Quick Update

 My apologies gang it has been a rough month, hell it's been a terrible year. As always I was looking forward to Counting Down to Halloween with everyone but sadly fell really short. I will and I promise I will post pictures after Halloween of the kids and the video right away so please stop back for them. Today is our last Trunk or Treat as my youngest heads off to High School, look as if it will be indoors this year so that is a bummer. 


Life for the girls is getting back to normal as you can see my oldest went to her second Homecoming this year. It feels sad that she missed her sophomore year but we made it this year. The event was held outdoors so the kids could go without a mask.

I ❤ #52

Also keeping us busy is Lainey's basketball season the team is now 16-0 and looking for a run at State! On average, they are beating teams by 20 points or more. It's been pretty exciting. 

And of course what knocked me back and out of commission COVID! Yep, this guy the one who has the vaccination religiously wears a mask cleans his workstation, and wash's his hands some how some way brought it home with me. It was such a shock I woke up one morning not feeling well, knowing I was driving to Chicago with my daughter for Rent that night we did not take any chances so my wife had me take an at-home test. I was blown away how did this happen! So I was locked in the man cave for almost 2 weeks it was miserable. Sure I watched a ton of movies but life was not the same. 

My case was mild if anything it felt like a head cold that would not go away. Then the cough set in and I still have it today as I close into the one-month mark. I still can not smell but never lost my taste. 

So please be safe everyone have a wonderful Halloween! I can not wait to check in with your blogs soon and get caught up. 

Oh one more thing I was having so much trouble wanting to do anything after my dad passed, my buddy talked me into a challenge for Halloween that started in August. The goal was to watch 100 new to me Horror Movies by October 31. I'm proud of myself as I meet that goal and had fun doing it. In fact, I'm currently sitting at 119 movies with a few days left to go. I want to do a recap post here soon until then check out my list 🎃 https://boxd.it/cXPcE

I hope you are all having a wonderful spooky month I will be checking in soon!



Missing Halloween


 


Missing Halloween is a short animation created by Mike Inel. It's a short animation about two children trick-or-treating. The Animation mashed sad stories with beautiful animation. I guarantee this Halloween treat will move you. I just did not see it coming. Let me know what you think in the comments.




Fear Filter

 



One of the best short films I have seen. Leah's looking for the perfect Snapchat filter to send her crush until the app detects an unknown face in the darkness.



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Sad



 These are not the faces of America! They will not break us down! In a few more days they can crawl back to their caves and hide for another 100 years. 

Happy 2021

Here is to a safe and blessed 2021! Let's not let our guard down and the COVID finish line is clearly in sight. A few more months of social distancing will not hurt anyone.








 

Out with Old In With The New

 Wow, 2020 a year that we will never talk about again not even to grandkids dam it! So many strange things took place here let alone the pandemic. From Derecho to pipes bursting, our A/C going out, water heater shitting the bed, all musicals canceled for my kids, and now my dad is heading to a nursing home. It has been the most costly year for us ever and here we are happy, safe, and together!

Other than my beloved White Sox making a run for the post-season movies became a great escape for me once again. For the past few years, I was lucky to sit and watch 25-50 movies a year, in many ways, it bugged me but raising two little girls became the top priority. 

Then COVID struck and we found ourselves at home more way more!! And during the first lockdown, I dove into the Police Acadamy Franchise just for fun. Well, that fun really lead to my movie enjoyment once again and I never looked back all year. It was a nice diversion from the god awful news on the tv. Watching classic with the kids like Karate Kid, Top Gun, and St. Elmo's Fire became the new family movie night, that is after all of the Disney+ movies that we consumed. 

I set myself a goal as I do every year this year I wanted to push 75 movies as I made my goal the year before of 50. Little did I know I would watch a whopping total of 214 films!! And we still have one day left to try and squeeze a few more in. Sure about 19 of them are Disney Shorts running around the 9-minute mark but there are still 200 movies watched this year. Good Gravey Man what will I do for an encore?

Not going to kid my self it was a fluke year so my goal is going to stay simple as we hope some life gets back to normal by summer, I really miss seeing my kids on stage! For 2021 I will shot for 100 movies, it will be fun to top that but 100 that's a good number for me. This might even change the way I blog a bit, I know I have stopped writing reviews so I might start writing just quick thoughts on what I just watched. Blogging has been a struggle the past few years with Halloween and Creepmas the only true things I stick with.

So let us look back on the Top 10 Movies I watched in 2020.

Benchwarmers 2 was a surprise for me I really did not like the first one at all where this one had me laughing. Don't F#&k in the Woods is still the most talked-about movie in my circle! It's so silly yet fun as all get out. Might not be for everyone but I will be watching it again come Halloween season soon. 


Well looks like Disney+ shows up strong 11th through 15, Scare Package was a nice treat. Soul was good but not good enough to crack the top 10 and boy do I feel dumb waiting so long on Zootopia.


I only watched 60 Horror Movies this year with 5 of them hitting my top ten. Full Moon's Weedjies! Halloweed Night was a blast with Mr. Boogedy becoming a Halloween staple year after year. Never Hike Alone is still free on YouTube and being a fan-made film it has the feel of a big-screen movie. The Trial Of The Chicago 7 will gain more buzz around the Award season I'm sure. Very well acted, a powerful story, and a movie we all should take some time to sit through. 


So let's remember this is my list and my opinion right? So yeah on like most Hubie Halloween was one of my favorite movies this year. Sandler might not be great but everything around him sure was. "Host" is the movie that sums up 2020, Lion King was a wonderful family treat, and Eddie Murphy was robbed at the Oscars! But the one movie that still gets played in this house (over 20 times) is Hamilton. Even this tough guy loved it, loved every moment of it. Definitely one of the best movie nights that we all shared.

Not all things were bad this past year and if anything it helped bring families together, reconnected with friends, and we washed our hands a lot!

So stay safe as we start off the New Year, wear your mask, read a book, and watch movies!

Cheers to a Blessed 2021!




Coming to Shudder in January


 Looks like Shudder will be filling that void with much better content next month unlike Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+. So for those cold winter nights here is what is coming to Shudder.


Available January 4

Super Dark Times
Fingers

Available January 9

A Discovery of Witches

Available January 11

Before the Fire
Cub
The Pit
Celia

Available January 14

Hunted

Available January 16

A Discovery of Witches

Available January 18

And Now the Screaming Starts
Asylum
The Beast Must Die
The Flesh and the Fiends

Available January 19

The Wolf House



Available January 21

The Walking Dead: World Beyond

Available January 23

A Discovery of Witches

Available January 25

Nightbreed
Rawhead Rex

Available January 26

The Untold Story
The Woman



Available January 28

The Queen of Black Magic


Available January 30

A Discovery of Witches

The Worst Movies I watched In 2020

 Here you go my small list of the top "worst" movie's I watched in the year that is "2020"! So many disappointments this year and to be honest with you only the first 9 movies really sucked. 

Number One:

Leading the pack the snooze fest that is  Barbie & Kendra Save the Tiger King from Full Moon Features.

After narrowly escaping the contagious catastrophe of the Corona Zombies, ditsy American beauties Barbie and Kendra battle their deadliest foe yet: social distancing boredom. Hooked on binge-watching a television show about a man and his tigers on a nature channel, the two ladies hatch the perfect plan to save the Tiger King himself. From the living rooms of LA to the wilds of Africa, our dynamic duo embark on a curve-flattening journey to free Joe from a fate worse than Carole Baskin. After "Corona Zombies" being a fun time this one just felt rushed and flat. And with a running time of an hour, it was really hard to finish. 

Currently free on Tubi if you are bored and like to torture yourself.

Number Two:



I signed up to do a blog-a-thon before all of life went crazy so I never did a post about this 1974 trash heap Big Bad Mamma. In fact, it took me months to finish with the struggle being so real I had to force myself. Mama and daughters get forced by circumstances into bootlegging and bank robbing, and travel across the country trailed by the law. Starring Playboy Playmate Angie Dickinson who was nominated for "The Most Embarrassing Nude Scene in Hollywood History" for this film. 

Number Three:



Let's face it in 2020 we were all looking for that escape from the news outlets and we definitely streamed more. And what is not to love about a comedian making us laugh? We Rob Schneider really screwed the COVID pooch with this special. I honestly could not tell you if I even laughed once.

Number Four:


Oh boy, where to start? "An Almost True Story: TOXIC TUTU is an homage to the original cult-classic horror-comedy, THE TOXIC AVENGER and explains what became of the "Toxic Avenger's" Melvin the "Mop Boy", Mark Torgl." What a great idea for fans to catch up with Mark Torgl with such poor execution. I really hate saying that as this was a thank you letter from the director who was battling cancer. It was just way too hard to watch and not what I was expecting. 

Number Five:



When a street sweeper who cleans up after grisly accidents brings home a full corpse for him and his wife to enjoy sexually but is dismayed to see that his wife prefers the corpse over him. No Just No!

Number Six:


I point to the Police Academy series as the springboard that really got me watching movies again. While on self-quarantine from work in March I jumped on the wagon and watched all six of the Police Acadamy movies. Sadly it ended on a real dud! Yet it was still fun catching up with the gang from my childhood. 

Number Seven Eight and Nine:





All three low budgets flick help round out the worst of the worst. Learn from my mistakes and skip these at all costs. So far everything listed has been rated 1 1/2 stars or less. With the rest of my list scoring slightly higher.

Number Ten:



This slow-burn period piece was such a letdown.
 "One night in New Mexico, in the late 1950s, a switchboard operator and radio DJ discover a strange audio frequency which could change the future forever." It's a fun idea with a nice cast and yet it somehow still falls flat. 

Rounding out my list of bad movies.




I was really bummed with Jay and Silent Bob I really did not think it could be that bad. And Yes God Yes like what the hell was that! So have you seen any of these? Am I wrong with scoring them low? Let me know in the comments below and prepare yourself for my Top Ten  Top Twenty Five of 2020!





Merry Christmas


 Man COVID has been nuts, right? Well, Christmas has been a new low of crazy. I think this family easily misses all those Christmas plays and musicals the girls do. Thankfully Ella's choir teacher still tried to spread some cheer for all to hear. So enjoy the High School Virtual Choir Concert and a special message from Ella in her somewhat messy room. 




2020 The Year of The Doc


Man 2020 was a great year in movies for me, as I look back at everything I watched I was surprised by the number of Documentaries on the list. With so many good flicks let's see if I can pick one to lead the pack.


With Six Documentaries on this list, it was clear that music was still getting me through this crazy year. The Beastie Boys Story was by far the king of this crop with the Bee Gee's, Get Thrashed and ZZ Top duking it out for the next spot.

I was shocked I only watched three documentaries about horror movies this year and four about Disney! The Social Dilemma proved all along that Facebook is evil but my email to I did not know that!

Belushi is worth your time as well as The Search for Weng Weng. This could be one of the only lists as we wrap up 2020 that will not have The Tiger King closer to the top. Sure it was a fun distraction when COVID had us in a lockdown but the novelty wore off rather quickly.