Supernatural Gag reel season 12!

To all my fellow Supernatural (CW, 2005-) fans. The Gag reel is up for Season 12. It took them long enough but as season 12 is now available on DVD, we have been blessed.

As a huge SPN fan, it is safe to say that one of the best things about the show is the Gag reel. We get to watch our boys act like morons during filming. So here it is guys, the moment we have all been waiting for!

Video credit: Winchestersgirl81

 

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My top 3 anticipated movies of September 2017.

*AN: Hey everyone, sorry for the large gap in posting anything. I have been away completing my final year at University.  However, I have graduated and I’m back!  I will be posting regularly more TV and Movie reviews, as well as other entertainment content. I have lots of content planned! My names April and I approve this message *

The past few months have offered plenty of great movies. Some of my favourites being Spider-Man: Homecoming (Jon Watts, 2017), Baby Driver (Edgar Wright, 2017), Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017) and Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan, 2017).  Despite these great movies, we have some pretty exciting films coming out next month, from remakes of classic horror to highly expected sequels. So without further ado, here are my top 3 anticipated movies of September.

3) Flatliners (Niels Arden Oplev, 2017) will be first released 28th September.

Some of the most asked questions we ponder about are: what happens after we die? What lies beyond life? Do I need to get out of bed this morning, like do I really need a job? (Answers: I don’t know, hopefully lots of dogs and yes, money).Well a group of students create an experiment in an attempt to answer the first two questions. They stop their hearts/ Flatline, to experience death and see where we are headed after we slip in the shower or eat an out of date sausage roll. What could possibly go wrong? Well, the afterlife doesn’t appreciate this jump between realms so part of the spirit world follows them back. (Insert some silly joke about being followed back on Instagram that will probably make me cringe when I re-read this post). It honestly looks very creepy! With disappearing figures that are trying to murder you. This science fiction horror could be a great movie, if they haven’t just shown all the good parts in the trailer. The film stars Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev, Diego Luna and James Norton so we can expect some realistic acting, BONUS!  This thriller is in fact a remake so if you want to get a good feel of the film beforehand I suggest a watch (Joel Schumacher, 1990).

 

 

2) The Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Matthew Vaughn, 2017) will be released 20th September.

The boys are back! We have more guns, more ridiculous plot lines, more eccentric villains and some Americans (they wanted to supersize the sequel). There isn’t much to say about the plot, just think JAMES BOND. We have a villain with a plan to destroy the world and our boy Eggsy needs to save the world with the help of their American cousins ‘The Statesmen’. This might end in a mini patriotic war between our great nations. One who has the annoying orange as their president and the other, who decided to divorce the rest of Europe. “It’s not me, it’s you”. It’s going to be funny, action packed and full of some great music. I am also interested to see how they play out the Harry situation (never forgive, never forget). If you have seen the first film, you will know what to expect. Guns, fun, hot men in suits, sarcasm and a cute pug! If you haven’t seen the first, go now, run, run away to the nearest computer, sit and watch it, experience cinema. I think some of my excitement stems from the fact that I was able to watch them filming one of the chase scenes in Birmingham, UK. It took them 3 days to film 1 min 34 seconds worth.

 

 

 1) IT (Andrés Muschietti, 2017) will be released 8th

Ok so first off, Ahhhhh! It looks so scary! Hollywood is bringing back the nightmare of our past clown traumas from this year. I swear if that craze starts up again I will send a strongly worded email to Stephen King himself (I’m British, this is how we show anger… that and tutting). Basically Pennywise the clown lurks around the town of Dairy and kills children. The film will focus on a group of children in particular, as they face the nightmare inducing clown. Hey Mike for Stranger things is in it…cool. In all seriousness, the original novel is terrifying and the mini-series is brilliant so they have a lot to work with. I’m sure that this is a horror film that will actually be good. Bring on the jump scares!

 

Lifted, Pixar short (Gary Rydstrom 2007)

This review is on the 2007 Pixar short Lifted, directed by Gary Rydstrom. Link to the short:

Pixar is known for some fantastic animated family films. However, when they are not making us cry with toys going into a furnace, they make Pixar shorts. These shorts often go unnoticed by audiences and are much underappreciated. In 2007 Gary Rydstrom, a Pixar sound-editor, created a hilarious short called Lifted. Rydstrom wanted to have a go at directing for the company he worked at and thus created a cleaver and wacky animation for Pixar Lovers.

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Lifted is based around the idea of an alien abduction. The classic UFO is in the dusty barren location of what looks like Texas, USA (correct me if I’m’ wrong. My British arrogance is at play here), where the alien attempts to take a human in his sleep. Unfortunately, this abduction is a part of a test for the little green man, perhaps to get his abduction licence. He fails miserably in his attempts, causing a few bumps in the road to say the least.

The short opens with the stereotypical Sci-fi alien horror, with the creepy sound effects and MASSIVE UFO. Our poor sleeping abductee starts to be slowly lifted into the air, only to be bashed in the head… about 100 times. It’s a miracle he is still alive and what is even more incredible is the fact that he is still asleep.  He gets chucked, squashed, slammed, bumped and thrown around his bedroom in a series of hilarious false movements. It’s a perfect case of visual comedy without the use of much dialogue. The frustrated humour Is bound to make you laugh at the alien’s misfortune.

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From the inside of the UFO we see our alien struggle to press the correct button out of a panel of around 1000. It brings me back to the all the failed driving test I had to take until I finally passed (but let’s not go into too much detail on that). You can’t help but feel sorry for him. But again people always enjoy someone else having a hard time in a test and having a bit of a meltdown.  His stressful reactions, the angry stairs of the instructor and the shots of our floating human being smashed around his bedroom, Is a recipe for a simple idea that is bound to cause a few laughs. Lifted is short but gets to the point and doesn’t leave the audience waiting for their first bit of comedy gold.

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I would happily watch this again ad suggest that others take some time away from the usual Pixar and pay some attention to the brilliant shorts, especially Lifted.

How have you not seen this? – Deathbyapril- April Ely.

 

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Black Mirror (Charlie Brooker- Netflix, 2011- 2016)

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The Channel 4 science fiction horror has recently moved over to Netflix, allowing for more binge watching and a larger audience.  Luckily, despite the move, they have stuck to the usual fantastic and ‘get you thinking’ story lines. You are given a terrifying insight into what the future could hold if technology is going the way it is.

My personal favourite that had me on the edge of my seat and my house mate hugging my side was episode 2 of season 3 ‘Playtest’. When an American tourist comes over to England and runs out of money, he opts to test out a new game. The game connects to your brain so only the player can see and hear the simulation. The game personifies your greatest fear in a ‘fantastic’ new horror game. You start off small and end up experiencing your very idea of hell. It really makes you understand yourself and connection to your loved ones.

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The episode start off slow and makes you wonder how this episode could possibly lead to anything good but trust me when I say this, it’s one of the best Black Mirror episodes I have seen. Much like the structure of the episode, we start off with little expectation and are then chucked straight into the deep end without little preparation towards how it will end. We are given plot twist after plot twist and are truly left shocked.

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The horror is also true, normally with Balk Mirror we are just caused to think about our inner being and how screwed we are if technology does become so advanced but this has jump scares and horrific visuals. Some horror shows do have crappy special effects in terms of creating monsters, such as the early Doctor Who, Supernatural or Grimm but this is realistic for what they aim to achieve. It is horrifically beautiful. It’s not often when you could mistake an episode of television for a high quality cinematic product.

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The show is cruel to both audience and characters and we just want the nightmare to end. What if technology does go that far??!!! I would suggest that anyone watches Black Mirror. It is high quality, full of powerful discourses and will just get you thinking.

How have you not seen this? – Deathbyapril- April Ely.

 

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Ghostbusters (Paul Feig 2016)

A few years ago Hollywood decided to re-make ‘Ghost Busters’, we were worried but excited. A fantastic series of films are being brought back for the fans to geek over and for the younger generation to be introduced to something great. However, no film really beats the original and they probably couldn’t even touch the nostalgia of the first three films.  Hollywood then though ‘hey, why not make the Ghost Busters all women?’ This caused a lot of issues but to be honest I love girl power and was definitely on board.

Ghostbusters is based around a group of scientists who catch ghosts, pretty simple idea. If I was to go into more detail I would say that a bad man goes around New York and makes machines that let ghosts outs. These ghosts then terrorise the Americans. But all I want to see if the slime ghost and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

I’m going to go straight into the decision of making the main protagonists women. There is nothing wrong with the decision, the actors do a brill job and get the job done. The Ghostbusters are smart, funny and can take down all the ghosts in New York, just like the original lot could.  The story is still told and we get a kick out of the film. Us ladies also get a bit more’ go girl Power’ but that’s about it. If they wanted to make the film any better in this sense they should have avoided pointing out that they are women within the film. ‘Women am I right?’ But we can just take it as the film laughing at those sexists who hated the idea. The film then takes this one step further by taking Thor and making him their idiot receptionist but as he’s Chris Hemsworth we can look past his IQ. Plus he has a dog called ‘My cat’ so he is 100% necessary to this film.

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The Ghostbusters new receptionist Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) in Columbia Pictures’ GHOSTBUSTERS.

The film is light-hearted and gives us a good few laughs, manages to make the supernatural decent for little children and pays constant homage to the original. I don’t’ mean they keep in the original weapon, clothes, logo and car, which they do, they literally reference the past films. We get to see the living ghostbusters throughout the film playing different characters, such as the new research assistant or the taxi driver. The stay Puft also makes a great appearance. Lines in the film also  correspond with the original theme song.  An issue with this number of references is the idea that they might rely on these factors to be good in the eyes of the fans. I only really got excited whilst watching the film when Sigourney Weaver was in the end credit scene.

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Cabbie: I don’t go to Chinatown, I don’t drive wackos, and I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!

The story over all was good, it could have been a little more horrific and perhaps humorous, you could tell that they were aiming for humour overall but some of it was too spread out. It is defiantly no Oscar Winner but will do in terms of entertainment. The characters were what made the film instead of the plot and this is something that probably shouldn’t be the case.

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I do however have some issue with the ‘funny one of the group’ Dr. Jillian Holtzman (Kate McKinnon) was supposed to be the secondary character that made you laugh the most but she often felt slightly forced and immature. She was funny but was the Jared leto’s Joker of the film. Everyone wants to be her but she wasn’t the best character in the film in terms of adding to the story.

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Erin Gilbert: What year is it?

Jillian Holtzmann: It’s 2040. Our president is a plant!

In my opinion the funniest character was Patty Tolen, the street smarts. Patty had the best one liners and was related to the original ghostbuster.

Patty Tolan: [as a ghost leaves on the subway] I guess he’s going to Queens – he’s going to be the third scariest thing on that train.

Patty Tolan: [turns around and sees a mannequin right behind her] Was that there before? Please don’t answer.

[the mannequin starts chasing her]

Patty Tolan: I said don’t answer!

Granted I am being harsh with this review. The film is funny and similar to the original in style but the target audience seems to have changed to a younger audience, which may have caused some of the immaturity. The women within the film are dominant characters to show that they can do a good job. The plot is well structured and entertaining for its genre.

 

Side note:

While i was looking for pictures to fit this post i found the best picture ever of the Stay Puft.

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How have you not seen this? – Deathbyapril- April Ely.

 

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American Horror Story Season 6 (FX,2016)

If you want top quality television and have the stomach for a bit of horror and gore then ‘American Horror Story’ is a much watch. Each season has a different story but will include the same actors so your favourite will always appear at one point or another.  The only problem with different stories is everyone has different favourite but everyone can agree that the first three seasons are the best. Season six is the latest instalment but for some reason has seemed to stray away from their usual traditions.

‘My Roanoke nightmare’ is based on a tribe that hangs around outside a house that a young couple had just bought. They torment them, break into their house and make pig noises from the garden but they never seem to really hurt any of the house members but it is only the second episode. It sounds very similar to the first season ‘Murder House’ so to ensure that audiences are kept interested FX shook up their style and turned it into a literal horror story. The story is turned into renactments of ‘real life’ encounter of Shelby and Matt Miller and other family and friends that come to stay at the house. We cut between the ‘real’ Millers and the actors. American horror story is finally a story.

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Since the new change many people have been torn between the old and the new. It’s hard to tell if the new style is any good and after 2 episodes it’s still difficult. We are missing some of the beloved conventions of the show such as the creepy opening title sequence and Evan Peters is yet to make an appearance. They have hidden a lot from the audience and it’s difficult to know where the story is headed but we can tell they survive because if they died no one would be there to tell the story.

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The excitement before the season seemed to exceed the excitement after the first episode. The marketing campaign was fantastic with FX hiding the theme of the show until the day of realise. We were giving very short teaser trailers that didn’t seem to add up. Each suggested a different story line. Some of the shorts still don’t make any sense. Anticipation was high but we were let down. I hope that the story develops into something fantastic with twists and turns and of course Evan Peters.

How have you not seen this? – Deathbyapril- April Ely.

 

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Scooby-Doo The Movie (Raja Gosnell 2002)

As a kid Scooby Doo was my favourite movie. At the age of 6 I went to the cinema with my parents and younger brother to watch this fantastic movie. I was able to see real life adaptions of my favourite cartoon characters and got to see Buffy play Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar). The childhood love for this film has stretched into my adulthood and I still think it’s one of the best kids films ever made. After stumbling upon my DVD copy hidden away I decided to relive the magic.

After the mystery Gang split up and go their separate ways for a few years, they are all invited to Mystery Island to solve well… the mystery. College kids are being turned into respectable adults (the horror) so of course there is something evil at large. However, as they still don’t get along they split up and search for clues but as this is the Mystery incorporated the feud doesn’t last too long.

The film opens with the case of the Lunar Ghost, where Daphne has been captured by the man in the mask. We are given the unrealistic conventions of the original cartoons, with shaggy (Matthew Lillard) being completely clueless, the pair miraculously surviving death traps and the characters floating in air a few seconds longer than humanly possible. You are thrown into the nostalgia straight away. Once the Lunar Ghost has been captured the fans and Pamela Anderson somehow show up to see the unmasking of Old Man Smithers. We get to hear the great “I would have gotten away with it to, if it weren’t for you rotten kids and your dumb dog…I’ll get you for this”. Yay childhood met. What we don’t usually get to see in the old cartoons though is them arguing at the end of the mission and then quitting the gang and destroying your dreams at the age of 6.

The film then cuts to the very stereotypical few years later because films find the passing of time so hard to portray. We are then given a joke that you defiantly didn’t get as a kid, a delight of re-watching any kid’s film, Shaggy in the van with smoke coming out of the top and the pair laughing like idiots. Yes we 20 year olds have accepted that Shaggy is a stoner but having the film indirectly tell us is a whole different story. When Shaggy ends up falling for a girl named Mary Jane played by Isla Fisher (who is allergic to dogs and loves Scooby snacks) you can’t help but defiantly agree that he smokes weed in his spare time. Another great ruin childhood moment is when shaggy says “you don’t need to know what Voulez-vous coucher avec moi means to love that song”. That’s enough Warner Brothers; this is a kid’s film!

Mystery Island tried to scare the gang but after years of hunting basically serial killers for a living, it’s pretty difficult. Velma (Linda Cardellini) is able to determine all the tricks of the island but when it turns out there is real monsters years of ‘it’s just a man in a mask’ becomes a lie. Even though this film is very good they still manage to taint the original. Daphne is a ninja and Fred (Freddie Prinze Jr.) is shown to be a complete moron. The worst part is the fact that Scrappy Doo is crazy and evil, like why?!

* Scooby walk in dressed as an old lady*

Daphne: “No one is stupid enough to believe that”

Fred: “who’s the ugly broad”.

Luckily they make up for this with immature fart and burp jokes by Shaggy and Scooby having a gas off in front Daphne. If this type of humour isn’t your cup of tea don’t worry because the film is filled with both visual and verbal comedy that is still hilarious now.

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As the monsters turn out to be real and aren’t animated like usual, this could be frightening for a 6 year old. To remove the fear they added lots of silly jokes between the monsters and the gang. They also made the monsters fairly stupid, again making this more of a comedy than the usual genre of the cartoons. The only time the monsters are coherent is when they possess people, bringing back the man in the mask idea so they don’t completely ruin the classics. In Shaggy’s attempt to get his friends back to normal he releases their souls. Unfortunately, they go into the wrong bodies. Daphne is in Fred’s and Fred is In Daphne’s, this again calls for some inappropriate humour whilst simultaneously being the best part of the film.

*Fred in Daphne’s body* “Hey, I can look at myself naked” *looks down bra*

The kids’ part is also removed by the clothing of the characters, I’m not one to judge but I never imagine Velma in a crop top and mini skirt. This film was certainly made with both the children and the parents in mind.

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The film ends with the conventional saving of the day and the unmasking of the villain. But unlike the usual the villain is a dog … dogs aren’t evil this film is wrong! Fred and Daphne kiss and everything is ok again because kids’ films aren’t allowed to have an unhappy ending. Overall, the film is silly and hilarious for both kids and adults. However, if you have seen this film as both, you may be surprised at to what you will see. I really advice re-watching your childhood favourites because trust me there is a lot you didn’t notice.

How have you not seen this? – Deathbyapril- April Ely.

 

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