Notes from the Kraken: October 23rd 2016

In All, Notes by David

Welcome again to We Have Always Live the Kraken, a pop culture blog transmitted directly to you from the belly of the beast. Here in the Notes we’ll show you this week’s posting schedule.

See you soon!

See you soon!

I am so ready for prestige movie season to begin in earnest. This year’s films have been fine, I suppose, but the good ones have been pretty spread out (though animation this year has been rather amazing, so there’s that). But now things can really get started. Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight is finally ready for a bigger stage, and November is looking to be stacked, with the Casey Affleck-led Manchester by the Sea, the latest offering from Jeff Nichols, Loving, and the potential next teen classic, The Edge of Seventeen, just to name a few on tap. Not to mention we still have a Marvel film coming in Doctor Strange, a Harry Potterverse film with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and a new Disney animated film in Moana so there is going to be a huge mix of movies to watch in November. That will will be a welcome sight after months of the 2016 movie year just seeming to kind of slowly lurch forward through films whose quality feels questionable. Most years feel like this, though, as anyone with a movie worth seeing seems to unleash it in the last two months of the year. Instead of lamenting that, it’s time to get excited. The prestige season is locked and loaded and ready to go. Admittedly, for the common moviegoer, this can be overwhelming, but for the cinephile, it’s a thrilling time when a lot of great films will finally be able to be seen by more than just those lucky enough to make the festival circuit. So appreciate what is coming, because the best of 2016’s movies are really about to arrive, and it’s going to be fun.

David Robertson

Killtoberfest is upon us, so make sure to check the blog and our Twitter @insidethekraken to see what Kyu has for us this year.

Things are going to run a bit differently during Killtoberfest, as we are leaving the day-by-day structure behind until November. With that said, from the depths of the Kraken, here is what we are bringing you this week.

Killtoberfest: Kyu will keep this updated to let you know what goes up during the week.

Catch of the Week:

Each and every week the residents here in the Kraken will offer one recommendation for the week that we think you all would enjoy. It might be a movie. It might be a book. Who knows? This is your… Catch of the Week.

David: This television season has been a bit all over the place, but there have still been some bright spots. One of these was Michael Schur’s The Good Place. I’ll admit I wasn’t the most excited for this show when it was first being talked about, but it has proven to be quite the treat. The premise of this show seemed a little thin, but that turned out to be a front for a much deeper and more clever show than I thought. The performers, led by Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, are top notch and hilarious, and this show has the potential to go in any number of directions. The first season is a little over halfway finished, but there is still plenty of time to catch up so you can watch the funniest new show on network television.

That’s it for this week. If the lights seem to be talking to you, just ignore them. Those are lost souls that need to learn their place.