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  1. Chosty

    Films that are good for the soul

    Paris, Texas Such a beautiful story, about a fractured family rediscovering itself, psychological anguish, and both parental and spousal love. It ends on a real bittersweet moment and yet the journey of the characters and how they reconnect supplies a deeply soulful experience that avoids cliche. I get a similar emotional reaction with Where The Wild Things Are, which is another film about a character who has an extreme response to strong emotions within a family setting and has to learn to deal with it. These two would make a great double bill.
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    Mandy - Panos Cosmatos

    Gonna have you some fun.
  3. Oh boy, that little eyebrow raise at the end is one of the greatest little things I've seen in a long time.
  4. Chosty

    Gareth Evans' Apostle - September 28th on Netflix

    There was a bit of a Wicker Man vibe at the start of the trailer then, yeah, it went all RE4/torture porn. Well, how I imagine torture porn films are - they're not really my cup of tea so I've only seen fragments.
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    Favourite supporting / bit part actors

    Dick Miller is the 1980s Bit Part King: The Terminator! Gremlins! Piranha! The 'Burbs!
  6. Chosty

    Favourite supporting / bit part actors

    You forgot Time Bandits! Evil: If I were creating the world I wouldn't mess about with butterflies and daffodils. I would have started with lasers, eight o'clock, Day One! [zaps one of his minions accidentally, minion screams] Evil: Sorry.
  7. Chosty

    Favourite supporting / bit part actors

    Yeah, he's certainly got presence and he's blessed with a face that lends itself so well to voiceless acting. (pseuds alert!). I just watched an interview with him on YouTube and he looks and sounds remarkably like Jack Nicholson.
  8. Chosty

    Favourite supporting / bit part actors

    If you like character-driven 70s films, you're in for a treat.
  9. Chosty

    Favourite supporting / bit part actors

    His performance in Wise Blood is one of my favourite ever. Just brilliant. It helps that he plays such a rich character, of course. That film also has Harry Dean Stanton, who's obviously a legend.
  10. 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.
  11. I thought it said Brian Butterfield on that YouTube thumbnail for a moment, and thought it was about time that guy got a break.
  12. 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.
  13. And the award goes to... ...Tom Cruise! For his intense and sustained running in a straight line.
  14. 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.
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    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.

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