Film: Ghost Shark – so bad that it cures Galeophobia

For as long as I can remember I’ve been irrationally scared of sharks. The thought of a big shark with sharp teeth was enough to freak me out enough to make me physically uncomfortable.

This fear is irrational as I’ve never seen a scary shark in the wild – the small ones without teeth don’t count as scary. I haven’t even seen a scary shark in captivity. I have no problems with killer whales – which I have seen in captivity and given their tendency to have incidents with their trainers would be far more sensible to fear.

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(Photo from a WordPress site)

I’ve not seen a horror film with a shark in – not even ‘Jaws’, so have absolutely no idea why sharks freak me out. There was an incident overseas when I was 11 and was wind-surfing with a borrowed sail that was far too big for me, sliced my foot open and then the wind dropped leaving me stuck about 2 miles out waiting for the breeze to pick up. But I was scared of sharks before that!

The other day I was channel-hopping as a show that I wanted was on in 30 minutes and I had a comfy seat on the sofa (a rarity in this household!), the Sci-Fi channel had a film called ‘Ghost Shark’ on.

The premise sounded so ridiculous that I turned it on – even though the film had started 20 minutes previously and featured a shark!

From what I saw the plot was a dead shark was annoyed at being dead so attacked a small town as a ghost shark. The ghost shark needs the presence of some water in order to eat people, for example a slip and slide or a bucket of water at a bikini car wash.

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(Photo from a rag)

Yes the bucket of water had a well-endowed and under-clothed woman vanish into it and I even found a still photo of this.

I watched enough to conclude that the local authorities were useless and the annoyingly perky heroine was probably going to team up with a very drunken sea captain to save the day.

The oddest thing about ‘Ghost Shark’ was that it was so stupid I am now having less issues with the concept of big scary sharks. So whilst the film wasn’t good enough to watch more than half an hour of it did at leave serve a purpose!

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The invasion of high heeled cupcakes

Ever since fairy cakes were rebranded cupcakes there has been a tendency for them to have Over The Top decoration so dayglo that you can almost start bouncing from the e-numbers just by looking at them.

One trend that has really taken off is high heels on cupcakes and some of these look too good to eat – almost…

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(Photo from somewhere on Pinterest)

They certainly look to have taken a long time to craft, so should be savoured if you really must eat them!

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(Photo from CakeCentral)

Although making the heels pink seems a little populist and uninspired – although the bow is a cute decadent touch

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(Photo from BlogSpot)

In fact pink high heels are so popular that you can even buy tape dispensers in that form!

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This cultural obsession with pink shoes almost explains why my sister-in-law is raising her child to be a mini-Barbie… almost…

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Film: Salt – this apple is rotten the core

‘Salt’ is a paint-by-numbers action film starring Angelina Jolie. She plays Evelyn Salt who is accused of being a Russian sleep agent by some random Soviet defector.

Rather than stop and clear up these pesky charges she decides to go on the run. That pretty much sums up the film – all three different versions of it.

Salt poster

There is nothing overly wrong with the film but there isn’t that much to set it apart either. The story originally had a male protagonist; Tom Cruise was attached to the project at one point, which would have rather changed the scene where Liev Schreiber’s character tells Salt to take her panties off the camera…

To be honest Liev Schreiber’s character is probably the best thing in the film, he plays thuggish and scheming pretty well from ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ to ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ to ‘Ray Donovan.’

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For me ‘Salt’ is the exact opposite of ‘The Faculty’, I like ‘The Faculty’ a lot but having nothing to say about it because pulling it to pieces might make it less fun, pulling ‘Salt’ to pieces would be too easy and no fun at all.

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Nails: Elvis – more flair than One Direction

A woman that I know has a pretty major Elvis obsession, it doesn’t seem to be about the music, instead it is absolute hero worship.

Which is fine, whatever makes her happy and isn’t hurting anyone. I just don’t get it in the same way as I don’t really understand the cult following of the Beatles.

When I was in my late teen and early 20s there were a few bands that I liked more than others, but looking at ticket stubs and CDs there isn’t any one that really stands out as being THE one.

A bit like these nails, they certainly aren’t the one thing that you would want to be remembered for

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(Photo from Beauty.About)

It might be as simple as the 1950s were a time of social change, where new and challenging influences were entertain mainstream consciousness for the first time – although classic red, white and blue nails never look old.

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(Photo from NailsShine)

Maybe the appeal of Elvis is he was a showman, something that these nails convey rather well

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(Photo from Jeealee)

Maybe you had to be there to understand the appeal…

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(Photo from PrettyNailSwag)

On the other hand there aren’t that many bands around these days that can capture the public imagination in an almost cult fashion and leave behind anything worthwhile – One Direction seem to get a scary amount of coverage but the nail art dedicated to them is pretty poor

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(Photo from Packapunch)

Given the choice between them and Elvis I can see why Elvis would win.

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TV: ‘The Prisoner’ – now with added Jesus.

Like most people of working age with a family (or arguably anyone of working age!) I am short on time for the things that I want to do.

So whilst I can see the merits in making time for some relaxing yoga I often can’t see the point in watching a slow TV show or film.

For example the recent remake of ‘The Prisoner’, I’d heard almost decent things about it and it was only six episodes so it didn’t seem a huge time investment.

Rover the prisoner

I didn’t even last through the first episode, the plot seemed similar to the original – the chap wakes up in a random idyllic village and can’t leave. The people are all dull and the lead is irritating in his blandness.

In case anyone is interested the lead is Jim Caviezel who played Jesus Chris in Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion of the Christ’ – which I haven’t seen, but I have seen what watching it did to Cartman so that doesn’t encourage me to watch it!

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Pretty much all I got from watching ‘The Prisoner’ was a flashback to watching ‘Population 436’ – a rather indifferent film most memorable for having Fred Durst in it.

The plot is a chap from the US Census Bureau goes to a random idyllic village and everyone acts like he can’t leave – daja vu much? I got to the end of that film, it was sort of like a bad Stephen King and to be honest I had rather forgotten about it until ‘The Prisoner’ was duller!

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Book: Kelley Armstrong – Omens

Kelley Armstrong was the first author to come under the urban fantasy or paranormal romance (or paranormal something or another) label that I liked enough to actively seek out and buy all their books.

I wandered into the ‘Otherworlds’ series on about book 3 and really liked them – at least up until book 10 (‘Frostbitten’) which didn’t really work for me and things muddled along from there. I bought all the Otherworlds books anyway and am intending to reread them again soon just to see if books 10 to 13 grow on me at all.

 kelley armstrong

My local library started me on her Young Adult series (‘The Darkness Rising’ and ‘The Darkest Powers’) but didn’t encourage me to continue reading, there was nothing wrong with them, I just didn’t feel that challenged or engaged by the characters and their journey.

Detective-style books are something that I am prepared to read when there is nothing better to hand, despite this I did enjoy the first Nadia Stafford book (‘Exit Strategy’) a lot, the second book not so much (‘Made to be broken’).

As I wasn’t too fussed by the end of the Otherworld series and had found other actively-writing authors who I now prefer I didn’t pre-order ‘Omens’ the first book in the Cainville series.

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But after reading a preview sample on Amazon about a month before the release date and seeing the hardback version at less than half the RRP I gave in.

The plot is fairly straightforward, Olivia is a 24 year old only child of a wealthy family, the family have money and she is engaged to a chap with political ambitions. Randomly it is revealed to the world that she is adopted, her real family as well-known serial killers Todd and Pamela Larsen.

Olivia’s old life is now in tatters and she is hounded by the press, so she ends up in a small town (Cainsville) and starts looking into the truth about her real parents.

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(Photo from blogspot)

Cainsville is an old community with hints of a curious past, the residents take an active interest in Olivia and there are hints that Olivia has powers. There are also hints of monsters lurking just out of sight and that there is a far larger story than Olivia knows.

Unfortunately this is also where the book is limited, because it is part of a larger series this book hint and nudges the reader that there is more, that Olivia didn’t end up in Cainsville by accident, that there is a plan or two that involve her in some way. But the book doesn’t commit to what is going on, instead it focuses on Olivia and a sexy lawyer (Gabriel Walsh) investigating the last murder that her parents were convicted of.

Which makes the book a mystery/detective/police work novel with hints of paranormal and tiny little tastes of things that go bump in the night.

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I did like the book, but it reminded me of Hellboy 2 and troll hunting – without the special magic glasses you only see what they want you to see, which is frustrating when you know there is more out there in the next book (that isn’t published yet!).

Fortunately Olivia is pretty likeable as a character and I am intrigued enough to want to know what is coming next, so I guess I will be buying the next book when that comes out in 2014, but I hope that it has more beasties in it!

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Film – X-Men: Days of Future Past

I don’t tend to look forward to films anymore, having lower expectations tends to lead to less disappointment *cough* Pacific Rim *cough*

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But now I am really looking forward to ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’