August 7, 2008 / 2371
Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, Xzibit, Billy Connolly
Director: Chris Carter
Screenwriter: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz
Producer: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz
Composer: Mark Snow
One of the worst films of the summer.
UK, July 29, 2008 - What a waste of time. The second X-Files movie installment limps onto UK screens this week, and a viewing of the film begs one, obvious question: why the hell did they bother?
This tedious effort begins six years after the finale of the TV series, with Scully these days working as a doctor in a church hospital, and Mulder now a paranoid recluse (wasn’t he always?) still searching for his missing sister.
Meanwhile nearby a local FBI agent has gone missing, with the only source of clues Billy Connelly’s seemingly psychic pedophile priest ‘Father Joe’. Despite having been kicked out of the bureau, Mulder is bought back into the fold because of his expertise with paranormal cases, and he persuades Scully to help him.
August 6, 2008 / 1185
Peter Jackson, a 30-year-old gardener who lives near Morpeth, contacted The Journal yesterday after seeing 15 unidentified flying objects while enjoying a barbecue with his family on Saturday night.
He used a digital camera to capture video footage of the white objects, which later became a mix of orange and red, as they flew in formation below cloud level from 10.15pm to 10.30pm.
Mr Jackson watched in astonishment with neighbours and a food delivery man outside his home at Swansfield, Kirkhill, as the ‘UFOs’ headed in the direction of Newbiggin by the Sea, without making a sound, at high speed.
He said: “It was a once in a lifetime chance to catch anything like that. I have certainly seen nothing like it before. Some people were quite shaken up by it.”
Mr Jackson says objects similar to those he saw were reported in Minnesota, America, three months ago.
But last night a spokesman for Newcastle International Airport revealed that air traffic control had been informed in advance that around half a dozen Chinese lanterns were to be released from Tynemouth Priory as part of a celebration at 10.30pm.
The spokeswoman said a wind may have caught the lanterns and blown them over the Morpeth area.
“They look like large balloons with a light inside them. That is what we suspect it was,” she added.
The only sighting on the airport’s radar was a police helicopter.
Mr Jackson said he would have to see what size the lanterns were before accepting the airport’s explanation.
The Ministry of Defence was unable to provide any guidance on what the objects may have been.
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Source: The Journal - Newcastle-upon-Tyne
August 6, 2008 / 2403
Directed by Tobe Hooper. Writing credits Steven Spielberg (story & screenplay) Michael Grais (screenplay) Mark Victor (screenplay).
A storm erupts, a spooky looking tree, bening utensils, floating corpes people and Carol Anne is swept into a paranormal world. There is a darkside that gets discovered and Carol Anne makes contact with an evil sprit. A middle class family has to try and keep it together and save ther daughter. What is there to fear its the fear of the unknown and after watching this movie you will wonder alot about the unknown. If a haunting was going to happen, I think this is how it would happen.
A normal happy family that lives in house that ends up being haunted. I know we have heard this a million times before but this movie is great even as an adult it still scares me. It starts out really amusing for the Freeling Family, the ghost seem to be harmless and they just want to play I guess… The ghost start to change they become mean ,and playing tricks they want what they came for Carol Anne (Heather O’Rourke). Carol Anne has started to talk to the ghost or sprits through the TV giving you the feeling that something maybe watching you through your TV. The TV screen with no picture but there is some form a supernatural communication between the evil sprits and Carol Anne.
The big scary tree in the yard seems to come to life (we all know that when we were kids there was a tree that was spooky looking its will make you connect with the movie, you hooked and it make you jump.) Then it happens they take Carol Anne through a portal in her closet. She ends up in another world on the other side (here again makes you think of the nightmares when you were a kid that there was something in your closet, just maybe it was a portal to the other side). Read more …
August 6, 2008 / 1120
The comic’s central theme is the power known as The Darkness and its wielders. The Darkness is an ageless power dating back beyond human history. It is linked with the Angelus and the Witchblade. The Darkness is passed down a family line from father to son, leaving the previous user (and taking his life) as his first child is conceived. The power then manifests in the child on his 21st birthday.
Darkness users can create anything they desire with The Darkness, even sentient beings, but anything they make will crumble to dust in the light. The Darkness is quite deadly, allowing the user to call forth darkling minions to aid them, and even survive gunshots. The power can also be used to maul and feed on people.
The Darkness does not function unless it is dark, but some users can also manipulate this by creating their own shadows/darkness (e.g. smoke grenades), being underground, turning off lights in a room, etc.
August 6, 2008 / 676
Mike Heffernan: The word “gwiber” in Welsh means viper or adder but many centuries ago the word actually meant “flying snake”. This is the story of how Wibernant (meaning “valley of the gwiber) which is near Penmachno got its name. The gwiber that resided in this particular valley was a very dangerous creature and was unique amongst its kind. It was the only one in Wales that could live on land and under the water. It preyed on the fish in the river, local livestock and on anyone foolish enough to get in its way !!! In despair, the local residents decided to offer a large reward to anyone who could kill the beast and a young man named Owen Ap Gruffydd (who lived in the nearby mountains) took up the challenge.
Before heading off to do battle with the monster, however. Owen decided to consult a local wise name by the name of Rhys Ddewin to find out his chances of success.
August 6, 2008 / 1013
Based on a true story that gripped the nation in 1965, An American Crime recounts one of the most shocking crimes ever committed against a single victim. The daughters of traveling carnival workers are left for an extended stay at the suburban Indiana home of single mother Gertrude Baniszewski and her seven children. Times are tough, and Gertrude’s needs force her to accept this arrangement before understanding how the burden will push her already-fragile nature to a breaking point. What transpires is both riveting and horrific, leaving one child dead and the rest scarred for life.
“Tommy O’Haver‘s film is a masterful period piece; unfortunately not one anyone should WANT to see. But if you happen to come across the film or decide you want to hear the tale of torture, torment and child abuse, be prepared for the worst. AN AMERICAN CRIME is a cold, chilling tale that is sure to bring a tear to your eye.”
In the past year two movies were made based on the same true story of child abuse and murder, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR and AN AMERICAN CRIME. Although both films are quite uncomfortable to watch, only one is truly authentic… that would be Tommy O’Haver ‘s AMERICAN CRIME.
Based on a true story that gripped the nation in 1965, the film recounts one of the most shocking crimes ever committed against a single victim. The daughters of traveling carnival workers are left for an extended stay at the suburban Indiana home of single mother Gertrude Baniszewski and her seven children. Times are tough, and Gertrude’s needs force her to accept this arrangement before understanding how the burden will push her already-fragile nature to a breaking point. What transpires is both riveting and horrific, leaving one child dead and the rest scarred for life. Read more …
August 6, 2008 / 617
EVP: Beyond White Noise
Electronic voice phenomena is today one of the most fascinating areas of paranormal research. Human-sounding voices from unknown origin are recorded on such electronic media as tape recorders, digital voice recorders, video recorders and other devices. Strangely, the voices are not heard at the time of the recording; it is only when the recording is played back that the voices are heard.
(Contrary to the premise of the film White Noise, EVPs are very often found without the use of “white noise” – random static from a radio or television – although this method has been used successfully.)
The phenomenon has been experienced and documented virtually since the invention of recording devices. Skeptics reasoned that the voices were caused by stray radio broadcasts or pre-recorded voices on re-used tapes. EVP researchers were quick to dismiss the second reason, affirming that they only used sealed new tapes for their recordings. And then, of course, digital recorders, which require no tapes, made that argument irrelevant – the voices still showed up.