Game of Thrones is Coming

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m getting pretty impatient for the last season of Game of Thrones. There are only a few long months to wait, but I can’t seem to find any real facts about what’s coming up. The cast is keeping quiet, and they’re even filming fake scenes to keep leakers from leaking. Telling me that what’s coming will make the Battle of the Bastards seem like nothing doesn’t help. Personally, I thought Hardhome was a better fight, but I guess Peter Dinklage disagrees. Maybe I only prefer Hardhome because it looks like what would happen if the cover of a metal album came to life. Regardless, I can’t stand all this waiting without even a hint of what I’m waiting for. So in the face of no facts I thought I’d bring you some hardcore nerd conjecture. The only real spoilers are for a book that isn’t (and may never be) out yet. Either you’re already up to speed or you only watch the show and don’t care about the books. Continue reading “Game of Thrones is Coming”

Home Again – November’s Blu-Ray Releases

Welcome to Home Again, where each and every Tuesday I’ll be running down some of the best genre releases coming to home media. In general I won’t be covering 4K because I find the format overrated, but if it’s new and  happens to have some kind of edition feature I might mention it.

All info is from the excellent Blu-ray.com. This isn’t every genre release, just the ones I find interesting. For the full list, follow that link. Continue reading “Home Again – November’s Blu-Ray Releases”

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”

The Death of Rick Grimes…or Not

I’m in an abusive relationship with The Walking Dead. No matter how many times it hurts me I just keep coming back. I guess the same could be said for AMC though since their latest ratings stunt really was a big old middle finger to the people who have been watching this show since the beginning. Yeah you may have put one over on me, but I’ll have a hard time trusting you again. So don’t expect me to care when you start plugging Daryl’s departure or the death of Negan or something.

I’ll admit that I was kind of okay with how the season started. It was still pretty slow, but things got just a little bit more interesting than they’d been the last few seasons. Maggie is executing people, Michonne is sneaking out at night to kill zombies, and there are a ton a Saviors around still just waiting to die. It wasn’t great, but neither was it endless hours of crying and gesticulating. I don’t care about all the different groups trying to learn to live together any more than I care about how Rick and Michonne are raising Judith. There’s been a herd on the move, and we finally get to see the survivors dealing with zombies again. I’m gonna throw out some spoilers here so be warned. I’m not going to go over the whole episode or even give a blow by blow of how he went out, but we will talk about what happened at the end. Continue reading “The Death of Rick Grimes…or Not”

Home Again – November’s Blu-Ray Releases

Continuing by popular demand!

In October I highlighted the horror movies that were hitting Blu-ray each Tuesday. I had fun writing those columns, and I guess you guys had fun reading them because a poll in the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group determined that you wanted the column to continue!

Since we’re past the spooky season now (not that it ever really ends), I’m also going to be including other genre releases and maybe even the occasional foreign drama. Ha. I’m kidding.

So from here into the foreseeable future, each and every Tuesday I’ll be running down some of the best genre releases coming to home media. In general I won’t be covering 4K releases because I find the format overrated, but if it’s a new release that happens to have some kind of edition feature I might mention it.

All release info is from the excellent Blu-ray.com. Continue reading “Home Again – November’s Blu-Ray Releases”

Halloween 2018 – Eli Roth’s History of Horror

tvreview-rothhistory-rothzombieYou probably know who Eli Roth is even if you don’t think you do. He directed Cabin Fever (the good one), Hostel, and (the not good homage to Cannibal Holocaust) The Green Inferno. He’s also had acting roles in several movies, but aside from Inglourious Basterds they’re mostly cameos. A quick look at his IMDB page shows that he is not only a fan of horror, but knows a thing or two about it. You’ll also notice that while he only has 16 credits as a director he has 101 credits as himself (or at least it stuck out to me). It also gives me the idea that he’s a guy who likes to hear himself talk. Continue reading “Halloween 2018 – Eli Roth’s History of Horror”

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”