The Amityville Horror

The Amityville Horror

Rating: 2.5/5

Premise:

From IMDB:
Newlyweds are terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a large house that was the site of a grisly mass murder a year before.

Review:

The Amityville Horror left me with mixed feelings. I wanted to love it but there were so many things off I just couldn’t get into it.

The movie opens with a scene of the couple in bed and the youngest kid coming in the room and asking George what he is doing to his mommy. Then a dialogue ensues during which the kid asks him if he has to call him daddy now. The thing is, the couple is married. So they had to have been dating before, right? Shouldn’t this conversation have taken place before? I always felt that the guy just got there, what with the mom asking her kids to give George a chance, which is so weird because, again, they’re married, even if recently.

The movie develops very well, with a couple’s very real concerns with money and beautiful footage of the move-in. And then it begins getting sloppy again. I never figured out who did what. Both adults seemed to always be at the house except to run errands. The husband is supposed to have a ‘business’ which he runs from the basement but I never got what it was.

There’s just too much sillyness going through the movie for me to take it seriously. The man is clearly a threat to her kids when he is in the house and never once did Kathy ask him why he behaved like that when they were out, or try and approach the subject at all. Towards the end, she starts running around like crazy instead of getting help. Seriously, you just figured out there is major evil at play here and you go and face it on your own?

There’s suspense, there’s definitely horror and there is so much potential for a good story here, particularly with the connection between Chelsea and Jodie, what is afflicting Jodie, the explanation for the evil, the degeneration of the the main character throughout the movie and even the house/grounds themselves.
Reynolds was so good in his role but as the narrative didn’t flow and everything felt staged it just didn’t deliver.
Another horror let down for me.

For the record, I did not watch the original version. Maybe it’s better.

Random Chat: On Kindle Cases & Reading Habits

On Watching TV

Step up, take a seat, make yourself at home and let’s chat!

Wow, it has been a while since I did one of these, huh? Actually, exactly 6 months to the day! What a coincidence.

So, I confess I am one of the numerous women whose bag is much too heavy. I have been getting some nasty back pain and my posture has actually been affected, so I figured it was time to do something about it. I took loads of stuff off and still, it weighed a ton!

I tried taking my Kindle out and the change was dramatic.

So what could I do about this?
Buy a new, lighter case, of course!

To me it is very important that I am able to read without using my hands, which means the device needs to stay in a vertical position. Cases that allow that and which can be shipped to Portugal are more difficult to find than you’d think.

Also, they are pretty expensive, especially with shipping costs added. So I figured I would go to this site which has pretty cheap stuff and free delivery, and from which I had ordered before and was pretty happy with what I got.
I searched for quite a while and the closest thing I could find was this origami case:

It wasn’t exactly what I wanted. I had seen them around and figured the material would be as flimsy and not last long. Also, it looked sort of unstable.

Well, I bought it, got it about a week ago and I was right. The cover already does not close properly. Actually, it never did from day 1:

Worst of all, my Kindle does not go into sleep mode when I close it!!

It just stays there wasting battery unless I manually put it into sleep mode and it isn’t really completely protected…

So, what I am wondering and what I would like to chat with you about is:

Do you figure there are better origami cases out there and should I have gone for a more expensive/brand one?

Do you know of other alternatives to origami cases that will allow my Kindle Paperwhite to stay vertical?

Do you have similar reading habits or do you find it just plain weird that it is this important to me for the E-Reader to stay up?

Personally, I love reading while I eat and also while in bed. My third favourite place is the garden where one of those pictures was taken, it’s near my workplace and I get to go there during my lunch hour.

What are your favourite places to read and how do you read? Do you do other stuff while reading, are you always holding your book/device, etc?

Cujo

Cujo

Rating: 4/5

Premise:

From IMDB:
Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.

Review:

As usual, when I read a book I like watching the movie adaptation.

This one goes back to 1983 and it was very scary, even without the special effects we get these days.

Several things were changed from the book, also as usual. Other characters are either omitted after a point or dramatically changed. The story is much more focused on just Donna and Tad and their horrible experience.

I definitely gagged quite a few times, what they did to that dog was just gross. The suspense and terror is still all there though, even without the gore. The degradation of the characters as time passes is very well achieved.

The entire cast was very good but Tad and Cujo are the definite stars here. In my opinion it is a shame the ending was changed so radically but I suppose this sells better.

Cujo is a movie guaranteed to give you nightmares even these days. Don’t watch it at night!

Disconnect

Disconnect

Rating: 4/5

Premise:

From IMDB:
A drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today’s wired world.

Review:

This movie approaches a multitude of situations any of us could encounter in today’s world.
We often think tragedy only strikes others, so it is definitely food for thought.

Disconnect addresses situations we are all aware of but probably don’t pay much attention to, as they are outside our little bubble. The movie confronts you with those awful situations and asks you what you would do in those characters’ situation.

The directing was very good. I can tell there was a lot of thought put into the set according to each particular characters’ situations and even filming each scene.

Pretty much the only downsides I found were the couple dealing with the loss of their son – they felt like strangers well before that event, it’s like the husband’s military past did not even happen up to that point, for example -, and the FBI being so inefficient felt like a plot device to get things to where they needed to be for dramatic potential. Also, I had trouble dealing with the slow pace.

It makes sense because there are several different stories happening at the same time and due to the reality of the situations. There are no car chases or big explosions here, this is real life.

The stories reach their climax in slow motion scenes but I just could not feel the impact as expected, for some reason. I guess I found the build up to some of them either too slow or that it did not have enough background/development or I just wanted more.

Still, Disconnect is a very heartbreaking, real movie. The ending was just as realistic and I believe it is something everyone should watch, from as young as teenagers.

Cujo

Title: Cujo

Author: Stephen King

Genres: Horror | Thriller

Length: 304 pages

Source: Purchased

Format: Paperback

Rating: 3.5/5

Premise:

After chasing a rabbit, the usually friendly St Bernard, Cujo, begins acting oddly. He was bitten by a rabid bat but there is something much darker at place.

Review:

After finishing Cujo I am left with a bittersweet feeling. It was less than I had expected, I suppose.

King does a wonderful job setting up the characters and story, as usual, linking several pieces together to create a multi sided, intriguing picture, from the eldest character to the mailman to the more main characters.

I especially loved reading both Tad and Cujo’s thoughts and the alternating narrative points kept me interested. Each character had their own stuff to deal with. Donna was really the only one I could not connect with.

However, I had expected more from the story. Without getting too spoilery, we are told there is a certain evil at play, besides just plain rabies, which is nasty on its own. However, I felt this premise, which was really so important, was not nearly explored enough.

Also, there were too many coincidences to my taste. I realize that was the entire point, to make us wonder how a few well (or ill) timed coincidences can lead to such ghastly situations, but some just felt nonsensical to me, I believe people just wouldn’t act that way in such a situation. I can appreciate the thought, though.

The pacing also felt off but the last quarter or so of the book was unrelenting. The suspense was unbelievable and I can understand why some people would have nightmares reading that stuff.

Not everything was wrapped up nicely in the end but I did get enough closure and the ending was surprising enough.

I know King has a lot more to give so I was not utterly impressed. If it is true he wrote the entire book under the effect of cocaine and doesn’t even remember doing it I would say he did a pretty darn good job.

You can check out the buddy read topic here.

Read from Jul 3rd to Jul 12nd, 2016

GR Review

Equals

Equals

Rating: 2.5/5

Premise:

From IMDB:
In an emotionless utopia, two people fall in love when they regain their feelings from a mysterious disease, causing tensions between them and their society.

Review:

The premise to this movie, although not new, was quite promising. A society where emotions are viewed as a disease and people actually do not question it throughout almost the entire movie made me curious enough to watch it.

However, it got overpowered by a romance where I could not even feel the chemistry. Kirsten’s face works well for the robotic layer of her character but when trying to convey emotion, let alone chemistry with her co-star, it just didn’t work.
Also, her excessive thinness and bags under her eyes truly annoyed me. Aren’t these people supposed to look healthy because they are free of pretty much all diseases?

Also, I have to admit, I dozed off from time to time. Granted, a restless night of sleep didn’t help but boy was this movie slow. There wasn’t even a climax, not really, no matter how high the director pumped the soundtrack’s volume up.

The first contact between those two should have been much more intense. Their reactions were pretty muted considering that supposedly they had never even touched anyone up to that point. Just holding hands should have sent sparks all over their bodies, being confined in such a small space and that close and all. Instead there was just a lot of eye, lips and hands close-ups and some panting but no actual emotion or passion that came across.

The development after the plot twist made me bat-crazy. I could not understand why the guy was running around, it just seemed ridiculous.

The ending was a major cliffhanger and did not satisfy me in the least.

I wish I had seen more of the dystopia, the world building, than such a major focus on romance.

It was okay but really, really slow and honestly not that interesting.