TV Review: The Haunting of Hill House

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The  Haunting of Hill House
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Very loosely based on the novel by Shirley Jackson of the same name The Haunting of Hill House is at its heart a family drama disguised as a ghost story.

This shouldn’t be a spoiler, but Hill House is haunted. It is very very haunted. Yet, this is a different story than the one you may be familiar with. The original story is about a group of strangers who meet up for a supernatural experiment within this notoriously haunted home.  You may have even seen the 1963 classic titled The Haunting or even the 1999 film (though the 1999 was not so well received). This new Netflix original series, however, takes the story in a very different direction. Yet, I would say that this adaptation captures the essences of  Jackson’s gothic horror novel better than any of the adaptations that came before it.

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TV: The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell

 

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Netflix Original

Not all Halloween Classics need to make you reach for the night lights. In the vein of Casper, Hocus Pocus, and Halloweentown (1 – 3 of course. Who do you take me for?), The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell bring some light-hearted fun and quirky cryptids over for coffee and cake.  Do you enjoy episodes of The Great British Bake Off, the muppets, and macabre humor? Well this is the show for you.

Christine McConnell, runs a sort of foster home for the strange and unusual.  Not only can she bake a replica of her home out of chocolate cake, keep a murderous reanimated raccoon in check, but also sew a new evening gown all before her date arrives for a home-cooked dinner. Her date with perhaps a serial killer, but those kinds of silly things aren’t deal breakers for this accomplished woman.

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Life: What I’m watching #2

 

 

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My Mom has listened to the same radio station my entire life.  I wasn’t always a fan of the station, but when I was in Elementary school, they used to do this thing on Friday’s called the “Friday Freak Out”.  It was a mix of different popular songs, funny movie quotes and sound effects.  However, the running thread through the entire song was the Hawaii Five -O theme song.

Sometimes I’d run into my Mom’s room while she was getting ready so I could hear the “Friday Freak Out” twice as they would play it early in the morning and then a few hours later.  It was my favorite thing in the whole wide world.  I grew to love that theme song and would dance around and pretend I was on a surf board.  Now, I had never seen the original Hawaii Five-O but I knew that song just sounded like someone should be surfing.  When I heard the that song, it just felt like Friday.

Then in 2010 the remake Hawaii Five-0 premiered.  Imagine my delight when I heard that very familiar theme begin the very first time I watched the pilot.  Hearing the song again made me smile instantly and I wanted to dance.  It was the emotional equivalent of waking up and knowing it was Friday – only one more day left till the weekend!

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TV: Outsiders 1×01 “Farrell Wine”

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Original air date: January 26, 2016

To be completely honest, I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to actually write about this show.  It’s different and it’s new and it’s unlike most of the shows that I’m watching right now.  There’s been one episode so far and so much has already happened.  At one point I was taking notes just so I could make sure I remembered all the different storylines going on in just this first hour.

“Mad Max meets Little House on the Prairie”

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TV: The 100 3×01 “Wanheda: Part 1 “

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Original air date: January 21, 2016

So, it’s finally here, season 3 of The 100. It has been a long hiatus.  Well… okay if felt long.  I always feel guilty calling it anything a long hiatus when I know the Sherlock fandom is a thing that exists (They wait two years.  TWO YEARS.)

Anway, way off point here.

Lets get to talking about The 100.  Season three.  Wanheda part One.  I’m not even going to lie, I was almost too excited to watch this episode.  What if something happened and I wasn’t able to pay attention fully? What if I needed to pause the episode?  What if I needed to scribble down an OMG moment and I missed something even bigger?!  So, yeah I actually waited till I was able to watch it online.  I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

Most of the episode is concerned with filling us in with what has happened in the past three months (as most season openers are).  We find that Murphy has been trapped in that awesome bachelor pad bunker for 84 days.  Yes, that character I swore to hate with my dying breathe (that one), he’s been making it onto my good side ever since last season.  I can’t hate on his snark and the fact that sometimes he is the only sane person on screen.

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TV: Blindspot 1×01 – Pilot

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Original air date: Sept. 21, 2015

So, cards on the table? I’m already pretty biased when it comes to this show.  I think Jaimie Alexander is pretty spectacular and I was extremely excited to see the promos for this show.  So, yeah I was already expecting to like this show.  After the pilot, I can say I LOVE THIS SHOW.  I absolutely looking forward to watching many more episodes.  Jaimie Alexander is simply fantastic in this role.  She brings such strength and vulnerability to the role.  Not to mention how much ass she kicks.

We begin with a striking image of an empty Times Square as NYPD bomb squad approaches a mysterious duffle bag with a ‘Call the FBI’ tag.  Just as he approaches a single tattooed arm reaches out followed by a very confused and terrified woman who seems to have no memory of how she came to be.

Her tattoos turn out to be a puzzle and treasure map of sorts.  The first clue leading to her new FBI partner Kurt Weller.  Together they are able to stop a terrorist plot and save hundreds of lives in the process.  All because of Jane Doe’s new tattoos and her mysterious skills.

Jaimie Alexander is basically Michael Scofield mixed with Jason Bourne and it’s pretty spectacular.  A covered up tattoo on her shoulder leads the FBI to believe she was a former Special Ops Navy Seal.

So much mystery.  Who is Jane Doe? Who and Why did they do this to her?  Why the amnesia and the tattoos? Also who is that mysterious stranger following Jane?  What is with the redacted file talking about murder?!

In conclusion: I am so here for this one this one and I look forward to seeing the relationships develop over the course of the show.  Hard recommend on this one.  There’s action and adventure and so much fun.

TV: Minority Report 1×01 – Pilot

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Original air date: Sept. 21, 2015

I actually don’t have a lot to say about this show.  It wasn’t love at first sight, but it was interesting enough that I’ll stick around for a few more weeks.  It could have promise and I am not ready to give up quite yet… because who knows.

Set ten years after the events of the movie Minority Report, in which the Precrime unit has been disbanded and the Precogs are let to live the rest of their lives as normal people.  We meet Meagan Good, as detective Vega who dreamt of working with the Precrime unit, only to find it was disbanded before she had a chance to join the academy.  We also meet Dash, as played by Stark Sands, one of the Precog twins who just wants to save the people from his visions.  Dash isn’t able to see the entire picture, however.  He needs Arthur and Agatha to be able to put together a full picture.

There is just so much rehashing of the previous movie and so much more added… I almost think it might have saved time to just start fresh.  Anyway, together Dash and Detective Vega form a sort of partnership in which they save people.

Honestly, while I love shows about brothers… the movie was about Agatha’s story and she seems like she was sidelined in favor of brothers.  The tone of the show was an odd choice to me.  Complete with bouncy hero music and dramatic zoom … its very Saturday morning adventure show.

I think I just expected more.  The dialogue felt stilted, the writing seemed clunky and while I enjoy most of the cast… I have to be honest Stark Sands is the only saving grace.  Dash is a precious cinnamon roll that needs to be protected.

In conclusion: I foresee Selfie Drones in our near future and I also foresee them being a pain in the ass, I desperately want Detective Vega’s sunglasses and I look forward to some crime fighting shenanigans.