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“Thank God Its (Almost) Friday Review” ~ Repo! The Genetic Opera

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]
Date: 2008
Actors of Note: Anthony Head [repoman], Alexa vega [Shilo], Paris Hilton [amber sweet] Terrance Zdunich [graverobber] Sarah Brightmann [Blind Mag]

Story: from here

Quote:
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

Review:
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 icon_razz.gif

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.

Quotes:

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.

Scenes and songs
[warning spoilers!]

Infected

Zydrate Anatomy [warning a little sexy]

Chase the Morning

25/02/2010 at 4:53 pm Leave a comment

Post Birthday Link bananza!

Welll here I am. 21 – older but not particularily wiser…maybe.
Looks like well have to see.

but until then, here’s some more kickass links and whatnot for you to enjoy 😉

Art of the Day

thedarkcloak

Great illustratiosn her e- especially the darker mario parodies. Nice stuff.

10 Most Bizarre Comic Books

NSFW

Some of the comcis in this list are utterly random, but interetsing. Just shows how far the medium can be stretched, I want o read some of these now out of morbid curiosity, especially the Star trek-X-men Crossover lol

One argument for DVD Piracy

check it out

Personally I’m nto a fan of DVd piracy (for one the products are shitty) BUT you cant blame people when you see this. I mean, seriously. funny hwo the paying customers are the ones who get all the bullshit. Pick up your game, government peoples!

Unlikely Survival Guide:

So you’ve been challenged to a duel

One of the funniest articles i’ve read on cracked for a long time. had me giggling no end. Enjoy!

Motivation of the Day


Kodachrome Curtains

How nifty!

i just thought these were a great idea (if you have these kodachrome things fo course) and they actually look pretty neat

Some Really Surprising Animal facts

Cows…dealier than sharks

I love animals and i love random factlets…what’s not to love?

Speaking of random facts….

10 Symbols Whose Origins Have Been Forgotten

for the social historians among you

Interesting stuff 🙂

Music of the day

Emilie Autumn – Castle


Shopping Spree

Tee Invaders


23/02/2010 at 10:51 pm 1 comment

A little something for the weekend.

Again life has been stressy, so i apologise not getting this updated as quickly as I wanted to. Hopefully i can make up for it with today’s nifty list.

Happy Weekend!

{also it’s the last weekend before I turn 21…dunno if that’s significent. Is there any rituals to do befor eone becomes a ‘proper’ adult? lol}


Art of the Day


Brian Dettmer: Book Autopsies

These are fascinating, i just love what people are doing with 3d paper art at the moment, and these are some stunning examples. Well worth a look.

My Brain Hurts….

Owwwww….

Baby Dos and Don’ts

Ahh Parenting..

Tee hee, this makes me giggle – i can’t help it.

Crafty Dragons

Knitting Rocks

A shameless plug for my knitting blog 😛 Enjoy


Motivation of the Day

12 Coolest Tables

Oddee.com

Some of these are pretty awesome. I love the sumo-wrestler one.

Horrid handmade Souveniers

Warning some NSFW

Zombies! Some of these are pretty good, some are just gross haha Got to love the toy-customising fad.

Music of the Day

Fireflight – Forever


Shopping Spree!

The Hipstery!

A somewhat bizarre but great idea: apparently the world is losing mystery, so just inject a little more pizazz to your life by this shopping experience. You anseer a few questions about yourself, the ‘T-shirt scientists’ make the perfect selectionf or you based on the results and mail you the t-shirt form a wide range of options (inc well known and good suppliers liek threadless etc). You have no idea what you’re getting – it’s a big surprise!
I must admit i’m tempted. It sounds like a fun idea (in theory at least). Why not give it a try?


19/02/2010 at 6:08 pm Leave a comment

Wednesday Weather

Art of the Day

Rebecca Ward

I don’t usually put in very modern art installations, but Rebacca’s stuff was just so colourful and nicey done I couldn’t resist. Check it out.

Ponderings of an Urban Optimist
Urban Optimist Blog

I randomly found this blog trawling about and while it’s a bit touchy feely for some tastes, it does tend to make me smile anyway. Worth a look.

Top Ten Weird Colours You’ve Never Heard Of

ooh colours…

I heard of a couple of these, but the colours and the history behind them, are pretty darn interesting.

Motivation of the Day

The Satorialist Fashion Blog

Hm, very dapper

Another nifty blog i can across showing the more sophisticated side of street fashion


Music of the Day

Glenn Miller – In the Mood

Something different: A classic jazzy thing from 1940 (I think) to get you all sophisticated and bouncy this fine morning 😉

Shopping Spree

Masks!

These Masks are pretty impressive and genrally look very nciely made. Check ’em out

Quote of the Day

10/02/2010 at 8:43 am 1 comment

Suddenly Monday Review: Classic Doctor Who – ‘Robot’

Discovering Classic Doctor Who
Season 12, Episodes 1-4, ‘Robot’

Series: Doctor who, Season 12 (Tom Baker as the 4th Doctor)
Episode Info
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 icon_smile.gif ) 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 icon_wink.gif

7/10

And finally a quote. Cos quotes make me happy icon_razz.gif

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.
Harry: What?
The Doctor: Gloop, gloop, gloop, gloop, gloop, gloop, gloop.

08/02/2010 at 1:10 pm Leave a comment

Monday Miracle 01/02/10

Welcome to February boys and girls!

As ever, I’m working, so by nature I’m procrastinating (:p), so let’s get the week (and the month) started with some top quality tat!

Art of the Day


http://pascalblanche.deviantart.com/

Today Pascall Blanche made me smile with his wonderfully vibrant sci-fi art. The colours and colouring style he uses are lush and colourful and just very very yummy, he often uses 3d art, and the subjects are just great. Well worth a gander 🙂

The Museum of Kitschy Stitches

http://stitchymcyarnpants.com/moks06/

For any craft lovers of those who appreciate the often bat-shit insanity of vintage knitting. This blog is very entertaining, though you may have to have a little dig around in the archives for the best stuff

Self Control Freak – Interactive Videos

http://www.selfcontrolfreak.com/

A great little gallery of odd and entertaining interactive videos. Nifty stuff.

Motivation of the Day

‘After 700 years, it’s still the coolest street in the ‘hood’

http://thechive.com/2010/01/29/after-700-years-this-is-still-the-coolest-street-in-the-neighborhood-20-photos/

An awesome old city – I want to live there! Also brilliant inspiration for any of the fantasy and sci-fi inclined writers and artists out there. This really could make a great setting.

Fatpica – random funny pictures

http://fatpita.net/

Does what it says on teh tin – seemingly endless amounts of bizarre and funny pictures for you. Click and see what you get 🙂

Music of the Day

Combining two awesome things; David Bowie and Nine Inch Nail’s Trent Reznor into a cool song 😀

[This has nothing to do with the massive crush I had on David Bowie as ‘Jareth’ in the Labyrinth as a kid…honest :p]

Hrm, I wanna go to Ameirca now..pfft. One day! *shakes fist at air*

Shopping Spree

The Amber Wolf

http://theamberwolf.com/

A site full of handmade beautiful objects you can order – a great find for those with an appreciation for the ‘pagan’ style too 🙂

Quote of the Day

“A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece.” ~Ludwig Erhard


01/02/2010 at 1:10 pm 1 comment


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