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.

Fright Club

In my ongoing saga of paranormal tv shows I’ve found another new one that I kinda like. It is Fright Club that on Travel Channel (which really needs to rebrand as Ghost Channel or Paranormal Channel or something). It puts together “skeptic” Jack Osbourne (son of Ozzy Osbourne) with “Ghost Brothers“. Jack does a show I like called “Portals to Hell” and the other guys have their own show which I tried to watch but never got into. The combination of the four guys is pretty great. The three Ghost Brothers know each other well, obviously, but don’t hesitate to break Jack’s balls. They just watch clips, and I am not a big fan of “reaction” videos, but also bring in “experts” to talk about them and try to debunk them a little bit. I like it.

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 Wheel of Time: S1 E1 | Leavetaking

Well this dropped today, I knew it was coming but didn’t realize it was today and it looks like it is the first three episode. When the first episode of Game of Thrones aired I loved it, all in, all the way, really awesome (sorry about those last two seasons btw). For The Wheel of Time, like most things in the classic written fantasy genre I had tried to read the books at some point. But there are a lot of books, and they are long, and somewhere along the way I just put them down with no desire to keep reading. I have no idea how long the series is planned for but the first episode was pretty solid. GoT had some understated mysticism/magic, TWoT definitely brings spell casting to the forefront of the story in a pretty visually impressive way. This appealed to the Dungeons and Dragons geek inside me.

All that being said, it is Friday night, I have the house to myself and just picked up a tasty pizza. I will either watch the next two episodes or re-watch Dune again with the volume turned all the way up before I switch my attention to Parker Schnabel later this evening.

Update: Dune won.

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!

You’re a little paranormal!

I watch a lot of paranormal reality shows on television. And when I say a lot, I mean most of them. Much to my wife’s chagrin. I like some more than others but I am hugely, bigly, massively skeptical of all of them. There are a few that I like, and a few that I hate. I present to you now one that I like and one that I will never watch.

These Woods Are Haunted, which I think is a rebranded Terror in the Woods or vice versa, but regardless, I like this one. It is people (I think, maybe they are actors?) telling their true stories about shit they have witnessed. Mostly Sasquatch stuff but I don’t mind that. The recreations are sometimes over the top but I enjoy the eyewitness accounts.

What show is unwatchable? The Dead Files. Just trash, absolute trash. I watched a few episodes of the first few seasons and it is just garbage. Terrible. I’m not even going to try to find a hyper link to it. 

Stay tuned for more blog posts about paranormal shows Ken loves and hates! 

BBC: detectorists on Prime

Last night I finished what was likely the final season of detectorists on Amazon Prime. I can go on and on about how the BBC is so much better than American TV, especially their comedies and this is another show to add to the group. It is about two friends whose hobby is to go metal detecting and the humor is delightfully British and dry. The other bonus of BBC shows is they know how to do a story arc, and they know how to end a show. This is three series, six episodes each and the way the last series ended it really felt like the end of a nice story arc. Check it out if you want some great British comedy in extremely digestible half hour episodes.

detectorists

Upcoming posts include why every American adaption of great BBC shows is terrible (please refer to the current show Ghosts) and reviews of all the shows I have binged over the pandemic.

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