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  1. Chosty

    Bad movies you can't help but to love

    That was the first video my friend and I rented when we first started stayed over at each other's house in our teens We thought it was hilarious. I don't think I've seen it since (25 years!), but I've watched various clips on YouTube. Spatula City!
  2. Maybe the new bunch will be the sons/daughters of the original cast. Dana's baby son from Ghostbusters 2 is now grown up and can't look at oil paintings of historical figures without freaking out. Cue his interest in the occult. Meets up with Ray Stantz's daughter and Spengler Jr to try and work it out while at the same time New York (Zeddemore Jr is mayor!) is again under threat from an evil guy who wants to turn the Earth into the underworld or something. He turns out to be Venkman's son who killed Venkman himself, now hangs around bars as a ghost. Something about revenge, plenty of proton streams, traps, marshmallow, human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria and cameos all round. Lots of baby Slimers causing havoc. References to Trump and walls.
  3. It'd have to be pretty good to de-age Harold Ramis convincingly.
  4. Chosty

    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

    Got this for the kids for Christmas. Never played a Smash game before. Mucked around a bit and now my brain hurts like the first time I watched Tetsuo. I tried a few different modes, won something I think was called a mural, and then all kinds of random characters, pictures and other stuff popped on screen. WTF does it all mean?! (That's largely a rhetorical question for the time being). I've now got some insight into how my dad feels when I try to explain computers and/or the internet to him. I'm going to play the Zelda DLC my son bought me instead. Try to unscramble my mind.
  5. Chosty

    Doom - 25 years old today

    I still frequently boot up ZDoom and blast throught Doom 2 and Final Doom - TNT: Evilution and Plutonia have some really great maps. I've also started playing some user-generated WADs, though the quality is massively variable. I can't be bothered with graphical updates or additional features (look up and down? No thanks.) I've just looked at Brutal Doom on YouTube and it looks a bit naff, really. The orignal's simplicity in style and function is one reason why it's still so playable. I thought about getting the new Doom for Switch after it got loads of praise, but from looking at some videos it just looks far too fast-paced and intense for my aging body/mind. It seems many (all?) modern FPSs seem to throw all manner of on-screen info and graphical effects at you, and it's information overload. I watched my son play Overwatch the other day, and I had no idea what the hell was going on half the time.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. Chosty

    Bottom : An Appreciation

    Plus the emergency fiver.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Chosty

    Mandy - Panos Cosmatos

    Gonna have you some fun.
  13. Oh boy, that little eyebrow raise at the end is one of the greatest little things I've seen in a long time.
  14. 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.
  15. Chosty

    Favourite supporting / bit part actors

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

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