I do realize the bizarre, preposterously first-world narcissism of bragging online about which TV shows you’ve watched. I’m doing it anyway.
Hey, I’m trying to get into the spirit of Halloween. And it’s my blog, I figure.
This is how I’ve marked the season so far:
- “Midnight Mass” (2021). Outstanding!
- “The Walking Dead” Season 11 mid-season finale (2021). Predictably quite good.
- The start of “Fear the Walking Dead” Season 7 (2021). The sets and special effects are still top-notch — but Episode 1 was disappointingly confusing and weird.
- “Suck” (2009). Really funny and surprisingly engaging. Even the music was really good.
- The start of “The Walking Dead: World Beyond” Season 2 (2021). Yeesh. It started off confusing — then turned vaguely unexciting. I thought all its unprecedented exposition for this fictional universe would be exciting, but it curiously is not.
- The start of “What We Do in the Shadows” Season 3 (2021). Hilarious!
BLM Platinum / Public domain.
I have a dear, wise friend whose eyes can turn any of the varying shades of blue that you see in this photo — depending on the day’s light and her day’s fortunes.
Someday we’re going to get to see Norway.
Photo credit: Edmund Schilvold, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Boom! Studios. Variant cover.
Isn’t this the coolest Halloween card ever? The little skeleton guy dances.
Hope you guys have something scary planned for the month ahead. I’ve got a short list of movies I’d love to make time for: “Dracula” (1939), “House of the Devil” (2009), “Annabelle Creation” (2017) and “Mr. Mercedes” Season 3 (2019). Yeah, I know that last one isn’t a feature film, but it’s a program of truly cinematic quality. “Mr. Mercedes” has been the best kept secret in Stephen King fandom — no, its antagonist isn’t as flashy as Pennywise the Clown or The Gunslinger’s various nemeses. But it’s a gorgeous adaptation of a King novel that might even be better than its source material. Check it out, seriously — skip “American Horror Story” if you have to.
There are two movies I need to get to that have been recommended to me with a lot of enthusiasm. The first is “In the Mouth of Madness,” 1994’s H.P. Lovecraft adaptation starring Sam Neill. (I actually started it a few years ago after a friend in New York urged me to, but it just didn’t hold my interest.) The second is 2001’s “Shadow of the Vampire,” which features Willem Dafoe doing Nosferatu. (I only discovered just now writing this that John Malkovich portrays F.W. Murnau.)
I’ll tell you something else, too — I’ve checked out one or two short films on the free ALTER channel and they’ve been terrific. Maybe I’m due for another visit there.