Nathan Drake’s final adventure is a worthy send off and a sad reminder we’ll no longer join him on his perilous treks into the past.
I’ve always had an infatuation with kings and queens and the scandals that often surrounded their courts. My favorite rulers to study and just plain obsess over has always been the sovereigns who ruled over what is now called the United Kingdom, though I admit I don’t know nearly as much as I should about the House of Windsor. With the premiere (and following binge) if the new Netflix show, The Crown, that’s begun to change.
I has a sad and it’s all Amazon’s fault. See, last weekend I finally got around to watching Gortimer Gibbin’s Life on Normal Street; most of the time I’m multitasking and that particular show insisted I actually pay attention so it had to wait until I found some free time. Once I did, I realized that is was most definitely a show that deserved undivided attention and got just that – possibly to the detriment of my writing time – for days until the final episode played on my television. So why the sad, you ask? Well, because it’s over. Done. Gone. In the realm of no more. Who wouldn’t be sad when a show as good as this one is cancelled (which was the plan from the start and not something forced upon them by Amazon)?
I’m always on the lookout for a new horror flick; after all, it’s my favorite genre of all freaking time and tonight I stumbled across a Momento-meets-28 Days Later-with-a-dash-of-Resident Evil gem while perusing a certain actor’s IMDB page. While not the apex of modern filmmaking, its cast and crew do a commendable job at doing what films are meant to do: entertain.
So you looking for a wild, action-filled ride and a beautifully crafted story that spans hundreds of years and an entire continent? Well, look no further. A. D. Starrling’s Soul Meaning, the first of her Seventeen books, is all that and more. This book is more than just a gorgeous cover (which it has) and is a strong start to what promises to be a must read action series.
Imagine the Allied Powers had lost World War II. How would the world have changed? Well, in this adaption of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, Germany and Japan are the only superpowers left and, within their considerable empires, have divided the United States between them. The ten episode first season is a dark, frightening look at a dystopian universe that very easily could have been made reality if Hitler’s side had managed to develop and launch atomic weaponry before the U.S.
In the mood for something a bit naughty? Maybe you’re looking for something like 50 Shades of Grey but with actually sexy scenes and realistic characters and above-grade school writing ability? Then you’re going to want to check out S. I. Hayes’ latest release, Heart of Stone.
Christoph Paul is sick. But in a good way. Much like his previous works, under both his name and Mandy DeSandra, Slasher Camp for Nerd Dorks is a twisted, darkly humored satire with the strangely sweet Jason Voorheesbeg taking center stage. A sad and lonely figure, the young would-be killer is as far from his non-Jew’d psuedo namesake as could be.
It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of the recently departed Wes Craven, even before I knew who the genius man was. He conquered and redefined horror time and again and his legacy will live on longer than most of the films his work has and will inspire. From The Last House on the Left toWes Craven’s New Nightmare to the 2000s remakes, he was always scaring up new and clever ways to frighten audiences. My Soul to Take, though more than a few have panned it, is no exception.
Back in 1983, there was one film released that, while it isn’t as well known as Friday the 13th or Halloween or A Nightmare on Elm Street, is definitely worth the 88 minute run time and then some. Sleepaway Camp, though it may seem like the average slasher, is far from it. From the sad opening to the shocking end (good gawd!), it keeps you interested and intrigued.
Y’know how some films are simply amazing? How they become these incredible experiences that mere words cannot do justice? Those are those rare times when everything from casting to writing to directing – everything in between – come together to wow audiences. These are magical movie moments.
I’ve never been a huge fan of possession films; since The Exorcist, it seems they haven’t changed much; all the one’s I’ve watched followed the same predictable pattern: girl gets possessed, does bad things, priests called, demon cast out. We got it. Good always wins – and that’s cool. But can we change up the formula, just a bit?
Lindsay Fischer, author and advocate, has given the world a guided tour of what someone in an abusive relationship lives with day and night, sometimes for years before they’re finally able to get away. Sadly, not everyone finds the strength to do so and never make it to happily ever after, if that’s even a thing for survivors. Lindsay survived and has come forward to tell about her relationship with Mike (from henceforth referred to as the worthless piece of shit [wpos for short]) from the day she met Prince Charming to the day she escaped the evil bastard who had turned her once happy life into a living hell.
Back in 1990, one Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park introduced the world to the incredible possibilities of DNA – that is, the ability to use it to bring long extinct creatures back to life. The 2015 hit Jurassic World took that a step further – what if we improved upon evolution’s design and made something so amazing, so beyond our own (limited) comprehension that we were suddenly ranked last in the food chain hierarchy? Really, wonderful things to consider but there’s something beyond simple dinosaur DNA mixing, something that even the brilliant mind of the venerable Mr. Crichton himself couldn’t possibly imagine.
So this might be Disney’s best show ever. It’s not the usual fluff so many kids’ shows are known for; Girl Meets World shows you that not everything is easy and the best way to survive life is to learn and lean on friends. This is a good lesson, one that viewers of any age can take away from. So why aren’t you watching?
Ah, horror, a favorite genre for longer than I've known what a genre is so I tend to be extra critical of it so when I say this one was a pretty damn good read and worth the time spent between its pages, I mean it.
Amblin, Legendary and Universal are dang lucky this movie is so freaking amazing. Seriously.
Richie Rich, as I’m sure most everyone knows, is the story of the world's richest kid who has every material possession one could imagine – from a car to drive around his humongous mansion to a time machine that allows him to meet his future self – apparently he’ll morph into his father, just not nearly as lazy. It’s fun, even if his friends aren’t the best in the world.
After the awesomeness that is Marvel's The Avengers came out in 2012, there were some very founded concerns that the much-wanted sequel could live up to Joss Whedon's meta-human spectacular. Oh, it would have been so easy to just phone it in and makes bucket loads of cash before killing the fan-love that has built up for the MCU since The Incredible Hulk but lucky for us, they actually out work into it. Plus, we got more Jeremy Renner this time.
So one day while putzing around the interwebs, I stumbled upon a YouTube channel starring two hyperactive actors trying to figure out how it all works. While they may not have answered that particular question yet, their journey to A-List stardom has been bloody hilarious.
There have been lots of superhero-based television shows over the years, from Adam West's Batman all the way up to The CW's Flash. But I can't remember one about saving the people who save people until Disney XD's Mighty Med premiered back in 2013. As is expected by now by anyone who watched any of Disney's channels, Mighty Med is fun, non-offensive television that fans of any age can enjoy.
My proud Disnerd status is far from secret but I mostly go on about their animated films and television shows. When it comes to the live action fare, it's kind of hit or miss. I mean, you don't see Tumblr and Pinterest accounts dedicated to Escape to Witch Mountain, now do you? But as mediocre as they can sometimes be, when a movie like Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day comes out, you remember that Disney magic can happen without songs four year olds obsess over.
E! recently premiered an actual scripted show - yes, they admit it's pure fiction unlike the trash they normally air. Honestly, if not for Chelsea Lately, The Soup and the now defunct Joan & Melissa, I'd never bother with the channel. But after watching the first few episodes of The Royals, I've come to appreciate the network. Not enough to waste my time with those Kardashians, but still. After all, where else can I see Queen Helena plot against... um, everybody?