The House with a clock in its walls

2018  PG  1:45  Jack Black  Cate Blanchette Eli Roth

well I didn’t know this was originally a book. (might have to get a copy to read)

10 Year old Lewis goes to live with his uncle after his parents die in a car accident.

We join him on his way to meet his uncle, in New Zebedee, Michigan (I have to look that up to see if it actually exists! I spent my whole life thinking Albuquerque was fictional JUST because it was mentioned in a cartoon. As far as I can find, it doesn’t seem to be a real city, but for some reason I am disappointed I didn’t find anything other than its based on Marshall)

I enjoyed this, and when my parents watched it, it sounded like they were having fun doing so. However, a lot of the good stuff was in the trailers, but there were a few other things that still made it worth a watch, even if you are a grown adult that wants to amuse your inner child.

Jack Black’s beard looks impish or devilsh, could it be both at once, I think it looked quite dashing on him. I do enjoy the insult slinging between Uncle Jon and Miss Zimmerman, those gave me a few chuckles.

oooh I love the part with that ‘fountain’ looking thing in the yard and it becoming all spacey, and that hedge lion needs a banana to take care of that problem. I also like Zimmerman’s house (well the wall décor) so my taste.

Ewww Pumpkin Slimed!

OMG I want that! I’ll give you a hint, it looks like it would be (or is) a fireplace but is an entrance. and needs to look more dragon-ish

Get the movie  or the  Book 


The House With A Clock In Its Walls Review

Meet the REAL New Zebedee


Supernatural: John Winchester’s Journal

Supernatural: John Winchester’s Journal – Alex Irvine

Previously I read Bobby Singer’s guide to hunting, which I kept calling Bobby’s journal. Anyway where his went by place papa Winchester’s goes by year. (if only they could have an appendix of some sort at the end to be able to refer to certain monsters or topics to find what you are looking for faster. Also some of what John wrote no idea what some of the notes are about. I had to look on the previous page or 2 to see if I missed something. (And this was a kindle book! so I don’t think those pages can get stuck together)

As for the exorcism rites..,  I do wish there were an English translation (or at least a key of proper pronunciations of the Latin letters.)

When Mr. Winchester isn’t writing his notes on demons, spirits and other things that may or may not go bump in the night, his entries seem mostly on His anniversary with Mary and the boys birthdays.

What I do like about both John’s & Bobby’s Journals is you get some back stories about them that I don’t think were in the show. I have read one of the shows Spin-off novels I forget which. I know one I wanted to read was Nevermore… (that might have been the one I still need to read)  one had something to do with a dragon.. Oh the Heart of the Dragon is the one I read.

Any fan of Supernatural will like, but I liked Bobby’s table of contents better. As for anyone else…

if you like the supernatural and reading bits and pieces about folklore than you’d like this. Thankfully I had it on the kindle as I had to check on a few words I was not familiar with.




You may also be interested in Bobby’s guide to Hunting  I have another one or 2 Supernatural related posts as well you can search in the header for


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

2018   drama, fantasy, horror

Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Lucy Davis,Chance Perdomo, Michelle Gomez,Tati Gabrielle, Richard Coyle,Miranda Otto, Lachlan Watson

Opening credits look like Archie comics, style and later Riverdale is mentioned; so I’m guessing one of those writers (or the same one) worked on both, or I should say the same artist.

After her parents her father being a high priest, and mortal mother die in a plane crash, Sabrina is raised by her Aunt Zelda and Hilda, witches of the church of night.

Sabrina is days away from her ‘sweet’ 16…dating mortal Harvey, hanging out with her friends Roz and Susie.  And raising feminist hell at school. All in a days work. This Sabrina’s so called ‘sweet 16, is bound to be a hellish one. As if being a teen isn’t hard enoughgoing to one school.  She has to go to 2, and basically ends up with 2 lives.


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Tomb Raider (2018)

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2018  pg13  1:59   ACtion, adventure, fantasy, adaptation

Alicia Vikander ,Dominic West ,Walton Goggins ,Daniel Wu

Did this REALLY need to be remade (or rebooted or whatever)?

Yes, Movies based on video games and comics are better received these days; however if you are going to remake or ‘re-imagine’ a movie already made, you are supposed to do a better job. Just watching the trailer, I thought not…watching the movie to give it a fair shot….

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2018  NR   2;00   Action, fantasy, Horror


Red Miller sees his rural pacific life spin out of control an hour after the movie starts when his girlfriend (or wife) is kidnapped by a crazy cult leader and his followers who burn her alive. Of course a blood vengeance will be enacted.

Ugh not sure what the hell that was with the first hour. Maybe an attempt to get us to like his girl I don’t know. But that first hour felt like 3. As I said I have no idea what was with that hour, at one point I had to start fast forwarding through parts. This should have been one of those “Don’t Watch This’ series of shorts (the shortest one is like 2 minutes or a little over) if they would have cut this to be just an hour, or 45 minutes they would have had a winner. I can’t see how the hell some people called this one of the best of the year.

There’s some weird shit in here and my apologies but much, if not all belongs in the toilet bowl.

There’s things in here that look like they belong in Hellraiser as Pinheads Cenobites. One looks like he’s got spikes all over like that ghost in the 13 Ghosts movie from 2001.

as I said the first hour felt so long with all the nonsense and not even sure there was really any story to that first half but really I was no longer interested. The dialog was  a yawner The only good part was crushing someone’s head.

Even once they kill the girl, and he starts preparing for war. The payback is a bore too though Nic Cage is  pretty scary looking with fake blood on his face.

Either Skip the first hour otherwise its a BIG SKIP (unless you have insomnia, then by all means go ahead it should help)


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald

2018       PG-13        2:14      adventure Fantasy Family

Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler,Jude Law, johnny Depp,Zoë Kravitz ,Ezra Miller  (full cast)

So in my search for a poster image to use, I really didn’t care for any of them  but this caught my eye, however it was for a comic con but what a great (collectible) poster or postcard it would have made for the movie.

Is it just me, or does it always seem the Potterverse has a rain storm during chases?

This one seemed less about the beasts and more of a political drama, however we do meet some new creatures and old, our previous Niffler friend is back with more fun. As Doublemint gum used to use “Double Your Pleasure Double Your Fun

After seeing this and watching (I think it was) ‘Crikey!’ it’s the Irwins; I’ve come to figure out or so I believe Nifflers are a furry sort of Echidna and something else but can’t recall that other similarity right now. Maybe it’s like a hamster or some other rodent that is like a pack rat.

There was some Bearded dragon/Thorny Devil looking lizard in the beginning.

Maledictus to remind you- in short is Nagini. full definition is a female individual who was a carrier of a blood curse that would eventually lead her to turn into a beast permanently. The curse was carried from birth and was passed down from mother to daughter.

We learn early in the movie that Albus Dumbledore was not the only in his family to have a Phoenix.

Dumbledores’ have a special connection with phoenixes.

Something about Phoenixes coming to the aid of the family.

(really do wish they would put a card on screen telling you what each beast is, or at least have some promotional collector cards to give out  for those that don’t have a great memory for have the visual identification. (I wish they would make an actual book that looks like the one in the movies. I think there’s a new book that has images of all the animals so I have to see if I can find that. Not sure if this is it or not  The Case of Beasts–Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them

This IS an Illustrated version of the Fantastic Beasts ‘text’ book





This below I think it was called  a Tso  or Tao  I would have to look through my own Beast Book and see if there’s some art for this one in it.

as well as this  Puffer lion or Lion Puffer as I called it They showed a kelpie which is basically A giant seahorse


A Murtlap, Fire crab (I want to make one) and MoonCalfs

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Here’s a page with some Fantasitc Beasts from both Movies.

WHOA! Was that a dragon with many heads or a few dragons? Sorry I love dragons!

ooh that looks pretty; just got the goosebumps, that looks like the fire from the Tri-wizard cup.

Definitely not as good as the first of the series. I am mildly disappointed with it.

I do need to say, media outlets need to shut up about some of the things (even if JK Rowling gives approval on a ‘spoiler’)

Now some of you may remember a Certain Wizard mentioned in the first Harry Potter Book/Film. That said wizard I had heard was supposed to be in the movie.  Now something like that, maybe even a bit minor should not have been revealed. As soon as I saw the guy I knew who it was supposed to be. (When you see them even if you didn’t hear of this famous ‘wizard’ you should know who it is if You read or watched the books. (especially considering they seem to be on constant loop on Syfy channel the past 2 months (October & November) oh wait about that… still showing and its now December!!

In the movie we learn that of which the characters think who Credence is, and I will say no more other than; (and I’m not sure why but) I was thinking somehow related to Grindewald.  He seemed enamored with the boy, but knew he was very powerful or may be the very powerful wizard they are looking for.

Now even though I was a bit disappointed with maybe a quarter or half of the movie,  (there’s a stretch where I got bored) I’ve got a secret about Credence Barebone which made it all worth it.

So if your movie theater has waiters that wait on you… don’t order when you get there… wait until at least the beginning of the movie comes on. I ordered my goodies the moment I sat)

Good thing I went matinee time, as full price to me would not be worth it. Though maybe it would take me another watch or 2 to warm up to it.

Eddie Redmayne Teases A Major ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Shocker

Johnny Depp Feels Bad J.K. Rowling Had to Defend His Casting to Harry Potter Fans

Total Film’s review

creatures from the harry potter spinoff movie appear in real life



Return to Oz

1985   PG  1:49   Fairuza Balk


Dorothy now mopes around the farm after her adventure in Oz. Her Auntie Em does not like her talking about her dream world. She brings Dorothy to a clinic where they will treat her with shock therapy as she just has not been the same since she came back.

Upon trying to escape treatment, Dorothy has a black out and returns to a ruined Oz. She needs to find her friends which have been imprisoned and help Oz get back its rightful  ruler. 

So when Mountainous Cliffs crumble, apparently they’re laughing.

Some evil ‘Princess’ of many faces make that heads, and some gnome king took over. When I heard Gnome king I thought it was going to be like one of those lawn decorations, wrong on that.

Along the way Dorothy meets some new friends like Tick Tock, who is basically the tin man but a short stout steampunk brass version.  Jack which is basically scarecrow but with a Jack O’Lantern for a head and some moose head I think was called Gumpy.

No more flying monkey’s but there’s the wheelers, which in a way remind me of the flying monkeys but earth bound, and wheel around.

I haven’t watched the original in ages (as  think every year or more than once a year it was on when I was a kid.) but I can’t decide if I like this one better than what I remember from the original.


This was Fairuza Balk’s (the Craft) First movie

Bonus: Interview with Fairuza