Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Following a showing at this years San Diego Comic-Con, Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch trailer has now appeared on-line, albeit in a slightly different form.
I've been impressed with Snyder's previous work, especially Watchmen and Sucker Punch is looking great, just check out that giant Samurai and dragons.
Sucker Punch is due for release, in the US, on March 25th 2011 and stars Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jamie Chung, Jena Malone, Carla Gugino, John Hamm, Oscar Isaac and Scott Glenn.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
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Birmingham has a very active blogging and tweeting community. Jon Bounds excellent site BiNS has a blogroll that features a multitude of sites about Brum and the stuff that goes on in it along with links to blogs that are by people in Brum.
But here in Sandwell it would appear that we're just not that much into celebrating and shouting out about all the great stuff that is happening in our neck of the woods.
Search Google for 'Sandwell' and you'll be presented with a lot of links to very official looking websites, for the Council, the Primary Care Trust or other sanctioned groups. Look at the wikipedia page for Sandwell and you'll be overwhelmed by the amount of information available there (at this point I am being somewhat sarcastic).
Why are the people of Sandwell so shy about what we do? I know there are people out there with twitter accounts. I know there are people out there with blogs. I know there are people out there with Flickr accounts. But it seems that we (and I'm as guilty as anyone) just don't say that much about Sandwell.
Sandwell mostly seems to get talked about in a negative light, just look at what the media usually says about us - it's always deprived this and derelict that, but I know that this isn't the full picture. There are great things happening in Sandwell, just look at what has been happening with the recent 'Be Proud of Sandwell' campaign. People have been taking the time to post comments about what makes them proud of Sandwell and it's all great stuff. It's all stuff that our colleagues in Birmingham and Wolverhampton should sit up and take notice of.
The Public building in West Bromwich has taken some stick in the past for reasons I won't go into here, but we should be embracing it and make it work for us - the people of Sandwell. It should be our mac, our Lighthouse or even our Ikon. A place where people and culture come together without division, sharing experiences and using it for our benefit.
I'd like to see more people standing up and celebrating Sandwell - telling people about the good and great things that are happening here. Isn't it about time we had our own version of BiNS? If such a thing already exists I'm having a hard time finding it - but I'd like to see it happen soon because I believe the people of Sandwell have a lot to offer and should be recognised and applauded.
So I put out the call 'Bloggers of Sandwell Assemble!'
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Excitement for Edgar Wright's adaptation of Scott Pilgrim continues to mount and this week has seen the release of the new international poster for the film.
But better than that is The Playlists track by track review of the album that will accompany the release of the film. The album is produced by Godrich (Radiohead, Air, Beck) and feature songs from Beck, Broken Social Scene and Metric. Best of all where there is an audio link The Playlist has included the audio for that track. Many of the tracks are those suggested by original creator/writer/illustrator of the Scott Pilgrim saga Bryan Lee O'Malley (check out the back of the Pilgrim books for his suggested soundtrack for each volume).
My favourites so far are the Metric and Rolling Stones tracks - but I can't wait to see how these songs will play out in the film. It's looking like this album will be my new Singles and really capture the feel of the film.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Now you may not have heard about this particular comic book adaptation, but French director Luc Beeson, best known for Leon and The Fifth Element, is bringing Jacques Tardi's heroine Adèle Blanc-Sec to the big screen.
Featuring a gorgeous heroine, action, adventure, pterodactyls, Mummy's and more the film is due to hit UK screens in September.
Take a look at the official trailer (with English subtitles) to get a taste of what's in store.
I also recommend you take a trip over to the official Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec website.
Friday, July 02, 2010
Earlier today on Twitter, I posed a question about album artwork and if people would by it again with a digital download code replacing the actual vinyl. I have since stumbled across this blog post by Joebot who is producing a version of the 'Firefly' soundtrack on vinyl as part of the Crazy 4 Cult exhibition in Los Angeles.
The reason I was thinking about album artwork is that since the takeover of CD and digital record sales, we are missing out on what is, for me, one of the joys of collecting music - album cover artwork. This is the beautiful album artwork Joebot has created for his 'Firefly' album.
You can see the back cover artwork plus the actual vinyl itself over at Joebot's blog.
I hope that one day we get back to having a large format music delivery system just so I can look at gorgeous cover artwork like this whilst listening to the music, just like a did with all those old vinyl records.
Thursday, July 01, 2010
In the run up to the release of what is set to be one of the biggest films of the year, the official Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World movie website is offering you the change to create your own Scott Pilgrim styled avatar.
This is me - Scott Pilgrim Style.
If you want to make your own head over to the Scott Pilgrim Avatar Creator! and get your Scott Pilgrim makeover. Then post it to Twitter and Facebook, I want to see Scott Pilgrim avatars take over!
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