Archive for March, 2011

New Doctor Who Trailer

Posted: March 30, 2011 in Gossip/News/Reviews - TV

Here is the Trailer for the new series of Doctor Who which will be on our screens this Easter…

This looks awesome, and I can’t wait for new series.  I love Doctor Who and think Matt Smith is pretty cool as the Doctor. Who is your favourite Dr Who? If you have a favourite then please Take part in my Dr Who poll.

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Hi all,

As it it’s going to be a bumper time with superhero films in the next couple years it got me to thinking about the stinkers, the ones that didn’t quiet make it up to the mark. As not every superhero film is a smash hit. Sometimes a superhero’s biggest nemesis is bad acting, horrible writing and ghastly special effects. There are some really bad ones out so I have complied a list. Here is my Top 5, or should I say worst 5, of the worst superhero films.

5. Captain America (1990)

You’d be forgiven for thinking the forthcoming ‘Captain America’ movie is the first major film featuring the patriotic superhero.

But you’d be wrong; there was a little known ‘Captain America’ effort in 1990.

Expected to capitalise on the success of the previous year’s superhero blockbuster, ‘Batman’, posters sprung everywhere of Captain America’s iconic shield, emblazoned with the claim that the film was “coming Spring 1990 to theatres everywhere”.

Sadly, because of the film’s low budget feel, bizarre character changes (the Nazi Red Skull was changed to an Italian fascist for the movie for no apparent reason) and shoddy make up it bypassed cinemas completely and went straight to DVD.

4. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

Following the box office disappointments of ‘Superman III’ and spin-off ‘Supergirl’ (which also very nearly made this list), producer Ilya Salkind sold the rights to Cannon Films.

In a bid to persuade a reluctant Christopher Reeve to reprise his most famous role, they promised him story input for the fourth film.

Deciding he wanted Superman to end the threat of nuclear war, the story features Superman fighting a goofy looking villain called Nuclear Man – complete with 80s bouffant hairdo.

Superman tackling social issues and Gene Hackman returning as Lex Luthor following his non involvement from the last film – what could go wrong?

Well everything to be honest.  I thought this was really bad, and a shame really.

It did not help that Cannon slashed the budget in half, resulting in a laughably bad climatic fight scene and poor special effects? It was Reeve’s last big screen outing as Superman.

3. Barb Wire (1996)

The movie that made Pam Anderson a superstar! Not quite…actually that movie would come a few years later when she did the sex tape with Tommy Lee. Based on the Dark Horse comic book, Anderson plays the title character who owns a nightclub, dances topless, and who just happens to be a bounty hunter and mercenary on the side. It is so horrifically bad one might think Dark Horse would burn every existing copy of the comic series to distance their selves from the travesty. Only watchable for diehard Anderson fans

2. Batman (1966)

The original Batman film falls squarely into the “so bad it’s good” category. In an effort to take advantage of the enormously popular TV show, 20th Century Fox releases this “big budget” theatrical film.

The budget turned out to be less than $2 million dollars and it shows, particularly in the famous rubber shark sequence where Batman has to use his trusty “Bat Shark Repellent” spray.

The Dynamic Duo squared off against the four greatest villains: Joker, Penguin, Riddler, and Cat-Woman who turned the members of the United World Security council to powder by dehydrating them. Sure, it had all the campiness of the TV show and more, but weren’t fans expecting and deserving of more in a theatrical release?

1. The Fantastic Four (1994)

Please Don’t confuse this with the recent versions of the ‘Fantastic Four’ which I thought were pretty good, They were a million miles more impressive than the 1994 effort.

Perhaps it’s not a very fair comparison, considering the ultra low budget film was never intended to be released, and was in fact only shot to ensure that the filmmaker kept the rights.

But I watched this recently and it was truly bad. It is very easy to find on the internet.  The film while goofily enjoyable at times, is, I think, one of the worst superhero films ever made. The low budget charm of the ‘special effects’ soon wears off, and you’re left watching a film that feels more amateur theatre than a movie version of one of Marvel’s best known comic creations.

Here is a trailer to show you how bad it really was….

There are plenty of other films that did not make the list. So,please forgive me if I have left any off. So, what do you think? Do you agree with my top 5. Let me know.

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Hi folks,

The Event is due back on our tv screens on monday night in the uk, channel 4, 10pm.  The Event is a high-octane US thriller starring Jason Ritter as a man whose investigation into the mysterious disappearance of his fiancée unwittingly exposes the biggest cover-up in American history…

Basically it is about a group of extraterrestrials, some of whom have been detained by the United States Government for sixty-six years since their ship crashed in Alaska, while others have secretly assimilated among the general populace.

President Elias Martinez (played by Blair Underwood) learns of the facility’s existence shortly after his inauguration and decides, after meeting the leader of the detainees, to release them and disclose their existence to the world over the objections of the intelligence agencies. His plans are put on hold when an assassination attempt on him is foiled by means beyond human technology. The CIA realizes there are other aliens and secretly plans to find and kill them. Unknown to the agency, the agent chosen to head the effort is himself an alien. The aliens are divided internally on how to respond to this.

Caught in the middle of these events is Sean Walker, whose plans to propose to his girlfriend Leila on a Caribbean cruise are cut short when she mysteriously disappears from the ship. His investigation eventually leads him to uncover the assassination plot and then the alien involvement.

Here is a trailer in case you missed it….

 The Event has been on a winter break, as for some unknown reason channel 4 decided to finish the series half way through back in December on episode 10!! Why, is a question that comes to mind. But now the three-month wait is nearly over, as The Event returns to Channel 4 with a special two-hour premiere!

If you can remember, many moons ago, when we last left Sean and Leila, they had just discovered that her father Michael is in fact one of the mysterious sleepers. As the story continues, the pair continue their hunt for Leila’s sister Samantha and learn more about the alien conspiracy! Meanwhile, Virginia Madsen makes her debut as Catherine Lewis, an Alaskan senator who has uncovered government secrets related to Inostranka. Will the alien cover-up finally be exposed, or can President Martinez convince her to keep Quiet? And will we find out what the message was that the aliens sent back to their home world at the end of episode 10.

When this first started I was very intrigued but now I am not so sure I can be bothered.  The break hasn’t helped! It was a good show with some good effects but there was just too much happening to keep up with. The main problem is, simply put, that the show has too many main characters, which leads to multiple storylines progressing at too slow a pace. And this results with a lot happening in each episode to keep up with. But that’s just my humble opinion.  Maybe the next 10 episodes will be different, I don’t know.

What do you think, have you seen the Event, and will you be watching rest of the series when it starts on monday night. Let me know your opinions.

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Hi all,

The latest rumour on the street is that Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi cult classic ‘Blade Runner’ could finally spawn a sequel.

If you can remember back to 1982 (I was 12 then), Scott’s sci-fi noir tale starred Harrison Ford as a bounty hunter hired to catch clones called replicants. He later finds out that he is also a replicant. It was initially a flop when it was first released, but has gone on to be a huge cult success and is seen as one of the most influential sci-fi films ever made. There have been multiple versions (Director’s Cut etc) of the movie released.

Here is a trailer to remind you…..

But now it is rumoured that not only is there going to be a sequel but there could now be more ‘Blade Runner’ films after Alcon Entertainment revealed they are in final negotiations to acquire the rights for prequel and sequels from ‘Blade Runner’ producer Bud Yorkin.

The company said in a statement, “This is a major acquisition for our company, and a personal favorite film for both of us.

“We recognize the responsibility we have to do justice to the memory of the original with any prequel or sequel we produce. We have long-term goals for the franchise, and are exploring multi-platform concepts, not just limiting ourselves to one medium only.”

I am not sure if more films in the ‘Blade Runner’ universe COULD be a good thing or not.  I didn’t really like the first one to be honest.

But at least there won’t be a ‘Blade Runner’ remake. Not yet anyway! 🙂

What do you think? Would you want to see a sequel?

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Hi folks,

What a day I have had.  This morning my computer went haywire after I accidentally installed the system tool virus called system tool antivirus.  I thought I would share my experiences with you just in case the same thing happens to you.

I have since found out that the System Tool Antivirus is a new kind of fake antivirus program from the same family of Security Tool. The only difference being the core files are modified a little bit and the name is changed to hide it’s detection by legitimate Antivirus programs installed on your PC.

This program is distributed with the help of trojans. When the trojan is started, it will automatically download and install System Tool Antivirus onto your computer without your consent and knowledge and configure it to run when you start Windows.

When System Tool Antivirus is started, it will imitate a system scan and detect a lot of various infections that will not be fixed unless you first purchase the program.

But it is Important to know, all of these reported infections are fake and don’t actually exist on your computer! So you can safely ignore the scan results.  But I must admit when this happened to me I wondered what the hell was going on. And While System Tool Antivirus is running, it will block the ability to run any programs as a method to scare you into thinking that your computer is infected with malware.

What is more, the rogue will flood your computer with warnings and fake security alerts. Here are some of the alerts that you will see:

Application cannot be executed. The file cmd.exe is infected.
Please activate your antivirus software.

System Tool Warning
Your PC is infected with dangerous viruses. Activate antivirus protection to prevent data loss and avoid the theft of your credit card details.
Click here to activate protection.

System Tool Warning
Intercepting programs that may compromise your private and harm your system have been detected on your PC.
Click here to remove them immediately with System Tool

Security Monitor: WARNING!
Attention: System detected a potential hazard (TrojanSPM/LX) on your computer that may infect executable files

Security Monitor: WARNING!
Attention: System detected a potential hazard (TrojanSPM/LX) on your computer that may infect executable files

Your private information and PC safety is at risk. To get rid of unwanted spyware and keep your computer safe you need to update your current security software.
CLick Yes to download official intrusion detection system (IDS software).

Warning: Your computer is infected
Windows has detected spyware infection!
Click this message to install the last update of Windows security software…

This infection will also change the background of your Windows desktop to display this

Your’re in Danger!
Your Computer is infected with Spyware!

All you do with your computer is stored forever in your hard disk. When you visit sites, send emails… All your actions are logged. And it is impossible to remove them with standard tools. For your boss, your friends, your wife, your children. Every site you or somebody or even something, like spyware, opened in your browsers, with all the images, and all the downloaded and maybe later removed movies or mp3 songs – ARE STILL THERE and could break your life!

Secure yourself right now!
Removal all spyware from your PC! 

Of course, I realised all of above warnings and alerts nothing more but a scam and like false scan results should be ignored! and that is was scam that was designed to trick me into purchasing the so-called full version.

So I urge you, if the same thing happens to you; Do not fall for these virus messages and get forced into buying the Rogueware and if you already have, you should contact your credit card company and dispute the charges.

Anyway, My computer was coming up with all these error messages and at first I didn’t now what to do.  I realised it was probably a scam and that I should not enter my credit card details. I tried opening McAfee to try and remove the virus but everything I did resulted in further error messages.

I rebooted the computer a couple of times and the same thing happened.  I then ran the dell diagnostics program but that said nothing was wrong with the computer. So I sat there perplexed and then it suddenly occurred to me that the one thing I could try was do a system Restore.  But I couldn’t access that….. Because every time I clicked on anything it kept coming up with the error messages.

I must admit I was stuck.  I knew a system restore might work but wasnt sure how to access it.  But then another brain wave, maybe if I rebooted in safe mode that might work.  So thinking that this was my last resort, before restoring to factory settings, I rebooted the computer in safe mode with networking and had success.  The computer booted up ok in safe mode and I was able to do a system restore and restored my computer to previous settings before the virus occurred, which has hopefully now removed the virus.

I have since researched this virus and found out that this was one of the methods to be used in removing the virus, lucky guess on my part :).  The other method is a bit more complicated and involves installing Malwarebytes’ Anti-malware. 

The thing that’s got me confused/annoyed is how my computer got infected in the first place when I have full antivirus software.

Anyway, now my computer seems to be working ok.  I am relieved but it has also taught me a valuable final lesson and that’s I should routinely back up my data……. Which I will do from now on.

So has anybody else suffered the same virus attack and what did you do? Did you do the same as me?

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