This week has a nice mix of television and film releases, some good, some bad, some mere curiosities. The mix was such that I could not choose just one for this week. At first it seemed as if my choice would be clear, but that was not to be as I got further down the new release list.
The first pick for this week is the video game adaptation, Silent Hill. There seemed to be a wide variety of opinions regarding this one — I fell way to the side of liking it. Sure, the dialog was laughable, but this was one creepy movie. Rather than rely on the jump scare, like so many horror films today do, it builds up an atmosphere of dread. You never know just what to expect around the corner. This is one to turn on, turn off the lights, and get caught up in the atmosphere.
The second pick is a television title, Veronica Mars: The Complete Second Season. This show just keeps getting better, despite how few of you are actually watching it. There is no time like the present to get caught up in the mystery, with season three right around the corner. Kristen Bell stars as the title character, combining Nancy Drew's sleuthing skills and Buffy Summers' attitude and drive.
The second season revolved around the mystery of a bus crash that took the lives of a number of classmates, and should have included her. The mystery goes a lot deeper than one would think, and along the way picks up some threads opened during season one. This is a wonderful show with excellent acting, great stories, and is very involving. So, go out, get this, love it, get season one, love it, and get ready for season three on the new CW network.