Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pop Culture --SIS Style

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Welcome to Café Chaos. Grab a cup of coffee or tea (we prefer coffee) and join us for a chat. Every Saturday we celebrate Pop Culture. Movies, TV, books, music, games, trends in style... you get picture. Feel free to comment on our picks or to throw in a few of your own. We’re listening!

SIS Beth says:
This one's for Brenda (who, if memory serves was as intrigued by this show as me).

'Tis the season to read scary books and to watch scary movies. I don't like being scared. Don't see the attraction. At. All. That said, in the early 70's (I was in my early teens) I was inexplicably drawn to a TV series starring Darrin McGavin (of A Chistmas Story fame) in the role of TV investigative reporter, Carl Kolchak. Kolchak investigates murders committed by vampires... and other supernatural beings. I'm pretty sure it only ran one season (as most clever, innovative series do). All I know is that as much as it scared me, I was hooked. I don't know if this is avaible on DVD, but if so, snatch it up!

My Pick of the Week: The Night Stalker

SIS BJ says:
My girls and I enjoy the wonderful movies that come out at this time of year. There is one in particular that we make sure to watch every Halloween.

Hocus Pocus, staring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.

In the 1600's the Sanderson Sisters were hung for stealing the souls of children so they could stay young forever. Before they died they cast a spell that would bring them back to life when a virgin lit a black candle.

300 years later a young boy lights the black candle and you guessed it, he was a virgin. Three kids and a talking black cat must outwit the Sanderson Sisters before they can steal the souls of more children.

Funny and witty, this movie is a joy to watch with children of all ages.

My Pick of the Week: Hocus Pocus

SIS Barb says:
Like Beth, I don't like being scared and I even though my husband would love it if I recommended the SAW movies, which I begrudgingly agreed to sit through, I can't. I only made it through the first two and can't say that I enjoyed them one bit especially since I had to watch from behind my hands! I did, however, enjoy a movie that Beth suggested. Practical Magic was fun and fun I can handle! It made me laugh, it almost made me cry (big surprise) but mostly it made me want to learn more about witches and witchcraft. Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman were believable and beautiful or should I say BOOtiful?

My Pick of the Week: Practical Magic


Elle J Rossi said...

Happy Halloween!!

Usually I don't really care for this day, but since BJ enlightened me on the true meaning behind it, I've decided to embrace it!

Never heard of this show but it sounds like something I'd enjoy.

Can you believe I haven't seen this movie? Will rectify that ASAP.

SIS Barb

BJ said...

Beth, Night Stalker sounds very familiar. Either I have seen reruns or they made a remake of it. I'll have to look it up.

Barb, I love Practical Magic. Almost used that as my rec. Great pick.


SIS Brandy said...

Happy Halloween!!

Sorry I didn't get a pick in. I was preparing for the Spooktacular Halloween party for the oldest daughter all day yesterday.

Even now, I can't think of one!! How about a song? The Monster Mash. It's not a good song at all, but it brings up good childhood memories!

BJ said...

Brandy, I remember those childhood memoties. Great pick.


Olga said...

I also don't like scary movies, at all. That said, I think I would have enjoyed The Night Stalker.

Beth Ciotta said...

LOVED Practical Magic! But guess who I dressed up as today? Bette Midler's witch in Hocus Pocus. Well, as close as I could come anyway. ;)

I'll have to see if I can find that old Night Stalker series on DVD. It was scary but not graphic. Great fun!

Oh, and thanks, Brandy. Now I've got Monster Mash stuck in my brain!

SIS Beth

Tori Lennox said...

I don't do scary/horror movies either but I love The Night Stalker. I think his sense of humor (and didn't he do like a running commentary over the scenes?) had a lot to do with it.

Halloween-type movies I like... I thought The Haunted Mansion was cute. Disney is rarely ever truly scary. :) I even watched all three Halloweentown movies. LOL! And I can't even claim kids as an excuse since I don't have any. *g*

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