Two Cent Halloween, Uncategorized

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 Naturally, this isn’t a Halloween movie either, but it’s sci-fi, and even though it’s a bit outdated, I’m counting it!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.

Summer Movie Watching Program

Chip n’ Dale Rescue Rangers Review

After the their popular show Chip n’ Dale Rescue gets canceled the once inseparable chipmunks part ways. Dale (Andy Samberg) clings to his fame by attending comic cons and Chip (John Mulaney) sells insurance. Things are anything but chipper when the estranged friends must once again team up to find their old costar Monterrey Jack who’s been kidnapped by an aging and bitter Peter Pan (Will Arnett).

I’ve never watched an episode of the original cartoon, but this movie was fun! It full of cheesy jokes and was overflowing with Easter eggs. My favorite scene involves Paul Rudd at a comic con promoting his new movie Aunt Man. Ugly Sonic also makes an appearance, Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman voices Baloo for some reason. Odd casting choice but it works. And it’s always amusing when childhood cartoons swear. Chip n’ Dale not necessarily family friendly anymore! Gadget the mouse and Dipper the fly have kids which means an abomination of nature was committed. Overall it’s an entertaining movie that should at least be watched once.

I couldn’t think of another movie more perfect to pair with Rescue Rangers than Roger Rabbit. Especially since people usually compare the two on social media.

Blast From The Past, Summer Movie Watching Program

Camp Rock Duology

I was so excited for this movie! When it first premiered, it aired on 3 different channels. We didn’t have Disney channel, but we did have ABC. I able to watch it the night it premiered.

Shy singer/songwriter Mitchie (Demi Lovato) wants to go to Camp Rock, but her parents can’t afford it. All hope is lost, until her mom gets hired as the camp cook.

Shane Gray (Joe Jonas) is serving time at his uncle’s camp after letting the fame of being the lead singer of Connect 3 go to his head. While on the run from obsessed fans, Shane overhears Mitchie singing, but doesn’t know it’s her. He becomes obsessed with finding the person the voice belongs to, but Mitchie’s lies about who she really is might keep him from finding out!

So how well does Camp Rock hold up from 12 to 26?

It was more enjoyable for me to rewatch than High School Musical. The acting was more natural. Since it’s set at a music camp, all of the songs are performed during classes and talent showcases which makes more sense than bursting into a song and dance number in the middle of the cafeteria. But then Camp Rock was always my favorite because I was obsessed with the Jonas Brothers. I’d choose to rewatch this over the original HSM. You can stream it now on Disney Plus.

Shane (Joe Jonas) and Mitchie (Demi Lovato) and the rest of the campers are back for another Summer at Camp Rock, but things are different than last year. Camp Star, a flashier career minded camp owned by Brown’s rival, Axel Turner, has moved in across the lake. Camp Star is determined drive Camp Rock out of business. Things become so competitive between the camps that a Camp Wars is held to determine the winner. Mitchie becomes so laser focused she forgets that the real reason for Summer camp is to have fun.

I enjoyed the sequel just as much as the first. It has some great, and Nick and Kevin get bigger roles this time around. The story doesn’t end like you expect it will, and that’s what I like best about this movie. A good lesson on even if things don’t go the way you want them to, things can still end well or in some cases better than originally planned. Stream it now on Disney Plus.

2¢ Christmas

Disney Plus Christmas Finds Plus Princess Switch 3

Godmother-in-training, Eleanor (Jillian Bell) is determined to save the Godmothering profession by granting the wish of former 10 year old child, present day adult Mackenzie (Isla Fisher) The only problem is that Mackenzie no longer believes in fairy tales and has a limited time to convince her before the portal back to the Motherland is closed forever!

Godmothered is the knock-off Enchanted, a complete copycat set at Christmas time. It’s like the people at Disney forced the writers and Jillian Bell to watch Enchanted repeatedly until the writers could knock out a copy-and-paste plotline and she could copy Amy Adams’s performance of Giselle perfectly. From the voice to the mannerisms to several similar plot points, Godmothered doesn’t bring anything new to the table in terms of story or performance. But it still manages to be a total blast anyway. I guess if the formula ain’t broke don’t fix it! Watch it now on Disney Plus.

After a Christmas gone wrong, Rowena (Scarlett Estevez) asks Santa for a do-over. When her wish is granted, she tries to recreate old family memories without her family. She then decides to get her parents back together. She eventually learns to accept her family as they are, and to help others around her.

After a hard-to-sit through beginning, Christmas Again?! becomes the fun Groundhog Day-esque movie it’s meant to be. At times it’s funny, and at times it tugs at the heartstrings. Overall it’s a cute Christmas TV movie worth seeing once. Streaming now on Disney Plus.

Clara (Mackenzie Foy) receives one last gift her late mother: A music box with no key. At her godfather’s party, she follows a golden thread that leads her into a parallel universe featuring characters from The Nutcracker. She finds the key which is immediately stolen sending her on a mission to find it.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a hot, pastel-colored mess. The writers were probably high on something. At least that’s what it feels like. The only interesting thing about this movie was the twist with the villain. That’s it. It’s long. It’s boring. The score is great. The credits are fantastic! (And not because I watched them, but because it meant the movie was over!) You’re not missing out on anything, if you don’t watch it. There are better options out there, but it’s on Disney Plus if you want to check it out for yourself.

After Santa dies, his son Nick (Bill Hader) inherits the role of Santa. Right before Christmas, he runs away when the pressures of his new job get to him. Now his sister Noelle (Anna Kendrick) has to track him down and bring him back home before their cousin Gabe (Billy Eichner) ruins Christmas for most of the world’s children.

This was cute. It was slow in the beginning, but it gets better as it goes along. A fun and heartwarming gender-bent Santa tale worth checking out. Watch now on Disney Plus.

Another year. Another Princess Switch sequel. And it’s the worst out of the three.
When the Star of Peace is stolen, Margaret and Stacy team up with “crooked’ cousin Fiona (all played by Vanessa Hudgens) to steal it back. Fiona enlists a guy from her past to help them, and romance manages to blossom between the characters despite me hardly feeling any chemistry between the actors who play them.
This movie felt longer than an hour and forty-six minutes. It sounded like the cast was reading from the script, just saying their lines woodenly most of the time. And still, despite being the most boring out of the trilogy, it managed to be way more entertaining than The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. You can plod through it now on Netflix.

Live Action Trash, Uncategorized

Live-Action Trash: Percy Jackson

Thank God there are only two of these movies! They tried to follow the book a bit, but still missed the target by a million miles! It’s incredible to witness.

On the way to Camp Halfblood, a young Annabeth, Luke, Thalia, and Grover are attacked by a cyclops. Thalia sacrifices herself for her friends, and her dad Zeus transforms her into a tree to preserve her life and protect the camp.
Luke poisons the tree and releases a Colchis Bull to destroy the camp. He plans to resurrect Kronos from the dead to have his revenge on the gods who killed him and their offspring. Percy, Annabeth, and Grover, along with Clarisse (Leven Rambin) and Percy’s newly discovered brother Tyson (Douglas Smith) need to find the Golden Fleece to heal Thalia’s tree and put a stop to Luke’s plan!
So many problems. So little space to complain!

  1. Annabeth uses an iPad at Camp Halfblood. Readers know that electronics attract monsters and aren’t allowed!
  2. Percy’s prophesied death is a possibility at age 16, not 20, but when you age the characters, age adjustments are needed.
  3. There’s no neuro link between Percy and Grover like in the book. This connection was to alert them to when one or the other was in danger.
  4. Kronos wasn’t supposed to be resurrected until book 4. What’s his resurrection doing in Sea of Monsters?!
    5 Ethan Nakamura and Silena Beauregard make brief appearances/ are mentioned, but don’t appear until later into the series.
    And that is just several, not all, of the things that screenwriter Marc Guggenheim got wrong!

Now for the list of the things I liked:

  1. The cast, especially Nathan Fillion as Hermes, and that Castle reference was great.
  2. It was funnier than the Lightning Thief.
  3. No sexual innuendo (that I heard anyway)

In the end, Sea of Monsters is like someone, maybe an assistant director or something, read the books. Then he chose his favorite parts, put them in a hat, mixed them up, and drew. Then this mess of a script got written, approved, and shot. The Disney Plus adaptation can’t come fast enough! Disney, please don’t screw this up!