I love a premise so simple and robust that you can capture it in a trailer and the movie can be Exactly As Advertised. A Quiet Place is that movie. If you’ve seen the trailer then you know what the entire movie is about. It’s not a question of what happens, really, it’s a question of how it happens. Though to be honest, I still had some problems with the premise. If even the slightest sound can bring these beasties to you, then how do protect yourself when you sleep? People fart in their sleep, it’s fact. So… special underwear? Oh, and people can snore. Not sure why I went to butt stuff first, but you get my point. You can’t be guarded all the time. Turns out with A Quiet Place this idea is not a bug, it’s a feature. Read more
From director Jayson Theissen and writer Meghan McCarthy comes the My Little Pony animated movie from Hasbro and Lionsgate. Tara Strong, Cathy Weseluck, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain and Ashleigh Ball are returning to voice the mane 6. Guest stars include Sia, Uzo Aduba, Emily Blunt, Kristen Chenoweth, Taye Diggs, Michael Pena and Liev Schrieber. My Little Pony: The Movie hits theaters October 6, 2017. Read more
Paula Hawkins’ best-selling novel works so well thanks to its balance of character study and mystery thrills. Sure, adapting a novel into a movie is no simple task, as certain aspects of the novel are constrained or changed due to budget and run time. But with The Girl on the Train, the movie adaptation derails early on due to story structure issues and certain plot elements that are either rearranged or presented with little to no detail. Along with story structure, any hope of further plot or character development is thrown out the window in favor of mishandled flashbacks, awkward premonitions, and steamy shower sex scenes.
At first I didn’t like The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Then, as I kept watching, it seemed to find its footing a bit and I began to see that there was a great movie in here, struggling to get out. What’s more, I had this nagging feeling that I’d seen this great movie before. Near the end of the movie, I realized where I’d seen it – in the trailer. At 2 minutes, 30 seconds, the trailer for The Huntsman, Winter’s War, was a gorgeous cinematic masterpiece. What I saw this afternoon was the same film except it was 113 minutes too long. Read more
I have to admit, this isn’t my favorite genre. I’m not so good with gritty realistic action movies. Give me an animated fantasy with some adult humor, saturated colours and musical numbers any day. So I might be a little hard on Sicario and if I am, it certainly doesn’t deserve it. It wasn’t sexy, it wasn’t funny, it wasn’t gorgeous but it was very very good.