Toy Story 4 is what many critics and fans alike called unneeded, but wow did it hold up and become a great film and one of the best installments of the franchise yet! A film about parenthood, letting go, and the realization of life in itself and how we aren’t always exactly what we seem to be. I thought Toy Story 4 had great parts. Part horror and comedy, A character named Forky is introduced and is basically A Frankenstein like creation by God herself, Bonnie. The film also features many other horrific imagery such as Gabby- Gabby and the creepy ventriquist doll Vincent. The film is a must watch for Toy Story fanatics and lovers of film alike!
The latest DCEU or whatever Warner Bros. is calling the extended universe of the comic properties, is Aquaman from Horror OG James Wan.
The film is an origin for Jason Mamoa’s Aquaman first seen in Justice League and who was also my favorite part of that film. The film centers on Arthur Curry a.k.a Aquaman and his quest to become the rightful king of Atlantis and save the surface of Earth’s humans from Wilson’s Ocean Master’s mar plot to take down the humans.
Mamoa does a solid job In the title role, while others were just average with the exception of Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master and Aquaman’s half brother and king of Atlantis! Wilson was the bright spot for me as the antagonist for Mamoa’s Arthur Curry.
James Wan has set up one of the most entertaining and fun DCEU films and future franchise. It’s funny, action packed, and has some incredible cgi. The trench and underwater battles looked phenomenal and had a touch of Sean’s signature horror aesthetic.
The third act falls apart a bit for me with the, now formulaic third act fight scene.
Overall Aquaman is a solid effort from Wan, Mamoa, and DC, while not a favorite of mine this year or a top comic book movie in 2018, Aquaman is a solid 3/5.
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.
Remeber is the geriatric Memento. An elderly man with dementia must complete his promise to his wife to kill the man who murdered his and his friends families, while they were prisoners in Auschwitz during Nazi WWII. Remeber has twists and turns like any great thriller. The story, while not entirely original proves to be enjoyable and very captivating. Remeber is steaming on Amazon prime video so watch it today !- 3.5/5 is
Nicolas Winding Refen’s modern day fairy tale, The Neon Demon is truly one of this year’s most ambitious and most beautifully shot films. The cinematography is stunning. The shots he achieves are gorgeous and horrifyingly all wrapped up in this two hour drama. The film is at its core about how innocence and beauty are consumed by ambition and narcissism. 4/5
Hidden Figures is a film that does everything a film needs to do right, except innovate or revolutionize film. These are not bad or even nessasary with these type of films. Hidden Figures cast and great moments hold up this film. I love films where I learn something new or see a story I had never heard, and Hidden Figures did just that ! Solid film go check it out if you have a chance.
Just watched The Revenant it may be the most beautifully shot film I have ever watched. Leonardo kills it but Tom Hardy delivered an Oscar caliber performance and I hope he is recognized. Seriously if you love film you need to see this on the big screen to truly appreciate it. Easy 9/10 I truly enjoyed it.
I saw Disney’s new Star Wars film the Force Awakens over the weekend. It did not disappoint. I had some reservations with Disney buying star wars a few years back, but now I see they are the perfect choice.
JJ Abrhams has made quite possibly the best film of 2015. Star wars was great in almost al aspects. We are introduced to new faces such as Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, and Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron. We also have returning faces like Harrison ford and Carrie Fisher.
The best parts of episode 7 are the fresh new faces. I loved how we are introduced to these new characters. We have new villains and new heros for the nest 3-5 years !
There are scenes where extreme emotion overwhelmed me and parts where i was cheering and gripping my arm rest in joy and excitement. My favorite characters were Ridley as Rey and Driver as Ren. Also Poe played by Isaac was a great suprise as was Domahall Gleeson as Hox.
Go see Star Wars The Force Awakens now!
Lower east side manhatten, New York City, This is the location for 2015’s The Wolfpack. This unsettling look into a sheltered famlies views on life through the films they love is odd to say the least. The Wolfpack is about a family who consists of a father and mother with seven children who live in a cramped apartment together. The kids act out life through the films they love. Cardboard sets from the Dark Knight to Pulp Fiction litter the house. The boys all have problems coping with social problems caused by their lack of a social life. The boys memorize and act out all of their favorite movies.
The boys have a straineed relationship with the father who you find out is very strange himself. He does not work and does not want the familiy speaking with anyone outside the family. The basic idea of the film is a documentary crew films their lifes and chronicles the struggle of the oldest boy with his transition into the real world as he challanges the orders and demands of his oppressive father.
One of my favorite scenes that shows just how off and distant the boys are from society is a scene where the oldest boy dresses up like mucheal myers from Halloween and goes into a bank,store, and many other New York City stores. He is eventually arrested and taken to a mental health facility. He sees how the world really is after he returns and vows never to take his fathers demands again.
The wolfpack is a great show of love for family and film. The boys will stop at nothing to contiune their passion of film while still sticking to their deep roots in family. I reccomend this to anyone who loves cinema. The parts where the boys are renacting the movies reminds me of Be Kind rewind but even moire crude if that is aven a possibility.
The greatest question man has ever asked, “Are we alone in our universe?” Well Paul, the latest comedy from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, tries to answer just that. Paul is a story of two friends, Pegg and Frost, on a road trip from across the pond who have traveled to America. The two friends are in search of the great American sights and sounds. They go to comic con, Hollywood, and even ufo hot spots. On the last trip to a small ufo town, they visit a dive bar where they meet some zany characters such as Jane Lynch’s bartender, Kristen Wigg as a Christian cyclops, and the star Paul, who is voiced by none other than Seth Rogan. Paul is a lost alien. Why he is named Paul is a whole other story. He is lost in the woods trying to get home. Sound familiar? He shows them the truth of the world and all of history through his thoughts. He can turn invisible while he holds his breath. The group ends up with Kristen Wigg, a Christian with only one working eye, who tags along for the ride. Her gun and bible toting dad ends up hunting them cross country to get her back. They are driving to a woman’s house, where we learn how Paul got his name. Paul killed her dog by landing on the dog’s house when he first arrived on earth. Along the journey the ensemble cast adds other stars such as, Jason Bateman and Bill Hader as FBI agents, and even our favorite alien hunter Riply, who is of the Alien movie fame herself, Signoury Weaver as an overbearing FBI director.
Paul is as touching as it is funny. Pegg is someone who brings all the emotions out in this picture. Pegg’s and Frost’s friendship is tested, Wigg learns the truth and gets her life going finally, and Paul finds some real friends. Paul is one of the best films I’ve seen this year. It is definitely the funniest Pegg movie I have watched since Shaun of the Dead. The movie has many references to other movies in the genre such as Spielberg’s ET and quotes like “are you ready for a close encounter?” Stephen Spielberg even has a small audio cameo showing where the television and film writers got ideas for Aliens; it was Paul. He gave Spielberg ideas for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Paul even takes credit for coming up with agent Mulder on X-Files. I enjoyed the film enough to purchase it. I gave the film a 7/10. Paul was funny, touching, and had laughs for any comedy fan.