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Wednesday 15th March 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on March 15, 2017 by bishshat

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Moontrap Target Earth

A long forgotten ancient spacecraft discovered on Earth. Investigations carried out by Scout transport her to the moon whereupon she meets the impressive machines preserving the wisdom of that long lost civilization. As good as Passsengers was last night this movie was bad..BAD!

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Tuesday 14th March 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on March 14, 2017 by bishshat

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Passengers

Passengers is a 2016 American science fiction adventure film directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Jon Spaihts. It stars Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne and Andy García. The film tells about two people who wake up 90 years too soon from an induced hibernation on board a spaceship bound for a new planet.

The film was released in the United States on December 21, 2016 in 2D and RealD 3D by Columbia Pictures. It has grossed $294 million worldwide. The film was nominated for Best Original Score and Best Production Design at the 89th Academy Awards.

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The starship Avalon is transporting over 5,000 colonists and crew in hibernation pods to the planet Homestead II, a journey that takes 120 years. Thirty years into its journey, the ship encounters an asteroid belt, in which it collides with a large asteroid. As a result of the collision, the ship’s protective energy shield is weakened enough to allow a small asteroid to pass through the shield, impacting the ship. This causes a malfunction that awakens one passenger, mechanical engineer Jim Preston (Chris Pratt), 90 years too early.

After a year of isolation, with no company except Arthur (Michael Sheen), an android bartender, Jim contemplates suicide. One day he notices beautiful Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) in her pod. Her video profile reveals she is a writer with a humorous personality. After struggling with the morality of manually reviving Aurora for companionship, he awakens her, claiming her pod malfunctioned like his. The only one knowing about what Jim did, is Arthur. He promises Jim to not tell Aurora about why she really woke up. Aurora, devastated she may grow old and die before the ship reaches Homestead II, attempts a fruitless effort at re-entering hibernation, just as Jim had tried. Eventually, she accepts her situation and begins writing a book about her experiences. Jim and Aurora grow closer, becoming lovers.

Another year later Arthur reveals the truth to Aurora. She is distraught, alternately berating, shunning, and physically attacking Jim. Soon after, however, another pod failure awakens Gus (Laurence Fishburne), a Chief Deck Officer. The three discover multiple failures in the ship’s systems, getting worse all the time, which will eventually cause the ship to break down if not repaired. Gus attempts repairs with Jim and Aurora’s help, while Aurora still blames Jim for stealing her life, claiming it is tantamount to murder. Gus’ body begins failing; medical tests in the Autodoc, an automated medical diagnostics and treatment pod, show that his hibernation pod’s malfunction has physically damaged his body, and he has hours left to live. Before dying, Gus gives Jim and Aurora his ID badge to access crew areas and repair the ship.

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The two discover a series of holes through the ship’s hull from the asteroid collision two years earlier and find out that it damaged the computer administering the fusion reactor that is powering the ship. This has been causing all the malfunctions on the ship, for the computer is trying to fix multiple problems, but overloads while doing so. Attempts to repair the computer lead to further reactor damage. Jim realizes that the reactor must be vented by opening the vent hatch from the exterior of the ship.

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Aurora assists while admitting she is terrified of losing Jim and living on the ship alone. Aurora, from inside the ship, and Jim, outside, successfully vent the reactor. However, Jim’s tether snaps and his damaged spacesuit is losing oxygen. Aurora retrieves and resuscitates Jim in the Autodoc, relieved that he is alive and seemingly forgiving him for his decision; the two share a moment of embrace. Jim later learns that the Autodoc can act as a makeshift hibernation pod for Aurora. Since there is only one Autodoc, she realizes this would mean never seeing Jim again.

Eighty-eight years later, the ship’s passengers and crew awaken on schedule shortly before arrival on Homestead II. They discover a small house amid lush vegetation on the ship’s grand concourse area. Aurora’s book reveals that she chose to stay awake with Jim and finish writing her story.

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Monday 13th March 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on March 13, 2017 by bishshat

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1492: Conquest of Paradise

Adventure/drama film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Roselyne Bosch, which tells the fictionalized story of the discovery of the New World by the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus (Gérard Depardieu) and the effect this had on the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

In the beginning, Columbus is obsessed with making a trip westwards to Asia, but lacks crew and a ship. The Catholic theologians at the University of Salamanca heavily disapprove of it, and they are not keen on ideas that go against the writings of Ptolemaeus. After continuous warnings at the monastery, he becomes involved in a brawl with the monks, ending up lying in the monastery courtyard to pay penance. His eldest son, Diego, one of the monks, looks on disapprovingly. As Columbus continues his penance through a vow of silence, he is approached by Martín Pinzon, a shipowner from Palos, who introduces Columbus to the banker Santángel. Queen Isabella I (Sigourney Weaver) owes money to Santángel. Columbus meets with the queen, who grants him his journey in exchange for his promise to bring back sufficient amounts of riches in gold.

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Columbus tricks many crewmen by telling them that the voyage would only last seven weeks. He goes to confession at the monastery to absolve his sins, and the monk reluctantly gives him absolution, as he is unable to inform the crewmen without breaking his oath. The next morning, three ships leave for the trip to Asia, with the flagship being the Santa Maria. During the voyage at night, Captain Méndez notices him navigating by the stars, a skill previously known only to the Moors. Columbus then happily teaches how to use the quadrant to find the North Star and that the 28th parallel must be followed to find land. Nine weeks go by and still no sign of land. The crew becomes restless and the other captain turns against Columbus. He tries to reinvigorate them, to let them see the dream that he wishes to share. While some of the crewmen were still not convinced, the main sail suddenly catches the wind, which the crewmen see as a small act of God’s willingness. At night, Columbus notices mosquitoes on the deck, indicating that land is not far off. Some days later, Columbus and the crew spot an albatross flying around the ship, before disappearing. Suddenly, out of the mist they see Guanahani (“San Salvador”) with lush vegetation and sandy beaches, the first discovery of the New World.

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They befriend the local natives, who show them gold they have collected. Columbus teaches one of them Spanish so that they are able to communicate. He then informs them that they are to return to Spain momentarily to visit the Queen and bring the word of God. They leave behind a group of crewmen to begin the colonisation of the New World. Columbus receives a high Spanish honour from the Queen and has dinner with the Council. They express disappointment with the small amount of gold he brought back, but the Queen approves of his gifts. On the 2nd expedition, Columbus takes 17 ships and 1,500 men with him to the island; however, all the crewmen left behind are found to have been killed. When the tribe is confronted by Columbus and his troops, they tell him that other strangers came and savaged them. Columbus chooses to believe them, but his commanding officer Moxica is not convinced. They begin to build the city of La Isabela and eventually manage to hoist the town bell into its tower, symbolising the arrival of Christianity in the New World.

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Four years later, Moxica cuts the hand off one of the natives, accusing him of lying about the whereabouts of gold. The word of this act of violence spreads throughout the native tribes and they all disappear into the forest. Columbus begins to worry about a potential war arising, with the natives heavily outnumbering them. Upon return to his home, he finds his house ablaze by Moxica and his followers, confirming his unpopularity among a certain faction of the settlers. Soon, the tribes arrive to fight the Spaniards and the island becomes war-torn, with Columbus’ governorship being reassigned with orders for him to return to Spain.

Christopher Columbus is accused of nepotism and offering administrative positions to his personal friends, thereby injuring the pride of the nobles such as Moxica; so, he is replaced by de Bobadilla. It is revealed that Amerigo Vespucci has already discovered the mainland America. Therefore, Columbus returns to Castile. Columbus is sentenced to many years in prison, but he is bailed out by his sons soon after. When summoned by the Queen about seeing the New World again, he makes a case for her about his dream to see the New World. She agrees to let him take a final voyage, with the proviso that he does not go with his brothers nor returns to Santo Domingo or the other colonies. Columbus and his son go to Panama.The closing scene shows him old, with his youngest son writing down his tales of the New World.

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Christopher Columbus: The Discovery

Christopher Columbus: The Discovery is a 1992 American-British-Spanish historical adventure film directed by John Glen. It was the last project developed by the father and son production team of Alexander and Ilya Salkind (best known for the Superman films starring Christopher Reeve in the title role). The film follows events after the fall of the Emirate of Granada (an Arab principality which was located in the south of Spain), and leads up to the voyage of Columbus to the New World in 1492.

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Its behind-the-scenes history involved an elaborate series of financial mishaps, which later brought about an emotional falling-out between Alexander and Ilya; as a frustrated Alexander would later lament in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, “I know, after this, that I’ll never make movies again.”

The film was released for the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage. The premiere took place at almost the exact same time as 1492: Conquest of Paradise, which has often led to confusion between the two films but this later film is worse of the two.

Sunday 12th March 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on March 12, 2017 by bishshat

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The Royal Hunt of the Sun

The Royal Hunt of the Sun is a 1969 British-American film based on the play of the same name by Peter Shaffer. It stars Robert Shaw as Francisco Pizarro and Christopher Plummer as the Inca leader Atahualpa. Plummer appeared in stage versions of the play before appearing in the film, which was shot in Latin America and Spain. The film and play are based on the Spanish conquest of Peru by Pizarro in 1530.

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With a small rag-tag band of soldiers, Francisco Pizarro enters the Inca Empire and captures its leader, Atahualpa. Pizarro promises to free him in return for a golden ransom, but later finds himself conflicted between his desire to conquer and his friendship for his captive…

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The play begins in Spain, where Pizarro recruits 167 men for an expedition to Peru. He is accompanied by his second-in-command Hernando de Soto, and Vincente de Valverde, a Catholic priest determined to spread the shining light of Christianity. It is narrated or commented upon by Old Martin, a jaded man in his mid-fifties. Young Martin – another character in the play – is his younger counterpart, integrated with the time-frame in which the expedition commences. At the beginning of the voyage he is obsessed with chivalry, glory and honour, but becomes increasingly disillusioned throughout, as Pizarro’s crisis of faith also unravels.

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The Spanish invade Peru, hungry for gold. After many weeks, they climb a mountain to reach the abode of Atahualpa, the king of Incas and also the son of the Sun god. The Spaniards massacre 3,000 Incas and take Atahualpa captive. Instead of killing him, Pizarro makes a deal with Atahualpa whereby, if he fills an entire room with objects made from gold in two months, Atahualpa will be set free and will not harm Pizarro. As the room fills up, Pizarro and Atahualpa become increasingly close. Pizarro, who suffers constant pain from an old wound, has a crisis of faith. He reveals to Martin that he used to dream of the Sun God as a child. When the room is finally filled, Pizarro asks Atahualpa to swear to leave his men unharmed, but the king refuses. The Spaniards urge Pizarro to have Atahualpa executed, and the beginnings of a mutiny against Pizarro stir. Atahualpa tells Pizarro to allow his men to kill him, because, as the son of the Sun, he will revive the morning after anybody kills him. Pizarro agrees to do this, and is inducted into the Incan religion by Atahualpa personally. Atahualpa is decreed to burn at the stake, and Pizarro has this changed to strangling (since Atahualpa’s body is required intact for the rebirth to work) if Atahualpa agrees to be baptised. He does so, and is strangled. Pizarro waits until dawn with the body, but it does not re-awake, leading him to hold the body and weep while Old Martin narrates the end of the story.

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Atahualpa

Atahualpa was the last Sapa Inca (sovereign emperor) of the Inca Empire (Tawantinsuyu) before the Spanish conquest. Atahualpa inherited the Kingdom of Quito from his father the Sapa Inca Huayna Capac in 1525. Before Huayna died, he made a verbal testament to the people in his empire that he intended to divide his empire into two parts. Atahualpa would become king in the Northern section of the Inca Empire and Atahualpa’s older half brother Huáscar would receive the Southern section as Sapa Inca. Huayna died from an infectious disease (possibly smallpox after bathing). Atahualpa ruled as King over the Northern section named Quito peacefully for 7 years, until his brother Huáscar the Sapa Inca (13th) attempted to conquer the Kingdom of Quito by unsuccessfully annexing the Cañari region first. Atahualpa became Inca emperor after he defeated and imprisoned Huáscar and massacred any pretenders to the throne at the close of the civil war. Later, while imprisoned by the Spaniards, Atahualpa gave orders to kill Huáscar in Jauja, thinking Huáscar would use the Spaniards as allies to regain his throne.

During the Spanish conquest, the Spaniard Francisco Pizarro captured Atahualpa and used him to control the Inca Empire. Eventually, the Spanish executed Atahualpa, effectively ending the empire. Although a succession of several emperors who led the Inca resistance against the invading Spaniards claimed the title of Sapa Inca as rulers of the Neo-Inca State, the empire began to disintegrate after Atahualpa’s death.

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Spurs 6 Millwall 0

Heung-Min Son scored a hat-trick as we brushed aside Millwall with a dominant display in the FA Cup quarter-final at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon.

Our South Korean striker made it six goals in four FA Cup ties this season, while there were also goals for Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Vincent Janssen as we booked our place in the Wembley semi-finals in a game which saw us enjoy 76 per cent possession and 15 shots on target.

The downside to the afternoon was the early departure through injury of Harry Kane, who was replaced in the 10th minute by Eriksen after appearing to hurt his ankle when firing in a shot under pressure from Millwall’s Jake Cooper.

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It was his replacement who got the ball rolling though, the Dane sweeping home on 31 minutes before Son added his first 10 minutes later with a wonderful curling effort. Nine minutes after the interval, Son doubled his tally with a neat finish from Kieran Trippier’s pass, before two further goals in seven minutes.

First, Dele tapped home from close range after an excellent move on 72 minutes and Janssen added his name to the scoresheet as he fired in from Son’s ball – a strike that proved particularly popular among the White Hart Lane faithful as it was the Dutch international’s long-awaited first from open play in our colours.

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And the star of the show rounded off the scoring with his hat-trick goal in stoppage time, Son connecting with a left-footed volley from Eriksen’s clipped cross which squirmed through the legs of Millwall goalkeeper Tom King.

We join Arsenal, Manchester City and either Chelsea or Manchester United in the last four, with the draw taking place at the conclusion of Monday night’s match between the latter two sides.

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Saturday 11th March 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on March 11, 2017 by bishshat

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Kings Of The Sun

Kings of the Sun is a 1963 DeLuxe Color film directed by J. Lee Thompson for Mirisch Productions set in Mesoamerica at the time of the conquest of Chichen Itza by Hunac Ceel. Location scenes filmed in Mazatlán and Chichen Itza. The film marks the second project Thompson completed with Yul Brynner within a year — the other being Taras Bulba.
Balam (George Chakiris) is the son of the ruler of a Mayan tribe who use wooden swords (with obsidian edges). His father is killed in battle against metal-blade armed rivals led by Hunac Ceel (Leo Gordon). Balam succeeds to the throne, but is convinced by his advisers, including the head priest, to lead his followers away from the Yucatán, sail to the American Gulf Coast region, so they might regain their strength and fight again another day.

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Balam’s party comes to a coastal settlement with many boats. Balam wants the population of the settlement to join him with their boats. The settlement’s chief agrees if Balam agrees to marry his daughter, Ixchel (Shirley Anne Field), and make her Queen. Balam agrees.

The new land they arrive in is a province occupied by a Native American tribe led by Black Eagle Yul Brynner. They are none too pleased about these strange, uninvited immigrants. In a small raid to capture one of the Mayans, Black Eagle is wounded and taken captive to the Mayans’ fortified settlement. Balam’s love interest Ixchel tends to the Indian’s wounds and gains an interested suitor, one who is more forthcoming with his love for her.

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Balam is under pressure to resume their custom of human sacrifice by sacrificing Black Eagle. Balam has always been against the policy of human sacrifice and sets Black Eagle free. Eventually, the two leaders agree to coexist in peace. However, they quarrel, and the Native Americans depart, just as Hunac Ceel finds Balam and his people. Hunac Ceel’s army mounts a furious attack, but is eventually defeated by the united front of Indians and the transplanted Mayans. Black Eagle is killed in the fighting, resolving the love triangle.

Friday 10th March 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on March 10, 2017 by bishshat

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The Creature Below

The work of HP Lovecraft has inspired imitations for a century. There are so many of these in film form that regular festivals are held to showcase them, yet although they have a dedicated fan following they rarely prove commercially viable. This means that taking on a story of this type for a first feature requires a lot of guts and not a little foolhardiness. The Creature Below is the first such project for 30 years that has really made the grade.

Stewart Sparke and Paul Butler’s venture into the realms of the unspeakable is a very different beast from Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator. There’s little overt humour to leaven the horror, though fans will find plenty of clever little references that make them smile. But despite the increasingly distanced state of heroine Olive (Anna Dawson), the film weaves a complex emotional web that insinuates otherworldly terror into the fabric of everyday life. Despite its similarities to a much-loved Burnistoun sketch, it delivers the goods with conviction and not a hint of apology. Dawson’s forceful performance keeps us believing, finding greater horror in absurdity.

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By trade, Olive is a marine biologist. She’s particularly keen on diving, so when an opportunity emerges to try out a new suit that could let humans go deeper than ever before, she leaps at it. Down there in the ocean, she sees something she shouldn’t, something she can remember only in fragments. But she also brings back a passenger, attached to her suit. When she falls out with the project’s director, she smuggles her find home to work on by herself. There’s just an egg to begin with, then a hatchling which makes an undeniably cute noise – and spits black goo into her eyes. “Don’t go changing,” says her medic boyfriend, glad to have her home again, and we can see where this is going.

How does one put the unimaginable on screen? The best solution is not to, and as in all the scariest monster movies, we never really see what it is that Olive is caring for in her basement, that she’s feeding with blood, bonding with as if it were a human baby. “It’s a cephalopod, that’s for sure,” says the only colleague she trusts, but he can’t identify it. Nor can he figure out how it can survive without the pressure of the deep ocean (no-one even asks why Olive, rushed back to the surface, didn’t die from the bends). Something odd is going on. As Olive’s little darling grows and gets hungrier, she finds it harder and harder to care about anything else, and resorts to drastic action.

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It’s really refreshing to see a film of this ilk constructed around a strong, focused female character. Olive’s dominance of most situations in which she finds herself is essential to the dynamic that keeps her believing that she, and not the monster, is in control. the film has another strong female character in the form of her sister, Ellie (Michaela Longden), who is much more conventional in her behaviour and is unpleasantly anti-intellectual, but makes a big impression. Though we do see Olive naked at one point, we never see her looking like a sexual object; instead, her boyfriend is objectified, and it is men whom we see in the positions of peril which the genre has traditionally reserved for women. Tentacles cease to be about penetration and become about enfolding, suffocating, a body horror drawn from the monstrous feminine. It’s an approach that adds depth to the established tropes and suggests coming change through its depiction of a world already in flux.

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With solid technical work at all levels, The Creature Below is a triumph. Its final shot undermines its impact a little, but will have festival crowds cheering; there is the occasional weak supporting performance, but the main actors are uniformly impressive. Fewer than one in a hundred first features comes together this well. Sparke is going to have a real challenge on his hands to live up to it.

Thursday 9th March 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on March 9, 2017 by bishshat

Nice to be here

The Moody Blues

Nice to be here hope you agree
Lying in the sun
Lovely weather, must climb a tree
The show has just begun

All the leaves start swaying
To the breeze that’s playing
On a thousand violins
And the bees are humming
To a frog sat strumming
On a guitar with only one string

I can see them they can’t see me
I feel out of sight
I can see them they can’t see me
Much to my delight

And it seems worth noting
Water rats were boating
As a lark began to sing
The sounds kept coming
With Jack Rabbit loudly drumming
On the side of a biscuit tin

I can see them they can’t see me
I feel out of sight
I can see them they can’t see me
Much to my delight

Silver minnows were devising
Water ballet so surprising
A mouse played a daffodil
A mole came up blinking
Underneath an owl who’s thinking
How he came to be sat on a hill

I can see them they can’t see me
I feel out of sight
I can see them they can’t see me
Much to my delight

I know you won’t believe me
But I’m certain that I did see
A mouse playing daffodil
All the band was really jumping
With Jack Rabbit in there thumping
I found that I couldn’t sit still
I just had to make it with them
Cause they played my kind of rhythm
And the bees hummed in harmony
And the owl played his oboe
Then the frog’s guitar solo
It was all just too much for me

I know you won’t believe me
But I’m certain that I did see
A mouse playing daffodil
All the band was really jumping
With Jack Rabbit in there thumping
I found that I couldn’t sit still

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