Throwing with style!

I tend to rate a movie by two factors. 1) Do I watch it all in on sitting and 2) Would I watch it again. Although this is probably why I don’t go to the cinemas to watch films often, since it can be a bit embarrassing when I get bored halfway through and want to leave! This review is of a film a recently watched and to keep you guessing there is a cryptic clue in the title of this post!

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In order to effectively communicate the way I rate films, you need to understand the following. ‘Sittings’ refers to the number of sittings I took to watch the whole film. With this the lower the number the better – for example ‘Sittings=1’ means I watched the whole film in one go, while ‘Sittings >3’ means that I am still trying to finish it – not good! The ‘Again’ rating refers to whether I will watch the film again and this will be more of a qualitative response -for example Again=Definitely! or Never ever, ever, ever! With this established, we can move onto the film that I wanted to talk about – Pitch Perfect!

Did you get the name of the film from the cryptic title? I’ve heard a lot about this film and thought, with the sequel currently being advertised and one of the leads (Rebel Wilson – what a great name!) recently being on Graham Norton’s show I should boot up Amazon Prime Movies and have a watch.

I’m a bit of a musical sort of guy, so anything that has singing and dancing in it I’m there! Of course Pitch Perfect did not disappoint. The singing and dancing were excellent throughout and the songs were both familiar yet somehow different. The storyline is what I would call the usual ‘Rom com’ storyline – being both predictable, yet watchable. It did keep me engaged throughout yet, although you know what is going to happen, you keep watching it and reacting to the events. The characters are very funny, and Fat Amy definitely steals the show for me with some excellent one liners and singing. The interaction between the ‘Bellas’ was so funny and each had their own character which produced a range of very amusing scenes. The two commentators at the competitions reminded me of the hosts from Miss Congeniality and I really thought the woman would knock the guy out in the end for his comments, rather than playing his leg like a guitar! There are some points which I need to talk about that I was ‘disappointed’ by. The excessive use of vomit is something which I feel didn’t really add to the story, including the ‘sick angel’. Not even sure whether that amount of vomit can actually come out of a single person! Also, what was the deal with the main character’s room mate? Not sure what the purpose of this was or whether it was actually resolved in the end – unless of course I missed it completely. The final song and dance routine at the competition was excellent, but I query the ability to get those low notes – even before or after nodule surgery. Not sure of the actual science here, but really? was it necessary? These are just minor points and something which I had to really think about to pick out about the whole film. For me it was an excellent film which I enjoyed both watching and listening to – yes I have listened to some of the songs again on Youtube!

So now the important ratings!

Sittings = 1

Again = Most definitely!

I’m not sure whether I will be watching the sequel, I’m not sure if it will live up to the first one – remember in my opinion the only successful sequel has been Aliens! – but I might watch it and feedback when it comes out for the tele. If you want a comfortable film to watch this weekend then definitely check out Pitch Perfect!

2 comments for “Let Me In! – Simon’s Cat – YouTube

  1. February 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Would be cool to play an one off, one of the dungeon crawls you made! Maybe the 8 level one!!!

  2. March 21, 2017 at 12:05 am

    I miss those early days so much. The current state of rpg’s , the rpg xubculture if you like, doesn’t feel like it did back then. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

    I was introduced to Advanced D&D 1st Edition, by my sisters boyfriend (the BEST boyfriend of the many she had IMHO..), who showed me S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks module after discovering I enjoyed computer based adventure games, I was hooked immediately and it wasn’t too long before I was hanging around the local game shop, Games Gallery, from which I was invited to join in a game run by the assistant manager, who was to become my long and good friend Steve, who was coincidentally, the reason I got to work at the local branch of Games Workshop for a time. Working there, in those days, before it became a Warhammer only shop, was amazing. It was the proverbial kid in the sweet shop!. Staff discount made it even sweeter – 50% off GW’s own products, and 25% off everything else. We also ran a great rpg club, with about 60-80 members at its peak.
    I was always the GM for my main group as no one else had the time it took to prepare a game properly, though after a few changes to the group, and people from the club popping up, I eventually got to play. Games by a company called Fantasy Games Unlimited (FGU) were very popular in all of my groups. FGU sold games such as Bushido, Aftermath,Space Opera, Chivalry & Sorcery, Freedom Fighters, and Bunnies & Burrows, but there were many many more games, by many different companies, covering all sorts of genres – and I still have them all. Many were, as was the style back then, table and chart and rule HEAVY. We loved that. Comparing themto the current crop of “rules lite” systems, I would certainly go back to the old games instead. We played these games sometimes 5 days a week, as for a time we were all unemployed. It was all we did.
    I often spent days creating scenarios, making maps, creating player characters as well as npc’s. I found it quite therapeutic, as is miniature painting – thousands of the little buggers packed away testify to the time I spent doing it. My “toy soldiers” as my brother in law calls them…
    I used to get quite attached to my favourite characters, and whilst one or two died over the decades, most did not.
    For almost all of my characters I would go overboard by most people’s standards. I like to have an image for my characters, whether a photo or artwork. Sometimes I will see an image and that is the base for the whole character, built around the image.
    I always believed as a player, that giving the GM a detailed background, list of goals, motivations, friends, contacts and enemies, will help the GM bring my character into the game more, by using some of what I have given him in the game. As a GM I like to see what players come up with for their characters, and will often use it in the game. It involves the player more, makes the game more personal if part of the game is suddenly about them, and it can help the players become more invested in their characters.
    For myself, I would often map out the characters home, create a family tree, siblings, etc.
    For our Star Trek RPG (by FASA Corp), I created the whole crew of a 500+ personnel star ship… All as detailed player characters. Unnecessary and a bit OTT I know, but it helped bring every department on the ship alive, every member of the landing party was a person not simply a red shirt.

    I am often bemused whilst watching streams when I see the gm of a streamed game pull some “new” idea out of his box of tricks, and the players are like “wow!”, “that’s original”, “I would never have thought of doing it that way!”, knowing we did it 30-40 years ago.

    The games my most recent group and I played/ran, were very detailed games with a lot of depth. Quite dark games too, mature themed, and often very emotional and intense. Having played with the same people for nigh on 20 years, you create a bond, a closeness and familiarity that allows you to communicate in a way you couldn’t, with people you don’t know very well.
    I have been brought to tears several times in recent years during the last (decade long) game we played ,as some scenes were simply too emotional or powerful, overwhelming (GM was a bastard – but an EXCELLENT GM).

    Sadly the group folded, but the GM offered to keep the game going for just me, which he did for a few years, which to be honest I really needed, as it helped me through a bad depression at that time).
    Over the years I have experienced a lot of things because of rpg’s, and made some great friends, too. I have a lot to be grateful for, regarding rpg’s. I was discussing with my brother in law, my collection of rpg’s and miniatures. When he realised how much they are worth, (some regularly sell for £100’s!) he always tells me to sell sell sell. He doesn’t grasp what they mean to me .
    Yet I won’t. Part of me hopes and prays that I will get a local group together (even some of the old group!) and start using them again. But aside from that, as my memory fails, little by little each year, these boxes and books and miniatures on the shelves are my constant reminders of happy and sad and exciting moments, and great fun, and more importantly, great friends.

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