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HOUSE OF THE DRAGON S1E3 SECOND OF HIS NAME 🤩

At three episodes into HOUSE OF THE DRAGON (I really need to stop calling it GAME OF THRONES), we’re finally given some much-needed character development. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed the series thus far, but this episode was less about telling and more about showing who these people are. Some of GOT’s most captivating moments were not on the battlefield but in the throne room (or the bedroom!). It’s good to see this series’ writers are following suit (as…

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LITTLE DEMON S1E3 EVERYBODY’S DYING FOR THE WEEKEND 😊

This week on LITTLE DEMON, teen-Antichrist Chrissy spends the weekend in a Thunderdome-like alternate dimension with her father, Satan. At the same time, her mother, Laura, reluctantly goes on a girls’ night out with her spunky, unphasable neighbor, Darlene (Oh my Satan, I love this show!). In the series’ third installment, we get a little bit of the episode-of-the-week treatment, but that’s not a bad thing. Some father/daughter time gives us a chance to get to know Chrissy and Satan…

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LITTLE DEMON S1E2 POSSESSION OBSESSION 😊

After last week’s devilishly fun premier, I wasn’t sure what to expect next from the second episode of FXX/HULU’s new animated series. The answer is the unexpected. The episode cleverly compares demonic possession to the government and media conspiracy theories trying to control us. Satan is teaching Chrissy how to take over people’s bodies when things get out of hand and before we know it, the whole town is as riled up as a bunch of Boomers discovering Facebook for…

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LITTLE DEMON S1E1 FIRST BLOOD 😊

LITTLE DEMON is the unholy brainchild of comedic creators Darcy Fowler, Seth Kirschner, and Kieran Valla. After an attention-grabbing prologue sequence, the story begins as Christina (AKA Chrissy, voiced by Lucy DeVito—of the Danny DeVitos) and her mother Laura (Aubrey Plaza) settle into yet another new suburban home. After being dropped off at her new school, Crissy unexpectedly has her first period, summoning a destructive hell-mouth in the sky, and, honestly, all hell breaks loose. It turns out her deadbeat…

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THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING 🤩

George Miller is a filmmaker known for grandeur and spectacle. His films are famous for providing engaging storytelling mixed with borderline-bombastic visuals and are nearly always a memorable, impression-making experience. As a result, they are often considered cinematic events. In his first film since 2015’s smash success MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Miller impressively balances intimate, thoughtful storytelling with his signature stellar aesthetic whimsy. At its heart, THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING is a story about storytelling and its effects on…

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ORPHAN: FIRST KILL 🤩

Let me begin by saying, “I loved this movie.” Let me follow that up by saying, “Not everyone is going to love this movie.” I don’t care. In 2009 the world was gifted the film ORPHAN, about a well-meaning family who adopts a creepy young girl with many secrets. The film had no business being as good as it was and quickly earned its place among the creepy-children-of-horror sub-genre. Now, 13 years later, the prequel no one knew we needed…

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GLORIOUS 🤮

Let me make two things perfectly clear. First: this movie is not for everyone. Second: I wanted to like this movie…I really did. As an avid horror buff, I love an absurd concept and am intrigued by almost anything that updates Lovecraftian lore. Unfortunately, GLORIOUS moves too slowly for its own good, even at a tight one hour and eighteen minutes. First, there’s THE ABSURD PREMISE. Wes (Ryan Kwanten), a troubled man on a road trip, stops at a public…

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SHE-HULK: ATTORNEY AT LAW S1E2 SUPERHUMAN LAW 🤩

After a very effective premier established exposition and lore, the new Marvel series’ second episode has gotten its story underway in a big way. Rather than fighting in the streets, Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) uses her smarts, education, and career drive to maintain justice. Maslany continues to showcase her comedic chops as our new favorite green, latent, lawyer/superhero, delivering more than one literal laugh-out-loud moment. (The Emmy-winners career has been chiefly drama-laden until now.) She’s a total delight to watch.…

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PREY 🤩

Despite its status as a classic, The PREDATOR series may be the most inconsistent sci-fi/horror/action series out there. The first film, an 80’s action romp dripping with almost as much testosterone as it is blood and guts, works well set in a danger-ridden jungle where its titular creature hunts what was at the time perceived as our planet’s apex predator: the caricatured all-American-soldier-action-star. The second film brings the battle to civilization to less effect but does a great job of…

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