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Re: The Haunting (1963)
Board: Movie Moments
Reply to: #964799 by Captain Slick Kitty
Sep 3, 2018 6:52am
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I think some things translate well to film and some don't. The trouble is the source material. The Haunting of Hill House is a book that hinges on things being creepy and unsettling, off-kilter and that feeling of dread you can't voice. It's a masterful work, but then, how are you supposed to show dread for an hour and a half on screen? The audience gets bored and the popcorn runs out. It makes me sad they go for cheap jump scares instead. If you haven't read the book, it's worth a read, but I definitely agree that the movie is lackluster.
Re: The Haunting (1963)
Board: Movie Moments
Reply to: #964807 by PiggyJaunt
Sep 3, 2018 4:25pm
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Did you see the original Haunting? From your description I thought you’d be describing a remake. I think the original is all about conveying the evil atmosphere by being off-kilter. I picked it for CSK’s LTC tracker because I thought it was creepy without resorting to the cheap thrills of more recent movies. I must admit I haven’t seen it in s few years though I just read the book this summer. Well, listened to an audio book in the car! But with the exception of the bloody walls, the walk outside, and changing Mrs Markham’s character around, I thought it was as a pretty faithful adaptation of the story AND it’s dread. I’m very sympathetic to problems of poor adaptations. 99% of the time the movie can not compare to the book. For me, this is one of the times when I feel it comes close. I wonder what Jackson thought of it?
The Nun
Board: Movie Moments
Sep 9, 2018 4:03pm
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Being a huge fan of the Conjuring series, I could not wait to see The Nun.

Set in Romania the movie begins with two nuns standing at a door marked with wording that I believe could be Latin (?) maybe???? Later you learn it reads "God ends here". One enters, the other stays and prays. You then hear screaming and the nun who enter returns, bloodied and distraught. She hands the praying nurse a strange key and tells her "you know what you must do" and something about not being the vessel. The hapless nun is then dragged away and the praying nun runs away. The running nun then hurries to her room, grabs a rope and as evil THE NUN is approaching, this nun takes her life.

Her body is then found by a local farmer, a French Canadian, who settled there after the war and who delivers food to abbey. Word of her suicide reaches the Vatican and they send priest who specializes in "miracles" and a young American novitiate Sister Irene, who for reasons not given is in London England, to investigate why a nun who kill herself.

Having provided the basic premise of the movie, I will move on to my Kitty Paws:

One Kitty Paw for Taissa Farmiga's performance as Sister Irene.
One Kitty Paw for some excellent jumps.
One Kitty Paw for oddly enough, well timed comedic zingers.

Overall, I do recommend it. But for me, being such a huge fan of this series and James Wan, who directed both of the Conjurings, I think I was a little disappointed. James Wan did not direct this movie and I believe it would have totally elevated my ratings had he.

For me, there was too much choppiness. I felt the beginning dialogue was a bit choppy. I felt the Father Burke's past experience was a little choppy and I felt the explanation of the abbey was choppy.

Possible spoilers********* Continue at your own risk.

The Nun does provide an interesting little twist/tie in at the end. I saw it coming and if you are a huge Conjuring fan, maybe you will see it coming too. PLUS, maybe you will pick up on a second one. I had my suspicions confirmed but I won't say when. (I don't want to give anything away). But I have no doubt that there will be at least one more in the series.

csk
Re: The Nun
Board: Movie Moments
Reply to: #965092 by Captain Slick Kitty
Sep 10, 2018 9:14pm
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So, I follow Bloody-Disgusting on Facebook. It's a website/facebook page dedicated to scary movies. Tonight it featured a ranking of the 5 "Conjuring" films that include the doll and the nun. According to their rankings
5) Annabelle
4) The Nun
3) Annabell the Creation
2) The Conjuring 2
1) The Conjuring

I sooooooo disagree with their ranking. My rankings are as followed:
4) Annabelle The Creation
3) The Nun
2) Conjuring 2/Annabelle
1) The Conjuring

Anyhooooo.... I just thought I would share.
National Treasure
Board: Movie Moments
Sep 18, 2018 8:12pm
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So once again I watched Nicolas Cage in National Treasure. That movie always inspires me. But I’ve yet to write a clue based on it.
Has anyone else ever written a National Treasure clue?

Sits N Knits
Re: National Treasure
Board: Movie Moments
Reply to: #965533 by Sits N Knits
Sep 18, 2018 8:47pm
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Has anyone else ever written a National Treasure clue?

Perhaps my two Letterbox Treasure boxes will give you inspiration.

BTW, both clues tell you where to locate the required text needed to decode the message. However, you have to be a little familiar with Ogden to figure it out. Still, someone managed to decode the first message (and tell me two mistakes I'd made) without leaving Idaho, but (fortunately) I can no longer find that particular image online.
Re: National Treasure
Board: Movie Moments
Reply to: #965533 by Sits N Knits
Sep 18, 2018 10:24pm
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This one is one of our favorites:

https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?boxId=228221

I believe we were last to find.....there had been some serious maintenance at the location leaving it very exposed but we had a blast solving and finding it.
Re: National Treasure
Board: Movie Moments
Reply to: #965533 by Sits N Knits
Sep 19, 2018 4:55am
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So once again I watched Nicolas Cage in National Treasure. That movie always inspires me.

That brought back a really old memory.

re: National Treasure
Re: National Treasure
Board: Movie Moments
Reply to: #965533 by Sits N Knits
Sep 20, 2018 1:33pm
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I have a series of 6 boxes in 3 different parks that is one of, if not the, favorite series of mine: it's #115104
Cargo
Board: Movie Moments
Oct 18, 2018 7:24pm
Getting back on track with my Halloween themed films, yesterday I reviewed Cargo, starring Martin Freeman.

The premise is as followed: Living in Australia, there is a zombie pandemic outbreak and Martin and his wife and daughter are living on a boat they stole, cruising down the river, avoiding mainland, the problems of mainland, and zombies.

The wife, trying to surprise her husband, gets bit and has 48 hours before she turns. After she turns, she in turn (pls. excuse the pun) bites Martian and now his 48 hour race to find anyone to care for his infant daughter, Rosie begins.

While Martin is dealing with his struggles, you also meet Thoomi, an young spirited Aborigine who is trying to "heal" her father with the Clever Man.

Their journeys converge in a horrible, incredibly indecent, inhumane way and continues from there.

Having said enough, on to my Kitty Paws:
One Kitty Paw for Simone Landers', Thoomi, performance. She is perfect in every shot.
One Kitty Paw for its balance of humane and inhumane approach.
One Kitty Paw for making the audience care about its characters.

It does offer it's opinion about the fracking and suggests that it is extremely damaging to our precious Earth; perhaps even the cause of the pandemic.

At 3 Kitty Paws it is decent enough to recommend but I can not say it's an absolute must. But if you are in the mood for an international zombie pandemic mood, then I do recommend Cargo as your next movie.

csk
Ghost Stories with Martin Freeman
Board: Movie Moments
Oct 27, 2018 10:29pm
I took a look at my list and decided to check out Ghost Stories.

This is a British film, set in Britain. While Martin Freeman is in it, he is not necessarily the main character but he certainly plays his many parts well.

The premise is as followed: Prof. Phillip Goodman is the main star of "Psychic Cheats", a show dedicated to unmasking false psychics. It initially plays as a documentary, with Phillip speaking directly to you and going into his life. He even shares how Dr. Charles Cameron changed his world view of things as he was the leader in debunking other people's ghost/poltergeists stories. Then Dr. Cameron disappears and Phillip quips how it is ironic that he was debunking other people's mysteries and then became a bit mystery himself.

Then the direction of the film changes when Phillip receives a package one day from the missing Dr. Cameron, asking him to come to this curious trailer park. Enthralled to finally meet his hero, he comes. During their visit, the dr. explains that he was a horrible person and treated everyone around him horribly but that there were three cases he himself could not solve. He hands Phillip a blue file, asking him to investigate them and off Phillip goes.

Having said enough, on to the Kitty Paw Ratings:
One Kitty Paws for it's diverse ghost stories.
One Kitty Paw for it's decent jumps and scares.
One Kitty Paw for Simon. I liked him and his story the best.
And One Kitty Paw for drawing you in.

But I did not like the ending. I felt that the final ghost story really came out of no where and brings you to what is the "twist" to the story and you see how it all ties together. But for me, it fell flat. And I was right there! I was hooked. But left field endings never really sit well with me.

But if you are curious, and it's a dark and stormy night, feel free to check it out. Right up until Phillip returns to Dr. Cameron's trailer, it's pretty good.

csk
Hereditary
Board: Movie Moments
Nov 5, 2018 10:39pm
Sticking with my Halloween plan, even though I am past my end date, I finally had a chance to check out Hereditary, starring Toni Collette.

My first impression after viewing was what the hell did I just watch???!!!

To be honest, I am surprised that I even finished it. I struggled with this movie almost from the beginning. It was slow in starting, with a few odd things happening here and there but after the "incident" with Toni's character's children, I really considered turning it off.

Backing up, the premise is as followed: Annie, played by Toni, who cared for her rather estranged mother in the final months of her mother's life, explains to those who attend her mother's funeral that her mother led a secret life and kept many secrets in her life. (Although later you get the serious impression, Annie knew about Mom's secrets.)

At the funeral you can clearly see that something is very off about Charlie, Annie's youngest child, a daughter. The movie goes to show you that Charlie had a very strong attachment to the grandmother. This is because Annie basically gave Charlie, the little girl, to the grandmother.

And if Charlie wasn't weird enough before grandma's death, she gets even weirder after, even cutting animal heads off.

In the meanwhile, weird things are manifesting in the house. You get the impression that Annie has an idea but lives in total denial about the truth regarding her mother, her husband and her children, odd Charlie and pot smoking teenage son Peter.

And then there is a horrible incident with her two children that even I was like, ummmmmmmm, no. I don't want to give away what happened but Peter's response and the aftermath or lack thereof, for me, takes away credibility for this movie.

But I continued, hoping it would all come together. I was wrong. The ending is so ridiculous, with Annie flying everywhere, I just sat there-probably with my mouth agape, staring at the wall-trying to figure out what the hell did I just watch.

So, I watched this Saturday night and as it is now Monday, I still am shaking my head. I understand the ending. I understand what happens but there are so many issues with the story itself, aside from missing information--which the director does assume the audience will string together to understand the whole picture, having characters the audience doesn't care about or if they survive, the head cutting scenes, the sudden and out of nowhere King Paimon connection, and Annie flying around it just felt ridiculous.

Granted Toni Collette does a decent job of being in denial and losing her sanity in her grief and there a few decent "scares/jumps", overall it just falls flat and looks ridiculous. And again, it also doesn't help if you don't care for the characters, and I really did not care for Peter-especially because of his denial of what he did to Charlie , who by the end of the movie is the ultimate victim.

In a follow up article I read, the author and director argues that this movie moves on a deeper level, that it is a reflection of how families can sometime cause mental health break downs in the long run. Being a social worker, yes, I agree but when granny is worshiping the 7th King of Hell or whatever, you don't let her near your kids. It's kinda that simple.

csk
The Old Man and The Gun~ Redford and that charming smile!
Board: Movie Moments
Nov 14, 2018 10:10pm
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Tonight I was treated to this movie by son who called me out of the blue and asked me to dinner and a movie. I really felt like I won the lottery. So, naturally, I accepted.

The premise is as followed: The movie opens up with a frumpy, down in the dumps detective by the name of John Hunt who works for the Dallas Police Department. Hunt, while running errands with his children, becomes an unknown witness to a bank robbery~ a bank robbery committed by Redford playing Forrest Tucker, the leader of The Over The Hill Bank Robbing Gang.

Det. Hunt then picks up the trail of the Over the Hill gang and leads the authority on finding Tucker and the gang. In doing so he catches the attention of Tucker, who is as charming as ever.

The movie ends almost as you would imagine as you get to know Tucker and see how he ticks. But it's a great ride getting there. Bare in mind though, this is NOT a fast moving movie, or a crazy bank robbery shoot the cops dead scenario. No. And if you are expecting this, don't see this movie. You will be disappointed.

But, I would argue that Redford has chosen quite wisely for his final movie career. The pace is slow which is perfect for getting to know how charming Tucker must have been. And I would like to add, it seemed to me that the icon/main character was almost written for Redford's final movie bow.

At 84, Redford leads a stellar cast of Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Casey Affleck and Tom Waite (whom I am not familiar with but he tells a funny Christmas story in the movie.)

Having said enough, on to my Kitty Paws
Two Kitty Paws for Redford. With that slow, charming smile, he's still got "it".
One kitty paw for a fun, simple movie.
One Kitty Paw for great supportive cast. (Sissy Spacek looks hella good too!)

But having given my kitty paws, I have to take a half away because they blew a moment to give Redford a great comeback remark in the bathroom.

The audience with me was a mixture of young and old. My son probably was the youngest at 23. (His mother raised him right with the movies! So, he wanted to see this icon in his final movie.) I mention this because when the screen read "AND HE DID" people audibly gasped with disappointment, my son included. Number 17 will always be "saving the best for last!"

As I have said before, if you are expecting a fast paced, gun toting Machine Gun Kelly bank heist, don't bother with this movie. It is not that kind of movie. But you are looking for a great, feel good movie with a Hollywood Legend taking his final bow, then yes, buy the ticket and take his last ride.

csk
Re: The Old Man and The Gun~ Redford and that charming smile!
Board: Movie Moments
Reply to: #968365 by Captain Slick Kitty
Nov 15, 2018 2:16pm
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I really enjoyed "Our Souls at Night" with him and Jane Fonda (together in Barefoot in the Park and The Electric Horseman) so I am looking forward to this one. We love heist movies. Spy Game was an interesting movie with him being the older spy with Brad Pitt.
Re: The Old Man and The Gun~ Redford and that charming smile!
Board: Movie Moments
Reply to: #968381 by Amanda from Seattle
Nov 15, 2018 9:03pm
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Barefoot in the Park

is was one of the first movies I ever saw him in. What a hottie!!!! Aughghghghgh! Be still my beating heart!

But believe it or not I have not seen him in The Sting, with the exceptional hottie Paul Newman! Those two, OMG!!!!!

But yes, definitely seen them in Butch and Cassidy!

csk
Re: The Old Man and The Gun~ Redford and that charming smile!
Board: Movie Moments
Reply to: #968393 by Captain Slick Kitty
Nov 16, 2018 2:38pm
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OMG The Sting is fabulous!! One of the all time best "heist" movies EVER, PERIOD. You gotta see it. I would put everything else on hold and watch The Sting next.

-amanda from seattle
Re: The Old Man and The Gun~ Redford and that charming smile!
Board: Movie Moments
Reply to: #968438 by Amanda from Seattle
Nov 16, 2018 4:37pm
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One of the all time best "heist" movies EVER, PERIOD.

I totally agree - blown away by how clever the plot!! Best EVER!!! It was actually the first movie video I bought (something ridiculous like $70.) after I got a video tape player . . . back in the pre-electronic age before DVDs and online streaming. Of course, it didn't hurt that it stars two of my favorite hunks of that era.
Re: The Old Man and The Gun~ Redford and that charming smile!
Board: Movie Moments
Reply to: #968365 by Captain Slick Kitty
Nov 18, 2018 8:59pm
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You mentioned Tom Waite. I wonder now if that may be a brother, or uncle, or some such of Ralph Waite who starred in The Waltons. Possibly a son, even.
Has Robert Redford passed on, or just retiring from making movies?
Re: The Old Man and The Gun~ Redford and that charming smile!
Board: Movie Moments
Reply to: #968494 by Okie Dog
Nov 18, 2018 9:09pm
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You mentioned Tom Waite.

Actually, it is Tom Waits, the musician and actor (I loved him in "Mystery Men").
Re: The Old Man and The Gun~ Redford and that charming smile!
Board: Movie Moments
Reply to: #968495 by wassamatta u
Nov 18, 2018 9:29pm
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Thanks, Wassa.
Proud for you and your son. Good man!
Re: The Old Man and The Gun~ Redford and that charming smile!
Board: Movie Moments
Reply to: #968494 by Okie Dog
Nov 18, 2018 10:22pm
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I believe he is retiring from making movies. He did produce this film, so I don't know if it's acting and producing or just acting.

csk

Actually, it is Tom Waits

Boris Badenov: Phooey! Foiled again!

Natasha Fatale: Don't you mean, "Curses! Foiled again!"?

Boris Badenov: Please, Natasha. This is kiddie show.


When the moose is right, he's right . . .
Re: The Old Man and The Gun~ Redford and that charming smile!
Board: Movie Moments
Reply to: #968499 by Captain Slick Kitty
Nov 19, 2018 6:28am
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When the moose is right, he's right . . .

Und vhen he ist vrong, he ist Vassa (Wassa).
Re: The Old Man and The Gun~ Redford and that charming smile!
Board: Movie Moments
Reply to: #968494 by Okie Dog
Nov 19, 2018 6:57am
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Has Robert Redford passed on, or just retiring from making movies?

He's alive and well. Google is our friend.
My Annual Christmas Movie Plug: I Remember Mama
Board: Movie Moments
Dec 9, 2018 2:26pm
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My annual Christmas movie plug:

Every Xmas my grandfather would sit us down and make us watch "I Remember Mama". It is not Xmas movie. It is a movie about a Norwegian family who lives in the early 1900s in San Francisco. And it is, in my opinion the perfect movie.

Irene Dunn is perfect as "Mama".
There is Uncle Chris, the "black Norwegian".
There is Uncle Elizabeth, the cat.
There are that Aunts you won't like.
And there is my favorite part when you learn about Uncle Chris' secret.

Every year I promote this movie in memory of my grandfather. And because he was right. This is a wonderful movie.

csk
Re: My Annual Christmas Movie Plug: I Remember Mama
Board: Movie Moments
Reply to: #969230 by Captain Slick Kitty
Dec 9, 2018 3:30pm
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I love old movies & Irene Dunn is superb. I will have to make a point to see this one!
Re: My Annual Christmas Movie Plug: I Remember Mama
Board: Movie Moments
Reply to: #969230 by Captain Slick Kitty
Dec 9, 2018 3:33pm
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I too look forward to seeing it each year! An oldie but goodie.
Re: My Annual Christmas Movie Plug: I Remember Mama
Board: Movie Moments
Reply to: #969230 by Captain Slick Kitty
Dec 18, 2018 8:44pm
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Ok I finally watched it and I loved it! Uncle Chris was my favorite character and then at the end I loved him even more. Thanks CSK for introducing it to me!
Hmmmmmm..... Not Surprised.....
Board: Movie Moments
Jan 6, 2019 6:44pm
The Golden Globes are on tonight . . .

Richard Madden has won for The Bodyguard

and

Michael Douglas has won for The Kominsky Method

With high Kitty Paw ratings, I am not surprised.

csk
(But I did not see the rise of the FUJI water girl.)
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
Board: Movie Moments
Feb 9, 2019 12:00am
I had picked up the book years ago and gave it the 50 page attempt. If after reading at least 50 pages and I am not engaged, then I put the book down. But I kept the book, thinking one day maybe I'd try again but alas it has sat by my bed, collecting dust.

When I learned that it was going to be a movie, I decided to check it out. Tonight was that night.

But before I continue, I have to warn you there are spoilers here. I normally don't like having spoilers but . . . given how the movie ended, I feel it is justified. But to be fair, I placed asterisks by the spoiler, to give you a heads up.

The premise is as followed: Dr. Faraday is called the house of Ayers, known as Hundred Hall, to attend a lonely and scared maid. As a child he had been to the home in it's heyday and had fallen under it's spell. Now, a good twenty years and another World War later, he returns to find it decrepit and falling down. But the spell of the house still bewitches him and the good dr. maneuvers his way into the household and he begins to assert himself into their sad, little world. The doctor is so determined to be part of the family and Hundreds Hall that he even begins to force a relationship between himself and Caroline Ayres to the point of asking her in marriage. Everyone but him can see that she is not that into him but she accepts his offer, perhaps out of fear of losing the only friendship she has had in a long time.

All the while, the house and the Ayres all hint to a mysterious presences in the house that is ominous.

But is there is ghost in the house, torturing the remaining family? Well, that's the problem. This movie has dubbed it's self a ghost story and as such, yes, you expected
a ghost.

*****Here comes the spoiler: there is no ghost

Then, there's the ending. The ending left me baffled. So baffled, I actually had to google the ending to see if what I thought I happened may have happened. And the only time I was good with googling an ending to understand it was Swiss Army Man with Daniel Radcliff and Paul Dano. (This movie is pretty out there, so actually having to google the ending does make sense.)

But I digress. Before I posted my review and after I googled the ending, I read some of the reviews pertaining to this movie. I was startled to see four stars by some movie critics. Amazon Prime has 3 stars and I think that's an okay number of stars but I have to say, I feel like this movie, it's cover and it's trailer is quiet misleading.

****Again spoiler alert: the family all felt like they were being haunted by something evil before the doctor arrived and for it to suggest that the dr. projected his "poltergeist" to the family and home between the time he became bewitched by the home as a child until the time he sees again it as an adult, seems too far fetched for me. And then at the end, when Caroline is murdered and you are supposed be left wondering who killed her, the ghost or someone real, augh, come on!

But if I were to assign Kitty Paws, the following would be my Paw-sitive ratings:
One and Half Paw for Domhnall Gleeson's performance as Dr. Faraway. His haunting loneliness and maneuvering to fit in is very well done.
One Kitty Paw for Ruth Wilson's performance as Caroline Ayres.
A Half of A Kitty Paw for the ending walk around with Dr. Faraway. It gave the creepy vibe I certain the director was going for as to the true madness of Dr. Faraway.

I just think if they had not pushed the notion of a ghost story, especially one with a haunting before Dr. Faraway came to the hall, this movie and it's ending would have been better.

Now I have given this movie three Kitty Paws, mostly because of it's great performances and an odd little twist at the end. But I am not certain I can recommend it solely on these factors, especially since I felt the ghost story angle is so misleading.

csk
Happy
Board: Movie Moments
Feb 15, 2019 10:36am
I really want to recommend a documentary on Netflix called Happy. You'll have to search for it, as it is rarely shown on the homepage. It covers what we know so far about happiness and what the research says is often at odds with the popular misconceptions that get tossed around so much in our society. It's really excellent and gives some easy, concrete tips on how to become more happy in life and outlook. The show also asserts that research says that people who exercise in novel ways are happier than people who just go to the gym and do the same thing every time. So I am going to extrapolate and say there is now scientific proof that letterboxing makes you happier!