I am not a gamer. The only console I own is one of those 2600 emulator boxes and it hasn't been out of the closet in a year. I get that people spend a lot of time on video games, and that I have no stones to throw about people wasting their time and money on non-real-things. I write on a blog that needlessly analyzes movies and occasionally comics and talks a lot about comic-based movies. Take all of the below with the necessary grain of salt.
Format: TCM on DVR (from Criterion, natch)
"There are 8 million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them." is probably a line you've heard used somewhere - maybe not from this movie, exactly, but from the television show loosely based on this movie that was a sort of crime-anthology series that started off in the late 1950's, aping the style of police procedural that The Naked City (1948) may not have originated, but it did get down to a T.
Format: Netflix Streaming
I mean, honestly, they had me at "and Kurt Russell as Santa". Does Russell's participation immediately suggest "amazing film"? No. But he will elevate whatever he's in just by showing up, so I figured - hey, I already have Netflix, if it's painful, we turn it off.
I'm happy to say, The Christmas Chronicles (2018) is the rare Christmas movie that's actually pretty funny and accomplishes its goals in a surprisingly uncynical, actually-earns-it way. All of which is remarkable, because describing the plot of this film will make you raise your eyebrow and say "I've seen this movie. Several times. And it's always terrible."
Format: TCM (live, for once)
Again, still pretty tired. A Roger Corman produced Poe-derived horror film starring Vincent Price. It's been a long time since I read the story of Masque of the Red Death, but this movie... doesn't really do that. Kinda weird that the one, 30 second scene in Phantom of the Opera captures the spirit better than a whole film with that name.
Apparently this is a mix of Poe stories I haven't read, so... maybe I need to get back into reading some Poe.
Still, visually striking and with some complexity to the exploration of morality in an inscrutable world, it's not half bad. Not 100% my thing, but I'd watch it again for how good Price is here in a non-camp role and how much I was digging the script.
Format: TCM/ DVR
I thought I'd seen this movie before, but I had not. But, boy howdy, did I like it - weird British Imperialistic dismissal of other cultures and all. The movie is The Mummy (1959), part of Hammer's slate of Universal Horror remakes from their 50's and 60's boom era.
Format: Amazon Prime Streaming
Twins of Evil (1971) is the third in the Karnstein Trilogy of vampire films from Hammer, the two previous films included The Vampire Lovers (which I really liked) and Lust For a Vampire (which I swore I'd rewatch more closely and haven't done, so... I'll get on that).