What I'm Watching:
It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these. I’ve neglected this due to my massive switch towards video editing. But that doesn’t mean I’m not writing. My scripts are between 2000 and 3000 words and I write multiple a month for Joblo. So it’s just a bit different writing than usual, but it’s still similar to what you would be seeing on this site: analysis of movies. Still, I had the urge to get back to this.
2021 has been my year of Manga. It all started with “Blame!” I quickly finished the 6 volumes and realized just how much I enjoyed the style. I had always been thrown off by the lack of color (felt it meant the drawings would be less dynamic—boy, how wrong was I?) but “Blame!” was just so damn fascinating. I moved onto the works of Junji Ito but still wanted to try something out that was even more part of the public consciousness so I thought it’d be a good idea to try out “Attack on Titan.” And that’s when I “got it.” These sprawling stories provided the social commentary I loved from horror movies. So, while working on AoT, I read through the complete runs of “Tokyo Ghoul” and “Chainsaw Man.” They’re unique and different and reinvigorate my love for the printed word. With October, I have paused my reading of “One Piece” in order to focus on Junji Ito and AoT. It’s been terror-ifically great.
AEW is what I’ve always wanted out of wrestling. I’m a lifelong fan of professional wrestling and that’s tough. It’s not exactly something you can tell everyone because it brings some truly awful comparisons. And I get it. Because the product that’s usually presented by WWE is ridiculously mediocre. But it's been such a breath of fresh air to get excited for Wednesday nights and all the originality it will entail. Because usually weekly wrestling also means weekly frustrations yet everything smells of roses at this point. Eventually some stink will creep in, but I'm really enjoying it as is.
I am doing a 31 Days of Halloween this year. I just won't be posting what I watched until Halloween. I'm mostly doing this because it makes more sense to do it this way, this year. I decided to watch an episode of a show a day, with some movies sprinkled throughout. "Halloween Kills" and "Last Night in Soho" are included but otherwise, it'll be a lot of Horror TV that I've missed over the years. I can spoil it only by saying that "Midnight Mass" belongs on all of your lists, and I hope you watch it this October.
I genuinely don’t understand Hollywood’s love for Ted Lasso. I’ve now seen both seasons and think it’s fine but everyone else seems to be watching this incredible show. But it honestly just feels like another BBC show. They didn't really earn many of their big moments.
“Halloween Kills” was a bit of a mixed bag. I loved it yet can definitely see the flaws. With the 2018 film, I legitimately could only see one criticism: the new Loomis. Everything else was perfect and I will fight you to the death if you disagree (heh). But I can definitely see the problems people would have with "Kills." The dialogue can be a little on nose. There are a ton of unlikeable characters (though I think that's the intent, going for the mob outrage angle). And it definitely seems to be going for a high body count for the sake of living up to the namesake. But I really loved how fun it was. I'd still rank it as the best in the series behind the original and 2018, so really, can I say I'm that disappointed?
Seeing as how this blog still manages a decent number of viewers per month, I figure I should actually advertise a bit of what I've been doing. Because, while I've been very neglectful to this website (and social media in general) I've still been very busy with good ole Youtube. For those unaware, I am a video editor for Joblo.com. While my released work falls under the horror wing, I actually have shows that are coming together on the main channel as well (if you like comic book movies, you'll be very happy). This is a pretty big deal because Joblo's total channel views are in the billion range. So it's a platform that really helps put eyeballs on my content. Which is awesome. And I figure I should turn a few more onto the product with this post. So let's get into the series that I make.
The Horror Movie That Almost Was
This is the first series I ever did with Joblo and it is easily my most demanding. I research, narrate, and edit these videos that are all about horror movies that never quite made it to production. The series has been going on for over a year at this point and is one of the most successful on the channel. I've included my two favorites.
As of now, it's my favorite series and I also write, edit, and narrate it. If Youtube decides to neuter it, that could change, but as of now this is the most proud I've ever been of a video series. I think that it's just unabashed love for Slasher movies and I love being able to put a spotlight on some of my favorites. As you may notice, you have to sign in to watch them. You also can't watch them from my site and have to click through to Youtube. That's because Youtube sucks and Age Gated the show. Oh well. We're still working out what to do with that.
Playing With Fear
This is a series that I only do the video editing for, so I can only take so much credit. My writer, Andrew Hatfield, does a helluva job with his research. Despite the fact that I'm only the editor, I spend nearly the same amount of time on these videos as the other series, because I still want it to pop as much as the others. Takes a little more effort since I have no input until the editing actually is happening.
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