October 2020

Julia Michaels – Lie Like This

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2020

in Music News & Reviews

Here’s Julia Michaels with the official video for “Lie Like This.”

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Once Upon a Snowman

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2020

in Short Films

  • Title: Once Upon a Snowman
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Once Upon a Snowman television review

Taking place during Frozen, “Once Upon a Snowman” offers viewers a look at Olaf‘s (Josh Gad) first few moments of life. Shoehorning the character different spots of existing archival footage taken from the film, the short places the living snowman on a parallel path to Anna (Kristen Bell) and Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) searching for Elsa (Idina Menzel). With plenty of callbacks to Frozen, Once Upon a Snowman is fun but doesn’t offer much in the way of surprises, other than explain where Olaf’s fascination with summer comes from, and is more of an odd curiosity than anything else.

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  • Title: Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Bad Batch
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Bad Batch television review

“The Bad Batch” catches up with Mace Windu (TC Carson) and Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) on the planet Anaxes where Clone forces are slowly being overtaken by the Droid Army. Believing the Droids have learned to counter Republic’s battlefield strategies, Commander Cody (Dee Bradley Baker) and Captain Rex (Baker) lead a commando unit of genetic mutated clones known as Clone Force 99 to learn more. Action is fast and furious here, and the mutated clones (each with certain advantages over “Regs”) offer a fun twist to the usual proceedings. Hoping to find and destroy an algorithm, what the troopers actually discover seems to point to Rex’s fears being true that Echo is alive and prisoner on Skako Minor where his knowledge is being used against the Clone army.

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The Queen’s Gambit – Openings

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2020

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Queen’s Gambit – Openings
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The Queen's Gambit - Openings television review

I was intrigued by the trailer for Netflix’s new show The Queen’s Gambit. I’m a little less so after the first episode. Don’t get me wrong, “Openings” is well made. It is however largely an origin story absent of what I was sold on. Series star Anya Taylor-Joy gets only a cameo here on an opening scene teasing where the series will eventually lead. The rest of the episode takes place years earlier with Isla Johnston playing the 9 year-old version of Beth Harmon who is sent to an orphanage after the death of her mother where she discovers her two great loves: chess and drugs. Based on Walter Tevis’s 1983 novel of the same name, the mini-series will follow Beth’s rise from the orphanage to unexpected heights in chess while struggling with the addictions which begin here.

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Scooby-Doo! – That’s Snow Ghost

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2020

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Scooby Doo, Where Are You! – That’s Snow Ghost
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Scooby-Doo! - That's Snow Ghost television review

Throwback Thursday takes us back to Scooby Doo, Where Are You! for another mystery involving some meddling kids and their talking dog. A trip to the nearly abandoned Wolf’s End Lodge ski resort almost immediately becomes a case for Mystery, Inc. when they discover the existence of a Snow Ghost haunting the area. The Tibetan hermit Fu Lan Chi tells the gang the history of the creature. It’s an odd sequence, both because the find the man living in a cave in the wilderness and because at the end of the episode he isn’t involved at all in the current hauntings making him a rare red herring for the series.

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