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The trailer looked interesting, so thought I'd give this one a go.
3 astronauts set off on a multi-month mission to Mars to meet up with a colony already there. As the title gives away, someone else is found on board, unconscious, and the movie continues from there. Notice I didn't say it 'picks up' from there, as this is as fast as it gets.
Toni Collette, Daniel Dae Kim & a horrendously miscast Anna Kendrick are the trained astronauts and Shamier ('what was HE in?) Anderson is the titular stowaway, who somehow managed to knock himself unconcious inside the outer wall of the spaceship, and was then closed in by partially sighted technicians, and no-one noticed he was missing for the several hours the rocket was on the pad.
It's a ridiculous premise, which spoils the film before its started. There was a fair amount of research done into the artificial gravity concept, unfortunately that research was done by Scott Manley via the medium of Kerbal Space Program (really, he's in the credits) so that was probably a major mis-step.
As far as the rest of the plot, most of what peril there is comes from the obvious lack of oxygen. it seems the ship was built for 2, but was stretched for 3, so an expected passenger shortens everyone's life expectancy to several thousand miles before mars.
It's Gravity without the tension crossed with Apollo 13 without the genuine sense of peril or the desire to see them get home. Mainly because they have no intention of turning around and coming home, and that's the problem. It's a cast of 4 filmed inside a tiny set. We don't see their destination so have no desire to see them get there. We don;t know anything about the astronauts so don't really care about their families. Michael, the Stowaway, has a sister back home but she's set for life once it's discovered he's on the ship, so there's nothing to go back to.
It's a kind of story that bizarrely would play better on stage in a different setting. There's no-one to relate to, no desire to see their ultimate fate and seeing as the whole movie hinges on at least one of them dying so the others can continue on their journey, you won't find yourself caring which one eventually does.
Ok, the performances are ok, the set is impressive (although I did see Osma drainage channel gratings used as vent panels, which was amusing), and what science & tech they manage to get right, they do well.
It't just not a satisfying film. you won't get anything out of it.
This item was edited on Monday, 3rd May 2021, 20:00
Well, that was interesting. Had the jab Tuesday. Straight in & out like a well-oiled machine. Sat in the car for the obligatory 15 minutes to make sure I didn't explode or something, then drove home all fine. No problems all day.
Yesterday morning woke up, arm in pain, body aching. Nothing too dramatic, then as the day went on just felt more and more lethargic until GTA lost its appeal and I decided on an old-man nap.
3 hours later and I wake up feeling stupidly warm. Grabbing the thermometer it reads 38.3. Oh poo. Hastily I grab the leaflets I was given to look through the side effects, as I was aware that if you're one of those people who have Covid but have no symptoms (like last March) then the vaccine reacts and the symptoms start showing.
However the side effects do include a High Temperature/Fever, and shouldn't be of concern unless it lasts more than 2 days. This morning I'm a nice boring 35.8. Still, got another day off work. Back to GTA I go
Si Wooldridge says...
"I do wish that there was some way to legislate mandatory training for cops in the US that included de-escalation techniques so their first response is not to shoot."
They tried that, then some cop last week confused her taser for her firearm and killed someone anyway.
I'm no Luddite, in fact I embrace swathe of new technology, most of it way out of my budget, but any autonomous vehicle is going to be fraught with danger if employed whereever humans may roam.
I'm also a fan of gadgets, especially ones in cars to make the driving experience more amiable. But this comes with its own drawbacks. As my dear old pop used to say; "fill a car up with more crap, there's more crap to go wrong with it."
Machines are fallible, mainly because they're created by man. Modern cars come with no user servicable parts, and a lot of engines are just slabs of plastic with a couple of places where the manufacturers bless you with the priviledge of filling up the brake fluid once in a while.
The first inkling all of this rubbish was when Amazon was touting the idea of employing delivery drones. My first though was 'what happens when the signal is interrupted, or it hits a bird, then falls out of the sky and takes out a bus queue?'
Now you've got idiots going for a drive in their Teslas while sitting in the passenger seat, deliberately reading a book so show how indifferent they are to the danger they're putting themselves in, and everyone else around them.
In my capacity as a truck driver, it's become a built-in skill to anticipate what every other idiot on the road may or may not do. in some cases that means looking 5 cars ahead, or to the side, or through a hedge on a country road, and can adjust accordingly. Autonomous vehicle can only see what's directly in front or behind them, and they sure as hall can't read facial expressions or body language like a human
Keep the machines under the bonnet, and away from the steering wheel, thanks
Bit of an odd one, this. You've probably seen the trailer, with unassuming Bob (Saul) Odenkirk leathering 5 bad guys on a bus. Obviously the story is a little more convoluted than that.
In all honesty, if you haven't heard of this movie, don't watch that trailer and go in blind, as it gives away all the pertinent points.
It's John Wick. The Equaliser. Taken. Any Jason Statham of that ilk.
That's not to say it's not without its highlights. Bob plays the part well, better than a couple I just mentioned, but it's a shame the plot is so hackneyed & obvious. The realism of the fight scenes are a bonus though, and the cinematography is especially worthy of note.
Watchable, certainly. Original? of course not.
This item was edited on Friday, 16th April 2021, 06:35
Vaccine rollout extended to over-45s, which includes me. All booked for Tuesday, with the second jab on my birthday.
Booking process very simple, the website was buckling a bit under the strain but I think I was early enough to beat the rush.
One of the known impacts of Brexit was that freight entering & leaving the country would be subject to clearance checks before continuing on their way. About a year ago the Government sidestepped every planning regulation in the land to start work on the Sevington Inland Border facility, a gigantic lorry park where the freight will be processed, and as of right now, some truckers are getting Covid checks as well.
No-one knew this facility would going to be built untl a week before when local residents received letters about it, that it was going to happen, and there was nothing they could do about it. Al the locals managed to do was to demand on a 'buffer zone', where land between the truckstop and a nearby village would be guaranteed not to be developed, protecting the villagers (& their property values). This was agreed, but give it 5 years and that'll probably be torn up as well.
Now, a freedom of information request by the main local news company asking for details of any environmental impact the truckstop will have has been rejected by the Environment Agency and also the Department of Transport.
The reasons given are pure bullshit word salad.
This line is of interest though.
It said it had taken into account representations made by contractors* it had commissioned to investigate the potential impact of the development of the site that became fully operational last month.
Its response said that having done so, it was invoking exemptions that permitted authorities to withhold information which “if disclosed would adversely affect the confidentiality of commercial or industrial information to protect a legitimate economic interest"**.*Developers lie. They have done for decades. They will spin facts and information towards the positive so they can secure the contract and get the money. I work on the fringes of the construction industry and have known this since day one. Any developer who told the council anything they didn't want to hear wouldn;t have got the job.
**Money before public health.
Luckily, someone in the comments section did the math
A 44 ton HGV travelling 1 mile will emit 161.8 grams of CO2 per ton-mile. Most of the HGVs using this facility will be the max loaded ones weighing 44 tons. If the HGV has to do a 10 mile round trip to get to this facility it will emit 161.8 x 10 x 44 = 71.192 Kg of CO2. If you add on 20% for idling time etc you get 85.43 Kg of CO2 per vehicle per trip to the park. 1700 vehicles a day will produce 145231Kg of CO2 per day or 145.231 tons of CO2 which equates to 53,000 tons of CO2 per year and that is without the energy consumed by electrical supplies, lighting, gas for heating etc.
This goes against absolutely everything in the Freight Carbon Review of 2017 which is why they are keeping it a secret. The people living there are going to be getting the equivelant of 1600 full Jumbo Jets flying from London to Edinburgh each year or 4.4 Jumbo Jets worth of London to Edinburgh pollution dumped on them a day.
This item was edited on Sunday, 11th April 2021, 11:14
"James Mangold will be behind the camera for the film. Steven Spielberg will executive-produce along with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. John Williams will also return as composer on the film."
And no doubt Lucas will be hanging around, putting his oar in where it isn't needed and screwing the whole thing up. Again.
You can't help but wonder what the film industry as a whole would be like if the directors & screenwriters, normally hired for their 'vision', were actually allowed to make the movies they actually wanted to make, without highly-paid producers sticking their oars in and generally screwing up the whole thing.
I'd just love to see the Wright Cut of Ant-Man some day.
This item was edited on Friday, 9th April 2021, 09:02
Precedents exist for the repealing of amendments. The 18th amendment (Prohobition) was repealed by the 21st. Arguements on both sides make (seemingly) convincing cases, but when it comes to devices designed specifically to kill, or threaten to kill, then I'd rather be a stinking Lib, thanks.
This item was edited on Thursday, 8th April 2021, 20:49
Just 25% of the public calls themselves Republicans -- close to the lowest (22%) that Gallup has ever measured since it started doing telephone-based polling. (Another 15% say they lean to Republicans.)
When you combine those two data points, you get this: Not many people want to be a Republican at the moment. The party's brand is quite clearly damaged after four years of Donald Trump seeking to break every political norm possible.
This item was edited on Thursday, 8th April 2021, 12:29
They are cute, but it doesn't fill me confidence. The gremlins reference is understandable, but removing the 2016 disaster from the equation, they feel very out of place, as does Rudd's reaction to them.
We know Rudd is a teacher, and is familiar with the original Ghostbusters, so would remember the original Stay-Puft marshmallow man, making his cutesy reaction out of place. There are rumours this might be an ad for sweet-related merchandise.
But probably not. This looks like it might be more geared towards a younger audience, especially with McKenna in the gunner's seat, as it were.
Better than the previous lot. More monster on monster action without cutting away to the less interesting human drama. Satisfying conclusion, Mecha-Godzilla made sense and wasn't just thrown in for brownie points...
...Unlike the inclusion of flavour of the month Millie Bobby Brown. On the cast list for name alone as she contributes less than nothing to the overall story. Even Julian Dennision only has one action that has any bearing on the movie, and frankly, that role could have been portrayed by someone spilling a coffee over a laptop, seriously. Their entire parts feel like an afterthought. But take them out and the movie's only an hour long.
Other than that, would recommend
The disclaimer might be a giveaway
QI accepts no responsibility for any injury, infection, psychological distress or other bodily damage sustained via sexual misadventure relating to the content on this website. You absolute perverts
Looks like it's a cast full of 'Hey, it's... that guy', but a sift through Imdb is interesting.
Joel Egerton was Owen Lars in Ep 3, and Bonnie Piesse was Beru, so probably the same roles?
Rupert Friend was recently Hitman 47, but he was in Boy with the Striped Pyjamas & the Young Victoria etc
Kumail Nanjiani seems to have been in a lot of low-brow boner comedies (Hot Tub Time Machine, Sex tape) so he'll probably be the comic relief.
Looking forward to it, but also hoping they don't go overboard and screw up the overall timeline, but I'm hoping they touch on how Obi-Wan managed to age 40 years in 19.