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“Hotel Transylvania 3” Movie (2018) — Stupid Enough To Be Vaguely Entertaining.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access my comments on ‘2’ from 2015.


We saw it at ‘Cinemagic‘ in Portsmouth, NH — our preferred movie theater (of late). They were having some kind of ‘special’ and all tickets were $8. I wasn’t aware of this price until I got the tickets, BUT I was sure glad we hadn’t paid more because $8/ticket was just the right price.

Teischan (12) & I have seen all three ‘Hotel Transylvania‘ movies — at the theater. She WAS a big fan and did want to see ‘3’. But, she doesn’t think they should, or would, make a ‘4’. She thinks they are done.

That about sums it up.

It was OK. It is so, so STUPID that you are kept vaguely amused. The music was good. Some downright funny bits, but it is getting tired and forced.

The theater yet again, as it as been the last few times we have been, was near empty. SIX people in TOTAL, with us. That is scary. Yes, it was a midweek matinee, but it is Summer and this is a kid’s movie. There was a girl, of about 8, seated by herself, behind us — on the very back row. I asked her if she liked it. She loved it. So, that was good. Teischan & I are both getting too old.

Some of the music was good. Without spoiling it for you, I can tell you that this macarena scene is one of the better bits:

If you have young kids you might have no choice but to take them. But, try not to pay more than $8/ticket.

So, at best, a very qualified recommendation.


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“Roman J. Israel, Esq.” Movie (2017) On Starz — One Heck Of A Powerful Movie.

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Another instance of me seeing a snippet of a movie on STARZ while idly channel-surfing and then deciding that it looks interesting enough to record to have a look at later. I am glad I did.

I like movies about lawyers and this was very much about one driven and strange lawyer, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Very funny in parts but also rather arcane and deep in parts. So, definitely NOT for everyone. It helps if you are intrigued by what makes lawyers tick and have an interest in civil and human rights.

The whole movie takes place in an extremely intense 3-week period. Wow. I was riveted.

Reading the IMDb.com blurb I discovered that it was nominated for one Oscar — for best actor. I can see that.

So, just bringing it to your notice, if, you, like I, had not heard of this movie previously.


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“Maudie” Movie (2016) On Starz About Canadian Artist Maud Lewis — Very Watchable & Moving.

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The actual Maud Lewis. Click to ENLARGE and read. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maud_Lewis


Some Maud Lewis paintings from Google Images.



This is quite the movie! Wow. Very moving. It sucks you right in.

One night a couple of weeks ago I was going through my STARZ channels on DISH and caught a bit of the movie. Looked interesting. So, I downloaded it, from STARZ-on-Demand.

Never heard of the movie or Maud Lewis, which it is about. But, I am glad I downloaded it.

Amazing story. I like a plain but bold paintings. Very inspirational. She was always happy and smiling despite all of her obvious adversity and setbacks.

Definitely recommended.


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“Mark Felt” Movie (2017) On Starz — Very Topical, Insightful & Taut.

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Mark Felt, The FBI Associate Director from May 3, 1972 to June 22, 1973, was the infamous ‘Watergate‘ ‘Deep Throat‘ to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of The Washington Post.

Given what is happening in D.C. right now, it is one heck of a topical movie. They could not have timed it better. Provides you with great insights into the FBI, their command structure and how things are supposed to happen.

I am not a ‘Watergate’ buff and have not read (and cannot remember seeing) ‘All The President’s Men‘. It was kind of before my time; I was at the time living in the U.K. and having the time of my life in College. American politics were way outside of scope of interest. But, overtime I did learn enough about it to know the general plot, the main characters and what transpired. As such it was not difficult for I to follow and enjoy this movie.

What I was struck, repeatedly, was the parallels with what has been going on in D.C. with Comey, Andrew McCabe, Robert Muller etc. Fascinating. Like watching history repeating itself.

Highly recommended. The movie is readily available. I DVRed it off Starz.


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STARZ “Howards End” Series (2018) Is At An End.

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YouTube trailer for the STARZ Series.


The last episode of Season 1, viz. Episode 4, aired this last Friday, April 29, 2018. That from what I see concludes the story as written by the incomparable E.M. Forster in 1910. On the STARZ Webpage there is an implication that there might be a Season 2. But, that would have to be an major embellishment to Forster’s original.

The series was immaculately produced. The cinematography was BEYOND first class; it was lavish and sumptuous. A visual treat.

I am, however, not convinced that serializing “Howards End” worked — at least for those of us that watched the episodes weekly as they came out. The weekly gap between episodes broke the spell and often you struggled to think back to the prior episode to recall the entire thread in its full glory. But, now that all four episodes are out you could watch them back-to-back.

Each episode was nominally 55-minutes. So, that is 220 minutes (3H 40 minutes) in total. So, here is something else that I found interesting. The classic 1992 movie was 142 minutes (2h 20 minutes) long. So, the STARZ version is a full one hour 18 minutes longer! What does that mean. Did they spin out the story or did the movie omit scenes. I plan to watch the movie this week, if I can.

We are glad we watched the series. We looked forward to it and are sad that it has concluded. Maybe we should have recorded all the episodes and then watched it over a couple of days.

Well, now you know what options you have.

Yes, the episodes are still available on STARZ.


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“Whisky Galore” Movie (2016) On Starz — Classic British Comedy, Reminiscent Of “Waking Ned Devine”.

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“Waking Ned Devine” Trailer (on YouTube).


Very funny. Very watchable. Classic British comedy with touches of the 1960s — 1970s “Dad’s Army” — but definitely more reminiscent of 1998 “Waking Ned Devine” (though alas without any nudity involving the backsides of scrawny old men).

It was on Starz (which we got free from DISH for 3 months) and I recorded it. Glad I did. We enjoyed it. Yes, a bit corny and a tad predictable — but it is said to be based on a true story. So, I guess they had to stay somewhat close to the actual events, even at the risk of it been not-as-dramatic if it was purely fictional. Great cast of characters. Try and watch it. I am sure you will enjoy it.


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“Howards End” Series (2018) On Starz — Charming And Beautifully Crafted.

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YouTube trailer for the STARZ Series.


YouTube trailer for the 1992 Ivory Merchant movie.


We lucked out. I wanted to see this STARZ adaptation of “Howards End“, and last Thursday, DISH gave me STARZ, free for 3 months, because they screwed-up, badly, trying to get me the Willow Cricket channel. So, that was nice and quite lucky.

We watched about half of the first episode, from the DVR, on Monday night. It lived up to my expectations and was true to the TV ‘teasers’ I had seen.

Very charming and easy on the senses. Beautifully crafted in all aspects. The cinematography is first class.

I have seen the 1992 Ivory Merchant produced movie at least twice. That was quite the movie — but cinematography has made strides in the last 26-years. The high-definition rendering of the new show makes the lavishly produced 1992 movie look dull and pedestrian.

I am sure we are going to enjoy this series. When it ends, might have to go back and look at the 1992 movie again.


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