TL;DR – This is a film that has unfortunately come out after several other films have done the same premise but better in every respect and because of that this can’t help but feel lacklustre in comparison
Score – 2 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Sometimes the film business can be tough, where forces outside of your control
can completely derail your project through no fault of your own. Today we look
at just such a film that in many ways just had the back luck of not being the
first one out of the gate. However, more than just that we look at a film that suffers
from inconsistencies throughout which really shows when you compare it to those
that have come before.
So to set the scene, we open in an uncharted cave system under the Appalachian
Mountains where a group of explorers are trying to chart it. When suddenly
after breaking through as a rock formation they disturb what was lurking underneath
and they are instantly killed by a swarm of creatures that fly out into the night
sky. Meanwhile, Ally (Kiernan Shipka) is on her way home after she was mocked
because she is deaf and is also frustrated because her parents Hugh (Stanley
Tucci) and Kelly (Miranda Otto) are coddling her in response the accident that
took her hearing. During the night she is woken up by her parents as something is
happening, a terrorist attack, chemical weapons, no it is the Veps and they are
killing everything and everyone in their paths.
TL;DR – It emphasises the ‘things that go bump in the night’ theme of the show, but also some of its get out of jail free cards, for a mixed result.
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
A Christmas special is a time honoured tradition of many shows, indeed when I was growing up we would always get this great Christmas in July moment because TV took about 6 months to get down under back then. With that in mind, and with the more schlocky nature of the TV show so far, it felt like this would be the perfect fit for Sabrina. With a Christmas but not themed show. But while it hits all those notes, I was left feeling all a bit meh at the end of the day.
TL;DR – Sabrina is a show that blends the occult with whimsy in a way I have not seen in a long while. It is a show where cannibalism and finding your one true love go hand in hand, and that is either going to interest you or put you right off.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
I do not envy the task of anyone who is given the job of rebooting something that has not one but two beloved incarnations. Whether it was the original comic or the 1990s TV series, a lot of people have grown up with Sabrina being a touchstone in pop culture. So, will bringing Sabrina to a new generation create that same moment, well only time will tell, but today we take a look at how the first season came together.
TL;DR – A fascinating first episode that is both full of charm, determination, and also gets super dark … it had to be spiders …
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
When I was growing up there was this charming fun show on TV called Sabrina The Teenage Witch. It was this fun romp through the dangers of high school when you have to hide half of yourself away, though in this case, that half was the fact that you are part-witch. It had everything you needed in the 1990s, fun adventures, hilarious scenarios, oh and a sassy talking cat. So when I heard it was being resurrected, I was a bit concerned, and then when I heard it was part of the Riverdale universe I was more concerned because I get why Riverdale is popular, but it’s not for me. But this year we have already had one successful reboot from Netflix of an old beloved TV show in Lost in Space (see review) so I thought I would give it a look and well what an interesting first episode it was.
TL;DR – Today we countdown my Top 10 films of all time; from towns where there are a lot of ‘accidents’, to all forms of Sci-Fi, to do you know the man with six fingers on his right hand, and everything in between.
Recently I watched the CineFix crew countdown their Top 10 films, and it had me thinking what are mine? Now it was at this point where I of course naturally spiralled as how can you reduce thousands of films that you have seen into only a Top 10. Just before I threw my hands up in resignation and chucked in the towel I happened to catch an episode of Movies with Mikey on how he determined the best sequel. With this in mind I wondered if there was a set of criteria that I could use to categorise the films into a list that I would be happy with, and after some work, I came up with the following criteria that work for me.
Films that are beautifully constructed
Films that mean something to me
Films that are always re-watchable
Films that have added to my love of the craft of cinema
With this criterion in mind I went through all the likely candidates and with a bit of a struggle I think I have been able to come to a final list, well at least until I change my mind next week, which is always a chance.