This Week in Macabre & Mysterious Media: June 15 – 21, 2015.


Ella Henderson – Ghost

This week, I think I’m most interested to give this a go:




Before I Go to Sleep (2014) R

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
No longer Available from Redbox.
Colin Firth & Nicole Kidman.
“After surviving a brutal assault, a woman awakens each morning incapable of remembering anything about her past, including the previous day.”
I don’t think this is a new listing, but I just noticed it and I do want to see it.
On IMDb here.

Practical Magic (1998) PG-13

Available on DVD from Netflix.
No longer Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.
This one is LEAVING the Netflix streaming line-up on June 20. I don’t have to catch it before it goes, because I own a copy. If you don’t, and if you’re in the mood for a chick-flick or have some nostalgia for the movie, watch it this week before it’s gone. 
On IMDb here.


Inside Out (2015) PG

Opens in general release Friday, June 19th.

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Not yet Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
On IMDb here.

I don’t get excited about a lot of animated films but this one has been on my anticipation list for months. Just watching the trailer makes me smile. Also, there’s a personal little prize for me because the family is apparently moving from Minnesota to California. (I know it’s not remotely macabre or mysterious, but sometimes I’m just a big child.)

UPDATE Here’s your Oscar winner for animated film, 2015. Go. See. This. Movie.

On Father’s Day, my Ogre and I went, with our 19 year old son, to see Inside Out. The theater was more than half full. There was a little girl sitting behind us. It was a perfect movie-going experience. If you can find a similar crowd, do listen to who is laughing at any given time. This really is a family movie with stuff for everyone. By the way, I don’t think you have to be a parent to appreciate it. Though I did think about raising my kids while watching, I was also thinking about what it was like to grow up. Even now, as I think about the way they expressed how memories and emotions work together, I am tearing up. If you have ever struggled with depression or melancholy, there’s something very important here for you.

I’d better back up here a little. This is NOT a sad movie, overall; in fact it’s lovely. But I suspect you will cry.

Inside Out is everything the critics are saying about it. We are seriously thinking about going to see it again, while it’s still in theaters. We suspect we missed a lot of the fine detail that Pixar is famous for. I’ll end with a quote from our son, who said after the movie, “During [that one part] I was holding my breath, because — in a theater full of children — I didn’t want to be the first to sob out loud.”


Proof | TNT | Tuesdays | 10/9c | Series premiere June 16th.

From the homepage:
“Jennifer Beals plays Dr. Carolyn Tyler, who has suffered the recent, devastating loss of her teenage son, the breakup of her marriage and a growing estrangement from her daughter. Carolyn is persuaded by Ivan Turing (Modine), a cancer-stricken tech inventor and billionaire to investigate cases of reincarnation, near-death experiences, hauntings and other phenomena, all of it in the search for evidence that death is not the end.”
NOTE: Sorry there’s no trailer video here. I’ve shared “good links” twice already, but they keep breaking. I’m done trying. Apparently TNT doesn’t want trailers out there.
I haven’t watched anything from TNT for a while, but this one SOUNDS like it’s right up my paranormal alley. It’s not high on my list, but I may give it a go. (It’s good to see Jennifer Beals working.)



The color of the title is keyed as follows:
Black = Have not yet experienced. I’m interested … or I think you’ll be interested.
Red = Have experienced. Not recommended. Worse than the reviews or buzz indicated.
Orange = Have experienced. Recommended, with reservations or cautions.
Green = Have experienced. Recommended. Good (or great) work that lives up to its potential.

4 Comments on “This Week in Macabre & Mysterious Media: June 15 – 21, 2015.”

  1. Looking forward to Proof. The Pixar movie might be good, but I’m not drawn to it, and I love all their stories.

  2. “Before I Go To Sleep” sounds interesting. And also a bit like “Memento” – not that that’s a bad thing, of course!

    • I had the same thought about Memento, which I did like.

      I’d forgotten all about this movie, (I think it wasn’t in theaters for very long) but seeing the listing at Netflix reminded me I did want to see it.

      (All my talk about remembering and forgetting in this context amuses me.)

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