Death Race 2050 – … speechless

I am not sure how I stumbled upon this movie and I can’t remember why I decided to view it but sometimes you need to see a truly sh**y movie to appreciate others.

Of-course I was aware that this movie wasn’t gonna be an Oscar worthy movie but it could still be fun. Perhaps I was triggered to watch this movie by fun memories of a cool game in my childhood: Death Rally

Death Rally game from 1996

 

The Original

In 1975 the first Death Rally movie named “Death Rally 2000” appeared. The movie received a politically incorrect label. The budget of the movie was 300.000, not the highest number in those days but also not extreme cheap. The first Jaws in that same year was an absolute block buster with 12.000.000 budget and 470.000.000 worldwide gross. Monty Python and the Holy Grail was made for 400.000 the same year.

Stills from the 1975 movie
Frankenstein’s car in 1975

Reboot in 2008

More people are probably familiar with the 2008 reboot starring Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibsonand the second one in 2010 with Luke Goss, Lauren Cohan, Sean Bean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 2 of the original from 1975

Here we are, 42 years later, the sequel has made it. Both films were produced by Roger Corman (born 1921).

No, this is not Thunderbirds. It’s Death Race 2050 (2017)

A picture sometimes says more than a thousand words…

This is so cheap and simple things go wrong in this movie. There are a lot of movie errors. During a scene Frankenstein is mad and hits the steering wheel with his hand, the hand bounces back up and hits the window. The entire structure of the window and frame comes lose and lifts up 🙂

Hitting Pedestrians gives the drivers point. The scoreboard can some times be seen when a bystander gets killed by a car and they managed to edit the movie so the score of Frankenstein goes from 255 to 265 during the race and later at the checkpoint a score of 240 is shown.

The driver of the self driving car, the A.B.E. , can be seen when the car needs to refuel and is asking a wooden statue at the gas station to refill it (so far for smart A.I.) Very intelligent script work as the other cars with people do not need to refuel… not.

The list could go on and on. It’s simply not worth it…

There is no Pirates of the Caribbean without Johnny Depp, and there never will be

There is no Pirates of the Caribbean without Johnny Depp, and there never will be.

“I just don’t see it,” says producer Jerry Bruckheimer, writing off any plans for future instalments without Captain Jack (as well as the ridiculous idea of anyone other than Depp ever playing him).

“The secret to any successful franchise is picking talented people, and Johnny is absolutely key to the success of Pirates. He’s such a unique character, such an endearing character, and such an irreverent character all in one.”

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Kodi 17.3 released – with critical security exploit fixed.

Kodi logo

May 22, 2017

Update from Kodi: Due to packaging issue after release some add-ons like PVR, visualisation and Inputstream are missing. Also on Ubuntu 14.04 an issue came to light. We will release v17.3 as soon as we can to solve this problem.

May 25, 2017

Sorry for this quick bump to v17.3 however we deemed it necessary. In the previous v17.2 we had a slight issue due to packaging certain binary add-ons like PVR, visualisation and Inputstream. Sadly we only uncovered this too late after release. Additionally on the older distros like Ubuntu 14.04 in combination with the available GCC 4.8 compiler an issue surfaced which we had to fix as well. This v17.3 release fixed both these issues and should be completely working again including the missing add-ons.

Fixes done in this release:

  • Fixed missing binary add-ons on release time
  • Fixed crash on older distros like Ubuntu 14.04 with GCC 4.8 compiler

From previous v17.2 release:

  • Fix selection after channelgroup switching in PVR guide window
  • Fix handling of gaps that caused eradic behaviour in EPG grid
  • Allow backing out of fullscreen pictures by mapping longpress guesture
  • Quick fix for wake up command not being called in PVR power management
  • Use alternative method to check if platform updates have been installed on Windows
  • Set the minimum version in the code which is currently OSX 10.8
  • Fix possible security flaw which could abused .zip files which try to traverse to a parent directory
  • Use the correct ttc font from the video file for subtitles on Windows
  • Detect and delete zero-byte database files which causes crashes

Security

You may have read in the news that malicious subtitle zip files could potentionally infect and harm your media player including Kodi. When Check Point researchers uncovered this flaw they contacted us up front to let us know about this flaw. Our developers fixed this secuity gap and have added the fix to this v17.2 release. As such we highly encourage all users to install this latest version! Any previous Kodi version will not get any security patch. We have began the roll out of this version and Android Play Store as well as Windows Store have this update pending and will roll out as soon as possible. Please be patient if you are using these store versions. Our official download page of course has the regular install files available for the supported platforms.

To be clear this possible vunrability is only present when you first enable a subtitle dowload add-on and then actually download zipped subtitles. Any subtitles that you already have as text file, are embedded in the video stream or are included with you DVD or Blurays are safe.

Only get static noise on Android?

if you have a Android device that only outputs static noise during playback we’d urge you to contact the manufacturer of your device. Recently we saw that Samsung released their Android 7.0 Nougat update for certain phone range that basically has broken audio support. This is something we as Team Kodi are not going to fix as it’s caused by a bug in their firmware. Only option you have is either stay at Kodi v16 or start contacting your device manufacturer and urge them to fix this issue.

Where can I download Kodi?

As alway you can find the official builds on our download page. Then click on the platform of choice and choose release build. You can install these build just on top of your current Kodi installation without doing a reinstall or cleanup as we do a full migration if needed. All you add-ons or installed skin will keep working.

Blade Runner – A Cult? How?

Later this year a remake of the movie Blade Runner is coming to theaters. Blade Runner 2049 takes place 30 years after the first movie. Lately the old movie from 1982 is rocketing sky-high in the popularity charts.

I vaguely remember this movie from a long time ago. I know the movie did not do that great at the box-office. It’s budget to make was about 28 million and according to sources gross was 33 million. Somehow this movie is labeled cult today. After watching the Final Cut version today I rated this movie on IMDB and was confused by the other ratings.

The movie ratings is thru the roof, IMDB 8.2, Moviedb 7.9, Metacritic 89%, Rotten Tomatos 89% and after some thought I rated it a 6.

Lets take a look at the IMDB ratings:

IMDB votes

Giving this a 10 or 1 is stupid so I’m not gonna discus those numbers. Very few people gave this movie less than 6, so it’s got something. A very high number of people gave this a 8 and a 9. Lets take a closer look.

IMDB votes

And this is where it gets sketchy.. This movie is 35 years old. People under the age of 18 rating this movie is so hard to believe… I can not image the teenager twilight saga, hunger games and pitch perfect generation watching this 2 hour long movie that tells you it is playing in the future and looks like it going down in an awful place in 1994 without electronic devices.

People between 18 and 29 also didn’t see the movie when it was released. They could have picked up one of the many DVD and Blue-ray boxes, but watching the Final Cut version (the latest one from 2007 and the Ridley Scott edited version) it’s also hard to image people are blown away by the visuals. The movie is just to old for that and the story is thin at best.

The name of the actor is the same size as the movie name.

The story is okay, the screenplay and logic on the other hand… The movie starts with a prologue in text explaining the story and problem with replicants (the androids). Harrison Ford is a special police detective who hunts these replicants. The story takes places in a very crowded and shitty world. (We really need to take better care of the world if this is going to be our world in 2019 😉 ) Apparently it always rains in 2019 and people are only active during the night.

A Ridley Scott scene 1982
Another Ridley Scott scene. No it’s not from Alien or Prometheus, the man has more visual settings then one Sci-Fi setting 😉

One funny moment in the beginning of the story ( and sadly around the 30 minute mark of the film) was when Harrison tells it’s too bright in here.

That was literally just 5 seconds after I had to change the energy-saving function from my tv from high to off because the picture was to dark 😀

I don’t know what the story behind the many Chinese people is in LA. You might have had a more diverse set of people if the movie had taken place in Hong Kong. The tv ads on the jumbotrons even have Chinese writing in it. It bugged me when they were walking between Chinese art and people and they had to go to “Chinatown” for a lead. Arriving in Chinatown… it was the most non-Chinese place in the whole freaking movie with a Arabic vibe to it.

Being a great detective that Harrison Ford is the files of the 4 replicants are given to him. One replicant has the function for human pleasure of something like that. So Harrison goes to the strip club and tada… replicant is found. For some reason the replicant likes to walk though a lot of windows and is shot after a short chase. Being the luckiest detective ever the second replicant shows up out of nowhere just 20 seconds after the first one has been taken of the street on the same spot.

I can’t tell you how he finds the two other ones but they end up being in a building together.

Building in Blade Runner

This building is owned by one man and during the meet and greet with one replicant he is telling that he is living mostly alone in it and that there hasn’t been a lot of demand for housing with the colonization on other planets. What!?

Looks like one big ass building for one man! And how come is it so crowded in every scene outside if people left for other planets?

The third replicant get shots while doing some gymnastics during a fight… (pretty dumb for a robot that is smarter than humans) and the final replicant Rutger Hauer is not happy about that and wants to kill Ford for that… I think. Not sure, they fight a lot but the replicant does not really fight.

To make it a so so film even worse at the end. The last replicant turns itself off or its life is up (they are only built to last 4 years) Totally unexpected and just stupid. Scene over. After that it seems like Ford is doing a James Bond at the end by taking some time off with the girl. Only the girl is a replicant and it kinda goes against everything told in the movie. At the last moment Ford finds an origami swan made of thin foil, I assume on the location where the Hauer replicant shutdown, with the origami or swan having absolutely no meaning what so ever in this movie.

ps. The replicant is gone, great police work Ford.

After writing this I wonder why I even gave it a 6…

You do not need to watch this one if you are going the see the remake.

 

Netflix ISP Speed Index – Nederland

ISP (Internet Speed Index) for Prime Time Netflix performance  – March 2017

RANK ISP SPEED Mbps PREVIOUS Mbps RANK CHANGE TYPE

1 Ziggo 4.21 4.20 No change

Cable

2 Ziggo (former UPC) 4.20 4.19 +1
Cable
3 Caiway 4.19 4.19 -1
Fiber

Cable

4 ZeelandNet 4.17 4.17 No change

Cable

5 T-Mobile Thuis 4.02 4.04 No change

Fiber

6 KPN 3.99 3.99 No change
Fiber

DSL

7 Xs4all 3.88 3.88 No change
Fiber

DSL

8 Tele2 3.63 3.60 No change
Fiber

DSL

9 Online 3.55 3.52 No change
Fiber

DSL

  • Since december Netflix bandwidth has gone up and seems to stay this way.
  • UPC users should be really happy with the merged with Ziggo in 2016.
  • KPN seems to do a little traffic shaping.
  • Xs4All surprised me, they are known to be the goto ones but clearly lack behind. On their website they are saying that Netflix will go over the open internet and quality will depend on the available bandwidth. I don’t think so…
  • The Ziggo average speed is the 3rd fastest in the world.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) – Question from a non-fanboy

Star Wars released a new trailer of their latest movie installment The Last Jedi. I know many people are going crazy right now and that’s fine. “Elke gek z’n gebrek” (a Dutch saying).

When you are not a Star Wars geekfan and your brain gets visually activated by some footage of Star Wars your processing is different from someone who’s mind is blown by the same little bit of footage. 😉

Trailer

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The LEGO Batman Movie

Lego Batman Movie

Who doesn’t love Batman? Well actually I don’t and that’s really soft said. I really really do not like Batman. And then there was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice…. The F****** stole 3 hours of my live. But this one is different. (I hope)

Lets hope “everything is awesome” if it’s anything like The Lego Movie.

February 10