My Thoughts On: A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix Original Series) (2017)

So, I was warned not to watch these Unfortunate Events but, alas, I have finished the Netflix Original Series and have decided to do a written article on this instead of a podcast episode. I also want to say that I am currently revisiting the book series after not reading them for about 13 years. Therefore,  I hardly remember anything that happened from Book 5 onwards so, if the show hinted at anything that will happened in season 2 and I haven’t noted it down then you know why.

So…this is your last chance to click off this page and read something much happier…..No?……..ok, let’s get this miserable experience going!

First off, I’m glad the series has gotten a TV reboot; it works better this way and allows us to see the whole series come to life, which I’m looking forward to for later episodes (I’m particularly looking forward to the ‘Slippery Slope’ story as I remember that being my favourite book). I also felt like I was watching the books come to life in terms of its dialogue and events, and I wouldn’t have been at all surprised if the actors were told to just read the books instead of a script for their lines. It felt like I was revisiting my childhood.

The acting overall was great, the stand outs being Patrick Warburton (Lemony Snicket), Neil Patrick Harris (Count Olaf) and Louis Hynes (Klaus Baudelaire). I would say that the first two episodes were probably the weakest: the acting seemed quite wooden from the majority of the characters and lines were delivered way too quickly, although I’m not sure whether the two child lead actors are newcomers or not. However, once it got to the third episode, the show flowed much better and the actors seemed more comfortable in their roles. Some scenes and backdrops looked too cartoony at times, which hurt my eyes a little. One scene in particular during ‘The Wide Window’ story looked pretty bad, which was a shame.

I also like the theme song, which is brilliantly sung by Neil Patrick Harris. However, the musical score overall was abit forgettable; I found the score for the 2004 film more memorable.

Despite the negatives, I really enjoyed this show: it was much closer to the books, and I’m glad that the wholes series will be brought to life. As unfortunate as it is, I am looking forward to the second series.

4/5

Favourite character(s): Klaus Baudelaire, Hook-handed Man, Mother

Least favourite character(s): Aunt Josephine

Favourite episode(s): The Reptile Room (Part 1), Miserable Mill (Parts 1&2)

The trailer is below:

SPOILER SECTION!!

My biggest complaint with the series has to be the direction the show took in regards to the Baudelaires parents. It felt like the show was trying to imply that the parents were alive and were just running away from the authorities. However, it’s revealed in the second to last episode that they were members of V.F.D and were running away, but they weren’t the Baudelaire’s parents at all. I didn’t like this and I wish they’d kept the direction of the parents being alive but running away. I could argue that the show wanted you to feel annoyed at this betrayal in its direction, but I doubt it. However, I am glad that the show addresses V.F.D straight away and continues to throughout the series, letting us know that the children’s fate has already been mapped out for them in secret.

Finally, the series finishes with a song that the main characters sing, however it didn’t really fit in with the rest of the series and stuck out like a sore thumb, a phrase in this context meaning ‘it was obvious it didn’t fit in with the series, therefore becoming more noticeable’.

 

 

 

Zombie Kitty Podcast 066: Blair Witch (2016)

Where I have finally got round to watching the sequel to a horror film that I hate with a passion. As well as giving my opinion of the film, I comment on the film’s marketing and whether it was overhyped and whether I think it’s scarier than its previous film, or if it’s scary AT ALL. Let’s go back into the woods with ‘Blair Witch (2016)’!

I also look at the trailer for ‘Raw’ in Trailer Talk.

Zombie Kitty Podcast 062: Films of 2017

Where I tell you what films I’m looking forward to this year.

Films that I didn’t talk about in the episode either because I didn’t know about them, or I forgot:

-Alien: Covenant

-Logan

-The Fate of the Furious

-Split

-Rings

-Beauty of the Beast

-The Belko Experiment

-Star Wars: Episode VIII

My Thoughts On: Five Nights at Freddys (2014)

I remember when ‘Five Nights at Freddys’ was released and there was a lot of content on the internet revolved around it. A lot of my friends were obsessed with it…and I also got caught up in the hype. After a while though, my obsession died down and I moved onto other things. But, after the recent release of ‘Five Nights at Freddys: Sister Location’, I decided to revisit the first game, and see if it is still as good as it was when first released.

‘Five Nights at Freddys’ was released in 2014 for PC, iOS and Android. In this point-and-click game, the player takes the role of a night guard working at a pizzeria that contains four animotronic characters: Freddy the Bear, Foxy the Pirate Fox, Bonnie the Rabbit and Chica the Chicken. During the night, these animotronics come to life and the player has to make sure they don’t find you in the office and kill you.

The sound effects and visuals combined create a tense and creepy atmosphere in a backdrop that’s supposed to be delightful and kid-orientated. I would also like to add that the jumpscares are done very well and are effective which, as someone who isn’t keen on jumpscares, is really saying something. The animotronic characters are also memorable. They seem innocent-looking, but are truly terrifying once they start moving around…or scream in your face!

The controls are easy to use, and are extremely responsive; a good thing when playing a, at times, fast-paced game like this. ‘Five Nights at Freddys’ overall, has a very simple structure. However, there are a lot of easter eggs and clues laid throughout the game that lead to a bigger, less innocent, picture. These clues can be found via voice messages you’re given at the beginning of each night and the actual appearances of the animotronics themselves (why does Chica have two sets of teeth?…).

The game does get a little repetitive after the 3rd night as it is the same objectives over and over, but the increase in difficulty keeps the player wanting to come back for more.

Despite the repetitiveness, I still enjoy this game. It’s a very unique game that controls well and still manages to scare me and keep me on my toes. It also has a very simple, but subtle, storyline which has lead to hundreds of theories, speculation and discussions amongst the fanbase and across the internet. The theories were what drew me into the game, and I still like to look up these theories and discussions two years later.

So why not come back to Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria one more time?

4/5

The trailer is below: