Falcon Rising is a 2014 American action adventure film directed by Ernie Barbarash and starring Michael Jai White, Neal McDonough, Laila Ali and Masashi Odate. Titled Favela, Falcon Rising was intended to be the first installment of Moonstone Entertainment's "CODENAME: FALCON" action franchise, to revolve around former Marine character John "Falcon" Chapman, "a dark anti-hero driven by guilt, who will destroy himself unless given something else to destroy - a useful weapon-of-last-resort for the foreign ministry." Falcon Rising had a limited theatrical release on September 5, 2014. John "Falcon" Chapman is a United States Marine Corps veteran who suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder. After playing Russian roulette, he enters a convenience store moments, he demands one of the robbers shoot him, when the man hesitates, Chapman grows impatient, disarms the robbers, foils the robbery. When he meets with his sister Cindy, who has returned to New York for a wedding, she chastises him for not taking his medication and explains that she is returning to Brazil, where she has been doing charity work for a non-profit organization.
Chapman receives word from Manny Ridley, a fellow veteran and diplomat, that his sister has been beaten. Chapman leaves for Brazil. Chapman meets his partner Carlo Bororo, who are investigating his sister's assault. Though no witnesses have come forward, Santo promises justice. Santo and Ridley warn Chapman to avoid the gangster-controlled favelas, but Chapman insists on performing his own investigation. Katarina Da Silva, a beat cop, shows Chapman; when Chapman visits his sister in the hospital, an Asian nurse administers medicine to Cindy's IV. Cindy goes into convulsions, Chapman calls for help; the hospital says they have no Asian nurses, Ridley suggests that the yakuza may be involved, as Brazil has a sizable Japanese immigrant population. Chapman returns to the favela and beats up several people when he notices one is wearing Cindy's necklace. Da Silva stops him, explaining that the man is Cindy's friend. Da Silva translates for him, Chapman learns that Cindy gave her necklace to him after his sister disappeared.
The man gives Chapman Cindy's torn journal, which he recovered, Chapman apologizes. Using carbon paper, Chapman recovers a phone number and contacts another of Cindy's friends, a photographer, who explains that she was investigating corruption and a possible conspiracy involving human trafficking; when the photographer is unwilling to part with proof, Chapman pickpockets it. The photographer dies in a car bomb seconds later. After engaging in a gun fight with yakuza gangsters, Chapman investigates a nightclub with yakuza ties. There, he beats up a Brazilian smuggler who works for the yakuza boss. Ridley identifies official documents as fakes and the two realize the yakuza are kidnapping young girls from the favela and forcing them into prostitution. At the same time, Santo organizes a violent raid of the favela; when one of his officers stumbles onto a yakuza kidnapping, Santo kills the officer and demands double his pay from the yakuza. Chapman beats up several gangsters. Santo is called to kill him, but when Da Silva arrives, Santo is unable to do anything.
Chapman hands over the evidence of smuggling and human trafficking to Santo but becomes suspicious when Santo accidentally reveals knowledge of the operation. On a hunch, Chapman sends Da Silva to protect his sister, Da Silva kills the same yakuza assassin who pretended to be a nurse. Chapman tracks down a meeting between Santo and Hirimoto. After alerting Ridley, Chapman confronts the three men at once. Santo goes down first Bororo, Hirimoto; as he lies dying, Santo denies involvement with Cindy's near-fatal attack, gives Chapman a key to a locker full of incriminating evidence, requests a gun to commit suicide. At a cafe, Ridley offers Chapman a job with the state department as an agent, which he accepts. Michael Jai White as John'Falcon' Chapman Neal McDonough as Manny Ridley Laila Ali as Cindy Chapman Jimmy Navarro as Thiago Santo Millie Ruperto as Katarina Da' Silva Lateef Crowder as Carlo Bororo Masashi Odate as Hirimoto Hazuki Kato as Tomoe Falcon Rising was released on Video on Demand platforms on September 4, 2014 and had a limited release in ten North American theaters on September 5, 2014.
The film grossed $11,774 by the end of its theatrical run. Falcon Rising was released on DVD on October 27, 2014. Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 43% of seven surveyed critics gave the film a positive review. Metacritic rated it 49/100 based on four reviews. Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter called it "a by-the-numbers thriller that serves as a showcase for its star’s considerable fighting abilities". Nicolas Rapold of The New York Times likened the film to a 1980s TV cop show and wrote that although White's character is likeable, he is not menacing. Tom Long of The Detroit News wrote, "Falcon Rising is filled with so many action-flick cliches it could serve as a text on how not to do things." Simon Abrams of The Village Voice compared it to Commando. Abrams wrote that White's character, despite his charisma, "comes across like another pseudo-heroic American behaving badly abroad". Soren Andersen of The Seattle Times wrote, "Nothing new here, in other words, but White’s electrifying performance makes it all seem somehow fresh."
Charles Bramesco of The Dissolve rated it 3/5 stars and wrote, "Though Falcon Rising fails to distinguish it
Brain implants referred to as neural implants, are technological devices that connect directly to a biological subject's brain – placed on the surface of the brain, or attached to the brain's cortex. A common purpose of modern brain implants and the focus of much current research is establishing a biomedical prosthesis circumventing areas in the brain that have become dysfunctional after a stroke or other head injuries; this includes e.g. in vision. Other brain implants are used in animal experiments to record brain activity for scientific reasons; some brain implants involve creating interfaces between neural systems and computer chips. This work is part of a wider research field called brain-computer interfaces. Neural implants such as deep brain stimulation and Vagus nerve stimulation are becoming routine for patients with Parkinson's disease and clinical depression, respectively. Brain implants electrically stimulate, block or record signals from single neurons or groups of neurons in the brain.
The blocking technique is called intra-abdominal vagal blocking. This can only be done where the functional associations of these neurons are known; because of the complexity of neural processing and the lack of access to action potential related signals using neuroimaging techniques, the application of brain implants has been limited until recent advances in neurophysiology and computer processing power. Research in sensory substitution has made significant progress since 1970. In vision, due to the knowledge of the working of the visual system, eye implants have been applied with demonstrated success. For hearing, cochlear implants are used to stimulate the auditory nerve directly; the vestibulocochlear nerve is part of the peripheral nervous system, but the interface is similar to that of true brain implants. Multiple projects have demonstrated success at recording from the brains of animals for long periods of time; as early as 1976, researchers at the NIH led by Edward Schmidt made action potential recordings of signals from rhesus monkey motor cortexes using immovable "hatpin" electrodes, including recording from single neurons for over 30 days, consistent recordings for greater than three years from the best electrodes.
The "hatpin" electrodes were made of pure iridium and insulated with Parylene-c, materials that are used in the Cyberkinetics implementation of the Utah array. These same electrodes, or derivations thereof using the same biocompatible electrode materials, are used in visual prosthetics laboratories, laboratories studying the neural basis of learning, motor prosthetics approaches other than the Cyberkinetics probes. Other laboratory groups produce their own implants to provide unique capabilities not available from the commercial products. Breakthroughs include studies of the process of functional brain re-wiring throughout the learning of a sensory discrimination, control of physical devices by rat brains, monkeys over robotic arms, remote control of mechanical devices by monkeys and humans, remote control over the movements of roaches, electronic-based neuron transistors for leeches, the first reported use of the Utah Array in a human for bidirectional signalling. A number of groups are conducting preliminary motor prosthetic implants in humans.
These studies are presently limited to several months by the longevity of the implants. The array now forms the sensor component of the Braingate. Much research is being done on the surface chemistry of neural implants in effort to design products which minimize all negative effects that an active implant can have on the brain, that the body can have on the function of the implant. Another type of neural implant, being experimented on is Prosthetic Neuronal Memory Silicon Chips, which imitate the signal processing done by functioning neurons that allows peoples' brains to create long-term memories. In 2016, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign announced development of tiny brain sensors for use postoperative monitoring, which melt away when they are no longer needed. DARPA has announced its interest in developing "cyborg insects" to transmit data from sensors implanted into the insect during the pupal stage; the insect's motion would be controlled from a Micro-Electro-Mechanical System and could conceivably survey an environment or detect explosives and gas.
DARPA is developing a neural implant to remotely control the movement of sharks. The shark's unique senses would be exploited to provide data feedback in relation to enemy ship movement or underwater explosives. In 2006, researchers at Cornell University invented a new surgical procedure to implant artificial structures into insects during their metamorphic development; the first insect cyborgs, moths with integrated electronics in their thorax, were demonstrated by the same researchers. The initial success of the techniques has resulted in increased research and the creation of a program called Hybrid-Insect-MEMS, HI-MEMS, its goal, according to DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office, is to develop "tightly coupled machine-insect interfaces by placing micro-mechanical systems inside the insects during the early stages of metamorphosis". The use of neural implants has been attempted, with success, on cockroaches. Surgically applied electrodes were put on the insect; the results, although sometimes different showed that the c
Cube Zero is a 2004 Canadian independent science fiction psychological horror thriller film and directed by Ernie Barbarash. It is a prequel to the other films. Though the first two films take place entirely within the maze, Cube Zero is set in both the interior and exterior of the cube; the film reverts to the industrial-designed, colored rooms of the first film, but with a refreshed and redesigned set. A man is trying to escape from the titular Cube. Upon entering a trapped room, he is sprayed with a liquid that melts his entire body; the rooms in the Cube are being monitored from a remote observation room by two technicians, Eric Wynn and Dodd, who are unaware of who their employers are. The pair are shown playing chess during work, whereupon Wynn demonstrates mental calculator abilities which he uses to predict Dodd's moves. Wynn has a hobby of drawing comics that portray him and Dodd as superheroes. Wynn and Dodd are ordered to record the dream of Cassandra Rains. In her dream, Wynn sees Rains captured while walking in a forest with her daughter.
Rains wakes up in the Cube and meets the other occupants: one of them, Robert Haskell, has the same tattoo on his forehead as the soldier who captured her. However, like everyone else, only knows his own name and has no recollection of his former life or how he got there. According to what Wynn and Dodd know, everyone in the Cube faced a death sentence and volunteered to partake in psychological experiments instead. Rains' consent form, however, is not found in her file; the captives venture through the Cube, testing each room for traps by throwing a boot in it: most of them are killed anyway until only Rains and Haskell remain. A phone call from their superiors instructs Wynn and Dodd to perform an "exit procedure" for Owen, a former colleague of theirs and now a test subject, who has reached one of the exits of the Cube; the procedure fails after Owen answers no to a question - whether or not he believes in God - prompting Dodd to push a "no" button which causes Owen to be incinerated. According to Dodd, no one has answered yes to any question posed during the exit procedure.
Wynn concludes that the Cube is inhumane and people are being placed in it against their will, therefore decides to enter the Cube himself and rescue Rains: he enters an elevator that communicates with a Cube entrance and joins Rains and Haskell. Dodd is joined in the observation room by his supervisor Jax and two of his analysts, who have learned of the incident. Jax has the Cube occupants trapped in one room electrifies the walls of that room to electrocute them. Dodd secretly sabotages the control panels servicing the Cube; this shuts down every trap and initiates a "reset mode", which gives the prisoners ten minutes to escape the Cube as its rooms return to their initial positions, before a sterilization procedure vaporizes everything inside. Jax discovers Dodd's betrayal and kills him he activates Haskell's sleeper agent through a chip implanted in him. Haskell becomes hostile towards his companions, who struggle to continue their escape and leave him behind, they reach an exit to find Haskell waiting for them: in the ensuing struggle and Rains manage to jump into the auxiliary exit right as the sterilization procedure starts, vaporizing Haskell.
Wynn and Rains emerge in a lake. They run through a forest similar to the one seen while being chased by soldiers. Wynn recaptured, allowing Rains to escape, he wakes up in a surgery room, where Jax informs him that he has been sentenced for high treason, that many years earlier he had agreed to become a test subject, despite Wynn remembering neither the trial nor signing the consent. Wynn's brain is surgically altered, he dreams about Rains reuniting with her daughter and praising him as a superhero. A now mentally handicapped Wynn is found by its new captives, he mentions the color of the room and that he wants to go back to a different color, mirroring Kazan's initial appearance in the first film. Reviews have been positive, including positive notices from JoBlo.com, AMC's Movie Guide, DVD Talk, Bloody Disgusting, with Bloody Disgusting saying that "Cube: Zero isn't the best of the series, but it comes close." Cube Zero on IMDb Cube Zero at Rotten Tomatoes Cube Zero at AllMovie
They Wait is a 2007 Canadian horror film directed by Ernie Barbarash. It stars Jaime King as a mother attempting to find the truth and save her son, Regan Oey, when threatened by spirits during the Chinese tradition of Ghost Month; the other leading star is Chinese Canadian actor Terry Chen. It was both filmed, set, in the city of Vancouver, in British Columbia in Canada, was featured at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. Married couple Sarah and Jason, son Sammy, travel to Vancouver for the funeral of Uncle Raymond. During this time, Sammy begins to see ghosts and falls gravely ill, his illness coinciding with the Chinese festival of Ghost Month. After traditional western medicine fails to help Sammy, Sarah turns to a mysterious pharmacist who tells her that her son is held in a death grip by a living corpse. Sarah now must find what the spirits want before the last day of Ghost Month, or Sammy will be lost forever. Terry Chen as Jason Jaime King as Sarah Regan Oey as Sammy Cheng Pei-pei as Aunt Mei Henry O as Pharmacist Colin Foo as Raymond Chang Tseng as Xiang Vicky Huang as Shen Michael Biehn as Blake Donald Fong as Ben Wally Houn as Pang Stephen M.
D. Chang as Funeral Director Donny Lucas as Sam's Doctor Suzanne Bastien as Nurse #1 Erika Conway as Nurse #2 Grace Fatkin as Receptionist Joseph May as Paramedic Yee Jee Tso as Pharmacy Store Clerk Paul Wu as Young Raymond Maggie Ma as Young Mei Nelson Wong as Young Ben Vincent Tong as Young Xiang Igor Ingelsman as Worker They Wait was filmed on location in Vancouver in March 2007. COn Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 40% based on 5 reviews, with a weighted average rating of 5.8/10. Joe Leydon of Variety wrote that "Director Ernie Barbarash makes judicious use of CGI trickery -- in one key scene, he cleverly shocks his audience into laughing -- but at heart, he's an old-school traditionalist when it comes to scary stuff." The Toronto Star and ReelFilm both panned the film, with ReelFilm's David Nusair saying that They Wait is "...a tedious and downright silly piece of work." Official website They Wait on IMDb They Wait at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival They Wait at Rotten Tomatoes
Six Bullets is a 2012 American action film directed by Ernie Barbarash and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Joe Flanigan, Anna-Louise Plowman, Charlotte Beaumont. The film was released on direct-to-DVD in the United States on September 11, 2012. Veteran mercenary Samson Gaul is retired from combat when his actions resulted in the deaths of helpless victims, but now he's the last hope for a desperate father. Mixed martial artist, Andrew Fayden knows how to fight, but alone he's unprepared to navigate the corrupt streets of a foreign city to find his kidnapped daughter. Together, these two try to stop a network of criminals. Jean-Claude Van Damme as Samson Gaul Joe Flanigan as Andrew Fayden Anna-Louise Plowman as Monica Fayden Charlotte Beaumont as Becky Fayden Steve Nicolson as Inspector Kvitko Uriel Emil Pollack as Vlad Louis Dempsey as Stelu Mark Lewis as Bogdanov Kristopher Van Varenberg as Selwyn Gaul Bianca Van Varenberg as Amalia Lia Sinchevici as Marina Andrei Runcanu as Luca Florin Busuioc as Hotel Manager Matei Calin as Victor Celesta Shanti Hodge as Fiona Sorin Cristen as Lead Agent DVD was released in Region 1 in the United States on 11 September 2012, it was distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
DVD was released by StudioCanal in the United Kingdom in Region 2 on 1 October 2012. Six Bullets on IMDb Six Bullets at Rotten Tomatoes Six Bullets at AllMovie
A fail-safe in engineering is a design feature or practice that in the event of a specific type of failure, inherently responds in a way that will cause no or minimal harm to other equipment, the environment or to people. Unlike inherent safety to a particular hazard, a system being "fail-safe" does not mean that failure is impossible or improbable, but rather that the system's design prevents or mitigates unsafe consequences of the system's failure; that is, if and when a "fail-safe" system "fails", it is "safe" or at least no less safe than when it was operating correctly. Since many types of failure are possible, failure mode and effects analysis is used to examine failure situations and recommend safety design and procedures; some systems can never be made fail safe. Redundancy, fault tolerance, or recovery procedures are used for these situations; this makes the system less sensitive for the reliability prediction errors or quality induced uncertainty for the separate items. On the other hand, failure detection & correction and avoidance of common cause failures becomes here important to ensure system level reliability.
Examples include: Roller-shutter fire doors – that are activated by building alarm systems or local smoke detectors must close automatically when signaled regardless of power. In case of power outage the coiling fire door does not need to close, but must be capable of automatic closing when given a signal from the building alarm systems or smoke detectors. A temperature sensitive fusible link may be employed to hold the fire doors open against gravity or a closing spring. In case of fire, the link melts and releases the doors, they close; some airport luggage carts – require that one hold down a given cart's handbrake switch at all times. The handbrake-holding requirement thus both operates according to the principles of "fail-safety" and contributes to the fail-security of the system; this is an example of a dead man's switch. Lawnmowers and snow blowers have a hand-closed lever. If it is released, it stops rotor's rotation; this is a dead man's switch. Air brakes on railway trains and air brakes on trucks.
The brakes are held in the "off" position by air pressure created in the brake system. Should a brake line split, or a carriage become de-coupled, the air pressure will be lost and the brakes applied, by springs in the case of trucks, or by a local air reservoir in trains, it is impossible to drive a truck with a serious leak in the air brake system. Motorized gates – In case of power outage the gate can be pushed open by hand with no crank or key required. However, as this would allow anyone to go through the gate, a fail-secure design is used: In a power outage, the gate can only be opened by a hand crank, kept in a safe area or under lock and key; when such a gate provides vehicle access to homes, a fail-safe design is used, where the door opens to allow fire department access. Safety valves – Various devices that operate with fluids use fuses or safety valves as fail-safe mechanisms. A railway semaphore signal is designed so that should the cable controlling the signal break, the arm returns to the "danger" position, preventing any trains passing the inoperative signal.
Isolation valves, control valves – that are used for example in systems containing hazardous substances, can be designed to close upon loss of power, for example by spring force. This is known as fail-closed upon loss of power. An elevator has brakes. If the cable breaks, tension is lost and the brakes latch on, stopping the elevator from falling. Vehicle Air Conditioning – Defrost controls require vacuum for diverter damper operation for all functions except defrost. If vacuum fails, defrost is still available. Examples include: Many devices are protected from short circuit by fuses, circuit breakers, or current limiting circuits; the electrical interruption under overload conditions will prevent damage or destruction of wiring or circuit devices due to overheating. Avionics using redundant systems to perform the same computation using three different systems. Different results indicate a fault in the system. Drive-by-wire and fly-by-wire controls such as an Accelerator Position Sensor have two potentiometers which read in opposite directions, such that moving the control will result in one reading becoming higher, the other equally lower.
Mismatches between the two readings indicates a fault in the system, the ECU can deduce which of the two readings is faulty. Traffic light controllers use a Conflict Monitor Unit to detect faults or conflicting signals and switch an intersection to an all flashing error signal, rather than displaying dangerous conflicting signals, e.g. showing green in all directions. The automatic protection of programs and/or processing systems when a computer hardware or software failure is detected in a computer system. A classic example is a watchdog timer. See Fail-safe. A control operation or function that prevents improper system functioning or catastrophic degradation in the event of circuit malfunction or operator error; the fact that a flashing amber is more permissive than a solid amber on many railway lines is a sign of a failsafe, as the relay, if not working, will revert to a more restrictive setting