The Orville on Fox

You guys are watching The Orville, right? The latest creation from the brilliant mind of Seth MacFarlane is awesome. It’s billed as a comedy, sci-fi comedy drama, and already into its 2nd episode, that’s a pretty accurate description. I won’t ruin it by getting into one of my rambling reviews, but I highly recommend you check it out, especially if you like Star Trek or Galaxy Quest, for that matter! In fact, I suppose this being a parody is what is keeping the Trek guys from suing MacFarlane and company. Great show so far, can’t say enough this early into the premier.

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Broken

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I’m a broken man.
A failing husband.
A struggling father.
Drowning and held down by a job I don’t like but can’t afford to quit.
I hide my stress.
I attempt to talk about my aches and pains but I’m called weak by those I look to for support.
Money may not buy happiness, but who wouldn’t love to give it a shot?
Friends I don’t talk to.
Online acquaintances I have never met.
Family I never see – by distance, time, or choice.
But a broken man is better than no man at all.

Top 5 Stephen King Movie Adaptions

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Stephen King has a large body of work. Over the years, filmmakers have tried to bring those magnificent works to life on the big – and small – screens. I would say they did it “for the fans,” but considering how pretty much all of them turned out, I think it’s safe to say they did it just to capitalize on King’s name. With that said, there are a handful of big releases that were nearly perfect, in my humble opinion, and here is my Top 5 list of those adaptions:

  1. Misery – This movie always stands out above all others, for me. It was the first and greatest adaption I remember watching from one of King’s novels. Bates and Kahn were amazing.
  2. The Shawshank Redemption – Who doesn’t like this movie, right?
  3. Stand By Me – A must-see coming of age drama, and about the only thing I can stand more than 5 minutes of with Wil Wheaton in it.
  4. The Stand (mini-series) – Because, honestly, what are the chances they’ll ever do this again, or do it right?
  5. The Dead Zone – Just a ordinary guy tasked with saving the world.
  6. The Green Mile (my honorable mention to keep from having a tie) – “I’m tired boss – mostly I’m tired of people being ugly to each other.”

I haven’t included short films or Youtube fan films, although there are some good ones out there. What are your Top 5 Stephen King movie / television adaptions? What are some good short films of his you’ve stumbled across? Please share.