Disenchanted

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of movies

{3.5/5} “I love festivals, we have them all the time where I come from. They were usually interrupted by evil forces of some kind, but when they weren’t they really brought people together.” Disenchanted, released in 2022 Giselle and Robert decide to move to Monroeville, but teenaged Morgan isn’t happy about it. Morgan doesn’t have […]

Wednesday (season 1)

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{5/5} “‘Please excuse Wednesday, she’s allergic to colour.’ ‘What happens to you?’ ‘I break out into hives and then the flesh peels off my bones.’” — Morticia, Enid & Wednesday Wednesday season 1, aired in 2022 Gomez and Morticia Addams send their daughter Wednesday to a new boarding school, Nevermore, because she was expelled from […]

Lovecraft Country

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{5/5} “Nature holds itself impervious to the wishings of would-be sorcerers. But… There are cracks. Not exceptions to the rules, you understand — there’s no such thing — but special cases, natural anomalies that can be discovered and exploited by men of sufficient vision.” Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff, published in 2016 Atticus returned home […]

The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

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{5/5} “‘That was such a heartbreaking story.’ ‘I know, I hate stories where everybody lives.’” — Mantis & Drax The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, released in 2022 When Christmastime arrives on Nowhere, a band creates a song about it for Peter Quill but it’s not exactly accurate. Mantis and Drax get the idea […]

Jane the Virgin (season 5)

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{5/5} “I’m a more selfish person than you, so sometimes I forget to think about other people, but I’m working on it, OK?… But hey, it is who I am so don’t expect, like, a huge change.” — Petra Jane the Virgin season 5, aired in 2018-19 Somehow Michael is alive, but he has amnesia […]

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

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{5/5} “Sometimes books don’t find us until the right time.” The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, released in 2022 A. J. Fikry owns a bookstore. He had a copy of a rare book that he was planning to auction off and retire on the proceeds. But someone stole it. Or maybe he did something […]

Star Trek: The Lives of Dax

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{4.5/5} “It was that smile that won me, made me want to know the Trill more deeply. The humor was there, some joke that I could not quite see. And Dax was inviting me to open my eyes, as if he had greater confidence in my potential than I did.” (from “The Music Between the […]

DaCapo Chamber Choir’s “Earthrise”

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I attended the DaCapo Chamber Choir’s concert “Earthrise.” Here’s the program: Henry Purcell – Hear My Prayer, O Lord Nicholas Ryan Kelly – Loam Jeff Enns – Moonset R. Murray Schafer – Epitaph for Moonlight Nicholas Ryan Kelly – Earthrise Leonard Enns – This Thirsty Land* Frank Ticheli – There Will Be Stars Special guests […]

Enola Holmes 2

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{5/5} “‘Wait here, keep guard. If anyone comes, tell them you’re a lord or something.’ ‘I am a lord.’ ‘Well then, they’ll likely believe you.’” Enola Holmes 2, released in 2022 Enola has opened her own detective agency but most potential clients can’t get past the fact that she’s a girl. Just when she thinks […]

Ari Eldjárn: Pardon My Icelandic

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{5/5} “The average Dane is more organized than the Icelandic prime minister ever will be.” Ari Eldjárn: Pardon My Icelandic, aired in 2020 Ari Eldjárn is an Icelandic comedian who brings his talents to the English-speaking world in this special. He talks about Nordic crime shows that became popular in the UK. He compares Nordic […]