25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: SCREAM QUEENS – BLACK FRIDAY

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MAIN CAST

Emma Roberts (4.3.2.1.)
Skyler Samuels (The Stepfather)
Lea Michele (Glee)
Glen Powell (Ride Along 2)
Diego Boneta (Mean Girls 2)
Abigail Breslin (Zombieland)
Keke Palmer (Barbershop 2)
Oliver Hudson (The Breed)
Lucien Laviscount (Trollied)
Billie Lourd (Star Wars 7)
Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Niecy Nash (Guess Who)

After the events of the Thanksgiving where Gigi (Nasim Pedrad)’s head was served as the main dish, everyone is still in shock. Wes (Oliver Hudson), Pete (Diego Boneta), and Grace (Skyler Samuels) go to the police station to report the incident, but Detective Chisolm (Jim Clock) revealed that the entire police department has been fired due to wasting resources, and he himself will be transitioning to furniture related job, something he is happy with. Regardless of the events, Chanel (Emma Roberts) explains that Black Friday is her favorite holiday, where she buys forgettable, cheap presents for her friends and good ones for herself. She also explains how every year she bribes the store’s worker to open the store earlier for her so she can buy all the things from the sale and leave only one in the display, thus leaving the people who have been waiting for the store to open angry and devastated, all just for her joy. She is about to go to the mall when Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) stops her and the other Chanels. They insist on going though, and after a heated speech by Chanel explaining why she loves the holiday so much and pointing out how there’s nothing they can currently do about the situation, Dean Munsch desists.At the mall, The Red Devil shows up. The Devil turns off all the lights and manages to trap the Chanels inside. The other Chanels escape, but Chanel stays behind to face it, thinking the Devil is Dean Munsch. She ends up getting shot with a crossbow. She survives after Denise Hemphill (Niecy Nash) and a mall cop come to the rescue for a showdown with the Red Devil. Denise explains to Chanel that she is promoted to police chief. However, while she is talking, her henchman gets shot by the Red Devil, and alarmed, she chases after the masked killer. After the entire incident, the Chanels, Zayday, and Grace have a meeting about how they could protect each other from getting killed while everybody thinks that the murderer is Dean Munsch except Zayday (Keke Palmer). Chanel has the idea to kill Dean Munsch, though Zayday disapproves. Grace unexpectedly agrees with Chanel and they both have the idea to poison Dean Munsch.Chanel and Grace meet up with the Dean at her house pretending that they, particularly Chanel, wants to make amends with Cathy. They present her with apple cider, knowing it is her favorite beverage. Unbeknownst to her, they put blowfish venom in it, supposedly enough to kill several people. Dean Munsch drinks it all, and doesn’t even feel slightly ill. Instead, she gave Chanel and Grace an essay assignment about the university. Chanel is baffled as to how Dean Munsch survived this, but later, the Chanels hatch another plan. Grace and Pete are discussing Grace’s and the girls’ plan to kill Dean Munsch. They discuss it while making out, and Pete disagrees with her plan to kill someone just as Grace stops him from going too far, as she isn’t ready to have sex yet. After the talk, she decides to quit the mission. In turn, Zayday also changes her mind from her previous statement, thinking killing Dean Munsch is the right thing to do. Chanel then kicks Grace out of the sorority. Wes and Pete research information about Gigi and find out her birth name was Jess Meyer, and that she is the sister of Amy Meyer (Chelsea Ricketts), the girl from the 1995 flashback who holds Sophia (McKaley Miller)’s baby. It is also revealed that Amy committed suicide due to the stress of the event and Gigi then took care of the baby after Amy’s suicide. Wes tells Grace about this discovery.Meanwhile, Chad (Glen Powell) brings Pete to the Dickie Dollar Scholars house and reveals that Boone (Nick Jonas) left most of his possessions to Pete, despite the fact that they barely knew each other. Chad suspects that Boone and Pete were lovers. However, Pete admits that Boone was his source for a story about the negative effects of the College Greek system. It was revealed here that Pete was trying to pledge The Dickie Dollar Scholars, but got rejected by Chad, Earl Grey (Lucien Laviscount), Roger (Aaron Rhodes), Dodger (Austin Rhodes), and Caulfield (Evan Paley) because he doesn’t fit their criteria. He was deemed the worst Dollar Scholars pledge ever, explaining Pete’s hatred to the College Greek system. In response to Boone’s friendship, Chad decides to offer Pete membership to the Dickie Dollar Scholars since all of the other members have either left campus or been murdered. Pete refuses and leaves an enraged Chad at the house.The girls decide to freeze Dean Munsch to death using a cryotherapy chamber. Dean Munsch agrees to try cryotherapy with them, and while she’s in the chamber, Chanel sets it below zero for 30 minutes. When Chanel opens the door, Dean Munsch is shown covered in ice, still alive. Chanel comes up with one last idea to drown her. She gave the Chanels’ and Zayday new smartphones. She will use this to call them when she thinks it’s the right time to kill her. Chanel #3, and 6 are in the mall with Chanel #5 asking the store’s worker to change an underwear size tag to another, which is impossible. Their cellphones rings as they argue. Chanel nervously waits in the pool as her call doesn’t get an answer. The Dean arrives, and after Chanel gives some unconvincing answers to the Dean’s questions, she get suspicious and puts Chanel on risk. At the end of the episode, Grace visits Pete’s room and tells Pete she’s finally ready to have sex with him. Pete refuses, telling her he doesn’t want her first time to be with a murderer, shocking her and ending the episode.A very fun episode to see how the chanel’s celebrate the holiday season was fun and was a nice episode to send us into the double finale that aired the following week.

REVIEW: THE GIFTED – SEASON 2

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MAIN CAST

Stephen Moyer (True Blood)
Amy Acker (Angel)
Sean Teale (Reign)
Natalie Alyn Lind (Gotham)
Percy Hynes White (Rupture)
Coby Bell (Burn Notice)
Jamie Chung (Office Christmas Party)
Blair Redford (Satisfaction)
Emma Dumont (Aquarius)
Skyler Samuels (Scream Queens)
Grace Byers (Empire)
Jason Davis (Reprisal)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Ray Campbell (Breaking Bad)
Danube Hermosillo (The Bold and The Beautiful)
Adam David Thompson (Glass)
Hayley Lovitt (Ant-Man)
Jeff Daniel Phillips (Westworld)
Frances Turner (Quantico)
Raymond J. Barry (Falling Down)
Erinn Ruth (Billions)
Michael Luwoye (The Magicians)
Kamar de los Reyes (Sleepy Hollow)
Laysla de Oliveira (Izombie)
Anjelica Bette Fellini (Margot)
Tom O’Keefe (The Path)
Peter Gallagher (A Bad Moms Christmas)
Sumalee Montano (10 Clvoerfield Lane)
Jermaine Rivers (MacGyver)
Agam Darshi (Sanctuary)
Kate Burton (Max Payne)
Ken Kirby (Good Trouble)
Christopher Cousins (The Grudge 2)
Kathryn Erbe (Stir of Echoes)
Carsten Norgaard (The Three Musketeers)
Jeffrey Nordling (Big Little Lies)

Skyler Samuels in The Gifted (2017)The gifted is one of the most interesting shows on TV today. If only for the concepts on the show that overlap with our current political environment. I won’t lie the first episode did not captivate me, but it kept me interested long enough to get hooked by the second. The plot lines and the story keeps growing and getting better. To me that is due to the show’s premise a world with out the X men, more specifically Xavier. Professor X had land, money and political connections cause he was a rich white guy from an influential family. He used all of his assets to promote the welfare of mutant kind and support the Xmen, which he does long after his death as they still use his land. Now imagine a world without that influence no one rich or powerful helping you to promote the well being of your people. Got it good. That’s the Gifted. A group of people who decide to fight for equality in a world that does not want them, basically on their own.Jamie Chung and Blair Redford in The Gifted (2017)Their decisions good or bad in the face of their world is what keeps me coming back. Now to take a step back. The gifted is a little slow at times, there is not alot of action or enough for my taste for a show on mutants and it focuses a lot of time on the drama between characters til its almost soapy. But alot of that drama is tied to the premise of discrimination, alienation, xenophobia, abuse, trust and basic decency. The show continuing to get more action packed and the pace has considerably picked up with each episode especially in the second season. And probably the most important questions of all How do you fight for equality and compassion in a world devoid of it? and If there is no hope of wining is there a point in fighting? these and many other underlining questions give this show a great edge one they take advantage off. So try it, analyze it, love it the show is incredible. And it will get you to think and honestly I think thats something that a good sci fi show should do.

 

REVIEW: FURRY VENGEANCE

 

CAST

Brendan Fraser (The Mummy)
Brooke Shields (Freeway)
Matt Prokop (Struck By Lightning)
Ken Jeong (The Hangover)
Angela Kinsey (License To Wed)
Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street)
Skyler Samuels (The Gifted)
Jim Norton (Louie)
Patrice O’Neal (Scary Movie 4)
Toby Huss (Jerry Maguire)
Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride)
Alice Drummond (Ghostbusters)
Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad)
Billy Bush (The Stepford Wives)
Samantha Bee (Sisters)

In the wilderness of Oregon, a prairie dog screams after Riggs’ (Rob Riggle) car passes by and throws a cigar at it. This causes an unnamed raccoon to signal a mink to release a boulder that pushes Riggs’ car to the edge of a cliff, teetering back and forth. After that, the raccoon throws the cigar back to Riggs, who yells “you’re a bad raccoon!”. The raccoon then blows the car down the cliff. Riggs quits Lyman Enterprises.As a result of Riggs’ resignation, a real estate developer from Chicago named Dan Sanders (Brendan Fraser) is brought in as his replacement. He is given the task of turning the forest of Rocky Springs into a residential development by Lyman Enterprises CEO Neal Lyman (Ken Jeong). This all transpires much to the objections of Dan’s son, Tyler (Matt Prokop). His wife Tammy (Brooke Shields) is unhappy in Rocky Springs, she misses her life in Chicago. Unfortunately for Dan, the animals who are led by the raccoon refuse to sit back and watch their forest to be destroyed. They manage to turn the tables on him by disturbing his progress, interrupting his meetings, and humiliating him. Upon receiving some research from his love interest Amber, Tyler tells his father that Rocky Springs is a forest reserve where he warns his father that “many have tried to conquer it but they all fail.” Following an attack by a bear that traps him in a tipped over portable toilet, Dan signs orders to have a drill sergeant (Billy Bush) capture and cage all the animalsMeanwhile, Tammy is forced to plan an “eco friendly” fair with a senile teacher Mrs. Martin (Alice Drummond) at the high school which is sponsored by Lyman’s company, unaware of Lyman’s plans to cut down the forest to build houses and a shopping mall “with a forest theme”. Dan, figuring this out, decides to set the animals free. Once released the raccoon and his friends immediately wreak havoc on the eco fair, causing the guests and entertainers to flee while Mrs. Martin talks to an owl.DF-00027Lyman accidentally tranquilizes the sponsor for the construction, Mr. Gupta (Gerry Bednob), after he attempted to break their deal. He flees into a worm tunnel with the animals in close pursuit. The animals began attacking him, as a bear drives a golf cart, pulling the tunnel away into a bush. After some convincing from Amber and Tammy, Tyler finally tells his father that he loves him. Three months later, the forest is reclaimed as a nature preserve with Dan working as a park ranger. The poster promoting the forest preservation also states that anyone who violates the rules will be fined $1,000,000.00. During the credits, the humans and animals dance to the Transcenders version of “Insane in the Brain.”c977cc9bb37fea5acc025f901887d77c2d5cad10Of course Brendon has done better more artful movies, of course he’s done more adult-themed action, but why all the hate for this movie? The performances are exaggerated sure, and yes, you can tell no-one has spent months refining the CGI. But what the hell, the movie makes you smile throughout, with a few laugh out loud moments thrown in too, and the extras on the Blu-ray prove that everyone had a good time making the film.

REVIEW: SCREAM QUEENS – SEASON 1

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MAIN CAST

Emma Roberts (4.3.2.1.)
Skyler Samuels (The Stepfather)
Lea Michele (Glee)
Glen Powell (Ride Along 2)
Diego Boneta (Mean Girls 2)
Abigail Breslin (Zombieland)
Keke Palmer (Barbershop 2)
Oliver Hudson (The Breed)
Nasim Pedrad (New Girl)
Lucien Laviscount (Trollied)
Billie Lourd (Star Wars 7)
Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Ariana Grande (Victorious)
Jan Hoag (Faster)
Nick Jonas (Goat)
Breezy Eslin (Faking It)
Grace Phipps (The Vampire Diaries)
Niecy Nash (Guess Who)
Charisma Carpenter (Angel)
Chad Michael Murray (Agent Carter)
McKaley Miller (Hart of Dixie)
Patrick Schwarzenegger (Grown Ups 2)
Julia Duffy (Dumb and Dumberer)
Brianne Howey (Batwoman)
Alan Thicke (Growing Pains)
Michael Siberry (Birdman)

Scream Queens never has been and never was going to be a show that worked for everyone. From the start, its sense of humor, its “girls are better” commentary and its writing style were divisive; either you found it hilarious and were on or you were turned off from the get-go and weren’t going to tune back in. I fell into the first category. Emma Roberts’ performance as Chanel Oberlin was fantastic camp, the bathtub baby story at the core of the show was a fun mystery and I appreciated the balance of horror movie and teen/college comedies tropes that creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan played with.We’ve gone from a time where 24-episode seasons were the norm to a time when 10- to 13-episode arcs is a preferred storytellers medium, but in Scream Queens’ case it works well. It’s clear that Murphy, Brennan and Falchuk revelled in writing to their premise, and it was in standalone sequences which showcased that fun that Scream Queens was at its best. When I think back to the highlights of Season 1, I think of Chanel’s scathing missive in “Dorkus” and the running cotton balls-as-meals gag and the hilarious ways Denise Hemphill would tell ghost stories. Every time I try to keep track of how Gigi, Boone and Pete (and to a lesser extent Hester) would go back and cover their tracks and get away with murdering people but not being suspected, I get a headache.The actors who shone in Scream Queens were the ones who were able to fully commit themselves to the camp. Glen Powell stole the show as Chad Radwell, and it’s a shame he was so lacking toward the end of the season. Niecy Nash was perfectly ludicrous as Denise Hemphill, and the music cues that went along with her character complimented that fantastically.Two Murphy alums, Emma Roberts and Lea Michele, continued to prove that they’re great at delivering his dialogue. Roberts in particular was a standout for me, and I relished every bitchy, whiny Chanel line she would give us. There’s one scene in particular from the finale when Denise’s stripper cops were arresting Chanel and she was resisting with all the loose-limbed anguish of a toddler having a temper tantrum that highlighted for me just how much she understood this part. Chanel is the caricature of the popular girl stereotype, but she is so committed to herself being the hero of her story — something that’s hilariously highlighted in episodes where she narrates — that most of the joke is how obtusely un-self-aware she is.For Michele, she had the burden of playing the mastermind for a season without knowing that Hester was the lead killer. Michele was so playing against type that it was fun to see her sink her teeth into a grotesquely unattractive character like Hester. It will be fun to go back and rewatch from the beginning with the knowledge that Hester is the one pulling the strings, but the fact that Michele didn’t find out about that until the final episode likely means there’s not going to be too much new information to glean from her performance.Other flashy additions to the cast, like Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Jonas, made their characters their own, but other stars like Skyler Samuels as Grace, Oliver Hudson as Wes, Diego Boneta as Pete, Abigail Breslin as Chanel #5 and Keke Palmer as Zayday each of them had memorable scenes and clear highlights from Season 1.At least Scream Queens did stick the landing, as the final hour, “The Final Girl(s),” was the best episode of the series since the premiere. Finally fully understanding the full scope of the Red Devil Killers’ plan — and particularly Hester’s role in it — was a great payoff, and Michele chewed screen time now that she finally knew what she was playing to.The Season 1 ride was a fun ride, with season 2 now airing it’s gping to be great to see what the seconded chapter holds.