Happy final Sunday of Sacred Walloween! My apologies that I haven’t had a proper amount of lists for you all this month – I really fell behind in the Sacred Walloween-ness of it all. Nevertheless, I have at least one more list in the works for you all later this week, a recap of my (middling) #31DaysOfHorror, and a few Halloween-based reviews. One of which will be for David Eggers’ The Lighthouse, which I saw this weekend and had…a lot of thoughts about. I won’t tell you what that means, you’ll have to wait and see. I also saw Gemini Man and Jojo Rabbit this weekend, and should have reviews up for in the coming weeks. I can confirm that one of these films I really enjoyed, albeit not loved, while the other film sparked a weird, mixed relationship in my gut that I’m still working on processing. I’ll let you guess which film is which.
As I continued working on #31DaysOfHorror, I only had a chance to see one film on my list, which disappointed me in my laziness. Still, at least the film was J.A. Bayona’s truly remarkable The Orphanage. I loved everything about this eerie haunted house thriller, from the performances to the ambiance to the execution. It’s a haunting, lovely film that both delivers classical scares and more than a few winks to the camera, especially in terms of its score. And we continued the Marvel Marathon this past week with both Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Guardians was moderately well-received, although the padded runtime wore on my father by the end. However, I am pleased to report that both parents really enjoyed Spider-Man, laughing a lot, rewinding for their favorite parts, and emerging in a good mood for the first time since…the first Guardians, maybe? I’m glad it went over well, and I’m hoping the goodwill continues on Thor: Ragnarok (speaking of Jojo).
They say that when one door closes, another one opens. That seems to be the case as Succession finally ended, yet BoJack Horseman returned. And just in the knick of time – this season was everything I hoped it would be. It was funny, sad, bittersweet, emotional, and perfect. I’m not ready for this show to end, but I can’t wait for the final eight episodes in January. Meanwhile, It’s Always Sunny continues being one of the funniest shows on television with their recent zoo-based episode. Everyone was at the top of their game, but I want to give a specific shout out to Danny DeVito and Glenn Howerton, who really brought it in terms of comedy (no one plays deranged like Howerton). Friday night, I enjoyed American Housewife, which is slowly growing into an adequate replacement for The Middle (not as good, but getting there). And Chance The Rapper was a successful host on Saturday Night Live, even if the material wasn’t all the way there (that said, I did lose it at the Tasty Toaster Tarts sketch).
That wraps up this week’s What I Watched, What You Watched. I have a few horror reviews that I’ll try to get up in the next few weeks, a Halloween-based list that should go up Thursday, along with a recap of what films I did manage to see. Sorry for the disappointing Sacred Walloween this year! But in the meantime, let me know in the comments what you’ve been watching, what you think of the films and shows I’ve watched, and I’ll see you all later this week with one more spook fest for you!