Top 10 Christmas Films


As there is now under a month till Christmas, and that this 30 blog a day effort is collectively called ‘The Write-mare before Christmas’, it seems appropriate to do this top ten list. Yes in my continuing quest to find my favourite film, doing top tens by categories and sub categories continues with my favourite Christmas films….well films set at Christmas at least. Would they be yours too?

10. Elf (2003)

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What stands out for me – Will Ferrell’s performance is terrific and laugh out loud at times. The premise of an Elf leaving Santa and seeing the real world had been done before in Santa Clause the Movie, but Elf adds new fun to hold its own, make you laugh and give you that christmassy feeling.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Peter Dinkalidge

Great quote –  Gimbel’s Manager: Why are you smiling like that?

Buddy: I just like to smile, smiling’s my favourite

9. A Christmas Story (1983)

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What stands out for me – This film is more associated with and watched in America. Although for me it still shows the magic of being a kid a Christmas and some realities that come with it. Well worth checking out in other countries too. Oh and this was the film that spawned the iconic image of a false leg lamp shade too.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Darren McGavin

Great quote –  Mr. Parker: He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny.

Mother: He does not!

Mr. Parker: He does too, he looks like a pink nightmare! Read more of this post

The truth about…News Websites – Spoilers


Cat_out_of_the_bag The Cat is outta the bag (well nearly)

Let me start by saying that the BBC is a wonderful institute in the way it’s paid for and therefore the lack of advertising is terrific. Without advertising we don’t get all that talk saying ‘stay tuned, because after break this is going to happen and you don’t want to miss that’.  But is this actually the case? I think in a different way they do. In fact the BBC finds ingenious ways of putting spoilers in to a show.

Lately the BBC has been running ‘The Truth about’ programmes which herald big revelations about certain subjects. The Truth about; food, population, climate change, the house price bubble and most recently, (just on tonight) the truth about working for Amazon.

Now don’t get me wrong, these shows have been very good and very informative. Well to a point. You see the biggest headline on the BBC news website for the day these shows were on, essentially told you everything that happened in the show before it happened and then dressed it up as a breaking news headline/article. It’s not until you get to the end of the article, you realise it’s an advertisement for a TV show on that evening, and they’ve told you everything you were going to watch. Why could they have not just done the headline the day after?

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The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot – Review


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(This is spoiler free)

After yesterday’s scathing review of the Dr Who Live Afterparty, I wanted to write one more thing about the 50th anniversary of Dr Who that had a more positive feel. Now I could write about the fabulous episode itself ‘The Day of the Doctor’, but I think everyone is in agreement that that was fantastic. I would recommend Den of Geek for a succint review of that.

I wanted to talk about ‘The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot’. This was something that was mentioned on the Afterparty, but should have probably been shown straight after it, or indeed instead of it.
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Doctor Who Live After Party – Review


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Well, all the build-up was worth it, ‘The Day of the Doctor’, a fabulous episode to celebrate 50 years of Dr Who was had. But they couldn’t let it lie. The BBC thought, let’s do an after show party, and lets film it live. That may have sounded good at the time I’m sure, but it wasn’t.

Live TV rarely works out these days and to make it work best takes a lot of preparation and rehearsal. This appeared to have little or none of that. Hosted by an over caffeinated breathless Zoe ball and the most insincere man who’d I’d never heard of. Zoe interviewed some of the past cast and crew of Dr who, putting her head down to read the questions of her lap and not giving these people who were kind of the point of the show to fully answer. The questions asked to guests and fans were all so generic: Did you like the episode? What’s was your best memory of filming it? What was your favourite enemy that you fought (asked to a chap who only appeared in a handful of episodes). Then the answers were just as bad: Yes I loved the episode, I thought it was fantastic. Although one chap said it was like a dirty movie for him. That was funny.

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Kings Cross Station and Long Journeys


Traveling for work can be a gruelling experience at times, but you have got to take the rough with the smooth. So I thought I would share a couple of things I saw at Kings Cross Station.

First, and probably known by most now, is the Harry Potter themed platform 9 and ¾. It does help somewhat being a Harry Potter fan, but if you do visit Kings Cross and you have a spare 5 minutes or so (which by the people rush around, you really wouldn’t think so) it is worth checking out. There is a wizards luggage half way through the wall at platform 9 and 3/4, with a heafty queue of people eager to have their picture taken with it. Next door is a the merchandise shops with all sorts of goodies in it, cashing in of course and quite right too.

A Harry Potter fan at kings cross               Harry Potter shop

Another thing Kings Cross has and a rather disturbing thing it is too, Read more of this post

Top 10 Stephen King movie adaptations


It may seem odd to have one of my categories of film top tens to be based on the work of one author, but in the case of Stephen King it’s easy to make an exception. He is a very prolific author and writes about subjects that interest me in an enjoyable way, this is not just horror by the way, that old adage to his work is fiercely tiresome.  Most of his work has had some kind of adaptation for TV or film. Some have been duffers for sure, but there are some excellence as well. Here is my choice for the crème da la crème of his filmic adaptations.

 

10) Secret Window (2004)

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Year of story – (based on the novella Secret Window, Secret Garden from 1990)

What stands out for me – The setting, the twist, the writing cabin along with Jonny Depps dressing gown.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – John Turturro

Great quote – Mort: I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t on the verge of doing snoopy dances. Read more of this post

Top 10 Zombie films – Non Comedy


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Given yesterday’s post on ‘How Zombies speed mirrors Society’ of the time, it got me thinking whether I prefer Zombie movies with fast movers or slow ‘traditional’ walkers. Turns out my top 10 list is a bit of a mixture. Take a look and see which ones came out on top.

I decided not to put any films which IMDB classified as ‘Comedy’, as comedy and horror is covered in another post ‘Top 10 Comedy Horrors and Horror Comedies’. That said there are some nice comedic moments in a few of these films.

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28 days later. And the winner is….


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Well, the 28 days of ‘28 Days Writer’ have finished. And I failed to write 28 posts. So if this was a challenge between me, Sudo one and A Piece of Pandemonium, we would be placed thusly:

Gold – Sudo One – 28 posts (A post every day, well played)

Silver – The Resident Weeble – 24 posts (including this one)

Bronze – A Piece of Pandemonium – 15 posts (she admits her slackness)

BUT, Read more of this post

The Resident Evil has left the building


Resident evil Ah, better times.

Now, I don’t play video games that much, but one I have always liked is the Resident Evil games. It’s part of the influence behind me calling myself ‘The Resident Weeble’ (I’ll let you figure out the other influence yourself).

So when I popped in to the doomed HMV today and finally used a gift voucher I’ve had for about a year and a half, and I snapped up a copy of Resident Evil 5 at a highly reduced rate.

It’s probably worth pointing out, the reason I hadn’t got it before is I was waiting for the price to come down. I’m not the sort to rush out, motivated by hype, and pay full whack for a new game. I’m like this with most things actually, my new phone is generation behind too, it works out cheaper and I get to wait and see which one is popular and bug-less.

Anyway, my gripe is that the Resident Evil franchise has moved away from the survival horror / puzzle game I loved and just blended in with all the hundreds of other first person shoot em ups available. Read more of this post

Book review of Horns – By The Resident Weeble and The Girl…well, mainly her


It’s Sunday evening, it’s time to snuggle up with a good book…review.  Today’s book is ‘Horns’ by Joe Hill. If you haven’t heard of Joe Hill you will have heard of his father Stephen King, but please don’t let that sway your decision on this book either way.  Joe Hill is very much a notable author in his own right with his own style and his second novel ‘Horns’ is a wonderful example of this.

Both myself and The Girl in my life, have read this book and I believe her account of it to be far more eloquent than mine, so below is and extract of her review of the book. The full book review plus others can be found at her BlogSpot ‘Books I’ve read’. Be warned a lot of her reviews may give away plot points, so only delve in if you’re not bothered by this.

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Horns is the story of the aptly named Ignatius Parrish following the brutal murder of Merrin, the love of his life. A year after her death, he gets wasted and visits the place she was killed, near an old disused foundry. He desecrates the shrine that people have made in her memory, and pees all over a plastic Virgin.  Waking up the next morning, his troubles begin having grown a fine pair of horns and apparently acquired various demonic powers. We follow him as he looks for help amongst his friends and family, and they each in turn tell him their deepest darkest desires. Eventually this leads him to find Merrin’s killer, and he goes about extracting his revenge. Read more of this post

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