Ouija (White, 2014)

Scary opening albeit horror cliche extravaganza (like a 2 sec “ohhh” to remind us that she’s scared and the dusty old doll found in an attic). Movie has decent teen victim perfs esp the UK’s Ovilia Cooke.  Most of the death scenes are effective but completely derivative.  Horrible score.  Barely makes it above water after complete indulgence in said cliches. ** / ***** Continue reading Ouija (White, 2014)

The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 14, “Grove”

“Are You Mad at Me?!” Season 2 grinded to a halt at Hershel’s farm and its too idyllic collection of live bodies and sexual innuendo. The Walking Dead has started to stall in the latter half of Season 4 until Grove. This with Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) and her sis, Mika, collected with adults Carol and Tyreese and baby Judith. Until about 30 minutes in we are given the same character development episode that is starting to bog down this season. No more spoilers as more than one plot point ends here in tragedy. Lizzie and Mika have had an important … Continue reading The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 14, “Grove”

The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 12, “Still”

No spoilers, this time, really. Whoops, you missed my review of Episode 11, Claimed, because I haven’t written it yet – just notes. I’m sure you are waiting with baited breath. Some critics believe that television is a “dumbed down” medium with a superficial and hurried mode of narrative, which never requires the audience to think deeply about anything. Not so in The Walking Dead, even as the latter half of this season presents us segments that stand alone (some study I saw read the attention gap of the average American TV viewer is five minutes), but always connected to … Continue reading The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 12, “Still”

The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 10, “Inmates”

***WARNING. SPOILERS AHEAD*** Terminus. Hinted at in the beginning of Season 4 as the “Sanctuary,” Episode 10 brings back the other members of the group not featured in 9, “After.” Daryl and the now Daddy less Beth; Tyreese, Mika, Lizzie and yes, an alive and well baby Judith Grimes (who didn’t think she would make it back after the bloody carseat tease in 4/8?). Judith appears well cared for with mysterious bottles of formula appearing out of nowhere except for the fact that Lizzie seems hell bent on suffocating her to death to avoid the attention of walkers. How long … Continue reading The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 10, “Inmates”

The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 9, “After”

***WARNING. MANY SPOILERS AHEAD*** After the brilliant mid-season climactic Episode 8, “Too Far Gone,” possibly the best episode yet, we get a welcome return to Atlanta’s wasteland. The Group is split, we don’t know if baby Judith is alive, Rick is barely walking, his head recently severely broken up by The Governor. The Governor got his comeuppance in Episode 8, courtesy of Michonne’s Samurai sword and a gunshot to the head courtesy of his “wife.” He will reappear. We see nothing of the Group in After with the exception of Rick and his now very grown up and hardened teenager, … Continue reading The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 9, “After”