American Horror Story: Lily Rabe in Coven

Mini-reviews: What I Watched

Mini-reviews for what I’ve watched so far in January*. I would like to do these on a weekly basis, but I hadn’t gotten around to it yet. Reviews are spoiler-free! They’re too short to ruin lives, I promise.

* To a point. I could review the first two episodes of Community season five, but it’s been so long I’m not prepared to cover it. I could also review Frozen, which I watched several days ago in the local theatre, but … sigh. I just can’t bring myself to do it.

What I Watched: Community & American Horror Story

TV: Community

Episode 5.03: Basic Intergluteal Numismatics
Ley’s rating: 4.5/5
Links: Offical Community Site / IMDB / Wikipedia

I have no idea how they came up with that title, or what it means. At all.

After the disappointment that was season four, I’m glad to see the Community gang is back to what I would consider season three levels. Does Dan Harmon’s presence make a difference? Holy crow, does it ever. Granted, this episode could have been more centered on the group, but I understand why they did what they did — it made the reveal in the third act all the more jarring. Being a huge fan of Hannibal and David Fincher films*, I appreciated the references.

A silly episode, but it was Community in top form once again.

* Fight Club is my absolute favourite movie of all time. Se7en is number two. Yes, I am that ridiculous.

TV: American Horror Story: Coven

Episode 3.10: The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks
Ley’s rating: 4/5
Links: Official Coven Site / IMDB / Wikipedia

I greatly enjoy American Horror Story. I enjoy every episode, regardless of how bland (“The Axeman Cometh”) or indulgent (why is Stevie Nicks here simply to play piano for Fiona?) it decides to be. It’s a ridiculous, campy show like some of the very best horror movies.

In typical AHS style, this episode had more WTF moments than ones that made sense. You sort of just have to enjoy the ride. Or the shawl twirling, as the case was.

At least Coven now appears to have a proper villain. Perhaps. Maybe. We’ll see.

Toshio's Cameo in Ju-On White Ghost
This scene is so much more adorable than it should be.

Film: Ju-on White Ghost/Black Ghost

Ley’s rating: White Ghost 4/5 & Black Ghost 3/5
Links: IMDB White Ghost & Black Ghost / Wikipedia

Two short films in the same vein as Ju-on, in the same non-linear style, and taking place in the same area, but entirely unrelated to the Saeki Murder storyline. White Ghost was by far the better of the two, as Black Ghost felt all too familiar and contrived. White Ghost gets points for creeping me out with something that should be laughable instead. Black Ghost gets points for attempting to do something new with the Ju-on grudge ghost concept (it’s black instead of white!) but in the end, it really didn’t work for me at all.

Being a fan of both Japanese horror and the Ju-on series, they were appreciated additions to the franchise, but I really can’t help but want another Kayako/Toshio story. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that’s on its way.

Instead all we get are atrocious Ringu movies. Sadako3D has a sequel. Cripes.