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Dr Death and The Medi-Evil Medicine Show

Written By: Liam Walters

Dr Death and The Medi-Evil Medicine Show is a 60 minute, one man (well, one man, one puppet, and a handful of projected important historical medical figures) show, which played down at the Theatre In The Mill from Thursday 24 0 Saturday 26 February.  Tickets were £6.50 or £5, though students could “Pay what you can”, which was the show’s first benefit. Allowing students to pay what they could, set the impression so that the show wasn’t all about making money, but more along the lines of putting on a good show, and giving the students an opportunity to take in the good show on a price they can afford (quite literally). (more…)


Television Vs. The Internet

Written By: Liam Walters

Over the past decade, the internet has grown faster than anyone would imagine. One of the many things that the internet is used for nowadays is to watch Television shows, with the ability to watch Live Tv with BBC, or watch a selection of shows that have recently aired, such as with 4oD, the internet has become an extra asset for television broadcasters to reach a wider audience.

So is the computer slowly going to take over the television. Well, the simple answer is no… Or maybe yes, one day in the far far future. For the moment, there are far too many people who watch shows on their Tv, rather than on their computer. Though there is definitely some connectivity between television and the internet… But which one will end up on top in the end? Television, a view into many different informative, dramatic, heart-warming and funny worlds, or the internet, and which is able to provide the services that the television does, and much, much, more. (more…)

‘Illusion’ Promo

Written By: Liam Walters

So last Saturday, I decided to take my camera (Fujifilm S1600) and go film something. I’ve been trying to think of what my next film Project should be as I am wanting to adapt Purgatory into a theatre play. I had a few ideas floating around, but the one that stuck out most was ‘Illusion’ (the idea came to me whilst listening to VNV Nation’s ‘Illusion’)

So with that idea in mind, I went out to shoot a teaser promo. Now, the video itself doesn’t really explain much of anything, not the plot or the characters, but that wasn’t its job really. But that video is important, and will come into play later in the series. I want to plan for a 6 episode series (seems fitting as it’s actually the average length of a British TV series). Without giving too much away, Episodes 1 through 5 follows different people in their ‘Illusionary World’, whilst the 6th episode combines all the story together and gives fills out the rest of the plot, giving explanations to questions that have yet been answered.

Up to now, no scripts have been written, this is still a work in progress but I hope to have the first episode out before summer, then maybe another 2 or 3 over summer. I know its February, but I am hoping to have the series finished before Christmas. The series may be quicker, or take even longer, depending on several factors, such as ease of actors and location, University work and society work, and other film projects (at the moment, having one other, though that could grow depending).

The other film project in question, will be a not so average music video. That will be all that I’m saying at the moment, but be sure to keep an eye out.

Anyway, for now, enjoy the ‘Illusion Promo’

Scott Pilgram vs. The Movie

Written By: Liam Walters

So I fell in love with Scott Pilgram vs. The World movie whilst watching it with a friend. It instantly took third place in my top favourite films, quite ironically, sitting next to another Micheal Cera film in which he plays a bassist (10 points if you can name the film).

But having watched the film, and eventually buying it on DVD, sparked my interest in the original graphic novel series in which it was based upon.  Films that are based upon another source, be it books, comics or whatever, aren’t normally that good. The directing tends to be a bit off and it just doesn’t captivate you like the original source material did. Fortunatly, the movie for Scott Pilgram was Edgar Wright, an amazing directed whose other work include Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and the soon to be released, Paul (the three of which have come to be known as The Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy). (more…)

Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded Review

Written By: Liam Walters

Kingdom Hearts Coded was the 4th Kingdom Hearts game to be released from the franchise. It was announced along side Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days for the Nintendo DS and Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep for the Playstation Portable during the 2007 Tokyo Game Show. Coded was to be released in ‘Episodes’ for Japanese Mobile Phones. These episodes were released one at a time, with the first being released June 3 2009, and the final, 8th episode, being released January 28th 2010.

As with Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories for the Gameboy Advance, which got its own remake for the Playstation 2, it was announced that Coded would get its own remake for the DS. Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded was released in the UK on January 14th 2011.

Like Re: Chain of Memories, Re: Coded was updated with many new features and extra’s, including difficulty setting you could change at will, new multiplayer modes and a whole new secret movie. Being the second Kingdom Hearts game to be released on the DS, they were able to improve on both the good and bad elements from 358/2 Days.


Showroom Shorts #3

Showroom Shorts

I attended the third ‘Showroom Shorts’ event at the Showroom Cinema, Sheffield. The event showed the works of nine different northern based film makers. Some of the director’s had shown up at the event, to see how their film was received. Here is my own personal view of the shorts shown at the events.

Disclaimer: The views stated below are that solely of the writer.

Spiral – Directed by Pete Richmond, 2010, 16 mins

Spiral follows the story of Nick, who returns to his home town after learning that his childhood friend is in a violent and abusive relationship. The storyline is dramatic and captivates the audience into the plot and the characters.

The simplistic camera work suites the tone of the film, allowing us to fully concentrate on the story being told. With a view into the past for the two friends, we get a fuller understanding of how things were, and why they might have turned out the way they did.

A great film to start the night off with.


The Muppet Christmas Carol

So after writing the ‘Films To Watch At Christmas’ article, I was set a challenge to do over the christmas period. To watch and review ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’, and to post the review in the student paper (though I’ve decided to post it to my site as well). Well, by the end of this review, I can truthfully say… Challenge Complete.

So I’m not going to lie. I wasnt really expecting much from this film. I know a lot of people rave about it,and I’ve heard people describe it as a fantastic adaptation… But personally, I was just expecting it to just not be so good. Well… I was wrong. I wouldn’t call it a fantastic adaptation, but it is very good.