This book contains a checklist of 1800 dark films sorted in order of preference. The ranking is established by the sum of 8 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting, quality and creepiness. How many have you seen?
Slower than natural death...
Golden Years is an idea for a book that Stephen King had in mind that he chose to put directly to screen. You can tell, from the awkward dialogue and the slow pace, that he was heavily involved. He wrote 3/4 of it, in fact. This mini-series is extremely painful to sit through. It is at the image of its characters. It is slow and kitsch. It could be an hour long and we wouldn’t miss anything.
This glorified soap opera is about an old man who gets increasingly younger after being in contact with a toxic gas. How young he’ll get by the time the end credits roll depends on how skilled the make-up effect department is. Stephen King’s Thinner transformed an obese man into a skeleton. This is not the kind of effects we get here. The man gets 10 years younger at best. So much for the gimmick!
The most interesting aspect of Golden Years is that its antagonists get as much screen time as its protagonists do. There is no mystery as to who they are and what they want. There are a bunch of missing links between the laboratory employees, the F.B.I. and the whole espionage subplot. This show is about 4 hours long. It’s not like the makers ran out of time to explain it to us either.