Charmed (2018)


For fans of the original I’d advise to keep away. While Pru (or even long lost) sis Paige) Piper & Phoebe felt very much like sisters, these reboots while thankfully the name Prue is not used, fall flat..

To give a quick rundown Maggie and Mel live in their grand Victorian with Mom, and Maggie goes out to rush a sorority.

Mel  is an annoying control freak, feminist who needs to learn when to keep her opinions to herself. She’s a lesbian, in a relationship which when you see the plain jane, you wonder why they are together. (I’m not sure which I wonder more, why she’s with the plain jane or why the Plain Jane is with Mel.)  They come off as immature to me right off the start. And first impression of Mel 1. I’d swear at one point it was Michelle Rodriguez  2. I don’t like her. She’s is one of the people that if I knew they were going to be at a party, I wouldn’t go and guess what… its a good call considering what she does at a party in the show. I don’ t embarrass easily but glad she’s not my sis, and if she were, I think I’d disown her as such. Oh yeah and she has piper’s power to freeze, though she does not seem as loving as Piper.

Maggie, Macy and Mel

Maggie to me looks like a cartoon character and being as she’s a real life person I’m not sure that’s a good thing. She get’s the Phoebe powers and frankly she’s possibly the only one that seems closest to the original. Still she doesn’t seem to have the caring and empathy as Phoebe did, defiantly more likeable than her older sis so far she reads minds.

Then we have the most interesting. Instead of having the 3 sisters start out then lose one and find one like we had with Prue and Paige, it just skips right over that. There’s an older sister that after the mother dies comes forward to find out what the mother was like. (Her father told her the mother died) of course she’s got telekinesis like Pure (and in a sense Paige but that was with her white lighter power)  and she’s a scientist.

So far to me the only possible good thing likeable about the show is one of the witches being a scientist. Seeing how they explain the supernatural side away with science will be interesting.(oh and they blame Trump for being the reason all hell is about to break loose.)

The white lighter  guy looks familiar but its certainly no Leo and they changed how he ‘orbs’ that frankly being he’s there they really don’t want him using it.

So a spoiler after the girls first spell… the ‘demon’ looks like a damn white walker.

I don’t mind if shows go meta but that pretty much looked like a blatant rip-off  and it wasn’t even a meta like episode.

As far as the pilot goes, it didn’t improve on the original, so far they are not very likeable.  It doesn’t feel like family not even like friends. Mel is just hostile can we get rid of her and get a likeable character? She’s the sort that makes us ladies sound like the uts guys talk about.

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer of Netflix


While I was looking after my Aunt’s house in July I  started my Netflix summer vacation. Trying to binge as many of the original shows and some movies as possible.  I still have many others (like some of the Marvel series to watch but I’m not going to get through everything by the first week of October. I thought I’d also re-watch the first 3 seasons of American Horror Story, as Season 8 deals with Murder house & Coven. Also watched the first 3 seasons of Goosebumps (a show I enjoyed in my teens, I’ll be working on a classic Cuts for that)

I’ve temporarily canceled streaming as the regular fall shows are starting to come back will pick up watching the rest during the holiday hiatus so I don’t have to deal with all those holiday repeats. Speaking of which, I always wonders…..WHY are there not more Jewish, Kwanzaa, Yule/solstice stories? And WHY are those that celebrate these (and others that are not Christmas) not making a big fuss of not having their own holiday entertainment?  

Anyway so this is one extra long post. Hope you enjoy

Here are my recommendations,  (some are links to the individual review)

 

ORIGINAL SERIES

 

Iron Fist

I used to play some Marvel game with the Iron Fist in it. Once I got him I had a blast using him. Sadly I can not find it among my Facebook See the source imagegame apps. I think it was called Avengers Assemble or something like that. The only problem was my favorite move.you  couldn’t use him for a turn or 2

What’s in the show for the first few episodes needs to find itself. First off we mostly only see the siblings who took over Danny’s Family’s company. No one believes Danny is who he says he is as he was supposed to be dead and they all think he’s crazy not just because no one believes who he says he is but when he first comes back, looks like he’s homeless as well as telling those he knows he was in some mystical land where he became the Iron Fist. (Why are you telling people this in the first place, especially those that wouldn’t even understand it if you used it on them. Isn’t it bad enough that Stephen Amell from Arrow Jokes about everyone oliver Queen meets in arrow ends up being told that he’s the Arrow/hood. You are supposed to keep it a secret! )

I don’t know much about the iron fist aside from that previously mentioned video game  However he had a few cool moves and was one of my favorites to use. The fights with Danny do not have the fast kung fu choreography, however counter part and love interest Connie does. Now I found out the reason for this. The series was rushed to record, so Iron Fist star Finn Jones only had 3 weeks to train (then that should have been for at least 8 hours per day not only in a gym but with a sensei) Oh yeah and they’d give him the choreography for a fight 15 minutes before he had to perform it. So irresponsible!

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The Worst Witch


Yes like the movie from the 80s that starred Charlotte Rae and Fairuza Baulk.See the source image

I think there’s also another series but not sure when it was made but I would guess that was on a BBC station. While doing the work up on this  I found out the stories were originally novels by Jill Murphy, the first of which ‘The Worst Witch’ was published in 1974.

They have some scenes that are similar to the movie but usually have something a little different to them. And now I know why Snape always seemed so familiar in the Harry potter Movies… I swear J.K. Rowling had to have been inspired by Miss Hartbroom from this show for Snape or they had to be related! lol. In the series I’ve seen her do a few of Alan Rickman’s Snape mannerisms, and she teaches potions too!  So far I do still hold a special place in my heart for the 80s movie which I love watching around Halloween, but this I’d have to say is a decent reboot

(Whichever Worst Witch you are watching… have a sing along! with this  Worst Witch Chants Fandom Wiki

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Star Wars Double Feature


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

2016 Diego Luna   Felicity Jones  Pg-13  2:13  

I wasn’t sure what exactly was supposed to be going on. It seemed like a prequel story and a repeat at that. Much of the movie felt way too familiar and thought they swiped some scene from one of the originals. Aside from this I don’t remember anything other than the girl in it, and she doesn’t look like the one in Force, or Last Jedi, so who the hell is she? Honestly it feels more like a movie they made just to

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Game of Thrones or Risk


This is a post I originally wrote up on writedge so while this mostly remains the same as that I have updated it for my blog so this is a back issue of sorts yet ‘new at the same time

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Peter Dinklage ,Lena Headey ,Emilia Clarke ,Kit Harington, Sophie Turner , Maisie Williams , Ian Glen, Aidan Gillen, Gwendoline Christie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau,Isaac Hempstead Wright, Nathalie Emmanuel ,  MORE

One of my must watch (live) tv series is Game of Thrones; an epic adventure, fantasy, ‘war games’ so to speak, which is based on the book series “A Song of Fire & ice” by George R.R. Martin.

The opening credits reminds me of the Risk board game, in which was mentioned in an article about the show. I had a bit of a laugh at that and was glad it wasn’t just me that noticed it) If you have paid attention through 4 seasons to Daenerys Targaryen; she is playing Risk or so seems to me. Think about it she’s capturing cities along the way as well as capturing hearts. She’s been fair; just, letting the slaves of these cities go free; most of which choose to be in her army. She is called Kalissi which means the Mother of Dragons in which she was given three dragon eggs as her wedding gift to Khal Drogo.

The first season I think would be safe to say, had people floored not to mention jaws dropping. By now it’s no spoiler to say, the death of main character Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark (played by Sean Bean) lord of Winterfell had jaws dropping. Once this happened we knew no one would be safe as he was one of the (most ?) beloved characters of the show if not the top one or heart of it. I love that it’s not just one story, (though yes it is) but it is like multiple stories within one, and as far as the show goes is easy to follow (I’m not so sure would be the same way for me with the books but I will eventually try).

The Stark family are noble and fair they are the protectors of the North and are represtented by the direwolves.See the source image

Besides the Stark Clan, Daenerys & her brother, her husband Drogo, and her dragons we also meet the Lannisters. This family, well frankly if you are part of it, you might want to find a new one! The sister Cercei is the biggest backstabber, Tyrion is a dwarf and therefore basically considered a bastard, a womanizer and drunk, & Jamie the ‘Golden son’ is the swoon worthy handsome one who is way too close to his sister! and hey are the cause of one of the youngest Stark  boys being badly injured.

Arya is the youngest (at least of the girls) and is a tom boy, very determined. Sansa is more the damsel in distress, and immediately starts crushing on Joffrey upon meeting him. Robb Stark is the eldest and I don’t think we see him much, Bran is the youngest of the boys and has second sight and though he cannot walk of his own accord sets out with friends on a journey. Then we have quiet & a bit innocent Jon Snow which to me becomes more likable as the series goes on (esp. in the fourth season).

I have not yet read the books so my hopes for who takes the iron throne would be Kalissi, Arya or Jon but mostly the Dragon mother! (as I was born the year of the Dragon so a little nepotism there) Also it may not matter in the books who takes the throne as being the author of the books has yet to write or finish the next book. the series will be back for its 8th season in the first half of 2019, and therefore will have veered off of whatever the story may be that George RR Martin writes (as I’m not sure if there is any communication between the creators of the show and the author, or what book(s) season 6 or 7 covered.

For those of you who haven’t started watching the series, by now you need to hurry and binge those first 7 seasons.

 

Season 4 I found to be the most exciting season so far. I have read in Entertainment weekly that the 4th season  had the shows highest ratings to that point and though I don’t want to see it end I can’t wait to see what happens throughout the rest of Westeros.

If you have watched every season but still have to catch up on the last few or on season 4, all I will say is don’t wait too long or it WILL be ruined! I will only say the last 2 episodes of season 4 were great! The 2nd to the last was epic and maybe a shocker or 2 for the finale!

Season 7 was absolutely epic especially the white army and the surprise that saddened me (and maybe many other fans as well)

So while I fear the last season I Can’t wait for the return

 

(in case the video does not show.)  Game of Thrones Season 1 Extras- Character profiles

Need to catch up? You can click this link --> Amazon.com Widgets to get a great deal on the Box set of the books series, or seasons 1-3 as well as order season 4.

In what way do you enjoy the series?

For those of you that are into RPG. I came across a character sheet for you to use someone made on DeviantArt

I am working on a Classic Cuts of the series however I am not sure when that will be finished

Stranger Things


Chapter 1
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Wynonna Ryder, Finn Wolfhard, David Harbour,Milllie Bobbie Brown,Gaten Matarazzo Caleb McLaughlin ,Charlie Heaton,Joe Keery ,Cara Buono ,Noah Schnapp ,Matthew Modine

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TVinsider (tv guide) called it a “Cheerfully cornball homage to early Stephen King -think Firestarter, It, Stand By Me, and Spielbergian odes to childhood, like E.T. and most notably The Goonies.”  If you have seen some of the movies as many times as I have, then you will catch certain scenes that will remind you of a scene from one of those movies.

November 6, 1983 is where we begin our story, in the Small town of Hawkins, Indiana where our young heroes reside in various types of families, go through the usual school age fare of being bullied, first kisses and so on, and ‘The party’ playing Dungeons and Dragons in the basement for 10 hours! Their D&D game goes from role playing, to reality when  some creepy creeper escapes from the local research lab taking Will.

Wynonna Ryder plays the vanished boy’s mother, and I swear every time I see her I swear Christian Slater is going to pop his head through a door and blow the place up (like in Heathers) or Beetlejuice will show up.

Eleven played my Millie Bobby Brown is intense and I wouldn’t be surprised that some of those nose bleeds were real just from the extreme stare down when using her powers.

This season is not only a mystery but the ongoing story and emotions of a mother being pushed to her limits.

The Vanishing of Will Byers
The Weirdo on Maple Street WTF pool scene and something I swear came out of pan’s Labyrinth
Holly, Jolly”  Now ‘I’ve seen it all… an Xmas light Ouija board on the wall! Not sure who should be more offended The spirits or the religious.
The Body”  NICE payback after the assembly. If only all of us could get that power once a school year!  I give a thumbs up to the make up or FX dept. for the work done on ‘Will’

RIDDLE:    So when is a body NOT a body?  When it’s  plush

The Flea and the Acrobat”   
The Monsterlooks like a 5 leaved Flower and a Lamprey were spliced together in that research lab! Talk about poison ivy!
The Bathtub
The Upside Down

Coming across this, I couldn’t help but laugh.

‘Stranger Things’ caused an Eggo boom. Now sales are waffling

NC References in Stranger Things

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Linnea Berthelsen, Sean Astin, Paul Reiser.,Sadie Sink ,Dacre Montgomery

Halloween time and I’m ashamed I didn’t wait to watch this until around that time. (But then I usually have an over abundance to watch during fall tv season, but then a lot of my must watch or  watch on demand has been canceled and 2 shows have a recasting)

In the previous I noticed that Lucas and Mike or Dustin have an argument I swear once an episode. I think this foretells when something is about to happen, is some sort of clue or they mention a clue during this time as it always seems they also end up stopped short.

This season we have a handful of new faces added  to the cast 2 of which are the new kids at school. Will has been going for PTSD counseling (I think that’s what it was) He’s experiencing some after effects of being in the upside down world. Is he still there, or is something from there in him? Will is also having nightmares or are they really premonitions of a sort from the other side. Meanwhile Dustin’s teeth have grown in and has found a mysterious pet. That kid is just adorable but I’m getting sick of those damn Fios commercials , speaking o which I got that shirt  with the ‘space cats’ he wears in one of them. (Everyone else seems to like it too. When I wear it I get quite a few people telling me they like it.)

    • 01.  Madmax  Oct 27, 2017
    • 02. Trick or Treat, Freak
    • 03. the pollywog
    • 04. Will the Wise
    • 05. Dig Dug
    • 06. The Spy
    • 07. The Lost Sister
    • 08. The Mind Flayer
    • 09.  The Gate
Now I just have to wait for season 3 (which I will add to this post

Fandom Wiki

How would the stranger Things kids fare as RPG characters?

See the source image  Waiting to find out WHEN it will start

‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Will Refocus Jim Hopper’s Perspective

Beauty and the Beast


2017       PG        Live Action Musical Adaptation  Family Fantasy  2:09  Blu-ray     Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Dan Stevens

Some may know the story since they were kids, but I was never interested in reading or hearing it. I liked Sleeping Beauty, there’s a dragon in it! Maybe that should have been a warning what I’d turn out like.

Emma Watson made a bit of a character update for her Belle. Who is thankfully a slight update to Disney’s princesses.

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