Category Archives: Television Reviews

Castlevania: Season One

Review by CJ

Director:
Sam Deats

Writer:
Warren Ellis, Hitoshi Akamatsu (based on the series created by)

Starring:
Richard Armitage, James Callis, Alejandra Reynoso, Matt Frewer, Tony Amendola

Other notable appearances:
Graham McTavish, Emily Swallow

Running time:
22-25 minutes per episode

Number of episodes:
4

 

After humanity burns his wife at the stake, Dracula gives them one year to prepare for his army of demons. Trevor Belmont, the last in a long line of monster slayers, and his allies must band together to put an end to the heartbroken vampire’s vengeance.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season Eight

Review by CJ

Judges:
RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Ross Matthews, Carson Kressley 

Contestants:
Acid Betty, Bob the Drag Queen, Chi Chi DeVayne, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, Dax ExclamationPoint, Derrick Barry, Kim Chi, Laila McQueen, Naomi Smalls, Naysha Lopez, Robbie Turner, Thorgy Thor

Guest judges/special guests:
Bebe Zahara Benet, Tyra Sanchez, Raja, Sharon Needles, Chad Michaels, Jinkx Monsoon, Violet Chachki, Raven, Shannel, Morgan McMichaels, Latrice Royale, Nicole Richie, Mathu Andersen, Lucian Piane, Jamal Sims, Ester Dean, Ab Soto, Faith Evans, Tasha Smith, Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Gigi Hadid, Chanel Iman, Marc Jacobs, Todrick Hall, Thomas Roberts, Vivica A. Fox, Amy Sedaris, David Sedaris, Bianca Del Rio, Carol Channing, Margaret Cho, Nancy Grace, Lena Headey

Running time:
41-61 minutes per episode

Number of episodes:
10

 

Twelve queens to compete for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar and $100,000 by competing in an assortment of challenges and runway looks that test their skills in the art of drag.

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The Haunting of Hill House: Season One

Review by CJ

Director:
Mike Flanagan

Writer:
Shirley Jackson (based on the novel by), Mike Flanagan

Starring:
Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Victoria Pedretti, Timothy Hutton, Paxton Singleton, Lulu Wilson, Mckenna Grace, Julian Hilliard, Violet McGraw

Other notable appearances:
Annabeth Gish, Robert Longstreet, Samantha Sloyan, Anthony Ruivivar, Jordane Christie, Levy Tran, Anna Enger

Running time:
43-71 minutes

Number of episodes:
10

 

After living in a haunted house and their mother’s subsequent suicide, the five Crain children grow up with very different coping mechanisms. When youngest sister, Nell (Pedretti), commits suicide in the same place their mother did, the remaining Crain children must reunite with their estranged father to face the family demons once and for all. 

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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season One

Review by CJ

Judges:
RuPaul, Merle Ginsberg, Santino Rice

Contestants:
Akashia, Bebe Zahara Benet, Jade, Nina Flowers, Ongina, Rebecca Glasscock, Shannel, Tammie Brown, Victoria ‘Pork Chop’ Parker

Guest judges/special guests:
Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott, Bob Mackie, Mike Ruiz, Michelle Williams, Frank Gatson Jr, Howard Bragman, Debra Wilson, Gordon Espinet, Jenny Shimizu, Robin Antin, Lucy Lawless, Charo, Maria Conchita Alonso, Jeffrey Moran, Cazwell

Running time:
43 minutes per episode

Number of episodes:
9

 

The original nine queens to compete for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar through an assortment of challenges and runway looks that test their skills in the art of drag.

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American Horror Story: Season Seven (Cult)

Review by CJ

Director:
Bradley Buecker, Liza Johnson, Gwyneth Horder-Payton, Maggie Kiley, Rachel Goldberg, Barbara Brown, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Lynch

Writer:
Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Tim Minear, James Wong, John J. Gray, Crystal Liu, Joshua Green, Adam Penn

Starring:
Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Billie Lourd, Alison Pill, Adina Porter

Other notable appearances:
Cheyenne Jackson, Chaz Bono, John Carroll Lynch, Colton Haynes, Leslie Grossman, Billy Eichner, Dermot Mulroney, Emma Roberts, Mare Winningham, Lena Dunham, Frances Conroy, Jamie Brewer, Rick Springfield

Running time:
42-51 minutes per episode

Number of episodes:
11

 

When Donald Trump wins the 2016 US presidential election, the town of Brookfield Heights in Michigan descends into mayhem with supporters working themselves into a frenzy and opposers succumbing to their negative emotions.

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Midnight, Texas: Season One

Director:
Niels Arden Oplev, David Solomon, Steve Shill, Milan Cheylov, Nick Gomez, Mairzee Almas, Kevin Tancharoen, Greg Beeman

Writer:
Charlaine Harris (based on the books by), Monica Owusu-Breen, Turi Meyer, Al Septien, Liz Sagal, Brynn Malone, Mark Kruger, Larry Caldwell

Starring:
François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Arielle Kebbel, Jason Lewis, Peter Mensah, Sarah Ramos, Yul Vazquez, Joanne Camp, Bernardo Saracino, John-Paul Howard, Bob Jesser

Other notable appearances:
Zahn McClarnon

Running time:
42-43 mins per episode

Number of episodes:
10

 

Medium Manfred Bernardo (Arnaud) is on the run from his past and, based on the advice of his ghostly grandmother, seeks sanctuary in the town of Midnight. Manfred quickly discovers he is not the only supernatural misfit who calls Midnight home and when the town is under apocalyptic threat, he steps up with the others to try to defend it.

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Hannibal: Season One

Review by CJ

Director:
David Slade, Michael Rymer, Peter Medak, Guillermo Navarro, Tim Hunter, James Foley, John Dahl

Writer:
Thomas Harris (characters from the book ‘Red Dragon’), Bryan Fuller, Jim Danger Gray, David Fury, Chris Brancato, Jennifer Schuur, Scott Nimerfro, Kai Wu, Jesse Alexander, Jennifer Schuur, Steve Lightfoot, Andrew Black

Starring:
Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne, Caroline Dhavernas

Other notable appearances:
Hettienne Park, Scott Thompson, Aaron Abrams, Eddie Izzard, Gillian Anderson, Molly Shannon, Anna Chlumsky, Gina Torres, Dan Fogler, Ellen Muth, Lance Henriksen, Kacey Rohl, Vladimir Jon Cubrt, Lara Jean Chorostecki

Running time:
41-44 minutes per episode

Number of episodes:
13

 

When Will Graham (Dancy) is asked to use his empathy disorder to help the FBI catch serial killers, he is appointed a psychiatrist to ensure he doesn’t fall into the abyss. Unfortunately for Will, his psychiatrist is Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mikkelsen) who may be working on the wrong end of the abyss.

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