March 1st, 2006

Monkey!

(RPG) '45 - Psychobilly Retropocalypse

_grimtales_ new game has just been released. Please go and check it out! Currently availble as a PDF download but print copies should be available soon.

HE was a mutant with a gift for the guitar and an eye for the ladies...

SHE was a hotrod-racing bombshell on the lookout for love...

IT crawled from the wastes of Nashville crater, seeking human victims...

THEY were trapped in a world they never made!


All the cool cats dig '45 daddy-o, are you hip to the scene?


Filmed on location in


IMAGINATOVISION®



  • System - '45 uses the Xpress system, a dicepool system using d6's to determine task and combat resolution. Your natural talents - or abilities - as well as your learned skills affect your ability to complete a task. Skills can be tightened down using 'focus', a layered specialisation system that rewards specialisation. The version of the Xpress system presented here also allows for pulp style heroic action and more durable characters with self-created merits and flaws.

  • Presentation- '45 contains artwork by many regular contributors to Postmortem Studios' work, as well as a couple of new faces! One of our shiniest looking books to date.

  • Keynotes - A B-movie, psychobilly world of post-atomic wilderness, warring city states, hotrod themed battles on the roads of a ruined America and mutation, mutation, mutation.

  • Design Notes - The Xpress system is here refined and updated with better examples and suitable expansions to the rules for the B-movie world including 'Heroics' - game influencing opportunities for over-the-top action - and rules for more cannon-fodder enemies. These rules changes can be easily imported into other Xpress games.
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Good Friend/Best Friend

(Films) Good Night And Good Luck + Syriana

I've pretty much decided that my next two cinema outings are going to be as follows:

Wednesday 1st March - 14:10 Good Night And Good Luck @ VUE Finchley Lido
Saturday 4th March - 11:30 Syriana @ VUE Finchley Lido

I'm also going to try and catch Walk The Line next week as I'm reckoning it won't be on the big screen for much longer.

If anyone happens to be free for eitehr of the above please let me know and we can arrange to meet up.

Good night folks!
Old Friend

Go And Vote In The ANGSCARS Best File Award 2005!!!!

Yo! People!!!

If you haven't voted in this years ANGSCARS please go and do so! Two films are currently running away with the show (it looks like a battle between Serenity and Sin City folks) and I've decided to spice things up by announcing that I will be giving a prize to one randomly selected voter of a DVD of his or her choice from the 5 Films in this years Awards (those being Batman Begins, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Serenity, Sin City and Vanity Fair). So there's now even more incentive to go and vote!

Also please feel free to spread the word. It'd be nice to see more people voting this year although saying that the first twelve hours of voting has been pretty good so far

One vote per person please!
Monkey!

(Film Review) Good Night, and Good Luck

I can honestly say that's the busiest I've seen a cinema during a weekday afternoon for some time. It wasn't packed but there must have been a good 30-40 people in there.

So, what was the Oscar nominated abd George Clooney directorial debut "Good Night, and Good Luck" like?

The film is about Edward Murrow, a broadcaster at CBS and his attempts to bring down Joseph McCarthy in anti-Communist paranoia ridden 1950's America. Murrow was aided in this by his Producer Fred Freindly (played by Clooney) and their team of researchers. The film itself is shot in black and white and features alot of archive footage from the time of both McCarthy and a number of the people he accused during his 'purge'.

The acting is good and the film was also quite interesting as it explored a very small slice of the overall period. It was very centered on Murrow (not unsurprisingly) and specifically on the case at hand. In some ways it is more of a documentary-drama than a film and I'm certian many on my friends list wouldn't enjoy it. Indeed I'd only really suggest going to see it if you are a major film buff or have an interest in the historical events that the film portrays.

David Strathairn does a very good job in his roll as Edward Murrow and should be highlighted above the rest of the cast (although everyone was pretty good). I'd also like to highlight Frank Langella's performance as William Paley - the head of CBS.

It has come as no surprise to me (I googled him when I got home) that Edward Murrow died of lung cancer in 1965 as the character was portrayed as smoking pretty much throughout the entire film - as were most of the characters but I guess those were the times!

I'm surprised the film has been nominated for six Oscars as whilst good I don't feel it was a great film. Indeed it probably won't even reach my Top 10 or even 15 by years end. In short, think twice about going to see it as you mya find it hard going and a bit boring as it is a film which I'd guess needs an acquired taste. School Report: C