Hellboy is Beautifully Gruesome & David Harbour is Excellent (Review)

Hellboy is Beautifully Gruesome & David Harbour is Excellent (Review)

I’ve been looking forward to a new Hellboy since I first heard about it.  I was a humongous fan of the original two Hellboys (and also director Guillermo del Toro) and even though he wasn’t directing this latest reboot, it looked like it was going to be awesome.  Then something happened and it turned out horrible? At the time of this writing, Rotten Tomatoes has Hellboy 2019 at 15% and I think it deserves better. So now that I’ve seen what all the fuss (and the hate) was about, I have to ask:  what happened here? Read more

Pet Sematary is Legitimately, Unrelentingly Terrifying (Review)

Pet Sematary is Legitimately, Unrelentingly Terrifying (Review)

God I love Stephen King.  I’ve been looking forward to Pet Sematary since I saw the trailer.  I’ve never read the book but I saw the 1989 movie, which would be handy for comparison if I could remember anything about it. Sadly, that was 25+ years ago so all I remember was it scared the piss out of me. That was enough though – I had high hopes for this 2019 remake. Read more

The Beach Bum is Carefully Made & Nuanced But I Didn’t Get The Point (Review)

The Beach Bum is Carefully Made & Nuanced But I Didn’t Get The Point (Review)

A friend of mine who is a Harmony Korine fan predicted that I would not like The Beach Bum but I thought I might like it.  After all, I absolutely didn’t want to see the Live Action Remake of Dumbo and after seeing the trailer, there was a good chance there could be all sorts of surfer fan service, so odds were good that there would be something in it for me.   And since I don’t feel like being wrong at all, I’m going to say that I loved The Beach Bum. I just need to find a way to explain why. Read more

US is Creepy as Hell & Makes Brilliant Use of The Uncanny (Review)

US is Creepy as Hell & Makes Brilliant Use of The Uncanny (Review)

Wow, people sure are talking about Us, Jordan Peele’s latest film. Apparently it’s crazier than Get Out or maybe it’s less crazy than Get Out, but one thing seems to be certain – if you liked Get Out, you’ll LOVE Us.  Well what about those of us who didn’t see Get Out? There must be dozens of us, after all. How do you describe this Jordan Peele’s 2019 movie without referring to  his one in 2017? I’ll give it a shot – Us is my first exposure to this writer/director/producer. Read more

Fighting With My Family is a Heartwarming Tribute to The Real Skill & Difficulty of Professional Wrestling (Review)

Fighting With My Family is a Heartwarming Tribute to The Real Skill & Difficulty of Professional Wrestling (Review)

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I sat down to see Fighting with My Family.  I knew it was a movie that somehow involved wrestling and that’s about it. I hadn’t even seen the trailer and I couldn’t tell anything from the audience.  Different films bring different audience demographics and this one was all over the map. I’m not a wrestling fan or even a sports fan, there wasn’t much I could relate to in Fighting with My Family, but from the first scene, I could tell this was something different. Read more

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Features The Best Villain I’ve Seen in awhile (Review)

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Features The Best Villain I’ve Seen in awhile (Review)

So here we are with the third in the instalment of the franchise, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.  It was supposed to be amazing. It’s been a while since I’ve thought about the How to Train Your Dragon franchise.  The last one to come out was in 2014 and I remember it being good but not something they could follow up. The theater was certainly full, mostly of of little kids doing what little kids do in theaters; in this case that was kicking seats and coughing with their mouths open.   Read more

Alita: Battle Angel Leaves Quidditch in The Dust with Action-Packed Motorball (Review)

Alita: Battle Angel Leaves Quidditch in The Dust with Action-Packed Motorball (Review)

I wanted to see Alita: Battle Angel from the second I saw the trailer.  It looked amazing. Except those eyes – Alita’s big giant eyes freaked me out but the rest of it was promising.  This is from director Robert Rodriguez who gave us From Dusk till Dawn, the series and Sin City but neither of these (or anything else he’s done) really reminded me of the tone here, so I wasn’t sure what Alita: Battle Angel would actually be like.   Read more

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is a Fast-Paced & Fun Sequel (Review)

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is a Fast-Paced & Fun Sequel (Review)

This week I watched The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.  I really liked the first Lego Movie, though I have to say I wasn’t sold on the ending.  I don’t want to say what that ending is, just in case it’s a spoiler (it’s not in the trailers for the sequel, after all)  Those of you who have seen it know what I mean – how would they build on what they revealed in the first one? Read more

Mark’s Favorite Movies of 2018 Feat. Paddington 2, Incredibles 2 & More

Mark’s Favorite Movies of 2018 Feat. Paddington 2, Incredibles 2 & More

What a year 2018 was!  All kinds of wonderful and not-so-wonderful movies and it’s always fun to look back and see which ones were my favorites.   Bear in mind, that these are just the things I’ve seen and reviewed so if you see something that you think should have won (or at least been nominated), either I didn’t have a chance to review it or I DID review it but would like to pretend that it didn’t exist.

Also, minor spoilers ahead.  Fair warning. Read more

Mary Poppins Returns is Fun & Faithful to The Original but Falls Short of a Classic (Review)

Mary Poppins Returns is Fun & Faithful to The Original but Falls Short of a Classic (Review)

I have to admit, the hype got to me with Mary Poppins Returns.  Hearing Emily Blunt talk about how she couldn’t try to be Julie Andrews but instead had to just do her own version of Mary Poppins piqued my interest.  It’s not like there were really any competing movies out this week. Another Transformers movie and another superhero movie? Pass.  Truth be told, the original 1964 Mary Poppins filled my little gay heart with joy.  How could I resist having a look? Could they make a successful sequel? Maybe, but I had my doubts before the film even began when some of the actors came out and thanked us for coming to their film. That never bodes well. Read more

Mortal Engines is Flawed but Brilliantly Original (Review)

Mortal Engines is Flawed but Brilliantly Original (Review)

So after a week where nothing came out for movies (at least in the village where I live), this week there were TWO releases.  I had my choice between Mortal Engines and Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse. I wanted to see both, they both looked wonderful.  But a quick hop on Rotten Tomatoes showed me that they were not equal – Spiderman was at 98% or so, Mortal Engines was at 35%. So did I want to gush over a doubtlessly flawless movie or did I want to write about a dumpster fire?  Well you see what I chose. I went in with super low expectations and was delighted by what I saw. Read more

Ralph Breaks the Internet is Gorgeous, Clever & Emotionally Nuanced (Review)

Ralph Breaks the Internet is Gorgeous, Clever & Emotionally Nuanced (Review)

I saw Ralph Breaks the Internet this week.  I loved the first movie and the trailer for this sequel looked pretty promising. I had high expectations. After all, I gave up Taron Egerton Fan Service in Robin Hood (it must have been there) for in place of this film, so it had better be good.  And it WAS. Weird how sequels don’t suck like they used to. Time was when you could safely ignore a sequel unless it was getting rave reviews but these days sequels seem to be all at least as good as their previous films. Read more

Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald: Incomprehensible Plot But Such a Feast For The Eyes (Review)

Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald: Incomprehensible Plot But Such a Feast For The Eyes (Review)

Fantastic Beasts:  The Crimes of Grindelwald is another of those movies I knew I was absolutely going to go to as soon as I’d viewed the trailer.  Apparently I still have a soft spot for the Harry Potter Universe and I loved the first film. I couldn’t help myself. What would Newt Scamander get up to this time?  Probably something pretty good. Though the movie title? What a mouthful! I’d really just been thinking of it as Fantastic Beasts 2 and had to look up the real title for the purposes of this review.    Read more

Overlord is Absolutely Well Made But I Was Hoping for More Monsters (Review)

Overlord is Absolutely Well Made But I Was Hoping for More Monsters (Review)

I had such high hopes for Overlord.  They had me the minute I watched the trailer.  Not because of the WWII stuff (can’t do war movies, me) but because of the monsters and the Body Horror.  A secret Nazi Lair where they’re turning people into monsters? Count me in. With a monster movie like that, they’d have to screw this one up pretty badly in order to put me off it.  And I saw the name J.J. Abrams’s who didn’t direct it, but produced it. Hopefully that’s as good. Read more