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Aug. 29th, 2015 @ 08:59 pm Best Comeback Ever To Someone Saying It's Not Rocket Science
Heroes Fire
Sounds Like: Underneath The Radar (Underworld)
It is rocket science, actually - Clarke (The 100).

Currently on a DVD viewing marathon. Mostly blu-rays, actually. Most recently watched Heroes season 1, Vikings seasons 1 & 2, Black Sails season 1, From Dusk Till Dawn season 1, The 100 season 1, and Vikings again. Might go for Haven next, as a way of holding off the inevitable Orphan Black long enough to watch some other shows that'll be on DVD in the next few months. Interesting links: Jessalyn Gilsig is in Heroes and Vikings, and there is a ship flying the Spanish flag in Black Sails and From Dusk Till Dawn. The most epic finale yet remains The 100, season 1 episode 13.
Aug. 20th, 2015 @ 02:14 am Something About The Spikey Wheel Is Bloody Hilarious
What's Ragnarok?
Latest Whim: amusedamused
Sounds Like: Vikings
Aug. 15th, 2015 @ 08:53 pm The Joy Of Handbrake Turns
Way Out
Latest Whim: cheerfulcheerful
Sounds Like: Vikings, Orphan Black, The Lego Movie, Home, Wreck It Ralph
Out of all the PlayStation 3 games I have, why do I play Gran Turismo 5 the most?

An argument could be made that a racing car simulation, in arcade mode, doesn't require the same depth of investment in character of most other videogames, or that playing in 5-10 minute races is easier than committing the time to grind through levels that take half an hour or more.

A more personal argument would be that most of the other games put a great effort into making the character so special and important that only they can save the day, and I don't need my ego that heavily stroked.

Psychoanalytically, it might be said that I am compensating for not having a drivers license.

However, none of that explains why my favourite track is one I made using the game's course maker. It has a long straight, on which a fast car can get up to 150+ mph, which ends in a just-high-enough-to-be-a-jump-ramp slight rise-and-dip, and is followed by sudden turn. This frequently causes a pileup involving most or all of the cars on the track. Occasionally, it means taking the lead by way of flying over the top of the other cars.

The sharp corners on the Rome Circuit can be great fun too.
Aug. 9th, 2015 @ 07:57 pm In Other News I Cannot Stop Listening To The Orphan Black Soundtracks
Dejah Thoris
Latest Whim: coldcold
Sounds Like: Guardians Of The Galaxy, Wreck It Ralph, Tron Legacy, Orphan Black, Star Wars The Clone Wars
Doomsday and Armageddon just had a baby, and it is ugly - Calhoun (Wreck It Ralph)

Season 1 of From Dusk Till Dawn is on repeat on SBS in a couple of weeks, so season 2 ought to be airing soon after. Upcoming DVD release dates include 16 September for Star Wars Rebels season 1 and Avengers Age Of Ultron, 30 September for Tomorrowland, 15 October for Jurassic World, and 21 October for Vikings season 3. Supergirl will probably take off around the same time, and there's even an Evil Dead series. All of these (and Tron appearing in Wreck It Ralph 2) I find myself looking forward to more than Doctor Who. In fact, if it wasn't for the buy-one-get-one-free stickers on the Doctor Who DVDs at the local JB HiFi, there is a fair chance I might have completely forgotten about the next season. And that's after sorting Doctor Who books to put up on EBay. In a week in which we lost Arthur Daley.

Right people, right time, just the wrong location...
Jul. 31st, 2015 @ 04:46 pm The Things I Do Whilst Waiting For Orphan Black Season Four
OB Bionic Rachel
Latest Whim: crankycranky
Sounds Like: Alien Versus Predator, Orphan Black
Alien Versus Predator is an example of how to do a crossover/shared-universe/series-franchise movie properly, if not for being the Aliens-on-Earth movie that Alien Resurrection was supposed to be, or for having Predators hunt something other than humans, then for building a story out of elements of both series without going overboard on one side at the expense of the other. I like it. So I don't get why so many people hate it. True, AVP Requiem is another example of a sequel that doesn't understand what made the original worth watching. However, in light of what Marvel has been building with its cinematic universe, and what DC and everyone else is scrambling to slavishly imitate without fully understanding, it is worth taking a look at an example that not only works well but achieves exactly what it set out to do. As such, Prometheus can be seen less of a failed Alien prequel and more of an overwhelmed Blade Runner sequel. Having said all that, and as interesting as Predators and Cowboys & Aliens were, the continued lack of a Predators prequel set in somewhere like Colonial Salem or Dickensian London is a most notable and disappointing annoyance.
Jul. 23rd, 2015 @ 11:02 pm Sleep Cycle Shot To Hell Again
In The Early Hours
Latest Whim: lethargiclethargic
Sounds Like: Orphan Black, Heroes, Les Revenants, Firefly, Big Hero 6, Falling Skies
Somewhere under the run-of-the-mill seen-it-all-before superhero origin story that is Ant-Man, there is a very funny movie trying to get out. And that's about it.

Too frazzled to have any appropriate response to the imminent closure of all the ABC Shops. I had planned to set aside some money to go splurge at the nearest, half a train line away. Guess that's irony for you.

The closure of the local IGA has had a knock-on effect on some of the other shops in the centre, notably the bakery. And while the Woolworths down the other end of the other shopping centre might be a slightly better place to shop, it is twice as far to walk. Almost makes fast food look like a viable option.

Managed to catch some of the Tour De France.
Jul. 15th, 2015 @ 12:07 am The Show That Should Never Have Been Cancelled Is Reborn
Heroes HRG
Sounds Like: Heroes
Jul. 9th, 2015 @ 09:54 pm I Need To Play This Game
Time Lord's Best Friend
Jul. 6th, 2015 @ 09:08 pm Getting Priorities In Order During Mid-Year Sales
OB Food Fight
Latest Whim: crankycranky
Sounds Like: Once Upon A Time, Maleficent, Orphan Black, Jurassic World, Inside Out, The Matrix
Unfortunately, no one can be told what The Matrix is . . .

The local IGA supermarket closes in 2 weeks time. There is a Coles in the same shopping centre, which I will continue to avoid at all costs. The other shopping centre, over the road, has another IGA down its far end, all the way past the cinema, small banks, and other Dick Smith. Twice as far to walk. There are two delis in much closer walking distance. Also some fast food outlets; it has been too long since I had anything with decent chips.

Orphan Black season 3 is released on DVD in 2 weeks time. Falling Skies season 4 and Home 3D are released in 2 days. Last week I bought ten blu-rays and a DVD (including both Ghostbusters, Lucy, the Matrix trilogy, and Storage 24) for an average price of a few cents over $10. This is the more pressing issue. I need to have enough food set aside to see me through the marathon rewatching that is likely going to take up the rest of the month.

. . . there's only one of me.
Jun. 27th, 2015 @ 06:23 pm Conquest Of Trial Mountain Circuit
Way Out
Latest Whim: accomplishedaccomplished
Sounds Like: Jesus Christ Superstar, Orphan Black
I finally did it.

Gran Turismo 5 --> Arcade Mode --> Single Race --> Trial Mountain Circuit --> --> Pagani Zonda --> 3 laps

On the second and third laps I hit the last-corner jump at exactly the perfect angle and speed to flip the car and send it rolling all the way to past the finish line and back onto its wheels to accelerate away again.

My work here is done :)
Jun. 23rd, 2015 @ 07:18 pm And I Thought Motherhood Would Be Good For Rachel
OB Bionic Rachel
Latest Whim: ecstaticecstatic
Sounds Like: The Lego Movie, Blade Runner, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Clone Wars, Home, Orphan Black
It seems you feel our work is not of benefit to the public

I am counting down the days until the season 3 DVD is released. Because, Almighty Zarquon that was quite the finale! True, I predicted a lot of it, and some of that was easy to see a whole season in advance. However, Orphan Black has truly gone to a whole new level of awesome. And it has got me collecting merchandise again - so far only Funko Pops of Rachel (Pencil Eye version) and Helena, but I ordered the soundtracks the moment I spotted them on EBay. Whilst Helena will always be my favourite clone, Rachel this season has won me over. Truly the best show on television.

Why do weird things keep happening to me?
Jun. 17th, 2015 @ 01:41 am All Hail Our Undisputed Queen And Saviour Tyrannosaurus Rex
Ever Alert!
Latest Whim: crankycranky
Sounds Like: Orphan Black, Les Revenants soundtrack, Jurassic World, Maleficent soundtrack
You should not threaten babies - Helena.

Glad to hear a sequel to Maleficent is in the works.

Jurassic World is a worthy successor to the original.

Sleep cycle completely wrecked again.

Get off my lawn - T Rex (translation).
Jun. 7th, 2015 @ 11:16 pm This Was Supposed To Be The Future
Latest Whim: contemplativecontemplative
Sounds Like: Tomorrowland, Orphan Black, The Lego Movie, Jurassic Park, Blade Runner
In every moment there's a possibility of a better future, but you people won't believe it. And because you won't believe it you won't do what is necessary to make it a reality. - Governor David Nix, Tomorrowland

I won't be seeing Mad Max Fury Road. Because it is overdue, overblown, feeding the wrong wolf, no longer relevant, and absolutely worst of all not filmed in Australia. If a fourth Mad Max film had been made back in the 90s, or even 10-12 years ago, it would have worked. And maybe wouldn't have had concept art that looked like it was copied straight from Dark Sun. And best of all had the distinctive look and feel of the Outback that is only a short drive away.

No, the franchise-revived movie I am most looking forward to is Jurassic World, and the movie I am most pleasantly surprised to be looking forward to seeing again is Tomorrowland. Because, as Ambassador G'Kar once remarked, the future is not what it used to be - and, we should have all had jetpacks by now.

Regarding another future we're fast catching up to: forget about whether Deckard is human or not, or what Harrison Ford's appearance in the upcoming sequel may say in answer to that - is Tyrell still a replicant, as scripted, even though they never got round to filming that scene; and, if so, what does that say about the corporation he ran, and city he lived in? Maybe they're all replicants, and all the humans are living in the Off-World Colonies.

And, like that, my batteries run down and sleep cycle glitches again.
May. 30th, 2015 @ 08:52 pm A Most Curious Development,or, Birds Of Prey Forever
Forever Knight
Latest Whim: crankycranky
Sounds Like: Birds Of Prey Complete Series DVD, Arrow seasons 1 & 2
Batman's little girl is all grown up.

So I buy a DVD set off EBay, from a seller that has "All our DVDs are Region 4 PAL" in all of their listings, and when it gets here the region listed on the back is 1 NTSC. Recalling that the Blu-ray player has played a region 2 PAL DVD before, I put the disc in the machine to see what happens. It plays. Perfectly. My region 4/B PAL machine plays NTSC. Suddenly a list of TV series I haven't seen in years, unavailable in region 4 or B, may now be watchable.

Off to a good start, with great potential, cancelled after only 13 episodes. After all these years, why do I like Birds Of Prey so much? From a technical standpoint, it fixes most of the problems I've always had with superhero shows and movies. The focus is on a team, instead of a single character, and they are not the only ones of their kind in their world. Not only are the costumes stylish, they are used to examine what it means to wear a mask. Continuity and chronology are neither sloppy nor obsessive. And the basic premise, of what happens to Gotham when its most well-known citizen goes away, is not only a great twist, it breathes whole new life into the story. On this last point, personally, as much as I like Batman, I've always been more interested in his support staff and proteges, particularly Alfred, Barbara Gordon, and Huntress. Coincidentally, I also have this issue with Arrow: half the supporting cast are more interesting than the title character.
May. 26th, 2015 @ 12:09 am Captain Rex Is The Ultimate Soldier, or, I Still Hate Mondays
OB Fix Problem
Latest Whim: draineddrained
Sounds Like: Guardians Of The Galaxy, Star Wars The Clone Wars, Bohemian Rhapsody Star Wars Edition
We are fighting a bigger fight - Ahsoka Tano.

The prospect of seeing Star Wars Rebels interests and excites me more than Star Wars The Force Awakens. There, I said it. Leaving aside any potential confrontation between Darth Vader and his former apprentice, the fact that so many characters from The Clone Wars are not only still around during this time but confirmed to be returning - suffice it to say I have lost count of the number of times I have watched the Rebels season 2 trailer. All hail David Filoni.

I am glad to see that the most useless and least interesting character on Orphan Black has finally been killed off. Good riddance to a pointless waste. Hopefully this will mean more screentime for the Cyclops.

In other news, my sleep cycle seems to be settling back into a familiar, less disruptive pattern that makes it easier to maintain the illusion of normality. Though, vampire hours still.
May. 17th, 2015 @ 08:46 pm Uppitty Awayness, or, Sleep Cycle Still A Mess Of Villainous Proportions
Latest Whim: lethargiclethargic
Sounds Like: Home soundtrack, Ladyhawke, Sleepy Hollow, Robin Of Sherwood
Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive...

As much as I've enjoyed the Marvel Cinematic Universe of late, there was a time when I read both DC and Marvel comics. I liked the Christopher Reeve films, as well as the old Batman, Wonder Woman, and even the black-and-white Superman television series. There was a lightness to DC back then, fun and uplifting, which seemed to drain away sometime around the Michael Keaton films. Although I do consider Michelle Pfeiffer to be the definitive Catwoman. Of the recent films, I have only seen The Dark Knight, and then only because a friend paid for the movie ticket. I have absolutely no desire to watch the upcoming dark-and-brooding launch-a-megafranchise Batman/Superman glaring contest. You do not bow down to Superman, if you are in the same room as him you stand taller because you are inspired by his presence. Although I am intrigued by Suicide Squad, as its version of Harley Quinn seems to dress like Doctor Who's companion Ace if Ace was a Cyndi Lauper fan. So it is with welcome surprise that I find myself looking forward to two DC television series: Supergirl and Legends Of Tomorrow. Even if it means I might have to get into Arrow and The Flash, which they grow out of. Legends won me over at the return of seasoned time-traveller Arthur Darvill. The fashion award for most sensibly dressed live-action comic-book character goes to Supergirl. And I might also consider Gotham, as that is the most interesting portrayal of Penguin I have seen in too long a while.
May. 8th, 2015 @ 10:25 pm Star Wars Marathon Imminent
In The Early Hours
Latest Whim: listlesslistless
Sounds Like: Star Wars
I need Star Wars icons.

JB HiFi had a 20% discount sale on blu-rays and DVDs. So I bought Star Wars The Complete Saga Blu-ray boxset, in addition to the Star Wars Clone Wars The Lost Missions Blu-ray I went in there to buy.

Sleep cycle shot to hell again.

Front lawn littered with other people's rubbish again.

May the Force be with you
Apr. 29th, 2015 @ 09:31 pm Thanos: To Infinity And Beyond
What's Ragnarok?
Latest Whim: draineddrained
Sounds Like: Big Hero 6, Marvel Cinematic Universe, A Momentary Lapse Of Reason (Pink Floyd)
Avengers Ages Of Ultron was pretty good, funnier than I expected... and would have been harder to follow if I hadn't spent the weekend marathon-viewing all the previous Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. Some of the earlier DVDs clearly were not made with large television screens or home theatre systems in mind, I might have to replace them with blu-rays; although, the first in the series, Iron Man, now actually seems slow and dull in comparison to more recent entries. As much as I enjoyed this movie, and will see it again soon and don't like saying bad things about stuff I like, if there is one flaw that could derail it for a wider audience it is that a significant amount of time and plot development is spent upon setting up events in future entries in the series. Also, as comical as some scenes and one-liners in Age Of Ultron were, they never provoked the level of hysterical laughter from the audience that the trailer for Ant-Man did.
Apr. 18th, 2015 @ 06:54 pm In Other News Cruella De Vil Is My Favourite Disney Villain
OB Few
Sounds Like: Once Upon A Time season 4, Robin The Hooded Man (Clannad), The Division Bell (Pink Floyd)
Season 3 of Orphan Black starts on SBS in a couple of days.

I was going to spend this weekend marathon-watching seasons 1 and 2 again.

This week I got hold of complete series DVDs of Robin Of Sherwood and Jim Henson's The Storyteller.

Another benefit of being cloned would be finding the time to watch all this...
Apr. 13th, 2015 @ 10:01 pm I Will Still Be Pre-Ordering The Blu-Ray Set When It Is Available
Once I've Won
Latest Whim: cheerfulcheerful
Sounds Like: Once Upon A Time seasons 1-4 marathon
So I finally got tired of waiting for Channel Seven to air season 4 of Once Upon A Time. Most of it seems to be on youtube in relatively good quality. And the inclusion of Frozen seems to warrant fate certainly seems to have a sense of humour wry commentary in the style of Mister Gold. Because Elsa and company fit so naturally into the show you have to wonder if it was planned all along. Which is not exactly possible. True, early in season 1 the word frozen gets stressed a fair bit. And when Charming first meets Snow, in episode 1.03, he thinks that trolls are little people. However, those episodes were written, filmed, and aired not only before Frozen was commissioned, but before the script settled into the story we now all know, and before the name was changed from Anna And The Snow Queen. Also, the link between Maleficent and the Saviour was laid with the unicorns in the first two episodes. Which leads me to wonder, in circuitous ways, if the likes of Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm ever copped as much flak for "rebooting" stories as much as Hollywood is accused of. Three versions of The Maltese Falcon in ten years might sound a lot, to pick a historical example, but it is nothing compared to all the different versions of folk-and-fairy-tales that existed back in the day.