The Mummy Review

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I took a week to write this because I had to think about my thoughts on this one. I walked in not being too excited because the trailers made it look like it was just going to be a rehash of the trilogy that came before this. I have to admit though, I’m quite surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did.

The movie isn’t as action heavy as the trailer made it out to look like. Which I was thankful for, It actually had quite a bit of horrific scenery and set pieces. I’ve heard a lot of people complain about Russell Crowe’s character and how he shouldn’t have been in the movie, but instead just an after credit scene, but I thought it worked well for the story and moving the plot along.

I will say I didn’t care for Tom Cruise but I didn’t think he was bad either. His friend though wasn’t really that great, especially at the end of the film. The ending also felt tacked on, and left me underwhelmed in a way.

Overall though the movie was entertaining enough and left just enough enthusiasm in me for the future of the Dark Universe.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Wonder Woman (2017)

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Warner Brothers! Where have you been all this time? Finally, after the last couple attempts with their DC universe that haven’t been too favorable, they’re back with a great film. I love Man of Steel, though I do know why people don’t like it. I thought that two and half hours out of the three hour ultimate edition of Batman Vs. Superman was entertaining, especially Ben Affleck as Batman. Then there’s Suicide Squad… I love parts of it and the characters I thought were casted well, but the story and flow of the film was just a huge mess. But with Wonder Woman, they hit it out of the park!

Gal Gadot and Chris Pine shine in this film with their performances. The story isn’t anything new or revolutionary, but it didn’t try to either. It didn’t bog itself down with a bunch of subplots that slow everything down like Batman Vs. Superman did, it told it’s story from point A to point B in a fantastic manner unlike Suicide Squad did. I feel like Warner Brothers and everyone behind the DC films have finally figured out that us fans just want good movies. We don’t need to be thrown every comic book out there all at once or to just be edgy and flashy for the sake of being edgy and flashy.

The movie is a fun time. It made me laugh even made me almost shed a few tears, I never once groaned or rolled my eyes back like with Batman Vs Superman or Suicide Squad. Everyone should give this movie a try, especially if the past couple DC releases have turned people away.

Rating: 4.5/5

 

The Void

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The Void luckily got a screening in Indiana thanks to Horrorhound and scarlet lane brewing company and boy was I glad. I thought originally this was a smaller movie from A24 for some reason but then came to realize that it was actually an indie film funded through the internet. And I’m glad that it did.

The movie is about a small town deputy that finds a guy stumbling out the woods with scars and all bloodied up. He takes him to the near by hospital that’s mostly packed up and ready to move after a fire turned most of the building unusable. What he didn’t know is that there are darker and more sinister stuff happening around him that he has gotten himself into picking up the stranger out of the woods.

This movie was great for what it was, a callback to classic 80’s body horror like The Thing or From Beyond. The atmosphere and demonic images are haunting thanks to the use of old school practical effects. Now I’ve seen some people complain that they didn’t like the film because it was too dark or that it was too much like the films it was paying homage to. I personally thought it had enough of an identity to pull its own weight, and especially knowing that this was funded online, really don’t mind the dark images, especially when you can still see what is happening around them enough.

This movie isn’t a perfect film, nor will it be nominated for anything outside of smaller horror focused stuff, if that. But what I loved about it is that it just goes and does it’s own thing and delivers on every note I wanted it to.                4/5

Life

life-poster-alien-ripoff-bigLife is a movie that is basically a genre smoothie, and I do enjoy my smoothies. I’ve been describing this movie as one of those that even though the trailers look like this is going to be exactly like Alien or even The Thing, it really isn’t though. I think Sony needs to change their marketing team completely because they recently just haven’t been able to show off their films properly.
This movie, like I said is basically a genre smoothie. It does take elements of just about any alien/space/isolation sci-fi horror films, but it takes all the great elements and plays them to their strengths. This really took me by surprise and I really can’t wait to be able to rewatch it on Blu-ray. The acting is great and the writing is also. The music is top notch is as well.                  4/5

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

ghostinshellposter_0Ghost in the Shell is a movie that I honestly didn’t know what I’d expect to feel about when I went to go see it, I mean the reviews started going up the day I went and saw it and the first one I saw was Chris Stuckmann‘s review and he loved it, and I thought that I was going to love it. Then I saw some other peoples reviews and they didn’t have anything nice to say about it. So I got worried more and more though out the day. But I honestly don’t see why people hate this movie so much outside of the die hard fans not wanting this done in the first place.
This basically gives me the exact opposite feeling as Beauty and the Beast gave me a couple weeks ago. Everything that is basically shot for shot or at least similar to the anime film left me feeling meh about it. It doesn’t hold the same magic as much as they do in the anime. But really everything that is different than the anime film is what really shines in this film and I really did enjoy this film. I wish more people were watching this though as of writing this it is expected to make less than 20 million for the opening weekend and that does make me sad.                     4/5

Power Rangers (2017) Review

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Power Rangers has always been something that I enjoyed but never really followed too much, mainly because I had Godzilla and King Kong and other Japanese monster properties growing up. I enjoy a lot of the episodes but I honestly feel like the show is a tiny bit repetitive. Of course there are stand out story arches, and of course the special effects were fun because of the show that they took the footage from was something that I would have loved to watch.

Of course I had my doubts with this film mainly because of the recent Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle films, I felt like this could have been exactly like those two series of films. I’m so relieved that isn’t the case at all. The acting is great and the action is spectacular, even though it is a bit sloppy at times. The dialog is at times a little messy along with the camera work, but the acting though pulls through and helps bring this film to the enjoyment levels that I had with the film.

I can understand that people would be upset that the movie takes too long to get to where people came to the theater to see and that was the power rangers getting their suits and kicking putty ass. But sadly that doesn’t come in til about 3/4 of the way through the film. I honestly didn’t mind only because I was really enjoying everything that led to it. I was so glad to find myself smiling and laughing along with the movie and I can’t wait to see what this series carries on from here.                           4/5

CHiPs Review

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CHiPs is about a guy and his partner that is undercover from the FBI as a California Highway Patrol (CHiP) Officer going after whoever is behind a recent heist attack that killed an officer.

This movie is your paint by the numbers comedy that’s been made through out the past five plus years. There’s nothing you haven’t seen before, but it at least is made properly. It’s well made and it did make me laugh a couple times. That’s really all I can say about the film because there really isn’t much to it. I will say that the trailer does show off the film properly so if it made you laugh then I’m sure you’ll find enjoyment out of it.                 2.5/5

The Belko Experiment

15896122_205129543226490_99455900264941175_o.jpgThe Belko Experiment is a very straight forward genre film. It’s about 80 employees that are locked in their office building and they’re told the only way to get out is if they kill enough people. That’s when all hell breaks loose. And depending on what you’re expecting from a movie like this, is how much you might enjoy this. I’ve been seeing some people say that they didn’t think the kills and the plot were original enough for them, but I wasn’t expecting that to be honest. Sure it would make the movie better, but the movie delivers what it sets out to deliver so perfectly that I honestly don’t mind that they are just straight forward kills. This is just a 80 minute thrill ride, and that’s what I expected, and that’s what I loved about it. Go out and see this please, these types of films aren’t released theatrically often and I love to see these types of films in theaters like this.                   Highly recommend 4/5

Recent Review Round-up

I’ve been quite busy lately, enough to not be able to shoot videos on my Youtube Account, and be able to share just how amazing these past three weeks have been for film in general. These past three weeks have seen some major releases come through, and all have been stellar in their own rights. You have Get Out being a fantastic and nearly perfect horror-comedy genre film, you have Logan which is the perfect send off to the character Hugh Jackman has played for an unbelievable 17 years, and then you lastly have Kong Skull Island bringing forth the movie that giant monster and Kong lovers have been itching for for nearly 100 years.

Get Out

I didn’t expect Get Out to be as good as it was to be honest, I personally thought that the movie could be, if done right, a blast either intentionally or non-intentionally. But when reviews started pouring in and it kept at a 100 percent for the longest time on Rotten Tomatoes I was honestly surprised. The trailers looked creepy but then the fact that Jordan Peele was going to be directing and writing it threw me off also. Even though I knew that it was going to be a well made film considering what everyone online was saying, I was still moved and blown away by just how great this film was. I really didn’t expect this to come from Jordan Peele but the writing and directing really are what stand out to me, along with the great performances all around from everyone. I still can’t believe the father is played by Bradley Whitford, whom I’ve loved since I saw him in Cablin in the Woods.  Anyone looking for a great suspense thriller should support this film any way they can, I know I’ve seen a lot of link online for the movie but I really hope that everyone either at least rents it just to give their support to more movies like this from Jordan Peele.        5/5

Logan

If you had read my review round up for the original trilogy of X-Men movies then you’d know that I thought the first two films are quite good, excellent still to this day in regards to X2, and that X-Men 3 left some more to be desired especially with it’s second half. After I had rewatched all those films though I had sat down and rewatched X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and finally got around to seeing The Wolverine, the extended edition no less, as well to get me ready for Logan.

Honestly I love it when trilogies can improve upon themselves like this one can. Because it shows to me that the film makers and sometimes studios actually listen to fans and fix what might not have worked the first time, much like The Purge films to me. I feel like Fox started listening to what people wanted and started delivering the Wolverine goods we knew Hugh could deliver given the proper treatment. Now granted we probably wouldn’t have gotten Logan like this if Deadpool wasn’t a huge success because it showed fox that R rated superhero films are at the very least desired if the character you’re basing the movie on deserves it. Like I personally don’t think Fox should go around making every X-Men film from here on out R rated, and I don’t think other studios should too, unless the character is, in their comics, a R rated character. Because that’s what makes these films so successful, fans want their characters that they’ve loved in the comics to be properly portrayed on the big screen as those comic book characters.

Now the movie itself is quite powerful, and very emotional. The movie does have some flaws but they’re few and far between and don’t at all hinder the experience. I will say that if there were to be anything I would have to say negatively would have to be how long it is, I feel like there are some sequences that could be shortened down, but at the same time I understand that with this being a sendoff to basically a couple decades of films then I can let it slide. If you’ve been a fan of at least Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine through all the X-Men films then you deserve to allow yourself the experience of this proper send off for the character and honestly the whole chapter of the original X-Men films.           4.5/5 

Kong Skull Island

Kong Skull Island is just a blast. It is finally a movie that isn’t just a retelling of the original 1933 classic, and it also isn’t bloated to 3 hours long either. It knows what it is and what people want from a King Kong film. It is beautifully shot and the action is spectacular, especially with the fact that 90 percent of the CGI scenes are all during the day time, unlike most movies made nowadays in this category seem to do. I don’t usually mind that though because I know that some movies use that to their advantage, much like 2014’s Godzilla. I just thought that aspect was such a welcome change to the norm. I will say that this is probably my second favorite King Kong film, behind the original. It’s just a step above Peter Jackson’s version mainly because it does tell a different story, one that I find brilliant.

The cast is great and I love everyone’s performances. John Goodman, Samuel Jackson, and John C. Reily steal the show though. Most people have a problem with the characters and I do understand that they may feel like some people are underused and to some extent I do agree. I do wish Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston were able to do a bit more than just show up on set and be themselves, but their characters really don’t need much more than that. Which is why I think the script is just fine the way it is. I do hope more people keep supporting this film, I’m surprised and grateful that so many people are supporting this film as it is and that it is doing great business at the box office.    4.5/5

Like I said, there’s a bit of everything for anyone right now, especially with Beauty and the Best coming out this weekend. I hope I enjoy that one too, but I feel like I’m going to be a little disappointed, especially after the excellent Jungle Book released last year. I just am not seeing too much stuff to warrant it getting made especially since we have the 91 classic readily available and it doesn’t look that they’re doing much different with this movie.

X-Men Original Trilogy Thoughts

I have been watching the X-Men movies lately to get ready for Logan to come out in a couple weeks and I just got done watching X-Men, X2, and X-Men the Last Stand. Honestly, these movies still hold up, at least the first two, and I’m glad the first one particularly was such a success that allowed the comic book movies that we are surrounded by today are able to exist because of it.

I personally think that the first X-Men film is a little lack luster especially now over the years that have past. It’s a technically sound film still, but the scale of it is very small compared to what we’re used to seeing. I mean I do understand why people would enjoy that aspect to it. Especially if they’re tired of the comic book films getting bigger and bigger like they have been lately. I think this film sets everything up nicely but honestly unless I’m watching the second one too, I don’t see myself watching it that often.       4/5

X2 has to be probably in my top 3 out of all the X-Men films still, I still do need to see The Wolverine though. I think the fact that the story is a bit more on the personal side and the fact that there’s a lot more characterization in this one over action set pieces. It honestly feels more of a personal film even if the action and special effects got bigger. I honestly could watch this one as just a great movie at any time.                              4.5/5

Now, this is where things get messy. X-Men the Last Stand honestly is just a popcorn film, but especially after X2, it really isn’t that great. If I wanted to just have background noise on though I might just have it on, but if I actually wanted to focus on the story telling or characters there’s plenty more films in the series I could choose from that would be a better fit than this one. And also I wish someone would do the dark phoenix arch justice, here’s hoping the new X-Men film does just that.                     2.5/5

Overall this trilogy is basically just a great stepping stone to what’s to come. I honestly think that there are better comic book movies out there but considering these were some of the first major blockbuster ones that could have made or break the blockbuster genre we know and mostly love today, I still find some enjoyment in them to this day.