23 May 2007

Killing Words

I just watched a superb Spanish DVD called 'Killing Words' ('Palabras Encadenadas')- I was engrossed; all the twists and turns, and such intensity! It has a gruesome plot, but its more the themes and the *potential* of what could happen to the kidnapped girl as she sits tied to a chair and watches a video of what appears to be a serial killer, who plans to kill her next (long sentence!).
As the story unfolds, we learn who the girl is and who her captor is... add in a couple of detectives and the film is compelling!
If you like a smart psychological thriller (and this is no 'Saw' or 'Hostel' - there is implied gore, but thank fuck we don't have to see it... FYI: on that note, I read this fantastic article in a movie mag about movies like Saw; they named the genre torture porn... I must see if I can find it online), you will love this film.

Killing Words (IMDB)

17 May 2007

Lost Boys 2?

There have always been rumours of a sequel, but this time it looks real - there is even a link on IMDB. Oh, unfortunately it sounds like its going to be a poxy movie that will go straight to DVD.

Lost Boys 2 Preps In Canada
Moviehole reported a rumor that P.J. Pesce ( From Dusk Till Dawn 3) will helm the long-awaited direct-to-DVD sequel Lost Boys: The Tribe, which is slated to begin shooting in Vancouver, Canada, this summer.

Shock Till You Drop, meanwhile, reported a rumor that Hans Rodionoff (SCI FI Channel's Saint Sinner) is the film's writer.
Moviehole added that Corey Feldman, who starred in Joel Schumacher's 1987 original Lost Boys, was a part of the sequel's cast, but not anymore.

16 May 2007

The View

My first gig in ages!



The View
THE VIEW, THE VIEW, THE VIEW are on fire…..so goes the chant from their rabid fans at their chaotic sold out UK gigs. Seemingly from nowhere to an NME Best Track Of The Year (Wasted Little DJs), a Number 1 UK album and audiences in excess of 5000 in a matter of minutes…...there can be no doubt that THE VIEW, THE VIEW, THE VIEW are indeed, well and truly, on fire. It will be a bit like seeing the Sex Pistols, Oasis or The Arctic Monkeys in a tiny pub before anyone else knew about them. Get your tickets now coz this one’s going down in the history books. You what, you saw them where ? With an average age well under twenty, The View are fronted by the charismatic and truly original Kyle Falconer alongside school friends Kieren (bass), Peter (lead) and Steve (drums). A blast of fresh air, self-taught and spontaneous, they casually blew away other established bands at every gig they played and crazy scenes from demented fans only served to fuel a frenzied bidding war. This is a gig not to be missed!

15 May 2007

Snowcake

Last night I saw the film 'Snowcake' - I'd not seen any previews or read anything but a brief synopsis on the cinema website. I was initially attracted because of the stars - Sigourney Weaver & Alan Rickman. This film was brilliant! For a start the story was different - there have been elements of it told in previous movies, but never like this and never in this combination. It was sad - really tear-jerking. It was incredibly funny! It was thoughtful and sweet. What surprised me is the kind of "understanding" that you feel at the end of the film.

Honestly, one of my favourites so far this year! And such a surprise for me as I wasn't expecting to enjoy the film so much.

10 May 2007

08 May 2007

"v" is not a bad name

... for an energy drink as it turns out:

Cocaine energy drink pulled from shelves

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (AP) -- An energy drink called Cocaine has been pulled from stores nationwide amid concerns about its name, the company that produces it said Monday.
Clegg Ivey, a partner in Redux Beverages LLC of Las Vegas, Nevada, said the company plans to sell the drink under a new name for now.
The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter last month that said Redux was illegally marketing the drink as a street drug alternative and a dietary supplement. May 4 was the deadline for the company to respond.
The FDA cited as evidence the drink's labeling and Web site, which included the statements "Speed in a Can," "Liquid Cocaine" and "Cocaine -- Instant Rush." The company says Cocaine contains no drugs and is marketed as an energy drink. It has been sold since last August in at least a dozen states.
"Of course, we intended for Cocaine energy drink to be a legal alternative the same way that celibacy is an alternative to premarital sex," Ivey said. "It's not the same thing and no one thinks it is. Our product doesn't have any cocaine in it. No one thinks that it does. We think it is most likely legal in the United States to ship our product."
Ivey said the FDA did not order the company to stop marketing the drink, but officials were concerned about possible legal action. They will announce a new name within a week and hope to have the product back on store shelves within a few weeks.
"What we would like to do is continue to fight to keep the name because it's clearly the name that's the problem," Ivey said. "What we can't do is distribute our product when regulators in the states and the FDA are saying that if you do this, you could go to jail."



(Read the article here )

04 May 2007

May the fourth by with you!

I apologise for the title. It's terrible I know. Something compelled me to go ahead and type it though. Apparently its the 30th anniversary of that particular phrase. Stupid and worthless trivia - now you can just forget I ever told you.

So, its Friday. Yay. The working week is almost over. I've had a busy week. A few things to mention, mainly to enable me to rave about them:

1. Evacuations. Obviously these are important and life-saving. And there do need to be drills. But I am going to complain anyway. Very inconveniently our alarm went off Tuesday morning when one has just settled in; docked your laptop and logged in, with much work to complete before an out of office training session. It doesn't help that we are situated on the 27th floor. Don't even ask me how many flights of stairs that equates to! Ok, so at least I was going down them, not up them, but still - I was pissed off!
Also, if there had been a real fire I probably would have either been trampled to death in the stairwell, or suffocated by smoke while stuck in the stairwell.

2. Busstops. I take no issue with busstops themselves. I take issue with trying to find a busstop (getting sweaty and ick in the process), locating it... only for it to be a sign that says: This busstop has temporarily moved all the fuck way back were you were sucker, so you had better run or you'll miss the bus. I did locate the new temp busstop and I did catch the bus I needed to, but I wasn't a happy camper.

3. "Urgent" jobs that actually aren't urgent. For example, I spent a lot of time working on something "urgent" for someone on 23rd April. That someone called me yesterday (3rd May) and said: "I've just looked at that work you did for me..." ((!#$%^&*(^$@)) "... and it needs to be different..." (this is why I email and confirm what people want before I spent my time doing the wrong thing!) "... and I need the changes now..." (its 4:55pm and I am training my student on his first day at work). I said I was busy etc... I actually had other work that was deemed urgent that I hadn't had time to get to. If this person had used their brain properly before confirming what they wanted (which is exactly what I provided them), and looked at the work on 23rd.... grrrr
As it is, I tried to re-do the work - it was rushed and not as good. I emailed it off before 5:30pm and I've not received ANY response back!!

4. When the Starmart across the road changes where they stock their Pascall Clinkers (yes, they brought back those yummy sweets from years ago). Ok, I just wanted to add that because it caused undue concern to those who love and wanted Clinkers (me). And I mean, they hadn't run out at least.

On a more positive non-rant side:

+ Dione's graduation dinner was lovely. I was so honoured to be invited as I was the only non-family member there. I was 40 minutes late (I was at work until 7pm), but it was a more casual dinner at a fab pizza place in Parnell, and I wasn't the last to arrive so hurrah! I'm so proud of D :)

+ My Mum & Dad celebrated 32 years of marriage - yay for them!

+ I watched the second season of "Deadwood" - it's really quite a strain to not walk around saying "cock-sucker", and "c*nt" every second word afterwards. Honestly, the language is a shocker... but you get dulled to it after watching hours and hours. It's only when someone who doesn't watch the show walks in the room, hears the TV, and reacts, that I remember.

Well, that's all for now. There is work to be done, and i'm going to try and look like I am doing it

03 May 2007

Icky Thump

Not just another weird title for a blog entry, but the ALL NEW WHITE STRIPES SINGLE! Hooray!
Fan-fare, dancing, balloons, joyous laughter, monkeys in tutus...

The track was leaked on the net, but didn't remain anywhere for very long.

Oh, and as for the oufits... hmmm... well, he's Jack White so he can get away with anything. I'd go as far as to say that in addition to "hearting" google, i also heart Jack White. Ok, enough of that. Listen to that icky thump! (I love saying that.... icky thump... two relatively ordinary words, but put together... priceless. Chew on that Mastercard.)

02 May 2007

i heart google

It's been a strange love affair - my slight obsession with google. Well, things just got serious. Honestly, google has just blown my mind!

Those of you with google accounts may know that you can personalise your google page - you log in and can have your google home page completely pimped out!
Google have now gone a little "mac" and renamed this page igoogle. People that know me (lucky people that you are) will know that addition to my many charms, I am a little against ipods. But this post isn't a diatribe about that (readers digest version: ipods had the best marketing team ever - the product is inferior to many other mp3 players out there, but grabbed approx 80% of the market).

This post is an ode to igoogle, because this morning, not only did igoogle display all the wonderful personalised features that I have set (my page shows me my gmail inbox, the weather/time/date in Auckland, headlines from e! ((very important stuff... all that breaking Britney news :P)), other world headlines, my horoscope, all my bookmarks... it goes on), it have me the option to give my page a THEME.
A theme? you ask. Yes, a theme. There appears to be a limited selection to start with, but knowing google the sky is the limit. I settled on "city scape", but I tried them all... My excitement lead me to save images and post them here... Oh, my life must be a sad on. The other option was to do work... so, I saved images

Teahouse


Seasons (I mean, come on - its a frog and a beetle doing karate?! Awesome skills!)


City


Busstop


If I've not convinced you to create your own igoogle then there is no hope for you...

Before I end this sad sad little post, let me just say - when I saved the city scape theme, a box appeared and told me to choose my city (the default was Wellington) because, GET THIS, because the city scape would change depending on sunset and rise!!!!?! Is that not just the coolest?! Couldn't you just die??!! Yes, well... I may just have to save those images too...

Welcome to my world. It can be scary place.