Weekly Recap: Freddy, Dracula, Stephen King and Stranger Things
Today’s recap is coming out a bit later in the day than usual because it has been a busy weekend. I spent most of the day yesterday driving kids to and from various activities and/or running errands. In between trips to and fro, I turned on Stranger Things thinking I might watch an episode or two of the new season. I finished watching the final episode a little after midnight. Although this had no bearing whatsoever on my decision to binge watch Stranger Things this weekend, it’s worth noting that today is Winona Ryder’s birthday. So plop down on the couch and watch an episode or nine.
But first, just in case your binge watching distracted you from what was going on here at Le Blog, here’s a recap of everything we covered last week.
Speaking of birthdays, here’s a look at Jestak’s celebrity birthday updates. He did something a little different this week by combining two days into one article so that he could pair thematically similar headliners who were born one day apart. The breakdown below will reflect that approach:
- October 29: Ben Foster, Finola Hughes, Gabrielle Union, Italia Ricci, Lee Child, Michael Schur, Rufus Sewell, Tracee Ellis Ross, Winona Ryder
- October 28: Anne Perry, Annie Potts, Brad Paisley, Gwendoline Christie, Jake Kasdan, Joaquin Phoenix, Julia Roberts, Matt Smith, Michael Stahl-David, Troian Bellisario
- October 27: Ivan Reitman, Joanna Scanlan, John Cleese, Patrick Fugit, Roberto Benigni, Teresa Wright
- October 26 & 25: Adam Goldberg, Adam Pascal, Anne Tyler, Anthony Rapp, Dylan McDermott, Florence Kasumba, Jim Butcher, Julian Schnabel, Katy Perry, Morgan Saylor, Seth MacFarlane
- October 24: Bob Kane, Drake, Eliza Taylor, Jacqueline McKenzie, Katie McGrath, Kevin Kline, Raul Esparza
- October 23: Alex Gibney, Amandla Stenberg, Ang Lee, Emilia Clarke, Kate del Castillo, Margaret Qualley, Masiela Lusha, Ryan Reynolds, Sam Raimi
Jestak has announced that he’ll be doubling up again on Monday and Tuesday. So don’t panic when tomorrow comes and goes without a birthday update. Just celebrate Winona Ryder’s big day for 48 hours like me.
Daffy’s puzzle article for the week dealt with a spooky classic. As we prepare for Halloween, he put the pieces together for the 1931 version of Dracula. The article includes a sneak peak of the Daffster on stage as Renfield. Tying into the vampire theme, I reviewed Universal’s efforts to kick-start it’s classic monster franchise with Dracula Untold and an earlier attempt to do essentially the same thing with Van Helsing. We also looked back at how Blade Trinity killed off Wesley Snipes’ only franchise just in time for him to go to jail.
Meanwhile, Kevthewriter wondered why the Carrie remake from a few years back bombed while today’s remake of It is a box office smash. To tie into the Stephen King theme, I revived an old Worst to First article ranking the movies based on King’s work which were released in the 1980’s. Next week, I am planning the long (and not so eagerly) awaited follow-up.
Kev also got his Netflix on with a thriller which has been called a creepy, reversed Back to the Future. Christopher Lloyd stars in I Am Not a Serial Killer in which his would-be Marty McFly may or may not be homicidal. Sounds heavy. We rounded out the Halloween scares with a Worst to First ranking the Nightmare on Elm Street movies.
This week’s Movieline archives included a profile on Greg Kinnear when he was promoting his potentially career-changing performance in Auto Focus. The movie is worth checking out, but it didn’t transform Kinnear into a leading man the way he might have hoped. We also looked at an interview with author-turned-screenwriter Richard Price. At the time of the article, Price had just sold the rights to his book Clockers after a bidding war drove up the asking price. You may remember that last week, we had an interview with David Caruso in which he said he took a chance on the movie Kiss of Death partially because the screenplay was so good. It was written by Price.
Next Week: Daffy goes ape, King in the 90’s, and Kev celebrates two holidays with Tyler Perry. We’ll check out a few more spooky goodies in the final days of October and kick off the Movieline archives for Novemeber. It’s all treats, no tricks!