Monday, October 14, 2019

Uncanny Annie



I have never watched Into the Dark, but upon watching Littler Monsters i saw a clip for Uncanny Annie, the 2019 Halloween Hulu/Blumhouse production for their anthology film series. It starts off pretty good but it lost me half way. I wish it had done more with the Halloween setting and i wish for a Horror Jumanji that it embraced it a bit more. It is a great concept but mediocre execution. Not sure if i'll watch any others besides ones directed by film makers i'm a fan of.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Little Monsters



If you're looking for a film to stream since that is what all the cool kids do these days and your subscription of choice is Hulu then look no further than Little Monsters. This is a hilarious and bloody zombie film featuring fun performances from Lupita Nyong'o, Josh Gad, and Alexander England plus children you actually don't want to strangle(becoming a bit more common in cinema).This is the best zombie comedy of the year. At times i was reminded of Shaun of the Dead(only missing that Edgar Wright touch).

Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Addams Family




Growing up i loved the Addams Family, them along with the Munsters were favorites of mine. I loved the movies too, then when a stop motion animated film from Tim Burton was announced it was a match made in heaven, or hell rather.....but alas we didn't get that film, we got this. The animation isn't bad, the voice acting isn't bad but the plot is by the numbers CGI animated fare, and the jokes fall flat I'll admit i chuckled here & there, especially Thing's online activity. It is worth checking out but it could have been something more.  It is basic cinema masquerading as a celebration of weirdness.

Villains



From the opening scene, Villains grabbed me. This is an insanely entertaining film, it has wit, dark humor, blood and a fantastic cast. Bill Skarsgard is terrific as is Maika Monroe, their chemistry is amazing and you legit feel this outlaw couple is indeed in love. Jeffery Donovan is menacing but the real mvp might be Kyra Sedgwick, she is creepy as fuck and disturbing at times. The film has a super fast pace and even with the various attempts to escape the film doesn't feel contrived. Imagine some Cohen Brothers characters in a Ti West film by way of Gregg Araki.

El Camino




So El Camino had me stoked from the announcement but i thought to myself, "will this just be a case of fan service?". Well yes & no. While watching it you feel as if it is a missing episode of Breaking Bad, we get flashbacks to Jesse's time in captivity mixed in with what he did right after the finale. While all of that is great it didn't really feel epic, it didn't feel needed, it just felt like well crafted fan service. By no means is this a negative review, it just shows the brilliance that Breaking Bad had, which was the slow burn. Cause this is a slow burn, there is tension but not the anxiety filled tension we had on the series that is until the Wild West scene, while watching that you begin to appreciate the first 90 minutes a hell of a lot more because this is fucking Breaking Bad! Then what do we get after that? The diner scene! It all comes flooding back like a clown in Derry as to why this is the best show on television. We follow Jesse on his path to peace & redemption and we see the trials & tribulations he endured, part character study part anti revenge film this is Vince Gilligan not making a cash in, but him giving us dessert. This is the film/show that i wanted Better Call Saul to be. Also rest in pace Robert Forster, such a timely death but what a film to go out on. If you were just a person that watched Breaking Bad to see what the fuss was about then you might not dig it, but if you loved the series then be the one that knocks and enjoy it. Yeah, bitch!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Gemini Man



I don't want to say Gemini Man is Ang Lee's worst picture,  I don't to say it is Will Smith's worst movie,  and I don't want to say it is the worst film of the year but.... It isn't the worst film of the year... Will Smith's worst? Up for debate. As for Ang Lee, well it is probably his worst.  I'm not a huge fan of his but makes alot of great films. This is not one of them. Choppy fights,  contrived plot and some terrible acting.  The premise is great,  but Ang should stay away from genre film. 

Sunday, October 6, 2019

In the Tall Grass



Stephen King adaptations are a mixed bag, some are great some are awful, then there is that fine line of just okay films. In The Tall Grass has a great concept and it starts off in an interesting way, the middle act though boggs it down. To me this either would have worked better being either 30 minutes longer, or being 30 minutes shorter.