Many of us are spending this extra time at home catching up on shows we’ve long been meaning to binge-watch, movies we’ve been wanting to stream, books we’ve been meaning to read, or video games to play. And with the film industry on hiatus for the foreseeable future, that means even usually busy filmmakers now have time to catch-up on their streaming queues and reading lists.
We reached out to director Darren Lynn Bousman — the filmmaker behind the upcoming Saw franchise revisitation Spiral as well as Saw II-IV and Repo! The Genetic Opera — to see what he’s doing to keep himself entertained these days.
What Is the Last Thing You Finished Watching?
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What Are You Watching Right Now?
Bingeing Peaky Blinders currently. I love Mafia, crime syndicate tales. This one is great, with an insanely talented cast. Cillian Murphy is outstanding, but in my opinion, it’s Paul Anderson (Arthur) that steals the show.
What Is Your Go-to Comfort Watch?
Schitt’s Creek, Family Guy, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Shit is dark right now. I love going to entertainment that makes me laugh. No matter how depressed or sad I am, watch those three together, BOOM, comic cocktail.
What Book Are You Reading? / What Is The Last Book You Read?
The Glorious Deception by Jim Steinmeyer. I guess I am going through a midlife crisis – instead of getting a muscle car, I started buying all sorts of magic stuff. Books, cards, tricks, etc. So far my favorite book on magic was written by Jim Steinmeyer. The Glorious Deception is like Deadwood, but set in the world of magic, and all true. READ IT.
What Game Are You Playing? / What Is The Last Game You Played?
Slime Rancher. My son is five, and it’s hard to find something that doesn’t enrage me that he wants to watch or play. However, we started playing a game called Slime Rancher. It’s an open-world free-roaming game where you collect and farm “slime”. It sounds ridiculous and it is… but it’s also AWESOME!
What Is Next On Your To-Watch/Read/Play List?
Horror. My first love is always horror, but having two toddlers who are constantly buzzing about makes it near impossible to sneak away and watch something sinister. I managed to watch Color Out Of Space but it took me three separate days due to my son constantly walking in the room and wanting to watch. Next up is to try to catch up on all the horror movies I have missed.
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Spiral: From the Book of Saw, which has had its release date indefinitely postponed due to COVID-19, follows a police detective (played by Chris Rock) as he investigates murders eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Curious how Spiral fits into the Saw franchise’s timeline? We have some theories about that!
If you enjoyed this then check out what the cast of The Boys are watching and peruse Brian Michael Bendis’ stuck at home comic book reading list!
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