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Mother! A Strange, Demanding Trip and Well Worth It (Review)

It’s hard to talk about a film like Mother! without feeling like you’re giving something away.  I’m going to try to avoid spoilers here (not that I think Mother! really CAN be spoiled) but this film is so specific yet ambiguous that any discussion might color your perceptions going in.  If you’re planning on seeing this and want the very full experience, don’t read this review, just go see the film.  THEN read it and see if you agree.  Me, I had been warned going in – this is a weird weird film.  Personally I liked it but the other people in the theater did not; I  definitely heard some grumbling from the other patrons as I left. Continue reading Mother! A Strange, Demanding Trip and Well Worth It (Review)

IT: A lesson in What Real Horror is. Terrifying from Beginning to End (Review)

I’ve been waiting to see It for a long time.  This was my first exposure to It, I hadn’t read the book or seen the Tim Curry miniseries (I know, shame on me) so I really have nothing to compare it to.  Let me tell you – it lives up to the hype.  It is legitimately terrifying in so many different ways.  And it’s not just killer clown monsters, either.  There are psychotic bullies and horrible adults too.  Those kids can’t catch a break.

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard is Possibly The Best Action Comedy of The Year (Review)

This week it’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard. There was a bit of hype for this one, seems like I saw the trailer to the Hitman’s Bodyguard before every other movie for two months, regardless of genre.  That could be an overstatement but not by much.  I was pretty sure I’d like this one, Action/Comedy if a forgiving genre.  Even when it’s bad it’s still pretty good.  And this one was pretty good, I laughed so much.   Continue reading The Hitman’s Bodyguard is Possibly The Best Action Comedy of The Year (Review)

Annabelle Creation is Terrifying: Well-Executed Horror That Hits All The Right Notes (Review)

This week my movie is Annabelle: Creation.  There’s been a dearth of horror films lately, particularly good horror films, so I had some high hopes going in.  There were lots of jump scares.  Normally I would say this is a bad thing, horror films that rely on jump scares to get their audience are usually pretty lame.  But this may be the first horror film I’ve seen that used them well.  You knew there were jump scares coming and it was that tension that made things well.  This film used every trick:  footsteps, the dark, point-of-view (where you can see something behind the character but they don’t know it’s there) and most of all my favorite, The Uncanny Valley.   Continue reading Annabelle Creation is Terrifying: Well-Executed Horror That Hits All The Right Notes (Review)

The Dark Tower is a Strange Mix of Formulaic Tropes & Refreshingly Original Concepts with a Solid Execution (Review)

This week it’s The Dark Tower, one of the new batch of Stephen King adaptations heading our way.  I was looking forward to this one. Though I stopped reading him before the Dark Tower books came out, I’ve always had a fondness for King.  And there was something about this film.  Usually it’s easy to watch movies with a critical eye and keep a list of strong points and weak points throughout.  But when I got to the end of The Dark Tower, I realised I hadn’t been paying attention to that at all.  I had been completely immersed. That’s usually a good sign. Continue reading The Dark Tower is a Strange Mix of Formulaic Tropes & Refreshingly Original Concepts with a Solid Execution (Review)

The Emoji Movie is Imaginative & Colorful. Can’t Say a Bad Thing about it… (Review)

This week I went to see my Emoji movie with my mum and she really liked it.  I love my mum and have a good time whenever I’m with her so for this review I’m only going to say nice things about this movie. Anyone who wants a searing review where I vent spleen about the state of film today will have to wait, and probably not too long.  At the time of this writing Rotten Tomatoes has this at 8%, which is pretty low, which is unfortunate and really undeserved.  I will even add an extra star to my rating because I had a good time. Continue reading The Emoji Movie is Imaginative & Colorful. Can’t Say a Bad Thing about it… (Review)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is Both Beautiful & Nonsensical (Review)

I knew I’d like Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets as soon as I saw the trailers.  Fair warning, I liked Valerian for exactly the same reason I liked Gods of Egypt.  Visuals were simply stunning.  Whether it’s underwater scenes (in a space station!) or inter-dimensional market place or just the weird poof as ships emerged from their FTL space, everything was lavishly, generously, obscenely wonderful to look at.  I haven’t seen attention to aesthetics like this since Avatar, and I think this might be better. Continue reading Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is Both Beautiful & Nonsensical (Review)

War for the Planet of the Apes is The Most Emotionally Satisfying Film I’ve Seen in Ages (Review)

War For the Planet of the Apes is the first Planet of the Apes movie I’ve seen since the remake with Mark Wahberg.  I was asked why I would start in a trilogy on the third film.  The answer is: because that’s what came out this week.  The other answer is because a film should stand on its own merits, even if it’s the third in a trilogy.  You should never have to have seen/read/listened to something else, in order to enjoy a movie. Continue reading War for the Planet of the Apes is The Most Emotionally Satisfying Film I’ve Seen in Ages (Review)