Dune on the big screen, 1922 on the small screen

Saw Dune again for probably the fourth time. This time on the big screen in the comfy cinema chairs. As expected it looks gorgeous on the big XD screen and sounds delicious as well. Most of the family came along and surprisingly they all enjoyed it. I was pretty sure my oldest and youngest would like it but my wife took a liking to it: “It’s wasn’t all murder and explosions and I didn’t have to see that guy cut those peoples heads off,” is what she said (among other things). Plus it is basically a story about a mother and her son, what mother wouldn’t enjoy that?!

Then after watching some good, some bad college football I spun up 1922, another Stephen King yarn. Another good one too, I believe I read the novella some time in the past and the movie held up to the eeriness of the written word. A nice updated homage to Edgar Allen Poe with a taste of Bonnie and Clyde on the side.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

 

Argue all you want over the best Christmas movie (Die Hard), there is only one, dear to my heart, Thanksgiving movie that must be watched. Right. Fucking. Now.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Total Recall 2012

I guess they remade Total Recall in 2012, who knew? I completely missed it but it is on Netflix now so I gave it a watch. It is the same plot just with updated CGI and actors, and no more Mars. Also no pulling the magic bean out of you head through your nose. That was the best part! Anyway it was fun if you like running around and shooting and things like that. Spend two hours on a Saturday afternoon with Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale? I’m game.

The Deeper you Dig

I recently finished this really good, surprising, independent film on Amazon Prime called The Deeper you Dig. The very small cast of mostly related people (mom, dad and daughter play the main roles and mom and dad wrote and directed), excellently portray their characters. It does get a little bit too psychedelic for me in parts, but those sections do not linger. Definitely not a conventional horror or thriller and more than the average ghost story. It really had me and I never had to click the 15 second fast forward button. Chef recommends!

Stephen King: The Outsider

When we were on vacation this year I took a Stephen King book with me. I was never a huge fan but always like most of his stuff, especially when I am looking for an easy read. I can’t remember the name of the book I was reading but I had recently watched and thoroughly enjoyed the HBO miniseries: The Outsider. It is an excellent combination of supernatural and pessimistic, realist characters who do not believe in such things. 

Anyway, the condo in Myrtle Beach we were staying in had a bunch of books that folks had left and one of the was The Outsider by Stephen King. I told my daughter that I really liked the miniseries and she decided to read the book. So we raced to see who would finish their Stephen King book first (I had a head start so I won by half a day).

Once she was done I grabbed it and read it and finished it at home (did I steal a book?) and it was great. As much as I enjoy the supernatural and ghost hunter shows I am a huge sceptic of it all so the main character really played out well for me. I just started Later by Stephen King and I am enjoying it as well.

The Outsider