What I'm Watching: January, 2010
Happy 2k10, everyone!
We had some nice holidays here, and the viewership numbers were pretty decent for December as well, and so far so good for January. Growth is slow, but we're getting a steady trickle of visitors. Spread the word folks, tell everyone!
Anyways, it's been awhile since I've posted a journal entry, so thought I'd take a break from the next review, and toss up some comments on what other stuff I've been entertaining myself with.
Probably the highlight of the entertainment has been District 9. Such a very well done movie, and amazingly so for the budget. They did a nice mix of regular movie style, and the resurging trend of documentary style footage. I love stories where the scifi is mixed with a blend of reality, and District 9's and South Africa's prejudices aren't a very overdone topic in entertainment, so I really enjoyed seeing that. Definitely worth a rental, and I'd say add it to your shelf. Or hard drive, if that's the way you roll.
Coming in a close second is the very docustyle Paranormal Activity. I love this movie. They really knew how to dole out the tension, and just how much time to spend on characters and exposition. The behaviour and actions didn't seem overly forced or mindnumbingly stupid like they did in Blair Witch project. I could nitpick a few things, but these characters seemed very real to me, and reacted in mostly real ways. Micah was maybe a little thick, but his actions were pretty understandable. They're more or less what I would do in a similar situation. If you enjoyed Blair Witch Project, well first of all what's wrong with you?? ;) Second of all, then you'll probably enjoy this movie quite a bit.
Also, I sat back and waded through the second season of the Showtime anthology series, The Hunger. It's basically Twilight Zone, but with more adult situations, language, and skin. Also, they tended more towards the horror than scifi, but that's splitting hairs on these types of shows. The main problem with anthology shows is that the quality of stories from one episode to the next can be wildly random and uneven, and that's just the case here. There are some absolute gems though in both seasons. Terrence Stamp hosts the first season, and David Bowie replaces him in the second, and both bring the show up considerably from where lesser hosts could have left it, and even in a meh episode, then they're fun to watch. Even if they're only in a few minutes per episode. And hey, they are FAR less annoying than the Cryptkeeper. If you can find these seasons cheap, then they might be worth your time for the good episodes scattered in there.
Now, back to the next review!