Archive | January, 2007

Review: Deaden.

Deaden tells the story of Rayne, whose wife and unborn child get brutally murdered after his gangster-friends find out that he is an undercover cop. The first ten minutes of the movie show straight away one of the bloodiest, most disgusting scenes ever. It’s like watching the horrible scenes in Gaspar Noé’s „Irreversible“ again, you want to look away, but you have to see the scenes, as they explain the yet-to-come amok run of Rayne: His wife not only gets raped and abused with a baseball bat, but the gangsters also ‘abort’ the baby she is expecting in a quite insane way. And Rayne? He is not only forced to watch his wife die, no, he also gets beaten up and tortured – before they shoot a arrow in his head (damn cool joke) and throw him in the river. But he survives! And after he gets some treatment in a hospital he’s soon back on the street, paying these sons of bitches back for their crimes…

Neither director Christian Viel nor main actor John Fallon made a secret out of their script and intentions: In some interviews they clearly stated that the 2004 remake of “The Punisher” was too soft, and that they wanted to make a “real” revenge movie with Deaden. Well, they achieved this goal for sure.

For sure, some scenes and the whole story will seem somewhat close to other movies – for instance the new mother of revenge movies, Kill Bill, or the famous revenge movies of the 80’s. Strangely coincidentally enough, also a little bit to Crank: While Statham takes Adrenalin all the time during Crank to survive, Rayne takes pain killers and drugs all the time to deal with the physiological as well as psychological damage. By the way, the movie’s name while in production was “Pain Killer” but it had to be changed due to some weird copyright problems, just read the “nice” sign in the credits. But the story has some originality and crazy new ideas, together with unused, fresh locations in the beautiful country that is Canada. Director Viel also must have known that he could never reach a “Hollywood-Look” with HD material, so he skillfully uses various filters on the images, without visually over-killing them.

Like it is with low-budget movies, they always have a drop of bitterness here and there – but after all, this is a dream project that could only be made with little money and lots of energy: While the main actor as well as the bigger supporting actors act very well, there are some smaller roles that come across as a bit amateurish (we are not talking about JoBlo’s gag-scene, though), especially when it comes to some emotional scenes… it’s obvious. And while the Mano-a-Mano fights are both realistic and professional, some of the shooting sequences look a bit unbelievable – like in the warehouse, where everyone seems to be shooting for a long time before finally someone drops dead on the ground. And the digital blood, why?!

But the movie is good at clearing away these small blemishes: Especially John Fallon who is absolutely in the zone with his acting! His expressions and his anger-attacks during the horrible beginning-sequence make the audience feel for him, wanting his revenge together with him. Every act of revenge is like a candy, a good feeling of getting even with these bastards. Also his drug-buddy, played by Deke Richards, delivers a good performance. The music rocks most of the time, sometimes it’s a hint too sentimental, and there are some great below-the-line jokes that’ll make you laugh out loud. Viel obviously has everything under control, and his great sound-mix deserves an honorable mention. Viel shows horrible images only for a couple of frames, to give an impression, and leaves the sound of the scene in full volume going – this way the horror is created in the head, and not through long shots of cheap gore effects.

Running just a bit more then 70 minutes, the movie is a bit short – but thank god Viel didn’t even try to blow it up to ninety minutes, following that stupid trend nowadays that movies need to be as long as possible. That is brave, that makes sense, this way the movie doesn’t have a single boring minute on screen. In the end, Viel and Fallon can be totally proud of their baby: It delivers.


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Anus - Zune.

Yes, there is a joke hidden. Study the image carefully, then throw yourself on the floor and laugh your ass off. Seems like one of the biggest companies in the world needs some new designers. It’s the original image, only switched horizontally side-to-side. What do you think? Found on ‘The Braindead Monkeys‘.


Clapton live in Shanghai.

Eric Clapton Live in Shanghai Stadium

I don’t remember the exact year, but it must have been at least four or five years ago. Billy Crystal was the host of the academy awards that year and a hilarious clip was shown before the show or as advertisement: Billy Crystal goes to the cinema, buys a popcorn, goes to his theatre, sits down, watches the commercials and as soon as the movie begins, he pulls up a tripod with a camcorder attached to capture the movie. That was a brilliant joke, back then this crazy sport was just getting famous. What the hell has this to do with Eric Clapton, you ask?

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I am going to cry now.

Another earthquake off Taiwan has further hindered the repair work of the damaged undersea communication cables, extending the schedule by at least 15 days. Workers found more damage to the thin cable lines after an earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale shook the sea around the island at 11:13am on Wednesday, Shanghai Securities News said today. An official with Hong Kong’s Office of Telecommunications estimated that the first phase of repairs would be finished by end of this month.

I don’t even dare to read it all. This situation is really horrible, I am not able to work on my websites, neither I can call my partners in Europe since the Skype connection is horrible. What a b.s. situation, really.


digg life cycle explanation.

Stan Schroeder from ‘franticindustries‘ explains the digg story life cycle in a post:

Many people think that getting on the front page of Digg is pure luck. You submit a story, then either its noticed and it gets virally dugg to infinity, or no one sees it and it falls down to oblivion. This could not be farther from the truth. Digg is using advanced algorithms and at least a dozen different ways to nurture your story and help it reach the front page – if its worthy. Never will your story be alone, unattended, and unseen: from the first second its submitted and throughout the entire next day, Digg automatically does whatever it can to expose it to people who might find it interesting.

There is a lot of information is this post, even some stuff I never heard or thought about. Quite interesting for diggers, read it here.


Update on Internet situation.

CNET Asia reports:

‘It’s now been nearly a month since a Boxing Day earthquake near Taiwan damaged some of the Internet cables that connect China to the rest of the world. International Web sites are still accessible from China, much in the same way that a magazine at the other end of a football field is technically readable if you have binoculars. You can do it with some patience, but it’s a drag turning the page.’

Found via Imagethief.


How to buy a PC in China.

You have to carefully select your computer store. Dont go with one on one of the first floors, and dont go with one that is too loyal to certain brands. Dont go with one that is too small or too big.

This is only one of many tips that John from ‘Sinosplice‘ published. It’s an interesting post about buying a computer in China, click here to read it. If you are a Windows user, that is.


Apple TV or Mac mini?!

Iyaz Akhtar has published a really good post over at ‘The Apple Blog‘, comparing both system’s features and prices:

After you decide how much money you are willing to spend, the main factor to consider is content – what kind of content do you already have? Do you have DRMed iTunes music and video? Both machines play DRMed iTunes media. Are you a DivX fanatic? Then the Apple TV is incapable of handling your media. Keep in mind that the Apple TV can play anything an iPod can. It is effectively a headless 40GB iPod with an HDMI out. If you want to be able to run backed-up copies of your homemade DVDs, then an Apple TV may not be the best option for you.

Read the full post, it makes it quite easy to decide which system to go for.