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Blu-ray Review: No Country For Old Men

“There are no clean getaways” – no truer is this phrase than in No Country For Old Men. Adapted from the 2005 novel written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy, this extraordinary film is directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and is part western, part thriller, and is relentlessly violent.

Set in the desert landscape of 1980’s West Texas, welder and Vietnam veteran Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) is out hunting when he comes upon the corpses of several Mexican drug runners and their vehicles. It’s the scene of a drug deal gone tragically wrong, and Moss finds two million dollars in a satchel near the massacre. Rather than reporting the incident to the police, Moss takes the money and drives back to his trailer and wife, Carla Jean (Kelly MacDonald). Feeling unsafe, Moss sends his wife off to Odessa while he travels separately with the money.

Two million dollars going missing is bound to raise alarm bells, and it’s not long before people are sent out to retrieve the lost funds. One of those people is deadpan sociopath Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) who not only has a funny haircut but a slaughterer’s gun. Chigurh is a dispassionate killer who leaves behind dead bodies wherever he goes, and after some investigating, tracks Moss down to a room at a motel. Chigurh also finds three Mexicans after the same prize and kills them with a silenced shotgun. In the meantime, Moss makes an escape with the money. The chase is on.

More details after the jump.

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Tweenbots: A Cute Social Experiment

NYU arts student Kacie Kinzer created the Tweenbot as part of an art experiment. The bot was made out of cardboard, had a beaming smile, and a flag plonked on its head told people of its intended destination. She placed the bot in Washington Square Park and wondered:

Could a human-like object traverse sidewalks and streets along with us, and in so doing, create a narrative about our relationship to space and our willingness to interact with what we find in it? More importantly, how could our actions be seen within a larger context of human connection that emerges from the complexity of the city itself?

In New York, one might have expected the smiley-faced bot to ignored, stabbed, or reported as a suspicious “terrorist object”, but its journey completed without any heinous acts being committed to it. Pedestrians stopped to help the little guy get past the various obstacles it faced in the park.

Here’s a video of the experiment:

More about the adorable bot’s intrepid journey at Tweenbots [via Huffington Post]

Coke Fest 2009

Were you there? Did you have an AWESOME time? We were there, and to be perfectly honest with you, we had an almost awesome time. There were lots of pros (the opposite of cons NOT those ladies who charge for loving you long time) like that fact that there was lots of space, the grass was pretty comfy to sit on, the loos stayed fairly clean until at least 3pm, the SA bands were great, Snow Patrol were super great, and Prawn1 worked his magic and got us into Golden Circle. There were a few cons (the opposite of the aforementioned pros NOT the scary crim types with tattoos on their necks) such as there being very little shade, the price of drinks and food was too high, the fact that the so-called genius that is Oasis looked incredibly bored throughout their set, and that it took some of us 2 hours to get out of the venue when it was all over.

Overall we had a decent time, and I particularly enjoyed watching all the other concert goers. There was a wide variety of middle class whites aged from about 17 to 50, and a sprinkling of other South Africans. Amongst the whities, there was a fair number of teenage Britney look-alikes which provided the most entertainment for our little group – with their too short skirts and denim shorts barely clothing dimply thighs, their bottle-blond hair under oh-so-2006-trucker caps, and their ample young bosoms spilling out of their tops. For some, the  perfect combination of teenage naivety, baby fat and trailer trash sexiness, I just find those poor girls hilarious. I’m more inclined to take emos in those ridiculous skinny jeans that always sag horribly over the bum more seriously. Oh, oh another really funny thing at the concert were the text messages that scrolled across the two huge screens in the intervals between bands. We saw some real prizes about how this girl and that girl were dirty whores, and how another girl was giving blow-jobs in the loos, and the best was one that said something to the effect of “I’m having such an amazing time all thanks to you my darling shnookie-pie love bug John. All my love Mom”.

Every year when 5 fm starts their silly teasing over the Coke Fest line-up, I hope in vain that we’ll get international artists that are really worth seeing like The RHCP, Eddie Vedder, Wyclef Jean, or The Kings of Leon, and every year we get maybe one decent band, and some washed up, complacent, arrogant twits like Oasis. SIGH.

Anyhow Dear Readers drop us a line and let us know what you thought of the event.

I’d like to thank Fleanne – good friend and loyal supporter of Onelargeprawn for our tickets to Coke Fest 2009. Nice one Fleanne!

Blu-ray Review: Cloverfield

Brace yourself and get the barf bag ready as Cloverfield is set to take you through a dizzying tale of escape and survival in a besieged post-911 New York city.

Cloverfield, by rookie film director Matt Reeves, is filmed from the point of view of a single camera. It starts early in the morning as Jason Hawkins (Mike Vogel) and his girlfriend Lily (Jessica Lucas) videotape their preparations for a farewell party for Jason’s brother Rob (Michael Stahl-David) who is about to leave for his job in Japan. As the party gets started, Jason entrusts Hudson “Hud” Platt (T.J. Miller) with videotaping the testimonials for Rob. As Hud goes about his duties, he tries (unsuccessfully) to flirt with his crush Marlena Diamond (Lizzy Caplan). The party is interrupted as the building shakes and suffers a power outage. Shortly thereafter, a huge explosion rocks Lower Manhattan and sends debris flying towards the building. As the partygoers escape the building, the streets become filled with panicked citizens, Hud records what seems to be a giant alien monster between the buildings…

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The Most Terrifying Safety Video Ever

I’ve seen workplace safety in a completely new, vomit-inducing light thanks to this PSA video. This is not a parody, it’s an actual b-grade horror movie workplace safety video filled with pained screams, dismemberment, and bloody death that results from the actions of careless or inattentive employees. Enjoy.

[via Buzzfeed]

MyBrute: Fight Me!

Fellow gamer Aftershock9 turned me onto this little gem. MyBrute is a super-cool Flash game that takes up 5 minutes of your day. The way it works is you create a character and fight another person’s character in an arena. You can’t control what your fighter does, their actions are random, and if you happen to choose one with a weapon, they’ll use it to their advantage. So sit back and watch as the fight unfolds.

When you create your fighter, you are allowed 6 initial fights, after which there seems to be a 3-fight cap per day. You can join a clan and if you’ve reached level 10,  you can create your own clan.

You can also challenge friends by typing their name in the arena or visiting their fighter’s profile. You can duke it out with my scrappy fighter at

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Natalie Tran: YouTube Superstar

My experience with YouTube is like one-way traffic – I usually drop in to watch a blooper video or tune, and that’s about it. I never really noticed the vloggers – the video bloggers who spend much more time on YouTube, posting response videos, and generally rambling at their low-res web cam. The other day, Onelargeprawn reader Macross posted on the PS3ZA forums about Natalie Tran, a 22-year old Vietnamese Australian student whose understated, self-deprecating humour has made her one of the most celebrated vloggers on YouTube.

Natalie’s videos are usually short skits in which she plays every character, and she chats candidly to the camera between each skit. She’s natually funny and the video are very entertaining, so it’s no surprise that her YouTube channel has over 10 million views.

Here are a couple of her skits:

Makeup like a Celeb in 1 Minute

The “We Just Touched Awkwardly” Song

But I Can Dance!

See more at her YouTube channel.

The Diabetic Scammer

Scammers are getting very innovative these days. Earlier this afternoon, our sister “Animal Muppet” was involved in what she thought was a medical mission, which turned out to be well-executed scam. She was enjoying her filter coffee outside a coffee emporium in Sea Point, Cape Town when a short black man with bandy legs crumpled to the ground, and started convulsing. The patrons sat in shock doing nothing, so Muppet jumped with friend “Mustachio Muppet” to the rescue. The man appeared to be both deaf and dumb, but managed to indicate to Muppet that she should look in his bag. The bag was stuffed with insulin and syringes, and she gave him a syringe with 10ml of something white in it.

After he injected himself and stopped convulsing, he proceeded to tell his helpers that he was going to walk to the N1 highway and hitch to Umthata for an operation. Mustachio Muppet gifted him R50 and they wished him well. He then gathered his stuff plus wits and hobbled off down the road.

Feeling good about their Samaritan endeavor, the Muppets returned to their coffee, only to be told a short time later by the restaurant waiter that the very same man has collapsed at the very same spot two weeks earlier. They were convulsed with hysterics and to regain lost funds, stiffed the waiter.

So there you have it, a scam alert from your friends at Onelargeprawn. If this happens to you, don’t worry, the waiter is wise and is waiting to be stiffed :panda:

Got Milk? Why Yes. Yes I Do.

Photographer Alena Nikiforova knows about the power of milk. It’s a multi-purpose product that can be used in coffee, or as a face cleanser, or to treat mild sunburn. And occasionally, it can be thrown at models.

If all products were advertised this way, consumer spending would certainly go up. Except I don’t know how sexy hurling germ-killing Toiled Duck at innocent models would be. We won’t know til we try.

More images from Alena’s “Telki” series at The Behance Network. Alena also experiments with models and coloured water.

What’s that Smell? Soccer Player Farts, Get a Yellow Card

I couldn’t possibly make this shit up if I tried. During a game of footy somewhere in Manchester UK, a player was carded for passing gas. Chorlton Villa were playing rivals International Manchester, when Manchester were awarded a penalty.

As the spot kick was taken, One of Chorlton Villa’s players farted, and the penatly was saved. The referee, however, called foul and yellow carded the Villa player for cutting the cheese at an inopportune moment. Villa’s goalie was then given the red card for saying the ref was “the worst he had seen in years” and another Villa player was sent packing for expressing disbelief that his mate could be sent off letting rip a bottom burp.

Needless to say, Villa won the game 6-4 but now face a fine of GBP 97.00.

Full article at BBC News.