This Week in Macabre & Mysterious Media: July 6 – 12.

If you follow me on twitter or FB, you already know this, but I thought I’d share here anyway:

The Ogre-Mobile was rear-ended at speed on Sunday afternoon. My husband is all right; alas poor Yaris is not.

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It’s likely to be a tough week as we deal with car juggling and repairs
… and I was already behind on stuff.
Plus, I’ve got a lot of grateful mucking to do on my beloved.
If you’re waiting on something from me, please forgive the additional delay.
Now back to your regular M & M Media post.

~YOUR MUSICAL INTERLUDE~

Creepy Doll | song by Jonathan Coulton | video by John Ink

This week I’m most intrigued by the song & video above.
(My Ogre was actually the one who found it and brought it to my attention.)
Beyond that I guess I’ll go with:

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~THE MOVIES~

NEW ON NETFLIX & IN REDBOX:

We have a quiet week this time around. Nothing caught my eye on Netflix or in Redbox. As always, you can check for items I’ve featured in recent weeks by visiting Macabre & Mysterious Media links.

IN THEATERS:

Self/less (2015) PG-13

In general release on Friday, July 10th.

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Not yet Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
Ben Kinsley and Ryan Reynolds. This one looks good to me.
On IMDb here.

The Gallows (2015) R

In general release Friday, July 10th.

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Not yet Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
I’m so tired of just about everything I see in this trailer: urban legends, a teenage cast, found footage. Bleh.
On IMDb here.

I’m going to leave the following advice here until Inside Out leaves the theaters. It’s that good.

GO SEE INSIDE OUT! 

If you can, go when the theater has a mixed audience of adults (male & female) and kids. For more thoughts about this movie, visit its updated listing here.

~ON TV~

No interesting premiers this week either. I told you it was quiet. I did take some time this weekend to watch last week’s premiers, Zoo and Humans. (You can check out my updated thoughts about these two shows and the movie, Max, here.)

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INDEX TO ALL MACABRE & MYSTERIOUS MEDIA FEATURES HERE

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.

Updated 2016.06.03


This Week in Macabre & Mysterious Media: June 28 – July 5

~YOUR MUSICAL INTERLUDE~

Johnny Cash & Joni Mitchell – The Long Black Veil

My most heartfelt recommendation this week:

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~THE MOVIES~

NEW ON NETFLIX & IN REDBOX:

A few favorites are LEAVING Netflix streaming soon, so catch them while you can:

Stephen King’s The Stand (1994) TV mini-series

Available on 2 DVDs from Netflix.
No longer Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.
This is a great (Gary Sinese) and terrible (Molly Ringwald) adaptation. I’ll recommend it, but I admit it’s mostly about nostalgia, and love for the book.
On IMDb here.

Also leaving, The Langoliers.

Natural Born Killers (1994) Director’s Cut NR

Available on DVD from Netflix.
No longer Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.
What a cast: Juliette Lewis, Woody Harrelson, Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones. Written by Quentin Tarantino. A brutal movie, but a great one. (I have not seen the director’s cut, which is most likely MORE bloody and brutal than the theatrical release — though I’m hard pressed to imagine how.)
On IMDb here.

The Manchurian Candidate (2004) R

Available on DVD from Netflix.
No longer Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.
Another great cast: Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Meryl Streep.
On IMDb here.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) PG

Available on DVD from Netflix.
No longer Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.
I missed this completely when it came out, then forgot all about it. Is it worth a watch?
On IMDb here.

Underworld (2003) R AND Underworld: Evolution (2006) R 

This is a great opportunity to see the first and second installments of the Underworld series. If I remember right, Underworld is a fun adventure movie–not great art, not great horror, but a fine way to spend a couple of hours. I’ll rewatch and, if I still like it, I’ll give the sequel a go.
On IMDb here.

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.

Ascension (2014) TV mini-series

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.
This was a three-night mini-series on SyFy, in December. I’m a sucker for a good period piece and the reviews look promising.
On IMDb here.

The Secret of Roan Inish (1994) PG

Available on DVD from Netflix.
No longer Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.
I can’t find a decent trailer, which does not bode well. Still, I think I liked this when it came out. I’m not going to give it a color rating yet, because I don’t really remember it. If I give it a go, I’ll come back to update my opinion.
On IMDb here.

This week, Redbox will be getting in a couple of things worth mentioning too:

The Houses October Built (2014) R

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
Saw it. Eh. I liked the first third best, and the ending felt rushed. Neither as suspenseful (which would have been good) nor as gory (which would have been bad) as it could have been. Also, this is one of those movies where you end up thinking they are all idiots, who could have walked away at any time. I’ll add it as an alternate to the Halloween movie list, because it’s not horrible and it does capture something about Halloween. I will say that it made me realize I’m awfully trusting (too trusting?) when it comes to haunted attractions.
On IMDb here.

 

(FORMERLY) IN THEATERS:

Terminator Genisys (2015) PG-13

In general release on Tuesday, June 30th.

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Not yet Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
Boy, this one cries out for a drive-in screening, doesn’t it?
On IMDb here.

Max (2015) PG

In general release already.

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Not yet Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
Here’s my complete outlier for the week. We saw the preview for Max while waiting for Inside Out to start. All three of us choked up. (The 19 year old boy, the Ogre and me.) Way to hit me in multiple tender spots, movie-maker-people. As soon as we all have a day off again, we’re going to see it. I will bring a purse full of Kleenex. Can someone reassure me that the dog doesn’t die? Please?

UPDATE: We teared up when we were supposed to, but we also laughed inappropriately at how bad parts of this movie were. My son suggested it would have been much better if they’d spent more time showing us the rehabilitation and adjustment of the war dog, and he’s 100% right. When it comes to the humans in the movie, there’s far too much stereotyping, troping, and character simplification going on. You kind of know a movie is pretty mediocre when a few lines, scattered through the film, strike you as REALLY good … compared to the rest. Save your theater money and wait for this to become available to you via a cheaper option.

SPOILER: Highlight here -> The dog does not die.
On IMDb here.

Speaking of movies that hit me right in the heart:

GO SEE INSIDE OUT! 

If you can, go when the theater has a mixed audience of adults (male & female) and kids. For more thoughts about this movie, visit its updated listing here.

~ON TV~

Humans | AMC | Sundays | 9/8c | June 28th

This show premiered on SUNDAY the 28th. If you can’t On Demand it, you can watch it at AMC.
From IMDb:
“In a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ – a highly-developed robotic servant that’s so similar to a real human it’s transforming the way we live.”

I’m especially vulnerable to emotions inspired by the ethical problems inherent in A.I. (The movie did a number on me.) I just saw Ex Machina, though, and I liked that. Perhaps I’m too sensitive about the topic when it involves a child robot. I’ll absolutely give Humans a shot. I think shows like this can be a good way to get people thinking about, and talking about, the potential consequences of bringing artificial intelligence into the world.

UPDATE: I’m giving this a cautious green, but I reserve the right to change my mind after I see some more episodes. I like what actress Katherine Parkinson is doing with the role of Laura, the mother in a family that has just obtained its first synth. As usual, I hate the way the teenage children are presented as sullen and difficult … but it seems apparent that popular media in general is incapable of suggesting there is any other option, so I can’t hold that against this show … at least not too much.

Zoo | CBS | Tuesdays | 9/8c | June 30th

From IMDb:
“A young scientist searches to find out what’s causing a rash of violent animal attacks.”

From James Patterson. Hmm. Not sure about this. I hate seeing animals killed, even in fiction. I’ll probably give it a go, but I’m skeptical.

UPDATE: It actually started off better than I thought, then resorted to a typical sci-fi plot device, then bounced back from that … a little. I think it’s just going to drive me crazy as I’m compelled to think, over and over, “but that’s not even close to what an animal would do!” I’m going to give it another couple of episodes to see where it goes.

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INDEX TO ALL MACABRE & MYSTERIOUS MEDIA FEATURES HERE

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.

This Week in Macabre & Mysterious Media: April 13 – 19, 2015

Availability status updated Aug. 3rd. 2015.

~YOUR MUSICAL INTERLUDE~

The Flight – Dark Corners
Not sure about the music itself, but I love the video.

If you only watch, play, or read one thing from this list, it should be:

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Housebound (2014) on Netflix streaming. (See below.)

~THE MOVIES~

ON NETFLIX & IN REDBOX:

The Babadook (2014) NR

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
I could not get to this when it was in the theaters, so I’m excited to watch it this month.
UPDATE: I finally got around to watching this and I wish I hadn’t wasted the time. I was very excited about it, because I loved the short film, Monster, which it was based on. I’ve embedded the original short film below the trailer video. My advice is to save yourself 80 minutes, and watch the better version of the story.
On IMDb here.

Monster – Jennifer Kent from Jennifer Kent on Vimeo.

Housebound (2014) NR

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.
This one is fantastic! I retroactively added it to last week’s M&M Media post, because I found it late in the week, but I want to mention here too. I loved this movie, especially the first two-thirds of it. It’s funny, and smart, and it has some pretty good scares.
On IMDb here.

Marvel’s Daredevil (2015) 

Two full seasons of this Netflix original are available now.
I’m hearing this is darker and gritter and all-around better than the 2003 movie. The previews look intriguing. Ogre and I will be giving this a go this week. UPDATE: We caught the 1st episode this weekend and it looks pretty good so far. Second UPDATE: we say the whole season and really loved it. Darker than we expected but compelling. With this update, I’m improving the rating from orange to green.
On IMDb here.

Practical Magic (1998) PG-13

Available on DVD from Netflix.
No longer Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.
It’s April. There’s gotta be a rainy afternoon or evening that lends itself to watching this charmer.
On IMDb here.

Killer Legends (2014) NR

Available on Netflix streaming.
A documentary about the true stories that may have inspired urban legends, by the director of Cropsey (2009).
This is dark stuff folks. I haven’t watched the whole thing but I can tell you the crime scene photographs, which feature prominently, are tough to take. It’s different when it’s real, you know. [UPDATE] I have now see it all and thought it was worth the watch. A couple of the four segments are better than the others, but a decent show overall.
On IMDb here.

Speaking of Cropsey, it is also available on Netflix streaming right now:

Cropsey (2009) NR

On IMDb here.

NO LONGER IN THEATERS:

Child 44 (2015) R

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Not yet Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
We saw the trailer for this at the theater, and it looks great. The movie is based on a book by British thriller writer, Tom Rob Smith, which is based on the crimes of Soviet serial killer, Andrei Chikatilo, aka the Butcher of Rostov. UPDATE: The critics aren’t giving this much love, which shocks me a little, because both Ogre and I though it was amazing. We DEEPLY cared about the characters involved. The relationship between the two main characters is complex and real. I guess the Russian accents are terrible. This is not something we noticed because we watched it with the subtitles as if it was in a launguage we didn’t speak.  on and just let the Russian-sounding words wash over us. (Couldn’t make out the dialog otherwise.) Maybe that’s why we liked it so much … we were concentrating on the actual acting, rather that the sound of the words.
On IMDb here.

Monsters: The Dark Continent (2014) R

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Available streaming on Netflix.
Not Available from Redbox.
I mentioned the movie that came before this, Monsters, last week. Since then I’ve head more good things about it, but I haven’t queued it up yet. I’m thinking I should.
On IMDb here.

Woman in Gold (2015) PG-13

Available on DVD from Netflix.
Not yet Available streaming on Netflix.
Available from Redbox.
On IMDb here.
Not paranormal at all. ‘Just mentioning it because Ogre and I saw it over the weekend. Interesting story, but the movie-making is nothing special. I think a lot of the latest true-life / historical films have been that way. The source material is compelling, yet the cinematography, writing, acting, etc. feel serviceable but bland. (The Monuments Men (2014) and Unbroken (2014) are other examples that comes to mind.) I didn’t dislike this movie. My eyes did fill with tears a couple of times, and I gasped in outrage at one particular revelation. Still, I think that’s a function of the story itself rather the way it was presented to me. If you want something similar but better, try Philomena (2013.) (Currently available in Redbox and on Netflix disc.)

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INDEX TO ALL MACABRE & MYSTERIOUS MEDIA FEATURES HERE

NOTE: The color of the title is keyed as follows:
Black = Not yet watched. I’m interested … or I think you’ll be interested.
Red = Watched. Not recommended. Worse than the reviews or buzz indicated.
Orange = Watched. Recommended, with reservations or cautions.
Green = Watched. Recommended. A good movie that lives up to its reputation.