Ghostbusters 2016 – What a bust

First off; this is not a review! I’m not gonna review a movie that is so forgettable… And yes, it is! We watched it yesterday, because my boys wanted to. I actually didn’t even want to, and now I regret sitting in an uncomfy seat for what felt like 5 hours. Today, I already forgot having watched it. No shit! It just came to me again right now, and it’s already late evening! Normally when we go watch a movie, we talk about it for a few days, and the little one especially. But nothing…

But why is it such a bad movie? It’s actually pretty easy to point out what makes this absolutely horrible, but I don’t know where to start. If you grew up with the original Ghostbusters, like I did, you would have come to love the weird characters, the funny yet a bit scary story, and the fact that they were very well made for their time. The new movie, which is something Hollywood would probably call a remake, has none of that. None!

The characters are funny the first 20 – 30 minutes of the movie, and then it’s time to leave with a still somewhat good impression. The way the women meet is actually good, and it feels like they belong together in some weird way. But after they’re done forming their group, they don’t click anymore. All they do is throwing around bad slapstick one-liners that feel awkward and misplaced. The only character I really liked was Kevin, played by Chris Hemsworth, as he at least felt genuinely stupid all the time, which he was supposed to be anyway. The worst character was by far the villain, who had no motive whatsoever for what he did, besides destruction maybe? Typical lonely outsider stereotype.

Moving on to the story, there is nothing much to say really. It’s bland and very predictable, at least from where the ghost stuff takes off. The way they get their slogan doesn’t exist. Their logo comes from someone who plays a role for a few seconds. The equipment sorta just gets made by Holtzmann, and although there is a testing phase in one of the scenes, it just feels like she threw it all together with no knowledge whatsoever about how they might end up working. If they had left out some of the awkward slapstick, and filled it with process instead, I would maybe have liked it. And don’t even get me started on the climactic events that felt very half-hearted and squeezed in…

The overall CGI was nice, and looked like they could have been from the old movies, but it just wasn’t enough. There were very few moments the 3D glasses made the effects shine, and it felt unnecessary to even make this a 3D movie. Moving on to the hot topic of the movie now; Cameos! Yes, some of the old cast shows up here and there, but no, it wasn’t needed at all. Their presence actually felt awkward in some way. Had it been a sequel, then fine, but in this remake they just felt out of place. Dan Aykroyd is NOT a taxi driver FFS! I know that he had his fingers in the making of this movie, but he messed up real bad. When he said in an interview, that the movie was worth watching, he gave it more credit that deserved, even if it had been a DVD release only.

I really don’t know how I could stay awake during this mess of a movie. Maybe it was the obligatory douchebag behind me kicking my seat until I threw some words at him, or maybe it was the fact that I was really hungry, and kept myself awake while eating popcorn. Or maybe it was because of the air-condition, which was so loud, it could have ruined basically ANY movie. I was freezing, hungry, tired, had to pee, and wanted to leave so bad… Had I been alone, I swear, this would have been the first movie ever for me to walk out on. I even managed to stay when watching The Da Vinci Code, because I slept through it like a baby.

I don’t know… I just feel bad whenever watching a movie at the cinema I didn’t like. Yesterday, I felt like an idiot though, because the cinema itself is also just overall bad. I can’t wait for it to get some competition! Please tear down that building faster, so we can get a new one up!

In the end, I guess I just really want to warn whoever reads this that this movie is really bad, and unless you have never watched the original Ghostbusters movies, you will feel awkward and uncomfy for the most part of it. Please Dan Aykroyd, don’t make a sequel! Although I guess he will, as the ending of the movie kind of says it all…

Etsy shop is now up and running!

Awmigawd! I’ve been working towards this moment for over a year now, and it’s finally done! My Etsy shop is officially open, and I’m so excited, I can barely contain my joy! I got the review I was waiting for (thank you Sidachi!), and decided that today would be the day! Sadly, the nebula bottle is not up there, as the air bubble decided to grow, and I’m sooo mad at it…

Anyway, there are 15 items up for sale now, of which 13 of them are bracelets. I have more in my box, but I need to take some good photos before uploading them, and it’s not gonna happen today. After uploading everything to Etsy, I also did the same thing to my Instagram account, which I made solely for the shop to promote myself a bit. It took hours, but I feel good about it!

Now, why did it take so long for me to start this shop, and then I only have 15 items? The thing is that I’m in the claws of the system, and therefore not allowed to make money. I got the permission to do so a while ago though, as long as it’s only a little bit, but was just too afraid. On top of that, I also gave a lot of my work away to friends and family, and until few months ago, I was down to almost no stash, haha *is an idiot*

I also wanted to start with positive feedback, as it’s very hard for a newly opened shop to find foot on Etsy, and not drown in all the other shops. Positive reviews mean a lot more to a shop owner than you can imagine! I also found it hard to price my items fairly, but finally figured out, that my price should be material cost + worktime + packaging + fees, and still match the current market of similar items.

As stated above, I currently have mostly bracelets in my shop, but I’ve got some ideas for more bottle charms, and also for future shop items. Once we’ve moved and settled down, I will work more on fridge magnets (which I already have a handful of already) and bookmarks. It won’t be plastic magnets, but real painted seashells. It also won’t be printed bookmarks, but crafted ones with paper, dried flowers and magazine / manga cutouts all laminated and with a tassel. It’s gonna be fun, and I can’t wait to add these beauties to my shop!

The name of the shop is of course Colorpieces, and the same goes for the Instagram account I made for it.

Visit the Etsy shop here: colorpieces.etsy.com

Visit the Instragram here: instagram.com/colorpieces

I’d be happy if you would peek inside! Window shopping doesn’t cost anything 😉

Custom orders… Eep! Challenge accepted!

”What’s up with that weird title?” you may ask. To keep it short; I’m scared of custom orders! As much as I like creating something for someone, I’m really afraid of screwing it up. When someone places a custom order, they have something in mind, and of course they’d like for me to recreate the image in their head. That’s the part that scares me the most to be honest. Not being able to create what the customer wishes for.

The reason I’m writing about this topic right now is, that I’ve been doing some custom orders for friends lately, as I mentioned in an earlier post. It makes me happy when my friends are happy, and of course I’m always giving 110%. I’m always nervous though, as I’m afraid of doing something wrong, or not to the liking of the one who ordered something from me. Okay, granted, I’ve not had any complaints until now, which boosts my self-confidence a bit, but the fear is still there.

The past 2 days (yes, 2 days!), I’ve been working on a bottle charm with a nebula inside. I both read and watched many tutorials on how to do it, and followed the ones that seemed to make the most sense. But as I did as explained, I noticed that every single tutorial is actually flawed to the point, where it’s basically useless. In the beginning, the nebula was blue at the bottom, but now it’s purple. An air pocket has made its way to the top of the bottle, which I can see in the tutorials too, but no one explains how to avoid it. And my biggest problem was to glue the cork to the bottle neck, as it was wet inside.

Okay, so today is my third day with that… thing, and it seems like there is nothing to do about the air pocket, other than just hoping it won’t grow bigger. I don’t get why the blue turned purple all of a sudden, but as it was meant to be a purple nebula with stars anyway, I’m not that concerned about it (yet, it still bugs the hell out of me!). And the cork is finally glued and shut tight, although it won’t completely dry inside. I took photos of it, and am ready for Etsy, and then shipping.

But hey… What if these flaws turn out to be what brings this project down? What if she doesn’t like what she gets? What if the air spreads? What if I’ll never learn how to create these bottles? What of every bottle ever created has these flaws, but no one tells you in the tutorials? I don’t knooow!

So, what does that have to do with custom orders in general? The thing is that I would have never wanted to create a nebula bottle, had I not been given this order. It was never my intention to make such bottles, ever. But I was like “Yeah, challenge accepted!” as usual. I kind of regret taking the order now, but then again, I would never have known had she not wished for a nebula bottle. Y’neea, you evil creature! *lol*

Moving on to the next order, I now have one listed for another bottle charm, but for someone else, which is meant to be a gift for a beloved person. Yeah, like that won’t make me shit my pants, right? Now it doesn’t only have to please the customer, but also her beloved. I’m dying here… But it’s nothing I can do right now anyway, as the rest of the year is fully booked for me. Etsy shop opening next week, dog is coming in 2 weeks, boyfriend’s birthday is in less than a month, and then we’re packing through all of September, and hoping to move during October instead of November. December is full of birthdays, and I take it we’re hosting Christmas again since we get a new house… Agh! But she knows, so it’s all fine…

It really irks me having to wait with a custom order, so I’ll probably think “Challenge accepted!” again, and do it sometime in-between. As it’s once again something I haven’t done before though, I’ll probably end up stressing over it for days, and then go cry in the corner.

Uh, and a friend sent me an art challenge on Instagram yesterday, and of course I thought “Challenge accepted!” right away, although I have no time for it… orz *cry*

Tiny bits of a life