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Film – Quick Thoughts: Mean Creek

Mean Creek
Mean Creek, directed by Jacob Aaron Estes
Written by: Jacob Aaron Estes
Starring: Rory Culkin, Scott Mechlowicz & Josh Peck
My rating: 3 of 5

A group of teenagers decide to get revenge on the school bully by inviting him on a boat trip, their plan being to strip him naked, throw him in the river and make him walk all the way home without any clothes on, leaving him humiliated but unhurt. Things go badly wrong, which is hardly surprising.

The film’s biggest problem is the bully himself. I think everybody who has been through school knows what a bully is like and has an idea of them in their head. Physically fit, popular, doesn’t like school and likes to party. The bully in Mean Creek is overweight, a little nerdy, has no friends, is very inexperienced and might even have something wrong with his head, so even when he’s being mean it’s hard not to feel sorry for him, and some of the teens plotting against him are not nice at all. It changes the film from being about nice people taking revenge on a bully to being about mean people making nice people do bad things to a bad person.

It wasn’t a bad film and the young cast do very well, but I don’t think the film did all it could have done.

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Film – Quick Thoughts: Wilderness Survival For Girls

Sucker Punch
Wilderness Survival For Girls, directed by Eli B. Despres & Kim Roberts
Written by: Kim Roberts & Eli B. Despres
Starring: Jeanette Brox, Megan Henning, Ali Humiston & James Morrison
My rating: 3 of 5

Three teen girls celebrate finishing high school by spending a night in a cabin in the woods, enjoying their independence, experimenting and having fun. Late in the night a strange man walks in and they panic, tying him up and keeping him prisoner. He says he’s been living in the empty cabin and is happy to just take his stuff and leave, but they feel that they can’t let him go because he could be dangerous. They can’t keep him prisoner forever though and they are far away from help or a phone, so they don’t know what to do.

It’s an interesting dilemma because the man isn’t obviously dangerous, played well by James Morrison (who I know as Bill Buchanan in 24), but there’s just enough that’s off about him that they can’t be sure. If they let him go and he really is dangerous then they would be in lots of trouble with no chance of help coming, but what else can they do? The girls manage to make more problems for themselves out of their own dramas, seeing as they are still teenagers enjoying their first real taste of freedom, and I couldn’t be sure how the story was ultimately going to play out. I enjoyed it.

Film – Quick Thoughts: Cashback (Short)

February 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Cashback
Cashback, directed by Sean Ellis
Written by: Sean Ellis
Starring: Sean Biggerstaff & Emilia Fox
My rating: 3 of 5

I’m currently on one of the most basic LoveFilm packages (it’s the one it sticks you on after the free trial), where they send you three discs a month and let you have two hours of streaming. Dr. Strangelove used up an hour and thirty minutes this month, so I was looking for shorts to use up the last half an hour and came across this.

Cashback is seventeen minutes long (though it’s since been made into a full-length film), about a team of night shift workers in a supermarket and how they cope with the odd hours, the main character being called Ben, and as somebody who is also named Ben and is still doing night shift work the idea appealed to me. Ben’s approach is different to mine though, imagining he can freeze time, strip the women naked and then sketch them. Obviously it’s only in his imagination but the film still presents it as something wholly sweet and deep instead of perverted or what would be a major violation if it were real.

There’s a flashback that shows how the fascination began, a beautiful Swedish student (played by model Hayley-Marie Coppin) who lived with him as a boy and had no sense of modesty at all, walking around completely naked (and the film shows everything). All the female customers in the supermarket are incredibly beautiful, especially considering we’re talking about a Sainsbury’s night shift, so despite Ben being fascinated by the female form it’s possible his fascination only extends to attractive women. I don’t think the short is as deep and meaningful as it seemingly wants to be, but it was interesting.

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Reading: Let the Right One In

This is actually the film poster, but I have the version of the book that uses the same image on the cover.

Having already seen the film I wasn’t sure whether the book would just be treading the same ground, but there’s enough extra content here to make it a worthwhile experience even for those familiar with the film adaptation. The film is a faithful adaptation but it’s a lengthy book so it could only ever take the highlights.
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Reading: June 2011’s Books

July 29, 2011 1 comment

Almost a month late, we have the June round-up posts. Games and television were up first, now it’s time for the books:

Terry is the only returning author this month and is proving something of a regular, appearing in four of the last six months.

Image sources: Terry, Cormac, Markus and Brian

There are four authors this month but I read nearly twice that amount of books. As ever, that’s because of one specific author. Including this month’s haul I’ve read ten of his books so far this year and eighteen in the past twelve months. Let’s get to it then: Read more…

Gaming: June 2011’s Games

July 27, 2011 3 comments

It’s well past time for the June round-ups, and this month we start by looking at the games I played in June.

Four of this month's images come from Valve games.

Image sources: Nick, some creepers, a turret, Wheatley and a Mii. The combine is from a personal screenshot.

Another low-key month for gaming then. Let’s get to it:

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Gaming: May 2011’s Games

Far later than intended, we have the May round-up posts, where I write a little about all the media I consumed throughout the month (June’s will hopefully go up next week, but haven’t been worked on at all yet). I’ve already published the posts for television, film and books, so we finish the set with the month’s gaming.

I like to include a comment for these portraits but don't really have anything to say beyond saying that I have nothing to say.

Image sources: York, Trip, Jack, some creepers and Rey. The combine comes from a personal screenshot.

The absence of certain games in the above image – Dragon Age: Origins and at least one out of Fallout 3, The Sims 3 or Left 4 Dead 2 – should be an indicator that I’m still not back into the routine I devised at the end of March, even though I played slightly more games than I did in April. That means I’ve still only managed it for one week in the past two a bit months, and haven’t actually done it for a single week since I decided to do so, which is daft. Oh well, onto the round-up:

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