Bad Times at the El Royale is like a tame Tarantino film. Some of the actors are having fun with the material while others seem to be sleepwalking. There are moments of violence surrounded by dialogue that adds nothing save some weak character development. The whole plot seems odd and aimless without much central conflict. The pacing is painfully slow and full of filler. I am not sure why Dakota Johnson is on screen. She is awful. The movie lacks any cinematic tension. The cast is a mixture of people who actually want this movie to succeed and others seem to be just crusing for a paycheck. Lewis Pullman is seriously performing circles around most of the cast. It’s a fine rental if you got a lot of time to piss away.
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse is a fun ride. The voice actors are all good. The animation is fantastic and stylish. The story itself is pretty sweet. It there was one flaw it is that the animation sometimes gave me a headache and it looks as if you are watching a 3-D movie without glasses. It’s a lot of fun and seems like it captures the characters well. The movie is over-the-top and silly at times but it sets a tone that makes it appropriate. Check it out if you are a fan of Spider-Man.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
The Predator is a very weak attempt to capture the charm of the first film. The tag line should be, “Well, that was dumb.” The cast is a who’s who of TV actors getting a paycheck in the off season of their respective shows. The humor is mean spirited and low brow. It is far from the worst in the series but it is a mess. Most of the characters are simple caricatures of by-the-book action cliches. The writing is pedestrian and offers stale plot points that do not impress. The script is full of gems that show contempt for the audience and their intelligence. I wouldn’t recommend this movie. Stick with the first and second movie.
Monday, December 31, 2018
Friday, December 21, 2018
My latest book is available on Amazon. Paco the Eel and the Talent Show https://www.amazon.com/dp/1792000030/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1545400314&sr=8-3&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=paco+the+eel&dpPl=1&dpID=41dOHKZO6TL&ref=plSrch
Sunday, December 16, 2018
The Grinch is one of the better imaginings of the beloved Suess stories. The characters and the colorful cgi really make this fun. The humor is cute and Looney Tunes like in its nature. It is good spirited and sweet. I do sort of wish that movies would stop giving the Grinch a motivation. The story says “no one quite knows the reason” after telling us the cinematic origin of the Grinch’s holiday hatred. Still, it’s a cute movie that will fill the void nicely if you want a fun movie or dislike the Ron Howard version.
Monday, December 10, 2018
The Incredibles 2 is a fun action movie and amazing Pixar addition. The movie feels like an animated Bond movie and the animation has improved at great deal. My only complaint is that the villains motivation was very weak. Still, this movie was a lot of fun. Check it out if you enjoyed the first or if you want a very stylized and relevant animated action flick.