Daily Archives: 02/15/2012

Your move, creep…

Sometimes, I get confused about whether I’m reading the news or I’ve accidentally clicked  The Onion’s website by mistake.

Glancing at Reddit today, I came across this gem – the city of Pontiac, Michigan appears to have been privatised.

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

Anybody disagree with the new plan? No? Great...

See,  “Robocop” was set in Michigan, so the image kind of makes sense?  No?  Just me then…

Not to come over all European and abhorrently progressive, but is it really a good idea to let an unelected private sector guy come in and start slashing costs left and right, even in a global economy as well and truly buggered as the planet’s currently appears to be?

The last time that I looked, running local government and trying to make a profit for your stockholders are two quite different things and never the twain will meet.  It’s hard to see how firing a bunch of civil servants, cutting local services to the bone and screwing over taxpayers is helping anybody other than the private contractor in charge of the whole process (who is presumably on some sweet, performance-related pay incentive to get things profitable again).

But then, isn’t that what this appears to be all about – bringing the private sector into public services and making a bunch of money for people whilst ensuring that the rest of us get well and truly shafted?

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Sickboy is Sherlock. No, really.

Remember that American version of “Sherlock” that CBS  announced the other week?  The one which seemed wholly unnecessary and a blatant attempt to piggy-back on the success of the TV incarnation with Benedict Cumberbatch and the film iteration with Robert Downey Jnr?  Well, it’s found a leading man.

Good old Sickboy.

Jonny Lee Miller will play Holmes in this modern-day, New York-set telling of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective and his casting allays my fears about this US version being a total wash.

In one of those weird, interesting casting quirks which happens from time to time, Miller recently worked with Cumberbatch in Danny Boyle’s British theatre production of “Frankenstein” in 2011 – small world, eh?

It’s due to air this autumn in the US and might yet fill the gap for a snarky British actor playing a hopelessly smart guy soon to be created by “House” finishing it’s long run.




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“Twisted Metal” to clown it up on big screen

Good, clean family fun. With chainsaws.

It’s a busy time for Sony’s venerable automobile combat video game franchise, “Twisted Metal”.

The first PS3 outing for this heady combination of grisly violence, clowns and effed-up cars is nearly with us – pesky censorship concerns in Europe mean that the game won’t be released until March, because adults need to be protected from grotesque clowns with guns – but news reaches us today that Sony’s film wing want to make a movie version.

One half of the Neveldine/Taylor hive mind, Brian Taylor is the man tasked with bringing bonkers action, freakish characters and utter mayhem to cinemas and he seems like a pretty good choice – his latest collaboration with kindred spirit Mark Neveldine is the Marvel sequel “Ghost Rider – Spirit of Vengeance” and they’ve previously brought you “Crank” (yay!) and “Gamer” (boo!).

A point of concern – didn’t we already enjoy this movie when it was called “Death Race”?

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