Posts Tagged ‘Carla Gugino’

PODCAST:

S4E10X – The Haunting of Hill House (series)*

SHOW NOTES:

Wherein we slink through the many rooms and scurry past the plethora of ghosts in this ten episode arc, which ambitiously devours and expands upon the underlying source material forever circling the shadow of the director’s authorial inspiration. Thrice, now, we charm a tale of haunted houses and the psychological toll they reap upon their entrants. This rare late return bonus episode is abided again by Amanda Andros (playwright: https://www.instagram.com/scribblergrll/) and Laura Valle (Major Horror community fansite: https://www.facebook.com/welovescary/).

Everyone ranked this series above the 1999 remake, but below the 1963 classic. Ryan appreciated the chances the director took and the way he was able to weave in clever easter eggs, nods, and callouts to the novel. For Amanda, the character development was superb and cleverly done. Laura agreed on this point and lauded the director for excelling in this trait, but also questioned if the spirit of the book was maintained. Many comparisons were made to Stephen King. The ending proved a more difficult pill to swallow and the change in tone was perplexing if not frustrating and we digressed long on that subject.

All in all, the show was enjoyed and the general consensus was that watching the characters develop over the series (especially the middle episodes) provided an enjoyable, though sometimes uneven, experience. Laura was quick to point out that despite her reservations on how things wrapped up, she would be curious to check out other efforts by this director whose previous work she enjoyed.

-Ryan

 

WRITTEN SERIES REVIEWS:

“The Haunting (1963)” by Robert Wise (Julie Harris) (movie)

Ryan: 4 Stars “…they were ambitious and I think for the most part they succeeded in doing something that, in general, kept with most of the spirit of the book and also…survived on its own and I like sometimes when director’s do take a chance and just do their own thing…and he didn’t completely ignore the source material…

Amanda: 3.75 Stars “…the character development is amazing…especially the female characters…and the relationships between the children both in their adult lives and as small children and the parents as well…the ending killed it for me I was just like this is so corny I can’t even see straight…

Laura:  3 Stars “….if I could rate each episode individually there are some that I would give…a five…so many like really truly creepy moments…I wanted to see more of that…I wish he’d been braver with making that ending actually a haunting disturbing ending…

 

FUN FACTOIDS:

Ryan mentioned listening to two podcast interviews with the director in preparing for this episode: Post Mortem with Mick Garris – https://audioboom.com/posts/7194291-mike-flanagan and Blumhouse: Shock Waves – http://podcast.blumhouse.com/shock-waves-episode-4-the-horrors-of-mike-flanagan.

During one of the interviews Mike Flanagan recalled watching Jim Henson‘s Fraggle Rock and in particular the Terrible Tunnel. You can watch this snippet of the Fraggle Storyteller muppet singing the song of the tale of the Terrible Tunnel here on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9iQMJTVsTs. To learn more about the Terrible Tunnel go to this muppet fandom wiki: https://muppet.fandom.com/wiki/Episode_108:_The_Terrible_Tunnel.

Laura talked about two articles that reflected on the ending of this series. One article, “Let’s Talk About The Ending OF The Haunting of Hill House,” written by Alissa Fikse for Syfy Wire contains an interview with the director where he talks about how he decided to change the ending: https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/lets-talk-about-the-ending-of-the-haunting-of-hill-house. The other article, “‘Haunting of Hill House’: Oliver Jackson-Cohen Points to Red Room Clue That Hints Crains Never Made It Out,” written by Jenifer Maas for The Wrap contains an interview with one of the actors who has an interesting take on some of the hidden or not so hidden symbology woven into the episodes: https://www.thewrap.com/haunting-of-hill-house-red-room-ending-luke-oliver-jackson-cohen/. For more fun hidden images check out this article, “The Haunting of Hill House: All the Hidden Ghosts You Missed,” written by Brian Tallerico for Vulture which talks about the hidden ghosts in the show : https://www.vulture.com/2018/10/the-haunting-of-hill-house-hidden-ghosts.html. Ryan brought up another podcast (Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy) that reviewed the series and mentioned actor Russ Tamblyn (who played “Luke” in the 1963 film) made a cameo appearance as the psychologist for Nell: https://geeksguideshow.com/2018/10/26/ggg333-the-haunting-of-hill-house-season-1/.

Lastly, the three of us all took a guess (when recorded this episode) on whether or not there would be a second season of this show due to its perceived success. We were only kinda right. Check out this article, “‘Haunting of Hill House’ Renewed as Anthology, Creators Ink Overall TV Deal at Netflix,” written by Joe Otterson for Variety that explains what’s next: https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/haunting-of-hill-house-renewed-netflix-1203144815/.

 

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

PODCAST:

S4E10P – Preview Episode (The Haunting)*

SUBJECT MATTER:

“The Haunting of Hill House (1959)” by Shirley Jackson (book)

“First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.” (from Amazon.com)

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“The Haunting (1963)” by Robert Wise (Julie Harris) (movie)

“A group is introduced to the supernatural through a 90-yearold New England haunted house. Be prepared for hair-raising results in this classic horror film!” (from Amazon.com)

 

 

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“The Haunting (1999)” by Jan de Bont (Liam Neeson) (movie)

“In the 1860’s, industrialist Hugh Crain financed the construction of Hill House, a beautiful but forbidding mansion where Crain hoped to house a wife and children. However, Crain died an unexplained death at Hill House, and ever since tales have circulated that the mansion is haunted by evil spirits. 130 years later, Dr. David Marrow (Liam Neeson), long fascinated by the Hill House legend, brings three people there for what he tells them will be a study in sleep disorders.” (from Amazon.com)

 

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“The Haunting of Hill House (2018)” by Mike Flanagan (Kate Siegel) (netflix series) ++bonus follow up++

“Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.” (from Netflix.com)

 

 

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

PODCAST:

S3E3M – Watchmen (movie)*

SHOW NOTES:

I have been tasked with writing up our thoughts and feelings on the Watchmen movie. I can only speak for myself when I say that the movie was excellent to a point, and once it hit that point, it fell apart in a spectacular way. My other co-hosts were more generous in their praise.

Watchmen was directed by Zack Snyder and captured the look and feel of the comic. It took on the ambitious task of bringing the book to the screen, and it did so rather well. Picking and choosing which parts of the story, and dialogue, was done rather expertly. The look and feel of the movie captured that of the book, and the movie was able to add other elements that enhanced the original form. My particular favorite was the opening credit montage featuring the Bob Dylan classic “The Times They Are A Changin’.” So that was nice. But like most sexually transmitted diseases, you don’t know how much this movie is going to hurt until after the good part is over.

The movie crafted a different ending, one that seemed subtle, but nonetheless changed the overall message, theme, tone, and purpose of the book. And the book is a fucking work of art. It didn’t merely combine a character or omit a scene. It decided to create and kill a god. It drove out the only superhero, instead of showing him leave with an air of callous indifference. And it did not create an alien enemy for man to unite against. Instead it let an American agent go rogue. This, in my opinion, would only create a temporary peace and not inspire man to rise up and above their limitations. At least not for long.

So, while a seemingly minor flaw, this was a major one to me. But the consensus, even including me, was that this is still a movie worth seeing. Just maybe bring some penicillin.

-Wilk

WRITTEN FILM REVIEWS:

Film: “Watchmen (2009)” by Zack Snyder (Jackie Earle Haley)

Ryan: 4 Stars “…I don’t think it was perfect, but I did enjoy it thoroughly…”

Wilk: 3 1/2 Stars “…It’s well worth it, but if you enjoy it all the way through then there is something wrong with you…”

Rick: 4 1/2 Stars “…I’m recommending this movie, basically to everyone, but especially to those that don’t have a lot of experience with comics…”

Quinn Bayola (guest): 3 1/2 Stars “…If Dr. Manhattan was actually Keanu Reeves it would have gotten a 4 (stars)…

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FUN FACTOIDS:

Our guest on this episode was Quinn Bayola who has his own show called “The ThisQ Podcast.” Check it out on iTunes, Spreaker or other podcast venues

The Black Freighter and Under the HoodOn the show we mentioned that director Zack Snyder commissioned film versions of some of the meta fiction contained within the graphic novel. These released separately as a fully animated short “Tales of the Black Freighter” and mock TV tell-all-style show “Under the Hood.”

The animated short is narrator by previous Snyder collaborator Gerard Butler. Watch the trailer for that below:

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

PODCAST:

S3P3 – Preview Episode (Watchmen)*

SUBJECT MATTER:

Book: “Watchmen (1986/1987)” by Alan Moore (writer) / Dave Gibbons (artist)

“A New York Times Best Seller! Considered the greatest graphic novel in the history of the medium, the Hugo Award-winning story chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.

This edition of WATCHMEN, the groundbreaking series from Alan Moore, the award-winning writer of V FOR VENDETTA and BATMN: THE KILLING JOKE, and Dave Gibbons, the artist of GREEN LANTERN, features the high-quality, recolored pages found in WATCHMEN: THE ABSOLUTE EDITION with sketches, never-before-seen extra bonus materials and a new introduction by Dave Gibbons.
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Film: “Watchmen (2009)” by Zack Snyder (Jackie Earle Haley)

“Someone’s killing our super heroes. The year is 1985 and super heroes have banded together to respond to the murder of one of their own. They soon uncover a sinister plot that puts all of humanity in grave danger. The super heroes fight to stop the impending doom only to find themselves a target for annihilation. But, if our super heroes are gone, who will save us?” (from Amazon.com)

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.