August 2008

No End in Sight: In full, on YouTube

No End in Sight poster No End in Sight is an insider’s tale of wholesale incompetence, recklessness and venality that chronicles the reasons behind Iraq’s descent into guerilla war, warlord rule, criminality and anarchy.

This Oscar nominated, Sundance winning documentary hits DVD in the UK on 3rd November, but if you are too impatient to wait – or too cheap to splash out – you are in luck. No End in Sight will début, in full, on YouTube on Monday.

The film already has its own YouTube channel. Go check it out.

(via CHUD)

Im back my email may not be

You may have noticed a bit of a hiatus on the site over the last week or so. This has been a result of me being out of the country enjoying a bit of sun, but no sea. But now Im back and normal service will be resumed just as soon as I figure out what it means to be normal.

However, I have noticed a rather worrying gap in my inbox. So if youve sent me an email at any time in the last eleven days and I havent replied to you yet, it may be safest if you email me again.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Modern Slavery

There are more slaves today than ever before in human history. In 2007, Slave Traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined.

Call + Response is a campaigning documentary that goes deep undercover to the places where slavery is thriving - from the child brothels of Cambodia to the slave brick kilns of rural India – to expose the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets.

The filmmakers are also creating interactive field projects for each aspect of human slavery: sex slavery, labor slavery, child soldiers and child slavery. All profits from the use of the film, DVD, soundtrack, iTunes downloads will be directed, by the viewers, to these projects with clear start and finish points (such as a landrover for a child soldier rehab camp, or sewing machines for a after-care training facility). Their goal is to fund and celebrate completed projects together in community and to close the loop by allowing viewers to become participants in the solution.

The film is the call, and they are asking for a response. Watch the trailer, post it and join their Facebook and MySpace groups. Do More.

Its Coraline week

On Rotten Tomatoes (via Twitch)

Cinema Rage

Click here for some context.

Uncut The Devils

Why wont the backers behind Ken Russells masterpiece The Devils let us see the film in its complete form?

V: The Motion Picture

Remember V, the 1980s miniseries? Granted the Nazi allegory was about as subtle as a sledgehammer but the series did work and – having watched it again a few years ago – it stands up surprisingly well.

So Im relatively optimistic about the news that there is a film on the way but it gets better. El Mayimbe at Latino Review has managed to lay his hands not only on the script for the film but also its intended sequel, V: The 2nd Generation and its all sounding remarkably positive.

Loved it then, and love it still.  The script’s biggest success is modernizing the premise into a well-paced story that draws parallels to the modern war in Iraq.  As a script, V: THE MOVIE tells an epic story solidly. The plot follows many key and important characters but focuses mainly on news cameraman Mike as he fights his way to expose the true nature of the hostile alien threat, while joining a small but growing number of human resisters against the alien occupation.  

The story worked 25 years ago and still works today. The lead characters, the central conflict and the overall plot are extremely similar to INDEPENDENCE DAY and V FOR VENDETTA and in fact V: THE MOVIE could be pitched as those two mentioned rolled into one. Drawing upon the major Orwellian themes found in the aforementioned films, while coupling it with a blood thirsty hostile alien race looking to steal earth’s resources and enslaving mankind, the script is no doubt HUGELY commercial!

There is a more spoileriffic summary of the film over here.

Alex De La Iglesia to film The Yellow “M”

From Twitch comes some good news for fans of Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia. He has signed on to direct and co-write a live action adaptation of Edgar P. Jacobs The Yellow “M”.

Things are even better for Spanish speakers (and those of us who remain optimistic about subtitled DVD sets) as he is also co-writing, co-producing and directing a 26 episode Spanish SF sitcom called Pluton Verbenero which is slated for a September première.

There Will Come Soft Rains: Animated

In 1984, soviet studio Uzbekfilm produced a short animated adaptation of the Ray Brabury short story There Will Come Soft Rains. As is increasingly inevitable these days, the film has turned up on the internet.

Enjoy.

Toxic

Its bad enough that Quentin Tarantino is talking about remaking Russ Meyers Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! but the Daily Telegraph (via) is claiming that Britney Spears has accepted the role of Varla.

If this is true, then the apocalypse is not just nigh, its already happened. And before you ask, yes we are all going to hell in a handcart.

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