Weekly Wanna Watch List 

Last Weekend Annabelle Creation smashed the box office grossing 35 million in sales for the No 1 spot and i’m just waiting for $5 Tuesdays at the Rave to avoid the crowd. As always we have a healthy mix of fantasy and horror and rounding out our Weekly Wanna Watch an action adventure. Check out the trailers and my picks for this weeks wanna watch!

 

The Shape of Water

I’ve never acctually heard of this movie prior to prepping for today’s post.  Octavia Spencer happens to be one of my favorite “newer” actresses. I have yet to  see a movie with her in it that I didn’t love.  Seeing her name amongst the cast definitely made me consider watching the trailer.

Though the title sounds like that of a romance novel, and perhaps there is a bit of romance foreshadowed here in the trailer, The Shape of Water is actually a Sci-Fi/Fantasy and aquatic lore. Based in Cold War America (approx. 1963) Elisa a mute woman working in a high-security government lab discovers a merman and strikes up a friendship.

If that isn’t enough to stoke your interest, this movie is directed by Guillermo del Toro. A writer/director i’ve recently become obsessed with. I may actually go see this film in theatres, if not i’ll be adding it to my Netflix queue for sure.

 

 

Annabelle Creation

My love of horror movies can be attributed to my late grandmother Josephine Shepherd who i’m sure would NOT watch this movie if she were alive to do so, because it’s that’s damn scary! I on the other hand will most certainly be going to see this film as soon as the crowds of crazy movie talkers dies down.

The fourth installment in the Conjuring  franchise, and the long awaited prequel to demon doll Annabelle, Annabelle Creation finally explains why and how the demented marionette came to be. Years after he and his wife, Esther, lose their 7-year-old daughter Annabelle in a car accident they welcome a nun and six orphaned girls into their California farmhouse. As usual in these situations one child sneaks into a forbidden room and finds a not so innocent doll with a life of her own.

I just want to say I. Will. Be. Seeing. This. Movie ! That is all.

 

The Dark Tower

 

I am a huge Stephen King fan and my fantasy romance with Idris Elba has been ongoing since The Wire. That being said i’ve never actually read any of the Dark Tower series but given the buzz the movie is getting I’m willing to add this to my TBR list also.

If you’re unfamiliar with the storyline; Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. The ultimate plays out on the big screen in this film directed by Nikolaj Arcel

 

Polaroid

As much as I love a good screamer flick, I love my cheesy B-List horrors movies just as much. The ridiculous scenerio’s that only happen to teens, absentee parents all that converge on a small town with inexplicable consequences. What’s not to love?

In Polaroid, Bird Fitcher is a high school senior and resident loner finds an old school polaroid camera and starts using it. Soon she discovers the camera’s dark qualities when everyone who’s picture she’d taken meets a strange and tragic death.

Be sure to check out the trailer to see for yourself!

 

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Blake Lively is super lucky to have Ryan Reynolds as her beau. Rugged good looks, washboard abs I don’t even know what this movie is about and I wanna watch it just to get a glimpse of Ryan with his shirt off. Add Samuel L. Jackson to the cast list and this movie sells itself.

 

Need more convincing?

The world’s top protection agent is called to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hit men. The two have been on the opposite end of battle for years and are thrown together for 24 hours. During their journey from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a ruthless Eastern European dictator out for blood.

Sounds exciting doesn’t it? That’s why i’ll be getting a ticket to see this one on the big screen!

 

Which movies made your wanna watch list? Have you already seen some on this week’s? Let us know in the comments below!

#ShowsWeLove: The Strain

At a child’s birthday party all the adults I know usually clamor to one room, forfeiting the house to the dominant species…The Children.

Little Miss Jada’s 9th birthday barbeque was no different. My friend and comic book sensei also happens to be a professional grade chef. Our domain…the kitchen.

As always after several platters of food have been devoured by our offspring. Plastic cups refilled again, the nerdlings within steer our conversation to the latest movie trailer releases.

A few remakes later and we’re talking about Hulu. The streaming service offers a variety of cable programs currently on air. The Strain happens to be one of those shows.

I grew up reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Anne Rice (pick a book I’ve read it). So Guilermo Del Toro’s The Strain brings back a traditional sense of what a vampire was for me.

Set to the theme of a viral outbreak backed by an ancient evil, it’s a great show if you’re into zombie apocalypse shows. Just replace the zombies by semi cognizant vampires and you have a show that has spanned three seasons.

We follow Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, head of the CDC’s New York-based Canary Project, on the case of an airplane that lands with everybody on board dead. His team discovers a viral outbreak, very similar to that of vampirism.  As the virus ravages the city Goodweather, his team and a group of the city’s residents wage a war that could hold humanity’s fate in its hand.

Original a book trilogy, The Strain officially aired on July 13, 2014 with the fourth and final series airing Sunday, July 16th, 2017.

The show’s executive producers include Oscar-nominated writer Guillermo del Toro and Emmy-winning producer Carlton Cuse.

Have you seen The Strain? What did you think?

My Netflix Addiction: Hemlock Grove

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Remember when Netflix had Max, the feature that recommended movies based on your preferences. I miss that guy, he made being lazy super easy. Just before his abrupt departure Max recommended this based on my interest in magical TV shows and dark story lines.

The first season was a bit confusing but weird enough to get me to watch it through to the end. Femke Jensen and that kid from Degrassi were among the primary cast and they did a great job. The acting on the show is amazing.

I later found out that it was also a book series. I may actually try reading because my interest in the show fizzled midway through season three. There is a lot of incest in this show. Some pretty gross blood play and what I assume would be attempts at true to life gypsy rituals which are still pretty icky.

All in all, the show just got to be too confusing, when you have no idea what’s happening in an episode that’s your sign to bail. I may revisit Hemlock Grove again someday. It really only takes an episode to win me back to a show’s side.

 

Have you seen Hemlock Grove? What did you think? Did you also read the book?

My Netflix Addiction: Happy Tree Friends

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I am obsessed with cartoons. If I could make a living doing voice overs I would. While I work on my sound reel, let’s talk about this cartoon. I should start by saying this is not a cartoon for kids. In fact it probably isn’t a cartoon most adults would like. I have a morbid sense of humor.

In old school Tom & Jerry fashion (one of my faves) this show offers no messy dialogue, only squeaks and murmurs from our doomed animal cast. I won’t ruin it for you check out this clip below!

 

My Netflix Addiction: 13 Reasons Why

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*The content featured in this article could be seen as graphic, I am discussing a program which showed strong sexual content, minor abusing drugs and alcohol, strong language and rape. Basically you should not be reading this without permission if you are a minor.  Also spoiler alert.

I’d heard mixed reviews from friends, coworkers, Facebook followers people who’ve read the book and new it existed prior to watching the series. When I started watching i’d understood that i’d either feel a sense of kindred belonging or utter disdain for the late Hannah Baker.

Instead I felt myself feeling a both annoyed by her naivete and sad no one stepped in to save the histrionic young woman. Hannah Baker committed suicide by slicing her wrists in the bathroom tub, she’d endured 2 years of torture after moving to a new town and a new school. Sadly this was her only way out.

Before committing the final deed, she’d recorded 13 cassette tapes, (yes they still exist in 2017!) and confessed her sins and the sins of those she felt were most responsible for driving her to end her life.  Some would consider it a bit pious of her.

I at times agreed, the police would have and could have stepped in to bring justice to the stalker and the rapist. (i’m sure the later did face criminal charges once his confession was released.)  Some would suggest she merely get over the other teenage shenanigans.

I believe she could’ve used benefited from having a real counselor who could’ve guided her through a few minor struggles, had any adult been able to offer her refuge she could’ve had a chance.

My beloved would say she needed “thicker skin”  The series as a whole was pretty interesting and I would even consider watching a second season if they bothered to continue the show. The book was a stand alone project but who knows Season One left room for a 13 Reasons Why I shot up the school or 13 Reasons Why I Ran Away.

Weekly Wanna Watch List

JUSTICE LEAGUE 

As a DC fan i have to say I’m a little excited about this. Much like what The Avengers did for Marvel; Justice League should solidify the franchise and spawn a truckload of sequels. Super excited,  I’m disappointed Superman won’t be featured though.

THOR:RAGNAROK

The Thor movies always come out around my bday. So of course I’ll be spending this one at the theatre watching!

DEATHNOTE

As a fan of the manga and the anime, I’m excited to see a movie about the series. Looking forward to see how this plays out.

MY FRIEND DAHMER

I have a weird fascination with serial killers. The fact that there is a movie coming out about Dahmer as a teenager is intriguing.

Secret Life of the American Teenager 

When it first aired I too was sold on the great Molly Ringwald’s return. If seen Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. Secret Life was one of those shows that I caught just before college. 

Basic premise is Amy is a high school freshman who finds out the hot bad boy she banged in band camp got het pregnant.  Along with normal social issues, Secret Life explores Amy’s life as eldest daughter, expectant mother all while dealing with the struggles of maneuvering high school.

I gotta be honest here, I don’t know who’s secret life this is but I feel terribly sorry for them and the townies that surround them.

After a series of partner swaps and questionable plot twists my senior year Netflix binge fizzled during the 4th season premiere. What was once ABC family offered both and entertaining yet loosely family focused program that sometimes teetered on x-rated. 

These kids got more tail than I did during my senior year of college. Any who I found myself having mushy drama overload and quit watching before the series finale.

I recently rediscovered Secret Life and jumped right back in where I left off. Turns out Ben, spiraled after Amy and Ricky got back together and unfortunately as of Season 5 episode 10 he was still waiting for Amy and Ricky to split up even if he had to wait until they were geriatric. 

There’s a new girl in school who gets to be pregnant and we get to see history repeat itself while a new young guy tries to save the young mother.

Where am I now?

Molly Ringwald, “Amy’s Mom” is a lesbian, Amy and Ricky are pretending to have eloped while their families plan a large wedding. Ben is semi stalking her whilst having also ran through the graduating class. Ricky, Jack and Adrian are all attending the same college.

For some reason there was a pimp roaming campus who beat up Jack. We’ll see how this works. 
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