Author: gabrielpino

13 Nights of Halloween: The Craft

Yes, these days the Halloween celebration has spread across the entire month of October but over on the couch we believe in good ol’ fashioned THIRTEEN nights! I would like to say it’s to honor the ABC family days, but it also might be a bit because drawing out a list of 31 flicks didn’t seem like an achievable goal? Anywho, to kick off the first night we are celebrating the 1996 horror/fantasy cult classic, The Craft. Let’s go put some hexes on some popular girls! The GOOD The Cast: Right out the gates we have to hand it to the iconic cast of this movie. We have Neve Campbell and Skeet Ulrich who would both go on to star in Scream later that same year. Christine Taylor as our blonde bully, Robin Tunney as the new girl/hero of the story, and of course, from Waterboy fame and queen of playing insane, Fairuza Balk. Wrapping up the foursome of witches we had Rachel True and these witches together (for the first half of the movie …

“Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna” Review

You bet your A** I’m reviewing this! So, as the resident nerd on the couch it should come as no surprise that, back in the day, I was a die-hard Digimon fan. I watched the original two shows every saturday morning (religiously) and even stomached the Tri films. Following the trend of its predecessors, Last Evolution Kizuna engages another time jump bringing the core characters to 2010. At this time the majority of the original children have entered their 20’s and alas adulthood. Here we go; the good and the bad of this twenty-year franchise’s farewell. THE GOOD Animation: Getting the technical stuff out of the way as usual; the animation in this film is superb. Yes, it brings back the art design from the original two shows but with an upgrade. The majority of scenes, especially the action ones, are great to take in along with the score. As in awe as I was of the art I was equally frustated at the same time wondering where this effort was for the six films …

‘The Crown’ Season 4 Trailer

Ya’ll… The trailer for the fourth season of The Crown has arrived and I have so many F**** to give! Since watching the excellent quality of the first season I have been looking forward to their vision for the Diana years. After four years of waiting we are finally here! The trailer recognizes what the centerpiece of the season will be; we set the stage with Robert Runcie, the archbishop of Canterbury, giving his words on the day of Diana and Charles’ wedding day back in 1981. Yet, instead of the joyous energy around that day in July, we have the benefit of time and context to set a different tone! The music is ominous and we see Diana (Emma Corrin) walking into the setting of the royal family. Though this story has been told many times before, in different formats, this is the first time we are getting it as part of a larger collective. Rather then stepping into this castle with Diana as our inception to the story it’s more like she’s joining …

‘X of Swords’ Chapters 6-8 Review

Another week so another set of X of Swords chapters. Last week felt more straight forward where this time around we had three unique narrative paths. There’s nothing too big from this bulk so let’s just get into it. Hellions: I wasn’t excited for this book in the slightest, but the writing is on point in this thing; a group of murderous mutants written like an HBO comedy is just- chef’s kiss* In this chapter we got sassy Sinister leading the charge. He presents a strategy to the quiet council to sneak into Arrako and steal the enemy swords before they can get to the tournament; this is obviously not going to work. This is indeed a suicide mission and I don’t see how any of these characters are going to get out alive; at least not all of them. It’s curious as to how Sinister is participating in resurrection protocols but at the same time isn’t? There are mutliple copies of himself hidden in his base and has more than one active at the …

‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ Episodes 7-9 Review

Oh dear… This did not stick the landing. Let’s just get this over with. Too Much Going On: So by the time we get to the last set of episodes we have more of an info dump. It turns out Peter and Rebecca have been planning to make their merge to the children permanent so they could get the hell outta dodge. I repeat- this pair of lovers were manipulating the children siblings so they would willingly merge with the ghosts so they could take total control of their bodies in the real world. Meanwhile, the children would infanantly stay in a memory somewhere in dream land? I don’t know. Alright, that explains them, what about all the other ghosts in the house? It turns out the lady in the lake was the ghost who started it all. She is the cause of the death of many people still haunting the mansion, but also the reason why none of them can leave Bly…However… This was All a Coincidence?: I had suspected that the reason the …

‘Haunting of Bly Manor’ Episodes 4-6 Review

Well that escalated at a regular pace! Where episodes one through three are slow burns setting the foundation for our nine-part series, episodes four through six are completely dedicated to giving us some answers. Some of my guesses were right, and some were on the right track(?). I’m going to save the good and the bad for the final review (episodes seven through nine) and want to take this chance to just recap on the highlights. Miles and Peter: What did I say!? The kid was possessed! I knew it! the first chunk of episodes dropped many hints but this second set rubs it in your face; the request for wine at dinner and his frustration at being denied, him outside smoking the cigarette, and of course his playing with the lighter. Peter has been (obviously) dead this entire time and has been shacking up with Miles. Peter is evidently somehow stuck in this state with no way of escaping. The lady in the lake seems to serve as a protector(?) to Bly and once …

‘Hubie Halloween’ Review; Sandler-Bad and It’s Fantastic

Right out the gates I have to make one thing perfectly clear- I, like many, absolutely adore Adam Sandler. If you grew up in the 90’s/early 2000’s you know that his movies were a big staple to growing up. The Wedding Singer, Big Daddy, Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, 50 First Dates, The Waterboy and so many others… They were movies filled with memorable comedic moments (we still quote from time to time), dumb and flat comedic moments (that you still somehow enjoyed), and great heartfelt ones. With all the craziness of 2020 the idea that Sandler was releasing another Netflix original for Hallowen sounded perfect. Let’s get into the bad and the worst that makes Sandler movies oh so good! Honor the Past: Like all Sandler movies they incorporate a boat of familiar faces. To see Steve Buscemi playing something vulgar, Rob Schneider with his usual random pop-ins, and a crop of other familiars throughout the movie put a smile on my face. Honestly, each one should have had that that great SNL applause whenever …

Alan Moore Still Hates Comics; What Are Ya Gonna Do?

Alan Moore, the man who created Watchmen, V for Vendetta, The Killing Joke, and a truly superb run of Swamp Thing did a recent interview with Deadline where he took the steamiest dump on comics and comic book movies. I am a huge comic fan, but even I have to admit this bloody genius made some pretty interesting arguments and ones worth diving into! “They have blighted cinema, and also blighted culture to a degree” Moore opens with addressing how he hasn’t seen a single comic book movie since the release of the first Tim Burton Batman film back in 1989. He mentions how comicbooks themselves are no longer independent of their film interpretations and they’ve completely ruined the industry. Alright, I don’t disagree totally about the state of film in general. There’s no doubt that comic book movies seem to have completely taken over the medium- when it comes to movie theaters. With raising ticket prices, the addition of streaming, and easy access to media on the internet, the thought of investing in a …

‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ Episodes 1-3 Review

The creators of The Haunting of Hill House have returned with their highly anticipated second installment of their Netflix horror anthology series. This time around the story is taking primarily from Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw. I am three episodes into the nine episode miniseries. I decided to divide the review into three parts as there is alot going on and I’m sure more to come in what’s left. So, the good and the bad. THE GOOD Character investment: So many of these positives will (obviously) be similar to those from its predecssor. Bly Manor is no exception to really great character investment. We have our protagonist Dani (Victoria Pedretti) who has taken this au pair gig in the late 1980’s to look after two orphaned siblings. The only real thing to her that has still not been explained, up to the third episode, is just who the hell is she seeing in the mirror? My guess is that she is responsible for this man’s death and this is why she ran all …

‘Green Lantern’ Series Roster Complete; Where Is Everyone?!

Moments ago we received word on who would be joing the Green Lantern series set to launch on HBOMax. Let’s take a look at what we got! Alan Scott: The DC Universe original series Stargirl introduced the Justice Society of America but has focused on a new generation of the team rather than the OG’s. With this being the case, I had my hunch that Alan Scott could be set to appear on the new series and this seems to be correct! For those that don’t know- Alan Scott was the original Green Lantern from the golden age of comics. Not only was his uniform completely different but the idea of the Green Lantern was something of its own as well; no gaurdians, no space travel, no intergalatic policing… It was just one man with a ring constructed from a meteor and the range of his abilities were unique; rather than green light it was more of like a green fire? Also, not as many constructs! Not only will he be a lead on the …