Category Archives: Moving Pictures Notes

News, screenshots and trivia regarding movies and television all gets lumped together under this Notes banner.

Catch My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic on Nicktoons Moving Pictures Notes 07 AUG 2016

At four, Jessica was a massive fan of the super fun My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic animated series – with plenty of toy ponies to show for it too!

my little pony friendship is magic tv show

The animated show tells the tale of the studious Twilight Sparkle, and her pet dragon Spike, that gets sent off to Ponyville to do some research. There she quickly becomes friends with the ponies Fluttershy, Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash, and together they embark on all manner of adventures, with quite often their friendship being the thing that pulls them through!

It’s colourful, the characters cute, the stories a pleasure for both young and old, and quite frankly, I found myself rather enjoying watching the series first time around with Jess. (Less so the 300th time she watched it!)

Anyway, the good news is that My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is finally back on our screens, landing in August courtesy of Nicktoons, which can be found at channel 308 on DSTV.

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Magical.

Related Link: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

What If Superman in Man of Steel was actually Colourful? Moving Pictures Notes 24 APR 2015

I didn’t really enjoy Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel to be quite honest. In fact, I haven’t really “loved” any of Snyder’s movies, probably because of his insistence of visual style over, I don’t know, acting/story/emotional depth. Harsh, and probably undeservedly so – after all, I’m no trained movie critic.

Anyway, not that any of the above has anything to do with what is about to follow mind you.

A guy by the name of Bryan Sanders and his colleagues wondered out aloud what Man in Steel would look like if was actually colourful, you know, how Superman ought to be, instead of all grey and saturated and in need of appearing in an angsty Batman movie.

Check it out:

Definitely an interesting little project. Personally, I think more colour would be awesome, but even with that, it still wouldn’t have saved this dour, depressing, and not very Superman-spirited, Superman movie.

Thoughts?

zack snyders man of steel restored color

Related Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Du-eYiD9OfM

DStv Open Channel Promotion this Weekend! Moving Pictures Notes 19 JUL 2013

multichoice-dstv-dsd1131-decoderFor all of us out there who are a) too cheap to purchase DStv’s full satellite package or b) don’t have enough cash to burn in order to afford their outrageously priced full bouquet satellite package, now have a reason to grab a cold beer, sit back and relax on the couch for the weekend, thanks to DStv’s open channel promotion which sees them unlock a number of their Premium-only channels and thus make it available to us, their 2nd tier customer base.

Of course, the whole idea is to drive up the number of subscribers to their Premium offering, but to be fair, I’m pretty sure the only reason people don’t already have the Premium package is because a) they can’t afford it or b) they don’t need it.

In other words, this probably won’t achieve all that much. Nevertheless, it does remain pretty cool for us plebs, so here’s the all important info:

The channels will be opened for active DStv customers in those packages to view from Friday, 19 July at 4pm until Monday, 22 July at 6am.

Channels available during the Open Content Weekend will be:

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The Silliness of BlackBelt TV Live-Action | Moving Pictures Notes 22 DEC 2012

“Kicks, Flicks, and Chicks”. Oh dear, what a terrible, terrible channel DSTV has deemed fit to shove upon us unsuspecting, paying subscribers, nestling it in at spot 129 in our channels list. BlackBelt TV bills itself as a 24/7 martial arts television network, which in theory could actually be quite a great thing, until you actually take a look at the programming that we get over on this side of the pond.

mma grapple headlock takedown

Flicks are mostly made up of what seems to be hundreds of truly horrendously bad Chinese, American and Hong Kong kung fu action movies, all from the late 70’s and 80’s. So nothing worth mentioning there. The kicks are made up of 90% MMA fights, which as we all know by now is actually pretty boring to watch once it goes to the ground – which is pretty much 99% of the time! Outside of that, the only other fights they seem to screen is kickboxing, meaning variety isn’t exactly the name of the game here. And then don’t forget the fact that because most of this stuff is pretty amateur, visuals are for the most part poor for a good chunk of this stuff.

And then there is the ridiculous Chicks. BlackBelt TV couldn’t possibly get any more sleazier it would seem, basically throwing as many good looking women in as skimpy as possible outfits in front of the screen as what they can possibly find. Even poor Don “The Dragon” Wilson has to show off his move of the day against a skinny blonde girl in shorts and a crop top!

Rockin' Raquel Pomplun on BlackBelt TV green screen set

Verdict? It’s bad, very bad. Avoid unless you have an affinity for old kung fu movies. (Which as it turns out, I don’t).

Diedrich Bader is… The Batman? Moving Pictures Notes 15 JAN 2010

The Drew Carey Show. Anyone remember it? You know, it ran from 1995 to 2004, consisted of 9 seasons made up of 233 episodes in total? Well if you do, do you remember the tall, dark-haired, silly Oswald from the show? You do? Excellent.

Well, Diedrich Bader is Oswald’s true identity and I learned something very cool the other day – believe it or not, this funny man is in fact the latest to carry the mantle of Batman voice over artist!

Now Kevin Conroy is pretty much accepted as the definitive Batman voice over artist and I don’t think anyone will dispute that, but for this latest, more kiddy-friendly return to the slapstick Batman of the 60’s roots, Diedrich actually makes perfect sense. Batman: The Brave and the Bold loses the gritty, dark atmosphere that has dominated the Batman animated franchise for the last decade and as such, the deadpan one-liners and witty puns are delivered as perfectly as one could ask for by Mr. Bader, making him the perfect choice for this particular incarnation of one of the world’s most popular comic book heroes.

Interestingly enough though, I hadn’t realised that Diedrich was in fact involved with the DC animated universe right from the get go. In the original Batman animated series he did in fact hold down the character voice for Captain Slash as well as that of Zee/Zeta for the Batman Beyond spin-off title, The Zeta Project. Now who’d have guessed that I ask you with tears in my eyes?

Anyway, the whole point of this post is that I simply can’t believe that good old goofy Oswald finally made it all the way to the big time after all! :P

Fine, it is quite goofy, but so what - suits Bader just fine! :P

Related Link: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0046033/

And You Thought Sean Connery was Sexy… Live-Action | Moving Pictures Notes 08 SEP 2009

Zardoz PosterThe gun is good. The penis is evil. The penis shoots seeds, and makes new life to poison the Earth with a plague of men, as once it was, but the gun shoots death, and purifies the Earth of the filth of brutals. Go forth… and kill!

Needless to say, Sean Connery had a few roles outside of James Bond that I’m sure he kind of regrets when he now looks back over his illustrious career. Without a doubt, Zardoz must be foremost in his mind…

1974 saw the release of the written, produced and directed by John Boorman film, Zardoz, a science fiction romp that starred Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, and Sara Kestelman. Shot on a budget of US$1 million, Zardoz tells the story of Zed the Exterminator, who dares to infiltrate the flying stone God Head of Zardoz and assassinate its pilot, finding himself returned to the Vortex and the world of the Externals, immortals that remain hidden from the rest of post-apocalyptic Earth and lead a luxurious but ultimately aimless existence. There he embarks on a learning curve that will see him divine the true nature of the Eternals and the Vortex as well as lead him on a path that will finally see the freedom of the Exterminators and Brutals back on Earth once and for all!

So story – forgetful. Costume and set design – not quite so:

Zardoz Sean Connery

And you though Sean Connery was sexy in everything that he did…

Related link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zardoz

Watchmen Back on Track! Moving Pictures Notes 16 JAN 2009

Yippee, news just in is that Fox and Warner Bros. have come to a settlement, thereby green-lighting the delayed release of Watchmen, probably one of the most anticipated geek movies of the year. It is going to be SO frikken’ awesome! :)

And in case you can’t wait, here’s the Japanese trailer for the movie, just for kicks:

watchmen movie characters

Related link: http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2009/01/fox-warner-bros.html

New Judge Dredd Movie Finally Green Lit! Moving Pictures Notes 22 DEC 2008

ron perlman and his chinAt last! News just in is that Rebellion and 2000AD have finally announced that a new Judge Dredd movie will at last be in the making. DNA Films, the guys behind Sunshine and 28 Weeks Later have been pressed in as the production company behind this new project and the movie is slated to go into production 2009.

According to Jason Kingsley, CEO and Creative Director for Rebellion, they don’t exactly want to give away too many details at this point, meaning that just who is going to be filling the director’s chair and more importantly, who is going to play the part of the toughest lawman of the future, is pretty much anyone’s guess at this point in time.

All I can say is that I hope that this time around they’ve learnt their lesson and won’t try and forcefully adapt this true British original for the American market – as what they did with the horrible 1995 flop starring Sylvestor Stallone and Rob Schneider of all people!

Me, I would love to see someone like Jason Statham fill Dredd’s oversized boots, but I have to admit, Ron Perlman already has the perfect chin profile for the job! :)

Onimusha: Kaneshiro Confirmed :) Moving Pictures Notes 05 JUN 2007

Movies based on video game franchises are generally crap – almost completely without exception (well I guess Tomb Raider wasnt all that bad) and Uwe Boll doesn’t even have to be involved in some cases. But I must be honest, the little fanboy inside me lit up when I first heard the news that Capcoms Onimusha series is being adapted for the big screen (I had the same reaction when I learned that Devil May Cry’s movie rights was sold to Gaga Entertainment, but no word four years down the line, so I’m no longer holding thumbs for that one). I’m a big fan of the Onimusha series and the thought of seeing my favourite demon slaying samurai in action is a little thrilling to be honest. Truth be told, it would be a fairly easy game to port to the movies simple samurai movie combined with some standard special effects would be the order of the day. Should be fairly difficult to stuff up :)

KaneshiroThe director at the helm of the Onimusha project is Christophe Gans, a Frenchman best known for his movies Silent Hill and Crying Freeman, and the actual filming is scheduled to kick off early next year. But the best news to be leaked yet has got to be the confirmation of Takeshi Kaneshiro in the role of the main antagonist, Akechi Samanosuke. Kaneshiro has been involved in the Onimusha series from the start, performing the voiceovers for Samanosuke in the original Onimusha: Warlords and Onimusha 3: Demon Siege. Capcom even designed the in-game model as a picture perfect look-alike of the Taiwanese-Japanese actor. Outside of the Onimusha realm, Kaneshiro is probably most famous for his portrayal of Jin in the movie “House of Flying Daggers” another awesome Chinese wushu movie.

So things are looking up at the moment and Ill definitely be tracking this one once it hits the big screen.