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Where ideas go to die

I have lots of ideas and most times, well, who am I kidding, all of the time, they just sit there piling up in the back of my mind. Gnawing on themselves until the day when someone else thinks of a similar or identical concept.  They pop up on the news or the Internet and I say to myself, 'goddammit!'  

So I'm going to put them out there now because beyond the obvious fact that my mind needs the room, there's absolutely no way I'll ever realize them to conclusion. But perhaps they might inspire someone reading them who will. The most I can expect in thanks is a nice comment saying 'thanks Rossco for your wonderful idea. I took and ran it and after further development, I'm triffically successful as a result and I couldn't have done it without you. What a guy!' 

So here's one item in my garage sale of ideas for anyone to take for their own and build on.

Movie idea:

The colony.
And nothing's really changed.
Australia in the near future. A fleet of modestly sized, beat up looking spaceships appear above The city of Sydney. There is the usual kerfuffle when events like this happen. Attempts are made to contact them, the worlds media descend on Sydney to cover the event, people either flee Sydney or alternately flock to it to welcome the extraterrestrial visitors. Soon one of the ships descends to land and from it a small group of large, pompously dressed, bright red aliens walk/ slither from it.  Ignoring the locals vainly trying to get their attention, they plant an elaborate, important looking shiny pole in the soil, salute it and then seem to congratulate each other. 

They signal to the other ships who move off around the country and land disgorging what look like Alien soldiers and a ragged bunch of other aliens who we soon come to learn, are convicts.  This is a story that literally mirrors the British colonisation of Australia.  A bungled first contact with the locals and the clumsy attempts to communicate with them. The aliens are arrogant and seem only to acknowledge the locals in the most anthropological and at best, condescending manner. Some however seem to genuinely engage with us and want to learn our language and customs. 

Mirroring the story of Bennelong, one of the locals is captured and 'tamed'. He is asked if he wants to go back to the aliens home world and does so when one of the ships leave. Alien disease wipes out many Australians and the country is quarantined from the rest of the world, there are cultural misunderstandings and locals and aliens loose their lives. The aliens seem also to have trouble living on our food and many lie close to death or dying of starvation in the streets of Sydney and around the country. Just as we seem to have reached an understanding between the two species, more ships appear above Sydney.
Just back from watching Skyline.
I'm just back from seeing the latest in the `Naughty Aliens invade Planet Earth' genre of movies; Skyline.
If you like mindless boof (and you know I do Mumma!) then you'll enjoy this. It's really not that bad a movie but it's certainly not a great one either.  

The Nissan Skyline has absolutely nothing
to do with this movie. Although it would
have been cool if it did.
Aside from an ending that is just...well, what can I say? It's just plain fucking awful, (oh there I did it), other than that it's a fun hour or so at the flicks. Good popcorn, yay human race, boooo greedy aliens kind of movie.  Just don't bring your brain cause other than enjoying what the aliens do with them, there's no point in bringing your own along, and truly, it would be a waste of time.

The worst part about this movie is that you want the aliens to eat all of the characters. They're so unlikable you wish you could yell to the aliens - `They're hiding in the kitchen!! No no, look harder, they're crouched behind the bench!' The best part, aside from it's short running time, well, it looks like they've made it on a relatively low budget and in that respect it's very well done. The aliens are a range of scary blue light, tentacle thingies and bigger versions of the monster that tries to eat Luke Skywalker in `The Return of the Jedi'. Humans fight back with some degree of success but then, you can never keep a good alien down. You don't get to fly about the universe in big space ships like they do, to be defeated by shaved apes with basic implements for weapons. Or do you?

I went with my friend Mr Wilbert to the new Titan XC cinema at Charlestown  to see it. It looks like us Novacastrians who like quality movie going experiences won't be going out to Glendale for our Big Boofy Movie fix anymore.  It's a big stadium cinema with huge comfy leather armchair seats and enough leg room for a big bugger like me to stretch his legs out all the way and not annoy the people in front.  Cause I can't reach them.

The movie gets a three out of five from this Scout Master and the new cinema a 4.5.
A title for the new Indiana Jones movie

Movie goss time! Just announced, the title of the new Indiana Jones movie is (drum roll...)
"INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL"...... There. (tuck your jammies in, go back to bed now and make sure you've turned off the heater.)

Using my authentic gravel voice disquise and my sisters hairpin, I've deduced (that's Sherlock Holmes speak), that it will be set in the 50's and have Indiana Jones teaming up with his old crumpet, Marion Ravenwood (from Raiders of the lost Ark)and his son! He's also meant to be battling a very naughty Cate Blanchett as a Communist Russian (mmm, please have a riding crop and eye patch) and now it looks like he'll be solving the true life legend of the Crystal skull which you can find out about via this link to Wikipedia.