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Weekly update: This is just a place

Greetings, Gothamites!

It was recently my mum’s birthday and one of the gifts I gave her was seasons 1-2 of The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries and season 3 of The Hardy Boys. Poor Nancy seemed to have been dropped in the third year with Joe and Frank up for the chopping block soon after. I started watching some of the episodes with mum and loved them! The shows are hilarious without needing to resort to vulgarity and the mysteries are intriguing without needing to be gory. They are truly delightful to watch and I recommend them to anyone who loves old school mysteries. Continue reading Weekly update: This is just a place

Weekly update: I don’t think he was medieval scholar

Greetings, Gothamites!

It’s been a busy week in pop culture for me with the release of Godzilla II and the TV adaptation of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2. I also managed to finish up season 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race and season three of Santa Clarita Diet while squeezing in Oculus. Not too shabby, in my humble opinion.  Continue reading Weekly update: I don’t think he was medieval scholar

The best of 2018

I’d like to restart the tradition of posting my opinion on the best of the movies and TV shows I watched, and books I read in the past year.

So I will! None of the items on these lists are required to have been released in 2018, but I had to have watched or read them for the first time in 2018.

Here goes!
 

Movies

10. The Meg (2018)
A giant shark movie starring Jason Statham. There was no way this wasn’t making the list.

9. Ocean’s 8 (2018)
A fresh take on an old concept with a stellar cast.

8. Rampage (2018)
A giant animal movie starring Dwayne Johnson. There was no way this wasn’t making the list.

7. Get Out (2018)
Smart horror that doesn’t skimp on the scares.

6. Christopher Robin (2018)
Adorable live action addition to the world of the 100 Acre Woods.

5. Mary Poppins Returns (2019)
Sweet sequel to the story of the world’s favourite nanny.

4. Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)
A dark and gritty world of cultism, robbery, espionage and dreams.

3. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
One of the highest stakes movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but still good, action-packed fun.

2. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
A heartbreaking and inspiring look at one of the world’s biggest rock bands.

1. The Greatest Showman (2018)
One of the best musicals I have ever seen and the absolute best outside of the golden age of MGM musicals. Inspiring, visually stunning and an amazing soundtrack — just perfect.

 

Television

10. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Season Two
It’s fun to see the art these queens create and even more fun to revisit them after their first taste of RPDR fame.

9. Midnight, Texas: Season One
An enjoyable urban fantasy series based on a great book series by Charlaine Harris.

8. Santa Clarita Diet: Season Two
Drew Barrymore as a zombie and Timothy Olyphant as her uptight husband? Gory comedy gold.

7. The Handmaid’s Tale: Seasons One and Two
A dark dystopian journey through the world of Gilead as told through the eyes of June and those around her.

6. American Horror Story: Seasons Five and Six
This year Hotel and Roanoke became two of my favourite seasons of American Horror Story. 

5. Ozark: Season Two
A stellar cast feature in Ozark and the stakes get even higher this season. Great crime drama.

4. RuPaul’s Drag Race: Seasons Six and Seven
Two of my favourite seasons of a favourite TV show — not only because they feature so many favourite queens but the challenges are fantastic and the competition fierce.

3. The Crown: Season Two
I maintain that if Queen Elizabeth has truly dealt with even half of what is shown on this show with the same amount of grace, she is a wondrous human being.

2. Queer Eye: Seasons One and Two
A new fab five hit the road to change the lives of people through self-enhancement — and it’s fantastic.

1. The Haunting of Hill House: Season One
While only one season in, The Haunting of Hill House was the absolute stand out for me this year. Brilliant horror.

 

Books

10. The General Theory of Haunting by Richard Easter (2018)
A combination of science fiction and horror that brings great elements from both.

9. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (2018)
A beautifully constructed mystery that kept me guessing until the very end.

8. Ender’s Game (1985)
A classic science fiction story about war in space and the tolls the training takes.

7. Final Girls by Riley Sager (2017)
An interesting story about the lives of three massacre survivors after the world stops looking.

6. Yes Please by Amy Poehler (2014)
Funny, heart-wrenching and inspirational at the same time. Poehler’s talents don’t seem to end.

5. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz (2003)
An exciting start to a long running series about a man who sees the dead. 

4. Redshirts by John Scalzi (2012)
An enjoyable satire of science fiction television shows, particularly Star Trek.

3. Strange Weather by Joe Hill (2017)
A collection of four quirky and thought-provoking stories, all tied to strange weather events.

2. Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker (2018)
The prequel to Dracula that I didn’t know I needed until I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC.

1. The Outsider by Stephen King (2018)
A murder mystery with a unique twist that could only come from the mind of Stephen King.

 

So those are my best of lists for 2018. What were some of your favourite movies, TV shows or books that you experienced in 2018? Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter.

– CJ

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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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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