Wednesday, 10 October 2007
Friday, 5 October 2007
Sunday, 16 September 2007
In 1974 the brilliant and controversial Brian Clough accepted the Leeds United Manager's job: he was to last only 44 days. In one of the most acclaimed novels of this or any other year, David Peace takes us into the mind and thoughts of Ol' Big ..Ead himself, and brings vividly to life one of post-war Britain's most complex and fascinating characters.
This story is to be read by non other than John Simm. This is sure to be brilliantly ready by John Simm and it is available buy from Amazon.co.uk for £15.99. In other news John Simm and his play Elling at The Trafalgar Studios have been nominated in the People's Choice Theatre Awards into the following categories.
- Favourite theatre actor = John Simm - Elling
- Favourite play = Elling
- Favourite theatre = The Trafalgar Studios
Thursday, 6 September 2007
This trailer may very well have been the inspiration for the American trailer of "The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy", when it was remade several years back. The trailer itself actually describes exactly what its doing (IE: Title Sequence here, company logo there, etc.), and is rather humorous. But then again it is being done by a comedian, so what else would you expect. The trailer can be viewed below, enjoy.
24HR Party People - Trailer #1
Wednesday, 5 September 2007
As I have told you in previous posts, I used to be a DJ. This particular track remained one the largest selling dance tracks of the year in 1983. It was also the third record I ever purchased. When released originally the track did not offer a radio or 7" version, this did not occur until it was remixed in 1988. The records "B-side" was nearly as popular as its "A-side" and was known as "The Beach".
"The Beach" is actually part of the lyrics to Blue Monday, which is where it gets its name from. The Beach proved to be so popular, that it to was remixed in 1988 for the B-side. The remix is known as "Beach Buggy" and is just a non-vocal version of Blue Monday. Okay that was your history lesson for the day, now enjoy John singing it.
John as Bernard Sumner from New Order singing "Blue Monday"
Wednesday, 29 August 2007
Saturday, 25 August 2007
It does differ greatly from the movies, as it is presented in an un-edited format (ie: without special effects overlayed). It also follows the style of a music video, and if it was a single the artists name would more than likely have 'featuring John Simm' tacked onto the end of it. Sounds cliche, but is quite appropriate to the video. You'll understand when you've watched it. Any way, enjoy.
Any way here it is, version number 2. Enjoy.
Yes System Doctor 2006, you B@$+@>)$! For those of you who don't know what I am talking about, I am referring to a program similar to Norton System Mechanic 2007. This is a program designed to remove adware from your system, System Doctor however should be renamed 'System Natropath' as it infects your system first then requests you purchase the product to remove the infection. How thoughtful, yes? Yeah right, anyway you don't want hear about that, you want to hear about John. That's why you're here isn't it? OK, here we go then.
Firstly I need to point out the title of this post, "The Weekend Has Landed (Part 1)". It has been named as this because it is in 3 parts, each containing a video. This the first part contains my promised video comparison of the 2 films, they both start out differently and eventually fall back into sync. You will understand when you watch it. The synchronizing is not a natural occurrence with the 2 movies, they are not of equal duration at all but are very close. So I corrected this by adding all of 7 frames of black to the original.
The 'Original' starts out with the introduction of Johns character in the movie "JIPP", then John moves on to discussing his friends, KOOP, MOFF, LULU and NINA. After this the title kicks in, and the movie formally starts. In the 'Remixed' version, the film starts with MOFF having a speil about being off his pickle then jumps straight into the titles. After the titles both versions then sync, but not forever as there are many differences between the 2 movies.
The soundtrack differs on both of them, some scenes are extended or completely re-edited giving a totally new perspective on this ground breaking movie. Essentially though they both tell the same tale but in a slightly different way. In my last post I mentioned that there was about to be a third version of the movie thrown into the mix, will it be another re-edit? At this stage it is unknown, but lets keep our fingers crossed. It would be very interesting to see "Human Traffic 2007 (The Final Edit)", I like the sound of that and I am sure JIPP does too.
Below you can find the first version of the comparison, it contains the audio from the original movie. I hope you like it, once you have watched it check it out again in the (Part 2) post with the audio from the Remix. Enjoy.
Saturday, 18 August 2007
Some good news regarding this film though is that, a new edition is of the film is set to be released on the 24th of September 2007 (according to sendit.com). The dvd is currently available on pre-order via the link above, however no details of alternate editing or special features are available at this time. So if you like the movie, this version could be the one for your collection. In anticipation of this, below you can find the trailer of the movie to enjoy in the interim.
Thursday, 16 August 2007
Wednesday, 15 August 2007
Tuesday, 14 August 2007
Sunday, 12 August 2007
Controversial? Yes, Life On Mars is a "no holds barred" view on life in the 1970's, in all its politically incorrect glory. It has been highly criticized in the UK tabloids, as well as the US press for obvious reasons. The majority of the critique comes from those sickening prudish people, known as teachers. Apparently they believe the show encourages anti-social behaviour such as the victimisation of minorities. It does not do this at all, it simply portrays that time period as accurately as TV possibly can and for this reason is not aimed at minors.
Now that the introduction is out of the way, the series . . . . . (drum roll).
Episode One: We meet DCI Sam Tyler in 2006, he has a car accident whilst in pursuit of a kidnapper. When Sam awakes, its 1973 and he's only a DI. We meet his new boss Gene Hunt, Ray and the "agreeable" Chris, also the lovely Annie Cartwright. Sam amazingly enough, finds a connection between a murder in 1973 and the kidnapping of his girlfriend in 2006.
Cyberman on Ep 1: I absolutely loved this episode when it premiered, its what got me hooked on the show. I heard about it through the internet, and was intrigued by its premise, so much so that I ordered the DVD as soon as it was available. As an episode I would give this one over all a 9/10, as it captivates the audience from the word go all the way to its conclusion. A stunning pilot episode, one of the most original cop shows in the last 20 years!
Bad Wolf on Ep 1: Well what can i say? this episode was truly brilliant and automatically gets you hooked to the show. The chemistry between Gene and Sam begins in this episode. Overall i would give it a 8/10.
Episode Two: Sam and Gene butt heads over a criminal. Gene wants to plant evidence to convict the criminal, Sam thinks otherwise. A woman gets caught in crossfire, as a result of Trent (the criminal) being released. Sam mops her blood off the street with his jacket, at Genes request.
Cyberman on Ep 2: This episode was very different to what I'd expected from the previous episode. The first episode sets up the storyline, this one fully throws it in your face! We truly discover how things have changed in policing over the last 30 years in this one. Gene simply wants people behind bars, to make the police appear competent, whereas Sam is a sucker for procedure. Truly upfront and a riveting episode from start to finish. Overall I'd give this one an 8/10. I take an additional point off for this one, due to ancillary cast members not fully being utilized. At this stage it is merely the Sam and Gene show with the occasional bit of Annie, but still great viewing.
Bad Wolf on Ep 2: This episode is all about Sam and Gene and modern day policing and 1970's policing. It shows how Sam wants hard-core evidence whereas Gene is prepared to plant evidence on the suspect. Overall i would give this a 8/10.
Episode Three: Sam goes to a textile factory with the team, to investigate a murder. The factory eventually gets turned into apartments, which is where Sam lives in 2006. Genes method of catching the crook, is the first to speak did it. Sam has other ideas, eventually discovering that it is not a murder at all, but a cover-up instead for an industrial accident.
Cyberman on Ep 3: The episode was the clincher for me, it connected the 2 time periods in the most novel of ways. A murder is committed in factory in 73, which is Sam's apartment in 06, brilliant writing Pharaoh & Graham! I give this one a 9/10 as well.
Bad Wolf on Ep 3: This episode has to be one of my favourite of series . It was a brilliant story and I loved some of Gene Hunts funny phrases. Overall I would give this a 9/10 for one brilliant story.
Episode Four: A local nightclub owner and police informant "Stephen Warren", is using stand over tactics and extortion across the city. Gene permits this because Warren keeps the streets clean. Sam won't stand for it and sets out to put Warren away. He is distracted when he runs into his mother as a young woman.
Cyberman on Ep 4: This episode tugged at my heart strings, in a way I had not expected as it covered a subject which is very close to me personally, nightclubs. As I have previously mentioned in this blog, I used to DJ and the scenarios in this are reminiscent of my own experience in the industry. Yes I to, have had the unfortunate experience of coming face-to-face with the underworld, which is something I would not wish on anyone. Aside from this angle, the episode features famous singer (an actor playing him that is) Mark Bollan from 70's super group T-Rex. I give this one 9 as well, as its not perfect but comes very, very close! Also a nice introduction to Sam's mum.
Bad Wolf on Ep 4: This episode highlight has to be meeting Sam Tyler's mum and how easily he is distracted when he meets people who exist in his time period. Overall i would give this one a 7/10 also as it is a quite emotional but good story.
Episode Five: Sam, Gene and Annie go under cover as bartenders to solve a soccer related murder. The team are under very tight time restraints, to solve the crime. There is a big game on Saturday, which they believe will turn into a bloodbath if they don't.
Cyberman on Ep 5: To those of you who aren't sports fans, this is the episode you will like the least. It is very soccer-centric, and I personally don't like sport all. This episodes redeeming feature to me was the fact that it gave us a kind-of history lesson on sports violence, so kudos to kudos for that. I give this episode a 5/10, that's just me though. I imagine BW will differ to me greatly on this one!
Bad Wolf on Ep 5: Well right you are Rob I thoroughly enjoyed this episode as it relates to something I am interested in, football. I thought the overall plot was very interesting as we believe that a city fan has killed a united fan in light of the weekends game. Overall I would give this a 8/10.
Episode Six: In 2006 Sam's life support is about to be switched off, whilst in 1973 a local newspaper is under siege. Sam's flashbacks / daydreams, lead him to believe if he saves the hostages he will save himself. He has to save the hostages by 2.00pm or the hostages will be shot.
Cyberman on Ep 6: Another interesting way of connecting the 2 time periods. This one gives you non-stop action from title to title, Sam's life support is due to be shut off at 2.00pm the same time as the hostages are due to be shot in 73. With all of the wars that have happened in the last 40 years, I am certain everybody will meet someone like this war-vet featured in this at some stage in their life. I give this one a 7/10, I dislike war-vets because their misery is everyone elses fault bar their own!
Bad Wolf on Ep 6: I agree that this story is a very interesting way of connecting the time periods. With Sam's life at stake in both scenarios he realises to save himself in the 2006 he must save himself in 1973. I thought the whole hostage situation was brilliant and great to watch. Overall I would give this a 9.5/10
Episode Seven: Sam leads an investigation into a death in custody, with alarming results. He discovers after digging through a web of deceit, that Ray is the cause. When Sam gives his findings to Gene, Ray gets demoted and Sam finds corruption is deep within the station.
Cyberman on Ep 7: This episode sees Sam and Ray going head-to-head, which is great television. Both of them bum out on their goals, Sam gets Ray demoted but really wants him sacked! Ray wants Sam gone, but ends up becoming lower on the food chain instead. This ones an 8, another near perfect piece, but spoiled slightly by its minimal amount of Gene.
Bad Wolf on Ep 7: Although I found this episode good in parts like the fight between Sam and Ray. It didn't particularly interest me as much as the rest of series 1 did. Overall I would give this a 6/10.
Episode Eight: Sam runs into his father during a murder investigation. It turns out Vic Tyler is involved with the porn industry, which he does behind Sam's mothers' back to pay the bills. Sam unravels what some of his flashbacks / daydreams mean. One of them involves Annie.
Cyberman on Ep 8: Sam's Dad in porn, maximum flashbacks! What more can I say the episodes a 9.5/10 to me.
Bad Wolf on Ep 8: Robs review on this episode basically is what I felt about this episode. The whole "Sam realising why his dad left bit" was brilliant. Overall I'd give this a 9/10 a great end to a great series.
Saturday, 11 August 2007
DWM Issue 384
Friday, 10 August 2007
Thursday, 9 August 2007
Wednesday, 8 August 2007
Tuesday, 7 August 2007
Monday, 6 August 2007
Sunday, 5 August 2007
Saturday, 4 August 2007
John is already booked up way in advance as he is due to appear in a film called Seven Days in 2012. Though not much is yet known about this film yet but we do know this:
This film charts the relationship between a man imprisoned for drug smuggling and his wife and is being shot over the course of five years, a few weeks at a time.
Friday, 3 August 2007
Thursday, 2 August 2007
Wednesday, 1 August 2007
Tuesday, 31 July 2007
The Master part of the title? Well as mentioned earlier in the site in John's recent interview with Richard and Judy, John mentioned that he had not been told his appearance as the Master on Doctor Who had ended. Today over at Outpost Gallifrey, it quotes a recent Q & A with BBC Drama head Julie Gardner, from IF Magazine's website where Julie states "It would be rude not to, and he’s a great character. John Simm is amazing and I would go to work every day with him. His scenes were so much fun to do," she says. Well looks like the Master is set for a return in the near future, lets hope its in series 4.
Finally the more "Traffic for Humans" part, as previously promised to you I will be bringing you a review and comparison for Human Traffic Remixed (the Directors Cut style second version of Human Traffic). Whilst I was hoping to get this to you earlier, I hit several snags along the way. These hurdles to over come have been constant computer issues, of one type or another limiting my ability to bring you the video comparison. I am hoping that this week I will be able to resolve them and get that review out to you, I could give you the review now and the comparison later but I've decided it best to give you both at the same time. So that's the update on HTR. 'Til next time Simm-sons and daughters peace, and remember who'd settle for sonic when they can have laser!
Monday, 30 July 2007
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Friday, 27 July 2007
Thursday, 26 July 2007
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Wednesday, 11 July 2007
During the interview John was asked about his future with both Life On Mars and Doctor Who. John quite firmly denied an appearance in the upcoming sequel series "Ashes To Ashes", but went on to add that his future in Doctor Who is not certain at present. At least that's not a no. Richard and Judy tell him they were suitably impressed by his performance and want him to play The Master again. Are you listening Russell? Even a rival network wants John as The Master.
Below you will find the interview in its entirety, I hope you all enjoy it. I did.
Tuesday, 10 July 2007
As the movie is about the club scene in Cardiff, instead of a being a "REDUX" or "Directors Cut" the producers decided on an original name for a new edit of the film. To keep in line with the topic of the movie, there is also Human Traffic Remixed available. This version differs greatly from the original, like most remixes. I will post a comparison video showing you the differences in the ways the versions were done. Obviously I will not post the entire movies (it would have been nice though), but instead will offer you the first 5 to 10 minutes. So you can see the differences.
The 2 covers for the alternate editions can be seen below. This movie was what got me into liking John as an actor, I suppose probably because I could relate to it on a personal level. In the mid '90s when the movie is set, I was a practicing DJ and night club promoter. Many characters in this movie remind me of people I knew back then, especially John's character "Jipp". The eager club regular is a mish mash of possibly every extreme punter, you could ever meet. It has an awesome '90s soundtrack (as to be expected), featuring artists such as CJ Bolland, Fat Boy Slim, Orbital, Underworld, Primal Scream and everybody's favorite DJ the one and only Carl Cox. Carl Cox also acts in this movie and plays the night club owner.
When Bad Wolf has given you his critique on the original, I will give you mine on the Remix. It only seems appropriate. This movie has connections to the world of Doctor Who as well, not only does it feature John (The Master). It also has Shaun Parkes playing the role of "Koop", Shaun played Captain Zachary Cross Flane in "The Satan Pit / The Impossible Planet" and Helen Griffin plays "Jipp's Mum". Helen's character, you would all remember as Mrs Moore in "The Age Of Steel / Rise of the Cybermen" who helped the Doctor with her electro-magnetic bomb.
Well that's my first post, if you are a devout John fan then you may also like to check out LifeOnMars.tv, my original blog. Have a good one, what ever it maybe.
Monday, 9 July 2007
Ten Minute Movie (2004)
24 Hour Party People (2002)
Human Traffic (1999)
Understanding Jane (1998)
Diana & Me (1997)
Boston Kickout (1995)
Sunday, 8 July 2007
Saturday, 7 July 2007
Friday, 6 July 2007
Thursday, 5 July 2007
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Tuesday, 3 July 2007
Monday, 2 July 2007
Sunday, 1 July 2007
Saturday, 30 June 2007
Friday, 29 June 2007
Thursday, 28 June 2007
Wednesday, 27 June 2007
- Last Of The Timelords
- Fact File
- Trailer 2
- Mobile Wallpapers
- Harold Saxon Website
- Fear Forecast Coming Monday
"I'm Coming Back"As well as the usual Official Doctor Who site being updated this week the BBC have updated their Harold Saxon site. All the links can be found below.
- Harold Saxon Home
- A Better Britain
- The Call Of Duty
- Meet Lucy Saxon
- My Beliefs
Tuesday, 26 June 2007
On the second cover however guess which Doctor Who star is to be shown. Well you guessed it because it is of course the newly regenerated master John Simm himself. John or The Master is holding in his hand a laser screwdriver who'd have sonic?
As well as all this inside these magazines you can read about visits to the set of Doctor Who for the series finale in the company of Freema Agyeman. It also includes behind the scenes pictures and comments from Freema and hints from Russell T Davies on the plot. There is also a brilliant poster featuring The Doctor (David Tennant) and The Master (John Simm).This magazine is on sale now for amazingly cheap price of a pound. So get out their and show your support.
Monday, 25 June 2007
Sunday, 24 June 2007
Look out for some screen caps of John Simm in the episode The Sound Of Drums and also in the next episode trailer. These images will be posted some time this week.
Saturday, 23 June 2007
Friday, 22 June 2007
Thursday, 21 June 2007
Though of course this one man The Professor is not all that he seems. This story also features a enemy known as The Fututrekind who are believed to be the future for all those stuck and waiting to go to Utopia. As well of all this we also had some exciting flashbacks of Rose, Captain Jack, The Face Of Boe's final words and of course them exciting scenes of The Doctor becoming human. Overall I would give this episode a 9.5/10.
Wednesday, 20 June 2007
In other news John is also going to appear on two special edition covers for Doctor Who Magazine 384. John will also be interviewed in this particular issue about his time on Doctor Who playing The Master. This issue will go on sale from Thursday 28th June priced at £3.99. The two covers can be found below. Thanks to Mark from Tardis and Torchwood Treasures for making this picture.
Tuesday, 19 June 2007
Monday, 18 June 2007
In 1997 John starred in the first series of the critically acclaimed and often controversial The Lakes, a BBC series written by Jimmy McGovern. In 1999 he starred in the second series of The Lakes as well as appearing in Human Traffic and Wonderland.
In 2000 he starred in the opening episode of the acclaimed drama Clocking Off written by Paul Abbott, who he would later work with again for the award-winning political thriller series State of Play.
In 2002 he featured in the film 24 Hour Party People as enigmatic New Order frontman Bernard Sumner. It was also this year that he played Raskolnikov in the BBC adaptation of Crime and Punishment which is also his favourite book. At a live concert in Finsbury Park the same year, Simm sang "Digital" onstage with New Order.
In 2004 he played a researcher and investigator for a charity in a Channel 4 drama Sex Traffic, the hard hitting drama that follows the plight of two young Moldovan sisters sold into sexual slavery.
In February 2007, it was reported that Simm was to appear in the third (current) series of the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who as the Master. Simm himself on the Simon Mayo radio programme on Five Live on March 22, 2007, confirmed he would appear on Doctor Who as "Mr Saxon". He made his first appearance on the June 16, 2007 episode, "Utopia", where he appeared as the Master, a recurring enemy of the Doctor, following Derek Jacobi's brief portrayal of the character.
In April 2007, it was announced that Simm would resume the role of Cal McCaffrey in the second series of State of Play, with Bill Nighy also returning to the show although Simm has said himself that he would not be reprising the role. It is not known if the likes of David Morrissey and Philip Glenister will return to the show.
He will reunite with his Life on Mars co-star Philip Glenister— with whom he also appeared in Clocking Off and State of Play—in the forthcoming 1980s-set crime film Tuesday, in which the pair play bank robbers. Upon the announcement of the film, Glenister joked that he and Simm were contractually obliged to work with each other once a year.