i am almost done with the first newfoundland mitten. i messed up the top shaping but i’m not going to rip it out. the shaping is fairly easy. i think that the issue is that the shaping is too easy and i didn’t notice that the stitch marker had fallen out last night. i can’t bear the thought of ripping out all of those thrums. i’m not knitting these as a gift, for judging, or as a show of any sort of great knitting prowness so i’m just going to leave them alone. (i come from the school of thought that unless the mistake is going to bother me forever, like a miscrossed cable, or is going to effect the functioning of the garment i’m going to leave it alone).
i have fairly short fingers so i ended up finishing the body of the mitten an inch shorter than the pattern, and once the shaping starts getting really tight i’ll stop with the thrums.
there is a subgenre of horror that i sometimes think of as ‘when bad things happen to pretty people.’
this is quite definitely one of those films. the movie follows a very well established, almost trope, formula-high power family decides to move to the country and start anew (there’s even an announcement of a new pregnancy!) and then all hell, almost literally, breaks loose.
the movie relies quite heavily on pre-established tropes and conventions as i’ve already stated. however, the heavy gothic atmosphere isn’t all together overused in modern horror- i’d rather have a turn of the screw style movie than another scream/i know what you did last summer/slasher flick. the movie does brood a lot, but in the end it seems to distract from the overall effect. for me, the characters came across as slightly spoiled (the brother who is upset because his inheritance isn’t large enough, the fashion photographer husband who wears perfect clothes all the time, etc) and the setting is a little too perfect for me to be able to really connect with the film in any meaningful way.
in short, the storyline doesn’t give me a reason to care about all the horrible things that are going on.
lastly, the movie gives you everything you need to know about the storyline in a 5 minute sequence near the beginning of the film, and not even subtly. one of the characters (the stereotypical mysterious nanny) flat out tells you the main plot twist, and the brother gives away the second main twist. however, there are some decent shout outs to classic horror and thriller directors that hickrox does pull off fairly well- there’s a scene straight of the birds and the train scenes are very, very hitchcock as well.
i think that this is a movie where i could have looked past the formula if the characters were slightly more flawed. this film isn’t a sibling to the others, but it’s a fairly close cousin in that it relies on a female main character in a massive house who’s perceiving something, but it’s not what she thinks she’s seeing. the others relies on perfectly pretty people as well, but the difference here is that the others depends on characters who are truly flawed and therefore are relatable, while knife edge relies on a character list that’s perfect even in their flaws and therefore are hard to connect with.