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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- The Shawshank Redemption – Who doesn’t like this movie, right?
- 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.
- The Stand (mini-series) – Because, honestly, what are the chances they’ll ever do this again, or do it right?
- The Dead Zone – Just a ordinary guy tasked with saving the world.
- 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.
Don’t let one person control your mood or attitude. Keep on doing the best you can, be the best you can, ignore the haters (sometimes they are the people closest to you and you may never know it). Never let anyone tell you what you are worth. Your market value in life is up to you to decide.