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Superhero Weekly: March 7, 2018

Spoilers as we’re going for another format change this week.


(Source: The CW)

I believe I’m starting to suffer from superhero fatigue again. Black Lightning showed us yet another shade of Peter Gambi, the start of Anissa’s path as a superhero in training and possibly Black Lightning’s hero status being compromised in the eyes of the public. With the death of Lady Eve, things are starting to roll downhill a lot faster. Some key scenes were amazing, some were good and a few did border on repeated stuff but overall this show still edges out in front to the rest of the CW lineup.

The Flash went for the gut giving us a scenario in which Jesse Quick and Jay Garrick must join forces with Barry. The enemy this time was not DeVoe but a nuclear explosion. It was good, but why I didn’t quite find it that… moving… is another question. Yes, fine performances by all, but still a good episode not a great series make. Also, time-traveling girl is back as Jitters’ barista.

I also revisited Arrow this week. Katie Cassidy is playing Black Siren quite nicely, but the heartstrings tug comes via Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance and his desperate act of saving a dream that seems hopeless. I can’t help but think this was the inner struggle that I appreciated much more than the growing animosity between Team Arrow and the Ex-Team.

Finally, a little time traveling with Legends of Tomorrow gives us a much heroic but naive Ray Palmer in an almost comedic kidnapping-turn-alliance with the Dahrks. Same as in Arrow, there are episodes where Damien is as evil as they come and there are episodes in which he’s just cartoonishly evil to the point of almost being endearing. Unfortunately, I believe in the end he feels either a) bipolar b) very badly written or c) both, sometimes in the same episode. Also, Wally West! Couldn’t he grab Amaya’s Spirit Totem too? Still, it was so cool to see Wally again. And of course, Rip Hunter could not depart without a little mystery… What is the truth about Ava?

That will do for now.

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Fantasia Film Review: Tragedy Girls

#TragedyGirls might be trending.


Sadie (Brianna Hildebrand) and McKayla (Alexandra Shipp) are the Tragedy Girls, the online duo that posts tweets and videos on all news related to serial killers. When a series of deaths start to occur in town, the Sheriff’s office is quick to rule them out as accidental. Sadie and McKayla know this is false because they have the actual serial killer Lowell (Kevin Durand) locked up in a basement! But wait, there’s more. With him out of the way, the girls can go on the murder spree they’ve always dreamed about with a scapegoat to take all the blame.

Director Tyler MacIntyre has co-written this crazy murder-adventure of two popular girls trying to make it big in the online trending world. They will kill off rivals and past lovers just to get their number of followers up. The result is a horror comedy of friendship and gore that will melt your heart if it doesn’t cut your head first.

First of all, this is one of those satires that doesn’t exist in mainstream anymore. Paying tribute to dark comedies like HEATHERS and horror classics like CARRIE, it tries to do its own thing as it illustrates how sociopathic social media can be. Reason and logic has ceased to exist, chaos reigns, tributes and vigils turn into crowd mobs and the number of followers for Sadie and McKayla keep going on.

Recommended for gore and horror-comedy/satire lovers. The almost joyful way in which Sadie and McKayla’s friendship exists while they hack and slash victims will be put to the test as their fame goes up and love is in the air. The slasher genre needed a movie like this one to rejuvenate itself. Don’t forget to watch, share, comment and subscribe.

That will do for now.

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Fantasia Film Review: Sequence Break

Why don’t you try turning it off and back on again?


Oz (Chase Williams) lives happily bringing back to life old arcade machines from the 80’s. He’s quiet, introverted and socially distant. He’s not ready to play co-op when Tess (Fabiane Theresa) comes along. But Tess is just what the doctor ordered, a single player that knows her way around the old games that Oz reveres so much.

But soon enough, a video game card arrives in the mail that doesn’t match any game that Oz has ever seen. When he hooks it up to an arcade, the game seems simple enough. The more he plays, the weirder things get. The controls seem to melt in Oz’s hands, as if reality is bending and the game is melting into his mind.

He’s not the only person affected. Tess keeps looking at the black arcade, somehow drawn to it. A homeless man keeps breaking into the shop, talking in a deranged manner, warning Oz of apocalyptic consequences resting inside the game he’s playing.

Director and writer Graham Skipper brings us a strange little film in which choices matter and progress can’t be saved. The mystic homeless man quotes Nietzsche with the line “if you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you” as a warning. In my opinion, he should’ve quoted H.P. Lovecraft instead.

There are certain refreshing elements in Sequence Break that I can’t help myself from spoiling. My favorite is that Tess does not become the manic pixie girl for Oz. She’s just into video games and she likes Oz. My second favorite is that Oz doesn’t quiz her about her nerd credentials (i.e. gatekeeping) but accepts what she says at face value.

Highly recommended to see the crazy and the weird that pulls you into horror as if video games had always something haunted in them. Perhaps they do. There’s a moment in the film, that I won’t ruin for you, in which the storyline progresses as it would in a video game. That’s all I will say. At some point I will have to include this movie into a spoiler analysis, but for now I will give you a chance to put in a coin and press start when you’re ready to play.

That will do for now.


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