Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thoughts on Leatherface

Leatherface is a movie bereft of original ideas. The story, concept, and even some camera angles are all reminiscent of other movies. It comes off as a movie trying really hard to be an exploitation film but with no discernable direction. None of the characters are interesting so investment into this story is practically impossible. It comes off as a sleazy attempt to cash in on a franchise. The original The
  was so much more interesting and scary without the gore. This is a forgettable movie which only horror buffs would care to see as background noise.

Thoughts on Battlefield Earth

Battlefield Earth sucks. The script has more holes than Swiss cheese, it looks like it was edited by a blind man, and the characters are as bland as celery. John Travolta is so over the top that it can be amusing at times.  It is still a huge muddled mess that is a complete waste of time. Don’t see it unless you enjoy bad movies.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Thoughts on The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water is a beautiful movie. The acting is superb and the story is very stylized and lovely. There are lots of homages to familiar films likr The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The use of visual storytelling really works to the films advantage. This is what a remake of The Creature From the Black Lagoon should be, different but captivating. The haunting style give it a fairytale dreamlike quality. It’s great filmmaking that should be seen and enjoyed.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Thoughts on A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place is a good movie that feels like a Twilight Zone episode. The acting is great and the story is fine. Some of the narrative is surrounded with Chekhov’s guns which make it a bit predictable. The monsters are mysterious and creepy but I kept wondering how they took over the world so easily. They can hear really well until the script needs then not to do so. Conceptually, it seems clever but it still has holes in execution . It really didn’t make much sense that the workd was ruined by these creatures. It has more depth than your average monster movie.  It doesn’t treat the audience like it’s stupid, but it also doesn’t take chances. It’s a worthwhile movie that is worth seeing but just don’t have high expectations.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Thoughts on The Flintstones

The Flintstones is fine. It is well made and well performed. The story is a bit weak but the expectations are a bit low since it came out in 1994. The product placement is extreme but after so long it seems like a funny quirk. As a movie that can be viewed as background noise it does it’s job. Otherwise, it is a cliched, forgettable distraction.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Thoughts on Coco

Coco is a beautiful movie. The story is remarkably colorful and showcases great songs with fun and well developed characters. The message is sweet and the animation is stunning. The authenticity towards the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration is wonderful and showcases a lovely aspect of the culture. See it if you get a chance. Just bring a tissue or two.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Thoughts on Murder On The Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express is a damn good movie. The cast is a whose who of talented individuals that make the film very entertaining. The mystery is well developed and the Hercule Poirot character is fascinating to watch. Even on a thematic level this movie does well by creating a clever story arc. Anyone interested in a 1930s murder mystery from a classic story will enjoy this update. The cast is charming and makes for an enjoyable watch

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Thoughts on A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time is a forgettable movie. With decent actors phoning in lazy performances it is easy to simply not care about the events unfolding. With loads of CG the movie comes off as all spectacle with no substance. A lot happens inexplicably and the lack of character development and chemistry among them really makes this a dull watch. I wouldn’t bother watching this unless you are a huge fan of the book. Then you can add disappointment to the boredom you feel.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Thoughts on I, Tonya

I, Tonya is a really good movie. It features great acting, a solid story, and a fantastic soundtrack. The use of CG was sometimes a bit jaring, but that is nitpicking. The choice to make it more of a dark comedy then straight drama is a entertaining decision.  It showcases a lot of talented performances and makes it obvious why this movie was a serious contender for the Oscars. It is worth checking out for anyone who has interest in dark true-ish stories.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Thoughts on Annihilation

Annihilation is a really thought provoking movie. With good acting, amazing visuals, and a creepy and haunting story. The film seems to be a metaphor for cancer and the way it changes life on a cellular level. The cinematography is pretty breathtaking and has a dream like quality reminiscent of the card art from Magic: the Gathering. I recommend it for scifi fans who are looking for a more cerebral movie. It is a mysterious film that is worth checking out.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Thoughts on Swamp Zombies

Swamp Zombies is pretty awful. Granted the fight scenes involve real stunts by the actors but that  doesn’t make a watchable film. The script is simple, the acting is bad, and the editing is a wretched mess. Even the sountrack seems wildly inappropriate for the scenes. If you are a fan of cheesy movies it will kill some time. It is an amateur movie at best and at worst some glorious schlock.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Thoughts on Jigsaw

Jigsaw feels like a last gasp of the torture porn era of horror films. A herd of characters who are despicable try to prevent a horrid death that they all completely deserve. It’s still trying to be clever but instead it comes off as a dead horse getting beaten to a pulp. Too much stupidity and not enough substance to make it worth a damn. If I hadn’t seen the other films I never would have bothered with this at all. It brings nothing new to the table and doesn’t even attempt to revive the genre. Instead it’s the same story with twists that can’t live up to the first movie.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Thoughts on Veronica

Veronica is a Spanish horror movie about a teenage girl who experiments with the occult and summons a dark entity. Supposedly it is a crime that Spanish police actually reported as paranormal. It is visually very well made and the acting is good. There are a lot of aspects that seem cliche but it works well enough. The ending is sort of abrupt but the visuals make it memorable. It’s worth checking out for horror fans.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Thoughts on Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is the story of the creator of Wonder Woman and his polyamorous relationship. The acting is fine but the story is a touch on the dull side. It doesn’t have any real conflict to center around. As a whole, it’s a fine movie on an interesting subject but it isn’t executed in such a way to make it gripping. It’s worth a rental if you have an interest but otherwise it is nothing spectacular.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2018 Oscar Predictions

Here are my 2018 Oscar predictions:

Best Picture:

“The Shape of Water”

Lead Actor:

Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Lead Actress:

Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”

Supporting Actor:

Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”

Supporting Actress:

Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”

Director:

“Get Out,” Jordan Peele

Animated Feature:

“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson

Animated Short:

“Lou,” Dave Mullins, Dana Murray

Adapted Screenplay:

“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green

Original Screenplay:

“Get Out,” Jordan Peele

Cinematography:

“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins

Best Documentary Feature:

“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman

Best Documentary Short Subject:

“Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon

Best Live Action Short Film:

“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk

Best Foreign Language Film:

“On Body and Soul (Hungary)

Film Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss

Sound Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater

Sound Mixing:

“Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin

Production Design:

“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola

Original Score:

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams
Original Song:

“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez

Makeup and Hair:

“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick

Costume Design:

“Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran

Visual Effects:
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Thoughts on Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist is a Netflix movie based on the anime show. As a stand-alone movie it doesn’t really hold up but if you are a fan of the show it is entertaining enough. It comes across as a mass of cosplayers just making representation of the high points of the show. Not much depth is given to the characters and it comes off as a shallow interpretation. It isn’t a bad movie but it is weakened by trying to cram so much into the time allotted. It would be a confusing mess to any one not familiar with the show.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Thoughts on Black Panther

When it comes to Marvel movies Black Panther is okay. The story is a run of the mill tale of revenge. The actors are all good but the story is fairly dull. The effects even felt a bit dated which was a real shame considering the hype this movie is getting. As a whole it isn’t a bad movie but it is forgettable. It is predictable and does nothing to challenge the genre. It ia worth seeing if you are looking to keep up with the ever growing MCU but otherwise it’s can be a rental.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Thoughts on The Kingsmen: The Golden Circle

The Kingsmen: The Golden Circle is okay. No more, no less. It has a more ridiculous plot than the original. It still is a fun enough movie with enough charm to make it entertaining. It isn’t perfect by any means but it seems to realize this and is fine just being silly and over the top. It is a worthy as a rental or background movie.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Thoughts on The Ritual

The Ritual is a good Lovecraftian story that feels like The Descent. The acting is good and the story is    eerie. The characters are interesting and well developed. It feels like a familiar premise but it works. The film is entertaining and a worthy horror movie for any afternoon. The woods are creepy and this movie capitalizes on that feeling. Check it out if you are a horror fan.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Thoughts on The Cloverfield Paradox

The Cloverfield Paradox is a fun scifi entry into the Cloverfield universe. The acting is good and the effects are fun to watch. It is an immersive movie that made kept me captivated even during the more stranger aspects. There seems to be some attempt to tie the movies together but it was a bit confusing on that level. This movie leaves me with a few questions but I was entertained and enjoyed the weird ride.

Thoughts on My Life as a Zucchini

My Life as a Zucchini is a gorgeous film. It is depressing and uplifting at the same time and the stop motion captures the emotions perfectly. The material is somber and adult but the imagery is colorful and beautiful. The contrast makes it quite compelling. The story is pretty simple but it feels genuine. If you can handle a French film then it is worth watching.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Thoughts on Baby Driver

Baby Driver is a pretty fun action movie. The look and soundtrack is very stylized which makes the movie interesting to a certain degree. Otherwise it is a pretty standard crime movie. The acting is very over the top and the script seems like a 70s movie. It is not a bad movie but it is also not a very deep movie. The humor is pretty low key and subtle which gives it charm. It is fine way to kill some time.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Thoughts on Rings

Rings is a piss poor excuse to try to revitalize a franchise. It adds nothing new, feels like it is retreading old ground, and is poorly written. Characters struggle to find stuff to do which is baffling and pointless.  The main characters are bland and the dialogue is poor executed. Bottom line is that this is fine if you are bored but otherwise it is a forgettable movie.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Thoughts on A Futile and Stupid Gesture

A Futile and Stupid Gesture is a fine movie. The acting is fine and the subject is interesting but the tone is muddled. At times it plays itself like a comedy and other times a drama and then there are times when dramatic parts are undercut with comedy and visa versa. The movie just ends abruptly which is jarring. It is a fine film choice for a mild distraction but it is fairly forgettable.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Thoughts on IT

IT is a solid movie that keeps a lot of the charm of the miniseries and cuts out the B.S. The acting is great and the kids are really quirky enough to hope for their survival. The parts that stuck out as flawed is that Richie is annoying (but he is kind of supposed to be), the frights are mostly jump scares, and they modernized the time period but the Stephen King stereotypical bully is still in full force. As a whole it’s a fine movie and I look forward to part 2.

Thoughts on Man Vs.

Man Vs. is an interesting take on the survivor reality shows. The build up is really great and the performances seem genuine. The twist is a bit silly and just a bit disappointing. As a whole the movie is at least entertaining. Check it out if you are looking for something fun. The premise is good and the build up makes up for the silly aspects.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Thoughts on The Blackcoats Daughter

The Blackcoats Daughter is a pretty impressive horror film. It is subtle and creates a tone of nightmarish unease. With great performances and a slow burn script the film is quite haunting. It clearly doesn’t think the audience is dumb by hitting them over the head with exposition. Instead it lets the story unfold as the horror begins to take hold. Check it out if you are looking for a smart, subtle, and effective horror story.

Thoughts on The Polka King

The Polka King is an interesting look at the Jan Lewan Ponzi scheme. He is an interesting character and the actors do a great job with this dark comedy. The problem is that the story is not very funny and you are really just watching a strange character hit rock bottom. It is a depressing movie and the tone is a bit muddled. Still, it is interesting and well-acted so it is worth checking out if the preview interests you.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Thoughts on Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid Goes West is probably the best Aubrey Plaza movie since The To Do List. It really is a fascinating take on the stalker relationship in a social media world. It feels like it could easily be a horror movie. Elizabeth Olsen plays the object of Ingrid’s obsession. The movie has a great cast and a  relevant tone. It also touches on the illusion of life perfection in social media. Check it out if you are looking for something clever and worth a damn.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Thoughts on Sharknado 5

Sharknado 5 is what happens when the Asylum makes a movie where everyone is in on the joke. If you like puns and references to better movies then it is at least a fun distraction. If you want a seriously good movie with decent acting then look elsewhere. As if the other films weren’t ridiculous enough they are introducing magic to the storyline in a desperate attempt to make it original. It is schlock but sadly it is not very good schlock.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Thoughts on I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore

I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore is a fun, dark comedy. It is about people being vicimized seeking justice. The acting is good and it is fantastic to see Melanie Lynskey getting better parts. It is a clever movie that handles the dark mood and subject matter really well. It is worth seeing for anyone looking for something a bit different.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Thoughts on Creep 2

Creep 2 is a decent follow up to Creep. The main character remains the same and his charm and demeanor still sell the story. The performance are genuine and thrilling. It really is a good sequel that is worth checking out if you enjoyed the first film. Good subtle horror at its finest.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Thoughts on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is another bland entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. By now it feels so forced and dull with no really original ideas to keep afloat. It just becomes a muddled mess as the film progesses. The first movie was fun but they have gotten progressively worse with every new entry. The story is bland and the characters are lazily written with no chemistry amongst them. It is worth a watch on Netflix if desperate but is easily forgotten.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Thoughts on The Hit Man’s Bodyguard

The Hit Man’s Bodyguard is an okay action comedy. The characters have a fun chemistry. The story itself is a bit trite. The script is sort of weak so it makes up for it with swear words. Still, there are a few fun moments that make it a worthy rental. It might be a bit forgettable but it will kill some time. Sometimes, that is all you need.