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23
Aug
07

Halo Movie – new test footage

This looks very cool, if ever made this could be the first game to movie conversion that actually works!
Get it quick, I’m sure this will get pulled ultra quick

13
Aug
07

D.R.M. – Google style

While I fully support those copyright holders who want to protect their material, I’ve never been a fan of DRM (digital rights management) systems. As in empowering the copyright holder they appear to run a coach and horses through whatever rights the customer might have. This is particularly relevant in respect of rights managed digital media where the system has the ability to revoke those rights in the future, should circumstances change. The idea that you might buy something that could revoked isn’t a new idea, it’s called a ‘loan’. But if people thought they where paying to loan a movie or music, and not keep it, why would they choose these services over those like a DVD where it’s yours once you’ve bought it? Those support DRM argue that these types of comments are ‘scaremongering’. Are they?

This story in the Washington Post tells exactly that sorry tale. Nineteen months ago Google created an online video rental service, which they’ve now decided was an ‘experiment’ and not a business commitment. Sadly once the plug is pulled on it, anyone who bought videos using this facility won’t be able to watch those productions ever again, because this DRM insists on phoning home each time, and expects someone to be home. Obviously their are ‘legal’ implication to selling things that disappear, so Google has decided to reimburse those who bought videos. But, and this is the sneaky bit, they’ll be crediting them on Google Checkout. So not only won’t you be able to replace those products with other movie downloads, yet, but when you do spend your own money some of it will be making it back to Google. I’m not sure how that fits with the consumer regulations in various locations, but I’d be surprised if it was acceptable in all. Never mind what the customers think.
This is perfect example as to why I won’t be buying any DRM product where your consumer rights can be remotely circumvented. The sooner customers say ‘no’ to DRM music and movies the sooner those peddling this trash will get the message it’s not acceptable. But until they do, we’re going to see more of this sort of rubbish.

05
Aug
07

Danish – sizzling animation

A friend of mine sent me this as a WMV, but I found the YouTube version. How cool animation work is this?

26
Jul
07

More Leaky TV

I mentioned the other day that in the past week a whole slew of TV show pilots and new season episodes had surfaced on the BitTorrent P2P system. Now even more have appeared, including the Pilots for The Bionic Woman, Damages, ‘Chuck’, and Aliens in America. I might have missed some, but that pretty much covers the new drama TV for the American fall season. All in the space of a single week.

Have they given all the TV stations DVD copies? Or is this guerilla marketing? Whatever the answer, it’s clearly not an isolated exercise.

Bionic Women

23
Jul
07

New Terminator TV show now Leaked!

Things are getting weird out there in TV land, now they’ve pre-jumped the shark on the new Terminator TV show! Here’s a review of the pilot episode of the Sarah Connors Chronicles, by that freak of nature Cedric Mengles over at Den of Geek

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22
Jul
07

Jekyll Episode 5 – crazy stuff!!!!

JekyllAfter the unnatural dip that episode 4 represented, Jekyll returned this week with a real attention grabber, the full impact of which I’m still coming to terms with. I’m tempted to work through this one blow by blow, but don’t want to bore anyone. So I’ll take the plot main points and flesh a few out scenes. In retrospect, this entire episode is a homage, with minor and major nods to a few classic films along the way. What it does is emulate the Taranatino flip in From Dusk Till Dawn, building the tension in dramatic fashion before flourishing into high camp and comedy.

In the first two thirds is built about a whole new revelation about the origins of Hyde, when the cask is opened to reveal him and not the good Dr. Not that this was a surprise, as we’re told his incarceration would ‘fix’ him in one personality.

Hyde emerges and then undergoes a series of visions, presented almost as VR, where he can experience Jackman’s life in small but rewindable chunks. ‘We’ve got Sky+ in here!’, he announces and later,’I’ve found the Adult Channel’, when he discovers an intimate moment from the Jackman’s past. The explanation for this I found massively unsatisfactory, the resident science geek explains that now that Jackman’s personality is ‘dead’, Hyde is now reclaiming the brain real-estate occupied by those memories. It’s a common modern analogy, but the brain isn’t a hard drive waiting to be wiped and reclaimed, as suggested. Perhaps ‘Click’ advised on this part.

But when the techno-geek in me was about to blast writer Steve Moffat, he made me forget this mumbo jumbo by doing something totally unexpected. Hyde encounters a memory from the original Jackman, or rather the original Jekyll in the Victorian era. What? How does that work? In it we see him meet Robert Louis Stevenson, author of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, to discuss the publication and it’s yet to be defined ending. Stevenson is ably played by Moffat pal and also another Dr. Who writer, Matt Gatiss, who presumably walked off his Dr. Who production onto this one.

In this scene Stevenson pushes Jekyll on the exact nature of the potion that transforms him, writing down its parts on a note so that they can be confirmed.
The note is burned…but Hyde has VR memory, rewinds observes the plot twist, and what a twist it is! Stevenson’s premise is that there is no ‘potion’, and the true source of the transformation is ‘the girl’, which as you’ve already guessed is the previous version of Mrs Jackman. At this point I was having a significant WTF moment, because as strong a reaction I’ve had to sexy women, I yet to experience extreme personality modifications and psychopathic tendencies. Perhaps I’m just not meeting the right types.

The problem is that this doesn’t actually explain why Jackman and Jekyll look the same, or Jekyll’s housemaid Alice and Mrs Jackman, other than for the audience to follow what’s going on, which frankly might be a push at this point. We go on then to see the Victorian Hyde killing ‘Alice’, who he sees as his only real threat. This is a complete setup for the flip sequence, where we’re lead to believe modern Hyde will kill Claire Jackman, and her kids are brought into the lab for good jeopardy measure.

At this point the tension had been cranked up, although it was slightly blown by a the preceding sequence which referenced the sorts of horror movies that rely on supposedly intelligent people being in a room with something they know that’s dangerous, but decide to totally ignore.

And then…the flip…Suddenly Hyde’s a nice reasonable person who wants to escape and help the Jackman’s to do so too. Claire doesn’t buy this, and I’m with her. It also requires that the TV monitoring is intentionally turned off by the organisation holding them in a Dr. Evil, ‘No no no, I’m going to leave them alone and not actually witness them dying, I’m just gonna assume it all went to plan’, moment.

Then the proceeds descend into high farce with a very obvious nod to Terminator 2, where Claire lays down the ‘no killing’ rules to Hyde, who then follows them in his own inimitable way. It’s quite funny, but all the tension that Moffat created earlier on is vented into space, and it’s never entirely reclaimed. I’m not even going to mention what happens to the now superfluous-to-the-plot women held in the basement, because it’s downright silly. But the Claire and kids are ultimately separated from Hyde, and he is left shouting ‘Why am I not Superman’ on the roof of the building in frustration, as they’re whisked away by the power dressing American in a helicopter.

This was the point where I came back onside, as the idea that without Jackman the Hyde character isn’t the real deal was great. As was the return of Jackman’s personality, “Daddy’s Back’, and the merging of the egos into one superhuman but rational being. It could have been me, but it looked at this time like one of his eye’s was normal while the other was ‘Hyde’.

Having had the episode redeemed at the end, Moffat then had all his hard worked trashed by the BBC, who blipverted at least four big plot points from the final chapter in their trailer. Twits.

Overall, the episode was massively uneven if plenty of fun, possibly the most entertaining so far, if totally unbelievable in places. It got so camp at one point I thought it was degenerating into a pilot for a 1970s American TV show, where superhuman Hyde uses his powers for good, fighting crime for a well funded but secret foundation. It never quite got there, but it was on that greasy slope on a few occasions.

Can’t wait for episode 6 though, even if the idiots at BBC promotions tried to spoil it so effectively for us.

20
Jul
07

UK Police in action!

This was on the UK TV show Mock the Week, but it’s worth another gander.

The Police, demonstrating all those driving skills, intelligence and training, that allows them to break the speed limit on our roads.
At least it gave the poor bastards who’ve been flooded out some amusement, briefly.




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