Welcome back movie geeks. I am sure you have seen or read so many entries, reviews, tweets, post regarding this movie and it’s only Day 1, well Day 1 ½ if you were like me and saw this movie Thursday night. So to try and separate myself from other articles, this review is from an entertainment perspective from the point of view of an average movie goer. Spoiler Free.
If you were me, you know that you have went through 18 movies in 10 yrs old for this moment that it all comes together. Literally, almost all the superheroes we met in so far appeared in the film to band together and take down the biggest villain they have all faced and that is Thanos. The latest adversary has been hinted throughout the 3 Phases we have had introducing each member of the Avengers and Thanos’s plan to wipe away the universe once he collects 6 infinity stones. So the question I want to address is does this movie live up to the hype?
Remember the day when you saw a trailer and it seemed that Will Smith was starring in it. Action, Drama, Comedy, you name it he was in it. Then, you blink and all of a sudden every movie is starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. To quote a friend of mine, “Every time you go see a movie starring The Rock, there’s a preview for another movie starring The Rock.”
“KING KONG AIN’T GOT NOTHING ON ME!” picture via digitaltrends.com
I gotta say, that is exactly what happened to me over the past weekend when I went to go see the latest video game to film adaptation, Rampage, in theatres. While watching the trailers to this film, I witnessed another film starring The Rock called Skyscraper. I have mixed feelings about that one but it has Neve Campbell on the big screen again so take my money. We are not talking about Skyscraper, we are talking about Rampage, the latest action adventure popcorn movie loosely based on the video game about oversized animals demolishing a city in its path while trying to destroy each other. To bring it to the big screen, you need to have some humans involved to develop a story and The Rock stars as primatologist Davis, whose best friend is a rare albino gorilla named George who is infected with a toxin that causes him and two other animals into giant aggressive killing machines. With the help of a Geneticist Kate (Naomie Harris) they hope to find a cure and stop these animals from wreaking havoc.
One of the most anticipated movies of 2018 has finally arrived and I had the pleasure of seeing Steven Spielberg’s latest film. This film, based on a novel by Ernest Cline of the same name, is a geek’s dream. Everything from nostalgia, video games, Easter Eggs, action, comedy, wonders, and of course, escapism was the ingredients provided in this stew of blockbuster fun. I enjoyed just about every minute of this movie because I was given something visually to look at the whole time. The story we have seen before but it’s being paired with likable characters, light-hearted tone, and an execution that just allows you to watch and have fun for a while.
I know I have said this before and I feel I have to say it again just for transparency, that this review is coming from someone who hasn’t read the book yet. After seeing it, this is one film adaptation I wouldn’t mind reading the source material from. Spielberg definitely still has the mightiest touch to bring us a nice popcorn movie for all ages and I do mean that. Yes, the geek and the proud benefit more from this flick but I think anyone with a slight interest in this story may enjoy it. Especially parents with children will benefit from this film. Listening to a friend of mine say that his son thought it was the best movie he had seen to date, says a lot about the films that this latest generation of kids gets to witness.
The horror genre has used the holidays as a platform and theme for the stories that need to be told. Christmas and Halloween being the dominant two used to give us a scare. Did you ever think that you would ever see a movie based on a holiday that celebrates marijuana? The date April 20th is known as the day for marijuana a.k.a. weed enthusiast to celebrate their favorite pastime which is to smoke. The code “420” is usually referred to as weed. This is why on the day April 20th has now become an unofficial holiday.
Which will survive this in the end?
Director Dylan Reynolds has decided to cash in on that and create a movie surrounding the joyous day. 4/20 Massacre involves 6 women, all friends, who decide to go camping and celebrate the birthday of Jess (Jamie Bernadette), whose birthday just so happens to be on April 20th, and she doesn’t even smoke weed. During their journey they stumble upon illegal marijuana grow operation which is guarded by a dark force that will protect it at all cost.
Three years later and an injured actor, we have the finishing product of the third and final movie in the Maze Runner trilogy. Based on the popular book series created by James Dashner, the first three books: Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, and now The Death Cure; we come to the last and final chapter as Thomas and his friends once and for all stop the reign of WCKD and make sure the future of all the teens and kids used as lab rats can finally live in peace with what is left of the world.
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Dylan O’Brien is back as the title character, Thomas, along with his friends starting where they left off by completing a rescue mission for one of their own, Minho (Ki Hong Lee), one of the original runners from the first film, who was taken hostage by WCKD at the end of The Scorch Trials. That leads to a chain of events that leads to a final showdown between the runners and WCKD in the attempt to find a cure that is wiping out mankind and the freedom of those who are being killed from the failed experiments held by the organization.
It has been a couple of days since I saw the latest Liam Neeson thriller The Commuter that was just released in theatres this past Friday. It took me a bit to really think about if this movie is good or not. We have seen him tackle haunted houses, the great outdoors, foreign countries a few times, the urban city, and even an airplane. Next on his list is a train in the effort to, say it with me, “to save or get back to his family.”
Be careful who you talk to on the way home. picture via collider.com
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Run All Night), Neeson plays a business man who is down on his luck financially and is given an opportunity to make some quick cash but gets tangled in a criminal conspiracy while riding his regular commute home by train. Joining him are your favorite paranormal huntas from another motha from The Conjuring movies Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson.
I notice that this thriller has a mixture of a lot of plot points I have seen in other movies. This whodunit gives me a vibe of Murder on the Orient Express, with a little bit of Source Code put in there. Don’t worry; this movie doesn’t involve time travel, for anyone who has seen the latter. Both movies however gave you a sense of mystery and something for the audience to solve with the lead which for those of you who like guessing the outcome before it happens gives you something to do while watching The Commuter.
Happy MLK Day everyone. I wanted to bring you my thoughts on the movie Proud Mary a.k.a. one of Tina Turner’s best hits. Now I know most of you are asking one of the following questions: “This movie is out already?” or “I have never heard of it, what’s it about?”. These are fair questions. Do to the lack of exposure in advertisement, I wouldn’t be surprised if anyone knew about this movie until it was too late. I have seen the trailer on multiple movies and a poster here and there. The trailer itself didn’t really give much to the story, which I will get into later. First let me tell you about the movie you probably never heard of.
“She is not one to be played with.” picture via rogerebert.com
Taraji P. Henson, known to most people as Cookie Lyon on the hit drama “Empire” on Fox, plays a woman named Mary, naturally. She is a hit woman working for Benny (Danny Glover). Benny is a mob boss or drug lord with his own territory along with other rival crews looking to take over everything. Mary just happens to put a hit on a bookie who owed some money but unbeknownst to Mary, this man has a son and she refuses to kill a child. Fast Forward a year later and the child is working for one of the rival gangs against Benny. The kid is Danny, played by Jahi Di’Allo Winston, who did a great job I might add is not doing so well physically and mentally running around as an errand boy, Mary takes him in to take care of him as to make amends for her sins. This act causes her world and life to be altered as she now has to face the realization that she wants more out of life then the one she has been used to most of her life. Add a bunch of assassin like gun play, some catchy r&b soul tunes, and Henson’s “I’m not playing boy” attitude and you got yourself an action drama.