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
This week I saw Hotel Transylvania 3. Not just a sequel but the third in a series, so there was every chance this film would suck. Still, the Hotel Transylvania franchise isn’t out of steam yet – it gets me right where I live with its bright colors and visually memorable characters, I was going to like it regardless of how good or bad it was. A lot of people felt the same way, I think; the theater was packed with moms and kids. Read more
Another superhero movie – good heavens Marvel is pumping them out this year. Ant-Man and the Wasp is the third one, from Marvel at least. Between those, Deadpool, the Incredibles and the upcoming Venom movie, it looks like the superhero genre is still going strong. No matter how sick I am of Superhero movies, I’d still rather see that than The First Purge, so here we all are. But good news – it turns out the genre still holds. If you can avoid having 20 superheros in the same movie, you can make a pretty entertaining piece of film. Ant-Man and the Wasp was so charming and funny and friendly, I couldn’t resist it. Read more
This week I saw Sicario: Day of the Soldado. Boy, am I ever the wrong person to review this. I just don’t get it at all. I don’t even know how to talk about it. I got the feeling that this film was really good but I just couldn’t see how. Whatever the message was, whatever the appeal, it passed me by. This has happened to me before and I’ve come back to a film in 20 years and seen its genius. Maybe that will be what I do with Sicario: Day of the Soldado. Or it could be a swing and a miss, I couldn’t tell you. If you were a fan of the first movie, maybe skip this review, I’m not going to have much add. Read more
This week I watched Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. I certainly liked the first one. Dinosaurs are awesome and Chris Pratt is handsome, it’s a winning combination. Obviously I’m not the only who thinks so, the theater was packed. There must be quite the market for Dinosaurs and/or sexy, adorable men and so I had high hopes. Could they make a sequel to Jurassic World that was as good as the first? Read more
Strange, at the beginning of the movie, the voice actors thanked us for watching. Well technically they thanked us for waiting, but it’s the same thing. Usually that’s the kiss of death for a film but here it didn’t make a difference. Even with this bad omen, it would have been hard for Pixar to ruin Incredibles 2. I love me some Brad Bird – he was ‘Miscellaneous Crew’ of my favorite Pixar movies, including Monsters University and Inside Out. The man knows his stuff. Of course Incredibles 2 is fantastic. Read more