Today being the one day during the week that the little Library Bookstore
is open, I'd set the alarm and shot out of bed at 9:00 in the AM
to run a few errands that I had set for myself this morning before I kicked off my 31 Days Of Horror
2014, which is always filled with piles and piles of scary stuff, so I wanted to get a few things out of the way before diving in. I got the house opened up for the day and the Yorkie
stuck close to me since the wife had already split to do her normal routine of meetings. We fetched the newspaper and then I got dressed and headed out to see what I could find with a specific shopping agenda and our fairly mediocre local used bookstore offerings.
For some reason I've had the idea of looking into some old fantasy novels in my head the past week or so and to that end I've looked into the chronology of the Elric
books by Michael Moorcock
and wanted to see if any of them happened to be floating around locally so I could check them out cheaply instead of actually investing any real cash into something that might just gather dust for some time until I got around to digging into it. The weird bit is that I know I had at least
the first couple Elric
books in mass market paperback format from way back in the late '80s or early '90s, and I even read a bit of at least
one of them and enjoyed it, but I have no fucking idea what ever became of them over the ensuing 3-4 moves. They might be out in the garage storage in a huge box of other junk, but I honest to God
would rather buy another copy at this point instead of digging through a box to find nothing and realize that they were dumped at a used bookstore decades ago
That long-winded intro out of the way, I browsed the Library Bookstore
and the nearby used bookstore, neither of which had any of the books I was looking for (naturally), though they had a few other books by the man, so I decided to pass and just try a used bookstore the next time we're in a larger city. I know we'll be near Austin
, so I may try to get a shopping list together.
I poked around in the local books, music and video outlet for a bit, turning up the new Previews
(Huzzah! First try!) and then was browsing the various toys and other crap they sell towards the front of the store when I ran into the wife, who was killing time between meetings, so we visited briefly and then said our goodbyes as she went to shop a bit and I got in line to check out. I was still in the process of checking out when the wife called out to me to see if I could add a book she'd found to my purchase, which sort of cocked up the process, so I shoo'ed her away as I knew the people behind me were likely getting annoyed that this was taking so fucking long.
Calling in an order for food on the way back to the house, I grabbed some Thai
take-out and pointed the car towards the house, where I took a quick survey of the Media Closet
and grabbed the first thing that caught my eye off the To-Watch Pile
, horror-wise. This turned out to be a foreign horror film set in Denmark
called Room 205
, where a woman moves into a college dormitory shared with an assortment of fairly cliquish types and soon begins to realize that one of their rooms may be haunted. I had no idea whatsoever
what to expect and while I enjoyed the visuals well enough, the overall experience was mostly middle of the road, with not a lot of scares aside from the occasional 'boo' type sudden reveal, and the ghost's mystery wasn't anything you haven't seen before. It was a passable way to spend a couple hours, I suppose.
|You Spend All Your Time Day|
Dreaming And Watching Those
Silly Movies On TV And On
called about dropping by to install one final thing on the otherwise fixed toilet, so I told them to come on by and started watching an elusive film on YouTube
. I say Fade To Black
is elusive because it's had a couple legit DVD
releases over the years, but they're both out of print at the moment and have been for a few years
, so I've never been able to easily track it down. You'll understand my excitement then, when I just happened to be looking for something else on YouTube
and ran across the film in its entirety, so I was finally able to check out the lonely take of a film obsessed nerd who starts stalking a Marilyn Monroe
look-alike and using alternate personae and costumes to take revenge on those who slight him, including his abusive aunt and co-workers. It was pretty decent, more in the thriller/slasher vein than anything else, but I figure it fits into the theme of the month well enough. The Plumber
came and went, which only took about five minutes or so to install some seal or whatever, but the Yorkie
was still bristling with agitation the entire time, just because she doesn't take these intrusions lightly.
The wife was still out and about in the afternoon, so I decided to try to squeeze in another movie on YouTube
, a film that I'd meant to try to check out last year around this time, but never got around to. The Midnight Hour
is a 1985 television movie in which some unwitting high school kids manage to unleash evil spirits while assholing around in a cemetery on Halloween
night, so I gave it a spin on YouTube
only to discover that the file that I'd been able to find wasn't complete, so I ended up having to hop online and catch the middle portion of the movie there before finally seeing the ending on the TV
back in the den. This is a beef I have with all
the various versions of the YouTube
interface, as the one online is easy and straightforward to deal with, you search, your find, you watch. The various plug-ins that our different devices (TiVo
) have will invariably turn up completely different results when you search for the exact same fucking thing
, which drives me batty, because I may know for a fact that something is on YouTube
because my PC
tells me so, but God
forbid I'm able to easily find it and watch it in the comfort of my den, because TiVo
find the same results.
Oh yeah, and First World Problems
? Wah, poor me.
Still, it's fucking annoying
|Curb Your Narcissism!|
I'd finished up the movie as the wife was finally getting home, so we dug into some dinner that she'd returned with and I asked if she was cool to check out a Netfux
rental of Oculus
, which she was okay with. The movie actually surprised me in a really good way, since I went into it not expecting much more that a ghost story, but I really
enjoyed the way they indicated the evil influence of this haunted mirror while simultaneously telling the story of what had happened to the family of a brother and sister 11 years ago as they tried to figured out a way to prove the influence and possibly destroy the offending wall decoration. There were several really well done sequences of the siblings hallucinating and blending reality with what had gone before, very clever story-telling and something I feel would hold up to repeated viewings.
We wound down the night with a couple of episodes of season five of Tales From The Crypt
off the To-Watch Pile
, then I put the wife to bed and caught a couple episodes of season two of Person Of Interest
, just to decompress from all the horror and mayhem, then I headed to the PC
to get a second blog post published and write another one to play catch up, heading to bed a bit late but not as bad as I might've normally done.
Be seeing you.