Going to Pieces: Awesome horror documentary

I’ve just watched “Going to Pieces: The Rise & Fall of the Slasher movie” and it’s brilliant…interesting, enjoyable and it brought back memories of watching all those awesome 80’s horror films back in the day :-) It’s full of interviews with horror legends like John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Tom Savini & Rob Zombie among others as well as clips from all the films you love like:

It’s great to hear first hand accounts of what it was like to be part of (pretty much) creating a whole new genre with tales from the directors, FX guys and stars. It’s also great to see clips from films that you’ve forgotten about or perhaps never heard of…my LoveFilm list jumped up by about 15 films this evening with a bunch of films I’ve not seen for years like House of a 1000 corpses, Nightmare on Elm Street & Maniac Cop as well as films I never got round to watching like Maniac, Slumber Party Massacre & Prom Night :-)

Do you like Scary Movies?

If you’re into Horror/Slasher films in any way then you should definitely check this out. If you’re kind of interested in them and would like some help in choosing which films you should watch-check this out. If you don’t like horror or gore-then stay away ;-)

King of Kong: Donkey Kong Documentary

I’ve just watched a documentary called King of Kong: A Fistful of Dollars, about the battle to be classed as the World’s #1 Donkey Kong Player.

A documentary about 80’s video games perhaps isn’t to everyone’s taste but, in my opinion, this is a great film that you should definitely watch if you’re at all interested in Arcade games. To be honest, I think even if gaming isn’t your thing, this film is still worth watching…it does a great job of making you have real feelings (for and against) the main protagonists and I really cared about the outcome of the high-score battle. Seeing inside the world of competitive gaming is very interesting; it’s a lot more cut-throat that I previously imagined :-)

This film is entertaining, engaging, very well made and highly enjoyable…this, my second post on a film, urges you to go and watch it…but keep an eye out for barrels on the way to BlockBuster ;-)

For a few disputed facts, see Wikipedia here (but do it after you’ve watched the film!)

Tweetdeck & Bit.ly

I’ve been blogging for almost 1 year now and twittering for just over, but I’ve only just discovered the benefits of using the stat services offered by most URL shortening offerings.

I use bit.ly and it’s great-you sign into bit.ly, shorten the URL, post it in your tweet and viola-you can see how many clicks, when and where they were made, Twitter & FriendFeed conversations (retweets etc) and a bunch of graphs :-)


The thing that caused me the biggest problem was the extra step in the middle of signing in to bit.ly to shorten the URL-which allows it to track the link. Often I forgot to do this…tweeting the link to a new blog post and then thinking “oh bugger”! I saw a few mentions that Tweetdeck (my preferred Twitter client by far) could link to bit.ly via an API key but following the directions on bit.ly’s site didn’t work. I eventually discovered that this was a feature in Tweetdeck’s latest version 0.30.04 so I downloaded the new version and hey presto I’m up and running :-)

Once you’ve got the new version, go to Settings –> Services and then under Bit.ly, you can add in your bit.ly API key. Then you can just post your links in Tweetdeck and it automatically updates the stats tracker…an excellent new addition.

On a slight side note-another new feature in Tweetdeck is it now links to MySpace…are enough people still using it to warrant that?!