REVIEW: FILTHY RICH – SEASON 2

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MAIN CAST

Miriama Smith (Power Rangers Dino Thunder)
Emma Fenton (Bridge to Terabithia)
Taylor Hall (Venus and Mars)
Alex Tarrant (800 Words)
Josh McKenzie (Power Rangers Megaforce)
Elizabeth Hawthorne (Cleopatra 2525)
Luciane Buchanan (The Blue Rose)
Shushila Takao (The Last Saint)
Mike Edward (Power Rangers Ninja Steel)
Siobhan Page (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
Thereasa Healey (Jubilee)
Mark Mitchinson (Power Rangers Dino Charge)
Bonnie Soper (The Map Reader)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Xana Tang (Power Rangers Dino Charge)
Matthew Walker (Home and Away)
Tania Anderson (We’re Here To Help)
Becky MCEwan (Fork)
Joe Folau (King Kong)
Christel Chapman (Auckward Love)
Katrina Browne (POwer Rangers Ninja Storm)
Teuila Blakely (Samoan Wedding)
Emily Robins (Slide)
Taylor Barrett (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Jay Saussey (Hercules and The Lost Kigndom)
Calvin Tuteao (Once Were Warriors)
Kirk Torrance (Tatau)

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By comparison, the Truebridge family in new drama series, Filthy Rich  seem positively plebeian with their one swimming pool and regular old champagne.  The premise is this one of New Zealand’s wealthiest men has died and left shares in his business to his three illegitimate children.  It throws diverse characters together and is infused with ready-made tension and conflict. Season 1 ended with Savannah being thrown off a building by fisher, this season picks up directly after those events and she surprisingly survived it, but is In a bad way eventually learning to walk again and is back on her feet in a few episode’s, thou that may be stretching actual logic,, the show still remains an intriguing show with brady scheming and trying to get back on the top.filthy-rich-s2-ep4e34565315966531596_jpg_2017-08-01T21_00_13+12_00We also have Savannah being a double agent of sorts to try and get revenge on fisher. with shocking scandals, a few deaths, this show still brings the drama and shows it has staying power, with a shocking season 2 ending hopefully we get a third year only time will tell.

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REVIEW: 30 DAYS OF NIGHT

CAST

Josh Hartnett (The Faculty)
Melissa George (Triangle)
Danny Huston (The Kingdom)
Ben Foster (The Punisher)
Mark Boone Junior (Batman Begins)
Mark Rendall (Open House)
Amber Sainsbury (Hex)
Manu Bennett (Arrow)
Megan Franich (Alpha Planet)
Joel Tobeck (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Elizabeth Hawthorne (Filthy Rich)
Nathaniel Lees (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
Craig Hall (King Kong)
Andrew Stehlin (10, 000 BC)
John Rawls (The Blue Rose)
Jared Turner (The Almighty Johnsons)
Kelson Henderson (Power Rangers n inja Steel)
Pua Magasiva (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
Kate Elliott (Power Rangers Samurai)

The town of Barrow, Alaska is preparing for its annual “30 Days of Night”, a period during the winter when there is a month-long polar night. As the town gets ready, a stranger (Ben Foster) rows ashore from a large ship and sabotages the town’s communications and transport to the outside world. Barrow’s sheriff, Eben Oleson (Josh Hartnett) investigates and also learns that his estranged wife, Stella (Melissa George), missed the last plane and must stay the 30 days. That night, a coven of feral vampires, led by Marlow (Danny Huston), attack and slaughter most of the townspeople, forcing Eben, Stella, Eben’s younger brother Jake (Mark Rendall), and several other survivors to take shelter in a boarded-up house with a hidden attic. Marlow finds the stranger locked up in the station. The stranger believed Marlow was going to turn him into a vampire. Marlow thanks him for doing what he asked, and then snaps his neck. Marlow ironically comments to his fellow vampires: “The things they believe.”Eighteen days later, when a blizzard hits, the group uses the whiteout to go to the general store for supplies, but are stranded after it ends. While the group heads for the station, Eben creates a diversion by having the vampires chase him to his grandmother’s house, where he uses one of her ultraviolet lights to burn the face of Marlow’s lover, Iris (Megan Franich), so badly that Marlow is forced to kill her. As he escapes, the town snow plow operator, Beau (Mark Boone Junior), creates another distraction with his tractor, killing many of the vampires, before trying to blow himself up; when he fails, Marlow crushes his head. Eben arrives at the station, where he is then forced to kill Carter (Nathaniel Lees), who has been bitten and is turning into a vampire.Two weeks later, Stella and Eben see the deputy, Billy (Manu Bennett), signaling them with a flashlight and bring him back to the station, after finding out he killed his family to save them from a more painful death. The trio find the others have made for the utilidor, a power and sewage treatment station that still has power, and head over there but are separated after Stella saves Gail Robbins (Rachel Maitland-Smith), a young girl whose family was slaughtered by a vampire named Zurial (John Rawls) who was stalking her. Eben and Billy make it to the utilidor but are attacked by Arvin (Andrew Stehlin), who bites Billy; Billy knocks Arvin into the heavy-duty shredder, before being killed by Eben because he is starting to turn.As the month comes to an end, with the sun due to rise, the vampires start to burn down the town to destroy evidence of their presence, and prevent any survivors from telling the world what happened. Realizing Stella is trapped and that he cannot beat the vampires in his current state, Eben turns himself into a vampire by injecting himself with Billy’s infected blood. He confronts Marlow, and they get into a vicious fight, before Marlow is finally killed by having a hole punched through his head, causing the remaining vampires to flee. Knowing he will die soon, Eben and Stella go off to watch the sunrise together, sharing one last kiss. As the sun comes up, Eben’s body burns to ash in Stella’s arms, while she stares at the sky, coming to grips with what has happened.For a movie that takes place almost completely in the dark, 30 Days Of Night is well shot. The snowbound settings and claustrophobic interiors instantly conjure up memories of Carpenter’s The Thing but the similarities are really only superficial.

REVIEW: POWER RANGERS DINO SUPERCHARGE (SEASON 23)

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MAIN CAST

Brennan Mejia (Kaboom)
Camille Hyde (Killer Kids)
Yoshua Sudarso (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger)
Michael Taber (The Legend of Hell’s Gate)
James Davies (Someone to Carry Me)
Claire Blackwelder (101 Ways To Get Rejected)
Davi Santos (Don’t Trust The B— In Apartment 23)
Ryan Carter (Curious-City)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Eve Gordon (The Almighty Johnsons)
Jarred Blakiston (The Hobbit)
James Gaylyn (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Ross Girven (Ngati)
Estevez Gillespie (Power Rangers Megaforce)
Jackie Clarke (The Semisis)
Paul Harrop (Power Rangers Samurai)
Gerald Urquhart (Power Rangers Operation Overdrive)
Campbell Cooley (Vertical Limit)
Stig Eldred (Hercules In The Underworld)
Reuben Turner (Rush)
Elizabeth Dowden (Step Dave)
Jay Simon (Filthy Rich)
Mark Mitchinson (The Hobbit)
Paul Gittins (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
Shara Connolly (Go Girls)
Adam Gardiner (Legend of The Seeker)
Alex Walker (When We Go To War)
Mark Wright (Nothing Trivial)
Sophia Huybens (The Last Saint)
Ilona Rodgers (Sons and Daughters)
Andrew Grainger (Spy Game)
Elizabeth Hawthorne (Cleopatra 2525)
Alistair Browning (Rain)
Jeff Szusterman (Power Rangers Samurai)

I have been an immense fan of the Power Rangers ever since the first show aired and I have also been following and critiquing the show since I have had access to a computer. With that being said, I am the first to say that my hopes for Power Rangers Dino Superchargee were very high. Upon watching the first few episodes of Supercharge, I’m satisfied to say that my expectations were met and in some ways exceeded.

The Characters: Lets start out with the Rangers themselves. These characters are amongst the best I’ve seen since RPM, which to me, was the last truly great season and in many ways, they break all the molds that have plagued the series. As an African-American woman myself, I was most impressed to see the first Pink Ranger of African-American descent who brings a rare non-stereotypical portrayal that seems to be so common to African-American characters these days. She’s a rebellious tomboy whose intellect and knowledge of dinosaurs sometimes puts her at odds with the rest of the Rangers and especially Kendall Morgan, the resident Team Mom. There’s Tyler, the Red Ranger who brings a subtle comical portrayal to the traditional no-nonsense attitude Red Rangers have. Following nearly in the Red Ranger’s place is Chase, the Black Ranger and a cocky, ladies man whose native New Zealand accent makes the character a sleeker, more refined and lovable version of Zander from Power Rangers Mystic Force.

There’s Koda, the Blue Ranger, a caveman who has survived into the modern era due to the effects of the Energem he was bonded to. I cannot find Koda comical nor can I take him seriously, more on that later in my critique section of this review. Riley is the logic minded Green Ranger who brings a quiet intellectual approach that seems to make him stand out in contrast to the other Rangers who are very upfront and in your face in terms of personality. Rounding out the Rangers is Kendall, the resident Team Mom and technological expert who reminds me of a younger Mrs. Fairweather from Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue whose constant squabbling with Shelby in the first few episodes gives her a rare depth that is rarely found in television nowadays. Lastly, there is Keeper who functions as the Zordon equivalent but who has not seen much character development as of yet, something I hope will be expanded on later in the series.
42As for the villains we have the mysterious Heckyl/Snide who showed up last season, with sledge MIA, Heckyl takes over, he is a cold calculating villain and having half of him be human is brilliant similiar in ways to Jarred from Jungle Fury, as the season goes on he becomes a more complex villain. The overall storyline and premise of Supercharge is rather simple but played pretty much straight in that Heckyl/Snide wants the Energems, which are the most powerful objects in the universe and the source of the Ranger’s powers when Keeper bonded them to dinosaurs. In addition to this main storyline, there are smaller story lines scattered throughout such as Tyler’s missing father and his quest to find him, and there eventual reunion early on in the season. With a great Finale this season and Dinocharge have brought forward a great storyline that ran through these two season, a great team, great villains and a great ending. All I can say is bring on season 24 (Power Rangers Ninja Steel)

REVIEW: THE FRIGHTENERS

CAST

Michael J. Fox (Back to The Future)
Tina Alvarado (American Playhouse)
Peter Dobson (Modern Girls)
John Astin (The Addams Family)
Dee Wallace (E.T.)
Jeffrey Combs (Fortress)
Jake Busey (Fast Sofa)
R. Lee Ermey (Apocalypse Now)
Chi McBride (Human Target)
Elizabeth Hawthorne (Cleopatra 2525)
Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men)
John Sumner (District 9)
Jim McLarty (Evil Dead)
Anthony Ray Parker (The Matrix)
John Leigh (Power Rangers Operation Overdrive)

In 1990, architect Frank Bannister’s (Michael J. Fox) wife, Debra, dies in a car accident. He abandons his profession, and his unfinished “dream house” sits incomplete. Following the accident, Frank gained the power to see ghosts and befriends three: 1970s street gangster Cyrus (Chi McBride), 1950s nerd Stuart (Jim Fyfe), and The Judge (John Astin), a gunslinger from the Old West. The ghosts haunt houses so Frank can then “exorcise” them for a fee. Most locals consider him a con man.

Soon after Frank cons local health nut Ray Lynskey (Peter Dobson) and his wife Lucy (Trini Alvarado), a physician, Ray dies of a heart attack. Frank discovers there is an entity, appearing as the Grim Reaper, killing people, first marking numbers on their foreheads that only Frank sees. Debra had a similar number when she was found.

Frank’s ability to foretell the murders puts him under suspicion with the police and FBI agent Milton Dammers (Jeffrey Combs), who is convinced Frank is responsible. Frank is arrested for killing newspaper editor Magda Rees-Jones (Elizabeth Hawthorne), who had attacked him in the press.
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Lucy investigates the murders and becomes a target of the Grim Reaper. She is attacked while visiting Frank in jail; but they escape with the help of Cyrus and Stuart, who are both dissolved in the process. Frank wants to commit suicide to stop the Grim Reaper. Lucy helps Frank have a near-death experience by putting him into hypothermia and using barbiturates to stop his heart. Dammers abducts Lucy, revealing that he had been a victim of Charles Manson and his “Family” in 1969.
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In his ghostly form, Frank confronts the Grim Reaper and discovers that he is the ghost of Johnny Bartlett (Jake Busey), a psychiatric hospital orderly who killed twelve people 32 years earlier, before being captured, convicted, and executed. Newspaper reports reveal that his greatest desire was to become the most prolific serial killer ever, showing pride at killing more than contemporaries like Charles Starkweather. Patricia Bradley (Dee Wallace-Stone), then a teenager, was accused as his accomplice, although she escaped the death penalty due to her underage status. Lucy resuscitates Frank and they visit Patricia. Unknown to them, Patricia is still in love with Bartlett and on friendly, homicidal terms with Bartlett’s ghost, and eventually kills her own mother, who had been trying to monitor her daughter’s behavior. Lucy and Frank trap Bartlett’s spirit in his urn, which Patricia has kept. The pair make for the chapel of the now-abandoned psychiatric hospital hoping to send Bartlett’s ghost to Hell.
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Patricia and Dammers chase them through the ruins. Dammers throws the ashes away, releasing Bartlett’s ghost again before Patricia kills him. Bartlett’s ghost and Patricia hunt down Frank and Lucy. Frank realizes that Bartlett’s ghost, with Patricia’s help, was responsible for his wife’s death and the number on her brow, and that he is still trying to add to his body count (and infamy) even after his death.
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Frank and Lucy fall in love. Lucy is now able to see ghosts as well. Frank later begins demolishing the unfinished dream house and building a life with Lucy while the morose-looking ghost of Dammers is riding around in the sheriff’s car. Frank and Lucy then enjoy their picnic.Image result for the frightenersFrighteners might not make you believe in ghosts, but it will make you laugh, shiver, and maybe even shed a tear or two. Wildly funny, weird, gross, and sometimes really peculiar, this is Jackson’s splatter-gore at its best.

REVIEW: FILTHY RICH – SEASON 1

 


MAIN CAST

Miriama Smith (Power Rangers Dino Thunder)
Emma Fenton (Bridge to Terabithia)
Taylor Hall (Venus and Mars)
Josh McKenzie (Power Rangers Megaforce)
Elizabeth Hawthorne (Cleopatra 2525)
Luciane Buchanan (The Blue Rose)
Shushila Takao (The Last Saint)
Mike Edward (Power Rangers Operation Overdrive)
Erroll Shand (Deathgasm)
Cristina Serban Ionda (Out of Season)
Jodie Rimmer (Young Hercules)
Siobhan Page (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Nick Davies (Coverband)
Tania Anderson (We’re Here To Help)
Carl Bland (The Warrior’s Way)
Jay Simon (Shortland Street)
Joe Folau (King Kong)
Emily Robins (The Elephant Princess)
Jared Turner (Underworld 3)
Simon Prast (When Love Comes)
Thereasa Healey (Jubilee)
Mark Mitchinson (Power Rangers Dino Charge)

By comparison, the Truebridge family in new drama series, Filthy Rich  seem positively plebeian with their one swimming pool and regular old champagne.  The premise is this one of New Zealand’s wealthiest men has died and left shares in his business to his three illegitimate children.  It throws diverse characters together and is infused with ready-made tension and conflict.

The rich man’s widow Brady Truebridge (Miriama Smith), is a woman so unpleasant and aggressive she could start a fight in a Buddhist retreat.  She’s obviously less than delighted about her dead husband’s illegitimate kids, “stray sperm that should have met a sodding condom”, is her verdict. Brady’s stepson John Junior (Josh McKenzie) does nothing to warm you to the wealthy.  He’s all  overt displays of wealth and a moral compass so non-existent he barely blinks when he realises he’s slept with his half-sister.  I’d say he’s a cliché, but I’ve seen rich kids on Instagram and, based on that, he actually feels sadly convincing.

Into this nest of designer-clad vipers, walk Savannah, Vader and Joe – the three illegitimate kids. Their differing attitudes towards the inheritance quickly become apparent, with Savannah after more cash and Joe only interested in finding out about his own birth mother.  Meanwhile, laid back Vader just seems to go with the flow, but considering he’s impersonating his critically ill foster brother…well he’s got his own problems.

It feels a little bit soapy in parts and at times Brady Truebridge put me in mind of Elizabeth Hurley in The Royals, in terms of fierce matriarchs.  And that’s not really a good thing.  It also has its predictable moments – only someone who has never watched television would have failed to predict Vader’s injured brother impostor storyline. But it’s fun.  It’s got pantomime evil characters, lots of glossy settings and plenty of secrets and conflicts in the offing.  It’s also a 20 episode series so there’s plenty of time to develop the story. Renewed for a second series which means there’s more drama to come
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REVIEW: UNDERWORLD 3: RISE OF THE LYCANS

CAST

Rhona Mitra (Shooter)
Michael Sheen (Kingdom of Heaven)
Bill Nighy (Wrath of The Titans)
Steven Mackintosh (Kick-Ass 2)
Kevin Grevioux (I, Frankenstein)
Elizabeth Hawthrone (Cleopatra 2525)
Mark Mitchinson (Power Rangers Dino Supercharge)
Tania Nolan (Step Dave)
Craig Parker (Reign)
Jared Turner (30 Days of Night)
Kate Beckinsale (Total Recall)
Shane Brolly (Spread)

The film tells the story of Lucian, the first werewolf born capable of taking human form and the first to be called a Lycan. Viktor, a vampire elder, raises the child, and envisions a race of Lycan slaves that could guard the coven’s fortress during the day and be used as laborers by the vampires at night. The forests and the countryside are indeed filled with savage werewolves born from William’s rampage, and human nobles have taken to asking Viktor for protection against the beasts, protection Viktor grants in exchange for a tribute of silver, with which to keep his slaves under control. As Lucian grows up, he and Viktor’s daughter Sonja (Rhona Mitra) fall in love and begin a secretive intimate relationship in their adult years. Sonja is reckless and insubordinate, and one night Lucian escapes and rescues Sonja from his werewolf brethren. Viktor, despite acknowledging that Lucian saved his daughter, cannot forgive the escape and locks Lucian away.

With the help of Andreas Tanis, Sonja orchestrates Lucian’s release in exchange for her seat on the vampire council. Lucian, unable to flee alone, decides to escape after liberating all of the other Lycans. Sonja remains behind but will meet Lucian in three days. While preparing to leave she is visited by her father. Viktor asks if she assisted in Lucian’s escape, and although she denies it, he discovers the real truth after biting her neck and reading her memories through her blood. Discovering her relationship with Lucian, he then imprisons her. Meanwhile, in the forest, Lucian recruits both human slaves and werewolves to form a force against the vampires. In the fortress, the vampire council and nobles demand that Viktor recapture Lucian, as his Lycans have been attacking human estates and freeing their slaves and offering them immortality as Lycans themselves. Viktor replies that he is confident Lucian will return as he has something Lucian wants, Sonja.

Lucian learns about Sonja’s imprisonment and eventually rescues her from her room but they are stopped from escaping by Viktor. Sonja, hoping to spare Lucian’s life, reveals to Viktor that she is pregnant with Lucian’s child. Disgusted, Viktor overpowers her and imprisons both her and Lucian. Sonja is unanimously sentenced to death by the council at a trial presided over by her father, and is executed by exposure to sunlight in Lucian’s presence. Viktor later visits her body and retrieves her pendant.

Lucian tries to escape the fortress but his attempt is thwarted by the Death Dealers; Lucian, now able to communicate with and control the wild werewolves, summons them to storm the fortress. In the melee, the Vampire Council members are killed along with their aides and lesser vampire nobles. When realizing that Viktor intends to flee, Lucian pursues him, and they fight. Lucian manages to trap Viktor by exposing him to shafts of sunlight and then stabs Viktor through the mouth with a sword and pushes his body down into a nearby body of water. With the battle over, Lucian’s deputy Raze declares that “it is finished”, but Lucian realizes this victory is only the beginning of what will become a war between the races.

The film’s coda reveals that Viktor has survived his wound, has made it onto a vampire ship fleeing the fortress, and is sealed into an elder hibernation chamber by Tanis. Also, the opening scene of the first Underworld film is shown, with the voice of vampire Kraven (Shane Brolly) revealing to Selene (Kate Beckinsale) that Viktor had killed her family, not the Lycans, but had spared her life because she reminded him of his executed daughter Sonja; Selene, unaware of the truth, dismisses Kraven’s statement as “lies”.This film fills in some gaps, most of which we didn’t know existed until this film. This stands alone as a pretty good film,. When you view this as part of the trilogy it considerably increases the viewer experience. Sheen and Nighy impress, Sheen is a hero without being too heroic, and Nighy is superbly creepy. The blood spurting action is there, but there’s a meaningful story too.

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: CLEOPATRA 2525: CHOICES

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CAST
Gina Torres (Firefly)
Victoria Pratt (Mutant X)
Jennifer Sky (Xena)
Elizabeth Hawthorne (Hercules: TLJ)
Guest
Calvin Tuteao (Underbelly)
Latham Gaines (Power Rangers Dino Thunder)
Another team gets gunned down on an underground level with an artificial reality setting. Hel, Sarge and Cleo go in to find the leader of the team, but also identify the betrayor that killed the others. To destroy the betrayor, they would also have to destroy the world of a little girl whose father has been replaced. Hel can’t do that, but the leader of the destroyed team has no such qualms.
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Cleopatra 2525 was a classic show that should of lasted longer, this Christmas episode shows just how the good show was, with a great dilemma for the team.