Some New Things to Watch

In the two weeks I’ve been in California my girlfriend Alexis has gotten me into a few things I never thought I would get into otherwise, so I want to discuss them a little bit now.

My girlfriend is a huge fan of the YouTuber VanossGaming, and usually if we’re hanging out in her room or talking or whatever she turns it on for sound. Pretty much every hack, mod, and background one can get for video games all show up in these random game-set skits, and honestly without having seen it with her first I never would have got into it.

Several years ago I watched a film called The Raven starring Vincent Price and Boris Karloff. Very loosely based on Poe’s poem, it was a mixture of comedy, horror, and fantasy that was typical of Old Hollywood. Alexis introduced me to a much newer Raven film, completely unconnected to the earlier film, but to me much more entertaining. Speaking to my deep love of literature and the macabre, The Raven is the story of the hunt for a 19th Century serial killer who bases his crimes off of Edgar Allen Poe’s stories. Poe himself, played by John Cusack, is summoned to aid in the investigation and finds himself on a perilous track towards his own destiny. It was a very fresh and entertaining departure from the Star Wars and comic book movie binge I’ve been stuck on for many years, and honestly the first movie that kept my eyes glued and my heart racing.

The last show I’ve been watching here on almost a daily basis isn’t that exciting–Bob’s Burgers. I’ve seen my dad watching it from time to time back in Michigan but never paid much attention to it. Alexis turned on Episode 1 and I was hooked. My burger fanaticism aside, it reminds me so much of Family Guy and American Dad, which I got into when I was in the Marine Corps and have followed ever since. The weird, exaggerated, raunchy comedy always appealed to me, and now I have another show to binge watch over and over and over again to take a break from “normal life”.

So that–and cooking and Pokémon–is how I spend my time while Alexis is away at work. All in all, not a bad way to pass the time at all.


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