Archive for Stephen King

i saw a tower, a man in black, and a gunslinger…

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on August 6, 2017 by phanteana

…and i will gladly see them all again. it was a long wait, but in the end it was worth it.

long live the King

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on July 29, 2017 by phanteana

it seems 2017 is indeed the Year of Stephen King. with less than a week to go before The Dark Tower welcomes its visitors, the excitement (as well as the anxiety) is building up. i haven’t been THIS excited about a movie since, well…since the last time i took a trip to Middle-Earth. considering summer movie season is typically comprised of sequels and reboots, this is an anomaly all its own as an original piece of work with an unusually short run-time for Roland and Walter‘s epic showdown. obviously, there are plenty of people who are unfamiliar with King’s saga, so in order to prep them for it Rolling Stone has offered a listing of its backstory and what to expect (without revealing too much, of course).

Tower isn’t the only Stephen King adaptation making an appearance this year. The Mist is now a TV series, and coulrophobia will be on the rise once again when IT comes back to terrorize everyone who repressed nightmares of the 1990 mini-series. if y’all intend to see the latter, keep an eye out for an homage to Tim Curry…and maybe sleep with the lights on for awhile.

“you can’t stop what’s coming”

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , on July 19, 2017 by phanteana

it’s mid-July, so that usually means heatwaves and San Diego Comic-Con (which doubles as both a life-changing experience and an escape from the heat, since SD doesn’t seem to suffer from an overabundance of humidity). this year, mid-July has another association with it: only a few more weeks until The Dark Tower is released! it took 35 years to translate onto celluloid, but it’s finally (almost) here!

 

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since it’s taken roughly half of Stephen King’s lifetime to write the series and it’s always been viewed as the sole piece of his resume that was deemed implausible to film, it would seem logical to promote the long-awaited film adaptation as heavily as possible. but despite its status as a “summer blockbuster”, this Tower has largely kept its doors closed, and it’s likely due to maintaining the secrecy surrounding the project (it was in the dreaded Development Limbo for 10 years, after all). in addition, because its an epic story audiences expected a lengthy run time (you know…the kind where comfy clothes are required). but the British Board of Film Classification says a maiden voyage to Mid-World will take much less time than imagined. still, this is a place i’ve longed to visit for years and i’m excited that the opportunity has finally come.

the door to other worlds has opened

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , on May 3, 2017 by phanteana

darkness before dawn

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , on May 2, 2017 by phanteana

hello, gentlemen…the world has been expecting you for some time now. so good of you to drop in.

slow and (not-so) steady, gunslinger

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , on March 16, 2017 by phanteana

what indeed…

 

i suppose i should be used to this by now…after all, it took decades before Middle-Earth finally made it to the big screen.

 

 

 

                                                       

                            on second thought…                                

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new year scares

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , on January 6, 2017 by phanteana

with a new year comes new film releases, many of which are long-awaited (in other words, anything that has to do with comic books). i can’t say i know a whole lot about Marvel or DC, so i’ll skip those for now (unless, of course Loki is in it). so far, the only current release that has piqued my interest is A Monster Callsi finished the book in about two weeks, and loved it. reviews have been glowing, but bringing Kleenex is a necessity.

speaking of monsters…while the title character in the above film is viewed with awe and admiration, there are others cinematic beasts who will be less encouraging or friendly when they grace big screens. Blumhouse has produced a list of 28 horror films coming out in 2017. some of their choices i am either indifferent to or have no interest in, but the few that stand out include the ironically-titled A Cure For Wellness (which features a sedate-yet-creepy cover of The Ramones’ “I Want To Be Sedated“), Alien: Covenant (welcome back, Ridley Scott), and of course….a certain “towering” inferno*.

 

 

 

*still waiting for the trailer.