“We all float down here…” Yes. That’s right. It is time for IT on this week’s podcast! Woot!

IT

Man oh, man, the buzz around this movie was crazy! There were two sets of fans to satisfy in this film: the Stephen King fans of the novel and, the fans of the first IT film, the miniseries starring Tim Curry as Pennywise all those years ago.

Now, enter the new kid, Bill Skarsgard, to play the most important character (arguably) in the IT saga, Pennywise the Clown. If he can’t sell it, the movie will suffer. And I’m guessing you already know that he killed it! He owned that character and it was apparent in the first scene, when he confronted Georgie from the sewer, that this film was going to be AMAZING! And it was. All the kids in this film, jeez, they blew me away with their ability. All of them were convincing, funny and well, just entertaining. And I can’t wait to see the sequel!

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It’s out! The end of the world! Ahhhh!

Balance by [Hunt, John]

Today is the release day. 90 pages of terror, human suffering but, more importantly, human redemption. Join Jack and Claire as they navigate through this nightmare world…today!

Canadian Amazon: Balance (Canada)

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Read it. Review it. Share it. Let me know what you thought of it. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Aliens, brutal cold, doppelgangers, murder, I must be talking about…THE THING!!!!

The Thing

Man, this movie…I don’t know what to say about it really other than that it is truly epic. This film was ahead of its time in relation to special effects. I mean, this was before CGI and all that and, in my opinion, the practical effects were incredible. They made you cringe, gasp, and widen your eyes with incredulity. Yeah. It’s that much fun.

Look at this!

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This is when one of the people stranded in frozen Antarctica dies and they try to resuscitate him with the handheld defibrillators and the man’s chest opens up, becomes those jagged teeth you see and bite the man’s arms off! I mean…what the heck! Creative, brutal and great jump-scare material. I love this film.

The boy suggested we watch this one so, he was invited on the show once again to give us his view. Listen in. Relax as we discuss a horror classic.

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Podcast this! Parallel.

Parallel

This was an interesting film. I don’t want to spoil it here. I’d rather you listen to the podcast where we can spoil it there.

It was another one of those films where a producer reached out to us and said, hey, you wanna review our film? And we were sure, but if we don’t like it, we’re going to say so. And the producer was like, sounds good to me.

I have to say; I was pleasantly surprised.

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This week for your listening pleasure…UPGRADE!

This was an interesting science fiction, mystery, action and adventure, and horror film from the awesome people of Blumhouse! Yeah. It mixed all of those elements effectively. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but of course, no film is perfect and Kyle and I discuss different perspectives on this film. Listen in. Enjoy.

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Looking at that photo, I should probably invest in some Just for Men dye for those suspiciously whiter areas in my beard. But then again, due to a lack of interest, I probably won’t.

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Cheaper than a breakfast combo and more awesome…

That being said, some of the breakfast combo’s at McDonald’s can be delightful. But the moment you (mostly me) have been waiting for is here! My newest foray into the world of horror fiction is now available! For pre-order! Image result for surprised face

No, really! It is!

And here is the link:

Balance Pre-Order!

Follow the link, pre-order and on February 12, 2019, it will appear in your Kindle or on your Kindle app. Enjoy!

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!!Spoiler Alert!! GLASS !!Spoiler Alert!!

BE WARNED: If you are going to see this movie and don’t want to know anything about it before you go, stop reading this now!

I am a fan of M. Night Shyamalan. That is a fact. It is not a secret. Unbreakable was one of my favorite films. Split was also, pretty fantastic. James McAvoy did a superlative acting job. Well, superlative might even fall short in describing how well he did. And because both movies were incredible, I was so excited to see Glass.

With that being said, I do understand that sometimes expectations can give someone an inflated sense of what to expect, or, in other words, unrealistic high-hopes, and I admit, I have been guilty of that from time to time. Just ask my son about me and any movie involving Superman and you’ll know what I mean.

But this movie…I just couldn’t get behind. It started off kind of wrong. The audience is introduced to David Dunn as he pummels some teens? adults? who had assaulted some man walking home. They filmed it, to upload later, and there is David Dunn breaking into their house to break their faces. Okay. I guess.

From there, it goes to him helping four girls escape from The Beast. There were some cool scenes, for sure, because it is M. Night Shyamalan here, but from there it all goes downhill. And to me, it never really recovers.

So, the girls escape and The Beast and David Dunn go through a glass window and when they land, there are a bunch of cops and a random psychologist there. This random psychologist has flashing lights that make James McAvoy flip through the multiple characters inside him. They are caught and this random psychologist (why was she even there again?) directs the police to take them immediately to a psychiatric institution. No jail, no court, just straight to the psychiatric institution. That would never, ever, happen. Like ever.

And guess who also happens to be at this psychiatric institution? Yup. Mr. Glass. What? Why?

And now this psychiatrist tells them she has three days to convince them that they are not in fact superheroes or they can never leave the institution? Huh? I know there are 72hour evaluations on people who have displayed that they are an imminent danger to themselves or others but that does not mean at the end of it you are stuck in the institution forever if you don’t pass their tests. Again. Why is this in the movie? Do the research.

And you know what she does next? Has group therapy with them. That’s right. Two mass murderers and David Dunn, together in a room, while she tries to convince them that they are not special. I don’t get any of this. Never mind that they had The Beast and David Dunn in rooms across from each other, two guys who were fighting each other on the streets can see each other across the hall. That would never happen. Or how about the girl who was almost murdered by The Beast feeling sorry for him and wanting to help him? Huh? Or David Dunn’s son, who had been helping his dad for years fight crime, begins to doubt David’s abilities and, in an even more incredulous fashion, David starts to have doubts himself. Why, oh why?

And this secret group of people who know there are exceptional people but are afraid of the knowledge getting out so they try to get the exceptional people to believe they are in fact, not exceptional? This random psychiatrist is one of them which, in a weird way, explains why she was there at the beginning but there was no set-up to this. It was thrown in there, seemingly for the sole purpose of getting these three meta-humans together to make a film, and because that seemed to be the only reason, it didn’t work. There were so many other ways to explore to make this work.

Even Mr. Glass’ big mastermind twist was a, who cares twist? He tricked the people who were trying to hide the truth of exceptional people by getting them to install cameras everywhere all over the facility. Then he engineered the showdown and uploaded the video to David Dunn’s son, the girl who loved her abductor (yes, I know all about Stockholm syndrome but c’mon!) and Mr. Glass’ mother so they could upload it to the world. Now, let me ask you, if you saw something on YouTube or whatever, that showed someone doing something incredible, would you believe that they were meta-humans? Would you? Or would you be more inclined to think some special effects were utilized?

I don’t know. I left the theatre a little sad. Because I really, really like M. Night Shyamalan. And I still do. I just didn’t like this film.

If you’ve seen it, let me know what you think. I’d be interested to know.