Sunday, 16 December 2018

Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?

Fairytale meets thriller with this 1971 film. Directed by Curtis Harrington and stars Ralph Richardson, Mark Lester, Chloe Franks and "scream queen" Shelley Winters.
A wealthy window named Auntie Roo invites some well behaved orphans to her Christmas dinner party at her house. She comes across as kind and charitable, giving out presents, food and letting them sleep in different guest rooms. A brother and sister sneak into the house when they've not been invited but Roo is okay about that. There is a teddybear stuffed with jewels, a dead body, a shed with a guillotine, a dolls house which is a likeness of the big house. There are too many references to Hansel and Gretel so much that it forces the viewer to hate on Auntie Roo.
Very mad.
I vote this film a 6/10.  
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Saturday, 15 December 2018


Saturnalia is a Roman celebration between December 17th and 23rd. It's held in honour of Saturn, a god of wealth and agriculture. We have echoes of the Roman celebration today with the decourative tree, gingerbread men, giving eachother gifts, kissing under the mistletoe, sweets, role reversal in pantomimes, feasts, white candles, games, Santa's hat, music and wild parties.
The Greek version of Saturn was Cronus and he ate his own children. He's often connected with two women, Ops and Lua. Ops is the wife and sister of Saturn. She's an Earth daughter and her Greek counterpart is Rhea. Lua is a mistress of Saturn and she represents destruction and war.  
During Saturnalia, was the season of misrule, chaos and sexual violence, people in various communities ran riot. Animals were sacrificed. Some people have said humans were sacrificed but other sources refute that. Leaving human ritual sacrfice out, the celebration was when rules broke down only for that time, slaves were allowed to bully their masters, people could wear whatever they liked, many wore masks,  and people sang naked in the streets. People drank, ate and gambled. What they did only lasted for a short time and afterwards everything returned to normal.
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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Winter games 5

The season of Winter is cold and dark, so let's journey into Medieval Christmas Land game created by Wow Escape. Look for buried items and clues here in this grim and frozen place. There are puzzles that need solving, and shadows to be reunited with their objects. This game is cute with gentle background lullaby music.
This is a time when the Elf on the shelf makes an appearance. They seem so really nice but they can play pranks, monitor kids and do creepy things. Yes, it's really the parents behind all of that. It's a tactic for them to control their kids by using these little elf dolls to scare their kids into behaving themselves.
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Sunday, 9 December 2018

Winter Games 4

Another review of some Winter themed games.
There is a stunning internet game called Magical Snow Animal Escape. This is a large game as you progress on, searching for a way out because the theme is Winter and you're lost in it. Created by Wow Escape, and is a point and click outdoor type, set in the arctic. The puzzles can be very tough so buried clues will help if you locate them.The music is quite soft and there are some very cute animals all throughout the levels.
Okay slightly off topic now. A boy from a town in Colorado was successful with ending a ban on snowball fights. That means, snowball fighting outside with natural snow. There is a game called Snowtime Anytime for indoor snowball fights. There are 40 artificial snowballs that come in a tin. Apparantly they feel like real snowballs.
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Friday, 7 December 2018

Game of Thrones S8 teaser

HBO just released the teaser trailer to Game of Thrones, Season 8. To watch the teaser trailer for Game of Thrones season 8 visit HBO link Youtube here: Teaser trailer for Game of Thrones season 8
The entire clip runs for 54 seconds and shows a dramatic meeting of ice and fire on the map table in Dragonstone. I noticed that in the teaser, just after the wolf statue gets frosted, the scene then shows a carved dragon on the right of the table but on the left of the screen behind the table looks like someone is sat in front of the fireplace. It might be a blurry easter egg or it could also be only a trick of light caused by a reflection.The clip of the wolf statue frosting over as ice moves across the table, heading South, could mean Winterfell is caught in ominous Winter. As ice moves across the map, heading towards the Riverlands, statues of other houses get caught too. It could be the wrong angle but ice moves down across the Iron Islands on the table.
 South of the table, fire moves north across the map. The lion of House Lannister is engulfed in flames. The forces of ice and fire meet on the map at the Twins. Right there where both ice and fire meet, is a creation of obsidian. This hints that a new Wall could be made there in the Riverlands. Winterfell is going to fall (major clue in the name), the Lannisters will be at war against the northerners, and not fighting with them. Other houses present on the map represented by their sigils are pawns. The clearest houses are Stark, Lannister and Targaryen. Most of all, the teaser trailer is showing that there's going to be a massive war. This will be most epic. 
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