My Netflix Addiction: What Happened To Monday

Sounds very much like a coming of age tale or some fuzzy Rom-Com but don’t let the title fool you. This movie is anything but rosey. 
Set in the future, after the human population crisis caused the world to literally run out of food, a genetic mutation made creating food more feasible but the artificial substances in the food caused an insurance in multiple births, ( twins, triplets, etc.) Thus exacerbating an already existence conflict, Overpopulation.

The solution made by Glen Close, a one child per family rule. William Dafoe, plays a man with a big secret, he’s allows his late daughters seven daughters to live as one person. Named for each day of the week, they assume the identity of one Karen. 


One day Monday’s Karen goes missing and it all unravels from there.

I do enjoy a good suspense movie and What Happened To Monday, offers the perfect blend of mystery, action and emotion to make this movie great for any Netflix & Chill session. 

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#ShowsWeLove:OUAT Reboot 

Not many shows survive a reboot. The old fans are just way too attached to the original cast to care about what new story you’re trying to tell. Change the day and time and you’re basically letting the world know you’re about to cancel the show.

So no wonder we all trembled in fear when half the cast of Once Upon A Time quit and the show time moved to Friday’s at 8pm. 

We start this season with a jump to 18-year-old Henry heading through a portal with Regina bidding him farewell. He and a very flustered looking Cinderella are rushing headfirst towards each other on a strip of road in a “New Realm”

Henry is much older now and we understand that this will be a new version of the show entirely by Henry’s farewell to Regina, “There are dozens of stories across the world but I’m the only me” I’m paraphrasing obviously, but it prepares you for when you see another Cinderella.

A fact I’m still on the fence about. On the one hand a reboot means you can do whatever you please however, I vaguely remember Cinderella being one of their first stories.

This new spin with Cinderella as Henry’s true love and the Evil Stepmother as the villain (a great choice btw) definitely let’s us know we’re not in Storeybrooke anymore.

Recycling the first episode of the series is a risk. I’m not sure if I like it yet. Henry as the “true believer” doesn’t seem to believe Lucy very much very a la Emma if i do say so myself. 

Grown up Henry is a blocked writer who hasn’t been able to write anything since his debut Once Upon A Time. He’s surprised by a little girl claiming to be his daughter. 

Sound familiar?

Apparently Hyperion Heights is the new version of Storeybrooke, where everyone is trapped without magic. The neighborhood is being gentrified scattering the original (Storeybrooke) characters across the world. 

In fairytale land Henry was roofied  by a menacing looking Alice who seems to be working for Rumple. Her warning to Henry was that he wasn’t in his story. Yet he and Cinderella seem to be destined for each other.

I wonder what happens to Violet that Cinderella us his true love?

The episode ends with a promotion for our favorite neighborhood Captn. Hook who gets teamed up with Rumplestilitskin/ Weaver. 

Roni/Regina decides to not sell her bar to the wicked stepmother Madame Bellfrey.  Her triumphant monologue pans through the city while we see the slight change in each of our characters.

I’m looking forward to seeing how this plays out.

Operation Glass Slipper is a go!

Weekly Wanna Watch List

This week’s list is coming to theatres however with the exception of a few horror movies I’ll be waiting for Netflix.

The Emoji Movie

I did hear they were considering this and even then I thought it was a joke. A lady knows when to admit she was wrong. Apparently Sony read the script and said “How could we not?”
What we get in return is the world of Textopolis, home of all emojis, each with their own singular emotion. Forever. That is until Gene. Gene is a “Meh” emoji  😧😒😕 I tried finding it and this is what I got. Either way Gene has many feelings and as a result it makes him weird.

(As if anything could be weirder about this story)

Gene ventures out with friends hi-5 🖐🏽 and jailbreak, together they journey through the phone and discover a great secret unrelated to their task that may endanger life as they know it.

The Emoji Movie was released July 28th and I’m still trying to accept that this movie was made.

Will you see it? Let us know in the comments below!

ANTI-MATTER

I was interested in watching this solely because of the trailer. Some say this is the feature length adaptation of a Sundance film known as Worm an independent film from 2016.

As a fantasy writer I can appreciate the work of our sci-fi cousins. That being said I feel like if I watch this movie I’ll be left feeling much how I was during Memento. Confused and annoyed.

We follow Ana, a  PhD student unable to create new memories after an experiment whe she creates and transports herself through a wormhole. She attempts to uncover what happened as well as who or what is terrorizing her.

It does sound interesting but my interests in wormholes is limited. I’ll be sure to catch it when it’s released for home viewing.

Will you be going to see Anti-Matter? Let us know in the comments below!

FALLEN 

Does anyone remember the movie Fallen, with Denzel Washington? I may be showing my age but I swore that’s what this movie was when I saw the title.

It is most definitely not! Based on the book series (currently housing 5 novels and a few novellas) Fallen is a romantic fantasy novel about….Angels.

We knew this from the title, because we’re clever. Luce Price is sent to Sword &Cross academy a boarding school for “special students” (special in this case means incurably insane but functional). Luce has just been released from therapy, as soon as she steps foot in the grounds she begins to discover Daniel Grigori and the love affair they’ve shared through the centuries.

The trailer gave me Twilight vibes when I first saw it but I’ll be buying the book series and watching the film’s to see how this plays out.

Will you be going to see Fallen? Have you read the books?

Friend Request 

It’s 2017 social media rules our lives obviously,  so it was only a matter of time before some horror writer made Facebook deadly. May I present, Friend Request. 

From the twisted minds of  Matthew Ballen, Philip Koch, and Simon Verhoeven. Friend Request is a supernatural psychological horror movie all about how deadly social media can really be.

Laura is a super popular college student, over 800 friends of Facebook with an active social life. She makes friends with campus loner Marina who takes the social media status as the real deal (we all know people like this) the friendship derails when Laura doesn’t invite Marina to her birthday party.

An act which causes an in person confrontation and the resulting suicide of Marina. Afterwarfd the social butterfly and her friends receive demonic torment from beyond the keyboard.

I am genuinely intrigued by this movie, check out the trailer!

Will you be accepting this Friend Request? 

Leap!

Finishing the list is the inspirational children’s movie Leap! Two orphans one an aspiring inventor whilst the other a gifted dancer. Ran away to Paris to achieve their dreams.

Be sure to take the kiddies to see this one!


#ShowsWeLove: Dark Matter

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Space… the final frontier

Gotta level with you here, I absolutely love fantasy but sci-fi and me are not good friends. Star Trek to  Star Wars I just couldn’t get into the great beyond like I could the magical world. Maybe it’s because space is real and there are clear rules and guidelines, maybe it’s because I prefer the unpredictability of magic to science I can’t say for certain.

I will say this, SyFy  seems to have a knack for writing shows I’ll watch. They created a space series I not only binge watched, but was truly disappointed a third season hadn’t made it to the streaming site.

It started with a brief period of withdrawal. I like to completely immerse myself in a show, internet stalk the cast and crew, find our what other projects they’re doing. This usually happens AFTER I’ve watched a series with 4 or more seasons.

There is a period of mourning when I realise it’s too soon to rewatch the show but i have yet to decide on a new series. Lost Girl was just that show. Dark Matter. My antidote.

Both shows are Canadian  (yay Canada!) Both appear on SyFy. Dark Matter, is based on the comic book of the same name. Though I have not read the comic series the show bumps it up on my to-do list. 

Dark  Matter. Opens with a group of six people waking up on a ship called the Raza.  No one has any memory of how they got there or what they were doing before they woke up. They name themselves One through Six and work on reclaiming their identities. 

I did hear word the shows third season premiered June 9, 2017. I have yet to catch an episode but I’ll keep looking. The first 2 seasons which are pretty action packed and full of angst are of course of Netflix. The fight scenes were my favorite.

Have you seen Dark Matter? Who was your favorite character? Let us know in the comments below!

My Netflix Addiction: Salem

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I’ve always had a special interest in the Salem Witch Trials, as a wiccan enthusiast and avid history buff. I’ve seen The Crucible more times than I can count both on stage and on screen. The crucible and the Salem Witch trials as a whole have been used in many political science classes and I’m sure many others as a prime example of what panic and fear can do to a community.

Throughout history when the government was searching for communists or terrorists we caution them not to start a “witch hunt” advising our present day rulers not to make the mistakes of the past.  The Salem Witch trials, for me has always been a favorite subject to research.

As usual my Saturday morning was spent scanning through my Netflix queue wondering what new show I wanted to see. I just finished watching Ozark and was in a period of mourning for my loss of something to watch.

Enter Salem, a show that initially I’d assumed would be a repeat of the cast and crew  of the crucible. Opening several years before the show explores the lives of Mary Walcott and John Aldan, young lovers being forced apart by the cruel George Sibley, head and councilor of the selectmen board, and one of the founders of Salem. John was being sent to fight in the French and Indian war leaving Mary in Salem alone. salem title card

Before the end of episode One we see that she and slave Tituba magically abort the baby she carried by John to protect them both form the persecution of the puritans.  Years passed and we see the Mary has married the wicked George Sibley but also, has become a witch embarking on her grand rite. Of course John comes back to complicate things.  The retelling of the Salem Witch trials plays out with the witches being behind it all. A secret which means the noose if it was revealed.

I’ve gotten my boyfriend hooked and so as of now we’re re-watching season One. Each episode is approximately an hour so I’ve made it to episode 6. It comes on WGN but all 3 seasons are currently on Netflix. I read somewhere a petition was going around to get the show back on air as it was cancelled after season 3.

That will be a burden for a few weeks from now when I’ve finished binge watching the first 3 seasons.

 

Have you seen Salem? What did you think? Will you be signing the petition? Let us know in the comments below!

Weekly Wanna Watch List 

Last Weekend Annabelle Creation smashed the box office grossing 35 million in sales for the No 1 spot and i’m just waiting for $5 Tuesdays at the Rave to avoid the crowd. As always we have a healthy mix of fantasy and horror and rounding out our Weekly Wanna Watch an action adventure. Check out the trailers and my picks for this weeks wanna watch!

 

The Shape of Water

I’ve never acctually heard of this movie prior to prepping for today’s post.  Octavia Spencer happens to be one of my favorite “newer” actresses. I have yet to  see a movie with her in it that I didn’t love.  Seeing her name amongst the cast definitely made me consider watching the trailer.

Though the title sounds like that of a romance novel, and perhaps there is a bit of romance foreshadowed here in the trailer, The Shape of Water is actually a Sci-Fi/Fantasy and aquatic lore. Based in Cold War America (approx. 1963) Elisa a mute woman working in a high-security government lab discovers a merman and strikes up a friendship.

If that isn’t enough to stoke your interest, this movie is directed by Guillermo del Toro. A writer/director i’ve recently become obsessed with. I may actually go see this film in theatres, if not i’ll be adding it to my Netflix queue for sure.

 

 

Annabelle Creation

My love of horror movies can be attributed to my late grandmother Josephine Shepherd who i’m sure would NOT watch this movie if she were alive to do so, because it’s that’s damn scary! I on the other hand will most certainly be going to see this film as soon as the crowds of crazy movie talkers dies down.

The fourth installment in the Conjuring  franchise, and the long awaited prequel to demon doll Annabelle, Annabelle Creation finally explains why and how the demented marionette came to be. Years after he and his wife, Esther, lose their 7-year-old daughter Annabelle in a car accident they welcome a nun and six orphaned girls into their California farmhouse. As usual in these situations one child sneaks into a forbidden room and finds a not so innocent doll with a life of her own.

I just want to say I. Will. Be. Seeing. This. Movie ! That is all.

 

The Dark Tower

 

I am a huge Stephen King fan and my fantasy romance with Idris Elba has been ongoing since The Wire. That being said i’ve never actually read any of the Dark Tower series but given the buzz the movie is getting I’m willing to add this to my TBR list also.

If you’re unfamiliar with the storyline; Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. The ultimate plays out on the big screen in this film directed by Nikolaj Arcel

 

Polaroid

As much as I love a good screamer flick, I love my cheesy B-List horrors movies just as much. The ridiculous scenerio’s that only happen to teens, absentee parents all that converge on a small town with inexplicable consequences. What’s not to love?

In Polaroid, Bird Fitcher is a high school senior and resident loner finds an old school polaroid camera and starts using it. Soon she discovers the camera’s dark qualities when everyone who’s picture she’d taken meets a strange and tragic death.

Be sure to check out the trailer to see for yourself!

 

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Blake Lively is super lucky to have Ryan Reynolds as her beau. Rugged good looks, washboard abs I don’t even know what this movie is about and I wanna watch it just to get a glimpse of Ryan with his shirt off. Add Samuel L. Jackson to the cast list and this movie sells itself.

 

Need more convincing?

The world’s top protection agent is called to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hit men. The two have been on the opposite end of battle for years and are thrown together for 24 hours. During their journey from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a ruthless Eastern European dictator out for blood.

Sounds exciting doesn’t it? That’s why i’ll be getting a ticket to see this one on the big screen!

 

Which movies made your wanna watch list? Have you already seen some on this week’s? Let us know in the comments below!

#ShowsWeLove: The Strain

At a child’s birthday party all the adults I know usually clamor to one room, forfeiting the house to the dominant species…The Children.

Little Miss Jada’s 9th birthday barbeque was no different. My friend and comic book sensei also happens to be a professional grade chef. Our domain…the kitchen.

As always after several platters of food have been devoured by our offspring. Plastic cups refilled again, the nerdlings within steer our conversation to the latest movie trailer releases.

A few remakes later and we’re talking about Hulu. The streaming service offers a variety of cable programs currently on air. The Strain happens to be one of those shows.

I grew up reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Anne Rice (pick a book I’ve read it). So Guilermo Del Toro’s The Strain brings back a traditional sense of what a vampire was for me.

Set to the theme of a viral outbreak backed by an ancient evil, it’s a great show if you’re into zombie apocalypse shows. Just replace the zombies by semi cognizant vampires and you have a show that has spanned three seasons.

We follow Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, head of the CDC’s New York-based Canary Project, on the case of an airplane that lands with everybody on board dead. His team discovers a viral outbreak, very similar to that of vampirism.  As the virus ravages the city Goodweather, his team and a group of the city’s residents wage a war that could hold humanity’s fate in its hand.

Original a book trilogy, The Strain officially aired on July 13, 2014 with the fourth and final series airing Sunday, July 16th, 2017.

The show’s executive producers include Oscar-nominated writer Guillermo del Toro and Emmy-winning producer Carlton Cuse.

Have you seen The Strain? What did you think?