The Craft: Legacy

A young girl has a tough time adapting to her new life after moving to her stepdad’s town until she finds out that she’s a witch… Instead of the film being a remake of The Craft (1996), it is a sequel set 20 years after the original.

We both love movies and TV shows involving teenagers with powers (witches, werewolves, vampires,…), so The Craft: Legacy was a hit for our first movie of the holidays. It was fun and entertaining with enough twists to keep us interested until the end.

Of course, it involves a few rituals for witch three occult consultants were hired by the production.

Writer/director Zoe Lister-Jones based much of the film and its characters in her own adolescent experiences. When she was in seventh grade she shaved her head and wore men’s leisure suits, so she was often misgendered. She also moved into her mother’s boyfriend’s house at a young age and had to adapt to living with young men she hadn’t grown up with. (source: IMDB)

Lately, we’ve started a rerun of X-Files on Amazon Prime and we’ve been quiet shocked to see how David Duchovny has turned.

Seriously, what happened? I know that he’s really into fitness lately, did he abuse hormones or is it the natural ageing of the awesome Fox Mulder? After all, not everybody can stay young forever, except Tom Cruise, of course.


An Eventful Week-End

We’ve built an entire winter village, we’ve received our Homepod Mini, we’ve transferred our characters to another Realm and we’ve even seen Donald Trump, beat that!

Our Winter Village

Since it was impossible to log in World of Warcraft this week-end, mostly because of the impossibly long queues, we decided to cozy up and build our Lego Winter Village while watching Christmas movies. It was amazing and I only wish that there were more buildings available or that they would re-release the holiday train (which I’d buy in a blink).

Apple Homepod Mini

We bought it to replace our Bose Mini speaker. I had no expectations and I was already resolved not to use Siri because I thought that I would feel silly talking alone in my apartment.

First, setting it up was as easy as usual: detected and recognized by all my Apple devices out of the box. The sound quality is amazing, it fills perfectly my living-room without exaggerating the bass like Bose usually does.

What I use the most is Siri. Yes, I know what I said earlier, but operating my music player without having to use anything else than my voice is incredibly useful. I can navigate through my music, set up a timer, check the time or the weather and even add songs to my playlists without having to get up.

Realm Transfer

Draenor is the most populated WoW server in the world. How does that translate in terms of gameplay: horrible lag, impossible queues and a constant feeling that you’re about to be disconnected. What do you get in return? Full cities and people everywhere, very active chats the feeling to be part of a huge community. Is it worth all the negative points? Certainly not!

We’re now less than a week from our winter holidays and I can’t picture myself waiting 2 hours in a queue only to be disconnected after an hour and returned at the back of the queue.

And the problems aren’t only related to the launch of Shadowlands, we’ve been experiencing laggy zones for months, which makes relaxing activities like fishing nerve-wrecking.

When Blizzard announced the free transfers to lower population realms, we moved our guild and all our characters to Stormscale. The cities are still filled with people, the prices at the auction house are decent and the experience is entirely lag-free, even fighting mobs or summoning our mounts feel smoother.

As the transfers were complete, I had to change the names of a few characters, since they were already used on the destination server. My Blood Elf Paladin is now named “Dumar” and I love it, it has a nice crusader ring to it.

We’ve seen Donald Trump

We were building our Lego village while watching Christmas movies, among which: Home Alone 2. As Kevin is alone in New York, he ends up at the Plaza hotel where he asks his way to no one else than Donald Trump.

Donald, you’re everywhere lately!


1BR

“Sarah tries to start anew in LA, but her neighbours are not what they seem.” (source: IMDB)

The movie isn’t bad but it’s just not my cup of tea. It’s a bit psychological, but not too much. Things happen, but slowly. I don’t know how I made it until the end without falling asleep and I don’t even know why I don’t feel like trashing the movie in this post.

Maybe that it was a good movie but that it wasn’t really my kind of horror. I’m more of a “teens get murdered in the woods” or “my sister is possessed” kind of guy. 1BR plays on the nerves the frustration, a bit too much for my Saturday evening.


The Wretched

“A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parents’ imminent divorce, faces off with a thousand year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman next door.” (source: IMDB)

The wretched was our main movie for Halloween eve and we’ve enjoyed it. It won’t become a classic in our collection but amidst nowadays drama garbage that poses as horror, The Wretched was a nice movie with a few scares and a good ambiance.

This is horror the way I like it: a b-movie with a creepy vibe that doesn’t pretend to do anything else but to keep us entertained on a Saturday evening. The effects were well done, especially when the monster enters or gets out of the human it uses as a host.

Extra points for the score in the first scene, I actually paused the movie to Shazam the title: Joypopp – Desire (Lueur Verte Remix). It’s always a good sign when a movie starts with a good song…


Would You Rather

“Desperate to help her ailing brother, a young woman unknowingly agrees to compete in a deadly game of “Would You Rather,” hosted by a sadistic aristocrat.” (source: IMDB)

What I love about the movie is that its raw simplicity often triggers the question “what would I rather do?”.

This movie is among my favorite movies of all times. Not only because the plot is great, but because it features one of my favorite actors: Jeffrey Combs. I’ve discovered him through his many roles throughout the Star Trek franchise and, to see him in such a movie, was pure enjoyment.

While the rest of the cast is great, Sasha Grey is as fantastic as she is cruel. Just to keep a souvenir, here is a picture of her electrocuting her elderly neighbor.


The Descent 1 & 2

Since we’re trying to keep as many new movies (and there are so few at the moment) as we can for our Christmas holidays, we’ve been doing reruns of our classics.

Years ago, we only had good things to say about the first Descent movie… This time was different, it felt slow, almost like psychological drama. I felt asleep before the end.

The next week-end, we watched the second chapter and we had a much better time. Even if the blood looks like ketchup on a hot summer day, the action was uninterrupted by unnecessary drama scenes. Even the characters were less annoying than in the original movie.

Are our tastes changing with the years? Does that mean that I would enjoy Alien 2 over the original? Well, there’s only one way to find out. To be continued…


The Babysitter: Killer Queen

Ok, the plot isn’t transcending. You can send your brain on holidays when you watch this movie, you won’t need it anyway!

The camera work, the actors, the slasher scenes, everything else is great. I personally prefer the first chapter, but I wasn’t disappointed by this Saturday eve pop-corn movie.

While each character brings something, I especially like the father of Melanie who’s like The Big Lebowski gone gamer. Just as with Badger from Breaking Bad, I wish that I had a neighbour like that.


Paranormal Activity rerun

Another serie we love to rewatch every year during the hot summetimes. Paranormal Activity still remains, in my opinion, one of the most unsettling horror series ever made. No matter how many times I’ve watched these movies, they still make me feel ill at ease at night. Evil witches, and possession always do the trick for me.

One thing is for sure, I’ll never set up a camera in my place at night. Whatever happens at night, will stay in the night, like they say: “ignorance is bliss”. I prefer it that way.

Every time we’re watching Paranormal Activity, Sardoken and I can’t stop talking about how gorgeous the houses are in these movies (with exception of the Marked Ones). Even though, I prefer my normal little apartment over a haunted place anytime. I wanted to add some stills to this post, but they were too dark and didn’t do any justice so, instead I’m adding a picture of the the livingroom in The Ghost Dimension:

On the right you see a fraction of what is the biggest and most glorious Christmas tree I’ve ever seen in a house. It’s beginning September, and I’m already in full Christmas spirit… thank you Ghost Dimension.


Harry Potter rerun

Every summer, Sardoken and I love to rewatch all Harry Potter movies during the annual mind-numbing heatwave. This year, no exception. There we were hanging in the couch, suffering the scorching temperatures, trying to alleviate our pain by watching one of our favourite movie series. After all this time, still as magical as ever.

Instead of ranting endlessly about the heat, here’s one particular scene with my favourite Hogwarts teacher, professor Slughorn:


Palm Springs

This is the first movie we’ve watched during our one week of summer holidays. We thought it would be fitting our mood of sun and blue sky during this strange month of July. For some reason, I’ve believed all my life that Palm Springs is a place on the border of a beach with lots of palm trees, imagine my surprise seeing a desert instead. I immediately googled Palm Springs after watching the movie, and yes, it apparently is a desert resort city in California. I’ve learned a new thing that day…

The movie was fun to watch, Andy Samberg was as hilarious as always. Movies about time loops always reach their best point when the people who are stuck in them, accept their fate and completely let go. Throwing a bomb at a wedding, dressing up like a pirate, camping in the desert while stoned and watching dinosaurs pass,… life would be so much fun if none of your actions would have any consequences, the day starts over and over again anyway.

Also, those inflatable pizzas look so comfy, I could see Chris and I floating on one of those babies in our imaginary pool.

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