Escape Room or Saw lite is the first major release of 2019 isn’t what you typically expect from a January horror film, It’s close though. Escape Room has a few solid cast members and some cool shots and set pieces, but the third act almost destroys what the first two acts built up. The actors are awful for the most part and are not likable at all. This is basically Pg-13 Saw. I would say it’s worth a watch for January cinema and even more if you’re a horror fan. Solid 2.5/5
Bumblebee harkens back to the heartfelt Spielberg films of the 80’s that encourage exploration and acceptance of the unknown. There’s a bit of E.T in Bumblebee and that’s not a bad thing.
This latest installment of the Transformers franchise is a prequel of sorts that sets up how Bumblebee came to Earth and depicts the war for Cybertron. The basic plot is somewhat similar to the first Shia Lebeouf film and that’s not a bad thing either! This time though we have Hallie Steinfeld as our protagonist and she’s fantastic!
I really dug the film. It’s fun, fast paced, and has some great humor.
A solid 3/5
The Tom Hardy super hero vehicle, Venom isn’t the worst film of 2028 and but it might be the worst superhero film of 2018. I liked parts of Sony’s take on the Marvel franchise and one of Spider-man’s greatest and most infamous foes!
The movie is often boring and has little to no heart. The shining light is Hardy and Venom’s bromance throughout the film. Hardy does everything he can to try and save this disaster. Even the great Michelle Williams does nothing throughout the film that also features Riz Ahmed and Woody Harrelson as villains.
I’d say to still check out Venom now that’s it’s out on home release, but be cautious as it won’t be for everyone, but it does have its enjoyable moments.
Annabelle Creation was pretty fun. The theater I saw it in was packed for the Thursday night showing. The crowd was excited and scared pretty easily. These are great experiences for the theater going experience that you cant always get at home.
Now the movie itself has rapid fire scares over it’s two hour runtime. The scares mostly consist of jump and audible scares, but Annabelle sneaks a few true terror scenes in from time to time. I enjoyed this enough to justify seeing it in theaters and would give Annabelle Creations 3/5.
Over the last two weeks I embarked on the pleasure to marathon the entire Coen Bros. directorial filmography. The Brothers Coen, are some of my favorite filmmakers around.
My rankings for the complete Coen Filmography.
- No Country for Old Men
- Inside Llewyn Davis
- The Big Lebowski
- True Grit
- Barton Fink
- O’ Brother Where Art Thou
- Hail Caesar
- A Serious Man
- Blood Simple
- The Man Who Wasn’t There
- Raising Arizona
- Burn After Reading
- The Hudsucker Proxy
- Intolerable Cruelty
- Millers Crossing
- The Lady Killers
The second film in my second marathon of 2017 is not actually directed by Q.T, but was written by him and directed by the late great, Tony Scott. True Romance feels like a Tarantino joint with his witty banter, grindhouse violence, and countless pop culture references. Q.T sharpens his writing chops with the script for True Romance. Many of his classic tropes can be seen in his script. Overall this is one of the best of his career and should be enjoyed by all! One of my all time favorite scenes stars Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper that will leave you wondering what the hell you just heard. 5/5
The Dark Tower is not as bad as the reviews are saying, but it is not good by an means at all. I liked Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey quite a bit at times, but the overall story is confusing for fans of The Dark Tower books and non fans alike. The movie is entertaining and has good parts, such as the two leads and some of the action scenes.I’m glad it was 95 minutes. 2.5/5 stars