Category Archives: movie

french taunts in high definition

Since we can now post videos, I shall do it a second time! But I’m not doing it just because I can (even though it would be a valid excuse) but because the awesomely funny lads from Monty Python have decided to put their own clips up over at YouTube in their very own Monty Python YouTube channel.

Instead of suing the ass off their fans who have been posting their copyrighted clips over the last 3 years in crap quality, they blow their nose at them and instead post the clips themselves in high quality, as they where intended to be viewed. How cool is that? Eat that RIAA and Metallica I say!

Instead they only want to use this opportunity to sell their DVD’s and movies. A bloody good idea in my opinion. Thanks to that, we can now enjoy the French taunts in high def.
Superbe!

drum'n'bass religious video meme

I don’t ussually jump on internet memes, and post about them in my blog. There’s plenty of other blogs for that, and some are dedicated purely to pictures of cats with funny taglines, so why would I reproduce just that?

Well, when it’s fringe enough like something related to drum’n’bass mixed with religion, then it’s something that has enough relevance to be posted here, and IMHO funny enough as well.

So without further ado, here’s some church folks raving over some classic drum’n’bass and junlge tracks.

The intro of this one is excellent:

This is the first part of the previous one:

Good syncing in this one. I love it when that amen drops after 30 seconds.

And my personal favourite, because Messiah is such a fitting tune and those comments:

Amen!

why youtube rocks… well, sort of

Have you noticed that every music video seems to be on Youtube these days? Now Youtube isn’t the most kick ass, neat looking and coolest video service out there, (that’s Vimeo)  but when it comes down to content, they seem to have it all

No matter what video clip you’re looking for, it’s probably there. Like this silly video they played on a local music station lately. It was a top 10 of the worst haircuts from the 80’s. Well, that makes sense doesn’t it. What the hell where those barbers thinking back then anyway? At the top position there was this song which I had heard before long ago (in the 80s probably). It had this guy that looked like he was related to the lead singer of that watered down rock band Tokyo Hotel. Yeah. Lots and lots of hair is what I’m talking about.

I didn’t catch the groups name, but I searched a lyrics phrase on Youtube and guess what? Of course it was on there. Shared it with my pals of course, and we laughed our ass off. Turns out there’s even a Manson cover of it. Funny.

I don’t get how they can host so many music video’s without getting RIAA on their asses though. I mean, seriously. Check out the amount of Metallica vids on there.

why can't all tech movies be like "into the blue"

Jessica Alba in Into the BlueThink about it. Jessica Alba showing of those perfect curves while typing away on her laptop. It would probably be an iBook, or a Sony Vaio, the only laptops that have a design sweet enough to be seen around a gal like Jessica.

But that’s not really what I want in a tech movie no, although I wouldn’t mind. I’m talking Jessica Alba swimming around, scuba diving like she knowns what she is doing. Scuba diving training they have had for that one, and it shows. Into The Blue is either written by guys that know how to dive, or assisted by diving instructors. There are a bunch of scenes in the movie that show that. The one where the tank is used as a weapon for one, there’s a buddy breathing scene, or simply using the correct diving signs. There are some mistakes in there as well of course, but the movie wouldn’t be very exciting if they wouldn’t screw up now and then right. Checking your air supply is something they didn’t do a lot I noticed. But then again, you manometer might be the last thing you’d check if you have Ms. Alba swimming in front of you. In a bikini! Look at that butt go!

Anyway, what does this have to do with technology movies? Those mostly suck, that’s what. I’m a scuba diver, and I can enjoy watching Into the Blue for it’s correctness. I can actually believe what I see happening on screen, and that’s what you want from a movie right? You want to see something great, but still have the feeling it could really be happening. For realistic movies of course. Horror or fantasy movies create their own world, and then still.

Movies where technology plays a central part make me feel like I’m sitting on an ant hill. They jump from one mistake into the other making the whole movie loose it’s credibility because it turns out being based on unexisting and impossible technological tricks with laptops, cellphones and unexisting operating systems that you can hack in a second or two. I saw a trailer of this new tech movie called Untraceable for instance, and I so do not want to see that one. Check the trailer, and you’ll know what I mean. The whole idea of an untraceable website with streaming video of a murder alone is so technologically wrong it screws up the whole movie even before I’ve seen it. I bet the rest of the movie is filled with more of that inexplicable techno mumbo jumbo as well.

If a website is untraceable, how the hell are simple internet users supposed to find it? So dear Hollywood script writers, consult your IT specialists in the future before you start writing those ridiculous IT-fantasies of yours down into a so-called script. Us geeks will appreciate it, and there’s more of us than you might figure. If you realise that the most realistic hacking scene ever to show in a movie was featured in the Matrix as Trinity exploited an SSH server using nmap, there still is a long way to go.

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BAF is getting it or what?

I just read this dutch news article on how the Belgian movie industry is loosing about 30 million a year due to piracy, which is about 7 percent of the total income. Arrrrrr.

Not a real surprise of course, since this is pretty much a global phenomenon, but the thing that did knock me off my socks was the suggestion uttered by BAF, the Belgian Antipiracy Federation.

They said, and I quote while translating in English:

Maybe we should quickly offer a legal platform to download movies, like iTunes does for music.

I mean like WTF! These guys are getting it or what? No trying to sue the little guy sharing a file on the internet or what? No trying to put some silly ass copy protection schemes on DVDs?

Where’s the world going to these days. I think I just saw a pig fly by. Maybe I’ll better get me a sweater oslt, before hell freezes over.

there's no stopping cgi

I came across this website the other day from one of the CGI artists that did some of the rendering for movies like The Matrix and Catwoman (Halle Berry, in a tight suit, that one).
Well, I have to say they definitely tricked me. I know a lot of processing went into the Matrix since jumping off walls, doing backfilps while shooting guns with both hands isn’t something an ordinary human pulls off without breaking his damn neck in the process, but still I was thinking they used cables and stuff to do so, like I saw in this making-off thing.

Turns out some of the shots where pure CGI. The realism of Neo’s face, or agent Smith for instance is bloody amazing. I can’t tell the different, and of course that was the whole plan. It’s scary in a way isn’t it. Who needs actors these days, except to put them in a 3D scanner first to you render their bodies with software and make them do completely unearthly stunts.

Talking of putting bodies in scanners. Judging from the pics on that site he had at some point the privilege of having a detailed scan of Halle Berrys body on his computer, willingly executing every command he could throw at it…

that’ll teach those who calling him a geek for spending so much time messing around with graphics software, ha!