Stephen King



[Mostly] Wordless Wednesday, a blog series where brevity is key (or at least my brand of brevity), is back! I understand that not everyone appreciates a lengthy entry!

We finally get a sneak peek at an upcoming movie based on the popular novel written by the King of Horror — It.


The Toronto International Film Festival has been releasing/featuring a handful of movies and trailers (most seem to be Indie based), and while some are decent I’m only sharing one today (though not positive it was from TIFF). Perhaps next week I can have an Indie theme, much like last week’s Hanky Panky trailers.

Today we have some espionage thrillers, some drama, some horror, and ending with some teaser trailers that I’m certain others will be more familiar with their source material than myself. Both Elysium and Kick-Ass 2 offered new trailers for movies already announced and previewed, but not much beyond that; at least through the theaters attended.

Not sure if these two teaser trailers are for movies that may end up blockbuster releases next year, but they are based off of best-selling novels/trilogies. As I said, perhaps you will be more familiar with them than I am...

Closed Circuit (8/28/2013):

Eric Bana doesn’t seem to be very popular these days, but I still appreciate his acting and am interested in seeing this movie. The trailer may give a bit too much away about the film, but with these kinds of movies it’s really hard to say. Beyond Julia Stiles, I don’t think I know anyone else besides those two actors. This movie seems a bit under the radar, and I’m curious if it could be due to the subject matter, which may be too sensitive after the Boston incident. Regardless, I feel the movie has potential and could offer some good acting, suspense, and plot twists. If I can get in on a matinee I may give it a shot.

Parkland (10/4/2013):

This movie seems a bit under the radar as well. I never heard about it until this week, and with an October release I would have expected trailers a few months ago. It does seem the production company may be lesser-known or more independent based. Either way, I think it has many talented actors and the storyline (albeit usually more from a conspiratorial standpoint) is one I’m passionate about. It looks like a great movie, and for a first time director, an excellent debut. Here’s to hoping it isn’t a limited release, and I can find it somewhere in theaters!

Carrie (10/18/2013):

Just in time for Halloween, a classic horror movie is remade to grace a new generation. It’s sad, but I’ve never seen Carrie all the way through or read the book by Stephen King. I am, however, very familiar with the content within. I’d imagine with today’s movie magic, they can bring a lot more of the literature to life. I know they made a sequel to the original movie, but I didn’t think it looked all that great. Julianne Moore seems incredibly creepy as Carrie’s mother and feel she will be excellent in the part. Though, Chloë Grace Moretz — granted I’ve only seen her in Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2 — will likely steal the show. It will be interesting to see her role as a more mousy, sheepish girl compared to the ones I’ve seen her in. That is, until shit hits the fan...

Squirrels (TBA 2014):

Oh My Nuts! Squirrels! The Indie trailer [possibly] from the Toronto International Film Festival I couldn’t not share. The title makes it pretty abundantly clear as to why — that is, if you’ve been following along. Who wouldn’t want to watch a movie about cute, cuddly rodents and their obsession for nuts? This trailer is marked as a Pre-Production Sales Trailer. Not sure if that means it’s basically a Beta trailer or what, but it’s quality is better than most pre-production trailers I’ve seen.

Vampire Academy (2/14/2014):

The first of two teaser trailers. I know absolutely nothing about the source material for this movie, beyond it being a popular book (or trilogy, I assume). I feel the trailer is well done, and the style of the movie is appealing… except its “vampires in school” basis? I think I’m forever traumatized by Twilight, because I feel I always go back to comparing movies to it now when involving similar material. I’ve read comments that this is supposedly a darker series, which would be nice, but the release date of Valentine’s Day kind of throws me for a curve. Not sure what to make of this, but will check out future trailers (probably spoiling too much of the content) once closer to the release date.

Divergent (3/21/2014):

Another movie based on a best-selling novel/series/trilogy, and one I’ve actually seen recently at retailers. I really like the covers of the books (though, I’ve only seen two books I think…) and had meant to research them, but had since forgotten. Now the movie(s) are being made, and I feel inclined to read them if they come recommended by friends. This one seems to have The Hunger Games feel to it. After watching the trailer, though, I’m uncertain if the premise would be as interesting and engaging for me. Perhaps when the full trailer is released I will find it more appealing, though they seem to offer enough of the content in the teaser.

Did any of the highlighted movies interest you? Have you read Stephen King’s Carrie and/or seen the original adaptation? Will you see the remake? Have you read the Vampire Academy and/or Divergent series? If so, would you recommend either? How do the trailers seem to stack up to the novels?

BEDiM 2013 : DAY 4

(A Blog Every Day in May 2013 Challenge Entry)

I am really going to enjoy the challenge on the docket today!

Today’s prompt:

Day 4, Saturday: Favorite quote (from a person, from a book, etc) and why you love it.

I love me some QUOTES! So this is definitely a prompt I can get behind with few worries. There are so many to choose from, though. You think this would present me with some sort of challenge but...

This was actually an easy pick. Despite having already done a blog post on quotes, I seem to have left out one of my most favorites (and one I use often). So I will share it today. I’m sure a good many of you will remember/recognize it.

“Get busy living or get busy dying.” - Andy Dufresne/Stephen King (The Shawshank Redemption)

This is my one of my all-time favorite movies. It’s one I can watch over and over again. If it would happen to be on TV while flipping channels (if I had a TV I could watch on), I’d stop and watch it, regardless of whatever part of the movie is on. I love it!

If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. It’s an adaptation (by Frank Darabont, who rocks and keeps close to written material) of Stephen King’s novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. I also really enjoyed the novella. While some characters (mainly wardens) were blended for sake of the movie, and some actor choices for characters that didn’t seem to match story descriptions (this is always an issue with movie adaptations, though), the movie stayed relatively close to the story.

I love the quote itself, because I feel it’s just simply fitting for life. Period. I’ve repeated this quote many times over the years, randomly like most things I do. Sometimes, though, I actually contemplate it. Get busy living or get busy dying. It really is as simple a choice as that. The reason it’s profound for me, and sticks with me all this time (aside from loving the novella/movie) is that I feel I keep making the wrong choice. Or at least the option I want to avoid: get busy dying.

I feel like I’ve not really done all I could to really live and feel I am missing out on many of the experiences life has to offer. Traveling for one, learning random knowledge, just exploring the world (and all the things) in general. I kind of shack up in my own little bubble. Like the inmates of The Shawshank Redemption, I feel institutionalized (my original A to Z “I” topic). That I wouldn’t survive out there in the real world. so I remain in my own little prison cell.

I get out a lot more, mind you, but definitely still feel confined/restrained. It feels like I’m waiting for that burst within. Something that will break open the door that is already bulging in its frame, allowing me to fully embrace the world and anything/everything in it. I feel so close at times, but then I just push it away and rationalize that I am safer this way. No way of getting “hurt” in my bubble!

So sometimes the above statement/quote really gets to me. Slowly it tries to get under my skin where it hopes to make its way into my veins and bones, overtake my body completely, and spring me into action. Let’s hope it succeeds at some point, before it is too late.