TL;DR – This is everything a
Sandiego series needed to
be, fun, informative, full of beautiful animation, and a cast giving their all.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I grew up in the age before the internet, yes there was a time even before the
internet yelled at you when you wanted to log on. It was an era when you would
get games on floppy disks, both big and small, and it was here where I first met
the elusive Carmen Sandiego. She was the
final boss in an epic quest that took you from the streets of Reykjavik to
Sydney and everywhere in-between as you hunted down VILE and recovered the
stolen artefacts. When you have one of the touchstones of your first forays
into the world of media getting another reboot, you tend to go in cautiously. However, I needn’t of worried because this was
a joy from start to finish.
So to set the scene, we open as Interpol agents Chase Devineaux (Rafael Petardi)
and Julia Argent (Charlet Chung) run down the list of places Carmen (Gina
Rodriguez) has recently hit, Art Galleries, Banks, … an amusement park …? The
only clue she leaves is her presence in all red, announcing to the world who
just robbed you. Well tonight she is in Poitiers, France, and the agents will
stop at nothing to bring her in, but see Carmen is a master at what she does,
and she has a little help thanks to Player (Finn Wolfhard). After a quick escape, Carmen makes it to the train only to be
intercepted by Crackle (Michael Goldsmith) someone from her past. Well, since
they have a lot of time on their hands before they reach Paris, Carmen relates
to him the important story about how she became
the world’s greatest thief. Now from here, we will be looking at the season as
a whole so there will be [SPOILERS]
TL;DR – Today we learn that even when people are not the worst, they can still disappoint you
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
It’s Halloween in the quaint town of Hawkins, and with the season there is a time for everything,
a time to make friends and a time to lose them,
a time to make promises and a time to forget them,
a time to get dressed into costume and a time to realise maybe don’t do that at school,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to say hello to a girl in the woods and a time to get hit in the head with a half-cooked squirrel,
a time to reach out and a time to miss the response,
a time to be bold and a time to run away from the all oppressive shadow in the sky,
a time to forget the past and a time to be defined by it,
a time to hold on for dear life and a time to let go,
a time to eat Eggo Waffles™ and a time to channel surf,
a time to wear all denim and a time to do literally any other fashion choice
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
a time to come together as a team and a time to be just the absolute worst, I mean come on Ted (Joe Chrest) The Russians, really, get it together.
TL;DR – It is a joy to be back in the world, because there is an attention to detail and understanding that you just do get very often
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Oh Stranger Things, you were a revelation in Season One (see review), with an amazing cast and intertwining storylines that even with starkly different tones it still worked together as a whole. As well as this, it nailed both the films it was paying homage to, and the 1980s in general. So it has been just over a year since Season One, so today we will jump in and start our look at Season Two, and please be prepared as there may be some [SPOILERS] in this review.
So originally I wasn’t going to go see It, as the week it premiered I was up to my neck with essays to grade, as well as this, I’ve never really been a fan of horror films in general. However, last week a good friend of mine wanted to go see It, so what the hell, what’s the worst that could happen … Now to make a couple of things clear before we start, I haven’t seen the original miniseries, nor read the book, so I can’t tell you how good of an adaptation this is, though given we are talking about Tim Curry and Stephen King I am going to assume there is a very high barrier this film needed to meet, which not all Stephen King adaptations this year have met, yes I’m looking at you The Dark Tower (see review). As well as this, as I said I am not a fan of the horror film genre in general, so that has probably affected how I looked at It.
TL;DR – Engaging, Emotional, Tense, and about the most 80s thing you could ever watch, but boy should you ever watch it.
Score – 4.5/5 Stars
Stranger Things is a weirdly wonderful TV show, it is a complex web of 80s references, homages to films of that era, and call backs to the classics of the horror genre. All of that could have been done as a ham-fisted cash grab, banking on nostalgia over substance, *cough* Transformers *cough*, instead it is a well-crafted story with real talent, both in front and behind the camera, that draws you in at every moment. Now as I am reviewing the entire season at once there will undoubtedly be spoilers ahead, so if you have not seen Stranger Things yet, beware, and maybe come back once you have watched it.