Post by Ubiquitous
What did you watch?
Despite yesterday being a workday, I got a couple of movies and "His
Dark Materials" in!!:
His Dark Materials (HBO Go (which will disappear in about a month...
:( ) - "Armour" (ep. #1.4). Better than episode #3, despite the sudden
introductions of what I felt were the contrived characters of Lee
Scoresby (played by Lin-Manuel Miranda) and the "armored bears".
Anyway, Lyra and the Gyptians make it to "The North" (which I assume
is supposed to be Norway, though they never say...), and immediated
Lyra makes an impression with a local bigwig. While Farder Coram (James
Cosmo) appeals to a northern witch for help, the aforementioned Lee
shows up in town too, looking for a particular armored bear, which
happens to coincide with Lyra's latest interest. In the end, all head
off further North (on foot). Meanwhile, there's more machinations back
at the Magisterium with Mrs. Coutler and Lord Boreal!! (though,
separately, this time...).
Harpoon (Showtime Beyond) - I actually don't even know how to describe
this! - "Survival horror comedy" I guess gets the closest...
Anyway, this kept me interested all the way through - a trust-fund
asshole, his nurse girlfriend, and his slacker-stoner best friend get
trapped at sea on a drifting boat after a huge fight in which secrets
among the three are revealed. (And this is after the fight led to them
throwing anything useful off the boat!!) The rest of the film is the
three of them in this predicament, as more secrets come to the surface.
So, basically, this is YA iteration of the film "Lifeboat" (which
itself, is likely based on a 1838 short story by Edgar Allan Poe, which
this film references extensively!).
Anyway, I thought this was pretty solid (though I'm not sure the
"humor" aspects worked all the time...), and the ending of this film
Malevolence 2: Bereavement (also known as just "Bereavement") (Prime) -
A film from relatively early in Alexandra Daddario's career - this is
from 2010 (the same year Daddario starred in the first "Percy Jackson"
Anyway, this is back in the days when Daddario was still doing
straight-up horror films (many of the films early in her career were
horror flicks...), and this is a straight-up horror flick.
But it's rather schizophrenic - half the flick is about Daddario as
high schooler! (Daddario was still 24 when this was filmed!!) and a
mopey recent orphan who is forced to go live on her uncle's (Michael
Biehn!) farm, with his wife and young daughter (amazing! Peyton List
The Younger and Daddario have been in a film together! Peyton List The
Elder can't claim that!). The other half of the film is about a
deranged serial killer who kidnaps a boy named Martin Bristol who has
the condition in which he can't feel physical pain - the deranged
serial killer then kills a series of women in an abadoned meat
processing plant while "training" the kidnapped boy to be his
From this set-up I was pretty quickly able to predict the ending,
which was disappointing as I was hoping the film wouldn't be that
Anyway, this one is only for fans of horror (though, frankly, it
also held back on the "slasher" parts of the serial killer storyline
IMO, which I also found disappointing...), or for fans of a film in
which Daddario runs around in a tank top showing headlights for half
Note: Apparently, this is a "horror film series" - "Malevolence "
is from 2004, and there's a "Malevolence 3" from 2018, all from
writer/director Stevan Mena. All 3 are currently available on Amazon
Prime, if anyone is interested (and I may watch "3" now...).
Recorded for later: Stargirl.
"Who would ever do this to him!?" - HottCiara on DOOL (04-27-2020), asking
who would stab Victor Kirakis... How about ANYONE WHO'S EVER MET HIM??!!