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Tina Fey: 30Rock: Star Wars

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Tina Fey: 30Rock: Star Wars

Well, I was catching up with some non-scifi programs I’ve recorded, and had to laugh when in 30Rock (created by and starring Tina Fey), they did a comparison of characters in the Star Wars films.

I’m not sure what the name of the episode is, but basically the scene was like this: Frank Rossitano (Judah Friedlander) explains to Tracy Morgan (Tracy Morgan) why there has never been, and never will be, a realistic computer generated images in a pornographic computer game.
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Dead End City: The Series: Pilot Episode

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Dead End City: The Series: Pilot Episode

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Gary Graham (Star Trek, Alien Nation) stars in the TV pilot Dead End City, TV’s homage to Sin City. His sexy co-stars include Dani Lennon, Misty Madden, and Mandy May - who is soon to be seen on Sci-Fi Channel’s Sanctuary.

You can get more at the Dead End City The Series official website, including behind the scenes video and photos, a trailer and images of the cast.

Looks like a hard-core, zombie-fest in the extreme. It actually looks like the major usage of green screen has paid off. It gives it an ‘unreal’ and almost comic book effect. Film noir?

There’s a sneak-peek of the pilot below:

Thanks to Jeff Varga (the director).

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Mind Host Parasite Or Creature

Q) Hello, I have a basic easy question. What is a parasite or creature that takes over the mind of a host? A good example is the movie “Slither“.

A) I’m thinking that you’ve answered the question already - parasite: an organism that lives on or in an organism of another species, known as the host, from the body of which it obtains nutriment.

Or maybe it’s called The Brain Inserting, Juice Extracting, Bed Down, Free Party, Get Down And Boogie Organism.

Maybe not: it’s a parasite.

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Primer Movie : Shane Carruth

primer the movie image shane carruth timetravel moviePrimer : What happens if it actually works?

Shane Carruth’s feature film debut Primer was shot on a budget of $7000 (”the cost a used car”), which he wrote, directed, edited and starred in. It was shot on film (as opposed to digital) in Shane’s hometown in Texas, and indeed, the garage in which the guys work in their cable and components environment is Shane’s garage.

Primer is based around four guys (geeks, nerds, brainiacs, delete as applicable), who by day work for technlogy firms, buy by night they concentrate on their own pursuits: namely to invent things with the view to patenting and marketing. They work on a shoestring budget, having to take apart household appliances to get materials they need. Aaron (Shane Carruth) and Abe (David Sullivan) stumble upon a creation which, at first glance, appears to be some sort of anti-gravity machine which reduces an object’s mass. But, strangely, the machine excretes protein, coating its interior after a period of use. After they have it analysed, even more strangely, it’s found that there is too much present for the amount of time the machine has existed. Abe puts his watch in (both digital and analogue), and finds that the time ‘experienced’ by the watch doesn’t agree with time outside the box. They subsequently decide to keep quiet about it, wanting to pursue and investiage it more, before letting other people - that includes quietly ejecting the other two in their group, at least until they can work out what it is.

Based quite a bit of guess work, and logical thinking, Abe and Aaron come to the conclusion that the machine causes a time loop in which there are two ends: A and B. The A end is a point in time when the machine is turned on, the B end is the point the watch is placed in the machine. The watch is effectivlely bounced from B to A to B - with the possibility of entering at the B end (now), and emerging at the A end (when the machine was powered up). Without going into technicalities (it would spoil half of the mesmerising effect of the film), they build a bigger version- in which they can place themselves - making various calculations on how long they should have the machine switched on for, what paradoxes they should avoid and what they should and shouldn’t do to keep the timelines in order.

I wasn’t aware of this film until the beginning of this year and I understand it’s been through the film festivals and has won some awards: Grand Jury Award 2004 Sundance Film Festival / Alfred P. Sloan Award 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

The tag line at the top of the page is one of two which is used for the film. The other tag line: ‘If you always want what you can’t have, what do you want when you can have anything?’ doesn’t address the actual guts of the movie. It’s a by-product, they can go back in time and use their knowledge to, for example, get money buying and selling stocks. For me, the tagline at the top is the essence of the film, it’s the wonder of creating something which actually works (the reduction of mass), but then seeing a side effect of the creation (affecting time) as being the true wonder of it.

Towards the end of the movie, you really have to concentrate (without giving anything away) because time itself is changed, and certain timelines aren’t shown as they are wiped out by them looping back and replaying it. There’s a grainyness to the film, simply because the frames were blown up from their original size.

Shane Carruth has stated that out of 80 minutes filmed for the movie, only 2 minutes were cut from the final product, which to me is pretty phenominal, as it looks like it’s been edited to perfection. There was a scene later cut out portraying Aaron as a diabetic. The shot showed him giving himself an insulin injection - this was later removed. Also, in the scene in which Abe-2 knocks out Abe-1 with nitrous oxide, the container he’s holding is actually a rice cooker. Also, we see sleeping Abe’s profile, but not standing Abe, because the latter was Shane Carruth standing in for David Sullivan.

During numerous takes the director, Shane Carruth, mutters “cut” under his breath. According to the DVD commentary, this is due to their extremely low budget which did not allow them to “waste” film. Carruth notes that a total of 80 minutes of footage was shot; the final film is 78 minutes. I took these little nuggets of information from IMDB as they are interesting and add to the film.

This movie is one for people who enjoy a though provoking (if somewhat baffling story), excellent photography - it’s a delight to watch and it never looks cheap. It doesn’t use shiny, lights flashing, big effects either (which is a big bonus with regard to the machine - it’s made from ‘common’ materials). With its growing cult following, this film will be around for a long time to come.

If you do happen to watch it, and start to yawn in the first few minutes, hang around, keep watching, it grows on you. And then watch it again.

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Lost Series 4 Finale

Lost TV Series Theory Generator IdeasLost Series 4 : The End

Ok, here’s some random, off the top of my head, guesses about what is going on in LOST Series 2:

The numbers 4 8 15 16 23 42 are biblical references which somehow mirror what is going on in LOST.

Mr Eko is a such a mad bloke that the dark, evil sentient cloud is actually scared of him (or rather, Mr Eko can face his own demons).

The Island is manifesting people’s desires into a physical state.

The button is a red herring, nothing will happen if it’s not pressed.

The passengers are being killed off in the order they would have done had they died on the plane (similar to Final Destination the movie). So the climax of the series will be at the end of Series 4 where there’s just one survivor absolutely scared out of their wits, and promptly dieing of fright. - (Blimey, I hope not!)

The production team for LOST just wanted an excuse to party it up in the Bahamas; sun, sea, sand.

I think that LOST is some of the best tv broadcast in a long time - simply because it’s so chaotic, unpredicatable and is always getting the viewer to ask, “what the…?”

And if you don’t already know, I’m behind the rest of the world; I’m only just watching the middle half of the first half of LOST Series 2.

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