Archive for August, 2008

Corey Hart

Posted in Music on August 30, 2008 by thebigsmoke

I am loving this track right now. I wish the ’80s had never ended.

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Lost Boys: The Tribe

Posted in Film on August 29, 2008 by thebigsmoke

I expect Warner decided they didn’t want to market Lost Boys: The Tribe as a sequel pretty early in producton. Once Corey Haim stumbled onto the set, mumbling his lines and desperately trying to figure out where in the world he was, they must have realised that it was a straight to DVD endeavour.

I love the original Lost Boys movie; I often say it’s my personal favourite movie of all time. Unfortunately, Lost Boys: The Tribe feels like a cheap TV movie, complete with poor special effects (on a par with Primeval) and some very bad acting. I can’t recommend it, even to fans of the original Lost Boys.

I did like that with Lost Boys: The Tribe they were at least somewhat reverential, that there was an effort to pay homage. I certainly enjoyed seeing Corey Feldman on screen again. He is still quite charismatic and enjoyable to watch. I actually would have liked to have seen Jamison Newlander (who played Alan Frog), but they deleted his scenes. That’s a bit of a shame. They must have been truly horrific, considering what made the cut.

Given the strength of the franchise, I still feel that making another Lost Boys movie is a great idea. Sadly, not even Corey Feldman could save this particular effort. Corey Haim makes a cameo at the end of the movie and it’s so ill-conceived it’s not even funny. It’s sort of like seeing a great war hero reduced to falling over and soiling himself in his old age; sad and embarrassing.

Riverdance

Posted in Music, Stuff on August 25, 2008 by thebigsmoke

Good times.

I wish someone had caught Dip’s pissed-up dancing on camera.

West Ham lost 3-0, by the way.

Sit & Go

Posted in Poker on August 23, 2008 by thebigsmoke

I just played my first Sit & Go on Full Tilt (6-handed). I know it’s only small stakes, but damn, I’m good.

I Am Legend

Posted in Books, Film on August 19, 2008 by thebigsmoke

Who in Hollywood keeps green-lighting these insults to my intelligence? I actually quite like Will Smith, but not if he insists on ass-fucking the life out of classic science fiction on a regular basis.

Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend is one of my favourite sci-fi books of all time. Matheson’s writing can be a bit turgid at times, but the pay off is so good. It is absolutely worth adapting, and has been before (Omega Man and The Last Man on Earth), but if you’re going to do it, do it right. Please don’t spend half your budget on shitty CGI and please don’t fuck up the ending (the best thing about the book). I seriously do not understand this CGI for CGI’s sake in modern movies. The vampires are a bit pale but basically human-shaped, so why not just use actors and make-up? Spending billions of dollars on rendering them from head to toe makes absolutely no sense to me. It looks worse than using actors primarily because CGI isn’t yet at a standard where human faces can be convincingly recreated. It’s like the director put together half his scenes with a copy of The Sims.

It’s not all bad. I mean, I watched the whole damn thing. It just makes me angry that again, just as with I, Robot, another great story is stripped of its worth and turned into generic pop garbage.

Full Tilt

Posted in Poker on August 12, 2008 by thebigsmoke

I recently signed up to Full Tilt. Ladbrokes, the site I usually use, has had a software upgrade and now often runs super slow on my machine.

So far I’ve managed to make a fairly consistent profit on Full Tilt, although I can’t say that I’m raking in the cash. If not for the welcome bonus, I might be just about even, perhaps even down. The players are really tight and seem to wait until they hit trips then bet, although there are also some crazy bluffs. I’ve yet to see much in between. Also, I have to turn the avatar feature off at times, because it’s just too hard to take some players seriously.

In case you wondered, ‘What Evil Lurks’ is the name of the Prodigy’s first release, which in turn sampled the old Shadow radio show, which opened with the line, “What evil lurks in the hearts of men?” Now you know.

Dan Negreaneau’s amazing poker reads

Posted in Poker, Television on August 12, 2008 by thebigsmoke

This is how to make reads in poker. Negreaneau is my hero.

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