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

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. Read more

The Mummy: Paging Brendan Fraser (Review)

The Mummy: Paging Brendan Fraser (Review)

In 2014, Universal Pictures attempted to launch their Dark Universe (the name of their Universal Monsters cinematic universe) with Dracula Untold. Unfortunately, the movie received mixed reviews and was underwhelming at the box office. Fast forward three years and Universal is once again trying to launch the Dark Universe with The Mummy. But unlike Dracula Untold, which had its moments, The Mummy, on the other hand, takes poorly setting up a cinematic universe to a whole new level. Bad in almost every facet, it makes you wonder if Universal should just scrap this Dark Universe altogether and save other A-list actors (Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp) from wasting their time with it. By the time the credits roll for The Mummy, you’ll be yearning for another Brendan Fraser-starring Mummy movie instead of where this Dark Universe goes next. Tonally all over the place mixed together with a humdrum story and exhaustive CGI, The Mummy is a conglomerate mess from start to finish.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – A Refreshing Addition to a Tired Franchise… is the Movie I wish I’d seen [Review]

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – A Refreshing Addition to a Tired Franchise… is the Movie I wish I’d seen [Review]

After the fourth instalment in this franchise, On Stranger Tides, I would have figured Pirates of the Caribbean would be done.  There just didn’t seem to be anything more to say.  Even the actors seemed bored.  But then number 5, Dead Men Tell No Tales came out, I thought maybe they’d stumbled on something great.   Like maybe they’d found something worth bringing all this back for another go.  After all, they weren’t going to just bang out another sequel, were they? Were they?  Well yes and no.  Up front – it was fun to watch but  certainly not up to the brilliance of the first movie, or even the second.   Read more

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Helps Raise Franchise From The Depths (Review)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Helps Raise Franchise From The Depths (Review)

It’s hard to believe that we live in a world where we have five blockbuster films based off a ride a Disneyworld, yet here we are.  The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise kicked off in 2003 with The Curse of the Black Pearl.  Due to the huge success of the film and the popularity of Johnny Depp’s performance as Captain Jack Sparrow, three more films followed. 2011’s On Stranger Tides was so negatively reviewed, it seemed the franchise was dead in the water. However, here we are in 2017 with the newest film in the franchise Dead Men Tell No Tales to try to raise this saga from the depths. Read more