Five The Invisible Man thoughts

I don’t really do horror movies. They don’t mix well with my brainspace. But I DID eventually pluck up the courage to watch 2020’s The Invisible Man, after a bit of research as to what exactly it entailed. Here are five thoughts about it. Big spoilers under the poster…

1. Casting Elisabeth Moss in this was GENIUS. Everyone knows her from The Handmaid’s Tale, a show where her character is constantly oppressed and brutalised and treated as a baby-making machine. So we don’t need to see Cecilia’s past abuse at the hands of Adrian because there’s a sense in which we’ve already seen it.

2. There are a few plot holes in this movie. Not enough to ruin it, not at all, but there were some things that made me go “???” Like at the restaurant where Emily is killed, that place would almost definitely have CCTV, surely a tape would show that Cecilia didn’t do it? But it’s never even mentioned. Neither is the phone in the attic and it really bugged me that never came up.

(Also, by all accounts an invisibility suit like the one in the movie is physically impossible since you’d need a cooler and a way to breathe. And even if you solved those problems you would probably stink to high heaven, enough to alert anyone of your presence.)

3. I LOVED the tiny callbacks to the original Invisible Man. Sydney’s fashion mannequin with the top hat looks like the version from the book (I think? I recognised the look, anyway) and the patient in the hospital with the bandages looked like the more traditional movie depiction of him.

4. I did actually scream at the main jumpscare. I scream at horror movies… kinda a lot. It was the bit when Cecilia is in the attic and she throws the paint and the Invisible Man is right in front of her. (Apparently this was featured heavily in the trailers but I missed them all.) It wasn’t so much the shock of seeing something (the suit) which looked so alien but the goddamn NOISE it made. It was like a demonic hiss. Scared the life out of me.

5. This is such a great movie about gaslighting and why you should believe abuse victims. (Someone on TVTropes pointed out that Adrian literally gaslights Cecilia. He turns the gas up and flickers the lights on and off.) Yes Cecilia’s story is outlandish, but not outside the realms of possibility – people are working on invisibility technology right now – but no-one takes her seriously or bothers to check Adrian’s creepy lab-house or anything. I’m reminded here of a pretty high-profile British case from a few years ago – no-one believed the victim, but she was telling the truth.

The awful thing about the ending to this movie is, even after everything Cecilia’s been through it’s still not a happy one. Yes she’s free but her sister is still dead, her best friend probably will never see her in the same light again, Sydney’s college fund is gone… Honestly I think she would have quietly gotten an abortion and then just fallen off the face of the earth.

Cineworld

The Cineworld chain is closing. (At least temporarily.) COVID-19 did for it and thousands of people are out of work now.

I worked at a Cineworld during summer 2007. Working in a cinema is uhh I guess “average” as far as jobs go, but I really enjoyed it. Even hanging about in the lobby waiting to tear people’s tickets wasn’t that bad, because I got to watch the movie trailers. There was something about being in that poorly lit lobby hearing the beautiful music from the Atonement trailer suddenly echo through the halls which always stuck with me…

Also another time I was cleaning out a Cineworld screen and I found £15 on the floor! They said I could keep it if no-one claimed it so I did get to keep it at the end of the day. That may not seem like much but to me at that time it was HUGE.

Sigh, I hope the Cineworlds do get saved.

Jamie Foxx confirms his return as Electro and says he “won’t be blue in this one” —

By Stephen Ippolito | October 2nd, 2020 Yesterday MCU fans learned some shocking news. Actor Jamie Foxx will return to play Electro in the upcoming Spider-Man 3 film. This afternoon, the actor confirmed the news in a post on his Instagram account that has since been deleted. The photo that he also posted, shows three […]

Jamie Foxx confirms his return as Electro and says he “won’t be blue in this one” —

Weeeeell this is an all-round interesting development. And the fan poster Foxx tweeted is even more interesting.

I don’t actually want there to be a live-action Spiderverse though. :/ I have lots of very complicated thoughts there.

Baby SHARKS do do do do

Some endangered baby sharks were born at the Birmingham Sea Life Center, a place I really love despite having been there only once and also having a massive fear of sea life in general.

When all this is over (sigh) I’d quite like to go back. The Sea Life Centers also provided me with my favourite recent example of passive-aggressive family-friendly Trump-slagging.

The most recent coronavirus news

Me personally, I like presidents who don’t get COVID.

Yesssss

Ahead of the release of Crash 4 tomorrow, I decided to complete Crash Bandicoot 1 for the second time. It was SO. HARD. I managed to do Stormy Ascent okay but Slippery Climb was the WORST. The WORSSSST. It has the most hideous most unfathomable bonus level of the whole game. When I got to the end I nearly fell on my knees and cried.

Letters

The other day a letter supporting JK Rowling and her bigotry came out. It was signed by a whole of people, plenty of whom I used to like. You’ve probably already seen it. No lie, it was pretty devastating. Luckily today another one came out.

This one is signed by, I think, more people. There’s some names on there which are people I’ve always admired, including Malorie Blackman. Here’s the statement:

This is a message of love and solidarity for the trans and non-binary community. Culture is, and should always be, at the forefront of societal change, and as writers, editors, agents, journalists, and publishing professionals, we recognise the vital role our industry has in advancing and supporting the wellbeing and rights of trans and non-binary people. We stand with you, we hear you, we see you, we accept you, we love you. The world is better for having you in it.

It’s a big relief, in all honesty. Just a relief.

Unlikable Women: Briony Tallis — owl machine

Unlikable women: short list; Elle Driver **Having never read the book the movie Atonement is based on, I can only talk about the movie version of the character. **I only have jumbled thoughts about her as well, so, proceed at your own risk. **spoilers for Atonement I don’t really think Briony is an unlikable woman, […]

Unlikable Women: Briony Tallis — owl machine

Here’s a fascinating post about Briony Tallis, who continues to be one of my favourite fictional characters ever written. (Even if the man who wrote her ended up, sigh, being a disappointment.)

I love me some unlikeable women.

“ Trump paid $750 in taxes and $130,000 to a porn star, which means if the I.R.S. wants to get money from Trump, you guys know what you got to do. ” — Art of Quotation

“For those keeping score, Trump paid $750 in taxes and $130,000 to a porn star, which means if the I.R.S. wants to get money from Trump, you guys know what you got to do.” Trevor Noah, South African, comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host.

“ Trump paid $750 in taxes and $130,000 to a porn star, which means if the I.R.S. wants to get money from Trump, you guys know what you got to do. ” — Art of Quotation

I hear there’s a political debate tonight.

The Lion King: Comparing the Meerkats

(This is a really funny title if you’re familiar with UK television)

So apparently there’s going to be a sequel to the CGI remake of The Lion King! And that just served to remind me… how much I bloody hate the CGI remake of The Lion King. Apart from the music, it’s just so soulless. A bunch of dead-eyed computer-generated lions retreading the original with nothing new to say.

But the other reason I hate it is because of Timon!

See, Timon has character in the original animated film. He’s comic relief, yeah, but he has personality beyond that. He delivers what was my favourite line in the original movie:

Nala: {Quoting young Simba} Danger? Ha! I laugh in the face of danger. Ha ha ha ha…

Timon: I see nothing funny about this…

Simba: Timon? Pumbaa? What are you doing here?

Pumbaa: {Bowing on one foreleg} At your service, my liege.

Timon: Uh. We’re going to fight your uncle… for this?

Simba: Yes, Timon; this is my home.

Timon: Eeh! Talk about your fixer-upper! Well, Simba, if it’s important to you, we’re with you to the end.

I love that scene! It’s my favourite! It’s funny but it’s also very touching, it shows how much these characters really mean to each other. And in the CGI remake version there’s so little of that.

Simba: What about the meaningless line of indifference?

Pumbaa: Well, we were thinking… maybe it curves a little bit.

Timon: That’s a good point. I mean, Simba, look, I’m happy to admit when Pumbaa’s wrong, and this is one of those instances.

Pumbaa: What? That wasn’t my thing. You told me about the line.

Timon: Wait, hold on. Now, this is the place you’re fighting for?

Simba: Yes, Timon. This is my home.

Pumbaa: Is it behind that terrifying rock?

Timon: Talk about your fixer-upper. I like what you’ve done with it, although a bit heavy on the carcass.

Pumbaa: Hey, hey, look. A bird.

Simba: Timon, Pumbaa, this is Zazu.

Timon: Oh, wow. It’s a puffin.

Zazu: Charming. Simba, we are with you until the end.

See? SEE? It’s just quipping. (Over the years I’ve come to hate scenes which are just quipping.) Timon’s statement of undying loyalty is given to Zazu instead. The poor lil meerkat is reduced to a joke machine and nothing more.

That’s not the only reason I dislike the movie, obviously, but it’s probably the main one. Also I should make it clear I like real meerkats! They’re cute and they have that thing going on where they take turns to sleep. But a talking “real” meerkat is just weird and unappealing. I’m sorry.

Annnnd that’s why I’m not really interested in a sequel.