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Please. Please. If you have Netflix, if you're going to sign onto Netflix anyway, I'm asking you to watch "The Haunting of Hill House".

It's a tough one during the first few episodes until you grasp that it is flashbacking through the story. But it's worth it. I LOVE this series. I love what they did with Shirley's story.

I wish to recommend to everyone who is already willing to subscribe. The director and the actors (amazingly even the child-actors) is full of heart and horror, once you think about it.

I've really too much in the review column now to add this one. But I fully commend. Fully.

I would love to review, even though it would be tough because of the episode-by-episode non-answers it follows. But when you hit Ep 5.. if You're Not Hooked, I can't help you. I was left haunted. And that is something that Ft13th and Nightmare of Elm Street hasn't done (especially Nell).

So, I'm posting a recommend, even though I can't review right now.

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Current Mood: I don't know. Horrified? Sad? Both... I'm gonna go with both.
 
 
harsens_rob
06 April 2019 @ 03:05 pm
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Boom!Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 01, Issue 03

"Death To All Vampires"

Writer: Jordie Bellaire, Artwork: Dan Mora & Raúl Angulo, Lettering: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Matthew Taylor

Blurb: Due to a rash action by Drusilla, Spike returns to Anya's mystic shop to find chaos and a wild creature, who wants to destroy the vampires even more than Buffy.





Page 01: We open with Spike's return to Anya's secret magical doodads shop. As he enters, he's in a chipper mood over how naive the Sunnydale teens are, after having met with Cordy.
I find Cordy/William interesting, and I like Anya's ambiguousness.Collapse )
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harsens_rob
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And welcome once again for my Best of/Worst of Character Moments day. For our next entry in our mini-series of judging our protaganists on when they're heroic and when they're repugnant, I'm casting my eye on the humans of King Kong: The Eighth Wonder of the World.


Our focus characters this time are:


King Kong (I'm not sure I should include him, so I'm going to): Giant Ape God who gets nabbed from his island home, thrust into a foreign world of noise and bright lights and meets a bad end over it. None of which is his fault.


Carl Denham: A tool. And a movie writer/director/producer/cameraman. But mostly a tool.


Ann Darrow: The leading lady to Carl's egotism, who gets way more horror that one person deserves, unless they're Hitler.


Jack Driscoll: First Officer of the ship that Carl hires. He hates dames on his ship, but warms up to Ann.
I hate Carl Denham and his egotism and his total cluelessness.Collapse )
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harsens_rob
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Good Morning Afternoon!


Welcome once again to another edition of "Best Of/Worst Of Character Moments".

Today's subject for my appraising eye is "Clash of the Titans"... the original one with Harry Hamlin. Let's take a look at our main characters and see if they're really heroes, or just putzes.

Expect several special 'awards' in this one....

And since I can't really put it in the main categories, I'm giving a SuperSpecial KUDO here to Ray Harryhausen.

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harsens_rob
30 March 2019 @ 10:27 am
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Hello all,


Welcome back to our examinations of the BTVS characters in light of their triumphs and failures. We're examining our heroes to hand them KUDOS for a job well done, or DEMERITS for disappointing behavior and actions.

Today's subject is Season 10, Issue 09:


Our focus characters are:


Buffy, fighting the Soul Glutton.


Spike, doing the same at her side.


Willow, trying to find Andrew and stop him from doing whatever he's trying to do with his resurrection shenanigans.


Andrew, poor, guilt-racked Andrew continually trying to make up for his past with Warren in the most appalling of ways.


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harsens_rob
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Hey.

Welcome back again to another series of entries in my "Best of/Worst of Character Moments" series. Our first entry to uh, be entered, is for the confusing Angel comic series. So...

If you're me,  this is Angel & Faith, Season 2. Also, if you're me this counts as Angel, Season 8.
If you're Dark Horse Comics, and therefore clearly wrong, we're looking at Angel, Season 10.

Today's issue is number 8, whatever season you want to call it.

Blurb: Faith decided to stay in the employ of Deepscan when she found out that her next mission concerned the missing Riley Finn - a guy with whom she has a past. Now, Faith and a team of Slayers search the South American jungle for Riley, his wife, and a missing tycoon, Walt Zane. In London’s Magic Town, Angel does his best to aid the people transformed by the magical virus he helped cause - currently he’s occupied with a request from an old [not]Wiccan [not]friend, Amy Madison.


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harsens_rob
30 March 2019 @ 09:02 am
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Supernatural
Season 1, Episode 19

"Provenance"

DIR: Philip Sgriccia
Writer: David Ehrman

Blurb (IMDB): When two sets of owners of the same painting are brutally murdered, Sam and Dean investigate with the help of an auction house owner's daughter, all while Dean shamelessly tries to pair her with his little brother.




I really liked the guest character. And I was left glad that she is the one who Sam starts moving on from Jess with.Collapse )
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harsens_rob
12 March 2019 @ 01:10 am
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Hey, and welcome back to another edition of Best of/Worst of ...  The series in which I lay a critical eye on our characters, rather than plot, in order to give them a reward for a job well done, or a demerit for disappointing my expectations of them.

As the subject line kinda-sorta-intimated, if you stare really hard, this post is concerning our main players in Season 10's Issue 08:

Blurb: The rules of magic are literally being rewritten. With day-walking vampires and a male Slayer, Buffy & Co. are trying to keep the weirdness under control. Willow is focused on learning the new rules, while Giles is coming to terms with his newfound youth, and Xander is trying to save his relationship with Dawn. Still, Buffy has her family together again - and since their mission doesn’t yet feature Apocalypse spelled out in big letters, life is pretty good…

Our characters under the spotlight are - Buffy, Willow, Spike and Andrew will be our focus for this issue. The others are there for the beginning, but they're more glorified cameos.

I think I over-identify with Andrew.Collapse )
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harsens_rob
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Hey everyone. Welcome to a new edition of Best of/Worst of, the series where we go back through our previous reviews and take a second look at our heroes. Were they good men and women, or did they disgust us with their antics?

This post's subject is: Angel & Faith, Season 02 (Angel, Season 8 for me; Angel, season 10 for DH), Issue 07.

Blurb: Faith decided to stay in the employ of Deepscan when she found out that her next mission concerned the missing Riley Finn - a guy with whom she has a past. Now, Faith and a team of Slayers search the South American jungle for Riley, his wife, and a missing tycoon, Walt Zane. In London’s Magic Town, Angel does his best to aid the people transformed by the magical virus he helped cause - currently he’s occupied with a request from an old Wiccan friend, Amy Madison.


Our primary focuses this issue are:

Angel: Still trying to figure out how to deal with Amy Madison to get her off of her ill-defined plans to attempt resurrecting Warren.


Faith: Still in the jungle with a group from Deepscan, employed by Reese Zane to find her missing father.


Ms. Zane: Trying to find her father, though the fact that they've been besieged by indigenous vampires doesn't reflect well on his chances... or on the missing Riley's.


Major Billings: The American military's point man on this mission [but I'm really not sure why the government is in on this].


Mai, the Slayer: The only Slayer in Deepscan, besides Kennedy, that is willing to see what Faith will do, rather than depending on her reputation.
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harsens_rob
07 March 2019 @ 09:38 am
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Boom!BTVS
Season 01, Issue 02

"Welcome Back to the Hellmouth" pII

Writer: Jordie Bellaire; Artwork: Dan Mora & Raúl Angulo, Lettered: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Matthew Taylor





Blurb: I refuse to transcript the babble [tongue in cheek] that constitutes the blurb.

My Blurb: As Buffy tries to integrate her Slayer life with friendships and her mother's having a live in boyfriend, Dru gets impatient with magic shop owner Anya that she won't give her what she's come to take.


I am finding the dialog unnatural and distracting.Collapse )

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