Thursday, February 23, 2017
2017, how I love you, so far there have been 5 films this year that have been awesome. For this early in the year, that is fantastic. From now on, January & February will no longer be considered dump months, look at the reviews for Split, Lego Batman, John Wick 2, look at the money they made, hell this weekends Get Out is currently sitting at a 100%. The film is fucking amazing, it starts off in a classic horror way, from there we get to know the leads, and then we enter her family, the whites that seem to have a lot of black servants. I predicted the twists at the start, but that did not ruin my enjoyment. Bradley Whitford & Catherine Keener are great in this, their son, Caleb Landry Jones runs with his role, Allison Williams does her best acting yet, way better than Girls(except her ass eating scene). The lead, Daniel Kaluuya, is super charming in this, i have been a fan of his since Sicario, and and re watched his work in Kick Ass 2 and saw his episode of Black Mirror, dude is destined to be a star! Through his acting you legit feel his nerves, anxiety, paranoia and fear. His best friend, LiRel Howery, steals the show, the dude blends humor in such a great way that it doesn't distract you from the horror. And this is a horror film, a legit creepy one, one that makes you think, i wonder if this could happen. Jordan Peele i love, i loved Key & Peele plus on interviews, the dude is a legit nerd, and this film is directed to perfection, the camera moves in great ways, the edits & sound mixing add a lot to the film and at times it feels like a 70s horror film, but not in a throwback sort of way. The font on the opening credits geeked me out, the score is perfect, and the imagery is at times simple and other times surreal, yet all brilliant! This is the sort of horror film Kevin Smith should aspire to make, nay the type of film anyone should aspire to make!
Sunday, February 19, 2017
On paper, a sci fi, fantasy retelling of the Great Wall of China, should be a B Movie fans dream. Only this film doesn't portray itself as a B Movie, instead it is dead serious. Overly serious fantasy is the go to in film & TV these days with Game of Thrones, but unlike Game of Thrones, this here is wooden, and not at all entertaining. Atleast it is well crafted right? I mean it comes from Yimou Zhang, the director of Hero and Curse of the Golden Flower....nope, it still sucks, this is indeed an awful film across the board. Matt Damon must have really thought he was doing the Chinese justice when he signed on to this, plus the great Willem Dafoe is wasted in this film, and you just don't waste his greatness.
Charlie Day is great, in It's Always Sunny, is is amazing, in his cameos in films such as Vacation, he steals the show, hell he is even the best part of the Horrible Bosses films. Ice Cube was great in Friday, together, the two have chemistry, they just needed a better film. This is indeed a comedy that critics are hating that i will agree with. Comedy seems to be the new punching bag, and i don't want to beat a dead horse as to why this film is bad, but the very talented cast, deserves a better script. The script doesn't need a master director, anyone could do this picture, it's just the jokes are lame and the plot screams 00's Adam Sandler. Perhaps is this was in the hands of Will Ferrell it would have fared better, but somehow, i doubt that.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Take the best parts of the King of Comedy and Funny People, add them together.....well obviously it is better than the Comedian, now take the worst parts of those films, they are still better than the Comedian. The cast phones it in, the script is dull, nothing works. If you want a real film about comedy, watch Sleep Walk With Me or Don't Think Twice It is not that the film is awful, it just isn't good.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
A Cure For Wellness is a Cure for Gore Verbinski! The dude has always made solid flicks(well maybe not the past decade) but has always come off as a studio director for hire. Now he has a film with a vision, a film with atmosphere, a film he directed the fuck out of! If Richard Matheson wrote a book, a book that Stanley Kubrick wanted to direct but never did. If Richard Kelly decided to adapt it in tribute to Kubrick but wanted Terry Gilliam to direct, plus Damon Lindelof produced it along with Zack Snyder being the Director of Photography, then this would be that film. Congrats Gore, you made a compelling film, an unnerving film, a film with shades of Ken Russell, and yes, this film is, as i mentioned unnerving. It build up slow, but not with a slow pace, it lure you in, you take your hit of acid, and wait, then you feel it, and it is great, you don't know what to expect, then blood & fire, oh yes, the come down period. This film is an acid trip of a film, and i would love to trip while watching this, and fully intend to actually do so in the future. The plot even deals with experimental drops on the tongue, and is full of 60s psychobabble quack doctors. The acting is great, the art direction is beautiful, the cinematography is gorgeous, the set design & costuming is top notch, the effects are fantastic.....why the fuck is this rotten on Rotten Tomatoes? I loved every single second of this film, and it fully inspired me, it reignited the passion i have been losing, as a matter of fact, this is the third film from 2017 to do so, along with Split & John Wick, this year has been amazing for films so far!This is the type of film i wanted to make a decade ago, i was highly influenced by Lost, Donnie Darko, 12 Monkeys, Eraserhead, A Clockwork Orange, and other mind fuckish & mind altering films. I don't care, i found this to be perfect! THe marketing, not so much, some ads are saying you will have trouble sleeping, many will go in expecting a satanic or supernatural film, but it is scarier than that, it is about the human mind, and the sick fucks that populate this planet. Now i am going to eat an orange, go to sleep and have amazing dreams because of the fucked up & hauntingly beautiful images i saw in this motion picture. Because it is full of amazing shots....but as beautiful as it is at times, it is equally as dark, there is one scene towards the end that is rather tough to watch, but that was the intention, this film has balls & is innovative, even if the plot is the Prisoner meets Shutter Island, it does so with a twist!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
1. Bobby Roode vs Shinsuke Nakamua: Takeover San Antonio
2. John Cena vs AJ Styles: Royal Rumble
3. Kevin Owens vs Roman Reigns: Royal Rumble
4. Kazuchika Okada vs Kenny Omega: Wrestle Kingdom
5. Adam Cole vs Kyle O'Reilly: Wrestle Kingdom
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
I didn't expect this flick to be this bad, the trailer looked good i thought, lil sappy, but good. The date being pushed back, and back and back, was not good. The reviews were horrendous, but alas i gave it a shot. The cast does as good of a job as they can with the script at hand. It really goes no where, and just feels lazy, great concept but it doesn't know how to build on itself.