Friday, September 28, 2018

Fall Suspense: Revenge & Predator Nuns



PREDATOR
SCI-FI/ACTION 

PLOT:    Upgraded alien hunters fight ex-soldiers for earth.

                Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbook) is an assassin and in one of his missions he encounters the Predator.  He mailed the high technology to his son Rory (Jacob Tremblay) and by accident he triggers a beacon and the Predators come looking for the boy.  The government thinks McKenna is crazy and he is taken with other mentally ill soldiers but because of all the chaos these military men are the only one can save the planet.  There have been so many Predator movies and each one thinks one movie will make it a franchise.  There is a lot of action and a lot of humor in this one.  I don’t think there will be a sequel but it is I think it will be even better.
  
THE NUN
HORROR
  
PLOT:    Another story that is part of the Conjuring franchise.

                In the Conjuring series to me the scariest character wasn’t Annabelle but the “The Nun.”  Now she has her own origin.  A priest who deals with strange, unexplained occurrences is paired with a future nun to find out about a death of a nun in Romania.  If you like the Conjuring series you will enjoy this for its atmospheric, religious themes and gradually builds up the terror but if you like slashers movies you won’t like this.  When the “Nun” or “Creepy Nun” pops up it is great but she is not in there often but there are jump scares.

PEPPERMINT
ACTION
PLOT: Her husband and daughter killed and she wants vengeance

Riley North (Jennifer Garner) is an upper middle class mom with a loving husband and cute daughter.  Her husband needs money and his friend were going to steal from the mob but changed his mind but gangster kill all who thinks betrayed them and they kill Riley’s family.  She tried to do the right thing but that didn’t work so she disappeared for five years and came back to the gang to kill them all!  OMG the body count is very high.  You have seen it all before but Garner can do ACTION!!  Her catch phrases are not very good but the good kills are!  It seems the movie was in theaters for a hot minute but action hounds rejoice-this is your film!!!



Sunday, August 26, 2018

Of Sharks and Hunny: Late Summer Wrap up



UPGRADE
SCI-FI/THRILLER

PLOT:     In the distant future technology controls everything even your body.

                A couple whose car is a hi-tech goes the wrong way and his wife is killed and he is paralyzed.  A mysterious man can make him better if he places a device STEM behind his neck.  He can walk again plus he has incredible powers.  This movie is in selected theaters but you should see it. It is an Australian production with a cast of talented unknowns. You have heard it all before but imagine HAL from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey controlling your body!  Scary and entertaining.

THE MEG
SCI-FI/THRILLER
  
PLOT:    Megalodon, a shark to be extinct is in the depths in the water.

                Jonas (action star Jason Statham) is a drunken recluse for he told his superiors that he saw a shark over 70 feet tall!  He is needed once again to save his ex-wife and a hi-tech vessel deep in the sea.  Oh man, this is an enjoyable Syfy movie made with money!  Every cliché you have ever seen in shark movies are here but it is fun.  The underwater sequences are beautiful to watch.  Statham does a good job but the star is the extinct shark!  If you like shark movies you should go.  Note:  If you can wait for video they may add extra violent scenes than the theatrical to make it PG13.
   
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN
FANTASY/COMEDY

PLOT:     Christopher is now all grown up but still remembers his imaginary friends.

                Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor, Star Wars Franchise) is now a married man with a daughter.  He is always working neglecting his wife (Hayley Atwell, Captain America: The First Avenger) and child (Bronte Carmichael) until Winnie the Pooh, his cuddly stuffed, imaginary bear  accidentally crosses over  to the real world to help him find out what really matters.  It is a delightful movie!  McGregor is great as the adult Christopher who still finds out it is fun to be a kid.  The rest of the cast is excellent.  For the kids in all of us you should watch it.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Summer Remake and Sequel Season



INCREDIBLES 2
ANIMATED

PLOT:    The superhero family is back despite superheroes are illegal.

                The Parr family or the Incredibles are Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Dash and Violet try to stop Underminer with terrible results but a very rich man wants to change the imagine of superheroes so they can become legal again by using Elastigirl.  It has been 14 years since the last movie and it is worth the wait!  It is action packed and very funny and the character that steals the show is Jack Jack the youngest member of family.  He is has powers and is adorable.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
ACTION/ADVENTURE/ SUPERHERO

PLOT:    Sequel to the Ant-man and more problems await him.
               
                Scott Lang/Ant-man (Paul Rudd) is on house arrest in his home because helping Captain America in Civil Wars.  He wants to be a superhero and a good father to his daughter.  The original  Ant-man Hank Prym (Michael Douglass) is now looking for his wife Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Phieffer) who is in the Quantum Realm so he needs Scotts help and a mysterious woman, Ava/Ghost (Hannah John Kamen, Killjoys) who wants Hank Pym’s tech as well.  Sound very serious doesn’t it?  Well it isn’t!  It is very light-hearted compared to Avengers Infinity Wars.  It is a great popcorn movie and if you like Ant-man go see this movie!!

SKYSCRAPER
ACTION/THRILLER

PLOT:  Security expert goes to great lengths to save his family in a burning hotel.

                Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson is Will Sawyer, a war veteran with a prosthesis leg now is a security specialist for hotels and he and his family are in the tallest building in the world. What could happen?  EVERYTHING!  A burning building, crazed hi-tech criminals and a very rich man with secrets.  There are two reasons why you should see this film:  Johnson and action! If you go for anything else you will be disappointed.  It is a good summer movie!

SUPER FLY
CRIME DRAMA

PLOT:  Remake of the 1972 film.

                Priest is thinking of getting out of the “life” of drugs and crime.  He wants to do his “last score” and he has to be gangster and cunning to do it.  This movie is stylish blaxploitation.  I believe we will get a flood of blaxploitation 2.0 but it won’t start with this film.  The movie is full of bling, action, cussing, violence and sex and yet it was in the theater in a hot minute so you probably missed it.  The company Sony didn’t promote it very well.  I am sure it will do better on video and On-Demand.  

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Summer Fun, See Women Run



BREAKING IN
SUSPENSE/ACTION

PLOT:    Black mother has to protect her kids from thieves.

                Shaun (Gabrielle Union) has two kids a teenage girl and her son.  Her father dies and she has to go over to her father’s house over the weekend.  The problem is robbers are there not knowing the family is coming over. The twist the robbers are white and the heroine is upper class black.  You have seen this story a thousand times before but Union gives it her all.  She uses her intelligence, courage and determination to save her children at all cost.  The movie came out in a hot minute but I am sure it will do much better on video.

OCEAN’S 8
ACTION/COMEDY

PLOT:    Females steal a six pound all diamond necklace.

                Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) gets out of jail and instead of going straight she gets a team of all women to steal multimillion dollar jewelry at a major star filled gala. The cast includes Cate Blanchett (Lord of the Rings, Thor: Ragnarok), Anne Hathaway (Dark Knight Returns), Mindy Kaling(A Wrinkle In Time), Helen Bonham Carter (Harry Potter Franchise), Sarah Paulson (TV series American Crime Story), Rihanna (singer of Umbrella) and Awkwafina (Neighbors 2).  The ladies are clever in the field of expertise. Who asked for female heist movie?  Not me, but it is slightly better than the female Ghostbusters. The reason is it is more glamorous.  Bullock, who looks stunning, is a con-artist or just a damn social path.  She lies flawlessly without any conscience.

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
ACTION/ADVENTURE

PLOT:    The continuation of the popular dinosaur franchise.

                It is four years after the shutdown of Jurassic World and Clare (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen (Chris Pratt) go to Isla Nobler to save as many dinosaurs as they can as there is a volcano there.  The rich and powerful people really want Blue, a raptor Owen trained for evil experiments.  Story really not important but the dinosaurs are especially a new creature the scientist creates. Acting not important either for it is mostly escaping unrealistic situations. It is a summer popcorn movie period.

                

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Franchise Footnotes



DEADPOOL 2
ACTION/SUPERHERO

PLOT:    Deadpool is back.

                Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool, the foul-mouth, wise-cracking assassin who must save a young chubby kid from a new threat named Cable (Josh Brolin) from the future.  Yes, it is a “Terminator” theme.  It is more of the same so if you like the last movie you will enjoy this one.  He has his own team X-Force-it is not like the Avengers!  The soundtrack matches the wacky and the wildness of Deadpool.  These films send up super heroism and place it in overdrive!
  
SOLO: STAR WARS STORY
ACTION/ADVENTURE/SCI-FI

PLOT:    Hans Solo origin.

                This story is about how Hans Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) met Lando Cairissian (Donald Glover, Atlanta), Chewbacca got the ship Millennium Falcon and how he got his cynical sense of humor.  The film has a lot of references to Star Wars universe.  It is not as bad as I thought it would be with all the talent behind it.  Director Ron Howard and writer Lawrence Kasdan (Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Ehrenreich not first choice for Solo but he wasn’t bad.  It is a good addition to the Star Wars franchise.
  
OVERBOARD
COMEDY/ROMANCE 

PLOT:    Spoiled, rich Latino man has amnesia and hard-working woman uses it to her advantage.

                If the is story sounds familiar it is a remake of Overboard with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell in 1987.  Ana Faris and Eugenio Derbez are the couple now.  It is very sweet but predicable.  It has some very funny moments and has a Latin flavor to it.  If you want to see something different then superhero movies this summer then this is for you.