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 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
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
Sometimes you can really see a specific type of audience in the audience of a movie. Slender Man might draw teenagers and A Star is Born might draw couples. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms was definitely very specific – it was impossible not to notice. All around me were little girls with their Grans, dozens of these adorable pairs. I was one of three men in the entire auditorium and definitely the only non-Dad. Read more
This week I saw Halloween! And this 2018 film was my exposure to the franchise. Apparently this is the eleventh film in the series, so I’ve missed a lot. Though it didn’t feel like I missed anything at all – there was a nice succinct recap of the very first movie and it felt exactly like an immediate sequel. Well, not quite immediate, this takes place 40 years after the original film but it certainly did not feel like Michael Myers has been killing through the 9 movies in between now and then. Read more
I’ve been wanting to see Bad Times at the El Royale since I saw the trailer. I’m a sucker for films around that time. The decor, the music, the clothes, the cars, I love it all. And you could put Chris Hemsworth on anything and I’ll probably watch it at least once. The trailers gave very little away, too, I had no idea what Bad Times at the El Royale was going to be about. Now I know why, so I’m going to give nothing away either.
Venom has been on my radar for a while. I’ve never read the comics but the trailer got me in one view. Plus I love Tom Hardy. And since I’ve already bought in, it’s been hard to avoid the hype on this one, especially how badly it’s been treated in other reviews. Why all the negativity, guys? Well I had to go see for myself and make up my own mind. Read more
I didn’t have high expectations for Smallfoot. It looked like another animated kid’s movie, which usually means something forgettable. Family/Kid’s movies are easily the most forgiving genres – parents don’t care how good the film is because the kids will like it anyway and kids don’t care because they’re kids. So I was pleasantly surprised when Smallfoot started out good and just kept getting better. I’m surprised it wasn’t rated higher in IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes. I loved it. The theater was packed – so many kids and they loved it too. Read more
This week it was The Nun, 2018’s addition to The Conjuring Universe. I’ve never seen any of the Conjuring movies except Annabelle: Creation but man, was this thing every popular. The theater was almost packed. Rotten Tomatoes didn’t like it, 27% at the time this was written. But I have to say I had a good time watching The Nun. I liked it more than, perhaps, it deserved. It was scary and occasionally funny and just long enough.
Searching is a movie with a ‘gimmick’, which normally does not bode well. The last movie I can remember with a gimmick was Hardcore Henry, but instead of being shot as a First Person Shooter, Searching is shot completely from the point of view of a computer screen. When we see people, it’s always photographs or video feed. When they talk, it’s either streaming video or messaging. When I saw the trailer, I thought the the setup would get very old, very fast. I also thought “I wonder what happened to his daughter?” Read more
I’ve been looking forward to The Happytime Murders ever since I saw the trailer for it a few months ago. I love puppets and muppets and basically anything even remotely related to Jim Henson. I also loved Greg The Bunny, so The Happytime Murders was right in my wheelhouse. It was almost guaranteed I was going to love it. And I did. Though I noticed that some of the other review sites (Rotten Tomatoes) weren’t that kind to this film. That’s too bad, I had a great time. Read more
I like Slender Man. I think the original creepypasta post was awesome; it was original and deliciously mysterious. I liked the game Slender: The Eight Pages, too, it was terrifying. So even though I didn’t like the trailer and heard it had low reviews, I was curious about the Slender Man movie. Well consider my curiosity satisfied, I sat through the entire thing, saw what it had to offer and now I know. I’m going to spoil my review in the first paragraph – it was awful. I’m also going to spoil the movie in the following paragraphs. If you want to see this thing, you shouldn’t be reading my review. Read more
This week is The Darkest Minds because I wasn’t actually interested in The Spy Who Dumped Me and the realistic stuffed animals of Christopher Robin terrified me. This is the classic example of low expectations – I generally don’t like Young Adult movies (especially when based on Young Adult Fiction) and the trailer made The Darkest Minds look pretty silly. Still, I was in a good mood and I liked the ‘Push’ (which had a similar premise) and I found myself pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t that bad. I’m going to spoil small details in this review but no plot points. Read more
I’ve never watched the Teen Titans Go, so Teen Titans Go! To the Movies was the first my first experience of them. Honestly, I don’t quite get it,l but I’m clearly not the demographic. Even so, it was easy to sit through, full comprehension wasn’t necessary. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies was fast paced, there was music throughout and the action cut fast enough to satisfy even my short attention span. Read more