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Review : ‘Arrow : The Complete Seventh Season’

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Following Oliver Queens shocking decision to turn himself over the FBI and reveal his identity as the Green Arrow to the public, Oliver has spent the past five months in prison while his team was left behind to protect Star City.

In the wake of Ricardo Diazs escape, Oliver has yet again turned into someone else inside Slabside Maximum Security Prison. He is determined to keep a low profile to shorten his sentence for the sake of his family. But Olivers limits will be tested when he and Team Green Arrow are pitted against the most ruthless villains they have yet to face

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‘The Platform’ is a Disturbing Reflection of Humanity

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Alexandra Masangkay in The Platform. Courtesy of Netflix.

Hey there, fellow horror geeks and monsterphiles! Prometheus here, signing on for the first time on behalf of Scare Magazine! Some of you may know me from Aint It Cool News. Those who do, know that horror is my passion, so it’s an honor to discuss it here with you all!

Let’s talk about “The Platform,” a Netflix film written by David Desola and Pedro Rivero. Directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, and starring Ivan Massagué, Zorion Eguileor, along with Antonia San Juan, this is not your average horror film. I’ll give you a brief rundown. Slight spoilers to follow.

A man wakes up in a prison-like building, nicknamed “The Pit.”. This prison has floors stacked upon floors, each one with two inmates to a room, or cell. In the middle of each room, is a square hole. A decadent feast of food is sent down on a platform once a day, from top to bottom, and only stops at each floor for a few minutes. There’d be plenty of food if only people would ration, but of course, by the time the platform reaches the lower floors, there’s nothing left. As you can imagine, this causes the people on the lower floors to starve or make some tough decisions, including betrayal and cannibalism in order to survive, while the people on the floors above engorge themselves.

If this at all sounds familiar, it should. It’s an analogy for human greed, selfishness, and corporate capitalism. It’s a painful, brutal analysis of humanity. While the people on the upper floors chowed down, fully aware of the hungry people on the floors below, I couldn’t help but think of our current toilette paper crisis. Things get a little hairy, and people leave nothing for others. That’s us, humans, for you. We suck, and this film throws it in our face.

Ivan Massagué gives a brilliant performance as Goreng, our main protagonist, backed by a supporting cast that all hold their own. The story isn’t entirely unique, but it’s well-paced and does a good job keeping you invested. I wouldn’t call “The Platform” scary, but it’s disturbing as Hell. There are some pretty graphic scenes, and the special effects are damn realistic. Those with weak stomachs, be warned.

I’ve seen a few reviews calling this film one of the best horrors of 2020, and while I think that might be a bit of a stretch, it’s definitely worth a watch! Just try not to feel too bad about yourself after, and the next time you hit the store, maybe you leave some TP for the rest of us!

“The Platform” is out now on Netflix!

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Review : ‘Twin Peaks From Z to A’

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David Lynch and Mark Frost’s ‘’Twin Peaks’’ never got the reception it deserved upon it’s initial airing – it was too ambiguous and anomalous to gain the kind of wide audience approval it so long desired – but if the amount of different DVD and Blu-ray sets, merchandise and unyielding fan events are anything to go by, the short-lived series ultimately garnered quite a fat fanbase.

With a cast of familiar faces – Kyle MacLachlan, Piper Laurie, Russ Tamblyn, and Sherilyn Fenn, to name but a few – and some none-too-shabby names behind the camera too (did you know Diane Keaton directed an episode? What about Jake and Maggie’s dad, Caleb Deschanel – he was a staple!?), ‘’Twin Peaks’’ is part murder mystery- part small town peculiarity. Attribute the mesh to the opposing tonal styles of Frost (‘’Hill Street Blues’’) and the slightly more eccentric Lynch (‘’Blue Velvet’’), who revels in his own dark artistry, who blended their singular visions for what’s truly an amazing mish-mash of genres.

MacLachlan is special Agent Dale Cooper, a new fixture in small town Twin Peaks to investigate a murder. Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) has been found “dead, wrapped in plastic”, and it’s up to Cooper and his colleagues at the local Sheriff Department to unravel the mystery and identity of her killer. Of course, it’s not all-smooth sailing as Coop discovers something more sinister, darker, more unthinkable could be behind the murder of the Prom Queen. Cue the dwarves that talk backwards, giants with magical rings, and one-armed men.

Season One is sensational – oddly engaging with breathtaking visuals and a beautiful palette; it never runs out of steam. For a show to be able to make you laugh, make you scream, make you cry and make you do a wacky dance (The Leland Shuffle) all in the space of a 42-minute episode… that’s pretty special. Season Two is also worthy, but with the identity of Laura Palmer’s killer outed so early on in it….it seemed to struggle to come up with storylines just as intriguing as that one. More David Lynch (he was too busy making “Wild at Heart” at the time) and less ‘Blackie’, and ABC mightn’t have had to swing the axe.

Showtime welcomingly resurrected the series in 20 – causing audible hysteria amongst that large fanbase. The response to the short-lived ‘event series’ “Twin Peaks : The Return” – which brought many cast members back, notably MacLachlan’s ‘Coop’ – was mixed, to say the least, but David Lynch fans went gaga for it. As much as Frost put his stamp on the revival, co-writing the episodes with his long-time colleague and friend, the obscure, non-linear and quite simply, ‘artistic’ approach to the story confused the occasional viewer. “The Return”, some might say, also lacked the fun ‘soapy’ elements of the original series- and likely only because this was a much darker, more complex plot.

For the first time, has packaged the three seasons, as well as the feature film “Twin Peaks : Fire Walk With Me” in the one, handy box-set. Two of the episodes on hand, the original pilot and the legendary ‘episode 8’ of “Twin Peaks : The Return” are here in 4K for the first time.

The cubed “Twin Peaks : From Z to A” offering, which unfolds to make a mini ‘Red Room’,  features a plethora of extras, as well as images from the show.

The extras from the previous “Twin Peaks” releases have all been ported over but there’s also some newly-crafted bonuses fans won’t have seen before – lengthy featurettes about each episode of “The Return”, a 90-minute conversation with MacLachlan and Lee about the legacy of the series, interview with Kimmy Robertson and Harry Goaz, the full ‘Roadhouse performances’ from the recent Showtime revival and some other bits that, quite simply, make this the first must-have Blu-ray offering for 2020.

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Review : ‘Men in Black : International’

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The Men in Black have expanded to cover the globe but so have the villains of the universe. To keep everyone safe, decorated Agent H and determined rookie M join forces–an unlikely pairing that just might work. When aliens that can take the form of any human arrive on Earth, H and M embark on a globe-trotting adventure to save the agency–and ultimately the world–from their mischievous plans.

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Review : ‘X-Men Dark Phoenix’

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This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic Dark Phoenix. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet.

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Review : ‘John Wick Chapter 3’

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After gunning down a member of the High Table – the shadowy international assassin’s guild – legendary hit man John Wick finds himself stripped of the organization’s protective services. Now stuck with a $14 million bounty on his head, Wick must fight his way through the streets of New York as he becomes the target of the world’s most ruthless killers.

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Review : ‘The Flash : The Complete Fifth Season’

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After an unexpected guest from the future appears at their home, Barry and Iris must figure out how to get her back to the future without disrupting the timeline.

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Review : ‘The Banana Splits’

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It was supposed to be a day full of fun for a young boy named Harley’s birthday as he and his mother, father, and brother Austin were going to see a taping of The Banana Splits TV show. In turn, it was also just supposed to be a regular day for series producer Rebecca. However, these expectations greatly changed when the day takes quite a turn for the worst – bodies everywhere, and more of them piling up as the day goes on. Will Harley, his family, and new friends make it out of this safely?

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