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Not necessarily the scariest. Which monster is the best concept, especially for making a good story? Cthulhu is a great answer, of course, but my answer would have to be the Weeping Angels. The concept of a monster that keeps you from blinking is, for me at least, very compelling. Or maybe we could try […]
Charles Hurt of The Washington Times wrote a great piece on the D.C. cesspool called Washington. Here’s an excerpt: “Glowing eyes and fangs and venom and jaws and stings — they come from all directions here in the swamp, where survival of the smarmiest reigns. But there is another reason you should get a […]
This trilogy of posts began because of a comment made by Jonah Goldberg, who said that choosing between the leading canidates was like choosing between Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger. It did seem rather parsimonious to limit ourselves to those two candidates, so I decided to add other monsters and killers to the mix. The […]
The kids dragged me to the latest cartoon cinematic feature, Hotel Transylvania 2, last Friday. (Don’t worry about me; I pulled the old sneak in the water bottle full of wine trick again.) Luckily, I knew the level of quality I was getting into ahead of time as we had previewed Hotel Transylvania 1 at home a few days before going — how else are you going to follow the nuanced plotline of the sequel if you don’t watch the films in order?
Anyway, every once in a while between sips of Chianti, I’d pull out the earbuds reporting my podcast (Ricochet, of course) to get some idea of what was going on in the movie as my kids love to recap the show on the ride home. Aside from the obvious annoying stereotypes — when, oh, when will Hollywood finally leave the hardworking people of Transylvania alone? — I had deeper issues with is the overall plot of this children’s tale.
I’ll grudgingly give a spoiler alert now (if you honestly are in need of a spoiler alert in a film where Steve Buscemi plays a werewolf T-ball coach, we’ll get a drink since you need to get out even more than I do). But the basic gist of Hotel Transylvania 1 and 2 is that monsters and humans are all okay and have just been misunderstanding each other all these centuries.