Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Edgar Wright Ranked











My love of Edgar is strong, i fucking love him. In 2004, he directed my favorite film of that year, Shaun of the Dead, in 2007 he directed a fake trailer in my favorite film of that year, Don't, for Grindhouse. 2010 he blew my mind & my load with Scott Pilgrim, and yes, it was my favorite film of that year. 2013, he did it again, my favorite film of the year, was, you guessed it, The World's End. Is Baby Driver my favorite of the year? It is hard to say, but here is where it is ranked.

1. Scott Pilgrim Vs the World
My favorite comic of all time, is Scott Pilgrim, almost all of my film crushes are in the film, it is a perfect adaptation, nay, a perfect film. I saw it at an important time in my life, a time where i was destroyed, and i saw it at the premier at San Diego Comic Con, it blew me away. I have seen it like 8 times in theatres, and when i watch it at home, i quote it, well it happens for most of his films, and i even tear up. It is a beautiful film, with a beautiful cast, beautifully written, and i hope people see just how damn brilliant Wright is when it comes to these type of films, ahem Marvel, go fuck yourself over Ant Man. Also i met Edgar that weekend.

2. Shaun of the Dead
Whoa, okay, so i saw this when i was 16, I had just started making short films and i was obsessed with George Romero's Dawn of the Dead, along comes this British flick that had been jizzed all over on Aint It  Cool, and i had to see it. It quickly shot to my top 20 favorite films of all time list, and has not left that list.

3. The World's End
Take Simon Pegg, turn him into a pervy, drunk ass, let him get raucous, add a killer soundtrack, bar hopping and robots, no, not robots, blanks, and you get an amazing film. I was weary when i first read about the project, but when i saw it, holy shit, the alcohol content may have gone up, but so did my pants. What an awesome flick, and 2013 was full of awesome genre films, and this one came at a time when i had some other bad shit going one, along comes Edgar to cheer me up!

4. Baby Driver
Maybe this will rank higher some day, but at the moment, it is right here on the lower half, but that is not a bad place to be. Wright is my current favorite filmmaker, the dude is brilliant and so was this film. I love Drive, but what if Edgar Wright had helmed it? Well perhaps you take the soundtrack being a character from Guardians of the Galaxy, an odd love with sweet black & white scenes ala Natural Born Killers and toss in a bit of Kingsman, and you get this non stop, fast paced piece of celluloid.

5. Hot Fuzz
Fun flick but this one doesn't connect as much with me, i enjoy it, it is fun, but not as fast paced or quotable in my opinion, but i think the action is awesome, and all the actors do a great job. This same year he did Don't, the fake trailer in Grindhouse, and it was a highlight of that film!

6. A Fistful of Fingers
I debated putting this one on the list, not because it is bad, but it doesn't feel like a true feature, but if you get the chance to see it, it shows true raw imagination & ambition, so basically his later films, just not nearly as tight. It might be on Youtube somewhere, that is where i saw it years ago.

I should also mention that Spaced is on my top 5 favorite shows of all time list, pure brilliance, and way a head of its time!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Silicon Valley Season 4




Damn, each season of this show gets better & better. This year we saw Richard go full blown ass, Erlich is gone, Big Head is a educator, Dinesh became an uber douche,  Gilfoyle stayed Gilfoyle, which is classic Gilfoyle, and Gavin was humanized. Haley Joel Osment as Feldspar was perfect, i hope we get more of him next season. The show is endlessly quotable, brilliantly written and continues to be the best show on TV,

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Snatched





Damn Jonathan Levine, damn. All The Boys Love Mandy Lane was a great debut, the Wackness was a great follow up, 50 50 was personal as fuck, Warm Bodies was flawed yet fun, The Night Before is a comedic masterpiece, you found your calling, raunch with heart. What the fuck it Snatched? Amy Schumer has become annoying as fuck since hitting it big, Goldie Hawn is past her prime, the script seems like something for Happy Maddison. This film sucked.

DDP Positively Living





Growing up, my favorite WCW guy was Sting, then during the Monday Night Wars it became DDP & Chris Jericho. DDP to me was WCW's Steve Austin, similar finisher, badass, cigar(instead of beer) dude was the shit. When he came to WWE I was super let down, I wanted him vs Austin, I wanted him vs Taker with out the stalked angle, I wanted him vs HHH, Tazz(shut up), Jericho, Benoit, Eddie, Angle, RVD, Edge. We got him & Christian, but he was pretty much midcard the entire time. His dvd shows this guy that has dyslexia, turning to sports and nightclubs, knowing he belonged as a rock star in wrestling, becoming an announcer, a manager and being larger than life for both positions. The midcard wcw wrestler became a main eventer, he became a champion. More than that he is a champion in life, the dude has saved lives and is so damn humble about everything. Thank you Diamond Dallas Page! FEEL THE BANG!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fargo Season 3





Fargo, the film, is brilliant,  the first season of the show, was better than anyone expected, season 2 went all unhinged, both seasons had great acting, as does season 3. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is fantastic, and Ewan McGregor is perfect here too. Sadly the plot was to be desired, the first episode & last episode were both great, but that was about it. Beautifully shot, amazing soundtrack, and wickedly edited. Not a perfect season but still a solid series.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Better Call Saul Season 3



Breaking Bad is possibly the greatest show ever made, every episode is damn near perfect. THe first season of Saul surprised many of us, it was way better than it should have been. Season 2 it was not as much about Breaking Bad, but finding itself, being its own show. Season 3, just became a prestige show, and it bored the fuck out of me. Great acting but the plot, very, very meh.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Beyond the Gates





What is not to love about this flick? The John Carpenter score? The Video Store? The VHS Game? It has good performance a simple yet smart script, inspired directing and some cool fucking gore. The gore is gorgeous in this, it helps that this is a colorful film(atleast in the VHS dimension). The Carpenter inspiration is not just in the score, but the film feels like a Carpenter flick, this and The Void would be a perfect double bill!

Orange is the New Black season 5



Damn, 2 years ago i assumed season 5 would be the end, that it would end in, maybe not peace, but with everyone living out the remaining years of prison in a safe environment. Season 4 changed all that, it was my favorite season, but i think season 5, as contrived as it was, may have topped it. The dynamics for the characters were huge, friends butting heads, enemies helping each other, and one of the most intense finales in recent memory. Seeing friends split up, seeing peaceful characters get assaulted, not knowing what the future holds. Where season 6 will take us, is anyones guess, but i am left wanting more. I would love if season 6 is the end, that everyone reunites, but if it ends bleak, i will love it, as the show knows how to handle bleak matter. The show knows what it is, and this season was the fastest paced in my opinion, And my poor Maitza & Flaca got split up, the line "I Love you" was so powerful, followed by the SWAT Team invading the bunker. Great season finale for a great season.

Friday, June 16, 2017

47 Meters Down





Okay, almost one year ago, I said that the Shallows was really good but the ending sucked, and that SyFy ruined sharks cause they were so fun. Along comes 47 Meters Down, a flick that looked like it could on SyFy, nope, the films on SyFy should be in theatres, this should be on tv. I t is not boring, but damn, does Mandy Moore have zero acting ability, she is awful, and the script? What Script? Terrible, awful, some of the most idiotic & exposition driven dialogue ever. If you are going to show blood, atleast go R, come on Entertainment Studio Motion Pictures, yes that is the distributor. I can not wait for Sharknado 5. Give me those anyday, or hell, the Shallows, well...Sharknado! Okay, fine, Jaws!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Mummy






I grew up loving Universal Monsters, the atmosphere was perfect, black & white, gothic vibes, short & simple yet smart stories. The Mummy was one of the best, loved them and the other Universal Mummy flicks as well as the Hammer series. Then when i was 11, i saw the Stephen Sommers film with Brendan Fraser, and i thought it was awesome, as was the sequel. When Universal announced a Dark Universe/shared universe with all their monsters, i was hesitant. It made sense, but it felt forced as trying to copy Marvel, would the latest Wolf Man be involved? Nope. Would the Sommers series be involved? Nope. We are getting all new flicks, with Russell Crowe as Jekyll & Hyde, in what i assume to be the Nick Fury role bringing the monsters together. The film is being torn apart and i assumed rightfully so, the first trailer looked awful, the second one was better but i figured would still be crap. Upon watching it, what the fuck, i had a blast! This was one fun flick, fast paced, well humored, cool effects, The Tom Cruise/Jake Johnson dynamic seemed inspired by American Werewolf In London, and their chemistry worked. I know alot are weary of the series, but if they are even half as fun as this one, then i will be pleased!

Raw









The best way to describe Raw, well it is 3 hours of fantastic athletes in pre determined combat....oh wait, never mind, wrong Raw. Best way to describe the film Raw, is May meets Salo, with hints of Hannibal, through a coming of age filter. The film is not the most shocking film, like many claim it to be, but it does show quite a bit of gross out gore moments. Eating raw body parts of animals, eating fingers, eating brains, eating while making out, eating your self while fucking, eating cadavers, fighting and eating at the same time. Some of it can seem humorous, not because it is funny, but because alot of it is cringe worthy, moments such at infected skin being stuck on wax, that did it for me. I didn't love it, but I would definitely recommend it to people to watch. Normies may be too grossed out, or not be able to handle to subtitles, but even the cool cats might get a shock or a cringe, it has some balls, i dug it!

F Is For Family





Thankfully Rick & Morty saved the animated sitcom, sure South Park has always been great, but the ante was upped due to R&M, Simpsons improved aswell, and now we get F Is For Family! HOly shit, what a funny fucking series, take a 70s sitcom, show how it really was, make it over the top, have it be total un PC, and you have F is For Family. I just got into it, and binged the first 2 seasons over a week span, and it is worth it, hell if you are bored someday, it would probably take 8 hours to watch the entire series, and it is worth it!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

It Comes At Night *Spoilers*




A24 puts out some interesting films, and a lot of times, their trailers are amazing but the films do not live up, American Honey for instance is one of them, as is, It Comes At Night. The film is well made, well written, and well acted, however there is no pay off. Basically their son infects everyone through his sleep walking, he comes at night, so to speak. He sleep walks, gets infected, inflects everyone else, everyone blames each other, everyone kills each other, he leaves/dies/whatever, end of film. Like everything about the film, is great, except for the ending, the film's main moments, are in the trailer, the film has great build up, super tense & anxiety driven, but it is blue balls, you get jacked off but are not allowed to cum. Give us something, anything, hell, i don't need an explanation for the infection, but either show us a monster/killer or give us a satisfying ending, instead of one that just sort of end, oh, our son is infected, let us move on. I like the bleakness but here is felt a tad pretentious, it is as if some hipster saw his nerdy brother watching Cabin Fever and said he was going to make a art house version, that is all there is to it. It is worth seeing, but much like the Witch, it is a let down.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Gotham Season 3 Spoilers




Holy shit balls, Butch is dead, long live Solomon Grundy. Barbara is dead, Tigress will teach Catwoman, ALfred is dead, Love conquers all, he doesn't die, Batman is born, Mad Hatter is dead, the virus is dead, Penguin is in charge of the underworld, for now, holy shit.....what an amazing season, read all of that, that is why.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Leftovers





Wow, so in 2004 Lost changed my life, i have watched the entire series though over 10 times, i love it, Damon Lindelof ran a show that made me cry, i stuck with the show in all of its weirdness. Weirdness that went away in 2010, but then 4 years later, he brought a gift to HBO, the Leftovers. flawed characters, fucked up situations, riveting storytelling, then came season 2 and it went bonkers! How would it end? Well i was part correct, our character's families vanished but to their families, our characters vanished. I wish we would have seen the other world but how it ended, jumping in years, was great, it was poetic and it was touching. The episode before the finale could have been the finale, and the finale we got, was like a bonus. The season was super weird, super sexual, super broken, and it made the characters stronger. Some had their dreams & goals crushed, others had roadblocks. On Lost, Sayid went home, got married but in the end his heart belonged to Shannon,  folks found each other, on here, Nora went to the other world, found her husband, yet in the end, her heart belonged to Kevin, in both instances their reasons were not in their own hands, yet life found a way, on Lost it was their souls, here it was longing and refusal to give up. On Lost Jack & Locke argued over fate & the unknown, much as Laurie & Matt did here, plenty of parallels yet the show was its own beast. I will miss this show, yet it ended when it was still great!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Match of May

1. Authors of Pain vs DIY: NXT tag titles, Takeover Chicago

2, Pete Dunne vs Tyler Bates: UK Title, Takeover Chicago

3. Keith Lee vs Donovan Dijack Evolve 84

4. Chaod vs Bullet Club ROH TV

5. Marty Scurll vs Matt Sydal ROH TV Title, War of the Worlds

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Alien Franchise Ranked




It has been two weeks since Alien Covenant came out, i waited to do a blog piece on it until i rewatched all the films, sans the AVP flicks.

1. Alien
John Landis said it best, the film is gothic horror, except switch out the castle for a space craft. It is still easily the best sci fi/horror genre bender you can find, the build up is very tense, the performances are great, and it is just an all around great film.

2. Aliens
Take Alien, up the ante by adding more, and put it more in a sci fi/action mode, you get Aliens, a tad more quotable, but doesn't quite pack the punch of the first, it is close, by like a knuckle.

3. Covenant
This film was great, i especially love the double red herrings with David/Walter at the end, and the end was so bleak it set up the final in the prequel trilogy to be amazing.

4. Prometheus
Fuck the haters, this was ALien trying to be different, and it was, and it worked for me.

5. Alien 3
This film could have had a industrial rock score, it looks filthy, it looks like a film of the time, it resembles the crow, i love the feel of it, and the ending closed it tremendously.

 6. Resurrection.
A lot hate this & the third one, i dig em, it looks like a comic, and it is weird. A crew of villains, a clone, okay, the clone is contrived, but fuck it, films have been milked for worse reasons. All i want now, is one that takes place after this, just a planet full of Xenemorphs, and non stop, balls to the wall action.

Wonder Woman





I really liked Man of Steel, and i did not hate Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad doesn't age well upon viewings. All three atleast let the directors take charge and put a vision on them, they look like comics, they just need better scripts. Enter Wonder Woman, easily DC's most cohesive and coherent film yet. Unlike BvS & Suicide Squad, the script is not a cluster, the story plays out really well. The film could indeed use trimming here or there, but it looks great and the film is highly enjoyable. Chris Pine is fantastic, as soon as he entered, the film took off. Gal Gadot, should shut up the haters after this flick, she nails it, the fish out of water scenarios are funny, but not in a hilarious sort of way, they are subtle, and they are well executed. The team they recruit to help take down the Germans are perfect in their roles as the ragtag men on a mission...men....men on a mission, the woman rules in it, there is something satisfying about watching a hot badass going around kicking ass in a poetic way. The villains are actual villains, and each get there own fair share amount of screen time. I hope for the best when it comes to DC, but i fear they may end up being cluster fucks, even if they do, atleast they will have this as their diamond!

Prison Break Season 5





The first season of Prison Break was contrived, yet fun and highly tense, the second season was a fun ride and switched up the genre. The third season went back to the roots but started losing steam. The fourth season should have wrapped up everything, but was pretty awful. The show should have stayed dead, as the fifth season was brought back for no other reason than to jump on the golden age of TV bandwagon, which is funny as the fourth season was on the same time as Lost and Breaking Bad. Meh, i hope there is not a sixth season, i'm out.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Lucifer season 2





Season 1 was fun, it was a monster of the week show, without any monsters. The monster was the detective in Law & Order. It was not the serialized type we get these days, which was refreshing. I didn't expect there to be a season 2, alas there was and it was shuffled around, split up, and hell, there are still episodes on season 2, we will not see until season 3. The "winter finale" could have ended the season, and the finale they chose was perfect to end it. The show needs to embrace the sci fi/horror aspect more often, introduce hell on earth. Which judging by the final episode, we may be getting more fantasy next year, i hope we do! This is a fun show, with fun characters, and witty dialogue.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dirty Dancing




Well this remake was awful, awkward silences, zero chemistry, dull montages, off putting musical numbers, and the wrap around was stupid. Shortest review, but too the point.

The Simpsons




Well a lot still assume the Simpsons is crap, but in recent years it became great again. This past season was a mixed bag, very hit & miss, but i will say this, the shows use to sight gags & puns is as strong as ever. The season finale was one of the best episodes in years, it was pretty much a classic, vintage episode of the Simpsons, use of the townsfolk, a nearly a Treehouse of Horrors esque episode, Marge shockingly kicking Millhouse's Dog When He Didn't Pee the Bed.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Song to Song





Here is a film with a great cast & plot, set in a gorgeous city, helmed by a auteur, however said auteur is Terrence Malick, and Malick is a pretentious bore of a director, his films can be good, but none do i love. This is possibly his best since Badlands, but holy fuck, is it a task to get through. The cast could be fantastic, yet in classic Malick style, they get buried under the tedious pressures of trying to make art, art that is white and on a wall, yes, Malick is like watching paint dry. I would love to see this cast, and their plot about Indie music & love, but with Richard Linklater, ugh, if only!

Chips





I watched the series Chips, growing up, on TV Land, it was fun, i enjoy the 70s series, sure todays batch is better but back in the day, they were not pretentious. This film is definitely not pretentious, it isn't bad either. It is fine, one time viewing type fair. It is slightly above the Dukes of Hazards, but below Starsky & Hutch, none of which touch 21 Jump Street, nor will it touch Baywatch(i predict) but give it a watch, it can be a good laugh, and also make you roll your eyes. It helps that the cast is charming, they just needed a better project.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2







Holy shit balls, this was a fucking blast! I was smiling most of the film, the opening credits are fantastic, it sets the mood perfectly, it combines colorful visuals, the soundtrack, action, sci fi & humor. The plot is the best Marvel has had since the first Guardians, this is the best looking Marvel film since the first one, the funniest one since the first, has the best action since the first, this film is almost perfect! Star Lord's story is touching, and it is quite the coming of age tale. Gamora's mainly involves Peter, but it too carries heart. Drax gets the funniest moments by far, Batista is amazing in comedic performances, and is indeed a badass! Groot is adorable as fuck in this! Rocket, along with Yondu, have their own coming of age story, accepting being assholes with hearts, they also happen to have some solid bad ass moments! Yondu even goes all comic book in it! Kraglin gets more screen time, which is great for those of us that are fans of the Brothers Gunn! Nebula, well, she yet again, is a character with a coming of age story, she is full on tweener for the most part. New characters in the film such as Mantis & Ego get time to shine, Mantis is great, Ego is the best Marvel villain since Loki, by far, god damn Kurt Russel is great in this! This is how a comic book film should be! This is how it should look, it looks like a comic, it is fun, it is fast paced, it is not pretentious, the humor is genuine, the action is great, the characters are lovable! The more i think about this, the more i loved it! The stingers are cool, one is hilarious, one sets up a spin off, one sets up Guardians 3, one is an evolution of a character, the other, is just a cameo! As excited as i am to see the Guardians interact with the Avengers, i almost wish it stayed its own beast, as while watching this, it felt fresh, i wasn't thinking, oh how will this affect Tony Stark, no i was thinking, this is a blast to watch! God damn this was great!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Match of April

1. Takeover: Authors of Pain vs DIY vs The Revival for the NXT Tag Titles

2. Wrestlemania: The Hardy Boyz vs The Club vs Enzo & Cass vs Sheasaro in a ladder match for the Raw Tag Titles

3. 205 Live: Austin Aries vs TJP vs Jack Gallagher vs Mustapha Ali in a number one contenders match for the cruiserweight title

4. NXT TV: Tye Dillinger vs Eric Young Steel in a steel cage Cage

5. NXT TV:  Tyler Bates vs Jack Gallasgher for the UK Title

Friday, April 28, 2017

Free Fire






I like Ben Wheatley, but i don't love any of his films....until now. Free Fire is a perfect film, the acting is great, the score is great, the set design, costuming, lighting, writing, directing, every single aspect. The first 10 minutes is early 90s Quentin Tarantino, the rest of the film feels like a Martin McDonagh film. Brie Larson, a total babe, is spunky in this, Cillian Murphy is fucking great, as is Sam Riley, Michael Smiley, Jack Reynor & Babou Ceesay. Sharlito Copley gives his best performance yet but the actor that steals the show, is Armie Hammer, Armie Fucking Hammer, of all people, amazing. The dialogue is witty, the violence is Sam Peckinpah esque, and it is pretty much non stop. This was the most fun I have had watching a film in a long time, it is perfect! It makes me want to go back and revisit all of his other films, it inspired me for my own films, hell this story is pretty close to a treatment i wrote in high school, and watching this film, reignites that fire to make fun as fun, kick ass cinema, and that is exactly what this film is!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

THe Circle






Okay, the trailer for this was cool, but i didn't expect much....i liked it better than i thought i would....but i still expected more......does that make sense? No? Well, that is okay, cause the plot doesn't make much sense here either. There are great ideas in this film, really great ideas, however none are realized. The idea of big brother is nothing new, but adding it in with modern societies obsession with social media, and everything being connected makes this barely science fiction, but a drama set in modern times. Everyone's accounts connected, with their phones/tablets with them at all times, recording everything. That is basically it....which leads to the anti climatic finale, why, is it anti climatic? Well Emma Watson(who does good acting in this) is trying to out Patton Oswalt & Tom Hanks(Hanks is really good) for their emails.....however, besides their company being creepy, they never really do anything that makes them the antagonists. I was hoping they were behind something, but nope, they just run a company. John Boyega is misused, and his character is trying to convince Watson that there is something fishy going on....okay, please show us what is going on! Watson's best friend, the BEAUTIFUL Karen Gillan, got super stressed out and had to leave the company....why? Please show us, also, pills? When did this happen? The film is full of plot holes, but atleast explain why we need to care about what happens to these characters? Maybe it needed to be longer? Maybe it needed trimming and then adding in the plot details to fill those minutes. The acting is good but ugh, why was it so important to leak emails? This plot gives me a headache. I can see why the critics are hating it. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't good...it wasn't bad, it just had potential to be really good!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Letterkenny






Holy fuck this show is brilliant! The comedic timing from all the actors(ALL the actors) is on point, the dialogue is witty as fuck, super snappy & intelligent! The characters are all well developed, the episodes have call backs to previous ones, yet most are still stand alone, but why would you just watch one? Watch them all, watch all 13 episodes, they are perfect, they are quotable, so fucking  quotable. It is like Trailer Park Boys meets Workaholics meets Goon, but in my opinion better than them(save Good, which i fucking love). How this show slipped under my radar until recently is beyond me, Canada has produced a masterpiece in not just sitcoms but in all forms of film! It combines realism & absurdity so god damned well, that it almost doesn't seem like it could be made anywhere else other than Canada! So many sex jokes, so many drug & booze jokes, so many ass kickings, plus Katy & Bonnie are total babes! I know Crave has the show, but damn, this would be perfect to reair on Comedy Central's secret stash, or IFC. I can not wait for season 3!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Colossal







The past few years we have had a few Kaiju flicks in theatres, we had the the amazing Korean film the Host, the film that it inspired, Cloverfield, a full on tribute in Pacific Rim, modern Godzilla & King Kong flicks, Toho Godzilla, and Jurassic World. Colossal i would rank above Toho & WB's Zilla(and Kong). It is your basic Indie Rom Com, but you take away the rom com, because one of the leads is a psycho, then you place it in a kaiju film. It has tons of imagination, it balances humor & fear well, not fear in terms of horror film fear, but fear as in the human psyche, Jason Sudeikis is great in this, he shows a side of him we have not seen, hell you could take away the monsters & robots and his performance could have carried a dark indie drama, luckily the monsters help make this a slight satire, The monster stuff is cool, it gives some laughs, and also shows how power can consume. The monster being alcoholism is a pretty brilliant way to tackle the issue, for those reading this, the monsters are legit but the film has some very deep thoughts and ideas, you can tell  this is a personal film, and in my opinion it is Nacho Vigalondo's best film!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Gifted





Marc Webb directed an amazing film in 500 Days of Summer, then he directed the best Spider Man(thus far) and the worse one(thus far). Going back to his indie roots seemed natural, however, this film did not seem like a step up. It is a solid film, but one that anyone could have directed, didn't have the style of 500 Days. While that film mixed happiness & sadness perfectly, this film does the same. It is depressing as fuck at times, but it is ultimately uplifting. Chris Evans gives a great performance, as does Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer, as does Lindsay Duncan. However the film's best aspect is Mckenna Grace, i usually find little kids annoying in films but she is fantastic! Spunky, smart, she plays the role perfectly! The issues are great, and the story unfolds in a damn good way exploring different sides, and finding counter balances. It is not 500 Days of Summer but it is a film that i think would be regarded higher had Webb not directed it with 500 Days on his resume.

The Void






A lot of times when the internet is jacking off to a horror film, they don't measure up. This one here totally does. It is pretty much if John Carpenter directed Hellraiser, It has slasher moments like Halloween, an invading force of the unknown like the Fog, questionable team ups like Assault of Precinct 13, and great monster f/x like the Thing. The final act goes pure Hellraiser, hell this easily could have been a Hellraiser flick, the creatures at the end are pretty much cenobites, except their gateway to hell seems like something out of Phantasm. If it is playing near you, check it out, if not, it is on VOD, check it out no matter what.

Fate of the Furious





Ah yes, the Fateful Eight......wait, that is not the name? Oh yes the Fast & the Furious 8, the best & most fun in the series since the original. The first i think is awesome, the second one is not as good but goes for more style, the third one is nothing but style over substance. The fourth one tried too hard to be the legit sequel to the first but was not that good, enter the fifth, where we become over the top as fuck. I still was not sold on it, but the sixth one finally got it right, but was still nothing more than dumb fun. The Fast & the Furious 7, or Furious 7, whatever you want to call it, finally got the heart, not saying the others did not have heart, but the heart of the final scene can make you tear up. I love James Wan but he did not do the best sequel with part 7, nope, this here, the Eighth in the series, sure it is still contrived, sure it is still unbelievable, but it has in my mind, the best story of the sequels and it embraces the B Movie theatrics all the way. Right before the 7th one, John Wick & Kingsmen got over the top action right(well to be fair Shoot Em Up and The Raid films did it first) so this one thinks like them. Jason Staham doing parkour everywhere in a prison, the Rock throwing people around and destroying things with his fists. Hell the humor works the best in this one, the chemistry with Tyreese & Ludacris has always been there, but adding in Nathalie Emmanuel(one of my favs from GoT) brings in a new flavor. Kurt Russell chews the scenery, Helen fucking Mirren does another action flick. Oh and speaking of action babes, holy fuck is Charlize Theron awesome in this, she does the cold & calculating character well here, she has become a genre favorite in recent years, and she happens to be a total knockout in this, smoking hot! I never thought i would like a Fast & the Furious sequel this much, but this was an awesome flick!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Going In Style





I had seen the original Going in Style once, i barely remember it, there for, it is a perfect film to remake, and it makes sense in today's climate with folks being fucked over by banks. Zach Braff i love, well i loved Scrubs and i LOVE Garden State, like i fucking adore it, it makes me cry, it is not sad, but it makes me cry. His follow ups to Garden State....have been bland, tv movies, Wish I was Here(that had a Garden State vibe, but felt empty) and now this. His career did not have progression, it's almost as if he made one great film, and nothing else. Now that is not a knock on this film, no not at all, just anyone could have made this, it was a director for hire project. Now the film itself, is funny at times, alot of the times the jokes fall flat or make you roll your eyes, but the film has charm, tons of charm. You feel bad for our leads, and they have great chemistry, so their emotions for each other seem legit. Alan Arkin steals the show, he is easily the best part, everyone does good but he stood out. It is not a perfect film, but it is an enjoyable film, it seems like a sunday afternoon movie. It is definitely an old persons film, the theatre was packed with seniors. Don't go in expecting a film that will change your life i swear, but go in just for a decent flick!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Ghost in the Shell






I am not the biggest anime fan, but i was told that Ghost in the Shell is anime for non anime fans, i could not get into it. Akira, Midgame, The Animatrix, Pokemon, DBZ, that i can get into. So i figured, hey, tons of non Marvel fans flock to go and see those, and love em, maybe this will be the case for me! The first trailer was AMAZING, the second one did nothing, the reviews were harsh, i figured, fuck it, i bet it is misunderstood. I really hate writing negative reviews, i really do, but ugh, this was one of the worst films i have ever seen. It is rare for me to say that, i generally find something to like....fine, okay, it looks cool, it is a visually stunning film....but holy fuck, the plot is terrible, the acting is awful, it is a piece of shit. FUck, i almost fell asleep during it. THat is all, i don't even want to write about this film anymore.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Trainspotting 2








Whoa, a two decades(21 years in fact) later sequel that actually is a worthy follow up? Fuck yes, take that Independence Day. This is like getting together with your old friends, you laugh, you talk about  the old times, the old times might include when you took money, and now shit might get violent, but fuck it, you are with your old mates! Mark has been clean but his life brought him back home, Spud is a mess, he finds love but finds drugs, Sick Boy has become a con artist and it about to open a brothel, Begbie is back to his criminal ways. Friendships are mended, broken, mended, broken, etc through the entire film, regression happens, steps forward are taken and i loved every second of it. This film looks beautiful, it has a great score, it basically is a perfect sequel to 90s cinema, no joke this is how waiting 20 years to do a sequel should be done. It reminded me of Clerks 2, we loved the first film, we knew the characters but what happened to them? This film answers it, and while there is conflict, the film is ultimately uplifting!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Big Little Lies





Well this was a great series. Five women, two are friends, one meets another women. Another accused the new girl's son of bullying her daughter. The fifth girl is married to another ones ex husband. Is it a soap opera? Well kind of but it is directed to perfect, written so intensely, editing so gloriously and acted in a triumphant way.  You can not discuss this show with out spoilers, and if i mention one, i will mention them all, it is best o let this show unravel in front of you and ambrace its greatness. This is a damn near perfect series!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Best Undertaker Mania Matches







This past Sunday, i cried, i witnessed possibly the final match of the Undertaker. a man I have watched, my entire life. I watched wrestling off & on in my early years. It was always on before my uncle would watch football. The Undertaker, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Hulk Hogan, those were my guys. Then come January of 1993, this 5 year old asked to watch a new show, Raw, and i was hooked. On Raw and on Superstars they would always build Wrestlemania as the biggest event, and growing up, and still to this day, it is the biggest event of the year, not just for wrestling, but for everything. One of the main components was the Undertaker, I remember renting Mania tapes and watching him run through opponents, then I rented my first live PPV in 1998, Wrestlemania 14, and i have seen them all live ever since. As a 10 year old, I wanted to see him destroy his evil brother, it wasn't until Mania 18 where he raised up Ten Fingers and celebrated his victory over Ric Flair, in what was possibly the match of the night. Beating the streak first was mentioned in a big deal form when everyone online assumed Randy Orton would kill the legend of the streak, well before it became a legend. I thought he was going to, and i still think it makes sense, however, had Orton won that match, then the rest of Takers Mania's would not have felt as important, his Mania 25 epic with Michaels would still have been great, but the build up would have been different. 29 with Punk, would have been the same, and then the sadness of 30 would have never happened, the emotional punch against Orton, 9 years before Brock Lesnar would not have been as impactfull. Who is to say if he would have continued wrestling after say 28 or so, if even that long. Taker helped define Mania, and Mania helped define Taker. Here is the ranking of all of his matches from all of his 25 matches, i have watched them all in the past 2 months, from his first, a glorified squash against Jimmy Snuka to this past Sunday, his damn fine match with Roman Reigns, and his emotional goodbye.

1. Shawn Michaels at 25
The build up to this had Shawn wanting to regain himself, he lost a bit of himself after defeating Flair, then was emotionally destroyed by Chris Jericho, forced to be JBL's servant, to him, he needed to beat the Dead Man. The match was foreshadowed two years prior at the Royal Rumble, in a mini match as the final two, and it set up a fantastic remake a year later. The match told a story,  and is easily one of  the best one on one matches in Mania history, These two men not only define Mania, but the WWE in general, both combatants started in the later portion of the Golden Era, were top stars in the New Generation, kickstarted the Attitude Era, were legends during the Ruthless Aggression era and by time this match happened, the PG era was in full swing. The was a hard hitting match with two larger than life stars, the type we do not see anymore. Could the streak have ended here? No, it wouldn't have done anything for Michaels career.

2. HHH at 17
17 is my all time favorite PPV, the build up for the entire card was great, each match was solid, yes even the battle royal(it served its purpose). this match what physical,a spectacle at a spectacle. Both men had come into there own with edgier characters in 99 & 00, and this match was badass vs badass, both with metal theme songs. Could  the streak have ended here? Yes, sure there was a streak, but it was not THE STREAK. But this was a time when Faces won, so Taker winning did more.

3. Shawn Michaels at 26
This is the rematch of rematches, there is no way to top their previous match, A lot hate the match because of that, but it is unfair to judge a match based on one from a year earlier, some prefer this one, most don't, but atleast do not hate it for it not being 25. The match still hit all the emotional notes, it may not be as emotional as Michaels saying I Love You to Flair, or Takers send off, but it is still a sad moment for an HBK mark. Could the streak have ended here? No, same as the last Michael's entree, it would not have done anything for his future career, however, there was the lingering thought of, maybe this wont be Michaels' last match.Oh yeah, their entrances were glorious!

4. HHH at 28
The end of an era match, this should have been Taker's last match, HHH's last match, the end of the Attitude era. I am glad it wasn't as it lead to HHH having great matches after this, and Taker having great matches aswell. I hear a lot of blood thirsty fans bitching that the match was a watered down Hell in a Cell, maybe there was no blood but the match was hard hitting as fuck, and it told a glorious story, i cried after the match, seeing 3 of my all time favorites holding each other up, it was a poetic moment! Could the streak have ended here? Well HHH was in charge so anything is possible but no, no it could not. HHH knew Taker needed the win!

5. HHH at 27
Taker is great in Face vs Face matches, his two HBK bouts, two of his HHH's matches, Batista, Roman, even non Mania matches, he knows how to do it. Usually both men play it dirty a  bit, but with respect always shown. This is one of them, HHH wanted revenge for HBK, Taker wanted to face Wade Barrett(well in real life). Once the match happened, it did not let down, it was pretty much their first Mania match but not as hardcore, and their third match minus Michaels and the Cell. Could the streak have ended here? No

6. Kane at 14
This is a nostalgia ride for me. Kane cost Taker his match with Michaels at Bad Blood in the Hell in a Cell and then set the man on fire in the casket match vs Michaels  at the Royal Rumble(damn Michaels pops up alot on this list). When Taker showed up to confront his brother i marked out, and the match did not disappoint. It was in my opinion the second best match of the night(the first featured *gasps* Shawn Michaels). Could the streak have ended here? Yes, but the face was victorious!

7. Edge at 24
This was still when Smackdown was the best pure wrestling show of the two brands.....oh wait, it still is! This match felt like a legit huge title match, Taker was slowing down but not too much, Edge was showing signs of slowing down, but if you watch the match, you get an amazing contest. Could the streak have ended here? Yes, yes it could have. Edge had some injuries but no one expected him to retire three years later. It could have made those final three years even edgier(haha) for the sleezy heel.

8. Batista at 23
To me this was one of Batista's best matches, right under Payback 2014 with Evolution vs the Shield and right above his Hell in a Cell match with Taker. It showed Batista was hard hitting and truly deserving of the previous 2 years. Could the streak have ended here? Yes, it could have been Taker passing the torch on as Batista was undefeated at the time and was the young star and the face on SD!

9. Kane at 20
OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! Goosebumps solid goosebumps when this was said! I marked out hard! The Dead Man rose after being gone for months, but he was not the American Badass, he was his old self and he was battling a new Kane, it felt fresh for these two. A great match at a great Mania! Could the streak have ended here? Yes, it could have pushed Kane further into the evil monster heel that he had been the past 9 months.Luckily that did not happen and the streak became a goal for many after this!

10. Ric Flair at 18
The birth of Taker counting his victories, and one of Flairs best WWE matches. The man still had it and this was a brand new Taker, sure he had the American Badass gimmick the year prior but here, was his first heel work with this character, and only his third heel match on Mania all together. Could the streak have ended here? Yes, the face could have one, but it is better for the authority figure to lose and for the Badass to go on to become champion!

11. CM Punk at 29
Punk lost to the Rock, what is bigger than the WWE title? The Undertaker! This match was huge not only for the contest, but for Paul Bearer, whom passed earlier that year. I will get right to it, should the streak have here? It could have, hell maybe Punk would not have bitched so much, and i think he could have, had he not needed to rest up, and had Bearer not have departed. Even if Uncle Paul had still been alive, even if Punk was not going to take a couple months off, i still think Taker would have won, it was needed for Punk to go face, and it helped as the last victory in his Mania undefeated streak.

12. Bray Wyatt at 31
This is the match that the streak should have ended at, Bray should have defeated Cena the year prior, Taker should have defeated Lesnar. Had he lost here, it would have been huge for Bray, hell he never would have needed a single championship. Plus a new streak could have began, not as long obviously but a streak none the less. Regardless it was refreshing being able to watch a Taker Mania match without the anxiety of the streak being on the line, cause from Mania 21 to 30, i was on the edge of my seat hoping tonight isn't the night. Here, i was able to sit back and watch these two horror characters put on a solid contest, and one that fits the spectacle of Mania!

13. Shane McMahon 32
A lot hate this match, they call it garbage, sure the angle leading up to it made no sense, the stipulation was ignored the next night but to me it was a great one off match(though it wasn't a one off) for Shane, and a refreshing Mania opponent for Taker. It had memorable spots and all in all shows why Mania is the granddaddy of them all!

14. Sid at 13
To me this one one of three good matches on 13, the 6 man being a fun brawl, Austin-Hart being amazing, and this here being a solid battle of the giants. Could the streak have ended here? Well the tweener could have won, but better for the face to win, and him holding onto the title meant more, and wound up meaing more as it lead to his loss to Hart, his feud with Michaels and the arrival of Kane.

15. Randy Orton at 21
Orton was the legend killer, all of us on forums assumed Taker would finally lose here, i was a junior in high school and a huge fan of both men, it is an underrated match but one that Orton needed in his return as a heel. Could the streak have ended here? Yes, but as a said, if it had, Takers legacy may not have been as strong had he lost, sure he would still be a legend, but he truly needed this streak, Mania needed this streak, WWE needed this streak.

16. Diesel at 12
This match, along with the main event saved the PPV, jeez, so many Mania's were full of crappy filler until 14. This one is underrated as well, mainly cause folks like to shit on Kevin Nash, sure he isn't Shinsuke Nakamura, sure he isn't even Dean Ambrose, but he is still a showman and knows how to tell a story, and this was a perfect finale for Nash's Mania career. Should that streak have ended here? No, Nash was on his way out.

17. Jake Roberts at 8
Sure it is a squash, but damn, having these two characters in the ring together, brilliance, if it never happened it would have been a dream match, but luckily it did, Roberts was the evil heel, Take had turned face, it worked. Should the streak have ended here? No, Taker needed the win on a huge stage after losing the WWF title.

18 Brock Lesnar at 30
Ugh, this is a good match, it is hard hitting, Lesnar proved he was a beast, and Taker proved how much he cared for the business. Should the streak have ended here? No, i think Lesnar was the wrong guy, but Taker wasn't sure if it was his last match, Vince wanted his last match for him to put someone over, it was up to Taker, Taker agreed. Or so it is told....with that said, holy hell, i was in shock, i still don't believe it to this day. A part of me wishes it was a botch, that you were not supposed to lose, this was one of the hardest moments in wrestling to watch, luckily Daniel Bryan won, but damn, just imagine how the fans would have been even more excited for that win, if they did not have to go through this emotional loss.

19. Roman Reigns at 33.
This is not low on the list, I actually thought it was a damn good match, the others just do more for nostaglia for me, plus this match made me tear up, this was a legit sad match, before it i heard it may be his final match, during it reality sunk in, this will be it, i am viewing it, holy shit, after the match, tears poured out, i stood there in shock, i wasn't mad that he lost, i mean sure i wish his final match had been against Steve Austin, but that is just me, but just knowing that a man i had watched almost every week for 15 years then anticipated whenever he returned the following 9 years, was taking his final bow, i was heart broken. Mark Calaway, i love you sir. You put the business in front of you all the time. You had a outlandish gimmick but it worked, it worked cause it was new & dark, being new helped in the mid 90s, being dark helped in the late 90s, you knew how to reinvent yourself, becoming human, becoming evil, becoming a biker, becoming a living legend, becoming greatness, becoming the icon, becoming Wrestlemania, becoming the WWE, becoming professional wrestling. Besides a few deaths, nothing hits me this hard in the business, only one that comes close, your loss to Lesnar.


20. Mark Henry at 22
This is only one of two matches from the past 15 years of Mania to feel like a midcard Taker match. No one expected Henry to do it, he could have, he was built as a undestructible force but that is how all of his heel runs 2003 on have been. Here however, the streak was known about, but being a casket match against a big man, it felt too much like a mid 90s Taker feud. Should the streak have ended here? No

21. Big Show/A Train at 19
This is a rather sloppy match, but it is Taker's only Mania handicap match(originally a tag match) Not much to say, it is the other midcard feeling match, and considering it had two former wwe champions, that is saying something. Should the streak have edned here? The face losing to two other giants? Hell no!

22. Big Bossman at 15
A rather uncomfortable match to watch, the public hanging of Bossman was a hard pill to swallow, no way to really suspend disbelief, you just had to accept it. Sure Lucha Underground does it, but i prefer more reality focused angles, not saying i don't enjoy horror, after all i am a cinephile, but the ending here never set well with me.Should the streak have ended here? No. Taker and his evil character needed a win, even if his evil character was only worshiping Vince McMahon.

23. Jimmy Snuka at 7
Ah, his first Mania victory, and a glorified squash match. Should the streak have began here? Damn right! This match was historic!

24. King Kong Bundy at 11
Like a isaid earlier about Mark Henry feeling like a mid 90s feud, this is what i meant, Million DOllar Corporation stealing the urn, melting it odwn, having a stable of men for Taker to defeat, Henry would have been perfect in this feud. The match, rather meh, should the streak have ended here? No, Taker needed to wipe out this faction.

25. Giant Gonzalez
Ugh, fuck this match, as a kid i loved this Mania, excpet for this match, though i did love Taker coming back out to get revenge on Gonzalez. Should the streak have ended here? FUCK NO

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Match of March


Christopher Daniels vs Adam Cole
Kazarian vs Hangman Page vs Punissment Martinez vs Chris Sabin vs Cheeseburger vs Silas YOung
Kirby vs BT Gunn vs Travis Banks vs Doug Williams vs Ricochet vs El Ligero vs Marty Scurll
Ricochet, Jason Cade, Sami Calihan, AR Fox & Desmond Xavier vs. Will Ospreay Marty Scurll, Lio Rush, Drew Galloway  & Ryan Smile

Christopher Daniels vs Adam Cole vs Zack Sabre JR 


Saturday, March 25, 2017

I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore








Whoa, i thought maybe i might like this flick, it might be charming, but holy fuck, i wasn't expecting it to be this good. Simple story of a robbery victim wanting her shit back, only to have it turn in to a bloody great time. Elijah Wood is the shit in this and he gets great moments of badassery, even if it still seems wimpy. Melanie Lynskey gives a great performance here, the two together have great chemistry. THe effects are great, when violence happens, and usually by accident(at first) it is shocking, and humorous, then the final act goes all out with stabbings & shootings and it is glorious! The setting, tone, and music at the end reminded me alot of The Last House on the Left. THis is pure exploitation in the final act, the first half is indeed a charming anti rom com, but everything meshes together in a great way. Kudos to Macon Blair on his first feature!

Life







Damn, this was a great flick. Take a crew of folks from different backgrounds, put them on a ship outer space, then have an alien pick them off one by one. Sounds familiar? Yes, it sounds like Alien, and this film is possibly the closest film to Alien....since....Alien! This feel is atmospheric, it has amazing "long takes" whether it actually was a long take or they hid some takes, it still looks fantastic. The kills are great, and it helps from the tension that is built, and this whole film is a giant piece of high tension. These characters want to protect each other, they argue, but they have each others best interests in their hearts & minds, which is refreshing, as there isn't a antagonist in the group, no one gets greedy or have ulterior motives  It is just a crew, scared and alone against a vicious alien. This alien is great, starts off like a small plant, it grows into a slug, then gets this predator face, and this alien is indeed a predator, it sets out to kill, and killing is what it does. This is the best outer space film since Guardians, and it is way better than the pretentious ass sci fi we have been getting every fall for the past few years. The ending is awesome, i predicted it, but it was still a great ending to a great film.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Power Rangers






The Power Rangers i grew up with, i watched the original series & saw the first film in theatres. I Gave up after Mighty Morphin ended, but i still held the series in a great form of nostalgia. I remember going to Toys R Us and waiting to be let in, ad they had a special Power Rangers day, those toys were the shit! What was not to love? I loved, and still do love, Kaiju flicks, and this is what Power Rangers is at the core, it is Ultraman but with a team. I recently bought the first issue of the Power Rangers/Justice League cross over....and it was awesome, I also rewatched the original movie....and it is not. I had not watched it in probably 18 years, i have rewatched the show, and it is fine, hell, as i type this, i am binging some of them, 3 in as a matter of fact. No i am not going to watch them all, but fuck it, watch it since i just saw the new movie.....oh yes, the new movie. Well the original show, is stupid, really stupid, it is corny as fuck, but it has charm and the battles were awesome, a new movie is surely going to be the shit? Well, not exactly, it is dumb, but dumb like the show was, you roll your eyes, shake your head, but you have a blast doing so. This is not The Room level of so bad it is good, and it bad like X Men Apocalypse, no, it is not even bad, it is fine, it is just a dumb flick with some funny lines, and some cool moments, the Rita Nightmare scene is awesome! Alpha is the best part, surprisingly, as they made him some what witty and had a dry sense of humor. Kimberly & Trini were fucking HOT! Billy had his moments, it helps that RC Cyler, from Me & Earl & the Dying Girl is a damn good actor, the two female leads were good in their spunky roles and were quite HOT, i liked Zack, you felt for him in this, the Pink Ranger & the Yellow Ranger were fucking HOT, Jason wasn't a total douche like Cyclops or Leonardo, Naomi Scott & Becky G are fucking HOT! The battles could have been better, it felt like the end of the first Thor, but i dig that flick, so fuck it! I had a fun time with it, the mid credit stinger, sets up the sequel, you can guess what it is! THey easily could have done a GOOD version, in the realm of DC or Marvel, and they still could, some day, but for now we get this, and this is basically the series, so if you claim the movie raped your childhood, guess what, it had already been raped, as that wasn't very good either, so enjoy it for what it is, a dumb flick with monsters....well sort of!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Iron Fist








Iron Fist i was stoked for, a kung fu MCU, fuck yeah! It had to be more intriguing than Jessica Jones, had to be better than Luke Cage, and could it top Daredevil, or DD's second season? No it did not top either season of Daredevil, it is on par with Jones I suppose, but that series had a stronger villain. The action scenes here are better for sure, but like most modern TV shows, it gets dull in the middle. They should book these shows like a trilogy, meaning 9 episodes instead of 12. Where in the first three episodes are the first movie, the next three are the second movie, and the final three is the final film. Instead we get a stretched out drama filled with legal matters, uninteresting corporate douches and lots of happenstance. The first episode is awesome, the next few were still good, but once you get to the middle four episodes are boring, the last few get really contrived, almost as if they were writing it as they went along. Which is fine, if you know your ending, but this felt like someone playing with their action figures but they are getting bored while playing with them, and decides to bring in other toys. However this show needed other toys, it should have had more connection to the Defenders, plant those seeds. I feel that the twelfth episode should have been the last one, but the true finale did tie up the lose ends, in a fast way, a way that should have been done episodes earlier but instead we got some boring legal shit. Moving on, the finale wasn't bad, it ended a lot, brought up ideas for either season 2, or hopefully Defenders, as it seems the bit at the end between Davos & Joy seemed to refer to Stick, i am stoked for Defenders, but mainly out of my love of Daredevil!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Beauty & The Beast





                                                                                                                                                                             
As far as Disney's live action remakes go, The Jungle Book is still the best, but in terms of princess remakes, this reigns supreme. This film looks great, the cinematography, set design, costuming, & music are all early contenders for the Oscars. I loved LaLa Land, but as you might know, Emma Watson was supposed to be in that film, now I LOVE Emma Stones, but I think Watson does a better job in the signing department. A lot are complaining that it is too much of a remake of the cartoon, and well...no shit, it is, who gives a fuck? Enjoy it, it is a damn good film!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Belko Experiment




Well now, critics that are hating this must not be fans of the horror genre or trash cinema. This is a B Movie, Exploitation, a big budget Troma film. James Gunn has his stamp on this, even if it just is in the writing. The music is amazing, the characters you can relate with, the gore is awesome, the script is funny & intense at the same time. Take Office Space, mix in Battle Royal, with a little bit of the Experiment(the Adrian Brody flick) and you have The Belko Experiment. This isn't Split or anything groundbreaking, it is familiar but that is okay, i just wanted a fun flick, with good kills and this is perfectly paced, it is under 90 minutes, they could have extended it a bit but in the short time they develop the characters that are the hunters and which ones you want to see live. This is a future cult classic for sure!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Love Season 2




Damn, what a brutal show. I was late to the party last year, but binged season 2 in the past day, it is far superior to the first season, and i loved the first season. As i have said Apatow does TV better than film, and this shows it. The first season was lighter while being real, this one was heavy at times. He is a cringe worthy nice guy, she is a bitch, but they click, holy fuck i wouldn't want to be friends with either but sadly i would befriend both. Damn, now to wait another 12 months, fucking binge watching shows. Oh well, beats losing interest week to week.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Workaholics




It is kind of sad that this show has ended, it started off as your basic Comedy Central series, but it soon became their It's Always Sunny, it then launched not just a cult following but a legit following. The stars have gone on tho have careers, especially Adam Devine. The show ended on a great note, one of the best seasons they had, the second to final episode could have been the finale, but it wasn't structured to be, the final episode is basically a what happens after episode, and it plays the notes perfectly!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Moonlight




Well i finally saw Moonlight, and it was definitely better than Arrival and Manchester By Sea but it was not as good as LaLa Land, Hell or High Water or Hacksaw Ridge. It was brilliantly crafted, and was gripping, however, i found some of the shots, especially the close ups to be rather cliche. All the acting was great, but none deserved awards. I loved the structure, it reminded me of A Place Beyond the Pines, and i adore the themes, but i feel that the Academy and all the other award shows only rewarded this film, because they felt they had to.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Top 5 Matches of February

Randy Orton vs  Luke Harper at Elimination Chamber.

The Big Show vs Braun Strowman on Raw

Christopher Daniels vs Jay Briscoe on ROH TV

Pete Dunne vs Mark Andres on NXT

Tyler Bates vs Trent Seven on NXT~

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Kong: Skull Island....spoilers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       



The trailers were great, each one topped the last, but i feared the film would suck? Did it? Hell no, it was pretty awesome? Was it better than the original? Hell no, was it better than Peter Jackson's? Hell no, but it was better than 76 and its sequel. The cast is having a great time, and i highly enjoyed the characters, John C. Reilly steals the show, he is great in this! The story, is pretty much a man on a mission flick, set to look like Apocalypse Now, the imagery, the soundtrack, the tone of the soldiers, it all fits! The soundtrack, i should mention, is great, it compliments the entire flick. Now this flick is about King Kong, and he looks great in this! The other monsters all do aswell, they even throw in a giant bug scene, bugs freak me out, it wasn't quite as effective as the Jackson bugs but it still looked cool. I loved the backstory of Reilly's characters and the natives. The battles were all well done, but the best part is after the credits. the stinger, holy hell! Now i wasn't a big fan of the last American Godzilla but showing him, Mothra, Rodan, Ghidorah, made me super fucking stoked! Bring on the Kaijus! Bring on Pacific Rim! I am stoked!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

It's Always Sunny & Man Seeking Woman




FXX is the shit, It's Always Sunny, keeps getting better & better every single year. This year is hd classic episodes of the gang getting into trouble and being all around cocks, however it also had some of the sweetest moments in the shows run. It is paired perfectly with Man Seeking Woman, a show that combines creepiness, cringe worthy moments, with raw & sadness aswell as super bizarre & surreal aspects.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Before I Fall





The only reason i saw this, is because i had a similar concept, and much like Click, my brilliant concept was a let down upon being made before i could. This however is way better than Click, it is just a rather bland film, there is a brilliant film in here somewhere but it is sadly rather Young Adult washed. Hopefully the era of Twilight/Hunger Games is dead, and folks will make darker tones, cause this film could use a darker tone.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Logan



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It is no secret that with the exception of the Guardians of the Galaxy, that i prefer the X Men films to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. X Men came out when i was in the 6th grade, it blew me away, i had been wanting to see these characters on the big screen for years, hell i would have been excited even if it was straight to video, and i loved it. X Men 2 was better on every level, and set the new standard for superhero films, until Christopher Nolan came along with a story of a man dressed as a bat. X Men 3 sucked, but never fear, we were going to get a stand alone Wolverine prequel.....and it was worse that X Men 3. Luckily Mathew Vaughn did First Class, which was my favorite X Men film for 6 years....hmm, wonder what is now? That set the films on a new course, which included The Wolverine, one of the most underrated superhero films ever made, and of course Days of Future Past wrapped everything up nicely.....oh wait, there was another one? Fuck Apocalypse. Oh you meant the one before that, Deadpool, well okay! Now, as i said, First Class, was my favorite, now it is Logan, holy fuck, this is a superhero masterpiece. The acting is great, the directing, the sets, the gore, the score, everything! This was a perfect swan song, and a rather sad one at that! For 17 years, Patrick Stewart & Hugh Jackman have been with us, and now for them to wrap up their portion of the series, it is bitter sweet. I could care less if we get a fourth prequel, honestly they should have left it as just two of them. I don't want a fourth main time line, especially since the end of Days of Future Past, showed us the X Men on the right track, and no, we don't need a bridge film between that and this, somethings are best left to the imagination. IF we do get a bridge showing why there are no longer any more mutants, then please let it be in Deadpool 2 or 3.....speaking of which. Since it looks like Deadpool may use time travel with Cable, have them go to 2029, and instead of having X Men 2099, have X Men 2029, because this film gives us a bunch of new mutants to play with. The original trilogy, is over, the prequels are over, the Wolverine films are over. Do 2 more Deadpool flicks, but also if Fox wants to milk the franchise, do a New Mutants or something. Hell when it is all said and done, fox could have 15 films in a 30 year span in this world, and i am all for it. Then please give the rights back to Marvel, and Marvel, let the franchise stay dead for a decade, don't pull a Batman that Dawn of Justice did, let characters retire....for a while. Then you have my blessing to reboot it, but if you do, it wont pack the same punch, nothing will, 17 years, 9 films, it is unheard of for an actor to play a character that many times in so many years with out being recast. Thank you Hugh Jackman, for all your years, thank you as well to Patrick Stewart, you are both fantastic, and both of them did some of their best acting ever in this flick. It has blood, it has laughs, it has heart. I love this franchise, and this is the best of the bunch!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

2017 Oscars







                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 This year's Oscars are possibly the most Oscar Bait worthy i have seen in over a decade, hell some i haven't even seen, which is a first in over a decade as well. Here are my picks of who should win, who will win and who is more deserving that others.

Picture
Arrival(A Monster Calls should have been nominated)
Fences (have not seen)
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures (have not seen)
La La Land (should win & will win)
Lion (have not seen)
Manchester by the Sea (Swiss Army Man should have been nominated)
Moonlight (have not seen)

Directing
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival (J.A. Boyana for A Monster Calls should be nominated)
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle, La La Land (should win & will win)
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight (have not seen)
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea (Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert for Swiss Army Man should be nominated)

Best Actor
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea(will win but i think Paul Dano for Swiss Army Man should have been nominated)
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land (should win)
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences (have not seen)

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight (have not seen but will win)
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water (should win)
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea (John Goodman for 10 Cloverfield Lane should be nominated)
Dev Patel, Lion (have not seen)
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Best Actress
Emma Stone, La La Land (should & will win)
Natalie Portman, Jackie (have not seen)
Ruth Negga, Loving (have not seen)
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins (have not seen)
Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis, Fences (have not seen but thinking she will win)
Naomie Harris, Moonlight (have not seen)
Nicole Kidman, Lion (have not seen)
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures (have not seen)
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea (Felicity Jones should be nominated for a Monster Calls)

Adapted screenplay
 Lion, by Luke Davies (have not seen)
 Arrival, by Eric Heisserer (Patrick Ness for a Monster Calls should be nominated)
 Moonlight, by Barry Jenkins (have not seen)
 Hidden Figures, by Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder (have not seen)
 Fences, by August Wilson (have not seen)

Original screenplay
 Manchester by the Sea, by Kenneth Lonergan (Daniel Scheinert & Daniel Kwan for Swiss Army Man should have been nominated)
 Hell or High Water, by Taylor Sheridan
 La La Land, by Damien Chazelle (should & will win)
 20th Century Women, Mike Mills
 The Lobster, by Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos (Shane Black for The Nice Guys should have been nominated)

Cinematography
Bradford Young, Arrival (Natasha Braier for The Neon Demon should have been nominated)
Linus Sandgren,La La Land (should & will win)
Greig Fraser, Lion (have not seen)
James Laxton, Moonlight (Have not seen)
Rodrigo Prieto, Silence

Documentary feature(have not seen any)
Fire at Sea
I am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
OJ: Made in America (will win)
13th

Documentary short:(have not seen any)
Extremis (will win)
4.1 miles
Joe’s Violins
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

Foreign language film(have not seen any)
Toni Erdmann, Germany (will win)
The Salesman, Iran
A Man Called Ove, Sweden
Tanna, Australia
Land of Mine, Denmark

Sound editing
Sylvain Bellemare, Arrival (A Monster calls should have been nominated)
Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli, Deepwater Horizon (have not seen)
Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright, Hacksaw Ridge
Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan, La La Land (should & will win)
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, Sully (Green Room should have been nominated)

Sound mixing
Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye, Arrival (A Monster Calls should have been nominated)
Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace, Hacksaw Ridge
Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow, La La Land (should & will win)
David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth, 13 Hours (Neon Demon should have been nominated)

Original score
Justin Hurwitz, La La Land (should & will win)
Mica Levi, Jackie (have not seen)
Nicholas Britell, Moonlight(have not seen)
Volker Bertelmann and Dustin O'Halloran, Lion (have not seen)
Thomas Newman, Passengers (Neon Demon should have been nominated)

Original song
 City of Stars, La La Land (should & will win)
How Far I’ll Go, Moana (have not seen)
Audition, La La Land (instead of two for Lala Land i would have put the Riddle of the Model of Drive it Like you Stole It from Sing Street in here)
The Empty Chair, Jim: The James Foley Story (have not seen)
Can’t Stop the Feeling!, Trolls (have not seen)

Production design
Patrice Vermette, Paul Hotte, Arrival (Imperium should have been nominated)
Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Nice Guys should have been nominated)
Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh, Hail, Caesar! (Neon Demon should have been nominated)
David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, La La Land (should & will win)
Guy Hendrix Dyas, Gene Serdena, Passengers (Star Wars should have been nominated)

Visual effects:
Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton, Deepwater Horizon (have not seen)
Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould, Doctor Strange
Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon, The Jungle Book (should & will win)
Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff, Kubo and the Two Strings (have not seen)
John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (A Monster Calls should have been nominated)

Makeup and hairstyling
Eva von Bahr and Love Larson, A Man Called Ove (have not seen but will win)
Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo, Star Trek Beyond (should win)
Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson, Suicide Squad (Hacksaw Ridge should have been nominated)

Costume design
Mary Zophres, La La Land (should & will win)
Madeline Fontaine, Jackie (have not seen)
Consolata Boyle, Florence Foster Jenkins (have not seen)
Colleen Atwood, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Neon Demon should have been nominated)
Joanna Johnston, Allied (have not seen)

Film editing
Joe Walker, Arrival (Swiss Army Man should have been nominated)
John Gilbert, Hacksaw Ridge
Jake Roberts, Hell or High Water
Tom Cross, La La Land (should & will win)
Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon, Moonlight (have not seen)

Live-action short (have not seen any)
Ennemis intérieurs, Selim Azzazi
La femme et le TGV, Timo von Gunten
Silent Nights, Aske Bang, Kim Magnusson
Sing, Kristof Deák, Anna Udvardy (will win?)
Timecode, Juanjo Gimenez

Animated short film(have not seen any)
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl (will win?)
Piper

Animated feature film (have not seen any)
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia (will will)