Robert Pattinson Is In Every Movie I See

Written by chase bridges

I’m not the only one who has noticed this right? Pattinson has been in every trailer, every movie, and every tweet I have seen over the past few months. And I am not complaining.

For a very long time, the name Robert Pattinson was associated with the word vampire. I won’t even say that is necessarily a bad thing (a great actor in a bad movie is still a great actor.) After his role as Edward in the Twilight Saga, Pattinson was a house hold name. Until he wasn’t.

Just as quickly as he rose to fame, he seemed to disappear. He went from being every Tumblr girl’s dream celeb for four years, to a very niche, independent actor. Starring in mostly unheard of films like The Rover, and Life.

That is not a diss at Pattinson, by any means. After he finished his time as everyones favorite sparkly blood sucker, he went on to put on some amazing performances. Slowly but surely becoming one of the most talented character actors going.

In 2017, Pattinson was thrust back into the lime light a bit with his film Good Times, which was directed by The Safdie Brothers (Uncut Gems.) The film was a low budget, financial and critical success, receiving a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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A brief reminder of who he was, and how talented he is, the film caused Pattinson’s name to spread through the internet like wildfire. Everyone talking about his time as Edward, and how far he had come. He used this momentum to ride right back into Hollywood.

But it was two years later, in 2019 where Pattinson started his quick take over of the film industry. Starting the year off hot, starring in The Lighthouse along side Willem Defoe, Pattinson received critical acclaim for his amazing performance, even being nominated for an independent spirit award.

He did not slow down there, as he grabbed everyones attention in the Netflix film The King, where his role (and french accent) stole the show every time he walked on screen. Once again everyone on twitter was talking about Robert Pattinson.

His third and final film of 2019 was ‘Waiting For The Barbarians’ a film that premiered at the Venice Film Festival. The film has mixed reviews, but considering Pattinson stars along side fellow character actor Johnny Depp, it was definitely a solid move for his career.

Riding the momentum of these three films into 2020, Pattinson returned to blockbuster films in a big way. Starring along side John David Washington in Christopher Nolan’s latest mind bending film ‘Tenet.’ The film became of the biggest of the year, and the first major film to release in theatres after the COVID-19 shut down months earlier.

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Pattinson’s performance in Tenet was loved by everyone, casual movie goers, and critics alike. Even when someone complained about the movie, they mentioned that Pattinson was a highlight nonetheless.

After the blockbuster that Tenet was, Pattinson kept up the releases with his second film with Netflix, The Devil All The Time. The film is absolutely amazing, and his performance as a demented southern pastor is untouchable. If you want to read our review of the film, click here.

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All of these outstanding performances in independent films and blockbusters just in the last two years, must mean that Pattinson is on his way to becoming one of the biggest names in acting right?

Oh, still not convinced? In May of 2019, Pattinson was announced to be taking up the mantle of Batman in the upcoming The Batman movie, directed by Matt Reeves. After the announcement was made, it was met with a ton of hate from die hard DC fans.

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All hate was immediately shut down when the first trailer was released on August 22nd 2020, showing the world the brand new Batman. People absolutely lost their minds when they saw the trailer. Pattinson as Batman went from being looked down on, to being called the best iteration of the iconic hero after JUST THE TRAILER.

Pattinson’s future is extremely bright, already proving himself to be one of the greatest actors of our generation. If he continues to put out performances like he has the past two years, there is no telling the heights he will reach.

‘The Devil All The Time’ Review

WRITTEN BY CHASE BRIDGES

spoiler warning

The hype for ‘The Devil All The Time’, the latest Netflix film starring Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, and Bill Skarsgard; has been huge ever since the release of the trailer last month.

The star studded cast taking on the southern story based on the book of the same name, was so intriguing to most, especially since a majority of the cast was not actually American, let alone southern.

In fact, eight of the thirteen main cast members are from other countries. That includes, Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgard, Robert Pattinson, Jason Clark, and Eliza Scanlen; who make up a majority of the screen time.

One of the things that got everyone so interested after seeing the trailer was the southern accents that all of the cast members used. It came across almost silly at first watch. As someone from the south, I heard tons of people around me say

“Do they think that’s what southern people sound like?” And to answer their question, yes. And they nailed it.

While watching the film, you completely forget all about the fact that these are your favorite actors. They no longer were Spider-Man, Pennywise the Clown, and Edward. They became Arvin Russel, Willard Russel, and the despicable Reverend Preston.

The film is unique in the fact that it trades off main characters throughout, all being tied together by the narrator Donald Ray Pollock, who is the original author of the book.

The film starts following the story of Willard Russel, a man haunted by the war who on his return back home, meets a woman and falls in love. They have a son named Arvin, and everything seems really good.

While we are watching the nice family life of the Russels, we meet the extreme pastor Roy Laferty. Who after demonstrating that God has his back by pouring live spiders all over him, marries a nice girl named Helen Hatton. They have a child and everything seems really good. (See the pattern?)

Roy becomes more and more deranged until he finally snaps, thinking that God has given him the powers to resurrect the dead. He tries to prove this, by stabbing his wife in the neck.

Turns out, God did not give him the power to resurrect the dead. Who would have thought?

He hides the body and tries to get back home to see his daughter, but gets kidnapped by serial killer, husband and wife duo, Carl and Sandy. Roy becomes one of the several victims that Carl forces to sleep with his wife, photographs, and then murders.

That leaves Roy and Helen’s daughter Lenora in the custody of their close friend and neighbor, Emma Russel, Willard’s mother.

We snap back into the nice little home of Willard, his wife, and his now nine year old son Arvin. Everything is going quite nicely, Willard is a good father, Arvin is a good kid, it’s a great life for the family.

That is until Willard’s wife gets cancer and sends Willard over the edge. After some pretty disgusting, terrible, and tragic events, (See: Crucified Family Dog), the film shifts its focus to the now grown, orphaned Arvin.

After the death of his parents, Arvin is now in the custody of his grandmother, Emma. Not only did he gain a new maternal figure, but he also gained a sister. The also orphaned Lenora.

They are as close as sibling get, they did everything together. Arvin would get into fights with the boys who picked on his sister, and sit with her at her mothers grave every day after school.

Then the towns pastor has to go away on some business, and in his place, his nephew Reverend Preston takes over.

Reverend Preston is Robert Pattinson’s latest amazing performance. Playing the role of southern despicable human, and southern amazing preacher, with such believability that I almost forgot that I was looking at the new Batman!

Everything he says makes you want to punch him in the face, and that only escalates after he manipulates Lenora into sleeping with him. He gets her pregnant, then tells her that she should just find a way to get rid of the baby. Which in turn, causes her death.

With his sister now dead, we watch Arvin take on revenge like an old friend, as he visits the Reverend in the church. After an incredible scene between Holland and Pattinson, that kick starts with the line

“Excuse me, Preacher. You got time for a sinner?”

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Phew. Gives me chills. The rest of the film follows Arvin on the run from the law, running into our favorite serial killer spouses, and eventually the police.

The film ends open ended, just like the novel. With Arvin hitchhiking, contemplating about his future. After everything he has been through, seeing him fall asleep in a strangers car made me nervous that something bad was going to happen, but alas we will never know.

Tom Holland’s performance was superb throughout the entire film, showing that he has the range to be more than just a Marvel hero. His complete dive into the southern accent, complex anger issues, and fight scenes; show how great of an actor he really is.

The moment when he is at a standstill with Sandy, begging her to put her gun down, was the perfect example of how great Holland really is. When Sandy pulls the trigger first, and Holland shoots his gun in panic, the look on his face was so genuine that it stuck in my head even a day later as I’m writing this.

Holland isn’t the only acting masterclass in this film, Bill Skarsgard gives such a great performance as the war vet who is driven insane. That his switch from attractive, wholesome family man, to deranged christian is not only so fun to watch, but is so organic.

Not to be out-acted, Robert Pattinson’s performance as the evil Reverend, cannot be spoken about enough. Already known as an amazing character actor, he takes the extra step to disguise himself in the role. With the year he is having, there is no doubt he will be known as one of the greatest of our generation for decades to come.

The hidden gem of the entire film is the performance of Riley Keough as Sandy. The way that she shows the fall from grace of an attractive young woman into the depressed, abused woman that her husband turns her into, is phenomenal.

There is a sadness in her eyes, as she is forced to take part in the serial killing again and again, all the way until she is forced to pull the trigger herself. Leading to her death. Keough does an absolute amazing job playing a character of such deep trauma and abuse.

The entire film is filled with amazing performances, even smaller roles like Roy Laferty, played by Harry Melling (Dudley from Harry Potter), are so in depth and entertaining, that I find myself not able to remember one thing that I didn’t like.

Surely, the film has it’s issues, but I was so distracted by the amazing characters that these actors and actresses brought to life. As well as the phenomenal script which gave us some of the most quotable moments from film this year. I don’t even want to search from problems, I just want to enjoy and appreciate what I just saw.

Have you watched The Devil All The Time? Did you enjoy it? Tell us what you think!

Watch 21 Jump Street – No Not The One With Channing Tatum

written by chase bridges

If you over hear someone talking about 21 Jump Street now a days, you would assume that they were talking about the action comedy film starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. And while we here at Exciting Incident enjoy that movie, as well as the sequel 22 Jump Street, we want to highlight the source material.

21 Jump Street was a crime drama that aired from 1987 to 1991. The show centered around a group of baby-faced cops who went undercover in local high schools solving crimes. The show gained tons of popularity due to its tackling of real life issues, and of course jump-started the career of Johnny Depp.

Depp played the lead, Tom Hanson. A young cop with anger issues after the death of his father turns him into the hardest working cadet at the academy. Along with Sergeant Hoffs (played by Holly Robinson), Officer Penhall (played by Peter DeLuise), Sergeant Ioki (played by Dustin Nguyen), and being led by Captain Adam Fuller (played by Steven Williams), the team went on to a five season run before eventually being cancelled.

The first half of season one, did not age well watching it back in 2020. However, the second half of the season has a huge increase in the writing which causes the show to become the classic that it is. Getting to watch Johnny Depp take on different under cover identities in the effort of catching the bad guy is extremely fun, and really shows how great of an actor he was and still is.

The show did something that a lot of current shows often fail to do. Which is slowly but genuinely build a bond and relationship between each of the characters, making the audience truly care about the stories as they unfold.

The brother like bond between Tom Hanson and his partner Penhall has you so invested in them, that when something happens to them, you really care. Same goes with the father and child like bond between Captain Fuller and his team.

The show proceeds to get even better for the second season, having some of the greatest episodes in the series. The third season following suit by introducing new character Detective Booker (played by Richard Grieco) and adding a whole new dynamic to the team.

But as much as I love this show, there are always going to be flaws.

One of these big flaws is the lack of fleshing out the whole team during the first two seasons. We see a rotation episode to episode. This episode we see Depp and DeLuise go undercover together, the next week we see Depp and Robinson, the week after that we see Robinson and Deluise.

Do you see the missing element? They have a whole other person on the team that was never highlighted. Ioki. We would go episodes without even seeing him! Sometimes, he would show up for thirty seconds just to say that he’s doing paper work in his office. Heck, even Captain Fuller would go undercover with the team on occasion leaving Ioki to hold down the fort back at the station.

This situation gets better after season two however, as Johnny Depp begins his hatred for the show and slowly leaves the fore front, Ioki gets utilized more often. Teaming up with Penhall and Hoffs in local high schools. Even getting his own entire episode giving him a very in-depth backstory.

Another issue with the show, is after season three, Johnny Depp began doing everything he could to get out of the show. Phoning in his performances, refusing to do certain episodes, etc. He didn’t agree with how some of the episodes handled their sensitive topics such as race and sexual assault. He eventually leaves the show after the fourth season.

Depp was a huge reason that the show is as good as it is, so when he checks out (figuratively and literally) the show takes a dive in quality. Depp isn’t the only one done with the show, as Nguyen also leaves after season four.

Grieco left the show after season four to star in his own spinoff show Booker, and DeLuise’s Penhall was reduced to a minor role for the last season. With a majority of the main cast leaving, the fifth and final season did not do well at all.

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This show has some absolutely awesome moments, such as when Hanson and Penhall go undercover as THE MCQUAID BROTHAS!!! or the episode Orpheus 3.3 where Johnny Depp gives the best performance of the entire show. It is jam packed with awesome crime solving, comedy, and action. All while giving a really down to earth story about a group of co-workers and how they become a family.

I can’t recommend this show enough, and it is available to stream on Amazon Prime and NBC’s new Peacock streaming service. If you are looking for a new show to binge this weekend, this is the show to watch!

Underrated Actors – Matthew Lillard

Scream (1996)

When you hear the name Matthew Lillard, what do you think? Most people immediately identify him as Shaggy Rogers in the live action Scooby-Doo movies from 2002 and 2004. Or perhaps if you are a horror fan, your mind goes towards his famous character Stu from Scream. (1996)

Regardless of how you know him, Hollywood has not given him the credit he deserves as an extremely talented and versatile actor. With over 150 acting and voice over credits throughout his thirty year career, he has put out some astonishing performances.

SCREAM (1996)

I know, I know. I’ve already mentioned Lillard’s character Stu in the horror classic, Scream. But it would be a disservice to not dive deeper into the complex role that shot Lillard into stardom.

Lillard plays Stuart “Stu” Macher, one of the teenagers tangled in the web of murders taking place in Woodsboro, California. When we first meet the character, Stu is talking to his friends, the main cast of the film.

Immediately, Lillard captures the attention of the audience during his dialogue. His teenage, California accent is absolutely captivating, and his performance during this scene really sets the tone for the film. You immediately find him creepy, yet endearing. A dumb teenage boy, but also shades of something more complex.

Throughout the film he finds his place as a fun comic relief, making you excited to see what’s going to happen when he arrives on screen. However, once we reach the end of the film, that’s when his performance really takes off.

(Warning: Spoilers for Scream Ahead.)

The end of the film reveals that the ghost face slasher is none other than the dynamic duo of Stu and his best friend Billy. In the next few minutes, Stu dissolves from Cali Party Boy, into a child like psychopath.

After the success of Scream. Matthew would find a plethora of fun characters to transform into. Including the character Steven “Stevo” Levy in the film SLC Punk! An exaggerated take on real life events.

Matthew Lillard as Stevo Levy

The film didn’t do great in the box office, but has become something of a cult classic through the years. Especially with “punk” demographic.

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I won’t spend long on this role, as there has been a million articles and interviews where Lillard’s performance has been discussed. But I felt that if I left out his most famous role, it would be a bit of a crime.

Lillard has said in interviews that he spent his early career working extremely hard to be a very serious actor. That doesn’t mean playing dramatic Oscar bait roles, but taking on complex characters and diving into them with everything that he has.

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His performance as Scooby Doo’s iconic best friend, is a prime example of this. He plays the goofy and silly character of Shaggy, and commits to the point of no return. And the movie was ten times better because of it. Lillard really proved that if given to a talented actor, any part can become a jaw-dropping career highlight.

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Lillard next stepped into the role of leading man of an action comedy. Playing the character Jerry Conlaine along side Dax Shepard and Seth Green. The film was a big box office success, making $70 million on a $19 million budget.

The movie is about three best friends who go on a dangerous treasure hunt for D.B Coopers stolen cash, when everything that can go wrong in the outdoors, does. Including fighting a bear, white water rafting, fighting off pot farming rednecks and cuddling half naked in a cave.

The cast later talked about how the movie they saw at the premiere was not the movie they thought they were making, but it was still successful and one of my personal favorites.

This character was actually very different from what Lillard had played up to this point. Being something of a character actor, taking on the straight leading man role was a step out of the normal.

He did a fantastic job and I find it quite ridiculous he wasn’t cast in more roles like this one.

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After Casey Kasem retired as the voice of Shaggy, Matthew Lillard stepped nicely into the role. Voicing Shaggy in over thirty different films, and television shows as the scared, hungry character. Lillard has built a legacy as one of the most iconic characters in cartoon history.

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Lillard hasn’t slowed down either, still putting out great perfomances in the year 2020 with his show Good Girls.

Good Girls is a crime comedy drama, about three Michigan mothers who after trying to make end meet, decide to rob a supermarket. Lillard plays the role of Dean Boland, an unfaithful car salesman who has a long list of poor spending decisions, causing his wife, Beth, into robbing the store.

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Lillard’s performance in Good Girls has been loved by audience and critics alike. Proving that people are still fascinated by the amazing actor.

Matthew Lillard has had a career full of longevity, creativity, and insanity. And has proven time and time again that he is one of the most talented actors to grace our screens in the past few decades.

Do you agree that Matthew Lillard is underrated? What performances of Lillard’s is your favorite? Tell us about it!

The Week For Chase – Sep. 7 – Sep. 11

Written by chase bridges

What have I been personally watching and doing this week? I’m glad you asked.

If you have read my recent article talking about DC Universe and how underrated of a streaming service it is, It’s no surprise that I have been spending my week watching the comic book based streaming service.

I started binge watching the show Titans, a live action show based around the adventures of the popular comic book team of sidekick heroes. The show is rated MA meaning that everything flies, and boy does it make this show fun to watch.

My favorite DC hero is and always has been Dick Grayson. Whether it’s as Robin, Batman’s sidekick. Or as Nightwing, who he later becomes after leaving the bat’s side. I have always loved watching and reading everything he is in.

This show is the second live action version of Dick, the first being Chris O’Donnell in Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. This version is played by Brenton Thwaites (Pirates of the Caribbean) and I personally think he absolutely kills this role. The rest of the cast is awesome as well, and getting to see a live action version of Beast Boy is super exciting for any fan of the animated series Teen Titans.

After finishing the first season thinking they were struggling to find their footing as a show, I was blown away this week by the second season. I am having a blast watching this show.

Another thing that I’ve been up to this week is reading comics on the DC Universe app. Going through classic storylines of the Batman comics such as The Long Halloween has been a fun way to pass the time when I’m bored in my classes.

Speaking of comics, I visited my local comic shop this week and bought the first issue of Batman: Three Jokers. It came out two weeks ago, so I was a bit slow getting my copy, but boy am I glad I did.

My spoiler free review of the issue is this: It’s awesome. Jason Todd as Red Hood is awesome in it, and so is the story of fighting three different Jokers. I am very excited for the next issue, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Batman Comics.

My week has pretty much consisted of being at school (it’s my last year of college baby) and working at my job and on Exciting Incident. It’s been a pretty busy week but I’m really excited to be working on Exciting Incident.

The reason I started this blog was to both give myself a creative outlet in order to speak about things I’m passionate about, and also to start some sort of business that relates to my major, which is Digital Media.

Something that I really want to accomplish with Exciting Incident, is to not just be another source of negitivity when it comes to opinions and news of Film and Television. All the time scrolling through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, all I see is how much people hated (place movie here) or how (place tv show here) is the worst show ever.

I can’t even count the amount of times I watched a movie that everyone online trashed, and actually really enjoyed. Film and Television is art, and art is subjective to the audience. I don’t want to tell people how they should feel about a new movie. I want to be a place where you can read interesting opinions and news about your favorite films, shows, actors, and entertainers.

A fun place where we can all just enjoy things and not worry about what rotten tomatoes gave it… Except The Office. I hate The Office.

DC Universe – The Underrated Streaming Service

WRITTEN BY: CHASE BRIDGES

Comic book movies and shows flood modern entertainment like nobody’s business. Major studios like Disney and Warner Bros. have used their Marvel and DC properties to pave the way for other comic based properties to thrive in modern entertainment.

Every streaming service has at least one comic based universe topping their charts whether it be Netflix with their plethora of comic based originals such as ‘The Umbrella Academy’ or ‘Locke and Key’. Or Amazon Prime with their very popular ‘The Boys.’

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)

It is no surprise to anyone that all of these streaming services and studios are trying to get their hands on a comic book universe so they can capitalize on the boom brought on by the MCU. So with this large fascination with comic books, how are actual comic book companies doing?

On September 15th 2018, DC released their own streaming service. DC Universe. For only $7.99 a month (or $74.99 per year) DC gives you access to not only thousands upon thousands of digital comics to read, but they also have original DC programming based on their famous heroes.

This streaming service is a must have for anyone who is a die hard DC comics fan, or even someone looking to get into it. Let’s talk about some of the really awesome things that have made DC Universe my favorite subscription every month.

Titans (2018)

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Original programming is a must have in the competitive market against Netflix, Hulu, Disney +, etc. So what has DC Universe brought to the table? Awesome DC Shows. No I’m not talking about the CW’s Arrow-verse.

This is a collection of shows consisting of Titans (2018-Current) a live action show based around the adventures of the very popular superhero team Teen Titans. Giving us our first live action Robin since Chris O’Donnell did that strange older version in Batman Forever. This is a badass show that after struggling to find its footing in the first season, gives us a phenomenal second season. The show has been renewed for season 3.

Using an episode of Titans as a back-door pilot, Doom Patrol (2019-Current) was introduced into the live action DC Universe original programming. A really fun show that features another popular superhero team consisting of Cyborg, Robot-Man, Negative Man, Elasti-Woman, and more.

In the live action collection is also Swamp Thing (2019) which was cancelled after the first season and their latest show Star Girl. (2020-Current) These provide a well rounded group of fun shows highlighting some fan favorite and unknown DC heroes.

Harley Quinn (2019)

Its not just live action shows that DC is creating for their service. Their animated originals, Harley Quinn (2019-Current) and Young Justice Outsiders (Season 3) are really awesome shows that add comedy and action to DC Universe’s original content.

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Batman The Animated Series (1992)

Let me preface this by saying that in order to watch the DCEU and other Warner Bros released feature films, you would have to go to HBO Max. But if you are a fan of the DC animated series and films such as Batman: The Animated Series and new Justice League: Dark then this is a great place to watch them.

They have all of their classic fan favorite series such as:

BAtman beyond

The new adventures of superman

teen titans

static shock

All of these and a whole lot more! The collection of DC animation is a must have for anyone that loved these shows as a kid, or even wanting to experience them for the first time.

Digital comics

DC Universe has a collection of over 22,000 digital versions of their comic collection. You can read classic storylines for your favorite heroes (and villains) that span decades. It is an easy to use interface that makes reading comics enjoyable on your phone or on your computer.

The amount of comics availble can be quite overwhelming, especially to someone who is just now getting into them. DC Universe has a very easy to understand comic homepage that shows you trending comics, classic storylines, and recent releases. Making it easier than ever to find something to enjoy.

DC Universe has been a personal favorite of mine recently as I have been trying to get my hands on anything and everything DC ever since all of the excitement formed from the DC Fandome event last month. What do you think of DC Universe? Are you thinking of subscribing? Tell us about it!

Binging vs Releasing Weekly – The Pros and Cons

WRITTEN BY CHASE BRIDGES

On September 4th, 2020 Amazon Prime original series The Boys Season 2 debuted its much anticipated first episode. When they did, fans were shocked to see that only the first episode was available to watch. The first season of the critically acclaimed blood filled show was released all at once. Making it one of Amazon’s biggest binge-worthy shows in their original programming library.

When the second season was released as a weekly episodic show, fans were not happy. In fact, a ton of unhappy fans were giving it one stars and plummeting it’s overall rating on the site. Why is this such a big deal to the audience? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of Binging vs Episodic shows in 2020.

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When Netflix revolutionized the television and film medium with their streaming service, they introduced a new form of enjoying a show. No longer do you have to wait a week to see the next episode of your favorite show, but every episode was released all at once.

You could watch the entire show at your own pace. Want to watch the entire season in one night? Go ahead! Want to slowly make your way through it this month? Even better! But with the invention of binge watching, it created an unforeseen issue.

A streaming service such as Netflix or Amazon Prime could drop a ten episode season on Friday night, and have their entire audience finish by Saturday morning. Now you have everyone begging for the next season already.

You have to go through all of the green-lighting, writing, pre-production, production, editing, and advertising as fast as possible to feed the rabid fan base of the show that you just released YESTERDAY.

When releasing on a weekly basis, you have plenty of time while the episodes are slowly coming out to get the next season prepared.

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Weekly episodic

There was such a large backlash against ‘The Boys’ releasing episodic, that major streaming services are probably going to be hesitant to do it in the future. So why were people so upset?

I think the biggest problem with releasing episodic is that its a format for an older time. We don’t have cable anymore. The days of sitting down in front of the TV at a certain time every week to catch the new episode of your favorite show is a thing of the past.

The younger generations have become so accustomed to getting to watch their shows on their own time, at their own pace, whenever they want. It would be a hard transition to having to wait an entire week.

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It is obviously a better move for the streaming services to try to transition into a weekly episodic format, but the audience may not allow it. Todays television audience has lost all patience after being spoiled with content the last few years.

Which do you prefer? Do you like binge watching? Or do you miss the excitement and anticipation of weekly released episodes? Tell us about it!

Disney’s Haunted Mansion – From Ride to Reboot

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The Haunted Mansion (2003) Starring Eddie Murphy

For many fans of Disney’s all-star attraction, The Haunted Mansion, the 2003 Eddie Murphy film incites anger rather than pleasure. Rotten Tomatoes grants the movie a sad one-star rating, and many die-hard fans of the theme park attraction would agree with the masses’ reaction to the film. However, these fans are no longer stuck with this movie adaptation, and will once again hear these exciting words on the big screen:

               “Welcome, Foolish Mortals. . . “

That’s right! Disney has decided to give The Haunted Mansion another go! Earlier this week the mega company Disney announced that they will be putting another adaptation in the works with writer Katie Dippold. Known for writing The Heat and The Ghostbusters revival, Dippold is tasked with not only writing a good film but making park-goers happy as well.

Being one of the few lasting original attractions that remains popular to this day, Haunted Mansion has become a beloved classic of Disney fans around the world. Not only is the dark ride at both Disneyland in California and Disneyworld’s Magic Kingdom in Florida, but the ride also exists in some shape or form at the other international parks. The attraction changes shape, but still carries the torch as Phantom Manor in Disneyland Paris, as the Haunted Mansion in Tokyo Disneyland, and as Mystic Manor in Hong Kong Disneyland. 

The concept of the iconic ride at first glance may seem simple, a haunted house with a handful of haunts, a terrifying narrator, a ghost party in the dining room, some singing busts with lovely voices—But much more is revealed when given a closer look to the ride and its origins.

Walt Disney, the man behind the magic wanted a haunted house attraction long before Disneyland opened its gates. Ideas were tossed about, many left behind as Imagineers pitched a variety of concepts for the attraction. (One of them being The Museum of the Weird, which I think needs to happen, but that’s just my humble opinion.)

Originally, the attraction was going to be a walk-through tour of an old worn-down haunted house, but Disney detested the idea of something looking unkempt in his park. He wanted Disney to look pristine and believed that a nicely kept home would better suit the park’s aesthetic. Imagineers’ concept of a walk-through attraction was also changed upon a trip to the 1964 World’s Fair where they were introduced to the omnimover system.

The omnimover system is still used in many dark rides today. It is a system that uses a conveyor-like apparatus to create continuous motion at a controllable speed. For Disney Imagineers, it also allowed them to force the park-goers sight into the direction they wanted. Thus, the Doom Buggy was created.

The Doom Buggies allowed Imagineers to move guests about, and the overhang of the car would shade what should not be viewed by guests. It also provided a sense of isolation in which park-goers could seemingly experience the ride alone, which made the journey more frightening.

With the mechanics and the general idea, Imagineers now had to create the story of the ride. There are many early concepts for the story that would be told during the ride, many of the Imagineers creating bone-chilling tales that initially seemed too intense for younger guests.

One of the original concepts involved a murderous sea captain who owned the Mansion, who was found out by his wife who he eventually had to kill to keep his dastardly secret. The sea captain then starts to be haunted by ghosts, and it drives him to madness. The ride would follow this story, but eventually Imagineers left the idea behind.

After many talks, Imagineers decided to combine fright and fun, choosing to cut the ride into two parts. The initial part of ride guides park-goers through haunted halls with portraits that change upon lightning striking outside, a hallway with doors that creak and moan and bend like the one scene in the classic horror film The Haunting. All the while, riders are guided around by the ominous and always present Ghost Host.

After a few minutes, the tone of the ride changes as riders enter into a haunted ghost-party. This is the scene where ghost guests are seen at the dinner table, dancing about in circles, and the scene even features a ghost pirate captain!

Guests are then led into the attic where they meet a lovely bride who had a murderous past. Constance. Her name is Constance. Constance Hatchaway.

And specifically, in the Disneyland ride, guests are introduced to another character in the attic that many know and love—The Hatbox ghost. Mr. Hatbox can be seen in the attic carrying a hatbox in which upon one glance, contains the decapitated head of the ghost. Another glance reveals his head to be resting back on his shoulders. Gotta love him.

The Hatbox Ghost

The final part of the ride is where the tone really shifts, and things have more of a silly, family-friendly vibes. After exiting the attic, guests can now hear the joyous tune of “999 Happy Haunts” as they trek through the graveyard. Here park-goers can see the many ghosts that gather about tombstones and mausoleums. This includes an opera singer, the singing busts, a ghost-band, and even a mummy!

Upon exiting this scene, the ride begins its end, and riders are warned to beware of hitchhiking ghosts. These funny fellas also have names. Gus, Phineas, and Ezra.

The Hitchhiking Ghost

As one can see, the ride is full of story and silly tales. It is rich in lore and concepts, which is the main reason why the 2003 film made Haunted Mansion fans so upset.

The Eddie Murphy adaptation of the ride entered in on the coattails of the popularity of the Pirates of the Caribbean. It gave Disney the promise of another hit, but personally I find the 2003 movie to be a big swing and a miss.

The movie seems detached from the ride, having a handful of the original concepts that the ride had to offer. It does feature many of the ride’s concepts, but they’re more of a hat-tip to the ride than a basis of the story. One of the movie’s redemptive qualities are that it contains the iconic Madam Leotta—The ghostly fortune teller whose visage is trapped within a crystal ball. It also features the changing portraits, the hitchhiking ghosts, the singing busts, but considering the overflowing tales and scares, this seems minimal.

The movie is more about Eddie Murphy’s character than it is about the house. This seems to be its biggest mistake. There’s no Hatbox Ghost, no Ghost Host, no Constance Hatchaway, no surplus of ghosts in the dining room, and the house is completely different from the two originals. Perhaps this is why Disney has decided to give a film adaptation of the ride another go.

Disney has only announced the new adaptation’s writer, but lovers of the iconic ride can only hope that they get something better than the 2003 film.

Will this new film live up to the hype? Which characters would you like to see make an appearance in the new film? Do you even think a remake is needed? Tell us your thoughts!

Hurry back, and don’t forget to bring your death certificate!

The History of Sherlock Holmes in Television and Film

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942)

Written by Chase bridges

Enola Holmes is releasing on Netflix on September 23, 2020. The trailer for the film already has fans excited to see a new adaptation of the famous mystery solver. This time in the form of Sherlock’s little sister Enola. Enola will not be alone in the film however, as Sherlock himself (played by Henry Cavill) is set to be a large part of the plot.

While most fans are very excited to see this adaptation, there is always a bit of confusion of how another Sherlock Holmes film or show is being released. In fact, since 2009 there has been five different adaptations of the famous character alone.

The reason we see Holmes so often, is due to it being one of the most iconic characters that live in the Public Domain. A list of copyright free properties that anyone can use for their novels, shows, or films.

The World’s Greatest Detective has shown up 52 times on the small or big screen over the past 120 years. Let’s take a look at the history of Sherlock Holmes in film and television.

Sherlock holmes baffled (1900)

Sherlock Holmes Baffled (1900)

The first appearance of Sherlock in the film medium came in the year 1900 with a one minute short comedy film.

sherlock holmes (1922)

The first American feature film starring Sherlock Holmes. This was a silent film with legend John Barrymore playing the lead role of Mr. Holmes.

sherlock jr. (1924)

The legendary silent film star Buster Keaton submitted his own take of the iconic character with an amazing feature length film full of his famous physical comedy.

Sherlock holmes’ fatal hour (1931)

After a slew of successful silent films, Sherlock finally found his voice. Fatal Hour was the very first Sherlock Holmes talkie film.

the hound of baskervilles (1939)

The Hound of Baskervilles was the beginning of a very important chapter in the history of Sherlock Holmes. This is the first film where Mr. Holmes is played by Basil Rathbone, who is considered by many to be the greatest on screen Sherlock Holmes.

terror by night (1946)

Terror By Night is the thirteenth and final film in the Basil Rathbone series. For seven solid years the face of Sherlock belonged to Rathbone, and this was the epic finale that shot the World’s Greatest Detective into the next generation.

Sherlock holmes (1954-1955)

The first ever television series based on the mysteries of Sherlock himself lasted for only one season, but paved the way for several more iterations for the small screen.

sherlock holmes (1964-1968)

After the first television series, the world of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson was very quiet for almost a decade. Until BBC created a Sherlock show of their own. Lasting for four years, this show was quite successful, which is probably why this wasn’t the only time BBC rolled the dice on Sherlock. (But more on that later.)

the adventure of sherlock holmes smarter brother (1975)

Gene Wilder is one of the kings of parody in film. Along with long time collaborator Mel Brooks, Wilder wrote, directed, and starred in a hilarious take on Sherlock Holmes. By the year 1975 there had already been so many versions of Sherlock Holmes to parody and poke fun at, that this film is a highlight in the Holmes history.

young sherlock holmes (1985)

After a decade in the purgatory of TV movies, we finally got a fresh take on the great sleuth character with Young Sherlock Holmes. We got to follow around a teenage Sherlock while he solves a mystery only he could crack.

the great mouse detective (1986)

The very next year, Disney themselves dipped into the public domain once again to find their next great animated film. The Great Mouse Detective. This is probably one of the most famous versions of the character as it is a beloved Disney film and is currently available on Disney+.

sherlock holmes (2009)

The next twenty years the TV movies had ahold of our favorite crime solver once again! However, this time Sherlock came back to the big screen in a very big way. Starring Robert Downey Jr. hot off of his career resurgence thanks to Iron Man, and the always talented Jude Law. This film was a fantastic action/adventure film that audiences absolutely adored. They even followed it up with a sequel in 2011, and a third one on its way in the next few years.

Sherlock (2010-2017)

The most adored version of Sherlock Holmes arrived the very next year, in the form of a new BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch. This show skyrocketed in pop culture leading into a giant resurgence of Sherlock fandom. It also started the giant debate of who was a better Sherlock Holmes, Benedict or Robert Downey Jr.

Elementary (2012-2019)

The show that was heavily overshadowed by the BBC Sherlock, had it’s own solid twist on the iconic characters. Dr. Watson being played by Lucy Liu, which marks the first time that Dr.Watson was a female character. The show was actually quite successful going on for seven seasons until it’s cancellation.

enola holmes (2020)

Which leads us to the latest incarnation of the Sherlock Holmes world. The Netflix movie, Enola Holmes, is taking the baton and creating its own spin. Focusing around the younger sister of Sherlock, she goes head to head with her own genius brothers as she searches for her lost mother. This film is highly anticipated and looks to be one of the biggest Netflix releases of the year.

What’s your favorite version of Sherlock Holmes? Tell us about it!

‘The Last Dance’ Review

Written by: Trey Stewart

The Last Dance – available on Netflix

All throughout the 1990s, Michael Jordan blossomed into a world-renowned superstar, becoming the savior for not only the Chicago Bulls, but for the entire sport of basketball.

More than twenty years later, the COVID-19 pandemic provided Jordan the opportunity to this time save not just basketball, but the vast landscape of the sporting world.

The Last Dance, a docuseries based around the life of Jordan, began airing on April 19, 2020, slightly over a month after sports were shut down altogether. ESPN, reeling for quality content, decided it to be in everyone’s best interest to move the series forward from its originally-scheduled June release date.

The move proved to be an undeniable success, with each episode of the series drawing record-high viewership for ESPN.

Now, being someone lacking the proper TV plan needed in order to view the documentary at the time, I was limited to waiting impatiently for the series to be released on Netflix in the United States. Exactly three months after the first episode aired on ESPN, I finally managed to sit down and take in the ordeal, binging all ten episodes as soon as they became available on Netflix.

It was well worth the wait.

The series was told in a style akin to that of a memoir, centering around the dismantling of the Chicago Bulls dynasty in 1998. Accompanying the constant flashes forward in time were throwback footage from Jordan’s life, from his days at UNC to his gambling controversies throughout the early 90s.

But above the unprecedented coverage this series granted to the average American viewer, it cemented a truth that is perhaps unbeknownst to a generation deprived of watching MJ play in real-time: Michael Jordan’s legacy and impact make him the undisputed greatest basketball player of all-time.

No knock to the likes of LeBron James, of course. There’s still plenty more of his career yet to unfold. The time to reflect on his esteemed career will soon come.

But as a former apologist for the LeBron G.O.A.T argument, watching The Last Dance swung the pendulum on my opinion and mindset.

Few athletes, or human beings for that matter, can lay claim to a greater legacy than that of Michael Jordan. Jordan’s story is one that filmmakers and writers devour, one of seemingly endless bumps in the road, leading to an eventual storybook climactic success. And in Jordan’s case, that level of success is yet to be replicated by anyone in sports history.

As entranced viewers watch Jordan’s career unfold, each chapter of his has its inevitable triumph.

His college career at UNC caps off with a game-winning shot to clinch the NCAA title over Georgetown.

His Olympic endeavors showcase him as a global icon, becoming a part of the “Dream Team,” a legendary compilation of basketball talent that cruised to a gold medal in 1992.

And his NBA career? You likely already know all about it. Shelves full of personal awards outshone by the six titles won throughout Jordan’s career, highlighted by back-to-back three-peats in the 90s.

Throughout the series, the filmmakers cut from interview-to-interview, collecting thoughts and opinions from some of basketball’s legends of the game and journalists alike. The one commonality between almost every one of them? Competitive respect.

From John Stockton to Magic Johnson and even all the way down to arguably MJ’s most-hated enemy Isiah Thomas, it would be a challenging task to attempt to find a former foe that didn’t feel a sense of respect or gratefulness for everything Jordan did for the game of basketball.

Kobe Bryant referred to Jordan as his “big brother,” during one portion of the series, highlighting Jordan’s passion to see the game carried out the right way by his succeeding generations.

Even Jordan’s former teammates, some of whom told stories of hellish episodes at practices led by taunting and berating from Jordan, displayed a type of admiration for their former teammate few athletes could ever warrant.

Take Steve Kerr, for example. During a practice in 1995, Kerr’s face found itself on the unfortunate end of Jordan’s fist.

“Practices were really intense,” Kerr explained. “Practice fights — not only on that team, there were probably three of ’em during the year on that team — on every team I played on in the late 80s, early 90s, there were a few practice fights. There was just a lot of competition, things would get out of hand, and it really wasn’t a huge deal in the grand scheme of things. For me in that case, Michael was definitely testing me, and I responded, and I feel like I passed the test and he tested me more afterwards.”

The overarching conclusion I, along with many viewers, have come to after becoming wrapped up in the enamor of The Last Dance is this: Michael Jordan is arguably the most iconic athlete of all-time.

To define greatness as limited to moments on a hardwood court or turf-laden field would be asinine. Jordan would have a well-rounded case nonetheless, but his impact stretched so much farther than that.

Jordan has a legacy that will likely remain unmatched for decades to come. He is a true legend in every sense of the word, the type of figure who your father would be honored to sit you down on the couch and tell you reminiscent tales of.

Beloved by an entire generation of basketball fans and players alike, The Last Dance perfectly encapsulates exactly how important Michael Jordan was to the world that adored him.

My one piece of advice to anyone planning to take in the series? Watch with an open heart and an open mind. Press play with an intent not to critique, but to simply admire a true saint of a game now adorn by millions.

It’s the only way to properly appreciate everything that Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all-time, was.