Film: Debug – Science fiction on a low budget

‘Deug’ is a lame space film which feels like a very budget homage to ‘Event Horizon’ Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo from Game Of Thrones) is an insane computer programme who kills the stupid teenagers who land on his spaceship.

It is a very dull and predictable film with no redeeming features.

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Film: Ex Machina – “Isn’t it strange, to create something that hates you?”

The official blurb is along the lines of “A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.” – thank you IMDB.

I would personally rephrase it to “an annoying programmer with zero social skills is selected by his creepy pervert boss to perv on an android with boobs in an isolated environment which screams of a set-up.”

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(It is a film poster for a film about a robot… I know lets make her pose so both her boobs and her butt are the main focus points)

This might be a bit of a hint that I didn’t get on with the film, it was slow, the two human leads were annoying and irritating. The female androids were unnecessarily sexualised – which just rammed home how male orientated this film was.

I wish there had been less random female nudity, I wish the film had an actual point – other than “don’t be a pervert” – although that is the point that I draw from the film rather than the one the maker probably wanted me to take away.

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Film: Lockout – “Oh, it was coupon night and I was trampolining your wife”

Another day another film with a Luc Besson link – in this case he was partly responsible for writing it.

A CIA agent is wrongfully accused of murder and espionage, somehow a trial appears  to be entirely optional and he is offered a chance of freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter from a maximum security prison … which happens to be in Space.

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The location is about the only science fiction bit in the film!

There are some paint by numbers bad guys – complete with iffy accents, some plucky and unrealistic female antics, a good guy doing the right thing with faux reluctant.

About half way through the film I realise I’ve seen it before – or at least something really close to it, it wasn’t a good enough film to have deliberately seen twice!

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Film: ‘Ender’s Game’ – “I find it hard to respect someone just because they outrank me”

After some thought I am unable to work out who this film was aimed at.

It is science fiction with not much science, not much action and lots of bad acting. The only good thing about the film is  the title is at least punctuated corrected. Everything else about it just needs a punch.

I am cheerfully going to boycott anything with Asa Butterfield in for as long as he lives.

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TV: The 100 – “On the Ground, there is no Law”

I don’t have a great track record with post-apocalyptic science-fiction drama, I tend to get bored, find plot holes and start heckling.

The plot for ‘The 100’ is that about one hundred years ago there was a nuclear war or something equally stupid and destructive, so people ended up living in space. There are now somewhere over 2,000 of them and the punishment for most crimes is to “be floated” – aka blown out into space.

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(Best bit of the show so far).

However if you are under 18 and commit a crime you get kept in prison for a bit then released (or probably floated, I wasn’t really listening) – at the start of the series there are 100 juvies in detention until someone has the bright idea of sending them to earth to see if it is hospitable yet.

They land on earth, it all goes a bit Lord of the Flies, there are some existing inhabitants on Earth who aren’t overly friendly and the juvies’ parents spend their time squabbling in space.

I’ve watched 9 episodes so far and it’s all very predictable and rather dull, although the characters are possibly slightly less stupid than those in Revolution – for the most part they have the excuse of being young and naïve having been kept alive in a fairly cushy prison cell, whereas everyone in ‘Revolution’ was old enough to know better.

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Book: Terry Pratchett’s ‘I Shall Wear Midnight’ – “Evil begins when you begin to treat people as things”

It transpired that ‘I Shall Wear Midnight’ is the fourth Tiffany Aching book – of which I’ve read only the last two, this and ‘Wintersmith‘ ‘Wintersmith’ was ok but I didn’t expect its sequel – also aimed at Young Adults, to very early on feature a 13 year old being beaten so savagely that she miscarried. This seemed a little too much for my tastes and I was slightly surprise by it. i shall wear midnight Adding to the “oh” factor is the detail that Roland has moved on from Tiff and is now going to marry someone else and the entire plot feeling recycled from an element of ‘Wyrd Sisters’. There is humour in the book and also random cameos that work to varying degrees – Granny Weathwax and Nanny Ogg are in it a little bit. Magrat Garlick is acknowledged as existing – but not a lot more! Personally the most interesting thing about the Tiffany books is that Agnes Nitt appears to have vanished from Pratchett’s universe. I wanted to like this book but I was bother by the miscarriage element more than I expected and the rest of the book wasn’t strong enough to wash it away. So this and ‘Wintersmith’ are not going to be moving house with us. Copyright © WhereEvilThoughts 2014 – excluding pictures! Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to WhereEvilThoughts with appropriate and specific direction to the original content

Book: Terry Pratchett’s ‘Wintersmith’ – “Because no man wants to be a coward in front of a cheese”

I bought ‘Wintersmith’ in error, I saw the word “Discworld” on the cover and assumed that it was one of his usual adult books. It wasn’t, it was actually aimed as Young Adults.

It was also the third in a series about Tiffany Aching – but I hadn’t read the other two. Despite this I read it and enjoyed certain aspects.

Tiffany is about 13 years old in this book, she is pretty smart and rather determined, she is also friends with the Nac Mac Feegles who are little blue men who like drinking and fighting.

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Crucially the book featured Granny Weathwax, my favourite Pratchett books have Granny in (‘Wyrd Sisters’, ‘Witches Abroad’ and ‘Lords and Ladies’) and the newer books have been poorer for her absence. Having Nanny Ogg back was also rather nice.

The plot itself is basically a reworking of Orpheus’ Decent into the Underworld with a little bit of Pratchett’s ‘Mort’ thrown in. Tiff kisses the Wintersmith and upsets the balance between Winter and Summer, in fact the Wintersmith gets a little obsessed and starts creating Tiffany-shaped snowflakes and even icebergs. These bits were fun, the  bits with Granny & Nanny were fun, the rest I wasn’t too bothered about although it reached a decent enough end and things looked promising between Tiff and a young man named Roland.

Not bad for a young adult book and more enjoyable that at least one of the more recent adult Pratchett books.

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