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Saturday, 26 February 2011

fabled idiot at the movies: last man on earth

were posable i do like to watch the first movie adapted first and if i read faster i would try and read the book first so to day i'm dipping in to the archive and reviewing The Last Man On Earth(1964) the first film based upon the Richard Matheson novel I Am Legend a book George A Romero openly admits to basically ripped off when talking about the inspiration for Night Of The Living Dead
Richard Matheson wrote the screenplay but was unhappy with the film and and was credited as Logan Swanson.
this is a good film but maybe i let it get away with more then i should just because it in black and white and looks older then it is. especially the "action scene"(if thats the right term for this) at end were Vincent Price is running for his life, brakes in to a room labeled armory and has a bit of a "shoot out"(if thats the right term for this) A Fistful Of Dollars it is not but it was out the same year as was Goldfinger and Mary Poppins
but look at it in isolation it's a dam good and well written film starring a legend of the silver screen putting in one hell of a performance even if it falls down in the more active scenes.

but the best thing about the film is it public domain so i can post it up here and you WILL all WATCH IT and then TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK in the comments

and the moral of the story is if you want to make a film that stand the test of time make it in black and white not 3D

Saturday, 19 February 2011

a slice of fabled pie

in my ongoing hunt for income i stumbled across a sit that pay you to wright small reviews of songs so i said what the hell i'll give it a go and at first it was good and i got a dollar us for the first day and a dollar the second which is two dollars more than i would have had otherwise for doing not a lot but the i go to say it got a little boring and i have only been on and off site casually over the week and am now up to three dollars. i thinks im going to keep on in the same casual manner  till i get my account to the ten dollar pay-out (by paypale) then call it quits
but if your more passionert about music and are a faster writhe than me i think this maybe worth a look
a slice of fabled pie Mug mug
a slice of fabled pie Mug by ianbyfordart

Sunday, 13 February 2011

fabled idiot at the movies: 2 batman

if you read his blog you will probably know that my brother is a big batman fan, as a consequence my knowing of the caped crusader is larger than the average citizen but a lot less than a comic nerd and today i'm going to give my half educated  opinion  of the big screen batman

im going to move quickly over the 1940's Theatrical serials the Batman(1943) & Batman & Robin: (1949) because i haven't seen them (yet) but i do think it worth mentioning the batcave was introduced by the 1943 serial and didn't appear in the comic until 1944 (i am getting some of this from wiki-p so don't take it as gospel)

so we come to Adam West and Burt Ward camping it up in Batman - The Movie(1966) a continuation of the 1960s television series. ok it's not darks and edgy but it's a movie that is comfortable with what it is and doesn't not mind making jokes at its own expense.

in 1989 Batman got darker and Tim Burton put the goth in to Gotham City. making the dark and gloomy city as bigger  part of the movie as any of the characters.

Tim Burton returns with Batman Returns which in my opinion is one of those rare sequels that is beter then it predecessor but the movie franchise started slipping down hill with Batman Forever with Joel Schumacher taking the directing chair from Burton now the producer and Val Kilmer replacing Michael Keaton in the cape and cowl, this film wasn't too-bad but had lost a lot of the darkness of the first two. and after seeing Jim Carrey in films like The Cable Guy and The Number 23 i can't help thinking they got the wrong performance out of the right actor.

then there is Batman And Robin and i don't know where to start with the list of faults. so why not start with the title it not the biggest issue in the world but i find it a bit odd naming the film after two of the three heroes (poor little batgirl : (

moving on to  two big problems in every sense of the words Arnold Schwarzenegger  is not the most emotional actor meant to be in lover cryogenically preserve terminally ill woman, and Bane(Jeep Swenson) how in the movie is a brainless muscle man (sound like anyone) mindlessly following Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman) far from the comic were bane masterminded a brake-out at Arkham Asylum in order to exhaust batman determined his secret identity then broke his back leaving Bruce Wayne paraplegic.
if they need some muscle for Poison Ivy maybe it would of been better to have Arnold Schwarzenegger play a character like Amygdala.

in 2005 Christopher Nolan grabbed the badman etch-a-sketch and gave it a damn good shake with Batman Begins now with the mantle of the Bat now passing to Christian Bale for a detailed origin story which sees the tone of the movie alter as Bruce Wayne becomes the batman. if i had to pick a hole in this film it would be Gotham looking just like any city but this would be just picky as it doesn't distract from the story and it was only after the credits had rolled i even thought about it.

The Dark Knight  got a shade darker and sees Heath Ledger as the Joker in a performance that blew Jack Nicholson's purple suit off, and that took some doing. instead of cluttering the move with a joker origin back story we cut get right to the action and stick with it hardly noticing the two-face(Aaron Eckhart) origin weaved in

up next will be The Dark Knight Rises and i have to say already i don't like the title, didn't the Dark Knight Rise in batman begins? but The Dark Knight Rises will see Bane back on the big screen being play by Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway cast as Catwoman's Alter ego Selina Kyle

Saturday, 5 February 2011

beggar blog

as you know I'm always trying to squeeze a bit more money out of my blogs. one thing that i have seen suggested is to put a donate button on your blog and can't decide if this is a good idea or not. as with payed per click ads and affiliated links there are no set up or running costs but if i start begging for cash i think i may put some readers off. so i thought i would just ask you and see what you think.
just let me know your opinion in the comments.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

if I HAD: going Japanese

if you read my art blog you will know i have been over indulging in anime (Japanese cartoons)
and i was inspired by the characters siting and sleeping on the floor to furnish my nonexistent home for the price of a sofa bed
this 2 Seater Fabric Sofa Bed £499

so first thing first i need a Futon to sleep on. $75.00 i can't find a Traditional Japanese Floor Futon in £ but at today Exchange rate that about £46.90
 a  Duvet 6.89
 Pillows, 2 Pack £4.33
Satin Duvet Cover Bed Set, Single, Reversible Black/ Cream £13.95
Roma Dark Wood 4 Drawer Chest of Drawers £167.99

on to the living/dining room
KYOTO - Solid Wood Storage Coffee Table £59.99 doubling as a dining table
Evans Lichfield Union Jack Traditional Tapestry cushion   x2 £24.99 each 
Evans Lichfield St. George Tapestry Cushion, x2 £12.50 each

i still got some imaginer money in my pocket so i'm going to pick up stuff for my nonexistent home
La Cafetiere Oriental Teaset, Berry Black £25.60
Sake set Japanese metallic black plum blossom design 4 cups £22.99
Bowl set Japanese black plum blossom glaze for two £19.99
Sushi set black plum blossom Japanese for two £26.99
ProCook Japanese Knife Set 4 Piece £10.00
and maybe something to read
Manga Shakespeare: Macbeth £6.39
Manga Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet £5.11
Manga Shakespeare: Hamlet £6.39

£0.51 change