The Prodigy – Movie Review

As a new segment for the site we are going to be adding a review section. We’ll be reviewing movies, TV shows, music, video games, and anything else we may feel like! Without further ado, here is our first review!

The Prodigy

The Prodigy centers on a family who after struggling to conceive finally have a child. At the precise moment of the child’s birth, a serial killer is killed, and the soul of the killer is reincarnated into the newborn boy. This beginning scene was the strongest shot of the movie where the killer’s bullet wounds are reflected in the pattern of blood on the baby from the womb.

Many horror movies center on a mundane fear, magnified by a supernatural element. Obviously this film is based around the fears of raising a troubled child. The child, Miles, is more of a manipulator than outright violent or scary. He is portrayed as supernaturally intelligent, the titular prodigy.

A major issue with the film is not Miles’ genius but the incompetence of the rest of the characters, especially the protagonist, Sarah. The horrors that Miles commits fall flat when they are nearly forgotten in the following scenes. To be fair, who can expect Miles’ family to remember his atrocities when they forget to turn on the lights in most of the scenes. How many bad horror movie characters does it take to flip a light switch?

This selective blindness to Miles’ behavior plagues the film. Sarah finds an expert who conveniently is able to instantly tell that Miles is possessed by or is the reincarnation of this serial killer. She latches onto this idea as gospel, never mind that reincarnation really isn’t a reasonable explanation for a child’s deviance in real life. The movie really missed an opportunity to play on the uncertainty of the supernatural elements. It’s not willing to entertain the idea that Miles is just a really messed up kid. Instead, this film outright tells the audience that Miles is possessed.

Despite the ham-fisted way “reincarnation” is forced into the plot, it really bears no consequence to the conclusion of the film. Promisingly, Sarah concocts an interesting plan to complete the killer’s last unfinished business on Earth. This was the most unexpected twist in the movie, but the filmmakers weren’t willing to take it far enough. Instead Sarah stops short, and pretty much makes the rest of the plot irrelevant. The Prodigy is free to end on an cliche cliffhanger.

Overall rating: D

The Prodigy earns a D rating. It had a few elements that were promising, but was dragged down by plot holes, cliches, and lack of commitment to the story.

The Prodigy – Movie Review

Everybody Is Drunk – EvilStar (Album Review)

Today we have a review of an album created by our own EvilStar. Everybody is Drunk, his sophomore release, is a haunting surf rock project that takes the listener straight to that liminal space after the bars all close.

The opening track, “Change” hits all us 20-somethings in the feels. “How come they don’t even want to hear us out?” is the opening line that sets the whole tone of the album. It’s all about unheard people who live their truth, and the powers that be are just blind to it. The rich people gentrifying our classic neighborhoods just shop and eat away as our life gets whittled away day after day of labor.

“Another Way, Another Place” strikes me as a song dedicated to moving house. Renters live a transient kind of life, with our temporary leases forming chapters in life that are unique and yet totally blend together. As an added bonus, the lead guitar in the chorus section of the song evokes a nice feeling of hopeful melancholy.

The titular track, “Everybody Is Drunk” really speaks for itself. It’s a musical overture to a drunken room where all the conversations meld together into noise, and everything said is forgotten as soon as it is spoken.

The next track on the album is called “Drag”, assuming this refers to cigarettes. Like the name of the track, the sonic footprint of this song is just so cool. The guitar is sounds like a James Bond theme and the bassline is something that wouldn’t be out of place in Superfly. Really cool.

“In My Mind” reminds me of a folk singer at a bar, you can’t hear what he’s singing about distinctly, it blends in with the ambiance. The guitar is like an old country song with a cool vocal distortion that brings it all together.

If “Everybody is Drunk” feels like a night out, “Blue Skies” is like being alone at the bar. Your amore has gone to the restroom, you look around isolated. Maybe you watch the sports game on TV that you don’t care about, but it makes you seem busy. The song oozes a syrupy sentimentality.

The next track is “The Unsent Letter”. This epic track clocks in at over eight minutes and it still feels like its over too quickly. The lyrical content of this song could be a whole essay in itself. The gist of the song is like a crumpled piece of paper in your pocket, a letter that was meant to be send but just…wasn’t. The page is covered front and back in a handwritten scrawl. It’s filled with beautiful lines, my favorite being this gem,

“I wish I could see the world through your eyes.”

The album closes out with “Uptown (I Love You). Our night has come to a close, the anticipated hook-up didn’t come, the sorrows have been drunk away, the memories fading, and the lovely singer stumbles down the darkened streets to an empty home.

Everybody is Drunk by EvilStar, I am sure, will be an essential indie album one day as the artist grows in recognition. Listen to it and buy it now and you will be able to say you did so before it was cool.

Peace & Love

Sketchy Kids

Everybody Is Drunk – EvilStar (Album Review)

Pelham – Lost My Mind

Check out this video created by Pelham!

This video features a track off Pelham’s recent release. The location of the video is the iconic Stone Arch bridge in Minneapolis. Pelham, apart from being an original musician, is a producer who is engaged in the overall Minneapolis music scene. He has collaborated with Sketchy Kids by featuring a video in our original cable access television show. He runs Meteor Base, a studio specializing in music production and marketing. Not only that, he coordinates a open mic in Northeast Minneapolis.

Pelham’s work in the community shows in this video. Other musicians in the local scene make appearances in the video, which is really cool for me to see! Unfortunately I was unable to make the shoot myself, but it goes to show that Pelham’s community is on point.

Check out the video and be sure to support local artists!


Pelham – Lost My Mind