Masterchef parody – The Challenge

Australian TV ratings juggernaut Masterchef has drawn to a close and the Australian public is suffering fine food withdrawal not seen since McDonalds discontinued their McOz burger. Personally, I’m quite happy the show has finished, six nights a week of pretentious posturing over food is more than I can handle. For a lot of people [...]

Greasy man pulled from Crown shaft

Every so often a news story catches your eye and prompts one reaction... WTF? That's what happened when I caught site of this little nugget on the Age website this afternoon. Read more...

Stone Temple Pilots album review

Stone Temple Pilots would have to be one of the most under rated bands of the past 20 years. They've never quite received the kudos that I think they deserve. When they split in 2003 I was more than a little miffed. I felt like they were a band that still had plenty of good music in them. I guess the band felt the same as, after a seven year lay off, STP are back. About bloody time! Read more...

Traffic surge

It's been quite a while since I last delved into my website analytics. Until about six month ago, I'd pour over the statistics obsessively, hoping to identify trends or the secret to building long term sustainable web traffic. I'm not sure why I stopped digging to be honest. Read more...

Dexter by Design

Dexter by Design, written by Jeff Lindsay, is the forth book in the Dexter franchise, and the follow up to the 'shark jumping' third entry, Dexter in the Dark.

Dexter by Design opens with Dexter and Rita on their honeymoon in Paris. Nothing really important happens. Read more...

Diet Coke and Mentos shenanigans

The Diet Coke and Mentos explosion is not a new phenomenon. The idea is pretty simple, dump some Mentos into a bottle of Diet Coke and you have yourself an instant soda geyser. I've toyed with the Diet Coke/Mentos union myself, with mixed, and somewhat messy, results. Apparently though, I had not fully considered the possibilities. Read more...

Kick-Ass movie review

I sat down to watch Kick-Ass on the weekend with high expectations. The movie has been picking up rave reviews all over the place, it's based on a comic, and has 'super hero' themes - why wouldn't I have high expectations?

Kick-Ass tells the story of Dave Lizewski, a teenage who one day decides that he wants to become a real life superhero. Unfortunately for Dave, he has no super power to speak of, which really puts him behind the eight ball in the crime fighting department. In his first attempt at crime fighting, Dave/Kick-Ass is stabbed and hit by a car, ending in an extended stay in hospital. While the trauma results in him having some nerve damage, and slightly reduced sensitivity to pain, he's still not exactly super hero material. Undeterred, he heads back out to fight crime, this time fending off three muggers. These events are filmed by onlookers, which result in Kick-Ass becoming a YouTube sensation.

Dave quickly sets up a MySpace page and begins taking requests from people who need the help of Kick-Ass. However, Dave soon learns that he is not the only superhero in town. Big Daddy - a former cop played by the slightly creepy Nicholas Cage -- and his 11 year old daughter Hit-Girl, are on the trail of crime king pin Frank D'Amico. Kick-Ass crosses paths with Big Daddy and Hit-Girl, only to become embroiled in their plan to bring down D'Amico. When D'Amico wrongly believes that Kick-Ass is responsible for the hits his crime empire has taken, Dave finds himself in some hot super hero water, that he may not get out of... or he might... I'm just to build some suspense and not give the plot away.

While at times Kick-Ass -- the movie now, not the character -- seems to be lampooning the comic book/superhero genre, I was never quite sure whether I was watching a piss take on the superhero movie or watching a superhero movie that takes the piss out of itself. I think I've settled on the former. Kick-Ass is a super hero movie that doesn't take itself super seriously.

Kick-Ass stirred up a little controversy, in Australia at least, due to some "offensive language" and violence. Most of the controversy stemmed from the fact that a majority of the swearing and violence was committed by an 11 year old girl. Yes, there is swearing, yes, there is violence. However, if you've been to the movies in the last five years there is probably nothing in Kick-Ass that you wont have seen or heard before.

All in all, Kick-Ass was an enjoyable popcorn flick. It sits half way between comedy and action movie. There are enough laughs to keep things chugging along, but just when you think you're watching a comedy, something serious and/or sinister happens. It wasn't quite the film I had hoped for, but it wasn't a dog either. I'd give it 3.5 out of 5.

A new theme and the bug hunt begins

Today I rolled out the new theme I've been working on recently. It's not even close to being perfect, but layout wise I've blocked out space for where I want everything to go. Design wise I need to work on things some more as it's looking a little plain at the moment. Functionally it seems to be working, although I'm sure I'll find bugs here and there. So I guess the bug hunt starts today. Read more...

Top 5 zombie movies of all time

Zombie movies. Is there, or will there ever be, a greater genre? Any answer other than no is incorrect. On the weekend, I watched a zombie movie that has forced me to re-assess my top 5 zombie movies of all time. Hence this list.

This list may be contentious, heck it caused me some inner conflict, but never the less, it represents my best attempt at putting together a list of the top 5 zombie movies of all time. Read more...

A state of indifference

Apathy: a state of indifference, or the suppression of emotions such as concern, excitement, motivation and passion.

It's been almost two months since I last posted anything here. It's not that I haven't thought about it. I have. I've even started writing. I'll get one or two sentences down, and lose interest, before hitting the 'delete' button. Read more...

Machete trailer lego version

Here's an awesome piece of stop/go lego animation version of the fake trailer 'Machete' from the Grindhouse movies.

It's freakin awesome and would have been bloody time consuming to put together, so give it a look.

It's legoxplotation...