DVD Review – Chernobyl Diaries (And bits of other stuff)

I honestly have heard mixed reviews on this one, but wanted to watch it anyway to see what was going on. I picked it up cheap from Blockbuster (cause our local one is closing down sadly…well kinda sadly, cause there is a lot of reduced stuff in there) and me and Charlie watched it the other night.

Chernobyl Diaries (2012 dir: Bradley Parker)
Genre; Horror.
Age; 15

Plot:

So, basically tourists get lost because they go somewhere they probably shouldn’t and they get into trouble.

The Film (Spoilers):

Oh jeeeeeeeeeez with many e’s. It was pretty much a bog standard American style horror. The characters in it (I can ONLY remember Chris, as we were making Resident Evil jokes about his name being called) were so bland and formulated it could of been any film. (I only liked the minor characters and you KNEW they were gonna kick the bucket). I feel it was really obvious what was going to happen, and I don’t think either one of us “jumped” at it. The end..also, was so..obvious. It really did lend heavily to horror game related things, and I was told it was very similar to the Silent Hill film in some ways.

THE CG WHAT? That’s all I am going to say. I don’t think I have ever seen…a less realistic bear in a film. It was something like this? (Which is all well and good, but in a high budget film and all). The smoke too! What was that? When he kicks the fire away.

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I can’t slag it off too much though. Some of the scenery was gorgeous, and the interior bits looked fantastic.  The music, also, that was really really good. Diego Stocco I think I’ve gotta say, this was the best thing about the film. I admit, I liked the Marilyn Manson song at the end too (whom I recently realised I have been into for 14 years erk).

This Release:

It’s an ex-rental copy, so I don’t think it is blessed with such things.

Special Features:

N/A

Summary:

2/5 – It was poor. The idea itself was amazing. But the execution was awful. I may give it another watch, on maybe a “lets watch crap films” night, but I can’t say I was wowed.

And in other news, hitting Memorabilia this weekend and cosplay Gorillaz-ing it up. Expect images I guess! (Maybe on the blog, maybe here). And and and and and looking forward to many travels this year, all will be written about in due course. I am so excited.

Day Out: Birmingham City Centre

Hello!

Today I went to Birmingham with Charlie (BECAUSE HE IS AN AMAZING BARGAIN HUNTER AND VERY FUN TO SHOP WITH) to do a bit of job scouting and general mooching. As the scouting only really consisted of handing in C.Vs, I will talk about the fun parts of the day!

Mainly we did a lot of window shopping, but did come back with some nice things and interesting tales.

Our first main stop was the Ikon Gallery, which neither of us have actually been in today. The guy on the desk was really interested in our Circle Lenses, so Charlie pointed him in the right direction where to buy some. Then we took a good browse round the shop, (we didn’t actually go into the galleries today) and I found a load of illustration books I would like to own. Charlie brought some goodies, and also brought me these fantastic postcards;

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The text based one is “Poems for Birmingham, I” (2007) by:

Steven Shearer

And the not-ugly dinosaur (2007) is by:

Lizz Lunney

And you can find more info on the Ikon Gallery here.

When we hit town proper it was really busy. People seemed really pushy but I have to say there were a lot of stylish people about. We nipped into Zara on the way to the Bull Ring and that was crammed too, they had some good reductions but sadly a lot of it was XL sizing.

Topshop I brought us some socks because why not, (I find it annoying that women’s socks are more interesting than men’s on the whole so we brought women’s socks lol) and to be honest, dinosaurs. You gotta love dinosaurs.

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We also went to the Selfrigdes Topman store, and I picked up this really nice shirt for £10 reduced.

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Afterwards we went to get something to eat. We had a bit of a wait to get into the food place so, we brought each other goodies which consisted of baklava and macaroons (the macaroon stall in Selfridges is really good quality), and I brought some sausage ball things..they taste good.

Macaroon

The macaroons are salted caramel and rose, we ate them when we got home.

Sausage

The sausages were reduced and they will be eaten with some rice tomorrow probably!

Then our pager vibrated for food.

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Ed’s Easy Diner is fantastic, the service is great and the food is delicious and fatty (in a good way). Also I like the music they play. Charlie only had bacon and cheese chips, but I fatted out with a burger platter (which includes coleslaw, onion rings and chips). I did not take a picture of the food because I always forget. Charlie had a coke float and I had normal coke, and all together the bill came to just under £20. It’s definitely worth trying, as writing this hours later I still feel full and content (though I do have a Mac and Cheese if I get peckish later ;D). The woman who served us noticed me playing Battlecats, and seemed really interested in playing it. Charlie drew her little cats on a napkin and where to find the game I wonder if she is playing it now…

After waddling out of there we went into Cloggs because they had a sale on, and I picked up these bad boys:

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It really pisses me off ladies get cooler shoes on the whole than men, but at the same time they do ladies shoes in my foot size so fuck it. They cost £27.99 reduced from £40 I think it was, and I had a laugh with the girl at the till cause of the awkward customer she had just served. (It has been a day of pretty good customer service all round). I liked Charlie’s comment that they look like “The Horrors” style hehehe.

I think HMV was next to nip into, and Charlie brought me some goodies again. As you can see they were pretty cheap, and the X’ed ones were reduced even more. Kinda sad that at the moment they are unsure of the future of the shop.

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Bill Bailey: Part Troll – Because I do love stand-up comedy, and I really admire Bailey.

Space Adventure Cobra – I was VERY surprised to see this. It’s an old anime I liked as a kid.

Dinocroc Vs Supergator – What can I say? This bloke comes up with some really bad crap right? I love it.

Oh god interlude I am writing and eating a cheese twist and it’s messy as hell.

This also made us laugh.

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As you can see, the “Chop Kick Panda” obviously came out first. Cause its more expensive.

And, on the way home the flower seller bloke reduced them to £1 for a bunch so I was brought some cause I have a bit of a soft spot for flowers. They are now on my bedside table.

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I was also brought a CHOCOLATE one (and some Kit Kats GOD I love Kit Kats).

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And now I am thinking of the Mac and Cheese whilst Charlie is Skyrim bound. Or a Kit Kat…I’m not sure.