I’ll never forget the day I was supposed to see A Quiet Place Part II at a press screening in March of last year, as it was also the same day everything in the country shutdown due to the pandemic that slowly grew. The pushing back of Part II to an unknown date began the bumming of other things getting inevitably delayed or cancelled altogether for movies in general. It was a sad time for millions of moviegoers and one that stretched much longer than anyone ever imagined it would. However, things now are returning to normal, slowly, thanks to the flattening of the curve and millions of people getting the vaccine. And the first sign of an actual return to normalcy of sorts at the movies was this being the first press screening I have attended in over 14 months. It made me smile, yes, and I also was excited to finally see the sequel to a movie that’s among one of my favorites from the past few years. Thankfully, Part II is a worthy sequel that’s more than just another horror movie labeled as a cash-grab hot off the heels of its predecessor that was universally praised and a smashing success at the box office. While it doesn’t reach the crescendo of its predecessor, Part II is still very much an enjoyable moviegoing experience that demands your time in a theater. Read more
I have to admit, the hype got to me with Mary Poppins Returns. Hearing Emily Blunt talk about how she couldn’t try to be Julie Andrews but instead had to just do her own version of Mary Poppins piqued my interest. It’s not like there were really any competing movies out this week. Another Transformers movie and another superhero movie? Pass. Truth be told, the original 1964 Mary Poppins filled my little gay heart with joy. How could I resist having a look? Could they make a successful sequel? Maybe, but I had my doubts before the film even began when some of the actors came out and thanked us for coming to their film. That never bodes well. Read more
There are always a few movies that come out each year that act as love letters to old Hollywood. Sometimes you get a movie like La La Land that does it just enough, but not too much. Sometimes you get one that does it just a little bit too much. Does this make it a bad movie? Not at all. Mary Poppins Returns is quite frankly a charming film. But does it affect its ability to become a classic? Yes. Let’s take a look at what worked and what didn’t in Mary Poppins Returns. 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
A QUIET PLACE debuts on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD July 10 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Enter now for a chance to win a copy of the 4K UHD Blu-ray combo pack! Read more
A hilarious and heartfelt adventure the whole family can enjoy, SHERLOCK GNOMES brings the fun home on Digital June 5, 2018 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD June 12 from Paramount Home Media Distribution and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM). Read more
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.