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Halloween DCOMS Vol. 1 Twitches and Smart House Reviews

Alex (Tia Mowry) and Camryn (Tamera Mowry) are twin witches separated at birth for their own protection against the Darkness. They’re adopted by two different families, and through a little magical interference from their protectors, are reunited on their 21st birthday. They discover they have magical powers that are stronger when used at the same time. They must work together to save their homeland Coventry and themselves from the Darkness before it destroys everything and everyone they love.

I enjoyed this movie. It’s one Disney Channel’s better originals. Tia and Tamera are awesome together as always. This is basically Sister Sister with magical powers. They even meet at a clothing store like they did in Sister Sister.

Families are going to find the witchcraft in the story hard to navigate. Some are going to find it harder than others. Some will understandably want to avoid it altogether. Others aren’t going to be bothered by it. The magic involved is Bewitched level effects, though in my opinion, Bewitched did it better in the 60s than Twitches did in the 2000’s. The Darkness is meant to be scary and it has its moments, but I’ve watched Doctor Who episodes that were scarier in comparison. In the end, every family has to decide what’s best for them to watch.

SPOILER ALERT The Darkness is actually the twins’s evil Uncle who’s jealous that his brother had everything that he felt that he deserved. Together the twins use a combination of love and light to defeat him. There’s a great message about light and love being needed to defeat the darkness, but some families aren’t going to want to watch Twitches in order to get to the good message at the end. You can it now on Disney Plus.

In 1999, Disney Channel released a little sci-fi/fantasy movie called Smart House not knowing that in 2022 automated homes would be a reality. This concept was considered futuristic and probably impossible back in the 90s. A bit far-fetched for people to comprehend. Something you’d find in the Jetsons rather than something you would find in real life. Naturally, this isn’t a Halloween movie either, but it’s sci-fi, and even though it’s a bit outdated, I’m counting it!
Ben (Ryan Merriman) wins a completely automated Smart House run by an operating system known as PAT (Katey Segal). He hopes that this will deter his widowed father from marrying again since PAT will prove to be all the wife and mother that they need. He even programs her to act like a sitcom mom from the fifties. Things seem to be fine until PAT develops a mind of her own and tries to completely take over the Coopers’ lives.

Smart House was fun! An outdated concept, but still worth watching. It’s hard to believe that this is a Disney Channel Original movie. There’s no magic and it’s not a musical. This is one of the best DCOMs I’ve watched. It’s a fun story but also deals with a more serious topic. In this case it’s a teenager dealing with the loss of his mom, and his selfishness toward his dad for wanting to find love again. It makes me want to watch more older DCOMs. You can stream Smart House now on Disney Plus.

Two Cent Halloween

Descendants Trilogy

Descendants is based on The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz. I have no prior experience with the source material.

Classic Disney villains have been banished from Aurodon for their crimes and have been locked away on the Isle of the Lost for their crimes. Days before his coronation, Prince Ben (Mitchell Hope) issues a proclamation that the children of these villains be given a chance to attend Aurodon Prep and prove that they are nothing like their villainous parents.
Mal (Dove Cameron), Evie (Sophia Carson), Carlos (Cameron Boyce), and Jaye (Booboo Stewart) are chosen for this new social experiment, Maleficent (Kristin Chenoweth) sees her chance for revenge. She orders them to being back Fairy Godmother’s revenge so that the parents can get the revenge they crave on their captors. But as usual, good triumphs over evil, and because this is a Disney movie, it’s a musical. To state the obvious there’s a lot of singing. It’s High School Musical with a villainous twist.
Every generation needs its High School Musical I guess. Descendants is fun. There’s some good songs. And others that run a little too long and are annoying. But to be fair, I’m way outside of this movie’s age group, and not all High School Musical songs were great either!
The concept was great. I would’ve loved for this movie to have a bigger budget for better costumes and effects, but it was cute for TV. If Only was also too good of a song for the Disney Channel. Dove Cameron is an amazing singer! You can stream Descendants now on Disney Plus.

Six months after coming to Auradon, Jaye (Booboo Stewart), Evie (Sophia Carson), and Carlos (Cameron Boyce) has settled into their new lives except for Mal (Dove Cameron). She seems to have it all including being the girlfriend of King Ben (Mitchell Hope). But it comes with its downside and pressures. Feeling like she’s losing herself and cracking under all the pressure and expectations, she runs away back to the Isle of the Lost to get back in touch with her evil roots.
Ben goes to the Isle, along with the others, to bring Mal back. He ends up being captured by Ursula’s daughter Uma (China Anne McClaine). In exchange for Ben, she wants Fairy Godmother’s wand so that she can have her revenge against Auradon.

I enjoyed this sequel more than the original. The songs are all great (not a rotten one in the bunch!), and it’s got a more complex story with good messages (if kept in context of the story) about staying true to yourself, and people loving you for who you are and not for who they want you to be. I loved the introduction of Anna Carhcart as Dizzy Tremaine. She’s so cute! This movie is fun! You can stream it now on Disney Plus.

Summer Movie Watching Program

Favorite Childhood DCOMs Vol. 1

Jessica Olsen (Danielle Campbell) gets dragged along on her starstruck sister’s quest to track down pop star sensation Christopher Wilde (Sterling Knight) Jessica and Christopher cross paths multiple times and end up on the run from the paparazzi. She learns that there’s way more to Christopher than his celebrity persona, and he rediscovers how to function like a normal human being when the cameras aren’t around.

I’m reminded that not every Disney star should’ve been handed a musical or singing contract (How the heck did Mitchell Musso get a record deal?! Why?). I don’t know why Disney thought if you can act, you can also sing. And even if you can’t sing well, we’ll get someone to do it for you. Aside from the title song, Sterling Knight doesn’t sing any of the songs, but hey, he can act and is cute! Two out of three ain’t bad I guess!

This movie is fun and cute. It was one of my favorites as a kid. I enjoyed it so much I bought it. Now 11 years later, the beginning is slow and harder to get into. Once the movie gets going, it’s funny, and enjoyable and the romance is sweet. It’s still one of my favorite DCOMs. Leaves me feeling nostalgic, and I don’t know why because being a teenager sucked, but at least the movies were fun and the boys were cute to look at. Stream Starstruck now on Disney Plus.

Carter Mason (Selena Gomez) and Rosie Gonzales (Demi Lovato) couldn’t be more different. Carter’s a tomboy. Rosie’s a princess. Two completely different girls from two completely different worlds. When Rosalinda’s country is attacked and her mother taken hostage, Major Mason (Tom Verica) rescues her and forces her into the Princess Protection Program. Carter and Rosie are thrown together when Rosie moves in with the Masons. Personalities clash as they learn how to get along. Carter teaches Rosie how to be a normal teenager, and Rosie teaches Carter that there’s more to being a Princess than crowns and fancy dresses.

Princess Diaries meets secret agents in Princess Protection Program, one of the best DCOMs when I was growing up. I enjoyed rewatching this even more than Camp Rock! Demi and Selena are at their best here playing characters who don’t get along even though they were best friends at the time (Their actual friendship shines through in several scenes). And Disney is at their best when making princess movies. This is my favorite DCOM that isn’t a musical or involve a pop star in any way. It’s almost too bad we never got a sequel. But why mess with perfection. You can stream it now on Disney Plus.

Favorite quote: “I am not a fool. And she cannot make something out of me that I am not.”~ Rosie