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Review: Split (2017)

Spoilers alert… go away if you haven’t seen this movie yet!!!We had seen the trailer for Split when we watched another movie last year, and we were all interested right away. The way trailers are done these days, we knew it was about a kidnapping by a multiple-personality-disorder patient (don’t you hate these spoiler trailers??), but GeekMommy being an unconditional fan of James McAvoy, we had to see this movie.

The movie doesn’t waste time in introductions, but you understand right away that Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) doesn’t really play well with others, and that she is something of an outsider among her classmates (it seems to be a miracle that she was invited to a birthday party in the first place). And Bam! The kidnapper arrives, make everybody unconscious and bring them in his lair.

As the story unfolds, you understand that some personalities have taken control of the life/behaviour of Kevin (McAvoy), and that they believe in “The Beast”, a terrible mythological being, who will need a snack (made of 3 “impure” virgins) as soon as he arrives. 

What we discover is that the multiple personality disorder gives the patient the opportunity to really be whatever he wants (also changing his body shape and strength, his medical conditions and, generally, physical attribute as well as mental ones), and therefore this can only send chills down our spine because we realise that, if McAvoy wants to be The Beast, there will be no way to stop him.

And, sure enough, far from the stiffness of an X-men’s Charles Xavier, he does just that: he IS whoever he wants to be. His performance is fantastic. A 9years-old boy, an OCD henchman, a delicate-but-firm headmistress, an artsy-goody-goody young man… every character inside his head comes to life with vibrant and convincing details: the way his hand closes the shawl around his neck, the way his eyes linger on a tiny detail. A superb job that keeps you on the edge of your seat for the next hour and a half.

His psychiatrist helps us understand how he thinks, and provides elements to unfold the story without being completely lost by this carnival of characters.

Of course, The Beast is real and gives us a heart-pounding finale, where you really wonder who, if any, will make it alive out of this basement of horror.

It turns out that the only thing that The Beast respects is people’s suffering, and that Casey’s self mutilation after her childhood abuse was the key to unlock The Beast’s mercy.

Anya Taylor-Joy is excellent in her role too, as a young, broken teenager, locked up not only in a madman’s basement, but in her own fortress of solitude.

Finally, after all these emotions, M. Night Shyamalan gives us what is maybe the most subtle yet powerful twist of the movie. Once everything has been done and said, when the news are reporting what could be a simple (although spectacular) incident, customers at a diner are reminiscing similar events from a few years ago, involving a weird, crazy villain in a wheelchair. What was his name again?

“Mr Glass…”

The answer, uttered without hesitation by an unexpected Bruce Willis, completely transforms the movie we have just watched. It is not a psychological thriller, like we have been led to believe for the past hour and a half! This is happening in the same universe as “Unbreakable”, and therefore, we have just witnessed, not the downfall of a man in his own dark psyche, but the birth of a new Super villain. We were not in Psycho, we were in a dark, twisted version of X-men origins
All in all, a fantastic movie: good story, excellent actors, compelling storytelling.

Posted in painting, Papa

First attempt at knife painting

I wanted to try for a long time already… new technique, new effects… after watching a video of a Russian painter demonstrating some techniques, I decided to give it a go.

Well, there is obviously pros and cons :

  • first of all, I use acrylic, which is more liquid than oil paints, and therefore a tad more difficult to handle.
  • Second, I’d say that, with a brush, my brain is wired in a certain way : the light, shadows, lines and surfaces are clear to me; with a knife, the only option is the “surface”, and it took a bit of adjustment. You can, of course, use the side of the knife to trace (“carve”) a line, but it is still a way to drop paint on the canvas. I guess I still need to practice to acquire these subtleties.
  • mixing the colors is also more difficult to gauge, as you pretty much need to have your color mixed already before you put on the canvas, whereas painting with a brush allows maybe more mixing/layering during the painting itself.
  • having said that, I love the spontaneity of the process, which reminds me of watercolor or Asian ink painting. One stroke of the knife brings a leaf, a flower, a branch. You are not dealing with small details (or maybe, but I am not yet that fluent in the technique), but in atmosphere, light, and impression.

I will definitely try to work on this, because I think it can be fantastic for landscapes, for example.

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DIY : TARDIS charging station

as a modern Whovian family, we have 5 phones to charge, often at the same time… to replace the unsightly power cord on the floor and its topping of mismatched chargers and cables (it honestly looked like somebody threw a plate of electronic spaghetti under the table), we have decided to build a TARDIS charging station!

with a few wooden accessories from a local dollar store and a USB multi-charger, a bit of blue paint, and Allons-y!

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Review: Doctor Who “Choose the Future”

Some of my best memories as a kid reader (and most probably one of the reasons why I avidly devour books up to this day), came from a series of French books titled “you are the Hero”.

The idea was simple enough: you read the first chapter and, at the end, you are given a choice (“will you turn Left or right? Do you chose to follow that stranger or continue your way?”) that lead you to different chapters, opening different possibilities for the adventure, guaranteeing a new experience (and therefore a new story) with each reading.

It was a very pleasant surprise to find that a new series of books (in English, this time) reprised this wonderful concept with one of our Favourite character: The Doctor! Can a hero be more fitting to this than him? You can start the story again, and change your actions, which will change the whole adventure! Basically: “Time travel, Baby!!”

The first book, Terror Moon, features the doctor landing in a space station on a distant moon, to find that most of the crew was killed by a Monster on the loose. The rest is up to you. I tried reading it a few times, and the possible stories range from a spaceship-filled epic in space to a breathtaking chase in London with the help of the agents of U.N.I.T…

Night Of The Kraken brings you to a desolated Victorian-era British moor, populated by a spaceship’s spare parts smuggler, a giant baby squid and/or even zombies!!!

Following the 12th Doctor, that fans have very well accepted and loved, in his unmistakable sarcastic and grumpy-but-soft-centered style, these settings are sure to be crowd pleasers.

The kids have red them several times, picturing vividly these tailor-made episodes (thanks to the fantastic descriptions made by the authors) and enjoying them tremendously, until the books appeared to have been well handled already…

Chapters are short, which is good for the slow readers (yes, we have a dyslexic young whovian at home, and this kind of things count!), and we can’t wait for the next books!

In Singapore, we found them at Popular Bookstore.

Good reading!

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Costuming : Jedi Robes

Jedi robes! How exciting!!

And you can use them for other characters too!!! An old wizard, the high priest of an obscure sect or even a grim reaper!

And you can complete your jedi look with the outer tunic tutorial, found here.

As mentioned in the video, you can find the complete tutorial from Sithrog at this address:

For the rest, sorry if we didn’t post anything in a long time… but we have been busy lately!

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