“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of, or commentary about, websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time. Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.” This is subject to change, however. In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while. For rants promote change, and change can be good—right? Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).
A couple of weeks ago, a free HBO/Cinemax weekend was provided through Mediacom, and it was met with tepid enthusiasm in our household. For it was the [HBO series] that we most rejoiced in while we still had the premium cable network, and after missing a complete season of [True Blood] and [Game of Thrones], too much blood had been spilled to get back into the full flow of the shows.
Oh, but HBO also has movies, and they often have really good ones long before they can be seen for free (in a very relative sense) elsewhere. So, after perusing what was available at the time, I spotted three movies that had piqued my interest when they were being promoted after being first released for viewing in theaters.
The first one was [Prometheus], which is a prequel to [Alien]. I did not know that beforehand, but I had my suspicions after seeing one of the last scenes.
Now, I do not want to give too much away for the benefit of those who have not seen Prometheus yet, but I can say that any true fan of the Alien movies should be all giddy with excitement over the upcoming release of [Prometheus 2]. For what was started in Prometheus will be continued in Prometheus 2, and all will be rightly wrong in the Alien world after all the terrifying dots have been connected.
I am not a fan of the Alien movies—true or otherwise. Subsequently, I am very sorry for wasting two hours or so on watching Prometheus, and I am most certainly not eagerly awaiting the birth of Prometheus 2.
Yeah, I could have just stopped watching the movie, but I wanted to see what was going to happen next. After I did, the grieving started in earnest for me.
Ah, but I had high hopes in [Dark Shadows] being as funny as it appeared to be from the trailers released in 2012. After all, any movie starring [Johnny Depp] has to be a scream—right?
What is it that they say about hindsight being 20/20? Well, after actually watching the movie, I can now see all sorts of clues in the trailer to indicate that Dark Shadows was not going to be nearly as funny as I was hoping it would be.
Now, it had its moments. Granted, not all that many more than were shown in the trailer, but the soundtrack was killer. That is, unless you are not a fan of rock music in the 60s and 70s. Hey, they even had [Alice Cooper] performing live (or at least looking like he was)!
Oh, but I could not get over what started it all. For the reason why Barnabas Collins was made into a vampire was on account of how badly he had treated one of the servant girls in his father’s household, and he absolutely refused to even just acknowledge what he had done—let alone be sorrow about it. Yeah, real-life morality has no place in reviews of vampire movies, I know.
My last hope for salvaging the day was pinned on [Moonrise Kingdom]. Hey, any movie with [Bruce Willis], [Bill Murray] and [Francis McDormand] has to be quirky good fun—right?
No, it most certainly does not. Although, I am sure that those not quite right in the head would argue otherwise—especially in the case of Moonrise Kingdom. For the accidental killing of the faithful troop dog and the open anguish of a very bad marriage between Bill and Francis’ characters were all in good fun—right?
I must admit that the movie did have several parts that the [Monty Python] blokes ought to have been rather pleased with, and the natural cringing from being reminded of just how awkward our first sexual explorations were was mollified somewhat by how sweetly the scenes were depicted. Okay, maybe it is just me who has cringe-worthy memories to forget.
Speaking of such, remembering [my time] in the Boy Scouts of America always bring a big smile to my face. Well, at least most of those memories do. Anyway, Khaki Scouts are NOT to be confused with genuine Boy Scouts!
Come to think of it, maybe June 15, 2013 was not just a very dark day for watching movies available on HBO. For all three of those movies were released in 2012!
If you have noticed that I have not mentioned Arlynda’s reactions to any of the movies, there is a good reason for that. Suffice to say that I lost my cable/TV remote privileges for several days, and I do not look to be let off of probation anytime soon. Triple-sigh and two groans.
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