Little Witch Academy (TV)

Little Witch Academia

Little Witch Academy

Created By: Yoh Yoshinari

Produced: Trigger

Grade: A

“Believing in yourself is your magic.”

I really haven’t had much luck or interest in many tv series this year. But I found Little Witch Academy and just speed through the whole thing in like a week and a half. Which is really good for me. I found it on Netflix. It’s the story of a young girl called Akko, who goes off to a witch academy but she’s not that great at being a witch.

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Stranger Things Season 2: Spoilers!

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Stranger Things Season 2

Well, season 2 is done. I tried to stretch it out as long as I could as though somehow season 3 would be ready (I just can’t really binge anything). Overall I enjoyed another visit with my favorite kids, their Sheriff and the idyllic small-town hooked up to a seemingly massive inter dimensional portal.

Spoilers below.

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Thoughts on Comic-Con Trailers

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Stranger Things Season 2 may very well be my favorite trailer out of comic-con. I love those kids. The use of Thriller was just awesome. I’m in love with the Halloween atmosphere. I mean I was super-psyched after the Super Bowl Tease. I just can’t decide whether I’m going to binge this one or try to spread it out and savor it when it finally drops.

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I am so ready for Fall.

My number two would have to be:

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7 More Things I’m Excited for in 2017

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So at the beginning of the year I wrote about 17 Things I’m Looking Forward to in 2017 while I’ve seen and read a lot of those things I wanted to add a couple of more that I hadn’t heard about at that point. Books and movies below! As well as two movies that I’m surprised I’m looking forward to!

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Westworld

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Westworld

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood & Ed Harris

Grade: A

Between Westworld and Stranger Things I’m two for two with new television shows this year. I was never going to bother with HBO again, still smarting over the adaptation choices to Game of Thrones, but then they put out this little number about a Western themed park where guests can pay a ton of money to go live out their fantasies. A real live game of sorts with the very human like “hosts” robots to whom the guests can do what they please both good and bad and don’t have to worry about being hurt in return.

Spoilers below!

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October New Releases

Oh man, did I hit some walls in September. I don’t feel so bad about the reading because it was pretty much every area of my life. October was offering a lot of maybe’s for me, at least in terms of movies and books. But I must say Westworld certainly kicked it off to an amazing start and I wasn’t expecting that.

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Other October Goodies Include:

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September: Scream Queens, Crooked Kingdom & Miss Peregrine

So September is the start of pretty much my favorite time of year and it’s also the start of a long list of (hopefully) great books and movies to come! On the television front there’s the return of:

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Scream Queens Back to the madness! I can’t even explain this show but season one, despite all it’s many flaws, was entertaining as hell. I loved the Chanel’s. Great fashion. Great one liners. I’m hoping season two will at least be as fun.

Movie wise my big ones are:

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The Light Between Oceans on September 2nd. I think I’m most looking forward to what Alicia Vikander does with Isabel, who was a book character that really stayed with me.

The Magnificent Seven on September 23rd

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I’m not overly big on Westerns but this looks like it could be fun to me. Fantastic cast. And it looks beautiful. Especially Chris Pratt. 🙂

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children on September 30th

I liked this book (but didn’t really love it) yet it also has Eva Green starring and Tim Burton directing. The trailer looks lovely and the music caught my attention. I’m thinking this might be one I wind up liking the book better because of the  movie.

Book wise I might have mentioned this one a couple million times:

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Crooked Kingdom finally comes out on September 27th

I don’t think I’m prepared for this one and I’m hoping for no mourners and no funerals thank you very much.

Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark Crowns comes out on September 20th

Three sisters and a fight to the death to see who gets the crown. Sounds like fun…

Empire of Storms

Empire of Storms comes out on the 6th

I’m forever back and forth on this series but I know other people who are over the moon excited about it.

So those are the things I’m most looking forward to this September. Hopefully it will be a good month for everyone!

Daredevil Season Two

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Daredevil Season Two

Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Jon Bernthal and Elodie Young

Genre: Comics/Marvel TV

Grade: A-

Possible Vague Spoilers

I watched this because of Tumblr. Really. I started seeing the gifs of Karen and Frank (the Punisher) and a couple of people I follow were really recommending that storyline so I thought what the heck! I must admit I haven’t seen the first season but I know the story of Matt Murdock blind lawyer by day, vigilante by night.

I saw the Ben Affleck movie (which may be a reason why I was never interested in watching this). I don’t think you need to see the first season. I followed it easily enough. The Punisher storyline was A+ all the way through. The fights were amazing. I loved the scenes with him and Daredevil and yes the stuff with him and Karen. I’ll admit it. I ship them.

Plus it’s just a really good story. It raises a lot of questions and gives you some interesting moral debates within the show and that you can have with friends/on-line. I love that stuff. Bernthal is great and you really emphasize with him. I think the show walks a fine line that while his actions may be understandable, may even have a point, he’s still wrong.

Also, Karen. Deborah Ann Woll was one of the bright spots on True Blood, back when it was still bearable. Of everything in the story it was her character and her background that I wanted more of and please, in the future more with her and Frank!

I did not dislike the Elektra/ Black Sky storyline as much as some people did. Elodie Young is really good, she’s really watchable, but I think that story suffered from being more of a mystery (and a very convoluted one at that) then the Punisher storyline. There were a lot of things that I found never got answered and some of the things that did (like what Black Sky was) left me with only more questions.

They could have scaled back many of the fight scenes (as good as they were) and given us some answers.

There is however an appearance by the season one big bad that was single-handedly enough to make me want to go back and watch those episodes. And someone should elect Rosario Dawson’s Claire as the Mayor of Hell’s Kitchen or something because she would probably clean shit up a lot quicker than Frank or Matt.

So what about Daredevil himself? Charlie Cox is good but but I thought he was overshadowed by both Bernthal and Young and the way the “love triangle” wrapped up at the end was one of my most hated ways to end those things. Hopefully, they don’t go anywhere with that next season.

Recommend: Yes. While I had some problems with the Elektra storyline and the ending for 95% of the run I was completely engrossed. Getting all thirteen episodes released at once helps but this was definitely one of the most enjoyable shows I’ve watched in a long time. 

Agent Carter Season Two

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Agent Carter Season 2

Starring: Hayley Atwell, James D’Arcy, Dominic Cooper, Reggie Austin…

Grade: B

I was so in love with the first season of this show. I’m still in love with all of the actors but there was something about this season that just felt… off. Like some of the magic had been lost.

Peggy came to Los Angeles to investigate the strange death of a woman found in ice on one of the hottest days of the year. She wound up embroiled in a mystery concerning “Zero Matter” and some strange secret society that I’m still not really clear on. I know it seems strange to complain about the hooky science in a Marvel production but I did feel like it got in the way.

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Jessica Jones

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Jessica Jones

Marvel/Netflix

Grade: A

The story of Marvel’s PI and would-be superhero whose life gets derailed when she runs into Kevin Kilgrave, whose power of mind control is frightening enough without the fact that he’s a complete and utter sociopath. She thinks she’s broken free of her time with him when the case of a young missing girl called Hope brings them both back into each others sight lines.

Only to find out she never really left his.

Mind control freaks me out but even so I did not think I’d enjoy this one as much as I did. I have to admit that I couldn’t binge like so many other people did. You’ve got a couple of episodes (mainly 8,9, 10 & 11) that were just so tense and so brutal and dark that I needed breaks before and after watching them.

Krysten Ritter and David Tennant are so good. Tennant plays Kilgrave, and I totally saw a Doctor Who resemblance in a couple of scenes. Purposeful? I don’t know. The whole cast was excellent. Trish Walker was probably the best surprise in terms of character.

The friendship between Jessica and Trish is really a standout here. You saw the deep bond between them and the importance Trish held in Jessica’s life even in the beginning when she was pushing her away. The flashbacks to their childhood were not overplayed or out of place. Carrie-Ann Moss is also excellent though her side story seemed a bit out of place I really loved it toward the end. (I don’t want to give away spoilers.)

The show really is a great character study- people making moves under the worst stressful situations. Are they wrong? Right? Would you do the same thing? Can you say they are bad people? There were just so many times when the episodes hit their stride around eight that I was just glued to the television.

As for Kilgrave I think the show did a great job with him. I couldn’t help compare him to certain other shows where the “villains” have to have shades of grey or be understood. (Yep, thinking of you Game of Thrones.) We don’t even really meet Kilgrave until a couple of episodes in. The show introduces him through his victims and never lets up. You see the damage and destruction he causes so much so that even when you meet him and even though Tennant is incredibly charismatic my stomach was turning.

Even better when the show does give you some back story it doesn’t excuse him or let him off the hook. It was almost refreshing to see. When he does try to bring up his issues with his parents I wanted to cheer Jessica when she told him he wasn’t a child anymore and needed to grow the hell up.

Tennant and Ritter are fantastic together (sick and twisted but fantastic acting wise). That dynamic along with Jessica/Trish really made the show for me.

Downsides? There are some dragging moments and the characters and actors for Simpson and Cage didn’t really do anything for me. I understood the point of them but honestly at a certain point I was just done with Simpson and when Cage showed up after a long absence it was like, “Eh, you. Okay…”

Recommend: Yes. I would just warn that if you aren’t familiar with the character this story deals with some really brutal and dark stuff.