low brow cultureTeaser trailer for remake of The Omen (7.2.2006, 15:08 UTC)
Teaser trailer for remake of The OmenCute release date - 6.6.6
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low brow cultureGenndy Tartakovsky is directing Dark Crystal 2!! (7.2.2006, 12:12 UTC)
Genndy Tartakovsky is directing Dark Crystal 2!!Oh boy oh boy oh boy!
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low brow cultureJarhead (7.2.2006, 00:04 UTC)
As a film, Jarhead was as schizophrenic as the marine mentality it tried to convey. It swung wildly between occasional bursts of brilliant writing into lazy references to other war movies (oh yes, Apocolypse Now and the Deer Hunter, we get it). Sometime beautiful cinematography gave way to murky, uninspired, cliched imagery. Following the same template as countless movies before it, yet structurally, it was a complete mess. But perhaps this is part of the point it’s trying to make and it&...
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low brow cultureNintendo DS Lite (26.1.2006, 09:40 UTC)
Okay, so I should be getting ready for Paris right now, but this is pretty big. After weeks of denying it, Nintendo finally announced that they will be launching a revamped version of the DS in late March. This new version will be two-thirds the size/80% of the weight of the original and the ability to set the LCD to four different levels of brightness (including the option to set it brighter than the original DS.) As well as this, they’ve redesigned the case to match the design of the...
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low brow cultureOne Night in Paris (26.1.2006, 00:45 UTC)
Well, five nights, to be exact. Continuing this jet-setting lifestyle that I’m becoming so accustomed to, herself indoors and I are heading off to Paris tomorrow for a few days. This is mainly a way of making up for the fact that I was 5,000 miles away for her birthday earlier in the month, but also as a way of recharging our collective batteries (and it means I’m finally, FINALLY going to Disneyland, having been itching to go since it first opened). If all goes according to plan,...
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low brow cultureNetsource Speed Test (25.1.2006, 18:54 UTC)
Netsource Speed Test Originally uploaded by THRILLHO. For a little while now, I’ve noticed that my netsource connection only sucks during the evening, when people are home from work, during which time it’s barely better than dialup. In the very late night and early in the morning, the connection is spectacular and actually comes close to approaching the “2MB DSL” it’s advertised as. So, to put my theory to the test, I set up a cron job to wget a 1MB file fr...
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low brow cultureHigh Concept (24.1.2006, 15:13 UTC)
Right, so where was I? A few months ago, I wrote about Snakes On A Plane, the high-concept thriller about uh… snakes. On a plane. The IMDB has recently updated its information about Sheldon Turner, the writer of SoaP. One of his upcoming projects is called The Breathtaker and its IMDB plot summary runs like this: A small-town police chief pursues a serial killer who strikes only during tornadoes, brutally killing his victims in the eye of the storm. Jesus. This guy is really working...
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low brow culture10 Days in San Francisco (11.1.2006, 01:25 UTC)
I wish I could say it was more than just a coincidence that I’m in San Francisco at the same time as Macworld but unfortunately, I’m only here to help our company move its San Francisco office two blocks down the road. The move itself took place over the past weekend (and the few days before it), so for the last few days I’ve been running myself ragged trying to make the entire thing as seamless as possible. And, minor cable issue aside, the whole ordeal has been fine. We
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low brow culture27 Years Old Today (2.1.2006, 19:06 UTC)
Birthday Loot! Originally uploaded by THRILLHO. Today I managed to defy the odds by surviving exactly 27 years. To congratulate me (or perhaps console me), people gave me some loot. Current haul includesBadass G-Shock watch that’s been on my del.icio.us wishlist forever (the same one I tried to order a while ago but they wouldn’t ship to me because of the war in Iraq) Classic Slip-on Vans Kubrick GTA III set A food mincer A food warmer (not pictured) Doctor Who Box Set Gueri...
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low brow cultureVincent Schiavelli 1948 - 2005 (29.12.2005, 13:33 UTC)
Vincent Schiavelli, who died of cancer at his home in Sicily on December 26 aged 57, was a popular character actor noted for his roles in films such as Ghost and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Schiavelli’s somewhat hangdog countenance appeared in more than 120 film and television shows; he excelled at parts which required an eccentric presentation, and in 1997 the magazine Vanity Fair declared him one of the best character actors in America. – telegraph.co.uk
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low brow cultureTrailer for the Silent Hill movie (27.12.2005, 20:21 UTC)
Trailer for the Silent Hill movieIt’s got Pyramid Head! I am so psyched for this movie now
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low brow cultureOne last thing… (23.12.2005, 14:44 UTC)
Last-minute Christmas drinks in the Lord Edward tonight at 8pm for anyone who’s interested.
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low brow cultureChristmas Funnery (23.12.2005, 14:43 UTC)
We’re almost finished in the office for the Christmas break. I’ve still got 15 days holidays to take this year. Except there’s only 3 working days left. See the problem here? Every year, we spend forever deciding who takes the consoles home for the Christmas break. Since the “BAGSY THE DREAMCAST, DOUBLE STAMPSIES, NO REVERSIES” method isn’t particularly fair, and the stakes were particularly high this year, we held a Burnout 3 championship to see who woul...
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low brow cultureMel Gibson Has Officially Lost It. (22.12.2005, 15:54 UTC)
The trailer for Mel Gibson’s “Apocalypto” has emerged from the ether with Kottke and others are pointing out how awful-looking it is. And true, at this early stage it’s like a heavy-handed mix of Terrence Malick and Baraka (but without any of the nice things such a mix would suggest). He’s got a bit of reputation as a ‘prankster’ director (on one of the making-of featurettes on the Braveheart DVD, you can see Gibson reading “Directing an Epic for...
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low brow cultureChristmas Wishlists (21.12.2005, 16:57 UTC)
Amazon wishlists have never really worked me. Too cumbersome to suit my way of doing things and too limited to suit the things I want a wishlist for. So last year, I began using the del.icio.us “wishlist” tag. If I saw something I wanted, it would get tagged under wishlist+$itemDescription, e.g. wishlist+dvds, wishlist+clothes and so on. This means that I’m able to keep things out of my head while still keeping them in a central place, one I use every day. But more importa...
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low brow cultureKilling Zoe (19.12.2005, 13:27 UTC)
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low brow cultureJCB Song made it to Number 1 (19.12.2005, 01:00 UTC)
You know, it might be a bit hokey, but I’m so glad that the JCB song from Nizlopi is number one in the UK charts the weekend before Christmas. It really shows the power of viral marketing - so many people have sent me the link to the video over the past few months - and now it’s finally made it to the top of the charts. I don’t know if it was the well-deserved success, the amazingly touching song or the fact that I’m a complete pussy, or some combination of these, but I...
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low brow cultureEdge Online: Reviews Database (15.12.2005, 18:01 UTC)
Edge Online: Reviews DatabaseSearchable database of all Edge review scores since issue 1
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low brow cultureKing Kong (2005) (15.12.2005, 17:10 UTC)
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low brow cultureThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (15.12.2005, 17:09 UTC)
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low brow cultureTrailer for Sophia Coppolla’s new movie “Marie Antoinette” (9.12.2005, 18:23 UTC)
Direct Link - 21MB Quicktime I have to say, I wasn’t too impressed with The Virgin Suicides, but I really enjoyed Lost in Translation. So I’m willing to give Sophia Coppolla the benefit of the doubt when it comes to her new movie, Marie Antoinette, a biopic about the life of… well, Marie Antoinette. Right now, it looks like Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon set to some 80s New Wave music. And even if the trailer didn’t attract me (and it does), the cast is eclectic enough ...
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low brow cultureNo Jerks (7.12.2005, 01:32 UTC)
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low brow cultureThe Ricky Gervais Show (6.12.2005, 02:09 UTC)
Ricky Gervais has started a series of podcasts for Guardian Online. And they’re off to a tremendous start. The story of how they taught a monkey to fly a spacecraft had me crying with laughter. Some very, very funny looks from around the office. Those few minutes were laugh-out-loud funnier than the entire series of Extras. (While we’re on the subject - the uh.. extras.. on the Extras DVD were also funnier than the show)
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low brow cultureIn San Francisco (5.12.2005, 19:27 UTC)
I was in San Francisco less than 24 hours before a gun was pulled on me. I think that must be like some kind of record. Yesterday, I took some time out from my aimless wandering to worship at the church of Apple. This place is scary-cool. It’s easy to see why people are so devoted to the Apple brand when you see this much care and love in one place.
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low brow cultureEmpire’s 50 Greatest Independent Films (2.12.2005, 15:19 UTC)
Empire’s 50 Greatest Independent FilmsThey managed to include Dead Man’s Shoes, so I’m happy
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low brow cultureKing Kong (1976) (30.11.2005, 17:20 UTC)
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low brow cultureKing Kong (1933) (30.11.2005, 17:20 UTC)
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low brow cultureMad Hot Ballroom (30.11.2005, 16:58 UTC)
I didn’t want to like this movie. Fifteen minutes in and I had made up my mind that this was just Spellbound meets The School Around the Corner by way of Come Dancing and I was too old and too cynical to be taken in by such a cheap ploy. But then, around the thirty minute mark, something remarkable happened. These kids stopped being precocious little brats and started becoming likeable creatures. Watching Cyrus’ reaction to the results of the initial competition sealed the deal f...
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low brow cultureKing Kong (30.11.2005, 07:05 UTC)
I’m a total sucker for theme parks. When I was fifteen, my family went on holiday to Florida, home of a thousand theme parks, and I made sure we saw every single one of them. But the thing I love about theme parks isn’t so much the rides themselves but the atmosphere created around each ride. For example, when you’re queuing for the ‘Jaws’ ride in Universal, the queue takes you through Quint’s boathouse. This is a perfectly realised model of the boathous...
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low brow cultureVideo for Why?’s new single “Rubber Traits” (29.11.2005, 12:12 UTC)
Video for Why?’s new single “Rubber Traits”I am completely in love with this video. It suits the song so well.
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