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Question of the Week #7

It is Thursday and usually I post a question I will be answering on my next podcast episode and I would like to read some of your thoughts comments as well as the answer to this week’s question on the show.

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Comment below your answer and also what movie do you think based on this question I will be reviewing next Wednesday.

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Upgrade is That Fun One-Off Movie You Need in Your Life Every Couple of Years

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Grey Trace played by Logan Marshall-Green. picture via pajiba.com

I had the pleasure of attending the L.A. premiere of the latest sci-fi/horror/action movie Upgrade written and directed by Leigh Whannell. It was nice to be able to watch this film on the big screen with the cast and crew of the film as well as other eager fans who couldn’t wait to watch this unique storytelling combined with heavy exhilarating action. This film exceeded expectations and it wasn’t until after I left that I realized I needed this movie in my life more than I thought.

Mostly known for his writing Whannell has been involved in some of the genre changing film in the past decade. Whether its acting, writing, or directing, he has been a part of the horror genre with Saw and the Insidious Franchise as well as writing smaller titles like Dead Silence and horror comedy Cooties, which I think everyone should check out. Now on his second director/writer project after Insidious: Chapter 3 comes the techno/thriller Upgrade, a story set in a Dystopian future where technology is used to complete normal and mundane task but also serve as a solution in preventing or stopping crime in a timely matter. A man who has been paralyzed after a brutal mugging is given the opportunity to walk and take revenge on those who did this to him with the help of a new piece of technology that hasn’t been used on another human being. With his new-found ability to walk along with the help of an AI that enhances his body, he sets out to get justice for what has happened to him.

I know what you are thinking, what is unique about this film. It’s basically Robocop, The Crow, or any other revenge movie out there. Fair enough, doesn’t mean the format doesn’t work if you give it just a little twist. This is what stood out for me in this movie:

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Ep. 6: Strangers on a Train

Movie Geeks, it is time for me to review a movie I haven’t seen before. I explore the world terror, suspense, and circumstance in the 1951 classic Strangers on a Train, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. I am not too familiar with his films so it was nice to be able to view this movie along with my friends Shawn and James. We discuss the film from the plot, to the characters, to the cinematography. Are black and white films still relevant? Who still talks to random strangers? Also, is it really necessary to remake this film? We answer all of this and more in this episode of Movie Geek & Proud. Enjoy the show.

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Book Club Review

Even though the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy has come and pass, we still can’t escape it. The book has managed to creep up on us when we least expected. Bill Holderman’s directorial debut managed to remind us of the erotic guilty pleasure in the latest rom-com Book Club. Written by Holderman along with Erin Simms gives us a movie you have seen many times before with a great and well-known cast telling the story that even in the world of filmmaking and acting, age is only a number.

Diane Keaton (Something’s Gotta Give), along with wonderful actresses Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie), Candice Bergen (TV’s Murphy Brown, Miss Congeniality), and Mary Steenburgen (TV’s Last Man on Earth) are four best friends who meet for a monthly book club and have their lives changed once the book of the month is “50 Shades of Grey”.

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Question of the Week #6

Next week on the podcast of Movie Geek & Proud I am reviewing an Alfred Hitchcock movie I have never seen before. I think I may have seen 3 or 4 of his directorial films. So comes the question of the week: How many of Hitchcock’s films have you seen? 

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Comment and share which ones you have seen and if you are familiar with his work, you should be able to tell which movie I am going to cover in Ep. 6. Take a guess in the comments or listen to the latest episode of the podcast and find out. 

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Ep. 5 Crazy, Stupid, Love

Rom-Coms, you either hate them or love them. Shawn and I tackle the genre on the do’s and don’ts of a good romantic comedy by reviewing Crazy Stupid Love from Rob’s Collection. We also visit the trailer park to talk about the trailers to Crazy Rich Asians and Happy Time Murders. Under our 3 min or less reviews we review Deadpool 2 and Breaking In currently in theatres. in between all of this we play a game inspired by the genre and deal with the struggle that Ryan Reynolds is not in this movie.

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Deadpool 2 Review

Keep in mind folks that this spoiler free review will be from the mind of someone who doesn’t follow the comic book lore that well and has only experience this character through the first installment of the franchise. I had a lot of laughs from Deadpool 2 but there was just something missing from it that I can’t put my finger on that would make this a better movie than the first. With all the Deadpool reviews via blog post, podcast, websites, etc. I am sure you have heard in great length how this movie pans out to fans if it’s a good follow up from the first. I am late to the game and I saw this movie right when it was released last Friday. Seeing as Deadpool back in 2016 was my favorite movie of that year, this sequel had a lot to live up to.

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“Hey, eyes down here buddy.” picture via thewrap.com

The sequel, from Director David Leitch with writing team including Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, is very clever this time around regarding the story. If you all remember from the first one, the story and its lead character, Deadpool played by Ryan Reynolds, is bat shit crazy. Given its Rated R status, basically they could have done almost anything they wanted. This time they actually gave you a story and some character development. I honestly didn’t think that was possible but Deadpool actually went through some growth while deciding to protect a young mutant with lethal powers from a futuristic time traveler Cable, who has come back to kill him before he can become the deadly killer he is destined to be. To pass the torch of the franchise along, Deadpool has decided to put together a team of heroes to help him save this young boys life and continue the franchise afterwards. You are also perplexed as to who the villain of the film actually is. I found that to be very interesting but for some, because it wasn’t clear in the film could translate to a sloppy unorganized script. I actually didn’t mind that it wasn’t as cut and dry. It fit into the overall message of the story so it worked for me. There is also a surprised character that pops up that I didn’t see coming at all and I liked it.

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