A Quiet Place & The Adventure Zone

FINALLY FRIDAY is a weekly review article meant to give you some suggestions on what to geek out about over the next week… or so.

WATCHING

A Quiet Place

In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.

John Krasinski will always have a place in my heart as Jim Halpert from The Office. When I heard he had co-written and directed a horror movie, I’ve got to be totally honest: I was skeptical. Then I saw the trailer and knew I needed to see it.

A Quiet Place is easily one of my favorite films of 2018. While it doesn’t totally fall into the horror genre for me, it’s a great, tense directorial debut for John Krasinski. I was lucky enough to have taken my wife with me to see it while it was still in theaters and I’ll tell you, I have never been a theater that silent in my entire life. For a movie that has a rough total of 3 minutes of dialogue, it used sound (and the lack thereof) very effectively. I was impressed.

We recently picked up a copy on Blu-Ray and I introduced my oldest daughter to it. She’s been interested in watching horror movies and this felt like a decent place to start. Come to find out, it was the perfect starter movie for her. It had some good scares, a heart-wrenching emotional scene, and a good female lead in the way of not just Emily Blunt, but Millicent Simmonds as Krasinski and Blunt’s daughter.

I highly recommend this to anyone, regardless of their horror experience. It is simply a well-crafted and well-executed film.

LISTENING

The Adventure Zone

For whatever reason, I’ve become very interested in the idea of playing Dungeons & Dragons. I don’t really have a good group of people to play with locally, so I’ve been enjoying The Adventure Zone, which is a podcast hosted by The McElroys. They’ve got a few other shows between them, most notably My Brother, My Brother, and Me , but I’ve never really listened to them.

In The Adventure Zone, the three brothers and their dad play through their own homebrew D&D campaign and comedy ensues. It’s definitely not family-friendly, but it is absolutely hysterical and is probably what games would be like if I sat down with David, Mike, and Adam. (Minus the strong language, of course.) This seems like a good introduction to what a D&D campaign could be if everyone didn’t take themselves too seriously and wanted to dabble.

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