Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Three From Hell




The award for most unnecessary sequel of all time goes to....Three From Hell. I dreaded this film when it was announced as i love the way Devil's Rejects ended. I love Rejects, but the trailers for this did nothing for me either. The first act felt like a Rejects fan film, it was pretty bad. From there it improved slightly, Rob Zombie still seemed to try too hard as he did in 31 but this was still better than that piece of shit. The final act here is pretty awesome though, grit, gore, neon drenched luchadors. It isn't a good film but it is better than i expected, still on the lower tier of Rob Zombie flicks, which includes most of his filmography. 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Cobra Kai Season 2




I finally got around to watching season 2 of Cobra Kai, totally worth the wait. It picks up right where season 1 left off, characters grow, alignments change, and the fights top all the rest. Daniel is still the car salesman prick but you still see him as the baby face. Johnny is still the heelish out of touch, alcoholic but with a heart. Their warring factions have a great program that build to their blow off match in the finale, seriously it is pure batshit, think the church scene from Kingsman but with just kicks & fists. Season 3 will be interesting as fuck with the way things ended. It's still crazy that a TV sequel tops the original movies, but this has 2 seasons in a row.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Brittany Runs a Marathon



Brittany Runs a Marathon is a simple yet charming film. It examines body positivity and the struggles and goals people face and skewed views they might form while reaching goals towards others facing bigger problems. The cast is all solid, lead by Jillian Bell in a turn that might take her out of minor roles she has done the past few years.

Friday, September 6, 2019

IT Chapter 2




When i was a child, IT scared the fuck out of me, i feared clowns. As a teen i dove into film, read Stephen King and was enamored with Tim Curry. So IT was something i no longer feared, it was something i enjoyed, it was corny but Tim Curry made the film work. When the remake was announced i didn't really care at all, but i remember sitting at the airport on the way to Orlando and the trailer dropped, it looked pretty good. Come September 2017 the film blew me away, i saw it four times in theatres and i don't even know how many times on home video, it is my favorite film of the decade. Back in 2015 I said we'd never have another film like the Force Awakens, that the anticipation of that night would never be matched, and honestly it hasn't but It Chapter 2 is easily the most excited i've been for a film since Force Awakens.  From the start of the film i was hooked, the reintroductions of the characters was great. These aren't caricatures, these are fully developed characters that seem like old friends. The actors are great and nail their roles, they truly feel like adult versions of the kids we grew to love in Chapter 1 and their chemistry is fantastic. The film feels more disturbing than the first and it stems alot more from Pennywise's victims of choice, a bit younger this time around not to mention seeing more of Beverly's relationships with her dad and husband. Pennywise is secondary to the Losers Club but it is fine cause when he is on he is turned on. As for the Losers they truly make you love & appreciate friendship. The film oozes a great spookhouse vibe the entire time, it looks like a nightmare and feels perfect for this time of year. The ending might divide many, but you know what if you hate it consider it written by Bill Denbrough, if you loved it then congrats for enjoying a epic journey of a horror film from start to finish. This film gives you many emotions and i honestly loved every bit of it, from the kills and spider creeping me out, to tension and call backs, the film was everything i wanted it to be. Sure some of the de-aging seemed a bit off, but fuck it i'll let it slide as said actors are hitting puberty. The mixture of flashbacks and Pennywise terrorizing the Losers worked perfectly. Henry Bowers was a great secondary antagonist. I can't wait to see this film again. Also a blood covered Jessica Chastain is hot! Oh and atleast this version didn't have Bill & Mike riding their bike through a playground doing bull tricks.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Batman: Hush




Batman: Hush is a return to form for DC Animation. This is their best in some time, both for characters & fight scenes. The poignant ending with Batman's state of mind is where this universe needs to go. As far as an adaptation goes this is pretty far removed, ALOT of changes, but like many adaptations i'm cool with the changes, i enjoy a good rug pull, and the changes made sense for this medium. 

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Match of August




1. Velveteen Dream vs Roderick Strong vs Pete Dunn: Takeover Toronto: North American Title

2. Donovan Dijakovic Vs Keith Lee: NXT TV

3. Oney Lorcan, Humberto Carillo, Jack Galagher, Tozawa & Swerve Scott vs Drew Gulack, Tony Nese, Angel Garza, Daivari & Mike Kanellis: 205 Live

4. Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews vs Wolfgand & Mark Cofey vs James Drake & Zack Gibson: Takeover Cardif: NXT UK Tag titles

5. Lucha Bros vs Young Bucks: All Out: AAA Tag titles

6. Noam Dar vs Travis Banks: Takeover Cardif

7, Jimmy Havoc vs Darby Alin vs Joey Janella: All Out

8. Cesaro vs Dragonuv: Takeover Cardif

9. Pac vs Kenny Omega: All Out

10. Joe Cofey vs Mastiff: Takeover Cardif

11. Cody vs Shawn Spears: All Out

12. Walter vs  Tyler Bate: Takeover Cardif: UK Title

13. Chris Jericho vs Hangman Page: All Out: AEW Title

14. Charlotte vs Trish Stratus: Summerslam

15. Marty Scurl vs Bandido: Center Stage

16. Kasius Ohno vs Dragunov: NXT UK

17. Ibushi vs Jay White: G1

18. Drew Gulak vs Oney Lorcan: 205 Live: Cruiserweight Title

19. Buddy Murphy vs Daniel Bryan: SMackdown

20. Oney Lorcan vs Jack Galagher vs Tony Nesevs vs Daivari vs Kalisto vs Tozawa: 205 Live

21. David Smith vs Timothy Thatcher: MLW

22. Travis Banks vs Kenny Williams: NXT UK

23. Adam Cole vs Johnny Gargano: Takeover Toronto: NXT TItle

24. LifeBlood vs Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham: ROH

25. Ibushi vs Okada: G1

26. Ibushi vs ZSJ: G1

27. Hamberto Carillo vs Lince Dorado: 205 Live

28. Archer vs Evil: G1

29. ZSJ vs Kenta: G1

30. Naito vs Takagi: G1

31. ZSJ vs Archer: G1

32. Sanada vs Okada: G1

33. Briscoes vs GoD: Summer Supercard: ROH Tag Titles

34. Ospreay vs Kenta; G1

35. Ospreay vs Evil: G1

Critters Attack



Critters Attack was a blast, far better than the New Binge. New Binge was fun but felt like a fan film, this feels like there is more heart involved. Bloody, goopy fun, the popular teens(pre teens) taking down monsters fad is in full effect, plus Dee Wallace kicking ass. I'd love if we got these every few years as Critters has always been a welcome addition.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

The Banana Splits Movie



I'll admit i didn't really become aware of the Banana Splits until Kick Ass came out. The catchy tune was great so i looked em up. Hearing there was going to be a R rated horror film based on said property? Fuck yes! It is a fun flick that does a great job at introducing the characters in the first act, and killing them off throughout the rest. This is a fucking bloody flick, and an awesome one at that. This is what i wanted Hell Fest to be, it has a great horror vibe the entire time and feels like a "halloween" movie perfect for this time of year, it is a perfect party movie. If you're a fan of Happy, then this is for you as it is basically the Sonny Shine Show, complete with costumed childrens characters kidnapping and killing. I'd love to see more Hanna Barbera properties get this treatment, c'mon a PG 13 Scooby Doo in a legit haunted house? Even throw in a deleted scene for the dvd of Shaggy toking up! Don't go for blood like this did but keep the fun horror vibe.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot



The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot started off awesome, the mood was set with the grizzled boozer with war flashbacks and then cemented in a 3 on 1 fight scene, with a perfect 70s esque title card as the cherry on top. The rest, is a super slow build, the last act is a bit rushed but ultimately it is an enjoyable flick lifted because of Sam Elliot. Just wish it had a bit more character depth without the use of flashbacks, it was good just needed something extra.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Velocipastor



Many of Wild Eye's films scrape by bare minimum, alot of post 2007 "Grindhouse" films do. Few are as fun and entertaining as the Velocipastor though. Blatantly cheap effects, on the nose cheap ass costumes, a funny script, martial arts, blood and an overall punk vibe make this a underground film lovers dream. It reminds me of a lost Lee Demarbre film, so if you like Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter or Harry Knuckles then this is up your alley.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Peanut Butter Falcon



When i first read about the Peanut Butter Falcon i was stoked yet weary. A wrestling road movie? Could go either way. Then the trailer dropped and i was sold. The first time i saw it called modern Mark Twain i figured it would become the norm in reviews, which it did, but they weren't wrong. This, Mud, and Kings of Summer are all easily Twain esque. Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson both bring alot of heart, as does Thomas Haden Church but the lead, down syndrome actor Zack Gottsagen steals the show. This is a film about friendship, being free, and following your dream. As for the wrestling aspect, Jim Cornette would either love it or hate it because of the outlaw mudshow promotion that is featured. Wrestling fan or not this is a great film with alot of laughs and heart.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Ready or Not



Radio Silence directed the best segment in V/H/S, they impressed me even more with Southbound. Their feature film debut, Devil's Due was solid but now they created greatness with Ready or Not. Reverse the ritual from the Babysitter and add in the kill or be killed nature of Mayhem and you would get a hell of a Samara Weaving triple feature with this film. It also reminds me quite a bit of You're Next. Great splatstick humor, great macabre humor, effective kills, a sharp script and a fast paced film that really never slows down.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Zombie Tidal Wave




We lived through six anual Sharknados, now Syfy, Ian Ziering & Anthony C Ferrante have re teamed for Zombie Tidal Wave, hoping it is the next tentpole project. That is is not, while it isn't unwatchable, it feels lackluster and it feels forced. Granted the Sharknado series could feel forced at times, it still knew exactly what it was. This however feels like if it wasn't on Syfy, and didn't have Ziering & Ferrante attached that it would be a run of the mill straight to video zombie flick.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Glow Season 3



I don't know if GLOW Season 3 is the best overall season, i think 2 might still hold that spot, but S3 does now have my favorite episode in the series with episode 5. This season had the most character growth but the least amount of wrestling centric storylines. The Vegas setting worked perfectly and the finale left so many options for season 4.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Good Boys



Good Boys is one of the raunchiest yet heart felt films in some time, it is also one of the funniest films in a long time. All three of the lead actors are fucking great as is the supporting cast. There were lines of dialogue being missed and drowned out by audience laughter. Alot of comedies can still be great on a second viewing but they wont be as funny, this one here very well could be if only to hear lines that were missed the first time. Easily the best comedy of the year thus far.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

47 Meters Down Uncaged



47 Meters Down was not a good film but it was a dumb film, it was so dumb that is was fun. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, a in name sequel is also not a good film. Much like the first, it too is also dumb but this one isn't very fun, as it never allows itself to be fun. It is a rather boring and repetitive shark flick. I've said it before and i'll say it again, SyFy might be bad but atleast their flicks know what they are. It's bad when SyFy's CGI looks like James Cameron effects compared to this.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

The Sword of Trust



Not only is this a wrestling heavy weekend with various events and GLOW season 3, but it is also GLOW's Mark Maron weekend too as i finally saw The Sword of Trust. This is an easy watch, fast paced, funny, great chemistry. The plot is basically what if you found a sword that proved the south won the war, then all these white supremacist want it. When it is funny it is funny, but when it is serious it knows how to build up tension.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark



So as a kid i obviously loved horror, most of the shit i watch now i watched back then. I used to read alot of horror books but honestly as a teen i didn't read em as much and shifted more towards books about sex & drugs and all that shit, as well as books on filmmaking and wrestling autobiographies. Few horror books stayed with me, but Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is one i remember digging alot but honestly i haven't read in close to 20 years. The film's trailer didn't do much for me but neither did IT back in 2017 and that is my favorite film of the decade. This is no IT, but fuck a duck,  this is a fun ass horror flick. This is everything i didn't know i needed right now. Likable outcast kids but in the 60s as opposed to the 80s, some Hammer/Universal inspired sets, an overall love of the genre plastered all over, a brief halloween setting. You can tell it was made with heart & passion.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Match of July




1. Dynasty vs Harts: MLW Fusion
2. Okada vs Ospreay: G1
3. Briscoes vs Guerillas of Destiny: ROH  Manhattan Mayhem
4. Oney Lorcan vs Daivari: 205 Live 
5. Street Profits vs Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch: NXT Tag title: NXT
6. Matt Riddle vs Drew Gulak: Evolve 
7. Chad Gable vs Jack Galagher: 205 Live
8. Drew Gulak vs Swerve: 205 Live
9. Kushida vs Apollo Crewes: NXT
10.Archer vs Ospreay: G1
11.Alexandre Wolfe vs Jordan Devline: NXT UK
12.Roderick Strong vs Tyler Breeze: NXT
13.ZSJ vs Ospreay: G1
14.Walter vs Trent Seven :UK Title: NXT UK
15.Okada vs Kenta: G1
16.Kenta vs Archer: G1
17.Okada vs Archer : G1
18.Cole vs Tozawa: Evolve 10 Year
19.Ibushi vs Ospreay:G1
20.Ospreay vs Sanada:G1
21.Ishii vs Cobb: G1
22.Mox vs Ishii: G1
23.Mox vs Taichi G1
24.Juice vs Takagi: G1 
25.Fatu vs Lawlor: MLW Title: Fusion
26.Kenta vs Ibushi: G1
27..Tanahashi vs Archer: G1
28.Kenta vs Tanahashi: G1 
29.ZSJ vs Fale: G1
30. Juice vs Ishii: G1

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Hobbs & Shaw




How does a franchise go from street racers stealing DVD players from semi trucks, to a buddy cop film where the villain is super powered? Fuck it, it knows what type of film it is. It isn't the best or the most fun of the series, but it has style, plus The Rock and Jason Statham have good chemistry. This film is almost bullet proof from reviews. 

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Orange is the New Black




This seasons Orange is the New Black was one of the most emotional & powerful. It tugged at heart strings for farewells & for political messages. The political commentary alone was the real power of the show, it really showcased ICE as the real piece of shit, racist, scum bag fucks it truly represents. The stories for our characters last season may not have been what i wanted, but i enjoyed the ride and the finale may not have set all the characters on perfect paths but overall it was one of the more satisfying finales for such a large ensemble.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Once Upon A TIme In Hollywood



Once Upon a Time In Hollywood celebrates the 60s, it also points fingers at the 60s. It showcases Hollywood and the studio & network system all while having a per usual, great QT soundtrack. The film is a journey with the lows and highs of celebrity and gives us various emotions & tones. We start with Hollywood by way of television and it is done in full QT glory with his cinema know how. Through that we see the parties with various thoughts of the Graduate & Peter Seller's The Party. Seeing the lifestyles of course brings up the hippie movement where we meet the Manson Family and we get a super cool albeit short Easy Rider fueled glimpse into their dumpster dives and hitches. Once Brad Pitt, in his best role since Fight Club, arrives at the ranch it truly begins to feel like a horror film seen through the eyes of Sam Peckinpah. The tension begins and it sticks with you the remainder of the film. Quentin tosses in a Wes Anderson scene when Pitt & Leonardo DiCaprio, in his best role since the Departed, arrive back from Italy. The first two & a half hours or so is pretty tame for a QT film, it is heavy on dialogue but not over bearing, it is stylish but it lacks that violence factor. Enter the last 30 minutes, throw that out the window and he goes for broke in a batshit crazy climax. This is much like Inglorious Basterds and is alternative history, and it works perfectly here. The film is endlessly entertaining, the script is tight as fuck, it looks gorgeous and the cast is fantastic, cameos galore, film jokes run amok and is easily his funniest film. This is possibly Tarantino's best picture since Pulp Fiction and might just be my favorite of his since said film.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Art of Self Defense



Wrestling is big now, MMA is big, Cobra Kai is big, if you dig that shit and you love dark comedies or martial arts in general then The Art Of Self Defense is for you. Awkward ass Jesse Eisenberg plays awkward ass Jesse Eisenberg in a funny & violent film that tackles quite a few social issues. It has a Repo Man mindset for branding, a Flight Club mentality for masculinity, add in a dash of Jared Hess and a bit of Jody Hill, speaking of Hill this would pair well with the Foot Fist Way, and toss in some Faces of Death references for good measure. I now need to see the director, Riley Stearns, first film 'Faults'. Witty script, strong acting, well built tension, this might be my new favorite film of 2019. Oh plus Imogen Poots is a babe as always.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Tsunambee



Dammit Wild Eye. I wanted Tsunambee to be a dumb killer bees flick, instead it was a rather boring film about zombies, but it isn't ZomBees. It is a bonkers film but not bonkers enough to be a blast, the boring aspects outweigh the bonker portions.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

The Lion King




I love Jon Favreau, and his live action remake of the Jungle Book. The Jungle Book is my favorite animated Disney film, and the only one i owned on DVD until recently. I had found a copy of Lion King for a buck so picked it up. It had been a decade or so since i had last seen it but highly enjoyed it. glad i rewatched it prior to Favreau's new "live action" remake. It starts off pretty well but then just becomes sort of bland, the songs didn't really click in this version either. The Scar/Hyena takeover scene was pretty cool but ultimately the ending felt anti climatic. It's enjoyable, but coming off of Jungle Book, it truly lacks.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Point Blank



Point Blank isn't a super cohesive film, but with Joe Lynch behind the camera it is atleast an entertaining one. It is non stop action, all pretty light but a perfect film for Frank Grillo to star in. I think had Netflix gone with other actors than him and Anthony Mackie and had it been anyone other than Lynch that the film easily could have been a huge mess.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Crawl




Hearing Alexandre Aja was doing a killer crocodile flick in Crawl had me pretty excited. After all his remake of Piranha was a blast. Then i saw the trailer, it seemed like a serious version of a SyFy flick. Upon seeing the trailer weekly for about 2 months i got burned out on it(unlike Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, amazing trailer). Well the  first act was a bit boring, alot of the decisions to that place characters into their predicament are a bit contrived. The second act has some decent suspense but it seems repetitive. The ending is pretty anti climatic but in a weird way i dug it. I still rolled my eyes alot during it, but oddly i wish i had been rolling my eyes on purpose, ala SyFy. It isn't a bad film but when it comes to crocodile flicks, i'll stick with Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Lego Movie 2



Okay, so i love Legos, but i hated the Lego Movie. I love Batman and i loved the Lego Batman Movie. So i decided to give the sequel a shot, fuck, it had some chuckle moments, but overall it was a chore to sit through. Batman is the man, keep up the DC shit!

Stuber



Stuber is a real mixed bag, for every joke that works, there are two that don't. For every awesome action scene, there is a choppy as fuck bit of action. Luckily Kumail Nanjiani & Batista deliver their lines well, have charisma and chemistry.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Batman vs TMNT



So Batman vs TMNT is not quite the best animated film from DC, but if you grew up with the super bizarre figures of the 80s & 90s that seemed to be figures just for figures sake, then this is up your alley. Like legit, this feels like someone took out their Batman figures with their Turtle toys and had em face off with random monsters. Did you want to see mutated forms of the Rogues Gallery? Of course you did, and you get that here. On top of that we get Batmobile & the Party Wagon using their action features. A witty script and bloody action is all i really needed!

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Midsommar



Over the past 2 days more people have asked me if i've seen Midsommar than any other film in recent memory. With his sophomore effort, Ari Aster has continued what he did with Hereditary and that is make a beautiful film that is unsettling. Also much like Hereditary, while good it is not a film i feel i will ever desire to revisit. It is pretentious as hell but that comes with the territory of making a movie that makes you feel disoriented through daylight, drugs & paranoia.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Stranger Things Season 3




Season 3 had so much character growth, it brought up certain aspects of toxic behavior. This season had alot of heart & depth. FOr horror nerds it was loaded with so many nods. Not only did they see Day of the Dead but they sample the music in a later episode. The first two seasons may have felt Carpenter inspired but this one had gooey The Thing goodness. Part Invasion of the Body Snatchers, partNight of the Creeps, with some kaiju influence thrown in along with a hint of Ashley J Williams. We got more of Murray this year, different sides of Max & El, Lucas' and more of the best chemistry on TV with Steve & Dustin, with even more great chemistry with Uma Thurman & Ethan Hawke's daughter Robin becoming one of the show's best characters. and they had Lucas's sister Erica tagging along stealing scenes. I just wanted to watch those 4 non stop. it easily could have ended here, but we will be getting a fourth(stinger alert so don't turn off the finale right away).

BLack Summer



Well we never got the official "Series Finale" of Z Nation, just an announced "hey we're ending", but we get a "prequel" in Black Summer. Prequel in quotations as it really has nothing to do with that show. Where as Z was over the cop and comedic, this is gritty and bleak. The pilot is all over the place introducing the characters but it all comes together nicely throughout the 8 episodes, which are super fast, i think the longest is 45 minutes but most were about 30 minutes long, one(the finale) even being 20 minutes. It is not a perfect show, but it has characters you wish you knew more about, it has good blood, and it has great tension. THe foot chases alone are great, one episode is a zombie chasing one character and it is probably the best episode of the season., Still more enjoyable than the Walking Dead.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Scrawl




I remember why i stopped reviewing screeners. I used to do full on reviews, but watching screeners and scrape by the bare minimum horror films kind of killed all joy. Then i see a film called Scrawl, i had read it stars Daisy Riley and is about a comic book that kills people, ala Death Note. I was stoked, so once i watched it.....well that is it, that is sort of the plot but with terrible acting, horrible pacing, awful editing and an ultimately boring final product. This was one of the WORST FILMS I HAVE EVER SEEN IN RECENT YEARS, I CAN'T WAIT TO GET BACK TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.....ESSS SEEE YOUUUUU. SCU! Anyhow, fuck this piece of shit. I know alot of stars did crap but damn i'm glad Daisy recovered from this.

Night Monkey: Far From Home



Night Monkey: Far From Home didn't really pick up until after the heel turn. Once that happened it was Mysterio goodness, which i was happy to see since he is my favorite villain in the comics. Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the better villains in the MCU, but the Mysterio stuff might come off contrived in cinema, but if you're a fan of the comic it is pretty sweet. Zendaya is a babe and adds spunk to the role. The aftermath of the events of Endgame are pretty cool, but the film didn't feel like a rebound flick from such an epic movie. The mid credit stinger sets up some interesting dynamics for future films and the end credit stinger opens up a possible new arc for Phase 4.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Match of June




1. Matt Riddle vs Roderick Strong: Takeover 

2. Street Profits vs Forgotten Sons vs Undisputed Era vs Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan: Tag Titles: Takeover

3. Velveteen Dream vs Tyler Breeze: North American Title: Takeover

4. The Elite vs Lucha Bros & Laredo Kid: Fyter Fest

5. Shayna Baszler vs Io Shirai: Womens Title: NXT TV

6. Cody vs Darby Allen: Fyter Fest

7. Drew Gulak vs Danny Burch vs Humberto Carello vs Akira Tozawa: 205 Live

8. Adam Page vs MJF vs Jimmy Havoc vs Jungle Boy: Fyter Fest

9. Walter vs Travis Banks: NXT UK

10. Tom Lawlor & The Von Erichs vs Contra Unit: MLW Fusion

11. BEst Friends vs SCU vs Private Party: Fyter Fest

12. Travis Banks vs Joe Coffey vs Mastif vs Jordan Devlin: NXT UK

13. John Moxley vs Joey Janela: Fyter Fest 

14. Jeff Cobb vs Mark Haskins: ROH TV

15. Mance Warner vs Sami Calihan: MLW Fusion

16. John Moxley vs Juice Robinson: US Title: Dominion 

17. Matt Taven vs Flip Gordon vs Mark Haskins vs PCO: State of the Art

18.Villain Enterprises vs Mark Haskins, Tracy Williams & PJ Black: 6 Man Titles: Best In the World 

19. Colt Cabana vs James Storm: National Title: ROH TV

20. Will Ospreay vs Dragon Lee: JR Heavyweight Title: Dominion

Yesterday



I love the Beatles, i love Danny Boyle, i loved the concept of Yesterday. Concept? Yes. Execution? Nope. It felt dated & contrived, the lead was a bore and it was just overly sappy. It highlights the whorish nature of mainstream music, so that is a plus and Kate McKinnon is pretty damn good in it. It is enjoyable enough but easily forgettable.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Annabelle Comes Home



As far as Conjuring spin offs go, Annabelle Comes Home is the most enjoyable. It is atmospheric and has some haunting visuals. As a Conjuring film goes, it still is far behind the two main Conjuring flicks, as the first is the only one that I deem great. It's a slow burn and when shit does happen it is pretty sweet at times, but honestly not much really happens. Still the third most effective in the series.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Toy Story 4




Toy Story 4, much like the others in the series, knows how to pull the heart strings. I was 8 when the first film came out, being a huge toy collector it resonated with me. i was 12 when part 2 came out, and i knew my days of playing with toys were behind me. I was 22 when the third film was released and i was still buying toys. 9 years later, not much else has changed. I don't know how i'd rank the films, i know the first one is my top pick, but this is a fantastic series all the same. Key & Peele steal the show in my opinion, their desire to go full Chucky on the old lady made me smile. It was sad seeing how the film ended but in a bittersweet way. Will we see a fifth? It will be contrived if we do, but it is still welcome. Maybe Woody can reunite with Andy? But Pixar, you have a friend in me.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Anna




John Wick has some Luc Besson touches, John Wick inspired Atomic Blonde, and Atomic Blonde seemingly inspired Anna. It has come full circle, unlike the plot of this contrived, forced, jumbled, mess of a film. Sasha Luss is hot, super fucking hot, and her action scenes are great, but the plot is so jumbled and jumps around that it makes you lose interest. Like so many espionage flicks it feels like it thinks it is smarter than it actually is. A great score, some great blood, and a hot chick can easily make a great film, but here, none of it helps....i mean it does, good tunes are good tunes and a well placed head shot with stylish violence is always welcome but it doesn't make a great film, neither does her hotness, and she is super fucking hot, especially the montage of her killing people. But fuck, that script, quit going 3 years earlier, 6 months earlier, stop having a spy spy on a spy to spy on a different spy. It is the same i felt about Atomic Blonde, but Blonde had an even better soundtrack, better action and well another hot chick.

Child's Play




So the original Child's Play is one of my favorite slashers, it had a decent sequel and a fun but not very good threquel. The series then became dark comedies with Bride and Seed of Chucky. Two straight to video chapters tried to bring the horror elements back, and it works, Cult of Chucky might be my second favorite in that canon....because now we have a new canon with the remake of Child's Play. Before everyone gets all Off My Lawn over remakes, fuck off, not all remakes are bad, most are actually pretty good. You want to original series? We'll be getting more, that franchise will continue straight to video and with a TV show, hell when i saw the trailer for the remake i wished the franchise propper was the only one. Folks are pissed that it is AI instead of a doll possessed by a killer, when if it was a shot for shot remake people would be more pissed, self entitled fans with their desire to remake Game of Thrones and Last Jedi *rolls eyes*. The AI worked well here, little Small Soldiers esque. Treehouse of Horror did a Child's Play segment with Krusty with a doll with a switch changed to evil....yet again the Simpsons predicted the future. It has great nods to the original with the lightning in the sky, it has an older Andy and not quite as annoying as the original(that kid was a twerp), and it is bloody as fuck. The third act is non stop, and the climax is full of money shots of blood, it is glorious, pure carnage all hell breaking loose. I honestly wasn't expecting it from the film. If you are a fan of the series, slashers or horror in general, check it out, don't write it off as just a remake. This is a fun flick, and if you hate, oh well, go watch the original.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Shaft




When John Singleton's Shaft came out in 2000 it was one of the first films i was stoked to see in a film savvy sort of way, having been a fan of the originals. I grew up on blaxploitation so i was almost 13 and stoked to see it, i liked it, but i didn't love it. It didn't feel authentic enough. The new version with three Shafts is the Shaft film i have been wanting to see for years. It feels genuine, it has commentary, it is stylish, it is violent, it is funny, and the cast is having a blast. I went in with low expectations but this is one of the most fun flicks i have seen in theatres this year.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Dead Don't Die





As a Jim Jarmusch film, The Dead Don't Die, is weird. Weird, not his usual off beat but weird, some times it reminded me of Twin Peaks. As a zombie film it is also quite odd, i mean it blends genres in the final scene. Neither of these details are a bad thing, mixing zombies with aliens is a cool idea. Seeing Jarmusch chanel David Lynch is also great. The cast is great, but they don't do much. There also isn't much of a plot, scenes just sort of happen. It is as if the meta plot drove the idea of not showing deaths and just showing characters stuck in peril when they were just fine minutes earlier. The meta plot is a mixed bag, i loved the Repo Man esque labels on beverages, but too many fourth wall breaks felt unnecessary.  With this cast, this director and this genre, it should have been pure bliss, but instead it has a decent second act sandwiched between a mess of a first and final act.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

MIB International




So as a kid, i loved Men In Black, i've always dug it, i rewatched it recently(along with 2 & 3) and it still hold up. Fun, simple, of it's time and full of PG13 goop. As a teen, i loathed MIB 2, upon a rewatch....it is not as bad as i remembered but it is still pretty bad. As an adult, i found MIB 3 to be underrated, it is super flawed but fun, and honestly that's all i have to say about it, upon a rewatch not much has changed. The two sequels i've only seen about three or two times(Part 2 also being in a drive in with Spider Man). But now we have Men in BLack International, and it is fine. Had the film not starred Tessa Thompson & Chris Hemsworth along with Kumail Nanjiani it would have totally failed. Nanjiani's introduction in the second act helps give the film a boost, the only decent spots of the first act were Thompson(she's been great in everything lately) and Hemsworth's timing, plus the two have great chemistry. With that said, the plot is predictable(not always a bad thing) and cliched. It's a fun enough of a time for a one time viewing.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

X-Men: Dark Phoenix





The X-Men have always been my favorites in Marvel. Their comics have always felt the most epic, they have an insane roster of mutants both in face & heel varieties, and the characters have depth. The Animated Series, has always held a special place with me, it is easily the second best animated comic series(after Batman) . The first movie in 2000 for the time was huge, Marvel had Blade, but to many Blade wasn't a superhero. X Men 2 fixed the flaws and crafted one of the best superhero movies you can find. It felt like the animated series, which in turn felt pretty mature for a kids show, but amped it up. Nightcrawler steals the show. The Last Stand, the first adaptation of the Phoenix on the big screen, is known as one of the worst films in comics. It's quite a mess, but the spin off/prequel, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, wasn't much better outside of a sweet opening credit sequence. Finally Fox gets it right with the prequel formula in First Class(my second favorite X Men movie). This is where the time line begins to feel off though, as Charles gets crippled in this, but we saw him walk in a flashback in the Last Stand. Regardless it was a fun film with a likable cast set in the 60s, plus Magneto steals the show. Fox then got the Wolverine series right with...The Wolverine, while not a great film it still feels like a Wolverine movie but the end brings back Charles & Magneto and they need his help to time travel(fix the mistakes of The Last Stand's cluster fuck). Days of Future Past attempts to fix mistakes(why can Charles walk sometimes? Shots) and at the end adjusts the timeline so everyone has a happy ending in the present, dead characters are back, all is well. Side note, Quicksilver steals this movie. Deadpool comes out, mocks the time lines, not really going to get into this film as it is too fourth wall breaking for canon propper. X Men Apocalypse is next, it is a film i felt was unneeded, i mean i get it for a prequel sense but i'd rather have seen Apocalypse take on the modern timeline characters and give real perril since we already know everyone ends on a happy note. Instead we got the worst X Men film made, a real terrible piece of shit, even Quicksliver & Magneto couldn't save it. Is it time to end the series? Well atleast for one character, Logan, a flatout masterpiece of the superhero subgenre was a perfect way to end the entire series, and it should have been, atleast for the established characters. They could have continued the franchise with the little mutants that left his grave, but alas we got New Mutants, a film that....well hasn't come out yet, though one i was intrigued by for the horror elements but now i have zero hope for. Deadpool 2, yada yada yada.....Okay, X-Men, Dark Phoenix. starts off pretty decent, then we jump to 1992, and i must say Charles & Magneto age terribly between 1992 and 2000. The plot, rather clustered. The characters, some are just there. The action scenes, fucking great. Team Magneto vs Team Charles is decent, but the train scene....pure badass. So badass that it almost makes up for more continuity being fucked. This film sort of becomes a multiverse in a way because it contradicts so much of Days of Future Past. With this franchise, what is to be expected though? We'll get the MCU reboot some year and the timeline will be fixed(i mean the MCU doesn't fuck up timelines? Right? Right?) Overall this is a franchise i legit grew up with. I was in the 6th grade when the first one came out, so thank you Fox for....trying. You gave me a few decent movies, a couple great ones, and some pretty terrible ones. New Mutants....fuck it, if it was supposed to be a new beginning, consider it scratched, if it is the end of the Fox films(which it is) then you wont be as good as Logan(by any stretch of the imagination). So if you want the Phoeneix adaptation, go watch the animated series, if you want a true epic X-Men story, go read the comic, but if you want to turn off you mind, relax & float down stream, then go check it out.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Ma




So Ma is basically a better written and better produced Lifetime movie. I thought the Gift was the same way a few years ago, and that film had a creepy ass performance by Joel Edgerton, this film has a creepy performance by Octavia Spencer. Without her, the film might not be as effective, luckily she makes what would be a Lifetime flick into something better.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Match of May




1. Matt Taven vs Mark Haskins: ROH TItle: War of the Worlds

2. Kofi Kingston vs AJ Styles vs Sami Zayn: WWE Title SD

3. Grizzled Young Veterans vs Noam Dar & Kenny Williams: NXT UK

4. Flip Gordon vs Bandido: War of the Worlds

5. Matt Taven vs PCO: ROH Title: War of the Worlds

6. Walter vs Pete Dunne: UK Title: NXT UK

7. Tony Nese vs Ligero: 205 Live 

8. Rush vs PJ Black: War of the Worlds

9. Shane Taylor vs Goto vs Jeff Cobb vs Brody King: TV Title: War of the Worlds

10. Mustache Mountain vs the Hunt: NXT UK

Friday, May 31, 2019

Rocketman




I think Rocketman is a great twist on the biopic. Instead of doing the cookie cutter format or rock biopics, it incorporates musical elements. I'm a sucker for musicals and this goes a little extra, so it is very fitting for Elton John. 

Happy! Season 2





Jeff Goldblum, New Order, John Carpenter. All you need to know about the finale of the most batshit crazy & violent show on TV. Even better than season 1!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Godzilla: King of the Monsters





Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the American Godzilla film i wanted 5 years ago. That film bored me and it seems alot are upset that this is not more like that. I'm glad, this was awesome. I talk of blockbusters being epics, this might not have been the cultural phenomenon that Avengers Endgame was, but for a Kaiju nerd this shit was pretty fucking epic. This is how i wanted a big budget Godzilla film to look. "Boo hoo, i hate remakes", well go watch Shin Godzilla, the old films still exist and are still being produced, i love them but this is how an American  translation should have been. Watching it i felt like a kid seeing these films on a Saturday morning on Syfy or a Saturday Night on Creature Feature. If you want human aspects, it is still here, and the acting is good and has heart, but unlike the 2014 film, we don't have to wait an hour to see Godzilla. Giant monsters, fucking shit up and fucking each other up, all i wanted, and it is what i got. So stoked for Godzilla vs King Kong. Michael Dougherty clearly has love for the source material, and i'm just going to say fuck it, watch his Trick R Treat, it is a masterpiece, i hope this film leads him to more projects.