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  1. Chosty

    A movie watchers blog

    That's a pretty good summation for me. I saw The Incredibles 2 a few weeks ago, then the following week I took the kids to see Hotel Transylvania 3 to pass the time on a rainy day...my God, what a terrible film. I've not see the first two so have no idea how it compares, although I'm guessing they're probably better (or perhaps 'less awful' is a more accurate perspective). And even though The Incredibles 2 is not without faults, it's light years ahead of this dross. The main problem with Hotel Transylvania 3 is how terribly weak the story is. I can't even be bothered to summarise it, but it's the kind of thing you'd get in a 20 minute TV cartoon but stretched out to feature film length so its crapness is amplified. And the way it's padded out is to have a whole load of scenes that serve no purpose at all in driving the story forward or developing the (too many) characters - just random attempts at slapstick humour, largely featuring a character waking in a funny way, or dancing in a funny way, or talking in a funny way or pulling a funny face. It goes without saying that when I say 'funny' I mean 'deeply unfunny'. Just one scene after another of this crap, only every now and then interspersed by a scene relating to the so-called plot. I don't really have that much of problem with such scenes if they're used sparingly and/or are done with real panache and skill, but there's none of that on display. It was so bad I talked to my kids (well, the older ones) about it later, in an attempt to educate them about the importance of story. I think they got the point. The only nice thing I can say about the film is that there was a nice colour palette used towards the climax, but even that was ruined by literally every other aspect.
  2. I thought it said Brian Butterfield on that YouTube thumbnail for a moment, and thought it was about time that guy got a break.
  3. It's an influential film on more modern sci fi films (like Moon) despite it's relatively low-key status so worth taking a look. I watched it in my late teens and loved it, then rewatched it in my early 30s and was a bit disappointed. I'm probably due another watch soon - maybe I'll fall in love with it again.
  4. And the award goes to... ...Tom Cruise! For his intense and sustained running in a straight line.
  5. Chosty

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    That's very kind of you. But the little blighter has just found it - it was lying in the corner of the landing amid a pile of books. Who knows why he put it there.
  6. Chosty

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    Argh, my youngest son has lost the Zelda cartridge! He swapped it with Mario and didn't put it back in the case. God knows where it is. I'm now getting withdrawal symptoms and contemplating buying it on digital download. Would my saves still work OK? If i find the cartridge later I could always sell it on.
  7. Someone's being a bit mischievous on IMDb:
  8. Chosty

    Mandy - Panos Cosmatos

    The music/sound in the trailer was just as amazing as the visuals.
  9. Didn't something like that happen in Predators? I have a vague recollection of some kind of team-up.
  10. Maybe all is not lost? http://www.darkhorizons.com/gilliams-don-quixote-rights-issue-resolved/ Mind you, I don't think I'll truly believe it's all been resolved until I've actually sat down in a cinema and watched the entire film to the very end of the credits. And even then, I may have some doubts.
  11. Chosty

    The Third Party Peripheral

    Yeah, I guess streaming has blown up the traditional model, a bit like the music industry. Good luck with it.
  12. Chosty

    The Third Party Peripheral

    Do services like Amazon Prime and Netflix make it easier to get a film picked up compared with the more traditional approach?
  13. I often jot down lines that jump out at me while reading, although I've not done so for some time. Some of my favourites: Men always represent eternity as an incomprehensible idea, as a something immense – immense! But why should this necessarily be the case? Imagine, on the contrary, a small room – a bathroom, if you will – blackened by smoke and with spiders in every corner. Supposing that to be eternity! Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky I think spring is inside me. I feel spring awakening, I feel it in my entire body and soul. I have to force myself to act normally. I’m in a state of utter confusion, don’t know what to read, what to write, what to do. I only know that I’m longing for something… The Diary of Anne Frank Wise son of a bitch, you’re one of those sons of bitches with a vocabulary and you like to lay it around! Post Office, Charles Bukowski This one's spoilered as it's the very end of the book: The Trial, Franz Kafka
  14. I think the only way I'd be interested in another Terminator film is if they did a massive about-turn, ditched the overblown and increasingly stupid action and made a small-scale, nightmarish sci fi horror - like the first film. But then, it'd be a kind of remake of the first film, which would be utterly superfluous. So, what would be the point? Paradoxically, I'd not be interested.

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