Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Friday, 20 April 2012
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
I recently watched Shutter Island for the first time and immediately noticed more than a few connections with Batman which, in much the same way Pink Floyd's Darkside of the Moon syncs up with Wizard of Oz allowed me a glimpse at the kind of Bat flick I suspect someone like Christopher Nolan would have liked to make if he was given complete free reign over DC's biggest cash cow.
The most obvious between the two is of course the institutions themselves, it doesn't take the worlds number one bat freak to connect Shutter Island and Arkham Asylum but it is strange how Scorsese's picture and the video game by Rocksteady Studios (both of which where released in 2009 although Shutter Island didn't get a full release till 2010) look so similar from being set on an island, the interiors of some of the buildings and both even have hidden caves located on the sides of inaccessible cliffs. But what are the other similarities that make this the greatest bat flick never made (the following contains spoilers)...
IMDB noted this could be an intentional reference to the Huldra (Skogsra) who are wood nymphs in Norwegian mythology that seduce men and eventually turn into trees...
A couple of other bat rouges also make cameos...
Elias Koteas plays a patient who's face is divided in two not unlike Harvey Dent....
And just to keep the game going in Shutter Island the hero is drawn toward a light house almost like a bat signal...
Monday, 16 April 2012
This is some of my favorite music clips from You Tube a mix of the homemade and live performances from long since forgotten TV shows but all are devoid of T4 guff and polish, preferring content over style and taking the music and giving it a solid gold spark that you can't help but look at and think, 'Yasss...'
5. Pop Will Eat Itself - Bulletproof (Phoenix Festival 1994)
Check that crowd...
4. KLF & Extreme Noise Terror- 3am Eternal (1992 Brit Awards)
3. The Small Faces - Song Of A Baker
2. Iggy Pop- Nightclubbing
1. the MC5- American Ruse
Saturday, 14 April 2012
Friday, 13 April 2012
Soldier is not in any way as good as it should have been but it's worth pointing out that when it was released it was touted as an unofficial sequel to Blade Runner (in that it is supposed to exist in the same universe there's also a wrecked Spinner in amongst all the rubbish). Despite it's many faults (the acting in parts strives for Ed Wood quality) it does have Kurt Russell which puts it one above most action flicks, if only it hadn't taken it's self so seriously it would certainly have enjoyed a better reputation than the one it will be forever stuck with. Enjoy (or at least give it a go.)