Riverdale is a surprisingly good show. It’s a mixture of Dawson’s Creek, Glee, Gossip Girl, The Outsiders, and a slew of others. Weirdly, the combination of things Riverdale emulates works for the most part. The series begins with a Twin Peaks vibe as the body of a Riverdale High student is found washed up, setting the first season up as a whodunit. This premise may seem far from the original Archie comics, yet the characters are all here, and apart from Reggie they all for the most part embody the spirit of their comic book counterparts. Jughead is by far the standout of the bunch, but in Riverdale his humour is traded in for sarcasm as he investigates the dark side of their small town. Archie is still jumping from Veronica to Betty in one of the longest ever running love triangles. Riverdale shows the town from the point of view of the parents and they have even more secrets than their children.

About halfway into the first season they really start to Glee up the show with what might be a number every second episode. I don’t mean that as a bad thing either. They use Josie and the Pussycats to play cover songs that fit the mood of the episode. Some of the song choices blow me away, like Out Tonight from Rent, and Milkshake by Kelis.

Riverdale does have a few problems, although these problems are the same as every other show on The CW, most notably all stars are beautiful people and teens are over sexualised.  If you do enjoy everything else The CW has produced you will find yourself at home here and going strong halfway through it’s second season. Riverdale has proven successful enough that another Achieverse character, Sabrina is getting her own show this year.

Riverdale is the best teen drama currently airing. Check it out!

Robert Ring


Most Watched Films

I watch the following movies at least once a year. Unlike other movies I can watch these over and over again without growing tired of them. We all have these movies and these are the ones I consider to be my favourite movies.

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Sing Street

Sing Street is a coming of age story set in 80s Dublin. I watched this one at least five times last year. Also, the ending to this movie is perfect.

La La Land

La La Land

La La Land is all about chasing your dreams. Not only is it my favourite musical, but it’s also a throwback musical that reinvents the modern musical.

Risky Business

Risky Business

Risky Business is an 80’s teen film about capitalism and taking chances. Tangerine Dream gives us one the best movie soundtracks to boot.

Say Anything

Say Anything

Lloyd Dobler explaining what he wants to do with his life is probably all I need to cement this film is one I watch yearly. His optimism is infectious and his absolute love for Diane is why we all remember him standing outside her window with the boombox held high above his head.

The Graduate

The Graduate

Benjamin Braddock is the image of a man out of college with anything he wants ahead of him, yet he suffers from existential angst. This angst leads him to his affair with Mrs. Robinson with another exceptional soundtrack by Simon and Garfunkel.


The Boat that Rocked

This film is incredibly fun with a 60’s soundtrack to boot. The casting is perfect, and you will find yourself enjoying every character. By Richard Curtis, who directed Love Actually, and more recently About Time, so you are in good hands here.

Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead

Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost… you can’t go wrong! This is hands down the best zombie movie you will ever see.. it is a comedy, but so what? It’s brilliant!

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Pan’s Labyrinth

In my opinion it is the best fairy tale ever made for the screen. Yes, it is in Spanish, but you won’t notice when you are all caught up in all the magic that Guillermo del Toro brings to the screen.



Rent is a celebration of life, of hope, and death. Easily one of my favourite musicals. While it can be happy and upbeat, it also becomes very depressing.


Lost in Translation

People either love this film or hate it. It is one of the best films I’ve ever seen and my favourite relationship between two characters that I’ve seen on film by Bill Murray, and Scarlett Johansson. This is not your typical Hollywood flare, but a slow paced journey of two souls.


Let me know what movies you watch over and over for whatever reason.

Robert Ring