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Movies / Red
« on: October 16, 2010, 07:22:39 am »
John Malkovich is a show-stealer when it comes to playing a loony old man. Humour, silly action scenes, and a surprisingly decent story. Go see Red, it's good.

Full review here: http://axelsplayground.squarespace.com/journal/2010/10/15/red.html

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Movies / Harry Brown
« on: October 12, 2010, 09:54:53 am »
Apologies that I've not put up a review for a while, but I'm back, and with a powerful, if depressing, story staring Michael Caine.

Full review here: http://axelsplayground.squarespace.com/journal/2010/10/12/harry-brown.html

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Movies / Good Night, And Good Luck
« on: September 29, 2010, 07:56:33 pm »
It's frequent to hear people natter on about how the government or big business is controlling the media, and then offer their "evidence" of such an illicit embrace between journalism and these big bruisers, but far rarer is it to see not only a well thought out story but one that gives insight into such a thing without beating you over the head with it.

Full review here: http://axelsplayground.squarespace.com/journal/2010/9/29/good-night-and-good-luck.html

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Movies / Yellowbeard
« on: September 24, 2010, 06:45:50 pm »
I swear, this film is cursed. Final film for two of the actors, and one other died a year later. Still, quite funny in both a deliberate and not so deliberate way. It's got a good story too, even if it only peaks through at times and is at others stretched as a thin gloss to keep the pirate jokes coming. It's never bad, though. Not quite sure why this film is only 5.7/10 on imdb but at the same time I can't think of giving it a higher rating either.

Full review here: http://axelsplayground.squarespace.com/journal/2010/9/24/yellowbeard.html

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Movies / Blade Runner
« on: September 07, 2010, 01:02:48 pm »
If wasted potential had a title, it'd be Blade Runner. So much of a great chance to bring transhumanist cyberpunk to the mainstream audience wasted on a mediocre and poorly planned story, made all the more tragic by fantastic set design and filming technique.

Full review here: http://axelsplayground.squarespace.com/journal/2010/9/6/blade-runner.html

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TV / Elfen Lied
« on: September 03, 2010, 12:37:14 pm »
Beneath a layer of blood and gore lies a serious drama about the darker aspects of humanity, including nature versus nurture, with a total lack of happy endings.

Full review here: http://axelsplayground.squarespace.com/journal/2010/9/3/elfen-lied.html

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Movies / Ponyo
« on: August 31, 2010, 11:51:47 am »
I'm someone who loves Studio Ghibli films and I just got to see this recently. It's left me feeling conflicted when I say so but it's still a good movie.

Full review here: http://axelsplayground.squarespace.com/journal/2010/8/31/ponyo.html

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TV / Sherlock
« on: August 20, 2010, 03:28:09 pm »
This new BBC series is pretty good. I really recommend checking it out. It's not too heavily based on the original books in terms of plots, but the characters are everything you'll think of when you think Sherlock holmes.

Full review here: http://axelsplayground.squarespace.com/journal/2010/8/20/review-sherlock.html

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Movies / The Sorcerer's Apprentice
« on: July 30, 2010, 04:08:53 pm »
I saw this movie yesterday and, I have to say, it surprised me. It was well acted, interesting, and very enjoyable. Alfred Molina especially did well to make it a great viewing experience. I had a few complaints, of course, but the film itself was entertaining enough to make me not really care that much. I still mocked it relentlessly with my friends, but it didn't stop me from enjoying it.

Full review here: http://axelsplayground.squarespace.com/journal/2010/7/30/review-the-sorcerers-apprentice.html

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Movies / Salt
« on: July 23, 2010, 08:01:51 pm »
Have you ever seen a film that starts out reasonable and then just flies right the hell out the window as time goes by? That's Salt in a nut shell. Do not believe the great reviews this movie is getting; it's a less intelligent version of the Manchurian Candidate, with fan-service added to try and cover it up.

Full review here: http://axelsplayground.squarespace.com/journal/2010/7/23/review-salt.html

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Movies / Predators
« on: July 11, 2010, 01:13:13 pm »
Has anyone else seen the new Predators film yet? I saw it recently and, I have to say, the franchise seems a bit... Dedicated to its roots, rather than revitalizing the franchise or adding new life to it. Good film, but seems like they're running into a wall in terms of originality.

More detailed review here.

So, anyone have any opinions on the film?

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Everything Else / The Museum of Pre-Historic Life
« on: November 02, 2009, 09:17:05 am »
Since I heard about the Creation Museum, since its opening in 2007, I've had an idea stuck in my head.

Whenever I go to a museum, like the Royal Ontario Museum, their exhibits are woefully lax. It's always the same deal wherever I go as well: "Oh look, dinosaur skeletons, weren't they big and scary". Recently, I received a book as a gift, one I chose myself, called Prehistoric Life, published by DK and it has provided more interesting information and images on all forms of prehistoric life than any other book I've ever had my hands on.

The Creation Museum is something I've seen as a bit of a beacon of hope. I find their ideas silly but their presentation of them is fantastic and their 40 million dollar funding drawn entirely from private donations shows that it is possible to get your ideas out there with enough support. Recently, it came up again and I've been thinking about my concept once more.

I want to build a museum. Not just any museum but a museum dedicated to prehistoric life and its evolution through Earth's history. Instead of staid and tired exhibits of the same skeleton reconstructions over and over, you would get to see whole reconstructed ecosystems, demonstrating the richness and diversity of life on Earth. It would be very hands-on, or as hands-on as is possible, involving people in things and showing them the richness of life. Some example exhibit ideas include:

-A tunnel that one walks through on a transparent rail, showing the history of Earth's life. It starts in a dark room, the floor beneath glowing orange and the sides lit by meteorites crashing into a newborn Earth. It then moves through time until the first microbes appeared, finding themselves shrunk down to get a close up view of the microbe mats, and so on. People would walk over a pool filled with roaming trilobites, seeing them flee from a roving anomalocaris. They would stand in a rainy Jurassic forest, as an animatronic T-Rex leans over and roars, threatening to devour them. Finally, they would exit amongst humankind's most recent ancestors, sitting around in a cave. They would see all this and more, through

-A series of circular rooms, each dedicated to a particular geological era, showing small slices of various ecosystems. These would be akin to the taxidermy displays in other museums, with fake animals set up in backgrounds made to look like their places in history.

-Fake "forests" for visitors to walk through, to give them a feeling of just what it would be like to live back in that era. The forest would be populated with plants similar to plants of that time and/or replicas, complete with soundtracks being piped in to make people feel like they are there. These would also sometimes be altered to mimic other times of day, allowing one to take a walk through a night-time forest of the Carboniferous (with all the feeling of being watched by the nasty giant bugs present) and a walk through a noon-day Cretacious shrub-land (since grass hadn't evolved then). This might even come with hands-on educational things to show how these ecosystems were different to modern ones.

There's even all sorts of thoughts like giving kids really cheap vinyl toys to have as free souvenirs (not free, the cost of them is included in the price of admission, but you say that they're free). Who wouldn't have loved to take home a toy trilobite or ammonite?

It'd be a way to instill everyone with an awe to the amount of life that has lived on this planet in the past

So, what do you think of this idea, people? Would you visit? Would you support it? Do you think it's a good idea? Or do you feel it's a bad idea that just wouldn't work?

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Art / Pretty pictures!
« on: August 12, 2009, 11:19:37 am »
Post your images of a photographic nature here!

Starting with a flower...

... And a macro of another one.

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Spore: General / Sky's the limit?
« on: August 29, 2008, 09:53:40 am »
Y'know, a part of me can't help but wonder about one little detail in Spore that has me thinking...

In the Creature stage forward, there is a dynamic day/night cycle on your world. Now, we know that, in the Space Phase at least, that if you are on another planet, you can see other worlds in that solar system from its surface. While this is a neat feature, I am wondering if it's in the earlier stages too. I mean, it's one thing to know they're there in the Space phase, but it's another entirely to have your people looking up from their world at the beautiful starry night...

Does anyone know if, from the Creature Stage forward, you can look up at the sky and see large astronomical bodies there?

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Forum Games / You know what would suck? If...
« on: July 17, 2008, 03:46:45 pm »
Yes, it's a new fun thread. Simple thing here: You say "You know what would suck?" and then say what would. For example...

"You know what would suck? If your favourite TV show got canceled"

Obviously, yours should be funnier.

GO!

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