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H is for Halloween, H is for Horror – The Innkeepers

Posted in Entertainment, Movies and Theatre with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2012 by urbannight

I probably shouldn’t mention it until the end, but this movie is a HUGE fail in my book.  The thing had so many plot screw ups I lost count.

My friend liked it because if you were one of the main characters, you might never know all the answers and all the information.  So it is more realistic.

I don’t care for realism in my movies.  I want the movie to follow the physics and rules of the world it establishes.  But I want things tidied up.  I want answers, I guess.

If you have read 1984, this movie is like that.  Deadly boring bits interspersed with really interesting bits.  Aside from that, here is what I didn’t like about it.  Sorry for the spoilers.

Luke and Claire

1. If you own a small hotel and it is going out of business for good, would you really take a trip to Barbados and leave only two staff members to man it 24 hours for the final weekend?  It seemed all wrong to me, but I’ve worked at some jobs that were closing up when in college.  Made for great summer jobs when you have to go back to college again in fall.  This made no sense.

2.  The guy (Luke) working there, who was supposed to be all about the ghost hunting, managed a page about the haunting of the inn, and supposedly saw the ghost of the lady (Madeline O’Malley) who died there (after her fiance stood her up) was a total fake.  I saw that right off the bat. He seemed to have no real interest or enthusiasm for ghost hunting. I suspected he was lying about seeing the ghost and it turned out I was right.    (I was certain that when I was watching it that the movie said she was stood up but other sites say she was hanged on her wedding night.)

3.  The older actress (Lee) turned New Age healing guru says there are three ghosts there and not Madeline O’Malley.  She said they tried to warn her (Madeline).  Who they are is never mentioned.  And the female lead (Claire) only ever sees Madeline.

4. This brings up the issue, is it really just Claire’s over active imagination.  But what about the piano music she heard and the keys she saw depress themselves?  Still her imagination.  Luke went to repeat her EVP experiment and he heard the piano too.  But he was drunk then.  Maybe it was his imagination too.

5. An old man shows up and wants a particular room on the floor that was already stripped and mostly emptied.  Only the beds remain.  Claire decided they might as well let him stay there. It is the last night after all.  She takes up sheets and he mentions that he spent his honeymoon there.  The implication was that perhaps he was Madeline’s fiance.  But he wasn’t quiet old enough based on the legend. By the photo of Madeline, he would have had to have been well over 80.  What was going to happen to happen to him was terribly obvious.  Old man, small bag, willing to take the honeymoon suite even those all that is left in it is a bed, all alone.  Of course he was going to kill himself.  How much more obvious could they make it.

6. Claire is so freaked out, she goes to leave but can’t find Lee. She looks for the older woman in the basement.  She totally freaks out, thinking the ghost of the old man is coming after her.  She races to the storm cellar doors in the alley and locks herself in that room, screaming for  her coworker.  The day before she had chained and locked the alley access to the basement.  She can’t get out.

7.  Through the entire movie, Claire was puffing on an inhaler.  Lee kept telling her the basement was a very bad place for her and she needed to get out of there.  Well, Claire thinks it the ghost banging on the door and after her.  It is really her coworker answering her cries for help and trying to get her to unlock the door.  She has an asthma attack and her inhaler is on the other side of the door, having been dropped in her mad flight to get to the room and secure herself inside.

I still want to know why there was ever mention of three ghosts who were not Madeline being in the hotel.  Why they were trying to warn Madeline? Why was she and accident?  What was the accident, because the girl kept seeing a Madeline who had been hanged in her wedding dress and yet had blood all on her face.  Why did she keep seeing Madeline when the spiritualist said Madeline was not one of the ghosts there?  That reinforces my idea that all of this was Madeline’s over active imagination and her many times of spooking herself and over reacting.
All in all, I hated it.

From Time to Time

Posted in Entertainment, Movies and Theatre with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2012 by urbannight

This is a very charming, British, period piece that brought tears to my eyes at the end.

Set near the end of WWII, young Tolly goes to stay with his grandmother at the ancestral home.  His father is missing and presumed dead.  He refuse to believe it because his father’s name hasn’t been listed yet as dead.

While there, he learns that there is no money left and his grandmother may have to sell the place.  He starts to see ghosts from a pivotal time in the house’s past.  And the ghosts see him in their time too.  At least some do.  His grandmother seems to have the same ability.

Strictly speaking, it was two period pieces as it fluctuated between 1945 and 1805.

Tolly becomes obsessed with a family mystery which he eventually solves.  But the key thing is that it slowly leads to the realization that the ghosts he was interacting with were children.  The message of the obvious plot, below the mystery, is learning to deal with death.

The key line to the movie is, “Death isn’t the important thing. . . . That you were loved is.”

They formula used to predict how much I would like it was off. It expected me to give this film 4 stars of 5.  I loved it.  It got 5 stars.  And how could one not love it?  Maggie Smith plays the grandmother and she is just such a magnificent actress.  In fact, every one put in an outstanding performance.  If anyone was a little weak, it was the young man playing Tolly.

So, for those people who thought I only like action films, which is soooooo untrue, go watch this one.  It’s great.

When do you start preparing for Halloween?

Posted in Apartments, Entertainment, Food, Holiday, Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2012 by urbannight

For me, it is now.

Once, when I had a house, someone came over and said they liked what I was doing for Halloween. I looked around, trying to figure out what they were talking about. I hadn’t pulled out my Halloween tubs yet.

Some people collect geese, cows, and/or eggplants, to name a few of the common combinations.

I collect Cats, Pumpkins, and Skulls. It tends to blend in with the Halloween stuff really well.

Now it is time to start pulling out the ACTUAL Halloween stuff.

What do I need to do first?

Stop eating. Really. Seriously. Don’t you think that is a good place to start? Maybe I can survive on oatmeal packets, protein shakes, and celery for fiber. Don’t you think that is a good idea?

No. Well, you are probably correct. That might be going too far. But I am trying to lose some weight. I just won’t be nearly as far along by Halloween as I want to be. So I think I’ll be a death maiden. Or just be Death. My only real problem is that all the scythes I’ve seen are so horrible that I can’t bring myself to buy one. I wouldn’t mind a real one. That would be worth the money. I just don’t think I’ll be allowed to take it to work or to any Halloween event.

(On a completely unrelated note, as I hear someone say, “My Goodness”, I really want to know why it is never, “My Badness”. The assumption is that the speaker is always and can’t figure out what went wrong. Maybe that is why Josh Whedon introduced the term, “My Bad”, for when is WAS the fault of the speaker that something went wrong. At least, that is where I started hearing the term used.)

Now, back to Halloween preparatory work.

One of the first things I need to do is clean and re-organize the bathroom. 1. Because it needs to be cleaned again. 2. It needs reorganizing in general. 3. It needs reorganizing in specific because I have some Halloween specific cosmetics and do-dads and misc stuff that got stored in the small bathroom storage tubs.

Cleaning and reorganizing the bedroom is also vital. 1. Because it is driving me crazy. 2. When it gets messy or disorganized enough to bother the cats, they start to keep me up all hours of the night. Why this happens, I don’t know. But it is how my cats seem to function. I need to be well rested and well organized to do a great Halloween display and to know what I have available that will work for costuming. I’ve always found the best costumes to be the ones created out of what people own and not from prepackaged kits.

Of course, this leads me to cleaning and reorganizing the computer room and closet. This is mostly just because.

Next gets into the nitty gritty. I can pull out my Halloween storage tubs. If I have a cleaned up bedroom and computer room, I’ve a place to put the tubs while in the ‘active’ Halloween Season. This is Mid-August through Thanksgiving. I like a long Halloween.

I can most of the stuff up on the walls pretty quickly as I still have the clear plastic hooks on the walls. The porch will take longer. I think I need more Halloween things for the porch. I would love a really good hanging skeleton. Most are too junky for me to waste money on.

I should take the time to finish going through the last four general storage tugs as well. Get them weeded out while I’m messing about with tubs.

I need to make a good Halloween menu for the month of October too. One that focuses on meat and veggies and yet manages to come across as both Fall and Halloween creepy. I like creepy. There was facebook photo of black foods a few days back that looked wonderful. There are so many black fruits and veggie and stuff that people don’t always thing of but were not weird and strange exotic foods.

I am clearly far too eager to get started on this project. I also have to pick up my two Halloween stitch pattern books after work tomorrow. I can’t wait.

Tipping Point, Shadows of the Future.

Posted in Economy, Food, Life, Politics, Technology, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2012 by urbannight

The news says that the Earth will reach a ‘tipping’ point in 2025. It will be a point of no return. For the past couple of years, there have been the occasional report of a similar nature.

I argue that we have already past it. We use up materials and resources faster than we can replace them. Some resources are not replaceable. I remember reading, not so very long ago, that some computer parts manufacturers are looking for new materials that can do some of the things that the existing materials do because we are running out of some of those minerals that have desirable properties.

The world has spent over 20 years trying to get all the countries to agree on something, anything, that will slow down the damage humanity is doing to the global ecosystem. Nothing ever happens. When they do occasionally agree on measures, they put the Due By date way out there and by the time it arrives, some other administration has decided to override it. To change something so they can back out of it.

If governments can come to any real agreement and put it into place right now, I don’t thing it is enough to reverse the problems as they exist. On the monetary front alone, it will probably completely destroy what is left of a very fragile economy.

Some ‘experts’ are saying we don’t’ really need to worry about it since we can overcome any repercussions through human innovation. But that is only if people want to change and there is little evidence that supports it.

Oh, some people are going green. Some people have created businesses to try to creatively reuse garbage to reduce the impact on the environment. But businesses and corporations are the ones saying that the changes to protect the environment cost too much, even though they are the very ones tying up most of the world’s money. The time frames were supposed to be for the companies to set aside the money, get the renovations under way, and spread out the costs over time, in order to minimize the financial impact. But they never did it.

Maybe that is the real reason so many science fiction writers are writing about dark futures where the world is falling apart rather than writing about hopeful futures and creating new concepts to inspire scientists to create and advance their fields. It’s because they, like me, see how things have been going and have no faith in big business and governments to make the changes needed to save the planet and save humanity.

We see a world creating its own death. Although I have more hope for the earth than I do for the human race. I see the world becoming worse, the middle class in advanced countries will continue to slide, and we will end up with a bizarre mix of high tech toys and third world quality of life. Although it isn’t that bizarre as writers have been describing that very thing for many decades.
Either there will have to be measures put into place to control population growth and people will resent a draconian government or people will continue to reproduce at an ever expanding rate. If the former, there could be some sort of light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe. Fewer people mean resources do farther. But at the same time, fewer people mean not as many people are purchasing stuff. The economic structure will probably have to change. But if it is the later, we will probably see the increase in disease and perhaps plague.

This will wipe people out and result in the same reduced population. But it will probably be far more catastrophic in nature and lead to a fall of civilization.

In the end, I think something will happen that will wipe out large chunks of the human race. I don’t think it will happen overnight. So people won’t really believe it is going on. I think it may take a few generations. And after it collapses, I believe those who remain will rebuild. Only I don’t have a high regard for humanity. So I don’t think people will have learned a lesson. I think it will take more generations to rebuild and people are people and will probably go through the same processes.

It reminds me of a short story by Asimov called ‘Nightfall’. It was a great little story about how a race lived on a planet in a cluster of suns. They never had night. They never had darkness. When a rare eclipse occurred, it was so catastrophic that society collapsed. There was archeological evidence of such repeated collapses. But the time between events was such a long period that people couldn’t understand the evidence. The result was that they never learned to adapt and anticipate the event and instead kept following an identical path of growth, development, progress, and collapse.

Wow. This might be a rather depressing blog. Sorry about that. But that’s where my mind went today.

Death by Cat

Posted in Apartments, Entertainment, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2012 by urbannight

I attempted death by cat today.  It isn’t fun.

This is when you are in a rush and are heading for your shoes, so you can leave for work, and step over a cat laying near your destination.  The cat becomes convinced you are going to step ON him rather than over him.  He jumps up, hitting your foot, causing you to lose your balance.  Instead of landing on the open space, your foot comes down on the shoe you were after.  This causes you to completely topple over and fall on your back.

You realize you twisted your ankle and you don’t like the signals your back muscles and things are sending to your brain.  Grabbing some ice for the ankle and another for the back, you discover that there is no comfortable position to lay or sit in other than the recliner.  But it doesn’t work so well for keeping the ankle above heart level.

After a day of ice, I mostly kept swelling down to a minimum.  Both ankles hurt and seem swollen as my slip-on’s are too tight.  I can see some swelling but no obvious bruising.  I thought it started to bruise but realized it was  actually a blue vein under my cold skin.  My wrist hurts in a rather strange fashion.  I think it was from catching some of my weight when I fell.  My knee hurts as well.  I think it got slightly wrenched.

At first, the cat hid from the monster attempting to fall on it.  But then he kept trying to make nice.  I’m dreading the walk down the steps to my car so I can run pay rent.  The walk up the step will probably be worse.

Death by Pizza

Posted in Food with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2012 by urbannight

I went to bed feeling less than good. Chewable antacid didn’t work. I woke up in hell.

I love these!

They hate me.

I woke up feeling like I might die, so I had to go buy this before work.


Lair of the Lion and My Crazy Week, Happy FRIDAY!

Posted in Books, Entertainment, Food, Life, Tea, Work, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2012 by urbannight

This week has been on the crazy side.  So I’ve missed another couple of days.

First, I ended up being very sad when I watched Eureka and Dr. Holly Martin (?) was killed.  Yeah, my favorite character and I can’t remember her exact last name.  From the first episode with Felicia Day, her character became my favorite character.  The way she was killed off seemed so senseless.  I see some people hoping that she is somehow saved.  I just don’t see it happening with the way the Senator instructs some people to dispose of her.  I don’t think Beverly would have the chance to try to save her.  She flatlined.  Flat out flatlined.  I just don’t see it being changed.  I do agree with the people who feels this motivates Beverly to change sides.  She always thought she was on the right side, the good side, the side not under the thumb of the military.  She always tried to avoid causing real injury to people.  So the Senator’s actions are anathema to her view of the Consortium or whomever they really are.  And based on the teaser for next week, it looks like I might be right.

Then there was the car trouble that turned out to be relatively painless and easy to fix.  (White smoke from tail pipe.  Oil Change and Engine Coolant.  56$) And then work issues with my keyboard.  Or more importantly, the soda (Dr. Pepper) I bought that kept exploding all over me yesterday.  I was so happy to get home to rinse off.  I couldn’t open a soda to save my life yesterday.

I managed to get some Tempura that was okay, but not as good as I like.  So I’m still jonesing for proper Tempura.  Still, a Shrimp Tempura and a Veggie Tempura appetizer makes a decent Tempura dinner for 11$. And work was crazy for a couple of days, but then it slowed to a crawl. 

The really important but utterly irrelevant and rather meaningless and useless thing is I got my Tauntaun in SW’TOR.  It is very tiny and very cute.  I also got the GW birthday pet.  I think my bird was prettier.  The Hell Hound looks like super heated stone.

I finished a book and I had to do my review for Goodreads.  Since I’m feeling Lazy, that will be most of this blog.  It probably isn’t the most in-depth review.  But it is better than some of the two-liners I often see.  Okay, two sentences, but two-liners just sounds better.

Christine Feehan’s books have gotten highly repetitive. Sometimes it feels like the same people with different names. In fact, it reached a point that I only read them because of the story arc that spanned many books was more interesting than the individual books themselves. Lair of the Lion was a nice change.

Clearly a book outside of the other sets she has going, this 2002 book is about people under a curse rather than a completely different race of people. I give it four stars because it was a refreshing change from most of her books. It may be a tad high because there were so many places where the story could have really delved into more deeply. Much of the back story that created the personalities and motivations was glossed over.

Romance novels are usually stand alone books that may have a series tying various characters together. But each book is only about one couple. This book had so many areas that could have been explored that it could have been taken out of the realm of romance and into a multi-book drama/fantasy.  I would have like to have read that.

In a sing song voice:
I like tea, tea likes me, tea makes me pee.
It’s Friday, just go with it.   HAPPY FRIDAY!