Stranger Things 3

I was not able to start watching Stranger Things 3 the day it came out. Blowing stuff up on the 4th of July seemed more important than another tv binge. And, to be quite honest, I had been disappointed with the second season. I figured I’d get around to it eventually, but was in no great rush. It wasn’t that I hated it, but I just hadn’t been blown away like in season 1. Then social media started buzzing with how great season 3 was. Spoilers were everywhere, and I knew I needed to start it soon. So Sunday night I gave in and started it up. And once I started I didn’t want to stop. I had two days at work running on little sleep, but finally knocked out the last episode Tuesday night. I found myself very sad that it was over too. Season three was far superior to season two, and I need season four to come out like now. There are going to be lots of spoilers here so if you haven’t finished yet please do that first. I don’t want to be responsible for ruining your summer fun. If you are all caught up then come along while I run down what was good, and maybe not so good about Stranger Things 3.

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Beth’s Best of 2018

I’m back baby! That was an extended hiatus, but the end of 2018/start of 2019 was horrible for me. Sickness and death, and all manner of garbage. Seems like a good time to finally post my 2018 recap and put the year behind me. We’ve done the podcast, but given the number of people that were on (and the way that Dave looked at me for talking about Star Wars as I did) now is my chance to elaborate. There are also some things that came out in 2018 that I hadn’t seen when we recorded so I can talk about those now too. Plus, with everything that’s happened since, that podcast seems like it was recorded a lifetime ago. So here’s my good, meh, and ugly from 2018 in no particular order. Sorry if I repeat from the podcast, but I promise it’ll be worth reading even if you’ve already listened. Well, I promise it’ll have enough differences or new content. I never promise that I’ll write something worth reading. Continue reading “Beth’s Best of 2018”

TV Review – 15 Thoughts About Daredevil Season 3

SPOILER WARNING – THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE THIRD SEASON OF THE NETFLIX SERIES DAREDEVIL

Netflix’s Marvel’s Daredevil (or whatever the nomenclature is) has been one of the streaming service’s most consistent programs thanks to an excellent cast and mostly good plotting.

I loved the first season, liked the second quite a bit, and mostly loathed Defenders.

But the end of Defenders left one of our heroes, Matt Murdock – aka Daredevil, the man without fear – fresh for new stories and personal growth. I was excited for the third season, and even more so knowing that the focus would be back on Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk as the primary antagonist.

Did they pull off an excellent season of television or was this another hot start/middle slog/big finish? Read on. Continue reading “TV Review – 15 Thoughts About Daredevil Season 3”

Halloween 2018 TV Review – 14 Thoughts About The Haunting of Hill House

SPOILER WARNING – THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE NETFLIX SERIES THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE

I have found that the best way to enjoy TV shows movies comic books everything is to avoid any mention of them on the internet.

Obviously as someone who writes about such things I don’t think that’s good advice for you, but I try to stick to it as much as I can for myself.

I went into The Haunting of Hill House with very little knowledge of this particular adaptation. I think I read Shirley Jackson’s novel when I was in high school, though I don’t remember it well. I’ve seen both the 1963 and 1999 film adaptations. They’re very different and I enjoy them for different reasons, but the older one is the superior film.

If I’m being honest, my main reasons for being excited about and watching this series are Mike Flanagan and Carla Gugino.

I’ve been a fan of Gugino ever since seeing her in Son in Law, though she really became one of my genre favorites in the Cinemax film, She-Creature (I could write a whole other post about those weirdo AIP re-imaginings and the related action figure line). After that she became a regular fixture in films like Sin City, The Unborn, watchmen and Sucker Punch (which I still have unresolved feelings about).

As for Flanagan, he did two things that impressed the heck out of me – he created an excellent sequel to a shitty movie with Ouija: Origin of Evil, and he successfully adapted a Stephen King novel. And not just any novel, but Gerald’s Game, one that is basically a single protagonist tied to a bed for days straight. Obviously if you’re going to tie someone to a bed, you’re gonna want Carla Gugino.

Ahem.

But in all seriousness, those two working together produced absolute cinematic magic, and I was up for more of the same, especially with a longer format and a larger cast to interact with.

Did the show deliver on the promise implicit from Flanagan’s past, smaller scale projects? Read on. Continue reading “Halloween 2018 TV Review – 14 Thoughts About The Haunting of Hill House”