The Suggestion Box #4: Witches and Penguins and Madness, Oh My!

Got some free time and wondering what to watch, play, listen to, etc.? Well we have some suggestions for you!

In the Mouth of Madness

Ben’s Movie Pick: In the Mouth of Madness – The finale of John Carpenter’s apocalypse trilogy (three films loosely connected by their themes), In the Mouth of Madness is one of, if not the best example of Lovecraftian horror I’ve seen in film. Hidden, otherworldly terrors creeping into our own, deteriorating sanity of the protagonists, and grotesque monsters are hallmarks of the sub-genre, and they all fit nicely in Carpenter’s wheelhouse as well, so it’s no wonder his turn with it (some of his other films feature certain elements, but this pure Lovecraftian terror) is a match made in… Well, definitely not heaven, but you get the idea.

Mister Mercedes

Ben’s TV Pick: Mister Mercedes – After being disappointed by the newest Pet Sematary adaptation, I decided to watch a different Stephen King-inspired project that a friend of mine let me borrow (thanks Jeff!), the first season of Mister Mercedes. Brendan Gleeson is amazing (no surprise there) as one of the two leads, and Harry Treadaway, whose Victor Frankenstein was probably the most underrated character in Penny Dreadful, is equally great as the other. I’d definitely recommend it to those who like gritty crime dramas, and I’d suggest going in with as little information as possible. Just beware: This. Show. Is. DARK.

One Punch Man

Ben’s Anime Pick: One Punch Man – One Punch Man is a fantastic action comedy series that follows Saitama, a hero who wins every battle with just a single blow. That premise may not sound entertaining, but the titular character’s everyday life and struggle to find a challenge (and fun) within his heroic hobby is consistently hysterical, and the supporting cast of colorful heroes and villains engage in more than a few ridiculously awesome battles. The first season aired in 2015, and after waiting four long years, OPM has finally returned for a second one. So far, it’s been worth the wait.

Penguin Highway

Ben’s Movie Pick: Penguin Highway – There’s no way I can explain why I liked Penguin Highway or what it’s about without spoiling it, so this’ll have to do: it’s a sweet movie that feels like a Studio Ghibli film with a sci-fi twist, has great visuals, charming, although kind of cliché characters, and even more penguins than Batman Returns. Trust me, it’s worth a watch for anyone who enjoyed My Neighbor Totoro or Ponyo.


Lauren’s TV Pick: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 2 Episode 6 “The Missionaries” – It is with a heavy heart that I must concede that the second season of one of the best new shows of 2018 has suffered the sophomore slump. That said, from the wreckage of untethered storytelling and forced romances rises Sabrina with ascended negagodliness when witch hunters toting unbreakable faith in a higher power come to Greendale. Why half a season was wasted before they entered the arena is beyond me, and why we only get one episode with their heavenly rejuvenating spirit is further beyond that. My advice to the Sabrina fans who worry about the temptation to give up after only a couple episodes (as Ben did)? Watch the first episode to get the lay of the land, read a synopsis for episodes 2-5, and then start watching again with 6. That’s definitely my plan for all future Sabrina binges.

Spy Who Dumped Me

Lauren’s Movie Pick: The Spy Who Dumped Me – Who doesn’t want to see Kate McKinnon in an espionage thriller? Well, The Spy Who Dumped Me isn’t exactly that, nor is it anywhere near the same level of action and intrigue as the missions 007 and Ethan Hunt are going on, but I’m sure glad Mila Kunis and McKinnon chose to accept the mission of making this action leaning comedy that focuses a little more on the humor than the spy games. My biggest complaint, other than not getting a scene of McKinnon being McKinnon on a plane to rival Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids, is that there isn’t more Justin Theroux being an action star alongside the two fish out of water lead characters stumbling their way through the action sequences going off around them. It’s no Spy, but it’s a solid opening act for a double feature worthy of a crossover sequel. Bring McKinnon and Melissa McCarthy together again!

True Lies

Ben’s Movie Pick: True Lies – I had waited a couple of years for True Lies to come to Blu-Ray or digital (apparently there’s some rights issue that’s keeping it from doing so), but I recently gave up and bought it on DVD. After my rewatch, I can still say that the action thriller is one of my favorite James Cameron films. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Eliza Dushku, Tia Carrere, and Bill Paxton all deliver fun performances, and the action is wonderfully over the top. It’s not quite Judgement Day, but definitely a fantastic action flick that should be seen by fans of the genre at least once.

So what content did we miss over the past two weeks while we were spending time with our suggestions? Don’t agree on what we have included on this list? Be sure to leave a comment below letting us know about all the content (both current and simply new to you) you’ve been consuming lately!

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