It’s difficult to believe we’re only seventeen days into Mashers Club.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise by any stretch. Not when you consider the website already has thirteen film reviews and eight video-game reviews! And, that’s without really dipping into the robust archive of “Vault” reviews I have yet to add to the “The List” database. Everything is starting to take shape and I couldn’t be more excited about it.
The next couple weeks will see the inclusion of special “themed” days on Mashers Club. These include: “Full Moon Magic Mondays”, “Taking a Stab Tuesdays”, “Monster Movie Wednesdays”, “Foreign Film Thursdays”, and “Superhero Saturdays”.
Some of these are self-explanatory but Taking a Stab will focus on a unique horror and Full Moon Magic Mondays will focus on a film from Charles Bands‘ Full Moon catalog of films. A very strange choice, isn’t it?
The reason I wanted to have these “themed” days on Mashers Club is because I wanted to have a meeting of both worlds for what I want to accomplish with Mashers Club. Days like Monday and Tuesday will see me in my safe-zone, so-to-speak, sharing my thoughts on whichever horror film crossed my mind that day and digging back into some cheesy b-movie fun. However, days like Wednesday and Thursday will make me search for films I other-wise might have overlooked.
These specified days won’t be permanent fixtures in Mashers Clubs’ week-to-week schedule, but will carry on for the foreseeable future. My goal is to have twenty-five movies reviewed from each category (enough to crown a “Champion” for their particular fields). Once that goal is achieved, I will vacate that day and start thinking about a new theme to pursue (I know I want to look into Universal and Hammer Horror for instance, maybe a review by the decades series?).
As far as films are concerned, we’ve seen six new reviews added since I last wrote about The List, but no film has yet to dethrone How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World as the interim Mashers Club champion, and, as a matter-of-fact, Jordan Peele’s Us is still the highest-rated horror film despite strong competition by the inclusion of Taking a Stab Tuesday and the review of It Chapter Two. These are both definite underdogs (from 2019, no less!) and I’m curious about how the rankings will change as “The List” becomes more crowded. The addition of the Lego Movie 2 review also means How to Train Your Dragon moves a step forward in the animation category.
Things will become very interesting in the proceeding weeks. I’ll be reviewing the new Child’s Play film, as well as other horror fare such as Annabelle Comes Home (which will likely be followed by reviews of The Nun and Annabelle Creation), It Chapter One, Pet Sematery, and Brightburn, along with whatever oddball films I look at throughout the week, and so, Us will really have to fight to keep its crown. Meanwhile, I also hope to review films like the new Aladdin, John Wick: Chapter 3, and Spider-Man: Far From Home as well, so How to Train Your Dragon better watch its back! We are now 37 reviews away from crowning our first official Mashers Club Movie Champion.
As for videogames, I recently finished my first play-through of Blair Witch on the Xbox One and I am in the middle of my second play-through with my fiancee. For horror fare, I usually like to double-dip as a way to observe the small nuisances that I might have missed. So far, I feel this revisit has only helped my response to it. Meanwhile, I’ve also been playing Gears 5 (a series I’m a very big fan of, despite only having reviewed Gears 4) and, although I suspect it will be a while, I’ll try to have a review as soon as I can. Before Blair Witch and Gears 5 engulfed the limited about of play-time I have, I was knee-deep in The Walking Dead game and Nioh, both of which I hope to return to as soon as I can.
The rankings for “The List” have actually seen a lot of changes. I only had 3 video-game reviews when I last wrote in the blog, but, we’re now up to 8 reviews. There isn’t a whole-whole lot in-common with the video-games I’ve reviewed, but, at the very least, it’s a notable time because Nier: Automata has dethroned Spider-Man PS4 for the top-spot. It’s still very early, and, as I said, there’s a lot of reviews in the pipeline, but Nier’s current accolade is cause for celebration nonetheless. We are now 32 reviews away from crowning our first official Mashers Club Gaming Champion.
The Road to a Champion
- How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (1 – Animation)
- Us (1 – Horror)
- Alita: Battle Angel (1 – Anime Adaptation)
- Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2 – Animation)
- It Chapter Two (2 – Horror)
- Batman vs. TMNT (3/1 – Animation/Superhero)
- Toy Story 4 (4 – Animation)
- Detective Pikachu (1 – Video-Game Adaptation)
- Terrifier (3 – Horror)
- Tomb Raider (2 – Video-Game Adaptation)
- Aquaman (2 – Superhero)
- House of 1,000 Corpses (4 – Horror)
- The Curse of Llorona (5 – Horror)
Champion Crowned at Review #50
- Nier: Automata (1 – Action RPG)
- Spider-Man (1 – Superhero)
- Bloodborne (2 – Action RPG)
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider (1 – Platformer)
- Gears of War 4 (1 – Third-Person Shooter)
- Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden (1 – Turn-Based RPG)
- Ashen (3 – Action RPG)
- Crackdown 3 (1 – Action)
Champion Crowned at Review #40