2¢ After Dark, Two Cent Halloween

2¢ After Dark Only Murders in Building and Good Omens Season 1

Three strangers, Mabel (Selena Gomez), Charles (Steve Martin), and Oliver (Martin Short) meet after Tim Kono is murdered in their apartment building. They bond over their shared love of True Crime podcasts and decide to start their own, Only Murders in the Building, documenting their mission to solve the mystery behind Tim’s untimely demise. And since Tim was the least liked neighbor at the Arconia, anyone could be a suspect! And the murderer is the last person you’d expect! And that ending… well my mouth hit the floor!

This show was really enjoyable! It starts a bit slow but is full of twists and turns I never saw coming! The main trio are awesome together. There’s great chemistry between them. There’s also a bunch of great comedic moments which is great especially since two of the leads are professional comedians. It’ll be enjoyable for those, like me, who grew up watching Selena on Wizards of Waverley Place. Mabel is Alex Russo as an adult.

The MA rating in this case just means they can swear more. A lot more. Including frequent use of the F-bomb. All the usual PG-13 favorites are here as well like shit and damn just used with greater frequency. There are several misuses of God’s name. You see the gun wound in Tim’s head, and for Conservative Christians, episode seven centers around the lesbian security guard. Other than that there aren’t any other moral issues to navigate. This is 2¢ After Dark title meant for adults only. This review is for season 1. You can steam both seasons on Hulu and there’s a third on the way. PS. This is my all-time favorite layout I’ve ever made! I made it over a year ago, and I finally get to use it! Yay!

The Great Plan is ineffable…or is it?

The Angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and Demon Crowley (David Tennant) have become entirely too comfortable with their lives on Earth so when they’re summoned to help bring about the End Times naturally they’re reluctant to do so.
Together they come up with their own plan to put a stop to the upcoming Armageddon including influencing the antichrist to be neither good or evil in the hopes that he won’t trigger the Ultimate End. The unlikely friends and ultimate odd couple team up with the eleven year old antichrist to stop Heaven and Hell from having the War to end all Wars.
Based off the book of the same name by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, the show is a true adaptation of the book that includes fun extras that would’ve been included in a Good Omens sequel had it actually been written.
David Tennant and Michael Sheen are a match made in Heaven with equally unmatched chemistry making Good Omens Highly Enjoyable to watch. I suppose if I was a good Christian I would denounce the show for being sacrilegious garbage and stay away from it. However, unfortunately for me I’ve got a love for twisted fantasy tales and enjoyed the show immensely. There’s a lot about the show I could talk about and someday soon I will when I have more time to do so. All I can say for now is that it’s fiction. Fantasy. It doesn’t try to be Gospel Truth and is perfectly aware of what it is: Satirical fantasy. If you take it as Gospel truth, that’s on you. You’re going to have to follow your own convictions on this one. It’s an interesting character study if nothing else: A demon who isn’t all bad and an Angel who isn’t all good. I find that fascinating.

The show’s got some language. Shit is used frequently along with various uses of damn and hell. God’s name is misused and there are surprisingly only 3 F-Bombs. There’s also a sex scene. You see nothing of importance. It’s one hell of a ride! You can stream it now on Amazon Prime. And I’m looking forward to Season Two premiering next Summer and fingers crossed for a Season Three.

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2¢ After Dark: The Mask and Hotel Transylvania 4

After his rental car breaks down, shy bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey) finds a mysterious mask one night floating in the sea. He tries it on when he gets home and the mask transforms him into a cartoony superhero, complete with animated antics, and brings his inner personality including newfound confidence and romantic side to the surface. He has two simple goals for using his newly acquired powers: To put a stop to the gangsters robbing the bank and win over the girl of dreams, lounge singer Tina Carlyle (Cameron Diaz).

It’s ironic that in real life, people wear masks to obscure who they are, but in the movie, the mask brings out the best in Stanley while bringing out the worst in the main gangster, Dorian (Peter Greene).

Jim Carrey brings his A-game and his trademark animated physical comedy as the titular character of The Mask and in my opinion is one of his best performances. You can even hear and see a bit of what he would bring to another well-known green character years later. Hint: He hates Christmas!

The Mask is funny and a ton of fun, but isn’t meant for kids. Language is frequent including such classics as damn, what the hell, son of a bitch, and several misuses of God’s name. There’s also a lot of gun violence, some for comedic reasons, and some with the intention of hurting certain characters. Whoever wears the mask can be shot at and not permanently hurt or killed. This might give kids the wrong impression. There’s a little bit of innuendo as well. This movie is fine for teens and adults, but parents will want to wait until younger kids are older for them to watch. You can stream it til the end of this month on Tubi or rent it on Amazon.

All good things must unfortunately come to an end.

Dracula (Brian Hull) is planning on retiring and giving the hotel to Johnny (Andy Samberg) and Mavis (Selena Gomez) but changes his mind when Johhny starts listing all the changes he’ll make to the hotel. To make matters worse, he lies about his reasons for changing his mind, Johnny goes to Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan) for help. He wants to become a monster so that he can keep the hotel and fit in with the rest of Mavis’s family. His wish is granted, but it comes with a price: becoming a crazed, mindless beast forever. Due to the magic crystal backfiring, the monsters become humans. “It’s like Freaky Friday, but on a Tuesday though!” They have a limited amount of time to fix things before their Freaky Friday on a Tuesday becomes permanent.

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania was a great end to one of my favorite movie series. It’s so much fun! The Freaky Friday plot is perfect for animation. Brian Hull replaces Adam Sandler and is so good I can’t tell the difference! It’s too bad there won’t be any more Hotel Transylvania movies. I think they could easily keep the franchise, but four is a good place to stop. At least they ended on a high note. You can stream it now on Amazon Prime.

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

Two Cent Halloween

Hotel Transylvania Series

Dracula (Adam Sandler) has protected his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) her entire life from the horror that is humans and the outside. But now that’s she’s 118 she wants to see what’s out there and spread her wings. Drac does everything to keep her from leaving, but he can’t stop Jonathan (Andy Samberg) from accidentally finding the hotel and falling in love with Mavis no matter how hard he tries!

5/5 I LOVE this movie! I think Count Dracula is one of Adam Sandler’s best roles. Hotel Transylvania is a touching and humorous story about a father adjusting to his daughter growing up, and that humans aren’t the monsters he feared. The animation is tons of fun as well!

Fun Fact: Selena Gomez wasn’t the first choice for Mavis. Miley Cyrus had the role first.

I think Selena was the better choice.

The Drac Pack is back. This time around, Johnny and Mavis get married and start a family. Now it’s a waiting game to see if Dennis is part Vampire like mom or all human like dad. Fangs can develop up until the age of 5 and time is running out! Drac is desperate and tries anything to get Dennis’s fangs to come out in time before Johnny and Mavis can make their decision to move away permanent! Even if it means enlisting his dad, Vlad (Mel Brooks) to scare the fangs out of Dennis.

Hotel Transylvania 2 is almost as great as the original but not quite. Same cast. Same comedy. And same great cartoon style animation. There’s no Sequel Slump for this franchise.This movie deals with themes of overcoming prejudice and accepting people for who they are.

Drac is lonely, but is convinced you can only “zing” once. His friends convince him to try dating apps. Mavis catches him. Not wanting her to know what he’s up to, he acts like he’s contacting maid service.
Thinking he’s stressed, Mavis arranges for the entire Dracula family to take a much needed cruise vacation. A cruise designed specifically for monsters and their destruction. While onboard, he meets Captain Erika (Katheryn Hahn) and it’s love at first sight. For him. For her, it’s a chance to make her great-grandfather Vanhelsing’s (Jim Gaffigan) long-held dream of killing Dracula come true. And for some reason or other, someone thought it’d be a good idea to cast Joe Jonas as a singing octopus that can be mind controlled by music. Not that I’m complaining about the casting choice. ♥️ But even for Hotel Transylvania, I’ve always thought that story decision a little odd. It’s growing on me with each rewatch.

Overall, Hotel Transylvania 3’s a cute story about love conquering all.Same great cast, humor, and animation. I can’t wait for the next one!