Way out in the middle of nowhere, sits this pretty gothic house. Inside the house are all sorts of forgotten creatures and misunderstood monsters, and that includes the lady of the house, Christine O’Connell herself.
Christine put back together the roadkill pie that was trash-panda-I-mean-raccoon Rose and made her live again, invited Rankle the Egyptian mummy-cat to live with her, adopts Edgar the lost werewolf-monster, she even has a tentacle friend who lives in the fridge called Millie, and the ghost in the mirror is even played by Dita von Teese herself.
So Christine is everything you ever wanted in a gothic Addams Family version of Martha Stewart – soft-spoken but firm, kind and accepting but just slightly murderous too, Christine can sew her own evening dresses, bake the ginger-dead house of your dreams, and decorate with delightful darkness for damn near any occasion. Christine lovingly takes in the misbegotten boogies of the world and gives them a safe home to relax in, teaching tolerance of the strange and unusual while also emitting strong defense when her guignol of a made family is threatened.
The show boasts 6 introductory episodes, each with a little wraparound mini-story about Christine and her monstrous pals, and then at least two spooky projects Christine demonstrates for us the audience to try. The first episode introduces the werewolf-like creature Edgar (voiced by Mick Ignis), so of course Christine has to welcome him to his new home with peanut-butter pretzel bones, mini-Edgar treats made from rice cereal treats, and an edible cake mansion we none of us could recreate to save our lives! Subsequent episodes involve spectacularly spooky gift baskets for nosy neighbors, murderous visits from family and make your own edible chocolate china, a date night with Norman (Adam Mayfield) from the cemetery and make your own dress with darts, a birthday episode for the patchwork creature Rose, and of course, the epitome of it all, the Halloween-everything episode.
Most of Christine’s proposed projects are actually possible, especially with the art supplies available at crafty stores like Michaels and Joannes. She does reiterate in every episode that her level of art takes a ton of practice and patience, and she’s been doing this for years now, so try not to get discouraged in the beginning. I will state for the record though, to always make sure the tools you’re using to create foodstuffs are as clean as possible, and that I personally don’t think it’s a good idea to use a Dremel on crafts you intend to eat.
All in all, The Curious Creations of Christine O’Connell is an adorable little show for the Halloween-hearted in many of us, and we truly hope a second season is in the making!
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