Magic Magic – Movie Review by Jessica Dwyer



Magic Magic

It’s not so magical

Movie Review

By Jessica Dwyer

It’s not often I have to force myself to sit through a film.   Usually I can find something to enjoy about a movie and focus on that, even in the direst circumstances.  Magic Magic though gave me nothing to hold on to.  It simply wanted me to suffer through it, which I did.

Directed by Chilean Sebastian Silva, Magic Magic follows young Alicia (Juno Temple who does her best wide eyed stare and freak out face) who is visiting her cousin in Chile.  This is her first time out of the country ever and it would appear she didn’t do much in the way of preparation.  She doesn’t know the language, her cousin Sarah hasn’t explained any of the living situations or who her friends are, and she has absolutely no coping skills when it comes to jet leg or stress.

In fact Alicia starts off acting weird already and being creeped out by everything around her.  That includes Michael Cera as the oddly named Brink who most people would have kicked in the balls after only a couple of the things he says and does after just meeting her.

Sarah leaves Alicia in the care of her friends as she’s called away to school.  Within a day Alicia is already freaking out more as she’s taken to a remote island with very little to no cell phone reception where everyone lives with a bunch of sheep and a horny dog.

While the DVD box and the trailer will lead you to believe the film is a typical psycho group preying on a girl horror flick it isn’t.  In fact it’s not a horror film at all really, but more of a psychological strangefest as we see Alicia slowly go crazy and sleep deprived.

I would also add the word “annoying” to that description.  Magic Magic is annoying and irritating to boot.  Now I know that might be the route the director is going for, so you can relate to Alicia and her feeling of unease and isolation at not knowing anything anyone is saying or anything about the country she’s in either…but that’s also known as being stupid.  I don’t feel sympathy for Alicia.  I feel like grabbing her by the neck and shaking her and telling her to shut up and deal.

But the thing is I feel like doing that to every character in the movie, especially Michael Cera’s Brink who seems to be going for the most annoying and most unlikeable in the film.  Once again I’m guessing that’s what Silva was going for, but I get the vibe at the end you are supposed to feel sorry for him.  I don’t know…the whole film is confusing on so many levels and that includes the ending.

Silva’s film plays out as awkward, confusing (I can’t say that enough as we have many characters talking in Spanish but no subtitles for those scenes set to show up…I guess that’s supposed to help with the whole “sympathizing for the main character” thing, but it only adds more annoyance,) and random.  It has moments that are just ugly (such as the puppy abandonment and the shooting of a beautiful bird for no reason) but he does have some lovely landscape shots in there.  But if he’s trying to get visitors for Chilean tourism this isn’t the movie to use.

In the end Magic Magic doesn’t really know what it is and we the viewer will walk away not knowing either.  Was it a horror film?  Not really.  Was it a thriller?  Well no, nothing thrilling really happened.  It would be best described as “the dangers of jet lag and prickish behavior.”   And that’s a sad statement since the film could have been so much more.  In the end Magic Magic’s spell was broken the minute I pushed play.

Fright Night 2: The sequel of a remake that’s a remake of a remake

You aren’t the only one confused by Fright Night 2 which is a remake of Fright Night 2 but is also a sequel to the remake of Fright Night while being a remake of Fright Night.


But after seeing the trailer I have a bit more hope for this film to be at least a decent movie.  And that’s mostly due to Jamie Murray taking the role seriously and looking amazing as a vampire.   But yeah, Peter Vincent in this isn’t selling me on his take on Peter Vincent.  So Direct to DVD this Halloween you’ll be able to catch the first official time we get a female Gerri Dandridge.


Twixt finally getting released on DVD

Twixt was a neat experiment by Francis Ford Coppola that made it a unique film experience for each and every audience that saw it in a theater.  It was released in 2011 in limited capacity.

Twixt is getting released to Blu Ray DVD this year and I’m excited to finally get a chance to experience it myself.


The Film Festival Favorite Starring Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning and Bruce Dern Debuts on Blu-ray and DVD July 23

Written and directed by legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfatherfranchise, Apocalypse Now) as an homage to his lifelong love of the horror genre, the terrifying Gothic horror experience TWIXT arrives on Blu-ray and DVD July 23 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. A film festival favorite, the visually compelling film starring Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning and Bruce Dern has been screened to rave reviews at prestigious festivals including Toronto Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, San Diego Comic-Con, and the European Union Film Festival, among others.

TWIXT follows Hall Baltimore (Kilmer), a writer on a book tour who uncovers a disturbing murder that could be source material for his next novel. But as Hall investigates the killing, he finds himself confronted by chilling nightmares, including the ghost of a young girl (Fanning). As he uncovers more horrifying revelations, Hall discovers that the story has more to do with his own life than he could ever have imagined.



Need a bad ass? Cast Norman Reedus IN ALL THE THINGS.

That title pretty much says it all.  If you hadn’t heard yet or saw the trailer below…Norman Reedus IS The Punisher in the new Marvel Iron Man Anime Rise of Technovore.

It was already pretty cool that The Punisher was showing up in one of these…but now he’s got the voice of Reedus coming out of that skull bedecked chest.  So yes, that makes us here at Fangirl (as well as most of the free world) happy.


The Dark Knight Returns: Frank Miller Animated !!!

Here’s a twelve minute long sneak peek and behind the scenes video via David Selby’s website from the Dark Knight Returns: Part 1.  This is the animated version of the Frank Miller graphic novel and I CAN’T FREAKING WAIT FOR THIS FREAKING ROBOCOP IS THE VOICE OF BATMAN AND DAVID SELBY IS GORDON !!!!!!!!!  (breathe….) Okay I’m better.  Here it is.


Love Never Dies Blu Ray Review


Because the Phantom is Forever:

Love Never Dies – Blu Ray Review

By Jessica Dwyer

Believe it or not I’m a complete and hopeless romantic.  It started when I was younger and was no doubt helped along by my unabashed love for Phantom of the Opera.  This only got worse when the amazing Andrew Lloyd Weber musical came into being and I was forever lost to the “music of the night.”

I wasn’t the only one of course.  POTO  was a worldwide phenomenon and is still going strong.  Michael Crawford passed his crown (or more to the point, mask) on to many an amazing talent over the years who took on the role of The Phantom not to mention the beautiful angels of music to take on the mantel of Christine from Sarah Brightman.

But for many phans (as the fans of the musical call themselves) the story didn’t end with the mob knocking down the Phantom’s door and Meg finding the mask.  It carried on in numerous fan publications and novels.  We couldn’t let The Phantom die.  Nor could Andrew Lloyd Weber it would seem.

A few years ago Weber did something that is rare, to downright never heard of in the annals of musical theater.  He penned a sequel to one of the biggest musicals of all time.  The result is a continuation of the tale of the Phantom and Christine set about ten years after the events in the original story.  It takes place in Coney Island, New York and is titled Love Never Dies.  The story follows the Phantom as he builds his own empire of freaks and magic amongst the carnival like atmosphere of Coney Island in the early 1900’s.  He’s unable to write as he used to and longs for Christine. 

He lures her back to him along with Raoul and their son with the promise of a fortune for just one performance.  Raoul has managed to squander away all their money on gambling and drinking.  Things weren’t the picture book romance they had dreamed when last we saw them leaving The Phantom behind.   While Raoul and Christine were living their lives, Meg Giry and her mother saved the Phantom and together they came to America where they have built his empire of Phantasma.   Jealousy and rivalry and love all come together during the events that unfold, leading to tragedy and redemption.

LND’s was updated from the original production.  The musical has been tightened up time wise, music and costumes, as well as entire songs removed.  The changes are indeed perfect and LND’s is a worthy sequel to POTO.  The version on the Blu Ray is the Australian production and is truly awesome.

The Blu Ray production is lush and beautiful.  It’s downright striking in some parts and this is only enhanced by Ben Lewis who is one of the tallest Phantoms I’ve ever seen.  He’s got a presence that is at once intimidating but will move you to tears in certain scenes.  Anna O’Byrne as Christine looks like a living porcelain doll.  She’s got the voice of an angel as well.  The sets are amazing, I can’t begin to do them justice or figure out how they managed to do all of this on a single stage.  It’s ingenious to watch and is gorgeous.

The music of course is also beautiful.  The key pieces being the title of the musical which O’Byrne soars with.  “Till I Hear You Sing” is as desperate and powerful as ever and if you want to see a love scene play out on stage the duet of “Beneath a Moonless Sky” will knock your socks off.   Simon Gleeson as Raoul shouldn’t be forgotten nor should Sharon Millerchip as Meg.  The entire cast is a joy to watch.

I absolutely loved this production and the Blu Ray is truly the way to go to enjoy it and to see the details that the cast and crew went to bring this to life.  If you are a fan of musicals and certainly if you are a fan of Phantom, then you need to add this to your collection.

Here are some clips for you to enjoy.


Grimm 1st Season Coming to BR/DVD in August!





AUGUST 7, 2012


 OVERVIEW:   Classic Grimm’s fairy tales come to life like never before in the “dark and imaginative” (Mike Ayers, supernatural series “Grimm,” from the producers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.  Homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli, “Privileged,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) discovers he is descended from a long line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms,” protectors who are charged with keeping the balance between humanity and the creatures of myth.  With newly awoken abilities to detect the evil lurking among us, Nick struggles to keep his old life separate and safe as he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries of the Grimm world.  Available on Blu-ray and DVD on August 7, 2012, “Grimm” Season One allows fans to experience all 22 chilling episodes back-to-back and uninterrupted.

  “Grimm” Season One also stars Russell Hornsby (“Lincoln Heights,” “In Treatment”), Silas Weir Mitchell (“My Name is Earl,”  “The Mentalist”), Bitsie Tulloch (The Artist, “Quarterlife”), Reggie Lee (“Prison Break,” Pirates of the Caribbean:  At World’s End) and Sasha Roiz (“Caprica,” “House”).  Guest stars such as Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Scarface) Amy Acker (“Angel”), Titus Welliver (“Lost”) and Sebastian Roché (“Supernatural”) also appear in this uniquely evocative series that critics rave “offers genuine scares” (Michelle Tauber, People).

“Grimm” Season One is available as a five-disc set in special, limited edition packaging with exclusive “Grimm” collector cards. It features never-before-seen bonus material that takes fans deep into the world of “Grimm,” including an interactive creature guide, “Making Monsters” featurette and much more.  The “Grimm” Season One Blu-ray also features perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound.


  • THE WORLD OF GRIMM: Get to know the characters and creatures that inhabit the world of “Grimm” and discover the inspiration behind the storylines.
  • MAKING MONSTERS:  Go behind the scenes with Andy Clement and Barney Burman as they take viewers through the special makeup effects design and application process.  The talented team from Hive FX also shows fans how they give life to the monsters of “Grimm.”
  • GRIMM GUIDE: An interactive book that provides insight into the various creatures featured in the show.

Robocop is Batman…Your argument is invalid

What promises to be one of the most awesome DC Direct to DVD films to come out will be released this October.  Based on the Batman series penned by Frank Miller, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is shaping up awesome.

Peter Weller stars as the older Batman with Modern Family’s Ariel Winter as his chick Robin sidekick.  One neat casting choice is Dark Shadows alumni David Selby as Commissioner Gordon.  Michael Mckean is also on board.

The release will be part 1 of 2, with the second film hitting shelves sometime in 2013.  Check out some screen shots thanks to Filmdrunk.