Happy Anniversary, Corner..ers…!

Happy Anniversary, Corner..ers…!

Well, we made it two whole years, friends and neighbors. It’s been a…fun?…couple of years. I hope so.  It’s damn sure been interesting for me. A bunch has happened, both on the site and off. I started my own site on a whim, put out my very own EP, took some trips, did some paddling, and gamed a little here and there.  Most importantly, though, I married my best friend and partner in time, Amy. 

I don’t know how I landed her, but she saved me. When we got together, I was a 30 year old unemployed musician living with my parents. I smoked packs of cigarettes daily and drank nothing but Mountain Dew…Yowsa.  Now, I haven’t smoked in 4 years, and I prefer a nice cup of tea (with a nip of whiskey if possible, please) to that sugary shot of caffeine. 
I digress…

We’ve got a big move this year (West to Midwest) and plan to do some traveling…does this mean a new page at The Corner? I don’t know, get off my back! Well, yeah, actually…maybe so.

Anyway, I’m off to do some gaming…perhaps the dishes. I don’t know yet….OH, I brewed some tea! I forgot! See ya!

Doppelgängers

Some say there’s a double (at least) for everyone out there.  I haven’t met mine yet, but I’m convinced it’s possible.  Some also say it’s a bad omen, or terrible luck.  I don’t know about that…these people made it work:

 

 

 

David Tennant & Dave Haywood

 

 

 

 

Simon & Simon & Simon & Garfunkel

 

 

 

 

Andrew Divoff & Slim Whitman

 

 

 

 

Ed Quinn & Eddie Rabbitt

 

 

 

 

Chucky & Robert Smith

 

 

 

 

Ron Burgundy & Marty Robbins

 

 

 

This Guy & Coolio

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned…I’m sure I’ll find some more soon.  If you see any doppelgängers, either in photo or in the wild, please send them in.  I’m always on the lookout…

Movies: The Sequel

Movies: The Sequel

Periodically, I do watch movies that don’t fall into horror or 90s sci-fi…not much recently, though. However, I find time for some. Below are movies I’ve been watching, in no particular order…Except for Drowning Mona, which my favorite movie.

 

Drowning Mona (2000)

WATCH

Again, my favorite flick.  Great cast, soundtrack, writing and location.

 

 

 

National Treasure (2004)

WATCH

Fun movie, indeed, but I also love treasure hunting flicks.  Mr. Cage, I can only handle for a little while, but as long as I keep them spaced out, I’m A-OK.  I do intend to watch part two in a few days.

 

 

 

Deep Blue Sea (1999)

SKIP

LOL

 

 

 

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

WATCH

Pretty much non-stop fun, and Kong is a bad ass.  Worth your time.

 

 

 

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) & Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life (2003)

SKIP

They’re just awful…awful movies.  I was prepared for some ridiculous action movie shit, but these are just too much…Plus I had to deal with Gerard Butler in the second movie…I don’t like Gerard Butler…Or Angelina Jolie…But especially Gerard Butler…God damn it.




The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

WATCH

I can’t stress this enough. This movie came out of nowhere for me, and I loved it. It’s packed full of pirate treasure-hunting adventure, as well as visually gorgeous.   The details, animation, and direction are spot on, so where the hell is the sequel?  Grab on Blu-ray immediately.

 

 

 

The Mummy Trilogy (1999, 2001, 2008)

WATCH

These movies are so much fun.  Adventure, romance, action, treasure, and the supernatural.  What more could you need?  Oh, yeah, a mummy and Jet Li.  That works, too.

 

 

 

The Mummy (2017)

WATCH

I know people have talked non-stop shit on this flick because they want to compare it to Fraser’s Mummy series (also by Universal), but everybody at The Corner thought it was really good.  Here’s the thing: you can have both, people.  Fraser’s series is canon, and this one proves it.  If you haven’t seen the movie, I won’t spoil it, but it’s there, so give this one a shot.  If you HAVE seen it, and didn’t catch it, email or comment and I’ll fill you in, but I won’t spoil it for the rest.  We very much hope that they continue the Dark Universe, because that’s super exciting.  Just PLEASE don’t cast Angelina Jolie as The Monster’s bride….please.  I’m begging you.

 

 

 

Serial Mom (1994)

WATCH

For the love of everything holy…and HOLY shit.  I’m about 50/50 on John Waters’s movies, but this one delivers, and Kathleen Turner is outstanding as the June Cleaver-esque murdering mother.  It’s clever, funny, original, and recently remastered by Scream Factory.  It’s also Matthew Lillard’s 2nd role.

September

September

Halloween 1-4 (1978-1988)

WATCH

Grab the Scream Factory set if you can. The remastering is stellar, and they’re all there.  The original is my favorite.  Very well done.

 

 

 

Friday the 13th (1980-2003)

(all except Jason X and the remake. Those are on the way.)

WATCH

My favorite slasher series from day one.  I hold Jason Goes to Hell the most dear (first one I saw new to VHS), but they’re all entertaining. Part 3 had a KILLER (sorry) soundtrack.

 

 

 

Ghost Ship (2002)

SKIP

It started off OK, but fell flat pretty quick. It was a bit too long, and I simply don’t see the cult fascination with it.

 

 

 

From Beyond (1986)

WATCH

From the makers of Re-Animator, Jeffrey Combs shines again in this weird tale of a creature crossing dimensions and being gross.  Loved it.

 

 

 

They Live (1988)

WATCH

Another Carpenter gem.  Plain and simple.  Reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, it had me hooked from start to finish.  Put on the glasses and watch immediately.

 

 

 

The Thing from Another World (1951)

WATCH

Inspiration for Carpenter’s The Thing, and starring James Arness as the creature.  It’s fun to compare.

 

 

 

The Thing (2011)

WATCH

Pretty well made prequel to Carpenter’s Thing.  They definitely did their homework, right down to the Norwegian camp.  Tip:  Stick around for the credits.

 

 

 

The Thing (1982)

WATCH

Duh.

 

 

 

The Monster (2016)

SKIP

Boring, depressing, I hated the characters, and the monster sucked.  Ella Ballentine’s performance was very good, however.  Still not worth your time, though.

 

 

 

Evil Dead (1981)

WATCH

Sam Raimi’s original classic still holds up.  Come for Bruce under a bookshelf, stay for the old-fangled gore.

 

 

 

TerrorVision (1986)

WATCH?

I’m not sure what I just saw…it was either magnificent, or utter garbage. I don’t know, man…holy shit.

 

 

 

The Fog (1980)

WATCH

Real good, if a bit slow in parts. Carpenter and Curtis is always a good combo, though.

 

 

 

House (1985) & House II: The Second Story (1987)

WATCH

Campy and confident. My kind of movie(s).  Part 1 is definitely the better of the two, with a great performance from William Katt.  Co-starring Bull from Night Court and Norm from Cheers. Sold.

 

 

 

Leviathan (1989)

WATCH

Peter Weller Sci-Fi flick.  I’ve seen it billed as, “Alien underwater”, and it’s not far off from that, really.  This one sneaked by me for 30 years, and was a happy surprise when Amy and I stumbled on it.

 

 

 

Sleepaway Camp (1983)

WATCH

I rented this twice on VHS from Aardvark Video when I was a kid.  Hadn’t watched it since, but always considered it a staple in my personal collection of favorites.  Recently, I picked up the Scream Factory Blu-ray on the cheap, and was happy to discover that the movie still holds up.  Scream Factory does good work.  I remember watching the VHS on an old tube TV, and thinking it was blurry.  The SF edition is just shy of crystal clear, and the sound is fantastic.

 

 

 

Escape from New York (1981)

WATCH

Snake’s a bad ass.  Another great John Carpenter flick with a great score.

 

 

 

Prince of Darkness (1987)

WATCH

I know you’re tired of hearing about John Carpenter.  Well, I’m not, but I’ll give you a break.  Just watch his movies.

 

 

 

The Pyramid (2014)

SKIP

I watched it so you didn’t have to.  You’re welcome…but you owe me.  The monster looks like an mid-90s made-for-TV special, despite being released in 2014.  Just don’t.

 

 

 

Child’s Play (1988)

WATCH

One of the great, off-the-wall slashers.  A vulgar little red-headed doll in overalls chasing people around with a kitchen knife.  Ummm….yep.   Put it on.

 

 

 

Lifeforce (1985)

WATCH

My favorite Tobe Hooper film I’ve seen so far.  Great special effects with a throwback feel.  Also, there’s a whole bunch of nudity.

 

 

 

Chopping Mall (1986)

WATCH

This one’s pretty fun.  A bunch of kids get locked in a mall overnight with killer robots. 80s blood, nudity, and acting just good enough to squeak by.

 

 

 

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

WATCH

Very cool special effects (can you tell I’m a sucker for old-school FX?), a good amount of humor, and cool setting.  That being said, I still don’t think it should be in the COMEDY section on Amazon Prime Video.

 

 

 

John Carpenter Presents: Body Bags (1993)

 

WATCH

Originally presented by Showtime, this three-part horror anthology features stories directed by Carpenter (who also hosts) and Hooper set in the same world as the Halloween series (Haddonfield, IL is referenced in the first story.) I caught this on late one night in ’93 or ’94, and it may have been my first look into the minds of John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper.

 

 

 

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

WATCH

Might as well.  It’s just what you think it is.

 

 

 

Fright Night (1985)

WATCH

Fun vampire movie.  Makes me long for the days of traditional cable TV and all-night monster movie marathons.  Great cast and setting, plus look at that movie poster!

 

 

 

976-EVIL 1 & 2 (1988 & 1991)

WATCH

IMDB nailed it:  “People who dial 976-EVIL receive supernatural powers and turn into satanic killers.” Yep.  You could probably SKIP part one, although it’s directed by Robert Englund.  Part two is more fun, but if you have to watch One for Two, so be it.

 

 

 

Invaders From Mars (1986)

WATCH

Not the best Hooper flick, but still watchable.  Cheesy acting with some pretty cool sets, and fun aliens.  Keep a sharp eye out for a cameo from Lifeforce.

 

 

 

Phantasm: Remastered (1979/2016)

Not bad. I felt parts were strangely edited and acted, and it had trouble keeping my attention in some spots. However, I was a tad distracted by other technology, so I’m very much to blame, too. It’s most definitely good enough to warrant marathoning the first three or four, which is what I plan to do when I have the opportunity.

 

 

 

Jaws (1975)

WATCH

Giant shark terrorizing a beach community…still holds up.

 

 

 

Night of the Creeps (1985)

WATCH

Goofy and fun, with some decent attempts at one-liners.  Perhaps (at least a bit of) an inspiration for Slither?

 

 

 

Screamers (1995)

 

WATCH

90s futuristic Sci-Fi starring Peter Weller and underground killer robots on another planet.  Do you need more?

 

 

 

The Blob (1988)

WATCH

Entertaining as hell, it’s gory and gross with some decent acting.  It’s also full of action, complete with more than a couple, “OH SHIT!” moments.  Wonderful special effects that blend (then) modern looking visuals with those reminiscent of the 50s.

 

 

 

Wishmaster (1997)

WATCH

Pretty decent late 90s horror movie about an evil genie.  Andrew Divoff is creepy as hell, even if a bit over the top.  Watch for cameos by Kane Hodder, Tony Todd and Ted Raimi.

 

 

 

Hellraiser (1987)

EITHER WAY

So-so.  It was ok, but I don’t understand why it’s a horror movie must, honestly.  I understand that for it’s time, it was weird, creepy and unnerving, so I’m not comparing it to modern shock horror.  I just found it boring.

 

 

 

Haunted Honeymoon (1986)

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A throwback to old time radio programs, this murder/mystery/comedy is written by and starring the director, the wonderful Gene Wilder.  This gem is an old favorite at The Corner, and definitely holds up.  Wonderful cast, great writing, and awesome setting (huge old mansion.)

 

 

 

The Stuff (1985)

WATCH?

Umm…I don’t know how I feel about it, really.  I think i liked it…at least enough to say it’s worth a watch.  It had a very Blob: Alternate Universe feel, which seemed to work.  Michael Moriarty’s performance was a bit bland, but the special effects were just cheesy enough to keep me going.

 

 

 

Scream 4 (2011)

WATCH

Pretty fun time, indeed.  I wasn’t sure if I could handle the “meta” at first, but it wasn’t as ridiculous as I’d previously thought.  I think I was just being a smug asshole, honestly.  Once I pulled my head out, and actually watched it, I liked it.

 

 

 

It (2017)

WATCH

Damn good.  “Horror Goonies” is what I kept hearing from everybody.  I can see that, I think.  Bill’s Pennywise was fantastic and creepy, and the kids were phenomenal.  Can’t wait for more.

 

 

 

It (1990)

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This movie made me, and half of the country, afraid of clowns in the early 90s.  I think I’m moreso afraid of Tim Curry, though, which means he’s good at what he does.  It definitely wasn’t as scary as I remember, but I was 8 or 9 at the time…It was good, still, though, if a bit cheesy.

 

 

 

C. H. U. D.  (1984)

WATCH

A bit slow in parts, but worth your time, ultimately.  Daniel Stern runs a soup kitchen in grungy clothes and curly hair while he fights humanoid mutants in the NYC sewers…aaaaaaand GO!

 

 

 

Cat’s Eye (1985)

 

WATCH

Three part horror anthology by Stephen King.  It’s worth it for the last story.  I suggest you just pick up the King of Horror Collection Blu-ray set, as the mastering is really good.  Plus you walk away with four King classics for a good price.

 

 

 

The Fog (2005)

SKIP

Again, you’re welcome…I watched this for you, and I don’t like Tom Welling, so that should show you how much I love you.  Just watch Carpenter’s original Fog and call it good.  I know, he’s listed as a producer on this stinker, so it should be okay, right?  Nope.  According to IMDB, Carpenter said this about his work as Producer:  “I come in and say hello to everybody. Go home.”   There you go.  Even he didn’t stick around for it.

 

 

 

Hatchet (2006)

WATCH

Old-fangled horror.  Loved it.  I don’t remember seeing a lick of computer graphics anywhere in the film.  I may have missed some, but I don’t think so.  Also, Kane Hodder as Victor Crowley?  Bring on the sequels!

 

 

 

Scream (1996)

WATCH

This was a favorite of mine when it came out, and it held up.  It’s actually a bit more fun now, after I’ve had 21 years to watch enough movies to get all of the references.

 

 

 

Prom Night (1980)

WATCH

Although filmed oddly, and a bit slow at first, it turned out to be pretty decent.  I didn’t think so at first, and had to mull it over for a bit.  Jamie Lee Curtis helped for sure, and they fooled me with the killer’s identity.  I was certain I knew who it was, too.  Well, I was wrong…DEAD WRO-…No.  I’m not going to do that to you.  I really WAS wrong, though.

 

 

 

Scream 2 (1997)

WATCH

Good sequel.  Still fun, and self-aware enough to keep you going…Plus Aunt Jackie from Roseanne is in it.

 

 

 

Prom Night II: Hello Mary Lou (1987)

WATCH IF YOU HAVE TIME

Seriously, don’t stress about it.  It’s okay, but there’s no Jamie Lee, and there are more than a few laughable moments.  Good soundtrack, and very supernatural, though…The chalkboard scene was cool, but the wooden horse was just plain weird.

 

 

 

Prom Night (2008)

SKIP THE TEEN DRAMA

WATCH THE IDRIS ELBA SCENES

If possible, that is.  If it’s too much work, just skip the whole damn thing and watch a proper thriller.  Elba’s scenes are effective, but don’t go looking for the 1980 Prom Night story arc…you won’t find it (or anything even close to it), other than people getting slashed up at prom.  Hell, they even tell you in the opening scene who the killer is.  No mystery.

 

 

 

The Gate (1987)

WATCH

This is about the only movie I can tolerate Stephen Dorff in.  A bunch of little demons surface from a weird hole in Dorff’s backyard.  No wonder he started E-Smoking.

 

Aaaaaand that’s a wrap for September’s movie selections.  Check out October’s here.

State of the Corner Address

State of the Corner Address

Well, folks, it’s a new year…finally.  2016 kind of sucked the big one. Too many deaths, both close family to us here at the Corner, as well as highly loved celebrities.

We did have some good times last year, though. Number one: I married my love, Amy. Best thing I could have ever done. She’s too perfect for me.

Also, we were blessed to have family come visit us, and lucky enough to fly 1,000 miles home to visit them.  While my mom and dad were here, Rob (dad) and I met up with Norm Miller in Jackson, WY to do a little paddling on the Snake River (beautiful), after a night sleeping by the Grand Tetons…wow.

Photo courtesy of Robin Kalthoff
Photo courtesy of Norm Miller

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Let’s see, what else….Oh yeah! We got to see Ozzy on Sabbath’s farewell tour, AND Ryan Adams at Red Butte w/ Amanda Shires. Two great shows indeed.

Photo courtesy of Amy Woody-Kalthoff

The Corner has officially turned 1 year old (today) and I have some plans in motion…In the coming weeks, I plan to brew my own beer (thanks Ethan), do some paddling (we just got our first SUP, thanks to Muz), hike a bunch, as well as start a recipe segment…maybe even have some guest authors stop by. More is in the works, but I won’t spoil anything just yet.
2017 hopes to be a damn good year. All of the wonderfulness, without all of the shit.

As always, stay tuned, and stay clear of those damned shifty raccoons…

No Man’s Sky Impressions and (Moderate) Coverage

No Man’s Sky Impressions and (Moderate) Coverage

*** I have been on vacation in the wilderness of the Show-Me state, and shall be for a spell.  No PS4, which means no No Man’s Sky for the duration, so please be patient, and definitely check back in a week or so. Until then, enjoy the random gameplay, and let me know what you think. ***

As you may have deduced from my No Man’s Sky Preview, I’m pretty damn excited for this game. I know the basics, I’m alone in a procedurally generated universe, and I need to make it to the center of the galaxy.  What I don’t know, is everything else. What will I see, and what creatures will I discover?  I’m about to find out, kiddos! Perhaps I’m hyped for nothing, and it’s not what I think it will be. Perhaps I’m right in the excitement…

*Possible spoilers ahead*

The first fifteen minutes recorded live:

After dying in a space battle yesterday, this Douglas Adams quote popped up:

Being as Douglas is my favorite author, I was naturally ecstatic to see this. But then, about an hour later,Voyageracross this beauty:

The Heart of Gold.  Zaphod must be near by…

I had no other option, than to name the planet, Magrathea.

 

Misc. gameplay footage. No commentary, just me playing the game.

I found a black hole!

…and then, the second before I reached the other side, the game crashed…yep…so I reloaded, and went through again.  Unfortunately, it didn’t record that footage for some reason.  However, I recorded some of where it took me, and I was able to snag some screen shots, too.

I’ve spent quite a few hours in NMS since it’s release, and, honestly, I’ve gotten a bit bored.  Regardless of others’ opinions, I do not blame Hello Games for this.  I blame myself, and my small attention span.  HG has provided me with a space sim worthy of boldly going.  However, it does get a bit repetitive.  Everything I wanted is there, aside from more diverse planets and systems.  Trading is simple and effective, if also repetitive (which is fine.  I don’t need a complex trade system. Easier the better.)  Crafting works very well, and there is a seemingly endless supply of new tech to build and upgrade.  My advice, just focus on what you need to propel your ship, and the rest can be had in any (so far) solar systems.  They all seem very similar, basically only changing the colors of the environments.  Although, on different accounts, I did see rather unique changes in wildlife and vegetation.  I have NOT made it to the center of the galaxy, nor have I solved the Atlas mystery.  I have been distracted by other external stimuli, as it were, and shifted my focus from Sci-Fi to Horror.  The space travel is fun, though, and I do intend to finish the game.  Hopefully before Halloween, as it is drawing near.

*UPDATE*

For the love of everything holy, upgrade your hyper drive. Before my upgrade,  I could only go as far as the next system in a warp jump.  This method takes a loooooong time if you are trying to reach the center, or are following the Atlas storyline. After the upgrade to only the Warp Reactor Sigma, I was able to jump the entire way to the next Atlas Interface…seen below. 

Also, just for kicks:

Following the Atlas path, and not currently heading toward the center of the galaxy, I have been to a system already discovered by another player. It was an odd feeling, I won’t lie. 

Also, being as I’ve decided to play as Tom Paris of Voyager separated from the ship with the Delta Flyer, I’ve had to consider the fact that Tom’s brainwashed. He should be heading toward the center, and back to Voyager.  Perhaps, however, he smelled a rat, and went undercover to expose the possibly evil Atlas…Either way, it has to play out now. It’s the only way…
As always, stay tuned, kiddos…

No Man’s Sky Preview

No Man’s Sky Preview

Let’s say a starship appears above my head one night. The inhabitants offer me the chance to leave Earth forever, and explore the galaxy in search of adventure and knowledge.  I say, “Hell yes.”  I then grab my family, and embark on my dream journey…Sounds good, and all, but that’s not going to happen.  What IS going to happen, is No Man’s Sky for the PS4 and PC.

No Man’s Sky may provide me with a hint of my dream, and I’ll damn sure take it.  Brought to us by Hello Games, NMS is a procedurally generated space adventure/exploration/survival game set in an infinite galaxy, where every planet, sun, animal and star can be visited and observed.  You are alone, and must collect items and materials to trade, in hopes of upgrading your ship and suit enough to survive.  One might ask, “Survive against what?” I may answer, “Who the hell knows.”  According to Hello Games, “Every creature, geological formation, plant and spaceship is unique.”  What are we going to find out there?  I don’t know, and right now, I’m having trouble containing myself…

Your mission is get to the center of the galaxy…MY mission is to pretend I’m Tom Paris of Star Trek: Voyager.  Apparently, while checking the Delta Flyer’s boosters just outside of range of Voyager’s tractor beam, Paris accidentally flew into a wormhole, sending him to the outer rings of the galaxy.  Now he must get back to Janeway…I believe I could also follow the story provided.  Perhaps they’ll mesh together…we shall see on August ni-..er…tenth!..when I actually get my hands on a copy. Until then, kiddos, enjoy some sweet screenshots, and a linked video or two!

P. S. The soundtrack, provided by 65daysofstatic, is damn good.

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Tune back in, as I’m sure I’ll have some more thoughts & rambles about this game.

For more information, please visit the official No Man’s Sky website here, as well as Hello Games here.