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Thursday, 6 April 2006

COMING TO A SCREEN NEAR YOU; WANT A CURRY?


Coming to a screen near you ...

.. not in Europe, but at least in the USA. It's the new film, Intellectual Property, an 81-minute epic written by Hansen Smith and Nicholas Peterson. The film is directed by Nicholas Peterson and stars Christopher Masterson (left) and Lyndsy Fonseca (right).

In his web review film critic Michael Ferraro says:

"Nicholas Peterson’s Intellectual Property begins with a quote about McCarthyism before leading us into that world where this sort of persecution and paranoia was still going on. In typical thriller fashion, the film opens with a dastardly deed (a corpse being dragged across the floor) before finally making its way to that “summary” sequence at the end of the picture. It’s as if we as an audience don’t have the mind power to recall what happened during the 75 minutes prior. This is clearly a film where the viewer must pay attention to all that’s is going on. How come the filmmakers don’t trust us?

Paul is an eccentric sort who is only interested in one thing – invention. Broke and alone after his father and professor abandon him, he schemes money from a local gangster and skips town to work on a new invention. It’s not important what exactly he is working on (nor is it made clear) but what goes on during the process. Not only is Paul socially retarded, his experiences have made him paranoid beyond imagination. But when he meets a girl a local diner, his interests finally attach to something other than technology. All hope is lost for Paul however, when odd people show up at his door and people start to go missing.

Using sets built specifically for this story, Intellectual Property has an interesting production look to it. Paul’s apartment-turned-laboratory gets more eerie as time progresses which help to express the character’s decent into madness. Often times the camera work isn’t stylized enough to expose the world to its fullest potential. Masterson gives a quirky enough performance to articulate the mannerisms this character requires without going too over-the-top.

There is an interesting story to be told here. This is a character study of a character that is more interesting than the formulaic way he is represented. Think of it as a new age Pi but less kinetic and intellectually challenging. Although, it very well could have been".
The IPKat is delighted that IP has become mainline entertainment. He's hoping that the recent Da Vinci, Apple v Apple and BlackBerry trials will soon be screened. Merpel, who likes a scary movie, asks if she can audition for the lead roles in Escape from the Prior Art and The Curse of The Poison File Wrapper ...

Filmographies for Christopher Masterson and Lyndsy Fonseca


Want a Curry? Then takeaway a Dixon

The IPKat has learned from today's Telegraph that one of the best-known names in the British High Street is to vanish after almost 70 years. Dixons, which started life as a single photographic studio and expanded into Europe's largest electrical retailer, got its name after founder Charles Kalms picked it from a telephone directory, needing a six-letter word to fit neatly above the door of his studio back in 1937.

Dixons currently trades in 14 countries and has developed other brands such as Currys, PC World and The Link. All 190 Dixons stores will be rebranded as Currys.digital. The legacy Dixons name will be allowed to remain only as an internet brand and in duty-free airport stores.

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