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13 Nights of Halloween #3; ‘Scream’

We are a bipolar Halloween list over here on the couch, folks. As yesterday was the family friendly light-hearted film about death, mortality, and forgetting those you love in the beyond(?) we shift gears tonight to watch a more adult icon; Scream. Wait, Why am I Laughing?: I’m not a gore porn guy. I hate horror, I hate slasher flicks, and I hate gratutious violent against women; I literally walked out of the theater from The Hills Have Eyes. However, rarely is there a movie that gets so much damn buzz within the genre that anxiously forces me to press play. This was certainly one of them. Yes, it has a ton of suspense moments and haunting violence, but it somehow manages to be all of those things while also feeling like a light comedy and teen drama? Scream is, at its core, a satire about the slasher genre while still being a slasher film in its own right; it’s brilliant! It’s satirical element is so good that even when they decided to make Scream …

13 Nights of Halloween #2: ‘Casper’

Yes, we’re going from the f**** up and adult nature of The Craft to a film about death, loss, and the desperate lonliness in the beyond… for kids? That’s right, I’m talking about 1995’s Casper. The Score: We need to get out of the way something that doesn’t get mentioned enough about this film; the music. Let’s remember that this was a live-action kids movie about an old cartoon and James Horner (composer) did THAT with the score. He didn’t have to do that. He did that for us. Connection: While on the beautifully haunting score for this movie we have to give it the writers and cast for bringing to life scenes that together deliver something spectacular. I believe we know what scene I’m talking about but just in case… It’s the moment Casper and Kat are lying in bed talking about her mother and death. You know, casual. Casper tells her that he doesn’t remember anything about his life at all and Kat wonders if the same happened to her mother with her. …

Snyder Cut Updates; Jared Leto Returns and the Future of the Snyderverse

We have yet to receive an offical release date for Zach Snyder’s ultimate version of Justice League for HBOMax in 2021. Yet, as the announcements continue to hit the internet, my suspicions are leaning towards a Q2 release at the earliest. Back in May it seemed this thing would be a three-hour movie at best with some additional investment to complete post-production work; man is that NOT how this thing is shaping up! So what is confirmed, what’s pending, what’s rumored, and what’s not happening(for now)? Let’s talk about it! Jared Leto Returning: It was announced today that Jared Leto would indeed be reprising his role for the Snyder Cut! To what capacity would he be involved in the four-part miniseries is not confirmed, however, I think it’s safe to assume it won’t be for anything larger than a cameo appearance/one-and-done action sequence. Leto joining the project, just as reshoots have started up, nearly confirms what we’re really looking at here with this project; this isn’t a “pick up where they left off and release …

‘X of Swords’ Chapters 9 and 10

It’s Wednesday so we have new X of Swords chapters! Unlike previous weeks we are only getting two installments this time around; Excalibur and X-Men issues #13 respetively. Excalibur: Ok, so no secret this is not my favorite book in the lineup; something about mutants and magic that have never mixed with me. I’m aware of the irony as this whole event seems to use magic as its base. However, Hickman and company have done a decent job at laying out their characters and plot so I’ve stuck around! The art in this book was superb! I really took my time going through the pages taking in the beautiful panels as well as the new reveals. Starlight Sword: I was correct! In a previous article breaking down the swords for the Krakoa champions I assumed that the Starlight Sword would go to Betsy Braddock. Out of all the blades this one is a close second next to Skybreaker for me. The design is badass and next to the new Captain Britain uniform it’s just- chef’s …

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 REAL 13 Nights of Halloween

This year, the gentlemen at 17 Waverly Podcast decided to take the Halloween programming schedule into our OWN hands. For years we’ve complained about the many ‘# nights of Halloween’ lists where most of the movies suggested have no real connection to the holiday. This year we decided to create a list of our own that we think is THE list for anyone that loves Halloween or is looking to get in the mood. While this list may change over time with the addition of newer moves, we believe this is currently the strongest list of movies to get anyone in the halloween spirit. Listen to our latest podcast episode ‘Halloween Hijinks Part 1’ for an explanation of our first 4 movies on this list. If you think we overlooked any movies or if you think a movie we have does not belong, let us know in the comments or on twitter! 17 Waverly Podcast 13 Nights of Halloween schedule: The Craft (1996) – Oct. 19 Casper (1995) – Oct. 20 Scream – Oct. 21 …

‘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 …