What I Watched, What You Watched #88

Sacred Walloween is one week old and…I’m already a bit behind on my 31 Days of Horror. Not terribly – I can still catch up within the course of a day or two – but I’m currently 3/6, and I don’t love those numbers. My apologies about that – I’ve started a new lifestyle change, and it’s thrown my movie-viewing all out of whack. It also means my review of A Star Is Born is a little delayed. While it is expected to go up tomorrow, I will give you a little preview by saying that it is great.

Meanwhile, I hope to have a 31 Days of Horror write-up online in the next few days, but I can give you a little taste now. I started my week off with David Cronenberg’s remake of The Fly, and man, was I in from the get-go. Both Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis were on fire, the story was well-paced, and the makeup work was flawless. It is certainly worth the watch, even if it more smart than scary. Meanwhile, I continued my Monster Movie watch with the 1958 The Blob. Honestly, I can’t call the movie good, but I did really enjoy it. The effects were strong, the story simple, and the execution effective. I have no complaints. That’s more than I can say for the third film I watched, Halloween II. Now, the original Halloween may, in fact, be my favorite horror movie ever, and I plan on watching all of the sequels to prepare for the upcoming Halloween (2018). So I started with the first direct sequel to the Michael Myers saga. And while I thought some of the scares were highly effective and reminiscent of the original, I was disappointed to find that the actual murders were far and away inspired by Friday the 13th and other ilk, as opposed to the bloodless terror of the original. The result was a mixed bag. Meanwhile, outside of the horror world, I also decided to watch Infernal Affairs, the original Hong Kong thriller that inspired The Departed, before it left Filmstruck. At the halfway point, I find the film to be entertaining, and the story rich, but it’s a little too condensed, and more effort is put into the editing than the acting or writing. I appreciate its influence, but don’t know if I’ll ever hunt down the sequels.

Meanwhile, on television, my biggest watch was Big Mouth, mainly because it is wonderfully short at 25 minutes per episode. And my God, is it brilliant. Season 2 may even be better than Season 1, thanks to its smart writing, hilarious comedy, and its open look at the horrors of puberty. It’s one of the best shows of the year, and if you like cringe comedy, this is the show for you. Meanwhile, I also watched all three of my main new releases this week – specifically Modern Family, South Park, and It’s Always Sunny. Honestly, all three had the same problem of being “just fine,” without really diving into the themes that both wanted to employ – although I did laugh out loud once in each episode (I could hear Dennis Reynolds call people “soy boy beta cuck” for always and eternity). I guess I just have to hope next week’s episodes come back stronger than ever. Of course I watched football yesterday and today, and I cheered on Texas, Michigan, and Northwestern to some excellent victories. Oh, and podcast-wise, I started listening to Amy Nicholson’s Halloween retrospective Halloween Unmasked, and it really is a rich, fascinating look back at the history of the horror classic.

What about you? Did any of you go see A Star Is Born this weekend? Watch any good horror movies, or new TV shows? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you all here next week!

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