Monday, 21 January 2019

WatchSeeLookView - Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Seeing as you haven’t had a film-related blog for at least a couple of days, let’s kick off the week with a review of an animated feature that’s currently still just about doing the rounds in the cinema.

Spider-Man:Into The Spider-Verse
Dir. Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman / Dur. 117 min.

In a nutshell:- It’s the Spider-Man origin story that you didn’t realise you needed.

The Good:- Funny, bright, exciting, fast-paced, moving - this is the best Spider-Man film in...well, possibly ever. In an opening sequence (sort of) positions this as a follow up to the last Sam Raimi / Tobey Maguire Spider-Man film (and pokes a nice amount of fun at one of the worst moments in Spider-Man 3), we meet a blonde-haired Peter Parker who’s been web-slinging for 10 years. This isn’t his story, however - this is the story of Miles Morales, a teenager introduced as Ultimate Spider-Man in the comics world some time ago. Miles is convincingly a teenager of the modern age and straddles the line between cool and dorky. The film shows him becoming the Spider-Man that this world needs when tragedy befalls Peter Parker and shows his impact on not just this world but the multiverse as a whole.

Things That Are Fun:- As you would expect from the co-writer of The Lego Movie, it’s pretty much a comedy for much of its running time. The repetition of the origin montage for each subsequent Spider-Person is a good running gag. The sequence involving a newly-powered Miles Morales dragging an unconscious Peter Parker across New York is well-executed slapstick. The on-screen graphics for sound effects and inner thoughts that mimic the look and feel of a comic book. Nicolas Cage Cage-ing it up as the black-and-white, ‘30s-style Spider-Man Noir. The Warner Bros-style antics of Spider-Ham. The satisfyingly massive design of the Kingpin. The surprisingly emotional cameo from the late, great Stan Lee (the choice of wording feels very much like they knew this would be one of his last appearances). The post-credits gag scene. And much more besides.

The Bad:- The only real downside is that, as part of the visual stylistic choice, a few sequences have the doubled-up effect of looking at old school red-and-green 3D without the glasses which just make things look a little blurry but it’s really a very minor niggle.

The Verdict:- If you only bother with one Spider-Man film, make it this one. If you’re not really that into superhero films but like funny animated films then give this one a go. I thought this was a 90 min film until I looked up the running time and discovered it was nearly 2 hours! It flew past and I have to say that I’m already looking forward to watching it again. For once, here’s hoping there’s a Spider-Verse 2...

Friday, 18 January 2019

WatchSeeLookView With Words - Playing With Form

I definitely enjoy a simple tale well-told without resorting to bells and whistles. That being said, I also enjoy something that plays with form. I read a lot and, from time to time, I like to read something that doesn’t fit into your traditional form and format for a novel. Given their experimental nature, they may not always be one hundred percent successful but, if the concept is strong enough, that can carry through any of the limitations. Here are some examples of recent ones that I’ve read (along with an old classic that’s always worth a mention).

NB These are all books that I’ve read in their original paper, non-Kindle version and I think they benefit from being read in such a way (with maybe the exception of the last one which you could read either way).

The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
In A Nutshell:- Eric Sanderson wakes up with no memory of who he is, only a cryptic trail to follow left apparently by himself
I have to admit, when it comes to television, the whole “amnesiac character has to piece together their life” thing is usually a big turn off for me but here, the mystery of who Eric Sanderson is and why his memory is missing is the cornerstone of the whole plot. It’s a fun novel with a fairly frantic pacing that lead to me to plough through it a few days. It’s got some sections that play nicely with the structure of the printed page as well as the first time I’ve ever seen a cinematic moment accurately rendered in printed form over a period of fifty pages (which takes seconds to “read”). My only minor criticism is that the riffing on a certain film goes on a little too long but how could I not enjoy a book that prominently features a grumpy cat called Ian?

Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris: Including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry by Leanne Shapton
In A Nutshell:- The story of a relationship as told through items at an auction
Definitely one that’s heavy on the style element here (and quite possibly the longest title for a book that I've read) - the book is presented as an auction catalogue which traces the items owned by a couple from their first meeting onwards. The story of their relationship unfolds in the texts of postcards, letters, on the back of photos, in books and makes for a completely unique read. I definitely enjoyed the style of this (even if the life of the couple does seem utterly pretentious - not a trashy book in their entire collection!). It maybe has a few sections of items that a bit superfluous but overall I enjoyed it.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman
In A Nutshell:- Wove. Twue wove.
“Hmm,” I hear you say, “does this one really count?” yes, I would say it does as the narrative device of the grandfather reading the book to his grandson is slightly replicated here in that Goldman claims to not be the author but is just the translator and abridger for the original Florinese text, prefacing some chapters with notes about the parts he’s excised, largely relating to Florinese history and customs and of little interest to the outside world. It’s a great technique and is a fun way to expand upon the authenticity of the world without pages and pages of background info dumping. Also, it’s The Princess Bride which is, in my opinion, even better in the original book version so actually, stop reading this and go off and read this right now instead. Go on, I can see you’re here. Alright, I’m stopping….now.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

The Blog That Never Was

Writing’s a funny old business, really. Take this here bloggy thing. Sometimes a little spark of an idea or a sentence can kick off a whole post. The fingers clack away at the keyboard and it flows from beginning to end (relatively) easily.* At other times, though, I’ll start off and meander some way along before realising that what I’m trying to articulate is formless, aimless and not really going anywhere. At other other times, I’ll get distracted and move on to something else and the thread is either lost or just no longer seems as compelling as it was when the writing started. In a way, this is true for everything I try and write, not just this here blog thing.

There’s no real rhyme or reason to it, either. It’s not as if any one premise is particularly stronger then the other. Let’s face it, this whole blog is largely composed of the flimsiest of premises at the best of times (and definitely at the worst of times) so it’s not as if there’s a level of depth and nuance needed for the post to flourish. I guess that sometimes, my mind just doesn’t want to fully cooperate.

I’ll give you an example (which is basically my way of turning an abortive half-assed blog entry into a “fascinating insight into the mind of the writer” - yes, a statement that is by turns presumptive, arrogant and pretentious) . Here’s what today’s blog was starting out as:-

“Grumpy Middle-Aged Man

I can feel it happening. Like a very slow motion version of bookish Bill Bixby turning into green, muscle-bound Lou Ferrigno (only without the muscles)**, a transformation is underway. I’ve always been a relatively mild-mannered type with a fair-sized curmudgeonly/grumpy streak. Someone who, for the most part, doesn’t get too worked up about things and is willing to let things lie. That’s been shifting over the last few years though. My tolerance levels are lowering. 

I have bugbears now. Things that actively wind me up. Yeah, I could start to give you a list here but that’s really just stoking a fire of irritability that needs no stoking. It’s the beginning of a worrying trend, one that began with the middle-of-the-road-ing of my music tastes (as The Brother pointed out to me a while back, we used to laugh mockingly at Alan Partridge’s music tastes and now have playlists that aren’t entirely dissimilar) and one that is continuing with the early onset of old-man-shaking-the-fists-at-the-kids-in-the-time-honoured-get-off-my-lawn-gesture sort of thing. Sure, I get that it’s something that everyone goes through - a step past the realisation that you’re turning into the generation above you and a step further to accepting it and embracing it wholeheartedly with a comfy cardigan and a nice pair of slippers.”

And that’s it. It grinds to a halt there. I started it, went to do something else and, despite efforts to kickstart it, the thread was lost. I just don’t know where I was going to go with that or if it was going anywhere that wasn’t cliched or trite. Instead, you've got it as it is - a half-formed thought that doesn’t really say much of anything. Still, managed to wring something out of it, eh? Let me know if you want more half-baked musings, there’s the skeletons of a few old posts lurking around...

* Or as close as I get to an ending, anyway. The phrase “fizzle out” is truly well suited to describing most of the things I write on here.

** There’s a really old-school Hulk reference for you. None of your Mark Ruffalos, Edward Nortons or even Eric Banas here. 

Wednesday, 16 January 2019


Traditionally, I’ve never really been one for the New Year’s resolution. For me, there’s something about making a prescriptive “thou shalt” or “thou shalt not” that is more likely to make my brain go “well, screw you, I bloody will/won’t”. I’m definitely not doing Dry January, I can tell you that for starters. I’d like to say that it’s for the altruistic reason of ensuring that our already struggling scene is maintained and not damaged by unnecessary abstinence but we all know that’s not the reason.

I do get the whole concept of using the New Year as a chance to kickstart yourself again after the indulgences and excesses of the festive period so, with that in mind, here are some things I’m going to attempt more of for 2019.

Read More
Because reading is great. I already read quite a bit but I’ve noticed over the last few months that I've spent more time on my commute watching stuff on my tablet than reading. There’s nothing wrong with that but I do love reading and need to remind myself of that. I’m also going to qualify it slightly - specifically, I’m going to try and read more books. I’m also going to read solely for pleasure, meaning that if I’m not enjoying a book, I’m not going to persevere with it. There are so many books out there that I want to get through that it really is a waste of my time to carry on with something I don’t like. 

I’m also going to try and branch out a bit. My preference is for sci fi, fantasy, humour or weird (something that doesn’t neatly fit into any one genre) but it’s good to try out new things. I recently read What A Carve Up by Jonathan Coe on the recommendation of The Brother and thoroughly enjoyed it - not something I necessarily would have picked up off my own bat.

Write More
I’d like to try and blog every weekday at least this year (no bugger reads blogs at the weekend). Will I have enough to say? Well, that’s always the eternal struggle, isn’t it? Outside of that, I’d like to spend more time writing for myself. I’m currently working my way through Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer and it’s a “how to” writing book that really speaks to me. 

Yes, yes, I know this is the traditional one that everyone goes for in January but I’m in my forties and lead a sedentary office-based life much of the time (with occasional visits to pub-style establishments outside of that). I’ve got to make more of an effort. I’ve started by getting off the train at a stop further away from the office and walking for half an hour and will build up from there. Don't worry, I’m not going to turn into one of those people who suddenly discovers exercise late in life then won't stop banging on about it as if no one else has ever done it before. No one wants that.

So not resolutions then but desires, suggestions, aims for 2019. Let’s see if I just repost this next January with the dates changed, shall we?

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Disney Classics In Order - No. 1 Snow White And The Seven Dwarves

Everyone likes a themed set of blog posts…. alright, alright, I like a themed set of blog posts as it gives me something to keep coming back to (until I get bored of it and decide to do something else, as is my wont). I love animation and, love them or loathe them, Disney have kept the animated feature film in the mainstream for over 80 years. They’ve had their highs and their lows but there is a certain level of quality associated with Disney animation. But is that badge of quality justified or is it simply the rose-tinted goggles of childhood nostalgia that bestows it upon them? It occurred that the vast majority of Disney films were watched by me as a child so let’s take a look at them through the lenses of a (supposedly) fully grown adult (so grown, in fact, that he has burst through his hair).

There’s a format to these (as always) but you’ll get the hang as we go along. Let’s begin at the beginning.

One Note Before Beginning:- It should go without saying that, as I’m going to discuss these in depth, there may well be spoilers. It also says something about the current state of social media that I feel I have to add this as a preface when talking about an 82 year old film.

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Dir. David Hand (Supervising Director), Perce Pearce, William Cottrell, Larry Morey, Wilfred Jackson and Ben Sharpsteen
Based Upon:- “Snow White” by the Brothers Grimm

The One Where
A young homeless girls claims squatters rights in the home of seven diminutive gentlemen.

General Viewing Notes
The animation is still impressive over 80 years down the line but it does it show its age. There’s a softness and lack of definition to the human characters that isn’t there in later films and a noticeable difference between the way in which they’re animated (clearly based off a model’s movements) than the rest of the characters.
There are some surprisingly strong and creepy moments in there - the flight through the woods; the phrasing “her blood congeals”; the vultures circling the unseen corpse of the queen.

Disney Tropes
Quite a few kicked off here as you’d expect:- the character design for the animals and comedy characters is more appealing than that of the “regular” people; scene of absolute terror followed by animals emerging into the sunlight; a cleaning montage to music; a villain plunging to their death from a great height; fake-out death for the main character

Things You Notice As An Adult
- What do the dwarves do with their fortune? They spend all day every day mining precious gems and then just chuck them in a vault. They clearly don’t spend it on their house which is run down and dirty.
- Snow White offers to stay with them in exchange for doing the cooking and cleaning (very 1930s). What princess a) knows how to cook and clean and b) would ever dream of offering to do it?
- Snow White spends a whole song cleaning the downstairs of the house and yet hasn’t even thought to look upstairs yet. Who would do that?
- The Prince - Who on Earth looks at a corpse in a glass coffin and thinks, “Yeah, I’ll have a quick go on that”?

Classic Songs - Are They?
"Heigh-Ho"* and "Whistle While You Work" are definitely deserving of classic status. "I’m Wishing" and "Someday My Prince Will Come" are a bit drippy and unfortunately set the template for Disney ballads to come (as you may have noticed there, I’m not a huge fan of the Disney ballad).

Any Good Then?
It does still hold up although it never was one of my favourites and that view hasn’t been changed by a rewatch. It’s a little too much like a bog-standard 1930s studio musical (which, naturally, would have been the only template at the time that they could follow) to reach the heights of some of their later films but it is important for being the first and interesting to see how it all began.

Next One Of These
A wooden boy and his cricket pal

* Yep, that's how it's spelt, even though they pronounce it "Hi-Ho"

Monday, 14 January 2019

2018 In Review Appendix - Other TV

Alright, so it occurred to me that I only talked about Doctor Who as if that was the only programme of 2018 (it’s the only that counts at any given time anyway, we all know that). There was some other stuff that I very much enjoyed and I am going to tell you about that as well. Given that Is pent a lot of time watching films (and also rewatching some series I hadn’t watched for a long while), I didn't get through as much TV as I planned to - Killing Eve, The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 and many others are all on the list - but here are some of the things I did watch.

The Good Place - Season 3
A tricky one this, hard to talk about it without spoiling it and it is definitely a show that rewards going in with zero knowledge and expectations. Suffice it to say that the third season continues to be enjoyable, largely in part to the cast who seem to be all genuinely enjoying being part of the show. Kudos in particular to Ted Danson who is in excellent form here.

Westworld - Season 2
I thoroughly enjoyed the first season with the sense of an unfolding mystery alongside the ruminations on what it means to be a sentient being. Given the revelations at the end of the last season, this season feels a little like it has had to go out of its way to be able to create a similar of surprise and it has been a little bit less successful in that regard. I’m also concerned that it’s going to go down the rabbit hole that Lost disappeared into. At the moment, though, I‘m still enjoying it and looking forward to season 3.

Legion - Season 2
Ostensibly a comic book series set within the X-Men universe, it’s a weird, stylised trippy show that is nothing like any other superhero film or TV series and all the better for it. Any show that features a psychic dance off battle with Jermaine Clement and Aubrey Plaza has got to be worth a watch.

After The Simpsons and Futurama, Matt Groening is at it again with this new animated sitcom set in a medieval fantasy world. It’s a grower, this one. A bit shaky in the early eps but turning into compelling viewing by the final few eps, I’m intrigued to see where this one is going when it comes back this year (plus it’s got Matt Berry whose plummy voice improves most things).

Mortimer And Whitehouse: Gone Fishing
This was the surprise hit of the year for me. Two old friends going on various fishing trips and chatting rubbish/winding each other along the way. On paper, it feels like it shouldn't work but I loved every minute of it. It’s been commissioned for a second series and I can't wait.

So there you go - some other stuff what was nice in 2018. OK, that definitely is it for looking back at next year. Hey, don’t knock it, it’s got me nearly halfway through this month in terms of posts. Box ticked.

Friday, 11 January 2019

2018 In Review - Other Stuff

It was a largely film-based year but there was some other stuff mixed in there too to vary it very, very slightly.

Definitely a comedy-based year. Highlights included:-

- Seeing Flight Of The Conchords at the Hammersmith Apollo
- Seeing The League Of Gentlemen Live at the Hammersmith Apollo
- Seeing Stephen Fry at the Hammersmith Apollo (I’m not sponsored by them, honest, that’s just where the comedy seems to be)
- Going to the Ealing Comedy Festival for the first time in about 10 years (Ninia Benjamin was the highlight for me on that one)
- Going to the Greenwich Comedy Festival for the first time in about ten years and seeing David O’Doherty (who weirdly was one of the acts I saw the last time I went), Aisling Bea, replacement compere Daniel Kitson (which I was very pleased about) and Adam Buxton’s Bug (big fan of Mr Buxton so this was a treat).
- A work in progress set from Romesh Ranganathan which was pretty slick and very funny (and was not derailed by some weird responses from the audience)
- Vic and Bob doing a Q&A at the BFI after a screening of the first two episodes of the new series of Vic And Bob’s Big Night Out (Bob was on fine form trying to crowbar in as many cheesy gags as possible)
- Paul McGann doing an intro to a screening of Withnail & I at the BFI - first time I’d seen it on the big screen too.

Alright so this happened on the 2nd Jan but I’m going to include it as it gives a bit of variety and makes me seem like I do more things than just go to comedy and films.

Always been a big fan of the Wizard Of Oz (both the film and the series of books) as well as the slightly more terrifying Return To Oz so was keen to see this. I can see why it’s been popular for so long - it’s a good solid stage musical with some catchy tunes and an engaging take on the Oz story. My only criticism was that it went a bit too far in trying to turn characters into those from the film/original story but it’s a minor criticism. If you’re a fan of musical theatre, this will probably float your sing-y boat.

Dressing Up
What? I like a good excuse for fancy dress.

So there you have it. That was 2018. What does 2019 hold? Probably a bit more of the same but with slightly different stuff, I reckon. 

Thursday, 10 January 2019

2018 In Review - Who?

It’s been an odd time for geekiness. Traditionally at the forefront of pushing the boundary, of stories about tolerance and understanding, of inclusivity and embracing the outsider, there has been a somewhat toxic element grabbing the limelight recently. How prevalent that element is can be genuinely hard to judge as media reporting is not always necessarily reflective of the actual state of affairs in this social media-dominated time but it has impacted the conversation and not in a positive way.

This is the atmosphere in which Doctor Who has launched its first female incarnation of the Doctor (something that has felt like its been closer for a little while now ever since the introduction of the female incarnation of the Master, Missy). Where do I stand on this “debate”? There isn’t one. The Doctor, as a fictional character, can be a man, woman, fish or robot dog - that’s not the important question.* For me, as always, the important question with any regeneration is:- is the new person any good?**

The answer to the question is:- yes...with caveats.

When Jodie Whittaker was announced, I wasn’t particularly excited by the choice. I’d only seen her in two things which I discovered by looking her up on Wikipedia, of course and the fact that I’d completely forgotten that she was in both those things and had to look her up didn't bode well. Mind you, I was completely underwhelmed by Matt Smith’s announcement, having seen him in nothing, and he went on to give one of my favourite depictions of the Doctor so I was happy to wait and see.

I’ve enjoyed her performance - she’s makes for a fun, excitable Doctor - but I don’t think she’s been fully served by the scripts yet. She hasn’t really been given anything to show us the range of her Doctor yet so she’s not leapt up in the ranks yet. This isn’t unusual - I didn't really enjoy Peter Capaldi’s portrayal until his last series with Bill. There’s still time there.

Story-wise, it’s been a tricky series. They’ll all hit a median level of good quality but there have been no real highs and lows throughout the series for me. As such, most of the stories have started to blur into one. I definitely think that it was time for a change and the new look and feel, new composer and new/old theme music (first version I’ve liked since Tennant) are all positive steps as are the attempts to mix up the type of story they’re telling. It’s just not become a compelling must-see yet - I’ve often forgotten that it was on…

The standout of the series for me ( and I never thought I’d say it) - Bradley Walsh. I never would have thought that the bloke who presents The Chase would have the real dramatic chops to deliver some of the main emotional moments of the series but he’s absolutely smashed it.

For me, it’s a good start overall - nothing spectacular but solid. Here’s hoping that it can bring it a bit more of a must-see feel for the next series...

* I of course appreciate why it has been an important question and I realise that we live in a society where unfortunately this has been something that needed to be addressed. For me personally, though, the Doctor’s gender is not an issue.

** I also wanted to wait until the series as a whole was finished before delivering any verdicts. For me, I find it much easier to review something once I've actually seen it...

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

2018 In Review - Fulla Game-y Goodness (The Family Gathering Edition)

Given that it was very recently that certain festive time of year, the playing of board games is the other element alongside copious food and drink consumption that always features strongly amongst this Baldy Fella’s family (usually at the end of the day when the drink intake increases and the second round of eating begins). I picked out a few games that seemed like they would be suitable for playing at a point when ability to take in complex rule systems is at its lowest and here’s what we got.

Weird Things Humans Search For
In A Nutshell:- Complete the internet search
Each card has the beginnings of a question asked to popular internet search engines (Ask Jeeves, AOL Online, etc - not really, we all know it’s Google) and then ten possible answers. Points are scored for guessing the possibilities on the card. Caution - depending on the filthiness of players minds, the answers given may start to degenerate...

Mr Lister’s Quiz Shootout
In A Nutshell:- Back-and-forth quickfire quizzing
Each card has a category and a list (e.g. name Winnie The Pooh’s 7 friends) and the two teams go back and forth answering. First to three wins the cards, first to get the full set of bottles on the backs of the cards wins. Good fun - need to make sure you alternate which team goes first as it could get a little unfair.

Colour Brain
In A Nutshell:- The answer’s the colour
Each player has eleven colour cards which you play as the answer or answers to the question e.g. the four colours of the Teletubbies. Good fun - think this one was the most popular. The only thing missing was some sort of card dispenser - we had to put something on top of the pile so you couldn’t see the top answer.

Now That’s What I Call Music: The Board Game
In A Nutshell:- Traditional trivia board game with a music theme
A mixture of traditional trivia questions along with shum it, whistle it, mime it-type questions to mix it up. The only oddity with this one is, if you’re lucky with rolls, you can move quite a way around the board without having to answer a question.

Alright, that’s games sorted. Come back next time for a bit more stuff about things.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

2018 In Review - Films (Part 2)

Carrying on from where we left off last time, here are the films that make my top of the year list. It was a strong year this year and it was a tough list to narrow down so you’ll get a few of the “bubbling under” contenders at the end. Also, some of these I have written about already (naturally) so I won't give you much on those, just a link to the longer review.

Top Films Of 2018
Black Panther
In terms of big bang spectacle, Infinity War was the one that delivered from this year’s Marvel films but I went in expecting that and got what I thought I would. Black Panther was the surprise this year as my expectations were low (as with Doctor Strange and Ant-Man) but I got a compelling, James Bond-style action film with a compelling villain for once. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Death Of Stalin
I’ve always been a big fan of Armando Iannucci and this continued the trend for me. Extremely funny (and worryingly timely in the current climate) while not glossing over the more horrific aspects of the period with a superb cast all bringing their best to the table (none more so than Jason Isaacs who seems to be having the time of his life).

Isle Of Dogs
Another top notch stop-motion animation from Wes Anderson. More detail here.

You Were Never Really Here
Joaquin Phoenix is compelling as the enforcer who rescues young girls forced into slavery. It’s a grim film but a fascinating portrayal of a complicated character. 

Leave No Trace
There were a number of films this year with strong teenage female protagonists but this was the standout for me (although Eighth Grade is a very close second), telling the story of a young girl and her former military father suffering from PTSD as they attempt to live off the grid in the forests of America.

Phantom Thread
Daniel Day-Lewis’ final film and a compelling study of an odd character. More detail here.

The Breaker-Upperers
Definitely my comedy of the year, this one. More detail here.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
A film that avoids narratively cliched decisions at every turn and deserves the accolades it received. More detail here.

Peak mental Nicolas Cage. More detail here.

An Evening With Beverley Luff Linn
Not for everyone but definitely ticked my boxes. More detail here.

The Favourite
I enjoy Yorgos Lanthimos’ films but they’re definitely an acquired taste. This is definitely his most mainstream film but still keeps enough of the odd and absurd touches from films like The Lobster to make it something different from your standard period drama. Plus Olivia Colman is brilliant in it (of course).

Bubbling Under
Avengers: Infinity War; A Quiet Place; Sorry To Bother You; Eighth Grade; Deadpool 2; Annihilation; Three Identical Strangers; Happy New Year, Colin Burstead

Alright, that’s films, what’s next? Only one way to find out...