I haven’t read any of the six Mortal Instrument books but I have now seen the film of the first one.
If it wasn’t for the massive eyebrows and REALLY bad music it might have been an ok film, the effects were rather good at the very least.
However the snogging in the rain in the greenhouse scene made me reach for the remote.
And gosh Simon is SO painfully two-dimensional in this film, judging by the book spoilers that doesn’t change for a couple of books.
There are some nice touches that seem to come from the books, for example the idea that Bach’s music can expose demons is rather fun, but the film feels clunky and slightly lost. And I spent far too much time wondering if her eyebrows are so HUGE in the book.
One of the more amusing things to come out of the Sony hack is how many Sony employees apparently don’t like Adam Sandler films.
I don’t think I’ve seen many Adam Sandler films, it just sometimes feels like the trailers last for 90 minutes or longer…
‘Hotel Transylvania’ is however surprisingly good, Count Dracula owns a monster-only hotel where no humans are permitted – at all.
His hotel is packed with monsters to celebrate his daughter Mavis’ 118th birthday when a random human backpacker arrives. Dracula ends up disguising the pesky human as Frankenstein’s cousin.
The pesky human helps make Mavis’ party more hip, allowing the obvious plot device of him and Mavis falling in love.
Whilst the basic plot is predictable and the musical numbers are iffy, there is a decent sense of humour present and some of the jokes are amusing. It was far better than I expected – although the ending was a little iffy!
I can honestly blame the free trial of Amazon Prime for my having seen any of this film, compared to the endless list of cheap horror film and borderline ‘adult’ titles this looked good.
Watching approximately 15 minutes of the film did make the world feel a better place… when it stopped.
Although I can honestly say that I hadn’t previously considered what Velma would look like with Japanese origins and in fairness to Hayley Kiyoko she was definitely the only one with acting ability in the film – apart from Scooby.
The monster being a giant frog with fangs was also … different, but it felt like a children only film rather than a family film, so I stopped bothering.
‘Guards! Guards!’ is one of the earlier Discworld books, eighth to be exact and is notable for introducing Carrot Ironfoundersson into the (Disc)world and specifically into the Ankh-Morpork City Watch.
It also introduced Sybil Ramkin, whose knowledge of swamp dragons comes in handy when a rather larger dragon descends upon the city.
It is a nice story in a mild fantasy theme, it wanders along with a decent supporting cast, it isn’t as polished as later stories about the Night Watch but is still enjoyable.
Hopefully everyone knows that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by fire and brimstone by a wrathful god, that will save a lot of time.
Whilst this was occurring a chap named Lot was being led from the city by angels who warned him and his family not to look behind them at Sodom. His wife peeked and was turned into a pillar of salt.
The intended interpretation of this is probably don’t disobey angels or god, however a more useful interpretation for me is to look to the future rather than the past.
It is too easy to dwell on the past and remember all the stupid things you’ve done and said – it can be very hard to stop this. However I am going to try harder to do so and hope to have a nice new behaviour pattern in early 2015!