Monthly Archives: September 2016

What’s Streaming October 2016

There’s a lot coming this month to streaming, including a few horror show seasons and movies (like American Horror Story: Hotel to Netflix and 28 Days Later on HBO Go). The full list of everything can be found here, but here’s a few highlights.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

An absolute classic and fashion icon movie, this needs to be on your list of movies to see before you die. Thanks to Netflix, you can if you haven’t yet!

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

A fantastic 80s classic, this is perfect for the weekend or a day off. Chicka chicka!

The Queen of the Damned

I’ll admit, I love this movie, even though it is cheesy as hell. This adaptation of Anne Rice’s third installment in her Vampire Chronicles stars Stuart Townsend, Marguerite Moreau, and Aaliyah. The story follows the Vampire Lestat as he discovers fame as a modern rock star…and basically, it’s amazing.

Titanic

Feel like watching an incredibly long James Cameron movie? Now you can on Netflix starting this month!

The Flash, Season 2 (Oct 3)

Finally and just in time for season 3’s premiere this month! If you haven’t been able to catch up (like me!), a binge is in your future so you can start season 3 October 4th.

Arrow, Season 4 (Oct 3)

Same as above, now’s the time to catch up before season 5 premieres on October 5th!

Supernatural, Season 11 (Oct 7)

The amazing show that just keeps on going, the latest season will be available before season 12’s premiere in true CW fashion.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Season 1 (Oct 8)

Finally! A chance to watch this show if, like me, you completely missed it. Season 2 will be premiering on October 13th so get to bingeing!

Notables Leaving Netflix:

  • Back to the Future
  • Back to the Future Part II
  • Back to the Future Part III
  • Heroes, seasons 1­-4
  • Psych, seasons 1-­8
  • Timeline
  • The Truman Show (Oct 20th)

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For me, Amazon this month is a little lacking in titles I could recommend personally, having not seen most of them. There are several horror films coming, including some horrible ones, notably Troll 2. Otherwise there are a few worthwhile movies, like Secretary, a decidedly adult film that will make you ponder love and its many forms. Also, you can check out Spectre if you didn’t in theatres, and marvel at its mediocrity.

  • Hunger Games, The: Mockingjay Part 2
  • Let the Right One In (English Subtitled)
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Secretary
  • The Witches
  • Troll
  • Troll 2
  • Spectre (17th)
  • Good Girls Revolt (series premiere Oct 28th) – Seemingly Mad Men with a decidedly feminist bent and based on a true story.

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Deadpool

Did you miss this in theatres? Not to worry! If you have access to HBO this month, you can finally check out what is definitely one of the best movies of the year.

I Am Legend (Extended Cut)

If you’re in the mood for something terrifying but not Halloween themed or necessarily a horror movie, this Will Smith driven film will be perfect for you. Well done and suspenseful, it follows a man who may or may not be the lone survivor of the Apocalypse as he tries to survive each new terrifying night as it comes.

Poltergeist

The original is incredibly creepy, especially if you read up on the weird history surrounding the filming of the Poltergeist films, including strange and terrifying deaths of cast and crew in the years surrounding their production. Perfect for spooky Halloween viewing!

Romancing the Stone

A classic 80s romantic comedy, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. Amazingly cheesy, it’s definitely a good one to watch if you feel like watching something light that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Spider-Man & Spider-Man 2

Feeling nostalgic for the first Spider-Man trilogy? HBO has you covered! And they happily kept out the horribly emo third movie, so you can just enjoy the first two movies before they decided to make things really weird.

Bryan Lee O’Malley, The Voice of my Generation – Throwback Thursday

J'accuse!Scott Pilgrim came up recently in another online sphere, but it got me thinking back to this post, originally over on Sourcerer. Fantastic comics that I still think capture the feel of my generation. There’s also a link at the end to Holly’s review of Seconds, and honestly, I think we need some reviews of Scott Pilgrim here on the site!

I’ve talked before about the voice of a generation – I feel like Lorde has the potential to be that for folks younger than me. You know, kids these day. Me? Coming in at a round 30, the prophet of my generation would have to be graphic novelist Bryan Lee O’Malley.

Who’s that, you ask? Why, none other than the guy who penned Scott Pilgrim and his precious little life. I honestly already pretty much felt this way after reading Scott Pilgrim the first time. Actually, probably after the second time. Because you want to know what I did as soon as I was done with book 6, Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour? I picked up book 1, Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life and read the whole series again.

What does the best fighter in the Province have to do with my generation? I think it’s more the aimlessness. The suburbs. The needing to get it together – and it feeling like that’s taking longer that before. And the feeling that we really wish something more epic (but manageable) would happen – though in the Scott Pilgrim universe, epic comic book/video game style fights are the norm. Emotional baggage become manifest, and battle ensues!

Ah, with wonderful panels like this - faithfully recreated in the Edgar Wright film.

Ah, with wonderful panels like this – faithfully recreated in the Edgar Wright film.

Honestly, I feel like I need a reread – I’ve been holding off until the full color edition was out, which only just finished releasing recently. If you’re looking for an amazing comic to pick up in all its color glory, this might be what you’re looking for.

But if you’re looking for just one graphic novel, then you’re looking for his most recent one, a stand alone story about the now-30 crowd. It’s called Seconds, and it’s about a chef who opened a restaurant with all her friends, who by 30 have all left and she’s alone. She’s tired of the place and wants to move on, and is working on opening a new restaurant – the purchase and repair for which is a nightmare.

At least, that’s what it’s about until she starts rewriting history.

Katie playing boss at her restaurant, Seconds.

Katie playing boss at her restaurant, Seconds.

Seconds is about, I suppose, second chances. And third, and fifth, and on from there. And how, if we could do it all again, maybe we shouldn’t. About how my generation was promised that we could have it all, and how the real world does not seem to actually work that way – and even if you had the power to try to make it so, it still wouldn’t work.

Seconds was amazing, and I highly recommend it. Holly will be writing a reaction to it later today on Comparative Geeks. But until then, what do you think? Love Scott Pilgrim? Thoughts on Seconds? Other selections for the voice of our generation? I would love to know – join the conversation in the comments below!

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Astral Chronicles – Prologue – 11

And this isn't even really his fault.

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ComiXology Unlimited vs. Marvel Unlimited

When I got into digital comics, I started buying just a bunch of them. Older issues can often go for one or two dollars, and older collections get down fairly low as well. Still, especially if you’re caught up and buying each week as things come out new – it gets expensive fast. We have slowed way down on this direct purchases, turning instead to the library – where you can potentially find some collected editions and lots of indie comics – and to my discovery of Marvel Unlimited.

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