Saturday, 21 July 2012


So, this week I went to see an advanced screening of Ted, Seth McFarlane's first feature film (I believe it's released on the 1st of August)

John (Mark Wahlberg) had no friends as a kid, and wished his teddy bear would come to life. It did, and 27 years later, Ted is making his relationship with Mila Kunis very difficult.

It's quite a simple premise, but it makes for a strange film. I think perhaps there simply wasn't enough story to fill an hour and a half, it feels like a long episode of Family Guy rather than a proper film. It's difficult to care about any of the characters or become invested in the story, which to me is actually very important, even in a straight-up comedy film.

Because it is funny. It has some incredibly funny moments, a few of which are related to McFarlane's previous work, so it wouldn't be a film I recommend to those who aren't fans of Family Guy or American Dad (I'm excluding The Cleveland Show because I can't believe anyone likes that, let alone claims to be a fan of it). I did laugh at it quite a lot, not as much as the two guys on either side of me, both of whom seemed to think it was completely hysterical, but it was funny.

I just feel that the story isn't good enough. There were some excellent performances, most notably from Giovanni Ribisi (who I didn't even realise was in it) as well as some great cameos. So, I guess, if you're a McFarlane fan...well, you're probably going to go and see this anyway. If you don't like Family Guy, I'd give it a miss. And if you're somewhere in-between, it'll be on the TV eventually, I'm sure.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Waiting for the Next Instalment

I just read this article over at LitReactor about George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones series. Basically, it's taking him a really long time to write - five books in 16 years - and there are two left in the series. Some people are worried that he's going to die before he finishes writing it, and he has admitted that he's written none of the rest down in a plan that could be issued/written by someone else if he should die.

Now, I haven't read this series because I have a serious aversion to tiny print on crap paper, but I'm interested in it. People keep telling me to read it, but it annoys me that people would actually leave such comments on Martin's blog or email him such abuse. It's astonishing. When I want to email people abuse (and let's face it, we all do) I keep it to myself.

If Martin writes slowly, he writes slowly. Reminding him that he might die any day now isn't going to make him right any faster. In fact, if someone told me I was writing too slowly, I'd stop writing for a while just to piss them off. But I'm petty like that.

I remember something similar happening with the Harry Potter books, when people worried that J.K. Rowling would get hit by a bus and be unable to finish, but because she had the story all mapped out, that was okay. Because someone else could finish it for her. I just think it's strange when people feel like an author's has to churn out a book every year. Sure, a lot of publishers think it, too, but this really bugged me. And I think I'll hold off on reading the Game of Thrones books until the last one's finished.