The blog of a Sci-Fi Geek

Fri 28 September , 07

Coming Soon

Filed under: Film — SFG @ 21:01

Coming soon to a cinema near you … it’s Balls of Fury!
The last time I looked, there was no UK release date for this film, but now my local cinema has the date of the 19th of October.

Sun 23 September , 07

[REVIEW] Shoot ’em Up

Filed under: Film review — SFG @ 16:19

5/5

Shoot ‘em Up is a maniacal, over-the-top action comedy. In fact it’s so over the top that the top is no longer in view.

At the start of the film we are introduced to Mr. Smith (Clive Owen) looking one step above a tramp, sitting on a street bench eating a carrot (the film is made by Warner Bros.!).
Moments later we see a heavily pregnant woman staggering by, only moments away from giving birth. At this, Smith isn’t even remotely interested. Then we hear a car screech and crash and a thug proclaim he’s going to kill the woman. This gets Smith’s attention. From this point on (and we are only about 3 minutes into the film) the body-count starts.

Last year Clive Owen starred in a film which which involved gunfights and chases, delivering a baby, and protecting the child from evil. This year Clive Owen stars in a film that involves gunfights and chases, delivering a baby, and protecting the child from evil.
Owen is a natural for this type (as well as the other) type of role. He’s got the same mojo Bruce Willis has in the “Die Hard” films and Kurt Russell does in his John Carpenter films or Sam Jackson in pretty much any film he’s ever been in. If you ever wanted to know how Clive Owen would do in a James Bond film, then watching parts of this film will give you your answer. At times I thought it was the best Bond film never made. At other times I thought it would be a film that Tarantino would be proud to have directed.

Shoot ’em Up is a ridiculously violent film that both emulates and satirises the hyper-violent action film genre. It has a body (and bullet) count to rival the war in Afghanistan, which is ironic given that the messaage of the film is anti-guns, yet the means of the film is very much pro-guns. It’s a nice dichotomy that works well.

Over-the-top, cartoonish and ridiculously violent, this film rivals Crank for sheer stupidity – at one point Smith has a shoot-out while shagging Bellucci’s maternal prostitute.
I’d urge you to go see this now … this is probably the most enjoyable film I’ve seen all year.
Take my advice, give your brain a break, sit back and simply enjoy the silliness of this hardcore action extravaganza.

Mon 17 September , 07

DSV-1 Liberator

Filed under: DSV-1, Personal — SFG @ 12:29

As a follow-up to this entry I made in March this year, I can now report that I am the proud owner of a partially assembled DSV-1 Liberator resin model.

It needs a lot of restoration work doing to it. Paint needs removing. Panels that were attached wonky need re-attaching straight.
I’m going to start on the paint stripping this week (today actually). I really don’t want to damage any of the kit so I’m going to have to be super-careful.
I’ve bought some fine grit wet ‘n’ dry and I’ll be sourcing a scalpel and a set of small files of assorted shapes for the more intricate work.

I already have many photos detailing some of the botches that have been made to the model so far (see below), but as an example of what it could end up looking like take a look-see here. This is the exact same model that I have. I can, at this moment, only dream of a finished model like that one.

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011012Wonky Weapons Strut

I think from all these images you can see that the paint hasn’t been applied too thickly, as the detail of the model is still clearly visible. This should mean the paint clean-up will hopefully be pain free. We’ll see.

Since taking the images above I have actually broken this down to it’s main units; 3 weapons pods with struts attached to each, the (assembled) drive unit, and the main hull. During this I discovered that one of the weapons pod struts had been attached wonky (final image above), so that will need removing and reattaching straight.

A huge thank you should go out to Wayne M. He was the person that sold me this model. We had been in contact since the 20th of August, and he was simply fantastic at answering any questions I had regarding the model. He even posted it to me on approval – at his own expense, so thank you very much Wayne.

I will be keeping this blog updated on the progress I make on the model, so stay tuned. (8+)

Sat 15 September , 07

Femtroopers FTW!

Filed under: Fun, Geek — SFG @ 15:45

Okay, this post is all about feeding the inner (adolescent) geek in me, so if there are any female readers that take offense at the rampant fanboyism of the content of this blog entry then I apologise in advance.

What I’m going to do here is simply quote one of the comments I read on moviecritic.com.au – simply because I couldn’t put it better :
A few of the guys have admirably made attempts to explains the appeal.
Let me try.
GIRLS IN STORMTROOPER UNIFORMS … COOL
It is like catching a glimpse into the handbag of a fine looking women and seeing that she has a set of roleplaying dice.

Geekness is not a male only domain but it comes close at times.

True Geek Chicks are a rare commodity and we love and cherish everyone of them.

Same reason we like www.leiasmetalbikini.com.

I’m not sure the bare midriff makes sense, but given that the stormtrooper armour doesn’t seem to do any actual good anyway, then I guess that’s okay …

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Top row images from : left, middle, right.
Bottom row images : left, middle, right.

I guess now we know the real reason why TK 421 wasn’t at his post.
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