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
It’s been long overdue for director Jon Turteltaub to escape from National Treasure-purgatory, and he does so with The Meg, a deep sea horror picture pitting Jason Statham against a monstrous prehistoric shark. Through Warner Bros. Pictures and Chinese investors, Turteltaub succeeds in adapting the novel Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror to life with a film that could have been something more, but is ultimately entertaining for its run time. Read more
There is no doubt that Spike Lee is one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. Let’s face it… It is absolutely a CRIME that his 1989 film “Do the Right Thing” didn’t win Best Picture. To this day it is one of the best films in history. In the past 10 years or so, Lee has been making less memorable films. 2006’s “Inside Man” was very well-directed, but that is honestly the last movie Lee made that gripped audiences and didn’t let them go. Miracle at Saint Ana was very disappointing and Chi-Raq kind of flew under the radar. When the trailer for BlacKkKlansman debuted, it was and still is the best trailer of 2018. The pressure was on for Lee to deliver on this unbelievable true story. It is safe to say that he didn’t disappoint at all with this one. BlacKkKlansman is 2018’s first true Oscar film that will have 6 or more nominations, including Best Picture and Best Directing. 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
Disney’s trend of reimagining (or remaking) animated classics into live action movies continues with Christopher Robin, which reunites the once imaginative boy as an adult with his friends from Hundred Acre Wood. In recent years, the mouse house (Disney) has focused on these live-action reimaginings instead of creating original movies. While the majority of these efforts have been successful and entertaining, honestly, something has been missing from all of them. After viewing Christopher Robin, it’s apparent that the earlier remakes have been missing a sense of purpose. This is not the case with Christopher Robin. As warm and delightful as the “hunny” Pooh always thinks about, Christopher Robin teaches a valuable lesson that resonates with both adults and children.
Rise of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles debuts September 17, 2018 on Nickelodeon from director Rob Paulsen (TMNT Royalty) and executive producer Andy Suriano (Samurai Jack). The series stars the voice talents of Omar Miller, Ben Schwartz, Josh Brener, Brandon Mychal Smith, Kat Graham, John Cena and Eric Bauza. 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
Action sequels are often disappointing, lazy, and unnecessary. There are exceptions to this, though. For example, John Wick Chapter 2 was incredible, maybe ever better than the original. But then you have a movie like Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle that was pretty disappointing compared to the original. It is always a risk when it comes to sequels in general. The Equalizer hit theaters back in 2014 and it was decent, not great. It didn’t break any ground but it was definitely watchable. When a sequel got announced, it was difficult to be SUPER excited about it. Well this is a case of the sequel being better than the original. The Equalizer 2 is a very entertaining sequel that sheds some light on the mystery of Denzel Washington’s character Robert McCall. 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
A QUIET PLACE debuts on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD July 10 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Here is my review: Read more
The fact that a superhero movie about a man given a suit that makes him the size of an ant and allows him to control ants made its way to the cineplex three years ago still amazes me. The finished product of Ant-Man was surprising, as it gave us a likeable superhero in Scott Lang (played greatly by Paul Rudd) and something a little different (in a good way) for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Fast forward three years and now we have its sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is one of the best sequels to follow an MCU superhero’s first solo outing. On par with its predecessor, Ant-Man and the Wasp is another good entry in the MCU, thanks to its small-scale stakes (ha), action, humor, and most importantly Evangeline Lilly, who ultimately takes the reigns of the movie as the Wasp.
Vice Principals The Complete Series on DVD is available to own NOW. From HBO, creators Jody Hill/Danny McBride and starring McBride and Walton Goggins, the half hour comedy series has come to a close after two hilarious and shocking seasons. Here is my review of the complete series on DVD. Read more