The Stainless Steel Rat (stainsteelrat) wrote,
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Watched what I thought was called Waz, but turns out to be WΔZ (or W Delta Z), and definitely not Saw backwards. It stars Stellan Skarsgård (in a slightly different role to Mamma Mia) and Melissa George (now was she in Neighbours or Home & Away, or both?) as two police detectives following the trail of a serial killer who carves "Waz" or something into their victims. Has a problematic past come back to haunt the former aged detective, and will the new(ish) latter detective figure it out? And so the story unfolds. WΔZ is a slightly odd film that veers between torture horror, a straight serial killer film, and something very vaguely akin to the stylish Se7en. Arguably part of the problem is that it never really gets close to any of the genres, not that this should necessarily make it a bad film. The bigger problem perhaps is that the story and concept get stretched too thinly, despite reasonable performances, and ultimately it just came across to me as a rather weak horror. For horror and crime fans who are stuck for a film on a rainy night in. A charitable 3/5.

In other news...

I'm really enjoying Yahoo Answers at the moment. A few years back I tried to get on the Google Answers (was it called Google Answers?) panel, mostly to try and make a few quid when I was scratching around for money. I was too late though, and I have a feeling the site shut down some time later. Yahoo Answers is a bit lighter though, with no financial incentive, but a points based one instead. I've not got consistently brilliant answers there, and sometimes I've got no answers at all, but it's still interesting. Equally I've managed to answer a few questions, and even with multiple answers to some I've managed to get the best answer. Plus it's just enjoyable helping people. I've yet to make it to Level 2 though, mostly because I keep asking questions and spending my points. Of course there are other places to ask questions, but often the communities are either full of snarky folks, near impossible to find, or dead.

I could while away hours on the above answering questions. What sites can you while away time on?

Today's National One Hit Wonder Day. Whole albums or entire ouvres can be quite impressive, but more often than not, individual songs have the largest impact on us. Which one hit wonders have played a major role in your life?

Despite music having a big impact on my life, I wouldn't say that any single track has had a major influence and changed my life on some dramatic level. In terms of one hit wonders though, the one that jumps immediately to mind is the aged and repetitive N-n-n-n-n-nineteen by Paul Hardcastle. I really loved it when it came out, and ole Mr. Hardcastle had few if any hits either before or after, despite doing his best Jan Hammer impression. Anyway, I did a pre-GCSE history project about the Vietnam War, partly influenced by the lyrics from the song, and I actually included them in the project. It got me top marks! I think I may have mentioned it already, but I also recently sought out the self titled album which had Nineteen on it, just for a musical stroll down memory lane.
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