Thursday, December 6, 2018

A New Grinch is Born



THE GRINCH
3D ANIMATION
  
PLOT:    Another version of the classic children’s book by Dr.Seuss

                The Grinch is angry, lonely green creature who hates Christmas.  His only friend is his dog Max.  He gets a crazy ideal to steal all the presents from the people in Whoville.  It is a timeless story by Dr. Seuss and they have made a live action movie with Jim Carrey; the classic Christmas cartoon with Boris Karloff and now this.  This Grinch is mean but very funny too.  He is voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch ( Dr.Strange) who doesn’t try to do a Karloff imitation but he is very good and very amusing.  Whoville is beautiful in this version especially when they light their tree.  It is great for kids and adults.

NIGHT SCHOOL
COMEDY

PLOT:    High school dropout tries to receive his GED.

                Teddy Walker (Kevin Hart) is a great salesman but he didn’t graduate from high school.  He has a beautiful girlfriend Lisa (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and tries to impress her by telling her he is working in a topnotch business firm.  In a series of funny, crude events he must go to night school so his friend will get him an entry level job.  This is a Kevin Hart movie so if you don’t like Hart and knows his humor you shouldn’t go.  The same goes for Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) as his teacher who uses unorthodox ways to learn.  She sounds smart but ghetto too.  The moral of the movie is you have a second chance to do well and be determined.

A STAR IS BORN
MUSICAL DRAMA

PLOT:    Another version of one singer rising while the other is hitting rock bottom.


                Do you know there are three other versions of this tragic love story?  The first was in 1937, Janet Gaynor and Frederic March, 1954 with Judy Garland and James Manson 1976 with Barbara Streisand and Kristofferson.  Now they have Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are lovers who can’t deal with love, success and failure.  The pair works very well together.  Cooper also directed the film and I must say he got good performances out of Gaga, Andrew Dice Clay and Dave Chappelle to be his debut as a director. The music is good and she sings the songs great!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

New Movies for the Realm of the Holidays



HALLOWEEN 2018
HORROR 

                PLOT:    Supernatural slasher Michael Myers is alive again!

                Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is now a grandmother (!) her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak).  Karen thinks her mother is crazy for she acts like a survivalist but not for the end of the world but because of Michael Myers!  Allyson loves her grandma but thinks she is too protective and paranoia. The film is not scary but very intense because the people who survived Myers are an unhinged themselves for they know what he can do.  The new Dr. Loomis, Dr. Satrian (Haluk Bilginer) wants to find out what makes Myers tick-bad idea!  If you like the first Halloween in 1978 you will enjoy this one.  It is intense, suspenseful and the myth of Myers is throughout the movie.

NUTCRACKER THE FOUR REALMS
FANTASY
  
                PLOT:    The classic Nutcracker ballet reinvented.

                Clara (Mackenzie Foy) mother has passed away and she left each of her children a gift and Clara receives a beautiful egg with no key.  She does find the key but she must be whisked away to another world to find it.  It is beautiful to look at but there is no romance with the nutcracker but it is mentioned.  They make the princess now are beautiful, smart and adventurous and Clara is not different.  If you like these kind of new movies for the visuals and the new twist of the ballet you will enjoy this, if not wait until video. 

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
BIOGRAPHY

                PLOT:    The story of about the band Queen.

                                Farrokh Bulsara aka Freddie Mercury ( Rami Malek, TV show Mr. Robot) loved rock and roll.  He went to clubs and met a group of guys who wanted to be rock stars.  He became the flamboyant lead singer and the force behind Queen.  You have seen these rags to riches story before but it never gets old especially the performance by Malek as Freddie.  The group of actors who played Queen we not timid but funny and wild as well.  If you are a fan of the group yes go and if you’re interested after watching the film read more about him for they could not tell everything in the movie.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Halloween Screen Venomous Fun



HELL FEST
HORROR

PLOT:    A mask killer is roaming a scary amusement park.

                Slasher movies are usually a crazed person or someone the playful, oversexed young people know.  If you like these movies you will enjoy this.  It has Tony Todd (Candyman) but he is not in there very much.  There are jump scares and bloody kills but if you love these kinds of films you have seen it all before but at least it is funny and there is a twisted ending. 

VENOM
ACTION/ADVENTURE
  
PLOT:    A retelling of the origin of Venom.

                Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is a popular reporter and he has a loving girlfriend Anne(Michelle Williams) but when he tries to expose Carlton Drake(Riz Ahmed), a rich, ruthless millionaire(is there any other kind?) he gets fired and loses his girlfriend.  The good thing is he gets exposed to a symbiote from space that needs a host and it bonds with Eddie.  OMG, this is one wild ride!  Thank goodness it is funny and Hardy is hilarious ad Eddie as he tries to deal what is inside of him.  This IS NOT the origin of Venom.  You have to read the comic or Goggle it to find out the real story.  It made a lot of money but if you’re the fan of the comic you will be outraged and if you are not you will enjoy it.

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS
FANTASY 

PLOT:    A young boy whose parents died stays with his uncle and finds out he is a warlock.


                Lewis (Owen Varcco) lost his parents and now lives with his uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) and he finds out he is a magician.  Jonathan’s friend is Florence (Cate Blachet).  The two fight like a married couple but they do like each other.  She is a witch but doesn’t like to use her powers.  All three must come together to stop an evil wizard Isaac Izard (Kyle MacLaclan) and his wife Selena (Renee Elise Goldsberry) to turn back time until humans don’t exist.  Oh man is this good and the shocking part it is directed by Eli Roth (Death Wish 2017, Green Inferno and Hostel).  He also has a cameo in this movie.  It is delightful and the special effects are great.  If you like Harry Potter, you will like this.  It is worth seening.

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.