There seem to be very few tasks more difficult in movie making than trying to make the next chapter in one of the most iconic horror movies (and books) made over 30 years ago, no? Not only is this a difficult task, but you’re also trying to adapt a follow-up to the story of The Shining that not only pleases fans of the movie adaptation by Stanley Kubrick, but also one that its author, Stephen King, approves of. (He publicly has stated that he hates the Kubrick film.) With King’s properties being a hot commodity in Hollywood right now, Doctor Sleep, even if not handled properly, still easily could have been a cash grab. But thankfully, director Mike Flanagan handles Doctor Sleep with confidence and impeccable attention to detail, with the final result being a wholly satisfying next chapter in Danny Torrance’s story.
I don’t remember the last time I saw a movie in theaters and legitimately struggled to stay awake. The Snowman had an interesting premise so one would think that falling asleep wouldn’t even be an option. That is not the case, though. The Snowman is extremely boring and is overall one of the messiest movies of the year. I checked my watch upwards of 10 times and literally couldn’t wait until it was over.
I wasn’t quite sure about Life. It was either this or Power Rangers. I’d seen the trailer for both, couldn’t decide, and since I heard Life was better, I went to that. Especially when I saw Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds were both in there. But alas no weightless shirtless workout scenes with those boys, which means I missed Dacre Montgomery’s abs for this. Life had better be good. Read more
Ever since Ridley Scott blessed us all with Alien in 1979, the space horror genre has been one of the more entertaining genres out there. Life borrows several ideas and themes from Alien, but that doesn’t make it a bad movie. As a matter of fact, it’s a very entertaining and thrilling movie that is comprised of a great cast. There are a lot of things to like about Life. 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.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE—ROGUE NATION will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand December 15, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the fifth film in the franchise stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson.