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Netflix Brings its A-Game for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina



Netflix’s new Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series is easily the best new show to come out this fall next to the latest season of Daredevil. While it doesn’t necessarily break new ground it manages to turn its heroine into a role model for young girls and a definitive badass.


Let’s be honest, there’s been a bit of a gap since Buffy went off the air all those years ago.  There have been plenty of copycats, from BBC’s Class to almost every CW show that has aired since, but only Sabrina seems to really nail the vibe. That’s saying quite a lot given the shoes it is trying to fill.

Putting the show on Netflix rather than the CW was definitely a good move. It allows the show to tell a tighter story across 12 episodes rather than dragging it out across 23 or more. That means the producers can put their efforts into bringing in an A-list cast (which they have) and creating a totally unique world (doubly so).

By the end of the pilot episode the viewer knows exactly what kind of world Sabrina lives in and, more or less, how it works. This isn’t your grandmother’s Sabrina. Hell, it isn’t even your parent’s Sabrina. The modern Sabrina could kick the Sabrina from the 90s ass and she’s way younger.


Much of that has to do with the instant paradigm shift in storytelling. This Sabrina has grown up knowing she’s a half-witch, it’s not an earth shattering surprise when her 16th birthday rolls around. The more alien part of her life isn’t the supernatural, it’s the mortal part. She knows what she’s supposed to become but doesn’t know if she wants it. Contrast that to the 90s Sabrina where everything revolved around being invited to a cool party or asking out a boy. The stakes are much higher this time around.

Much emphasis is placed on her Dark Baptism which, all things considered, is handled really well. Despite the fact that she’s a part of a coven and deals directly with Satan everyone’s stance is that while they might worship Satan it’s not that much different from any other religion. Her Dark Baptism is directly compared to a Bat Mitzvah or a quinceanera making it immediately relatable.

The show itself isn’t afraid to be gutsy and it shows right from the start. Kiernan Shipka plays Sabrina totally straight, despite all the craziness surrounding her. Even her aunts (Lucy Davis and Miranda Otto) which tend to be portrayed as zany in the past have many layers to them and arrive as three-dimensional characters, not just comic relief.


If anyone suffers though it’s Sabrina’s boyfriend Harvey (Ross Lynch), he’s not given much to work with in the show. To be fair, he’s not the focus, but the audience never really gets to know him, which is a shame since he’s someone Sabrina considers close. Sabrina pulls a mind wipe on him in the first episode which, while understandable, seems to really lessen the character. It makes him expendable and way too malleable of a character to get invested in with the series.

It should be noted that despite the title and its comic book origins, this Sabrina is actually scary. There are plenty of monsters and demons and villains that it might unnerve younger viewers. For those that want to introduce their children to the world of Sabrina I would start with the comic books and work your way up to this version.


Having already been renewed for a second season it will be fascinating to see where the show goes. It’s a brand new world out there for the teenage witch and anything could happen.

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Finally, the Cinderella story of the Richmond Greyhounds has come to an end.



We are now in a new season for the team, and they have started off on the wrong
foot. The team is broken up and Ted has his work cut out for him. The team goes
through a slump, and Ted is now doubting his coaching ability. Ted’s personal life
has also gotten out of control, and he discovers his ex-wife Michelle has started a relationship with their therapist. The wonderkid, Nathan Shelley, the former manager of West Ham has had a change of heart and leaves his job to be with his one true love, the waitress from his favorite restaurant.

She convinces him to return to the Richmond team he started out in and it’s quite evident that
everyone wants him back and held no hard feelings. All of Lawrence’s series he has worked on with others have just that right balance of slice-of-life drama with a little bit of ridiculous comedy that reality dishes us, normal folks, every day.

This all comes to a head in the potential series finale where Ted announced to
Rebecca that he will be returning to the States to his family after his mother tells
him that his son misses him. This puts the Richmond owner into quite a state of denial; doing everything from offering Ted the position of being the highest-paid coach in the league to selling the team after he leaves. The team is also affected by this decision as they perform a number from the musical The Sound of Music that is a more than touching farewell to this family.

This bleeds into their playing as in the final title match the first half is met with
bumbling and possible injuries to their star player Jamie.
After an energizing pep talk and a circle back to the first motivator in the
beginning, a sign Ted made up that said “BELIEVE”, the team dominate the second
half and win with a rousing closing scene that is reminiscent of any 80’s party
movie. It’s a fitting end for this pandemic darling that emotionally carried us through. It is
a must-see series even if you don’t like soccer (football).

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No Question Mark Box Here; Super Mario Delivers a 1-Up in Theaters



If you were born in the ’80s, ’90s, or literally ANY decade after those, you know about Super Mario. A cultural phenomenon was brought to life on the big screen this last weekend. One that has not only stood the test of time but reinvented itself time and time again. This wasn’t even the first time it’s been made into a movie but, well, let’s be honest.. some of us choose not to acknowledge the LIVE action adaptation of the beloved game from 30 years ago. 

It was pretty bad… But this was animation. ILLUMINATION animation at that. The Universal company that brought us Gru and his Minions, showed us the Secret Life of Pets, and gave us a reason to SING! Still, I had my reservations and even some concerns, especially when the casting was announced. 

 Eyebrows were raised. As big of stars as they were on paper, could they really deliver on voicing characters from a staple of our childhood? They did.

Chris Pratt and Charlie Day may not be Italian, and Jack Black may not be a King or Turtle creature from the Mushroom Kingdom, but they make the characters their own all while paying homage to the lore of a video game. 

From the jump, the story reintroduces us to the brothers that just want to save Brooklyn one clogged sink at a time. We feel an instant connection and relate to these “underdogs of the plumbing world”. The movie is riddled with easter eggs, each of which tugs on the heartstrings of every generation of Mario fandom. And the soundtrack was beautifully put together to not only make us feel like we’re taking a walkthrough of the game but like an experience all its own with some familiar favorites thrown in.

Every word in the movie is pure eye candy for both those that are casual fans, and those analyzing every frame to see what they’ll catch next. Bowser’s ship, the Mushroom Kingdom, Kong’s arena, and the Rainbow Road.. They’re all meant to give us just enough of a “new” look at these amazing worlds, but stay true to how we remember them.

The movie itself moves along at the perfect pace. Although, if you don’t really know ANYTHING about the Super Mario Bros, you may have gotten a little lost and felt left behind in the green tunnel. But that’s ok! It’s an adventure of the imagination and a classic story of a boy that meets a girl and tries to save the world from a monster that wants to destroy it.

What’s funny is that you could easily say this is a story about two characters who couldn’t be more opposite if they tried, battling to win the heart of a princess. Who would’ve thought that the King of the Koopas was just trying to impress his crush?

And that song? Ohhh THAT song! It’s my new ringtone and deserves the Oscar for Best Original Song.

Back to the movie. 

Universal and Illumination clearly understood the assignment. Is it missing some things or could things have been done differently or even better? Absolutely! We’re the worst critics of the things we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts. But if you’re up for going on a 90-minute adventure through amazing worlds, with awesome music, and characters that’ll make you smile and laugh, then this is the perfect movie to spring you into that warm summer feeling.

Plus there’s the whole part with karts and shells, and banana peels and oh my goodness how amazing was that?? It’s enough to make you want to stand up and cheer, then go home and destroy your friends and family on your favorite track haha.

The bottom line, it pays homage in all the right ways to the little guy with the mustache, while giving us something new and exciting. Take the kids and go see Super Mario Bros. You’ll be glad you did!

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Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023



Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Opening Act Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. on North 200A. Talent confirmed so far to participate in the post-screening panel is Natalie Alyn Lind (Big Sky, The Goldbergs, Gotham) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and longtime RWBY cast member Lindsay Jones (Camp Camp) as Ruby, Kara Eberle ( RWBY: Ice Queendom) as Weiss, Arryn Zech (Detective Now Dead) as Blake and Barbara Dunkelman (Blood Fest) as Yang – along with Jeannie Tirado (Soul, Saints Row) as Green Lantern and Tru Valentino (The Rookie, The Cuphead Show!) as a cyborg. Also attending the panel will be producer/director Kerry Shawcross (series RWBY) and writer Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural, Justice Society: World War II).

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023 with the big screen debut from DC Animated Films: highlights this year include the world premieres of the highly anticipated Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham and Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Part One the weekend of March 24-26 in Anaheim, California. Both screenings will be followed by panel discussions with actors and creators. Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham premieres at The Arena on Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Tati Gabrielle (Kaleidoscope, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Uncharted) as Kai Li Cain, Christopher Gorham (The Lincoln Lawyer, Insatiable) as Oliver Queen, David Dastmalchian (Dune, Suicide Squad, Ant-Man) as Grendon, producer/co-director Sam Liu (The Death and the Return of Superman), co-director Christopher Berkeley (Young Justice) and screenwriter Jase Ricci (Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem Across the Multiverse).

Both films will have encore screenings in the Arena on Sunday, March 26. Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One will screen at 12:15pm, followed by Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham at 2:00pm

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