Back in 2015 I deemed Kingsman: The Secret Service to be the best movie of that year. It was fun, exciting, action packed, funny, great actors, the list goes on. My excitement over the past two years leading up to the release of the sequel to the big hit, I couldn’t wait to go back to the non-bond movie that has some of the best action sequences I have seen in years in addition to John Wick franchise.
This film Kingsman: The Golden Circle provided a lot of what made the first one great but with an added 12 mins to its running time from the first one, this entry changed its tone by providing some questioning moral dilemmas, more sentimental moments, and misused characters.
I had the pleasure of seeing the movie Stronger right on opening day because of a specific circumstance I will bring up later in this post. The movie told the story based on true events of a specific individual who was caught in the crossfire of the Boston Marathon bombing that happened on April 15th 2013. That person is Jeff Bauman and his journey of rehabilitation after losing both of his legs during the tragic event.
If anyone is unfamiliar with his personal story, this movie will do a justice to give you an insight of how he was able to pick up and keep fighting and in the sense of the word get stronger mentally and physically. Turns out he was involved in helping the law catch the bombers involved during the attack. Including the close and unlimited amount of support from his family friends and on/off girlfriend at the time, he still has a long way to go to become the man he knows himself to be and build a life for himself after this random change in his life.
American Assassin is a movie based off of a book, so this is an adapted story regarding a tragic event that catapulted Mitch Rapp, played by Dylan O’Brian, to seek justice revenge on the people who caused it. During his quest, the C.I.A. is watching him get closer to his target as well as monitor him strengthening his skills in combat. Cause you know, that is what they do, watch us without consent. Next thing you know due to Rapp’s questioning sanity and a few MMA classes, he is perfect for being recruited to assist the C.I.A. in a mission against a guy who has a grudge against the world and needs there to be a global war to help him sleep at night. Sounds familiar, right?
The story unfortunately isn’t going to bring you anything new so now it’s up to the players to make this movie great. Dylan O’Brian is this very talented and versatile actor who is working on numerous projects with everything he’s got. He has done both TV and movies most of the time stealing the scenes he is in. Comedies and action has been his genre so far. This film shows him more front and center and showing his skills as a potential action star. This is a great chance to show what he is capable of and he delivers. I liked his performance quite a bit. Problem is, I HATED his character. This kid is going through some heavy heartache but apparently, it’s a license to basically do whatever you want without consequence. Of course, in movie style fashion, he is the lead, the one going through it so let’s give him a pass and endanger many lives around him. Rapp is a know-it-all spoiled brat with too much red in his eyes and very self-absorbed to root for.
Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For A Dream, Black Swan). When you hear that name, and know he is directing a movie, you know you are in for some off-the-wall, artistic, unique, and sometimes intense cinematic experience. His latest feature, Mother!, fits all the categories I just listed and much more.
This review is going to be really short compared to my other post because this movie should be seen with the least knowledge as possible. My goal is just to give you a sense of expectation and my thoughts and opinions regarding the film.
The synopsis is about a couple’s quiet and tranquil home in the country interrupted by unwanted guests that shake up their home testing the strength of their relationship. The couple in question is Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. Lawrence is renovating their home while Bardem is a writer of poems trying to come up with his next masterpiece are visited by some unwanted guests, specifically Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris. I think the cast is phenomenal in their roles and really deliver the intensity asked for by Aronofsky. There is no question that they will not entertain you on screen. I was really impressed with Pfeiffer’s character particularly and you will see why.
In the horror podcast I contribute to each week, my co-host and I close out each episode with a horror movie moment where a character made a horrible decision that makes you yell, “WHY???” Out of 20 episodes worth, here are our top 5 so far of the dumbest decisions made in horror.
Of course there are more moments out there and we will continue to make fun of all the dumb people in horror movies each week. Be sure to subscribe to our youtube channel and other social media platforms. Thanks for watching and give our show a listen. You just might enjoy it.
Sister Act was always a joy to watch as a child. I just loved the singing, the comedy, Whoopi Goldberg, all of it was just great. 25 yrs later, Whoopi brought the nuns from the choir to pay tribute to the movie on her talk show The View. Below, provided by ew.com, is their performance of the last song of the first movie, “I Will Follow Him”. Check it out.
It was so nice to see the sisters back together again. I am still waiting for a 3rd one. Goldberg a.k.a Sister Mary Clarence, shared interest in putting the habit back on one more time for another sequel. I hope they get on that before she changes her mind.
More interview with the cast on their favorite moments from the film you can also view here.
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Like most of America, everyone is going to the movies to watch the highly anticipated movie IT over the weekend. The movie is excellent by the way but that is not the point of this rant. The purpose is to address a topic that everyone notices when they go to the movies. No, I’m not talking about the 30 mins of trailers before the actual feature. I am talk about the growing rude and obnoxious behavior that occurs at the theatre when the movie is playing.
As I was swiping through twitter, I came across a twitter rant from @sebbyskywalker. He saw IT over the weekend and praised how amazing it was but there was a problem saying, “Good News: #ItMovie is amazing! Scary, chilling, best horror movie of the year. (Clown emoji) Bad News: the crowd I saw it with was the Worst!!!!!! (angry face emoji)”. Reading that reminded me of the annoying few people behind me who were talking almost through the entire movie when I went to go see the latest horror film. They had no objections talking in normal tone loud enough for at least 2 rows behind and forward to hear them. No shame in their game. Not only that, they would kick the back of the seat my friend next to me was sitting in.