Archive for February, 2010
Yes, it’s Thursday, but I fancied putting this up a tad early for you all. Enjoy!
Opening Song – check it out!
(just the song since the opening is a bit bloody lol)
Name: Repo! The Genetic Opera
Genre: Horror-musical/Rock opera
Certificate: 18/R – strong comic book style gory violence, and a little sexiness
Directors/writers: Darran Lynn Bousman [director] Darren Smith &
Terrance Zdunich [screenplay]
Actors of Note: Anthony Head [repoman], Alexa vega [Shilo], Paris Hilton [amber sweet] Terrance Zdunich [graverobber] Sarah Brightmann [Blind Mag]
Story: from here
|In the year 2056 – the not so distant future – an epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges: GeneCo, a biotech company that offers organ transplants, for a price. Those who miss their payments are scheduled for repossession and hunted by villainous Repo Men. In a world where surgery addicts are hooked on painkilling drugs and murder is sanctioned by law, a sheltered young girl searches for the cure to her own rare disease as well as information about her family’s mysterious history. After being sucked into the haunting world of GeneCo, she is unable to turn back, as all of her questions will be answered at the wildly anticipated spectacular event: The Genetic Opera.|
DT’s Rating: 8.5/10
I love musicals, so much, and especially when they’re a little alternative. I grew up on Rocky Horror Picture Show and loved the Buffy special ‘once more with feeling’ so i had a good idea that I’d love this…provided i could get past the gore (after all it being made by the ‘saw 2’ people put me off).
Luckily, if you have a semi-decent stomach you’ll be fine. The gore is comic-book style and more funny or matter-of-fact than anything else. the only bit I flinched/hid for was an eye gouging scene(cos eye freak me out) but aside from that it’s dandy
Aaanyways, gore aside, Repo! The genetic opera is a must-see film for anyone with a love of the sci-fi and gothic, especially if you like your tongue firmly planted in your cheek. Stylistically, the film is gorgeous. The costumes are over the top, the landscape is dystopian, surreal and nicely rendered, and it all hangs in lush grim layers.
The songs themselves – and yes, 99-100% of the film is sung – are also on the whole very good. Personally a couple of talking-singing scenes were slightly forced, but on the whole they were very well done. The music take son some of rock’s greatest musicians to contribute too, which is great, and you can tell the quality.
Acting wise, it’s a great turn all round, with over-the-top, great performances. Anthony head is in a league of his own, as ever (but then i am somewhat of a fangirl) as he plays the Repoman, and even Paris Hilton actually shows herself off as a decent performer and singer, which was a great surprise for me. (man i feel bitchy saying that, but you know what i mean).
Finally, the story is also great, with a good few twists, and I love the comic-book flashback scenes that explain each character’s past from 17 years ago. the comic book panels, plus the story, scenes and music all blend together excellently for a lush cult classic.
In short – a great film for anyone who loves music and the macabre. I definitely recommend it.
Nathan Wallace: I’m the monster. I’m the villain. What perfection. What precision! Keen incisions, I deliver. Unscathed organs, I deliver. Repossession, I deliver. I’m the Repo! Legal assassin!
Luigi Largo: Someone’s gonna hang if I don’t get my coffee.
Luigi’s Gopher: Decaf?
Luigi Largo: I will shoot you in the face.
Discovering Classic Doctor Who
Season 12, Episodes 1-4, ‘Robot’
Series: Doctor who, Season 12 (Tom Baker as the 4th Doctor)
Episode/ Broadcast date/ Run time/ Viewership (in millions)
“Part One” /28 December 1974 / 24:11 / 10.8
“Part Two” / 4 January 1975 /25:00/ 10.7
“Part Three” /11 January 1975 / 24:29/ 10.1
“Part Four”/ 18 January 1975/ 24:29/ 9
Watch it here: WATCH ONLINE (no download needed)
DT’s Rating: 7/10
I love Doctor Who – lots and lots. But unfortunately I only ever saw the newest rebooted series (Christopher Eccleson as the 9th Doctor and David Tennant as the 10th) so, in a spate of boredom and after some googling found the wonderful site www.doctorwho-episodes.com I decided that I would end my ignorance once and for all!
While I had all the episodes available to me, I thought I ought to start with the most famous Doctor (and the one who my parents grew up watching) -Tom baker aka Doctor number 4.
The episodes centre around the Doctor (and everyone else) getting used to his new regeneration, which I am happily falling in love with. He’s so bizarre you can’t help but like him – for example, when deciding what to wear he actually emerged out of his TARDIS in a Viking outfit, innocently asking why it was odd, then a clown one, before finally settling on his iconic long scarf and hat combo. but his kookiness doens’t detract form his usual brilliance, which is just as well, as soon the Doctor, Sarah-Jane Smith (yep, THAT Sarah-Jane Smith new-who fans ) and UNIT are tested by a rouge robot that soon leads to a threat of global nuclear war! But all is not as it seems…..
The episode itself was surprisingly good (I was a bit dubious when approaching the old series, but you can clearly see why it was popular – the writing is still great). Also another layer of charm is in the special effects. Sometimes they work well enough – and you still have that feeling of familiarity and realism as it looks like everyone’s running around suburbs and allotments (after all England always looks small haha) which for some reason seems to work. At other times, the effects (and some of the acting) is laughably bad, but for me that adds charm. look out for ‘robot vision’ and how wobbly the robot looks (even if his design is pretty neat on paper). the king-kong esque green-screen work in the final episode is also awful most of the time, but yet again i can’t help but love it. The icing on the cake for me was when they used what was obviously a cheap kid’s toy tank in place of a real one that the robot blows up. hilarious! If you’re anything like me, it’ll make the viewing experience better for you and more entertaining, not worse.
All in all, I was really happy with it – and couldn’t wait to carry on the story. It’s still Doctor Who right down to it’s core – and it’s surprising how much the new and old series have in common. I’d recommend it to any fans – new or old. Check it out
And finally a quote. Cos quotes make me happy
The Doctor: Never cared much for the word “impregnable.” Sounds a bit too much like “unsinkable.”
Harry: What’s wrong with “unsinkable”?
The Doctor: Nothing. As the iceberg said to the Titanic.
The Doctor: Gloop, gloop, gloop, gloop, gloop, gloop, gloop.