Dead Set review – sometimes you gotta leave Hollywood

Sometimes you gotta leave Hollywood behind.

Recently you will notice that most of my movie reviews have had me going off on how inadequate Hollywood has become. I’ve had this one film sitting on my self for a good while now and tonight I finally watched it. I am talking about is the TV mini-series written by Charlie Brooker called Dead Set.

Based on a fictional set of Big Brother taking place in the United Kingdom, Dead Set pushes the envelop well beyond anything that American audiences could deal with on network television. I’d wager good money that you would be hard pressed to find even a cable channel willing to air anything like this without toning down the gore and violence. Perhaps on HBO or Cinemax.

I honestly have nothing bad to say about this film (I’ll call it a film even though it was originally aired over a 5 day period as a TV mini-series).

We begin with the setup; we are behind the scenes of a Big Brother episode. It’s an eviction night and the producer, Patrick (Andy Nyman), is as about as rude as they come. Sure he has pressure, but you learn to dislike him from the get-go. Kelly (Jamie Winstone), is the gopher – go for this, go for that, get coffee, run some copies, etc. You immediately like her (she is also the one in the photo above).

Okay, so the pressure is on, and one of the contestants is evicted. There is a threat of a newscast preempting the show and that of course is the queue for zombies to show up.

What follows is a myriad of fast moving filming, (I will warn you that there is a lot of camera shaking, something I don’t mind as I feel it gives it a little more.. ‘you are really here with us’ type of feeling – but I can see where some would not like it and perhaps get a bit motion sick) general chaos, and bloody mayhem.

Listen, these are Zombie we are dealing with, not people who peddle flowers. There is blood. There is violence. There are smashed skulls, ripped flesh, spilled entrails, and loads of chopped bodies. When I say it’s gory, I mean it. This guy is not Rated G. It’s Rated R all the way.

The storyline is simply okay, it’s not original, but it’s presented in a very zombie-fan-fun way. What I mean by that is, it’s about people trapped in a location and are held within because of well, zombies.

Now for the extra zombie-fan-fun part. Although the film probably has nothing to do with it, I can certainly imagine that this takes place in the same time frame and universe that the Snyder version of Dawn of the Dead remake took place. Even fits in perfectly with the 28 Days Later time frame. Again, I’m not saying that’s what Dead Set is, it’s not. I’m just saying that in my view it is easy to imagine them all taking place at the same time.

All in all, grab a copy and follow the instructions; watch it in wide-screen and in a darkened room. If you are a zombie fan, this is a MUST SEE.

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Eldrazi Fat Pack Pull

The new tradition:  Get a Fat Pack of the newest set to be released for Magic the Gathering and post it’s contents.  It just so happens that today, April 23rd, 2010 is the Official Release Date for Rise of the Eldrazi!

Seriously, these are great buys!  In my last Fat Pack Pull from WorldWake, I feel I got an above average pull.  On this Eldrazi Fat Pack pull, I feel it too was an above average pull, but only slightly. 

Okay, in the Fat Pack you get the traditional stuff; a D20 (they call it a spindown life counter), 40 card pack of land, 8 boosters, chapter insert of a book, Players Guide (my favorite because it shows full color spoilers of the cards), the wrap around art-sleeve, and the holding box itself.

What’d you get?

 I got:

24 Uncommons:
1 Blue
4 Red
4 Green
4 Black
4 Artifact
4 White
3 Eldrazi

2 Foils:

  • 1 Foil Null Champion
  • 1 Foil Totem-Guide Hartebeest
  • 5 Rares:

  • 1 Lightmine Field
  • 1 Hedron-Field Purists
  • 1 Consuming Vapors
  • 1 Gigantomancer
  • 3 Mythic Rares:

  • 1 Lighthouse Chronologist
  • 1 Vengevine
  • 1 Khalni Hydra
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    Yeah, with getting 3 Mythic Rares, I’d say this was an above average pull.  Not as spectacular as my WorldWake Fat Pack Pull, but still….  Now to figure out how to incorporate some of these Eldrazi cards into some existing decks…

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    Wii and Netflix

    The Wii console can now stream Netflix movies via it’s on demand video streaming service. A channel gets set up on your Wii (via a special Netflix – Wii disc) that will allow you to contact the Netflix servers. You will be able to rewind, pause, fast forward, etc as you can on the other streaming platforms.

    You do have to have an internet connection.  You do have to have a Netflix subscription.  It does not affect the number of DVD’s you get by snail mail.

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    WorldWake Fat Pack Pull

    I’ve been meaning to post this for a couple of weeks..

    Once you get past the tough plastic wrapper you are rewarded with a tactile full color art sleeve that you can actually fold out to reveal even more artwork.  I’ll use that on my display shelf.

    Sliding that off reveals a player’s guide. The best part: it shows you a full color spoiler of every card in the set. That alone is worth a pretty penny! Thumbing through that, I’m already getting some deck ideas. Allies anyone?

    Inside the box is another booklet, a sample chapter for In the Teeth of Akoum by Robert B. Wintermute. Also within are two packs of bundled cards. 4 packs of boosters and a D20 in one, 4 packs of boosters and 40 basic lands in the other.

    Time to explore the packs!

    I’d have to say this was an above average pull. No Jace, but still…

    24 Uncommons:

    4 Black Uncommons

    5 White Uncommons

    5 Blue Uncommons

    5 Green Uncommons

    3 Artifact Uncommons

    1 Land Uncommon

    1 Red Uncommon

    4 Foils:

  • 1 Foil Snapping Creeper
  • 1 Foil Smother
  • 1 Foil Summit Apes
  • 1 Foil Strength of the Tajuru
  • 5 Rares:

  • 1 Mordant Dragon
  • 1 Terastodon
  • 1 Quest for Ula’s Temple
  • 1 Kalastria Highborn
  • 1 Agadeem Occulist
  • 3 Mythical Rares:

  • 1 Avenger of Zendikar
  • 1 Omnath, Locus of Mana
  • 1 Abyssal Persecutor
  • Okay, 3 Mythic Rares for 9 Rares total (remember one was a foil), I’d say that was one hell of a pull! Stay tuned for the next post: (coming up on the 15th of March) I’ll be giving you all a sneak peak of the next Magic the Gathering expansion; Rise of Eldrazi!

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    Roleplaying Games are our specialty! Whatever you are looking for I’m sure we have it! D&D? Oh yes. L5r? Yep! Blue Planet? yes. Vampire, and all? Of course! Yosagi Yojimbo? yeppers! Ghost Dog? yeah we have that too. Let us know what you are looking for and if by some remote chance we do not have it we will try to track down a copy!

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