Episode 1: ‘Black Hat Society Part 1’
Welcome back to the insane supernatural world of Willard’s Mill, forever in progress! When we last left our heroes, heroines, bad guys and losers, Sheriff Evie was in a serious pickle, so let’s dive right in to save her, yet again!
Our favorite former Sheriff Stan Miller (John C. McGinley) can simply never catch a break, we know this. He knows damned well this alternate Willard’s Mill, with freaking Leon (Nate Mooney) as the Sheriff, simply isn’t right. Something’s not right, something’s missing, perhaps someone. And we all know by now, when our favorite curmudgeon Stan gets a bee in his bonnet, neither heaven nor the underworld will prevent him from getting to the bottom of things!
Willard’s Mill has a witches coven, because of course it does, duh. And inevitably, like all the other reluctant-grin-inducing humor of the town, this particular coven is called the Black Hat Society. The BHS has tons of prophecies and yes, this disappearance of Evie brings one of the major ones about Stan to the forefront. Stan is “the prophesied one”, after all. He has all kinds of stuff to take care of, but for right now, gotta go dig up a grave.
Anywhere else but Willard’s Mill, and we might look at you funny. But no, a wraith was buried in this nasty grave with the faded ‘Barret’ marker, and only Stan can deal with it!
Episode 2: ‘Black Hat Ssociety Part 2’
How exactly does a wraith in a grave from more than a hundred years ago still have eyes? What are wraith eyes like, anyways? Well whatever. Stan has the two eyeballs and uses them to go through a special room in the old Eccles farm to go way back to the 1600’s, to attend Evie Barret’s (Janet Varney) execution.
Wait, what? It turns out, Constable Thaddeus Eccles (Randall Newsome) was in charge of law, if you can call it that, in Willard’s Mill way back in somewhere around 1698 or so. And Eccles was a bad, bad man. Eckles sent his own daughter Constance, herself a budding witch, through time to do battle with anyone who might try to stop him here in the present, and that of course means fighting Stan and Evie and anyone else who might try to stop them!
Constance herself seems to have inherited her fathers sense of the ridiculous use of witchcraft and sorcery, which she clearly demonstrates when she smooshes together a pair of hapless teenagers to use as fodder sent against Stan and company. Stan’s own daughter Denise (Deborah Baker Jr.) usually gets the best one-liners of the show, everything from bad names for a home tooth-cleaning service to the smirking result of the two-in-one being hit by a car: “Teenagers sure are full of goo!”
Perhaps the best thing about our griping, forever-tired sourpuss of a retired Sheriff Stan, is his giant heart. For all that he bitches about all the supernatural nonsense going on around him, Stan never lets it get him down completely. He spent these first two episodes of Season 2 trying desperately to bring Evie back, and in the end, as he confronts Constance Eccles and could’ve killed her, his mercy and gigantic heart is what saved all of Willard’s Mill. And as a thank-you for Stan’s kindness, Constance Eccles left him a clue we all found intriguing: ‘Find Gerard Ducett, and may God help you.’
Don’t crap an apple, watch Stan Against Evil Season 2 on AMC.com now!
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).
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!
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