Saturday, December 27, 2014

My Reading Took A Hit This Year

A review of my Netflix activity suggests why...

Seems having a DVD player, a TV monitor, and an iMac will ruin a fella's literary intentions and pretensions. My Reading Challenge at Goodreads has not lived up to expectations (31 of 48 for 2014) while my Netflix queue has never been more expansive, eclectic, or low brow. Movies in theatrical release were mostly watched at the Picture Show in Prescott, AZ. Among my viewing treats, classics, and mistakes:

6 Souls

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Absentia (Review)

All Is Lost

American Mary *

Frankenstein's Army *



Galaxy Quest

Game of Thrones



Guardians of the Galaxy

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn


Helix: Season 1: "Pilot" *


Her (Review)

Hobbit III

Holy Mountain

House of Voices

Ice Spiders *

Iliza Shlesinger: War Paint


Iron Sky: Director's Cut

Jodorworsky's Dune

John Dies at the End

John Wick 

Joseph Campbell: Suhkavati

Jug Face

Kathleen Madigan: Madigan Again 

La Belle et la Bette (Review)

Lewis Black: Old Yeller: Live at the Borgata


Lone Survivor



Machete Kills

Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell *


Melanie Comarcho: Hello!

Mockingjay I

Monique Marvez: Not Skinny Not Blonde

Monster on the Campus

Morgan Murphy: Irish Goodbye

Mr. Nobody (Review)

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Attack of the Giant Leeches

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Crash of Moons

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Devil Fish

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Barugon

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hamlet *

Mystery Science Theater 3000: I Accuse My Parents

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Jack Frost

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Lost Continent

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Manos: The Hands of Fate

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mitchell

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mr. B's Lost Shorts

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Parts: The Clonus Horror

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Pod People

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Teenage Strangler

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Teenagers from Outer Space

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Beast of Yucca Flats

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Beatniks

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Brain That Wouldn't Die

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Giant Spider Invasion

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Girl in Lovers' Lane

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Indestructible Man

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Wild Rebels 

Sin City II


Solomon Kane

Sommore: Chandelier Status

Son of Frankenstein / Ghost of Frankenstein


Star Trek: Enterprise: Season 4: "These Are the Voyages..."

Star Trek: Season 1: "Where No Man Has Gone Before"

Tammy Pescatelli: Finding the Funny


The Amazing Transparent Man

The Artist

The Bay

The Colony

The Conqueror Worm

The Cosmic Man

The Deadly Spawn

The Dreamers

The Eternal *

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (Review)

The Gift

The Gorgon / Scream of Fear

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Homesman

The Host

The Island at the Top of the World

The Lair of the White Worm

The Land Unknown / The Deadly Mantis

The Last Days

The Last Days on Mars

The Legend of Hell House

The Lego Movie

The Machine

The Numbers Station

The Prophecy 2

The Prophecy 3: The Ascent

The Prophecy: Forsaken

The Prophecy: Uprising

The Reeds

The Wall (Review)

The Warrior's Way

The Wildest Dream

Tiny: A Story About Living Small


Tucker and Dale vs. Evil 

Twixt *

Under the Skin *

Upstream Color (Review)

Val Lewton: I Walked with a Zombie / The Body Snatcher

Val Lewton: Isle of the Dead / Bedlam

Val Lewton: The Leopard Man / The Ghost Ship

Violet & Daisy

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

We're the Millers

White Zombie

Wings *

Wings of Desire

Women Who Kill

X-Men: Days of Future Past 

Zombies of Mora Tau / The Werewolf

I also watched Seasons 1-3 of Game of Thrones (no spoilers for seasons 4-5 please!), Season Five of The Walking Dead and Archer. There were a variety of episodes of MST3K, Rifftrax , The Film Crew, and Cinematic Titanic as well.

There are worse ways to escape a rough day and the prospect of a sleepless night, but the classics are certainly collecting more dust on the bookshelf.

[Update: I'm concerned that someone might consider this a list of movies that they should see. No, not true at all. Thus, those now tagged with an asterisk may be skipped without risk.]


  1. Thanks for the list. I've made some additions to my to view list on Netflix. Watched "Escape" last night and loved it.
    I'm afraid my two older daughters (14 & 11) watched "The Wall" and weren't happy with its lack of what they view as a definite conclusion. And of course I got to listen to repeated moans while the deer rolled endlessly down the hill.
    I liked it though....

    1. Be careful, they're not all good...

    2. I noticed. We have different tastes, especially when it comes to horror films. And of course, I have to also be wary of warping my daughters too badly. They did enjoy Buckaroo Banzai and Firefly.