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The Endless – UFO Death Cults?

Directed: Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead

Distributed:Well Go USA Entertainment

Release date: April 21, 2017 (Tribeca Film Festival) & April 6, 2018 (United States)

Warning: One of the images depicts suicide!

The Endless to me is quite the refreshing experience. This film from its wiki page says that it occupies the Space Science Fiction Horror genre, but I would have to disagree. I think this film is more interesting and puzzling than a horror film. However I will say there are some moments that you can definitely feel some genuine dread in the air, so I am guessing this is where the horror tag comes into play.

I came across this film recently when I was looking for something new to watch before bed. I have in recent times found what lovecraftian horror is and why it is important. This subgenre is something that I am surprised I even got into, because I am the biggest chicken when it comes to horror anything.

Cthulhu from the Lovecraft Cthulhu mythos. Link

“I hate the feeling of being scared”

But what I have found is that at least when we talk about Lovecraft based horror, I think this may be my favorite rendition of the genre. I believe this is so, because from what I have read and researched on YouTube, this subgenre is more interested in atmosphere and being intriguing. This in my opinion is much better than the typical slasher horror or jump scare type of films. While I do believe they have their place, just to me at least it was something that was never for me.

Now let’s tie this back to the film at hand. The Endless starts with a pretty lovecraft based premise which is, two brothers receive a tape from a past cult they were in, where it was said to be described as a UFO death cult(Do I have your attention yet?). To some that start might be a bit of a what is happening moment but for those that are into the Lovecraft mythos, this is right up our alley. One of the brothers(Younger brother) also thought this may be an interesting adventure to get involved in, but the older brother was pretty against it but he eventually gave in.

“I kind of agree with the older brother, you should mind your own business sometimes”

So they end up going back to the camp where the cult is located, which is called Camp Arcadia. And they are greeted with open arms, which is strange considering how they left the camp when they were younger.

So Creepy.

“Something is off about this camp”

Since arriving at the camp the younger brother seems to be enjoying himself more than he probably should, while the older brother seems on edge for good reason. The residents in the camp seem to be a bit off or shady, so to speak. The play this odd version of tug of war that just doesn’t feel right, it raised a few questions. Like who is holding the rope and how are they that strong? But that is just the start, the older brother later decides to go for a run where some really strange things start to happen in the area. It feels like something is observing him or hunting, I am not sure but I would be scared for my life if this was me.

Who is pulling the rope?
Meets rude guy during run.

After that another strange event happens where they go fishing and the older brother jumps overboard the fishing boat to swim to the bottom of the lake. He manages to find some sort of lunch box or something and they find a tape inside that somehow still works after being submerged for how many years?

That can’t be algae.

“How is this possible, it looks like a normal video tape, are those waterproof?”

This next part made me actually watch the film twice because I didn’t really understand what was going on. It seems that everyone in the local area is trapped in some kind of loop, where they live out there lives up to a certain point. What is causing this seems to delve back into the Lovecraft handbook, if I had to make a guess this time loop business is being controlled by a space monster or god of some sort. There is a lot of mental work here to be done with your imagination if you are willing to meet the film halfway.

Rude guy from earlier explaining whats going on.

After realizing what is going on the brothers decide it is probably time to leave and promptly attempt their escape.

Wrap up

This film was a great surprise to me for how much I enjoyed it. I was intrigued with the mystery of what was going on and shocked at how clever they were with effects. I think this is technically an indie film but I think they did great with such a lack of budget. Overall if what you have read so far seems interesting you should definitely give it a shot, these directors may be one of my favorites of the year.

Rating: 9/10

  • Lovecraft fan or not, this film is engaging and unsettling enough for most to enjoy if that is your pleasure.
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Harley Quinn Season One – The Harley I always wanted

There will be Spoilers!

Can I be honest here, this is the Harley Quinn that I always wanted. To my knowledge, Ms. Quinn  was created in the early 90s and has had quite the staying power for what I would consider a sidekick. I am not really sure where this version of Harley originated, it could have come from the comics or the DC movies in recent times. I think I first noticed this version of her in the suicide squad movie but I could be wrong. Either way I prefer her Joker-less than her ever being with him, I think it is super refreshing that her personality is her own now(although I feel strong similarities to Deadpool).

One more thing before I get into talking about the season. Did anyone else not even know this show existed? Because I sure didn’t, the only reason I even came across this show was because I watched a small youtuber mention it offhandedly. And on top of that why is DC so reserved with promoting their streaming service, if they would have advertised it appropriately I would likely have been watched this series.

A few different versions of Harley Quinn. Link

I really liked how the first episode of season one sets the tone with Harley’s character, where it shows what it is going to be focused on. Episode one starts strong with what I assume the writers were going for which is, “hey you know what we should do? Lets break up Harley and Joker, and move on from there”. I had heard very little of this series prior to watching, so I was not expecting this. And I won’t spoil what happened but I will say it is how they did it,  it definitely hits a little closer to home than one would think especially concerning toxic relationships.

Side Note: I really like this incarnation of Poison Ivy, not sure if it is new or old but I still like it alot.

After all that Harley wants to join the Legion of Doom, which to be honest is an ok plot for a while, but I think they could have went elsewhere with the story and still be just as good. Like I get why they used this story point, because Joker was part of the Legion and this was a way to show how she could possibly break out of his shadow, which like I said is fine. One thing I will say at this point is that, so far I really enjoy the character interactions in this show. Also I feel that the most important part in a tv series is banter between characters, this makes or breaks the show for me at least.

The next episode which is the third episode so far is setting up to which I think is probably the best part of the show in general. This is the episode where Harley decides to form a crew, so she can start being taken seriously as a legit bad guy. Which I am not sure why she was not taken serious in the first place, she openly commits murder as she pleases. But anyway she manages to recruit Dr. Psycho who now needs a crew because he was kicked out of the Legion because he used the “C” word. Anyone who is reading this and is not from the U.S., how bad is that word seen where you are from. I know here stateside it is worse to say this, more than almost all profanity. The other highlight of this episode was that she recruited Clayface, who is one of my more enjoyed characters, everyone needs a friend like Clayface.

As far as episode four, it was ok. I’m not really a fan of Damian Wayne “Robin”, I think his character is generally super underwhelming considering he is Batman’s legit blood son. But they did introduce King Shark who is a nice guy despite being a terrifying shark person.

Gangs all here

Episode five was pretty good, we got a deep dive into Harley’s mind, and I mean literally. Theres actually some good stuff here and some pretty less good stuff. Like the topic of crushes we had when we were younger comes up, and it’s just as cringe worthy and a little on the side of disturbing as you expect from a hardcore childhood crush.The main plot however, is the origin story of Harley, which was more intense that I thought they would go. It was definitely a more serious take on who she really is. What I mean by this is, at least from what I got from the episode was that Harley is her own problem, she is the root of everything bad to her, but I could be wrong. Also the Landlord guy in the previous episode comes back as a minor character that is very odd and most likely a serial killer of some kind.

Episode six is one of my least favorite episodes, it focuses on Commissioner Gordon:

If your job makes you look like this, its time to quit lol

Like I mean look at the guy, this incarnation of him is just ugh. But whatever the plot is he kinda broke up with Batman in a sense, and Clayface’s severed hand bonds with Gordon. The crew attempts to get the hand back most of the episode, and there is something about a villain critic. Overall, not a great episode.

Next is kind of a weird episode or at least I think so. Harley breaks Queen of Fables out of prison for her to join the team and I mean damn the lady is evil. And I don’t mean cartoonish evil, she is kinda vile, but overall still seems like somebody you would want to hangout with. There’s this plot about Harley learning what it takes to be a real villain which is where the Queen comes in to teach, but I mean her methods are way over the top. And Harley and her crew also think the same because they kick her out of the crew.

Episode eight was ok, we even got a chance to see Aquaman in this one. The reason for this is because Harley decided to steal one of the Atlantis jewels, to which Aquaman was not happy. Lex Luthor invites Harley to join the Legion of Doom which is what Harley really wanted, so this is an attempt to tie up that loose end. But Ivy discovers that it is actually her that Lex wants to join with Harley just being an accessory. Then Harley and Ivy get into an argument, which feels more bitter than I thought it would. I’m sure most can relate to getting into an argument with a friend and not being on good terms for a bit.

Episode nine is a bit of a downer full of deceit and broken promises. It shows how strong the Joker’s influence on Harley is and how toxic his effects are when it comes to her actions. I don’t like this episode not because it isn’t good but because it’s just kind of a down episode. Harley’s crew being treated like crap, Ivy getting let down, it’s just a trudge to get through.

The next episode continues where the previous ended, everything is still in pretty poor shape overall. Harley goes back home for a bit but some people sort of close to her die. Theres a plot involving a hit placed on Harley, which I think was kind of stupid to put in a show like this. I mean, be real here was that actually going to be successful with the name of the show being “Harley Quinn”. But anyway Ivy is in trouble and needs Harley’s help before it is too late.

What is even happening here?

And the crew gets back together, jeez finally I was starting to get worried. The episodes for the last few haven’t been the best in my opinion. I get it and all, like the previous couple of episodes are more of character builders than anything. But I guess they served their purpose because I’m glad the gang’s all back together. However there is a twist to the reunion, its only because ivy is in trouble. To be honest there are quite a lot of moving parts here, from Ivy being captured, to her mind journey this time around, the topic of abandonment issues comes up, Scarecrow is still one of the better DC villains. I think this episode really solidifies Harley and Ivy’s friendship thing they got going on, a pretty enjoyable episode.

Episode 12 here is action packed and leading to the finale but let’s not rush here, there are some old acquaintances here to say HI. Scarecrow’s plan is actually succeeding here with murder trees running around everywhere. And we get to see the freaking Justice League appear, but be prepared  they may be different than what your accustomed to. There is some fairytale business going on here which I thought was pretty fun, and Kite Man gets some more screen time. Oh did I forget to mention him, he and Ivy are dating, most of the scenes he is in are kinda funny. But the humor doesn’t last long as the Joker kills Ivy. *insert gasp*

And here is the final episode of season one ladies & gentleman, & whoever else, we are finally here. And if you remember from last time Ivy is actually dead, which sucks because she is easily the second best character of the show, only being outshined by Harley herself. But yes here we are, finding ourselves at her funeral, so sad. Now Joker’s master plan is complete (yes he wins), but he now finds himself bored, go figure. Harley’s crew is in trouble and she decides to save them; she will sacrifice herself to the Joker. But once the crew is saved, she goes after the Joker but fails, and is about to be dropped into acid. But at the last moment Ivy returns and saves her, I have some questions here but whatever I am glad she’s back, I missed her. Lastly Joker is defeated, Gotham is in ruins, the gangs back together, a typical day in the life of Harley Quinn if you think about it.

A pretty normal day for them actually

Rating: 9/10

This show was a blast for me, makes me want more as soon as it’s over.