "You are born and you have a father and a mother. Or at least it should be like this, that's why I am not convinced by chemical children, synthetic babies, wombs for rent."

Elton John has lashed out and called for a boycott of their brand by stating: “How dare you refer to my beautiful children as 'synthetic'. And shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF ... Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana.”

Oooooooh, burnnnnnn….

Dolce and Gabbana, who are still business partners after their romantic relationship ended, said on Sunday they had been talking about their own opinions and had not meant to judge others' behaviour. "We believe firmly in democracy and we think freedom of expression is essential for that. We talked about our way of looking at the world, but it was not our intention to express a judgement on other people's choices. We believe in freedom and love," Gabbana said in a statement, seriously trying to backtrack.

Many other celebrities are also jumping on the boycott bandwagon by backing Elton against D&G.

My thoughts on this are, 1 - for a start 99.9999999999% of people cannot afford or fit into their clothes so stuff them why bother wasting your breath, time, energy on them. And 2 - What about women who cannot physically have a baby naturally? Women need IVF to physically have a baby and for those who cannot they use surrogates. What about those babies? Or is their opinion about ALL babies regardless of how they are created and made? I think it’s not a well thought out opinion and a bit stupid, but like I said, not worth the breath.

Internet Explorer is dead: Microsoft has now confirmed that it will use a new name for its upcoming browser successor, codenamed Project Spartan. Microsoft's marketing chief Chris Capossela revealed that the company is currently working on a new name and brand. "We’re now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10," said Capossela. "We’ll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we’ll also have a new browser called Project Spartan, which is codenamed Project Spartan. We have to name the thing."

I’m a Celebrity Australia: The King of the jungle is: Freddie

Australia has voted ex-cricketer and Brit Freddie Flintoff as the king of the jungle! A fun-loving larrikin with a heart of gold, the father of three couldn't be happier to have won such a huge donation to his chosen charity, the McGrath foundation in Australia.

Now onto movies I've watched.

Master and Commander: In April 1805 during the Napoleonic Wars, the H.M.S. Surprise, a British frigate, is under the command of Captain Jack Aubrey. Aubrey's current orders are to capture or destroy a French privateer named Acheron, which is currently in the Atlantic off South America headed toward the Pacific in order to extend Napoleon's reach of the wars. This task will be a difficult one as Aubrey quickly learns in an initial battle with the Acheron that it is a bigger and faster ship than the Surprise, which puts the Surprise at a disadvantage. Aubrey's single-mindedness in this seemingly impossible pursuit puts him at odds with the Surprise's doctor and naturalist, Stephen Maturin, who is also Aubrey's most trusted advisor on board and closest friend.

Another Rusty film and while I like action adventure I did speed through parts of this. I give it 7 out of 10.

The Man With The Iron Fists: In Jungle Village, the leader of the Lion's clan Gold Lion is summoned by the Governor and assigned to protect his gold that will be transported through the village. However he is betrayed and murdered by the greedy Silver Lion and Bronze Lion. Gold Lion's favorite son Zen Yi, a.k.a. The X-Blade, seeks revenge and heads to Jungle Village, but is defeated by Brass Body and rescued by the local Blacksmith. Meanwhile the Gemini Clan protect the Governor's gold, but are vanquished by the army of Silver and Bronze Lion. The Blacksmith is abducted by the Lions and has his arms severed but is saved by Jack Knife, who is the emissary of the Emperor, and he manufactures iron arms for Thaddeus. Meanwhile the Governor sends the Jackal army to fight against the Lions and they hide the gold in the brothel of Madam Blossom.

This is a Quentin Tarantino movie so it’s expected to be of quality and for schlocky Tarantino fun, it’s worth the watch. I only watched it because Russell’s in it, and while he's good as fighting, pleasuring women is not one of his best traits, but it was an all-round good movie and worth the watch. And I love the line at the bottom of the movie poster - “You can’t spell kung fu without the F and U.” I give it 8 out of 10.

Winter’s Tale: New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Peter Lake, orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter, an Irish burglar in his early 20's, and Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying.

A sweet movie, even though I’m not a fan of Colin Farrell. Will Smith as Lucifer is surprisingly stupid but Russell’s weird rat twitched Irish accent gave some laughs. And his shirtless scene raised my brows and the temperature a fair bit. I give it 6 out of 10.

Now for the schlocky disaster movies I watched.

Meteor Apocalypse: As high-level military chiefs aim a missile at a massive meteor plummeting toward American soil, scientist David Dematti is one of the many rank-and-file citizens trying to save his family. With his wife and daughter transported to a site deemed safe by federal officials, David tries desperately to track them down. Selflessly, he pauses to save an ailing stranger named Lynn but, with the planet in mortal danger, will his heroism be for naught?

I didn't even recognise Joe Lando from Dr. Quinn in this movie. Between his short hair and the pc screen I knew he looked vaguely familiar but could not name him.

Ice Twisters: Charlie Price, a former scientist turned science fiction author, starts living one of his novels when the Federal Science Foundation's weather experiments escape control and turn disastrous.

The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake: After a series of small tremors in Los Angeles, Dr. Clare Winslow, a local seismologist, pinpoints the exact location and time of when the long awaited earthquake --"The Big One"-- will strike southern California. With this information she must battle city officials to release this information to the general public. Also, she hopes that her family is out of harm’s way when the quake strikes.

I had seen this decades ago on TV and never saw it again. I’m surprised it took so long for the quake to hit and then there wasn’t much of the aftermath, which is disappointing as I love disaster flicks.

Friday, March 13, 2015

LJD'S WEEKLY CATCH UP: Zoolander in Paris, Ebay Sellers suck and movies I've watched this week.

Hansel and Gretel, oops, Hansel and Zoolander are back on the catwalk and ready for a new movie about really, really, really, ridiculously good looking people. Re-debuting their cold steel looks at the Valentino parade during Paris Fashion Week after 14 years, they took everyone by surprise and sent the internet into a meltdown.

eBay sellers suck sometimes. I bought what I thought was two coloured cover versions of the Nancy Drew books, Twin Dilemma and Winged Lion but the seller sent me white cover versions instead. I made a complaint and got a refund but that isn’t the point. Sellers by now should know full well NOT to post pics that do not show the goods they are selling. These books are fairly rare; you cannot just walk into a second hand book store and find them. I wanted them for my collection but sadly, won’t be getting them. And it’s a seller I’ve bought a tonne of books from and never had a problem with.

Watched a bunch of movies on Monday and four of them are from Russell Crowe.

Robin Hood: Following King Richard's death in France, archer Robin Longstride, along with Will Scarlett, Alan-a-Dale and Little John, returns to England. They encounter the dying Robert of Locksley, whose party was ambushed by treacherous Godfrey, who hopes to facilitate a French invasion of England. Robin promises the dying knight he will return his sword to his father Walter in Nottingham. Here Walter encourages him to impersonate the dead man to prevent his land being confiscated by the crown, and he finds himself with Marian, a ready-made wife.

The Robin Hood I prefer overall will always be Men in Tights, I LOVE that movie but this one was pretty good too and there wasn't much sexual garbage going on so you got a good story and the good guys won. 10 out of 10.

State of Play: A petty thief is gunned down in an alley and a Congressman's assistant falls in front of a subway - two seemingly unrelated deaths. But not to wisecracking, brash newspaper reporter Cal McAffrey who spies a conspiracy waiting to be uncovered. With a turbulent past connected to the Congressman and the aid of ambitious young rookie writer Della Frye, Cal begins uprooting clues that lead him to a corporate cover-up full of insiders, informants, and assassins. But as he draws closer to the truth, the relentless journalist must decide if it's worth risking his life and selling his soul to get the ultimate story.

Had a crush on Ben Affleck about ten years ago so to see three oscar winners go head to head is quite good. 8 out of 10. 

Mystery Alaska: When Mystery, Alaska's amateur hockey team accepts a challenge to play against the New York Rangers, the entire population must put their petty differences aside and pull together as their small town becomes the center of a nationally televised event.

I never realised Russell was in this movie, it's not a bad one and has funny and sad moments. 8 out of 10.

Romper Stomper: Nazi skinheads in Melbourne take out their anger on local Vietnamese, who are seen as threatening racial purity. Finally the Vietnamese have had enough and confront the skinheads in an all-out confrontation, sending the skinheads running. A woman who is prone to epileptic seizures joins the skins' merry band, and helps them on their run from justice, but is her affliction also a sign of impurity?

One of Russell's first main movies and the one that made him catch the eye of Sharon Stone for The Quick and The Dead. It's rough, and I hope to God we are not like that now. There's a couple of sex scenes and seeing a butt naked tattooed Russell fucking is not an image I want in my brain. Nor the size of his package in his tightie whities. He was a big boy. 5 out of 10.

Dark Shadows: In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy...until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard, a witch, in every sense of the word. Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin and the dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family. 

I love the fact that Johnny Depp makes the movies he wants to make, regardless of how stupid they may be. To have enough money to be free to show your quirky side is fantastic. It's just a pity that so many constantly attack him for doing stupid movies, and "oh, when's he going to do a decent movie". These morons don't even get that they are seeing the side of Johnny that not many others have. The actual deep quirky person he is, doing the movies he loves and wants to do.

Chronicle: The shy, lonely and outcast teenager Andrew Detmer is bullied and has no friends at high-school and lives with his abusive alcoholic father and terminally ill mother. His cousin Matt Garetty drives him to school and invites Andrew to go to a party. They meet their schoolmate Steve Montgomery, overhear a noise and find a hole in a field. They decide to explore the underground and acquire super natural powers. The trio learns how to control their telekinetic abilities and Andrew becomes the most powerful. But he easily loses his temper and becomes dangerous while Matt tries to control him. When his mother needs medicine and Andrew does not have enough money to buy it, his darker side overcomes and he becomes a menace.

I wanted to see this movie when it first came out, but because I don't go to cinemas I end up forgetting about them and only remember years later.

I thought this was similar to other movies and while I followed along there were parts that to me, were missing. I give it 6 out of 10.




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