The most stunningly gorgeous and most unsettling film of 2019 is Ari Aster’s Midsommer. His follow up to Hereditary lives in the same world of grief as Hereditary did,and uses the occult to a chilling and surreal setting that makes to want to visit the festivities that only take place every 90 years. Midsommer won’t be for everyone, but it is everything it sets out to be. The film isn’t so much horror but a film about relationships. The movie is also pretty funny throughout and Stars Will Poulter in a small role. Although I have only seen it the one time so far, Midsommer May be my pick of the year so far.
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!
Men In Black Internationals is the fourth installment of the suit wearing, alien hunting, and Earth saving agents we’ve seen now. The film is directed this time by F Gary Gray and stars a great cast of funny and charming actors, who are totally under utilized and uninspiring.What a waste of such a great cast! The film isn’t bad exactly, it’s just not good and it’s kind of dull. The script is the real issue here, as it’s unrecognizable as a fun or well made movie and it lacks the sense of awe, wonder, or joy the first film had.The characters make no sense at times, the plot is silly, and the threat and twist can be seen light years away. Mib international does have a few laughs and fun moments early on and then later with Kumail Nanjiani.
Easily the most bizarre film of 2019! Steven Knight’s Serenity starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. The movie has some insane and jarring scenes along with one of the most outta left field endings and second half’s you will see this year, I’m sure.
The movie has a pretty solid start and leans on noir tropes and has some great shots and camera work. The acting is top notch, as it should be with multiple academy award winners and nominees.
This is where the praise ends though. Serenity is not good, but entertaining none the less and totally worth you’re price of admission!
This movie is tough tot talk about without spoiling anything too massive.
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
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.
A Star is Born, but much more dark and weird. Vox Lux is and odd movie to say the least. I really liked a lot of the direction of this film, while not loving the overall package. The film was written and directed by Brady Corbet and stars Natalie Portman, Jude Law, and the real star and shining light of the film Raffey Cassidy!
She’s so damn good in this film! I loved her performance and the first half of this film! Portman is the saving grace in the second half, but I felt it collapses on itself a bit.
The basic premise is similar to this years, A Star is Born with Port,an and Cassidy’s Celeste character achieving the impossible and becoming a massive pop star. Where this separates itself is the dark messed up commentary by Corbet about media, the music industry, and how it all shapes the individual and their ultimate corruption of themselves and others who are influenced by their art.
The film has some jarring images and scenes! And also has some of the best music of the year, written by pop star Sia. The film also has some very avante garde looks and feels. Willem Dafoe narrates at multiple points throughout the film and title cards set up new chapters in Celeste’s life. At times it felt like Corbet was maybe aping Darren Aronofsky and his style.
While not being a perfect film, I enjoyed Cassidy’s performance the best and Natalie Portman is a force to reckon with as she sings and dances away her personal demons if only for one performance.
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.
While Mary Poppins Returns didn’t look like my cup of tea, or rather a spoonful of sugar, the film is a pure delight! The Rob Marshall directed sequel is rather enjoyable and a fantastic revisiting of cinematic icon!
Emily Blunt nails Poppins mannerisms and it feels like she hasn’t missed a beat since the last time she flew off screen. Her co-star, Lin Manuel Miranda who plays a gas lamp cleaner Jack delights as well with his patented song and dance.
If you enjoy classic Disney or are a fan of the original Mary Poppins, you should enjoy this redemption of the classic family film!
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.