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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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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Life: What are we watching?

So first reasons why I’ve been a little preoccupied these past few weeks.  There’s a contest going on right now you see.  The prize is a chance to visit the set of Supernatural.

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I’m what you would call a slight fan of the show.  By slight fan I mean I’ve spent way too much of my life watching Supernatural, talking about Supernatural, and writing about Supernatural.  I made some great friends because of our shared interest in the show and I introduced a lot of my other friends to this show who hadn’t seen it.

So the past three weeks have been  spent posting the multiple daily challenges to my twitter and my Instagram.  Silly little challenges such as having to make the Sam Winchester patented “Puppy Eyes” or recreating the shows signature Dramatic Zoom.  I feel bad for people who follow on my on any of those social medias as I’ve been spamming it to no end.  Yet, it’s with the help and the support of all of my family and friends that I’ve been able to make it to the Top 10.  With only 2 weeks left, I’m trying to make my final push to the number one spot.

Anyway,

Here’s that quick overview of what I’ve been watching lately…

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TV: Mr. Robot eps1.0_hellofriend.mov

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I think it was maybe less than 2 minutes into this show that I was completely hooked.  Everything just worked for me.  The voice over, the amazing performance by Rami Malek, to the music and general tone of the show… it all just worked.  It feels so reminiscent to something akin to Fight Club meets Dexter (but so far without the homicidal tendencies).

So, what’s this show about? Elliot (Malek) works cyber security by day and by night he’s a vigilante hacker, who takes down pedophiles and adulterers.  Hacking is a compulsion for him.  He describes it as a scratch he gets at that part of his mind.  He sees the world in dark tones and to him society is awful and wrecked. He trusts so few people and he hates so much.  So, he hacks.  He hacks everyone in his life, whether he likes them or not.  To be honest, so many of us have live large parts of our lives on the internet as it is, that it’s not all that difficult for someone like Elliot to learn everything there is to know about us.

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