Film: Grimbsy – I can find nothing safe to quote…

Sacha Baron Cohen does have a knack for comedy that could offend and ‘Grimsby’ is no exception – for starters it wasn’t even filmed in Grimsby

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In the interests of keeping this post family-friendly there isn’t actually much that I can say about ‘Grimsby’ other than it’s about a spy and his long lost brother, it also really isn’t family friendly!

I did watch some parts of it with my hands covering my face and it was surprisingly that some of the ‘jokes’ didn’t get cut at the insistence of the censors – although there were some actually funny moments in between all the shock value bits

If you can watch it legally without it costing you any additional money – for example it appears on a streaming service that you subscribe to, then it’s worth watching just to see how high your tolerance of the unnecessarily vulgar is – apparently mine isn’t high enough to not hide for at least some of the film …

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Book: Paul Matthews’ ‘We Have Lost The President’ – “without a leader, self-interest would be king”

The premise of ‘We Have Lost The President’ sounded fun, the year is 2044 and due to a hacker- related incident Britain is a low tech Republic with an elected President

Howie Pond is the President’s official spokesman and is granted quasi secret agent powers when the President goes missing as part of a desperate attempt to find him

We largely see this world from Howie’s view, a land of bureaucracy where the beeper is king and close ties between corporations and politics are rife

I really enjoyed the first three pages of the book, then the world building and scene setting gave way to Howie, his unlikeable girlfriend and his dreadful coworkers… the book is sad to be a comedy-thriller yet it wasn’t very funny or very thrilling

Somehow there are three sequels all starting ‘We Have Lost…’ so I guess other people liked it

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Just-Noticeable Difference – a mechanism to steal chocolate

I’m still trying to improve my brain and not just read disposable junk, however it’s not as simple as I hoped – apparently my brain is not a muscle I’ve been exercising as diligently as I should have for *cough* some time

For example I stumbled across the term Just-Noticeable Difference or JND. The context was that humans experience a diminished sensitivity to changes away from what is ‘normal’ – this is apparently the Weber-Fecher Law where the JND of a variable is “proportional to the magnitude of that variable” (Richard H. Thaler’s ‘Misbehaving’)

fat hamster

(Picture from Pinterest)

So if my 56kg dog gains 100 grams I won’t notice, but if my tiny hamster gains 100 grams I will – and be seeking out an explanation and perhaps a vet

Wiki says ” is the amount something must be changed in order for a difference to be noticeable, detectable at least half the time”

Wiki also had some dodgy formula that put me off, however from a consumer perspective it’s important to know about JND as that’s what manufacture’s use to determine how much they can shrink a product by – whilst leaving the price the same, so that we won’t notice (or at least not complain). This seems to happen a lot with chocolate lately – everything seems to be shrinking a few grams on a regular basis

So what I learnt about Just-Noticeable Difference is that I should complain to the manufacturer about any time decrease in size, just to throw off their JND figures!

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Food: Mars Brownie

Mars bars are nice in extreme moderation, brownie can be nice, yet a Mars bar with chunks of brownie in sounds distinctly suspect

Happily heavy reductions can inspire me to try most things, in this case a slightly overly sweet and yet dry Mars bar

It was edible because it was chocolate derived, however either a brownie or a Mars bar would have been infinitely preferable

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Nails: My Neighbor Totoro

My sibling has been in Japan for what feels like forever, I’m not entirely sure how long it’s been – I know our parents abandoned us on December 21st 2010

Looking at social media I think my sibling left for Japan in February 2013 – which was meant to be for one year… they are still here and they seem to be having fun

I’m happy for them, just it was nice having family in the country. So with that in mind I looked for something they reminded me of them and found these funky My Neighbour Totoro nails

(Pictures from Pinterest)

This was one of your favourite films before you went, I’m not sure what your favourite film is anymore, probably something arty and obscure. You always move on when something gets too popular, so far Japan has retained its novelty for you, I’m happy for you but I miss you

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Film – Army Of Darkness: The Medieval Dead – “are all men from the future loud-mouth braggarts?”

I hadn’t seen any of Sam Raimi’s ‘Evil Dead’ films in years so jumped at the chance to watch the 3rd one – which in the UK is known as ‘Army Of Darkness: The Medieval Dead’; although may have a different name depending what country you are in!

Because nothing helps a film like having an unclear and muddled marketing campaign!

The plot is Ash (Bruce Campbell) ends up trapped in the Middle Ages and eager to get home in the right timeline, however this is almost incidental as it does little more than enable lots of undead to be killed.

For a comedy horror film from the early 1990s it’s held up pretty well and due to the handy recapping introduction you don’t even need to rewatch that first two ‘Evil Dead’ films. The film itself is pretty good – silly but enjoyable, I did catch myself thinking that some scenes weren’t exactly as I remembered however I assumed that was due to the years elapsed since I last watched it.

However things got a bit weird when it got to the ending as it wasn’t the ending that I was expecting at all!

Apparently there are two endings depending on if you view the US version or the UK/ Director’s cut

The endings are: (SPOILERS)

The US ending has Ash return to the present and back working in the S-Mart where he confronts one last Deadite. This was the ending that I was expecting and didn’t get!

However apparently the other ending is preferred by Raimi and Campbell, where Ash walls himself into a cave – with his Oldsmobile, takes too many drops of magic sleeping potion and wakes up in a post-apocalyptic landscape

So all very confusing!

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Book: Adam J. Wright’s ‘Dark Peak’ – “You can’t have that kind of knowledge in your head and not do something about it”

I picked up ‘Dark Peak’ because I’d read something previously by the author that was ok and I needed something lightweight to read.

The premise is seven year old Mitch Walker was knocked out in the wood 30 years ago and his five year old sister disappeared. Now Mitch has returned to the Peak District temporarily and chances upon evidence that it might be an uncaught serial killer that took his sister

There is also an author of a popular true crime book in the area, Elly Cooper, and she too is looking at the possibility of a serial killer

So basically it’s a standard template of find the monster before the monster finds you. There was a manageably small suspect pool – so small that the serial killer was basically instantly obvious the minute they were introduced.

Mitch wasn’t a terribly deep man, Elly existed purely to give  slightly different view of the same simple story and the twist at the end was a bit dull! Other than that is was ok to read

Maybe I read too much Mark Billlingham before getting bored after book 7 or 8 to be that wowed by anything involving hunting human serial killers, however if this book turns into a series I can’t see me bothering reading anymore!

Link to Dark Peaks on Amazon in case you are tempted

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