Tag: Stephen King

Tanner at the Movies: The Lost City of Z, Beauty & the Beast, & Gerald’s Game

Top 5 Stephen King Inspired Movies and Mini Series

I have made it clear in the past that when it comes to books, I am a big fan of Stephen King. My mom loved them growing up and after she finished reading each of his book, she gave them to me to read. I have been a fan since I was a kid and I have enjoyed Stephen King’s various movie and television spin offs… For better and for worse. The great thing about the Stephen King story is that whenever it is done well… It works really well and becomes either a cult classic or a classic movie. At its worse… Oh boy they are at least memorable in all the wrong ways. I love the Stephen King adaptations because no matter what I get, I know I am at least going to have a good time. There are very few Stephen King adaptations that do not at least entertain men. At their worst, you get wonderful terrible gems like The Langoliers or The Tommyknockers and when they are at their best… Well they are excellent movies so I can enjoy them on that principle alone.

So today, I decided to make a list to commemorate the best movies of the Stephen King Universe. The worst… Well that is a list for another day that we can get to. But for now we will list the Top 5 Stephen King Inspired Movies and Mini Series. Continue reading “Top 5 Stephen King Inspired Movies and Mini Series”

Tanner Reviews Gone Home

Gone_HomeThe irony is not lost on me that I said that I would cut back on Video Game reviews and then spend the majority of the last couple of months doing nothing but talk about video games. Such is the way of life, but I enjoy it and will be getting into the swing of the 2015 movie scene very soon so I guess I can take that as a give and take. But for now we will look at the last of my 2014 Winter Sale Spoils with the video game by developers Fullbright, Gone Home. Certainly an interesting game to say the least and one that may fall into the more artistic side of video gaming, Gone Home is a game that brings something different to the indie gaming scene. Now is it something interesting in a good sense or a bad sense? Well that is left to be determined. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Gone Home”

Tanner Reviews Cujo

CujoVHScoverIs it just me or does everyone else have that movie when they were a child that they just hated for absolutely no good reason? I’m curious if that is a normal thing or if that is just something stuck in my little mind. Either way, while I was growing up I could not help but detest the movie Cujo and to this day I still am not entirely sure why. It isn’t that the movie was unfaithful to the book or that the movie itself was not scary, or that it was too scary that I could never look at a Saint Bernard the same way again. For whatever reason, I just could not stand it and have not watched it again until just recently and after watching it a second time… I still do not understand why I hated it so much as a kid. It isn’t like the movie is great, but at the same time it isn’t terrible or really anything to get angry about. It is just a decent horror story. So I thought it would be fun to share my opinions on another Stephen King story turned movie and my former but no longer most hated movie of all time, Cujo. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Cujo”

Tanner Reviews Rose Red

190px-RoseRedDVDAfter I released my list of my Top 10 Guilty Pleasures, my roommate decided to sit me down and show me what was once one of her favorite horror movies of all time. Because the screenplay was written by Stephen King. Well knowing me, I’m always up for a Stephen King Miniseries no matter what the occasion is. So I decided to sit down and give it a watch with her. Just as I said in my guilty pleasures list, there was no way that I was going to dislike this movie, either for the good reasons or the bad. But in this case the good. Rose Red was a surprisingly suspenseful, thrilling, and entertaining watch.  Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Rose Red”

Tanner Reviews Thinner

ThinnerposterSorry for the delay. I was hoping to have a video this week, but sadly due to Brandon finishing class and other such things we have not had the free time to sit down and film an episode. But hopefully this will be the last filler review for a while now. But I suppose I can’t get too angry. After all, I just mentioned in my list of Guilty Pleasures how much I love the Stephen King mini series/made for TV movies and on today’s agenda we have such a movie! A movie penned by Stephen King’s pseudonym Richard Bachman, the story Thinner. Out of all the Stephen King stories turned movies, this is the one that puzzles me the most. The man has millions of stories, most of them easily adaptable to the big screen… And yet you choose one of the few that would struggle to carry a ninety minute run time and with a strange and slightly racist premise. Not to mention the complete lack of anybody slight redeemable makes the movie a very depressing watch. Thinner might be one of the few movies that is the hardest of King’s to sit through… And yet one of the few who had the balls to stick to the original source material. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Thinner”

Tanner Reviews The Running Man

Running_Man_Theatrical_PosterI have returned at a long weekend in Youngstown Ohio for YSU’s first HvZ Invitational. It was a fantastic experience and thanks to all the moderators who made the game possible. With that being said, I was unable to prepare much for today’s review so I thought I would tackle something easy and what could be easier than a 1980’s Arnold Schwarzenegger movie that is loosely (and I do mean LOOSELY) based off of a Stephen King novel called The Running Man. A movie that is one of the many fine examples of the ‘futuristic world’ as seen through the scope of 1980’s technology. It is a world where the keyboards are humongous, the fences are ‘futuristic’ but impractical, full body singlets rule the world of fashion, cheesy work out videos, and murderous game shows that combine Battle Royale and The Price is Right together in one unholy bond. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews The Running Man”

Tanner Reviews Carrie

Carrie_Domestic_One-sheet… Jesus Hollywood… Have you really ran out of ideas? I mean, have we really reached this point where we just can’t tell stories anymore that we have to keep rehashing the old timeless classics in these over stylized remakes that always ALWAYS come across as stupid and unnecessary. The 2013 version of Carrie may not be the worst remake ever made… In fact if we are simply talking about remakes I would say that it is one of the better ones created. But at the end of the day and when it is all said and done, the only thing that will be remembered about this movie is that it was an okay remake that could not even come close to being as good as the original Brian De Palma classic and the Stephen King novel from which it was inspired. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Carrie”