Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, October 16, 2022, or: Weekend Update, Part Two


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Weekend Update for Sunday, October 16, 2022

As I reported yesterday, my Amazon package with the two-disc Collector’s Edition of The Mist was delivered by the U.S. Postal Service at 2:14 PM Eastern Daylight Time. I retrieved it from our curbside mailbox shortly afterward, along with the rest of the mail.

Saturday Matinee Movie? Nah….

Ollie: As a species we’re fundamentally insane. Put more than two of us in a room, we pick sides and start dreaming up reasons to kill one another. Why do you think we invented politics and religion?

I watched some of the behind-the-scenes stuff, which is what I normally do when I upgrade from one format to another (in this case, from DVD to Blu-ray); the extra features – which include director Frank Darabont’s full-length commentary on the feature film’s theatrical cut, an interview with Darabont and author Stephen King, who wrote the novella on which The Mist is based, a making-of documentary, a few other featurettes and webisodes, and a black-and-white cut of the 2007 film.

(C) 2022 Lionsgate and Dimension Films

None of those extras were new; they were ported over from the DVD edition to the Blu-ray, and I skipped over some of the special effects-themed featurettes. I’d seen those before, and I will watch them again in a future rewatch; I just did not have the urge to see them again yesterday.

I watched the first 20 minutes of The Mist’s alternate black-and-white cut that is presented in Disc Two of the Collector’s Edition. According to Darabont’s introduction, he originally conceived The Mist as a black-and-white film, a tip of the hat to George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and other 1960s films that were released at the tail end of the black-and-white era. The studio (Dimension Films, Miramax’s horror film division) nixed the idea, so The Mist was filmed and released in color. But since the movie was shot digitally and not on film – which means there weren’t any negatives to process or physically cut – Darabont could release the home media version in both color and black-and-white. He also says that if viewers want to see the “director’s cut” or Darabont’s “preferred version,” the black-and-white version is it.

I could have watched the movie in its entirety out in the family room, since everyone else (except Sandy, our miniature schnauzer) was gone. And that was my plan when I went out to get my package from the mailbox – an activity that I still find strange since in my previous home the mailbox was a step away from our front door – and brought it inside. I didn’t, though; after a certain point in the movie, my brain “checked out” and I decided I’d watch it closer to Halloween.

When Saturday Night Met Groundhog Day….

(C) 2022 Bird’s Eye Games and MicroProse

My Saturday night was essentially a repeat of the previous Saturday nights since the Caregiver found a new boyfriend in late July. I ended up playing Regiments again, and I thought about ordering food from Pizza Hut but decided against it. I assume I’ll have to think about ordering something later, but I really don’t want to. Even a small pizza with sides such as boneless chicken wings or mozzarella sticks costs $25 easy, and I’d have to put it on my credit card if it’s just for me and not a “whole family” deal.

Decisions, Decisions….

As for the rest of today?

Aside from a few grooming-related activities, I have no plans for Sunday afternoon. It’s a bit hot outside now, and I’m still in my PJs, so I can’t go outside for a walk unless I at least change into street clothes and put on a pair of shoes.  

I also don’t feel like spending all day in my room gaming; I enjoy playing Regiments, FreshWomen – Season 1, Cold Waters, and other computer games, but I think I spend way too much time doing so. I still have the family room TV all to myself for a while, so if I can motivate myself to watch a movie or The U.S. and the Holocaust out there, I might do that. Or maybe I’ll read for a while. I don’t know yet.

I have a few things to take care of before I choose a leisure activity that does not include playing Cold War-turns-hot or adult-themed video games, and now is a good time to do that, so I’ll just wrap up this post here. Until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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