Why is the quality so low?

Two things came together at the same time. First was this, via Chuckles, on Hollywood’s box office failures:


… and I’ll come back to that. Second was about films I’ve never seen except for bits of Game of Thrones:

Comments were instructive on the latter, quite a few disagreed, people defended Emilia Clarke but some made the comment that they appreciated someone had finally called her out. Thing is, her reputation seems to be based on taking her clothes off and having sex onscreen, not unlike Meghan Markle. Certainly not acting.

The clip was about miscasting but it strayed into inability to act but because they’ve been in a known series, it was felt the new show would succeed on the back of the reputation, even if the genre was different.

Leaving that and looking at the article about Rotten Tomatoes:

Strong Rotten Tomatoes ratings have not helped a slew of recent films like ‘Blade Runner 2049’ at the box office


Studios blamed the dismal box office performance of a number of big-budget blockbuster films this summer on negative reviews from critics and Rotten Tomatoes … But if well-reviewed films are also struggling commercially, can Rotten Tomatoes really be to blame?

I’d like to move from that to Rotten Tomatoes itself and the nature of their approval ratings. Many pundits expressed surprise at the Skyfall ratings and the issue was not so much the critics, as many are paid to give good reviews or at least a pass mark but the surprise was the audience rating.

This has been mentioned before, as has public taste now, as has the nature of society now and what it considers good and bad. Be all of that above as it may, it still doesn’t fully explain why the quality of films and acting is so low.

Sean Young made comment yesterday about the new Blade Runner, she mentioned ‘darkness’ and indeed it’s got that way in films of late, giving ultra-realistic, explicit depictions [is this now public taste], whereas the originals at least showed some subtlety.

I was just looking at a Patrick Formaldehyde Inspector Alleyn mystery called Scales of Justice and the thing which struck was the quality of the acting from virtually everyone, Frances Barber excepted.

Denis Lill, Elizabeth Spriggs, John Franklyn-Robbins, Frederick Treves – not household names but they can sure act. There just seem none of this quality around today – they made a big deal of Judy Dench and Helen Mirren but am I alone in being unimpressed by those two? David Suchet is of course good.

Be there or be square

The reason for so many of these posts is that I’m in the nitty-gritty of ordering materials, building, trying to make the right decisions which are now irreversible once made.

What became apparent is that I cannot ignore rig as an afterthought, after the hull is finished, as the mast steps and beams need reinforcing, which are integral through things called ‘partners’. What has also become clear is that with these hulls the way they are, the triple junk rig [a fine rig] is unfeasible.

Problem is this, having done much catamaran sailing and mono [but never trimaran] – cruising monos have most of the sail area up front – see ketches and yawls, but cats must have them back further, with the mast halfway, even behind halfway. It’s quite critical.

Not a pleasant person?

This is unscheduled, so it might ramble.

Sitting here this morning, I’m in a fair amount of pain down the right diode, as Marvin the Paranoid Android might say, and it’s impacting the heart and breathing. Amusing but not amusing you might also say.

Interesting that that has come along the moment the heart issue has been resolved by altering the medication, shan’t go into detail.

And I shan’t go into detail because of a philosophical stance of the ‘mustn’t grumble’ kind, ‘many worse off than me’ etc. Plus medical things have always been boring to me.

Plus it’s a survival thing – I cannot afford to succumb to self-pity as there is only me to look after myself [carer and patient in one] and I need to stay on top of it as I age. It terrifies me to be drawn into that whole NHS thing where every two days I go to the doctor with some new ailment, having been maybe three times in the past nine years.

Plus we are in a situation today where there are so many ‘invented’ syndromes, which dovetail with people excusing their behaviour by citing a syndrome. Which makes me not a nice person for mentioning it. There truly is so much self-excusing going on out there and that’s where my politics comes from – reacting against that. Plus I’ve always been harder on myself first.

Removing any doubt we may have had

In the light of things happening this morning, this is an interim post but shall leave it up as it’s necessary to deal with the issue.

There’s a thing called giving someone the benefit of the doubt … and then there is his removing all doubt:


Since globalization has “deeply altered the previous international order,” Pope Francis said Friday, humanity must rethink “the figure and the role of the nation-state” in this new world order.

No doubt about it – he plays for the other side.

And lest we think it’s only the Catholic Church:


When a Christian fails to speak out about an evil, then …

I read a comment by a Catholic, who said that just because the driver is incompetent, doesn’t mean the car’s not a Rolls Royce. Shan’t buy into that but shall certainly buy into the very grievous error whoever appointed this Pope made, plus the very strange manner of the previous Pope’s removal.