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  1. Chosty

    Inside No.9

    I've finally got round to watching this on Netflix (only yesterday realised they're repeating it on BBC2), and it's the best TV I've seen for ages. I'm almost finished with series 3. I rewatched The League of Gentlemen not so long ago, and thought it was quite dated in places. Inside No 9 shows how far they've matured in all aspects of writing - plot structure, the brilliantly well-hidden twists and counter twists, the ability to create memorable one-off characters, cracking dialogue, the swtich from hilarity to delicious nastiness. Even some of the lesser episodes have so much going for them. And as performers they've never been better. Steve Pemberton in particular is fantastic - I always thought he was the best and most versatile actor of the three (compare the average-bloke-down-the-pub Mike with the terrifying Pop, for instance). The Devil of Christmas, though. Holy. Shit.
  2. Chosty

    A movie watchers blog

    Glad you liked it. I've not seen it in years and have forgotten many of the details, but just remember the overall quality. I wish it was easier to watch this kind of film - there seems to be a gaping hole in the various streaming services. If I remember correctly, Tarantino once said it was once of the biggest influences on his film-making.
  3. Chosty

    Bottom : An Appreciation

    Speaking of aristocracy: Doorbell rings, repeatedly "Alright, alright, take it easy will you, you bitch...I mean Your Bitchness...I mean Lady Bitch of...oh Christ, Eddie, what do you call them?" "Jugs. What do you call them?" Richie punches Eddie
  4. Chosty

    Bottom : An Appreciation

    Plus the emergency fiver.
  5. Chosty

    Bottom : An Appreciation

    A good friend emailed me out of the blue this week to say he's moving back to the UK from New Zealand and has got a job down the road from me. We frequently have email conversations that are just Bottom quotes, so I suggested we meet up for a catch-up drink in one of the local pubs...The Lamb and Flag.
  6. 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.
  7. Chosty

    Mandy - Panos Cosmatos

    Gonna have you some fun.
  8. Oh boy, that little eyebrow raise at the end is one of the greatest little things I've seen in a long time.
  9. 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.
  10. Chosty

    Favourite supporting / bit part actors

    Dick Miller is the 1980s Bit Part King: The Terminator! Gremlins! Piranha! The 'Burbs!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Chosty

    Favourite supporting / bit part actors

    If you like character-driven 70s films, you're in for a treat.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

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