In 1978, the horror genre was changed forever when John Carpenter came out with Halloween, but its legacy was followed by a series of sequels and remakes that ranged from watchable (Halloween II, Halloween: H20) to straight-up abysmal (Halloween: Resurrection). But with Carpenter returning as a producer, Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode, and a team of writers including Danny McBride and director David Gordon Green, the Halloween franchise finally has a definitive follow-up that delivers with its suspenseful scares as strongly as it does with the story at its core. 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
In the opening sequence of First Man, we see Neil Armstrong test piloting in the Mojave Desert. As evident in this intense sequence that thrusts viewers right into the middle of the cockpit, viewers are in for a thrilling, yet bumpy ride about one of the greatest accomplishments in human history. Director Damien Chazelle immaculately balances First Man by keeping it as grounded on planet Earth as it is exhilarating in the movie’s climatic sequence on the moon. By showing the toll this dangerous mission took on Neil Armstrong and everyone else involved in this project over the years, it makes this biopic about the small step for man even more satisfying (and affecting) by the film’s conclusion.
Sony did the right thing by letting Marvel Studios help shape a new Spider-Man and allow it to breathe in its Marvel Cinematic Universe. While Sony is still hush-hush on whether Venom will exist in the same universe as Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, it’s evident about half way into the movie that Sony should have let Marvel Studios help shape the alien symbiote and its host. If people thought the 2007 iteration of the Venom character seen in Spider-Man 3 was bad, then just wait until they get a load of this one. Not even A-list star Tom Hardy, playing the host of a liquid-like form, is enough to save this new version of the character. Lazy, tone deaf, and laughable on just about every front, Venom isn’t a bad movie because it’s so bad it’s good, or that it feels like a movie from the early 2000’s, or that it’s rated PG-13 instead of R. It’s a bad movie because it’s just bad in every way, shape, and form.
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
First it was Gaynor and March (1937). Next it was Garland and Mason (1954). Then it was Streisand and Kristofferson (1976). Now, we have Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in the latest version of A Star is Born. Read more
Five Fingers for Marseilles is a South-African Spaghetti Western from Stage 5 Films and director Michael Matthews. Starring Vuyo Dabula, Warren Masemola, Zethu Dlomo, Lizwi Vilakazi, Kenneth Nkosi, Hamilton Dhlamini and Jerry Mofokeng. The film made it’s TIFF debut in September 2018 and it will hit VOD at the end of October. Here is my review: Read more
In the past few years, there have been a solid mix of well-written comedies and the cliche and lazy comedies. Director Malcom D. Lee delivered us Girls Trip in 2017, a refreshing and genuinely funny film. When we found out he was directing a comedy with Kevin Hart in the lead role, it was difficult not to be excited. Could he go back to back years with smash hit comedies? As awesome as that would have been, unfortunately Night School falls short (not a diss on Kevin Hart….or is it?) and isn’t anywhere near the level of Girls trip. Read more
Supergrid is a post-apocalyptic action film from the director of Wolfcop/Another Wolfcop – Lowell Dean. Starring Leo Fafard, Marshall Williams, Natalie Krill, Jay Reso, Amy Matysio and Jonathan Cherry, the film is scheduled for release in 2018 via Raven Banner. Here is my review of Supergrid from the Calgary International Film Festival!
Knuckleball is an upcoming thriller directed by Michael Peterson and stars Munro Chambers, Michael Ironside, Luca Villacis, Kathleen Munroe, Drew Nelson and Krista Bridges. Raven Banner will release the film in theaters beginning September 28, 2018. Read more
Jeremiah Sand‘s long lost album featuring the single ‘Amulet of The Weeping Maze’ is a 1970’s classic that is a must-have for all Children of The New Dawn followers as well as fans who enjoy The Carpenters but long for something with more depth and guidance towards the light. Read more
It’s surprising to see comedy veteran Paul Feig take a turn for the dark, more so lend his directing chops to the thriller genre. However, his latest, A Simple Favor, brings its own hilarious set of twists that pit Anna Kendrick as an innocent suburban mother on an entertaining missing-persons mystery. Read more