UK Top 100 Music chart summary & my views w/e October 25th 2014

mu251014Staying at No.1, in the UK Top 100 Music Chart w/e October 25th 2014, is Meghan Trainor with All About That Bass. Please, someone, tell me – this ‘song’ is a joke, yes?

There are two Top 10 new entries and one chart entry: One Direction at No.3 with Steal My Girl, then it’s No.10 for Eminem feat. Sia with Guts Over Fear. I’m not a huge Eminem fan, but Sia is always worth a listen in my book.

The chart entry comes from the godawful The Vamps feat. Shawn Mendes who go from No.46 to No.9 with Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart).

Thankfully, the BBC’s self-congratulatory back-slipping “God Only Knows” shite drops from No.20 to No.38.

You can hear the Eminem & Sia track here:

Cold in July on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

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Cold in July is set in East Texas, 1989, and while that part of the world still has the delights of Bros and Stock Aitken And Waterman to encounter, Richard Dane (Michael C Hall) finds an intruder in his house, after being woken up by wife Ann (Vinessa Shaw), who was previously woken up by something being smashed. By accident, he shoots and kills the person, resulting in their brains splattered all over the wall behind them, and leaving the couple in deep shock.

Early on, it gets a bit like Cape Fear when the convict father of the dead lad, Ben Russel (Sam Shepard), keeps turning up to silently harrass Dane and his family, with it looking to the police like he’s just going about his daily business. Thankfully, though, this is only a small part of it, so just when I thought it might possibly be about to derail itself, it quickly gets back on track (ooh, two train references in one sentence!)

Flatline – Doctor Who: Series 8 Episode 9 – The DVDfever Review

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Flatline finds the Doctor and Clara having to step out of a TARDIS which has made the blue box about 50% of its original size. With Clara wanting to get back to her classroom, and them both stuck in Bristol for no apparent reason, thus 120 miles from where they need to be, the Doctor insists: “Could you not just let me enjoy this moment of *not* knowing something? It happens so rarely.”

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare – Official Gameplay Launch Trailer

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the latest entry in the COD series, and this time round, the game envisions battlegrounds of the future, where both technology and tactic have evolved to usher in a new era of combat for the franchise, taking players to a future devastated by a global attack. Rising from the chaos is Atlas, a Private Military Corporation led by the cunning Jonathan Irons. With the most powerful military force in the world, Atlas has effectively become a superpower for hire. Playing as Jack Mitchell, you’ll suit up in an advanced exoskeleton and join a highly-trained unit committed to restoring order.

The exoskeleton carries over into the multiplayer, where an all-new movement system changes the way players traverse the terrain. Chain together boost actions like jump, dodge, and dash in a fast and fluid style of play. Equip all-new abilities and armaments in the revamped Create-a-Class. Earn additional weapons and gear through in-game Supply Drops, outfitting your operator in the deepest customization experience in franchise history.

The official gameplay launch trailer is now online, and once again, Kevin Spacey‘s in it!

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is available on the above platforms on November 4th, with the Day Zero Edition a day earlier, on – for those of you without access to a calendar – November 3rd.

Check out the trailer below:

MRI Scanner – my hour-or-so of fun thanks to an anomaly in my heart

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mri-scannerMRI Scanner – the words make me think putting myself inside a tiny Smarties tube, due to the similarly circular nature, but in practice, as Bruce Willis said in Die Hard, playing hard-as-nails cop John McClane, “Now I know what a god-damn TV dinner feels like!”, such is the restricted feeling you get.

The basis behind it follows my aortic valve replacement operation in 1994, and both before and after that I have had regular check-ups at the Manchester Royal Infirmary. Then after a recent check-up, five months ago, I was referred for an MRI scanner appointment due to an “anomaly” in one of my heart chambers. My consultant was a Mr Borg, so I can say that in my life, I have ‘engaged the Borg’.

Flatline – Official Trailer and new videos – Doctor Who Series 8 Episode 9 – BBC

flatlineFlatline is the 9th episode in Doctor Who Series 8, and this time round, separated from the Doctor, Clara discovers a new menace from another dimension. Wasn’t she separated last week though, for some considerable time?…

Flatline is on BBC1 tomorrow night at 8.25pm.

Visit the Official Doctor Who page.

Check out the trailer below as well three additional videos, including a couple of clips of the episode, plus an introduction to the episode:

Open Windows and Northern Soul lead the new cinema releases & trailers – w/e October 17th 2014

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This weekend there are five new films out for you to choose from: horror in Open Windows, comedy/drama in Northern Soul, a return for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, drama in The Judge, and romantic tosh in The Best Of Me.

Open Windows

Open Windows stars ex-porn star Sasha Grey as Jill, an actress who refuses to have dinner with Nick (Elijah Wood), a fan who won a date with her in an Internet contest.

In return, a guy named Chord (Neil Maskell - most recently seen as Arby in Channel 4′s sadly cancelled Utopia), posing as Jill’s campaign manager, helps Nick to follow in the footsteps of the actress from his own computer. Nick starts a game in which he realises that is only a puppet into the manic plans devised by Chord, to hunt down the star.

Written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo, I definitely want to see this.

Hit or Miss? Verdict:

“Am I bovvered?” – Michael Gove’s response to the UKIP threat (Channel 4 News, 16.10.14)

Am I bovvered“Am I bovvered?” is best known as Catherine Tate’s catchphrase for her character, Lauren, but this time it was spoken by former Education Secretary – and co-star of Channel 4′s 1992 satirical series A Stab In The Dark, with David Baddiel and Tracey Macleod, Michael Gove, who clearly didn’t know that or where it came from.

However, he was quite happy to use it to describe what he thinks of the threat from UKIP and Mark Reckless.

Check out the video below:

Mr Peabody and Sherman 3D on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

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Mr Peabody and Sherman is one of those films which beings with something a little different, this one featuring a nice subtle reworking of the Dreamworks logo, with Sherman sat in the moon.

I have to confess I am not at all familiar with the original cartoons – an offshoot from Rocky and Bullwinkle. While I remember them being on TV in the ’80s, despite one of those episodes featuring in the extras, I’m quite sure the BBC broadcasts didn’t last 23 minutes, so I expect they were cut down, as that would happen a lot – same as with the name-brand censorship which saw Top Cat renamed ‘Boss Cat’. Also, I often stay away from CGI films for kids as they usually seem to bereft of ideas and any sort of reason to exist, but this one seemed different. It also has the added attraction of time travel, something with which I’ve always been fascinated.

Movie Charts – UK & US – w/e October 12th 2014

October 5th 2014This week’s Movie Chart for the UK w/e October 12th 2014 is as follows:

    1. Gone Girl
    2. The Maze Runner
    3. Annabelle
    4. One Direction: Where We Are
    5. Dracula Untold
    6. The Equalizer
    7. The Boxtrolls
    8. What We Did On Our Holiday
    9. The Rewrite
    10. Dolphin Tale 2
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