Dave's Halloween Top Ten 2009

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  1. old-boo-radley

    old-boo-radley They stay the same age...

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    You know what, I will honestly thank you for saying that you GET that I can't do books. Many snobs out there will think people who don't read aren't as intelligent or whatever it may be and I just hate that. I can read well, and if it's a novella I am down with it, or even short stories. I love me some Poe or something like Of Mice and Men or Different Seasons. But, I seriously just can't do a long book. In the last year at work I tried to read IT and The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger. I will admit to just being totally uninterested in the longevity of IT (the descriptions were just too long-winded for me) and I really loved the spaghetti western-ish shootout in The Gunslinger, but at times it lost me too, then it'd pull me right in.

    But, then there was stuff in IT where King would add little things to the characters (such as Ben not knowing he felt lonely because he's never felt anything but) that I completely dug and know that it's a lot harder to express that with film. So, I'm sort of caught between a rock and a hard place with the whole reading thing. I've never tried listening to a book though, I must say.
     
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    Nice list Dave, need to check Night of the Creeps out, good thing is finally coming to dvd. Now, Blair Witch 2...gonna have to see it again, I thought we've all agreed that it sucked. I'll catch it on cable.
     
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    Same boat here. A lot of things turn me off to Kindle (particularly the first one). The ugly, dull white, 50s-kitchen-gadget look of the thing itself. The "computer attempt to look like newsprint" page color, instead of something that has the look of *book* paper. The resizable but not changeable font that just seems to suck the energy out of your skull as you try to read it, drawing attention into the task of reading instead of what is being read (although maybe its the LCD display thats more to fault than the font). The fact the thing is bigger and bulkier than just about any book it would take the place of. And not least of which, the simple lack of tactile sense of an actual book.

    I'll stick with a pile of dead trees myself. At least until they come up with something that takes up about as much space as a large PDA, folds open to have a screen at least the size of a paperback book, has custom selectable fonts, and doesn't look like something that should be taking my weight next to the toilet.
     
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    I've yet to see BWP 2 or The Mist but I would give them both a watch. My biggest disagreement though was MBV 3D. That movie had some great nude scenes, but that was about it, the acting was pretty lousy, and they way they did Harry Warden was just a little over the top, other then that though the list looks pretty solid.
     
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    Can't say I admire everything on this list, but it's definitely a nice variety. I really enjoyed My Bloody Valentine 3D, much to my surprise. Very glad to have seen that in a crowded theater opening weekend. Awesome to see Tom Atkins back in a horror flick! :D
     
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    KamuiX The Eighth Samurai

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    Really? All you have to do is sit and look at it. Unless you're blind, have ADD, or have ZERO free time, there's honestly no excuse to not read a book (unless of course after 100 pages or so you're not feeling it). Even if you read slow, just read 10 pages a day. Unless you have short-term memory loss, you can easily keep up with the story. I don't know, I'm not saying people that think books are Kryptonite are dumb, but it doesn't make a lot of sense to be so intimidated by a book unless one of your parents sodomized you with a copy of War & Peace :p
     
  7. Dave

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    Well, I think you might have hit the nail on the head. A LOT of people have ADD. There were three boys in my family - myself and my two brothers. My oldest brother and myself are both bookworms. My second oldest brother definitely has ADD and could not read a book for the life of him. He simply couldn't sit still for that long.

    I personally think that is the reason many people simply can't get into reading.

    As for excuse, people don't need one. It may not be ADD; it may be they simply don't want to read a book. They are the ones missing out - whatever the reason is.
     
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    Workshed a.k.a. Villyan Shit

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    Good list, Dave. Not sure I agree with The Stand being a Halloween pick, as I think there are far more "campfire" tales by King that would serve this season a bit better, but it is an amazing horror novel and a cool idea for a Top Ten list. Nicely done.

    Also liked your inclusion of The X-Files. Have you seen the new film? I'm gonna go against the grain and say I enjoyed it, as far as progression of characters goes.

    As for the Kindle, I wasn't a believer either, until work necessitated that I get one. I travel a lot, and I ride the bus a lot too, and it's much easier to use my lightweight Kindle than to lug around a hardcover (or four) while on vacation or work or even on the bus. I think what Kindle naysayers have wrong is that Kindle users don't "like" books. Couldn't be further from the truth. I love books and have the shelves to prove it (and the credit card bills), but the Kindle makes it easier for me to read in everyday situations. Now, maybe Kindle naysayers don't have the same lifestyle I do--fair enough. I curl up at night with my books--but during the day and on extended trips, I read my Kindle.
     
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    "IT" is a great example of a book I really loved and the tv movie I really disliked. It just couldnt capture the book and left too many things out, some in part due to movie length constraints and some things you just couldnt show in a tv movie. I dont know if a movie has ever been better then the book it is based on but for IT I thought it was night and day.

    Another would be any of the Anne Rice vampire chronicles since I loved those books soooo much and neither of the movies did them justice. I must admit I do enjoy the movie Interview with the Vampire, I just didnt like the casting except for Kirsten Dunst. The Queen of the Damned movie was just plain awful.
     
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