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Film Review: Justice League

Film Review: Justice League

November 20 / 17

Hey everyone! Internet acting a fool today, but the devil’s a lie! Anyway, I went to see Justice League over the weekend. Loved it, but I do have a few things to gripe about.

Yes, I loved Justice League. I grew up watching the cartoon as a kid and now seeing Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the rest of the crew brought a happy smile to my face. I wasn’t sure if DC was going to bring Justice League to the big screen at all.

A few things to gripe about. Why in the world would DC cut the film down to an hour and so minutes? Why? We don’t want to linger on each of the character’s origins, but at least give us a small glimpse as to how The Flash and Cyborg got their powers. I can only hope that when the film comes out on Blue-ray/DVD and digital, we can get an uncut look at the movie.

The villain, Steppenwolf was just weak. Ciaran Hinds did the character the justice (haha), but I wish they could’ve done more.

Seeing Gal Gadot back as Wonder Woman was pure joy. You could not have the Justice League without Wonder Woman. She’s pretty much the glue, the heartbeat of the team. She’s just as better in BVS and has the surefire spunk she brought to her own standalone film Wonder Woman. So there was no disappointment with that.

Ben, Ben, Ben….I think you may need to hang up the Batcape. I don’t know about y’all, but I feel Ben Affleck is not into Batman anymore. He’s trying to bless his heart. Just like Bruce, Ben doesn’t know how much longer he has until the time comes to walk away from it all.

Jason Momoa brings a really cool vibe as Aquaman and he’s not bad to look at either. He holds his own against the crew as the legendary Atlantian. You get the feeling you can hang out with this dude while drinking a few beers.

Ray Fisher is a newbie to the world of superheroes. Here is a man who is trying to navigate between being human while most of the time is just a machine. Meanwhile, Fisher is navigating on how to best represent this character. With a somewhat weak script, he is proving his own against the seasoned veterans. Hopefully, he can really stretch his acting chops when Cyborg gets his standalone film.

Henry Cavill, good to see you again. Did you think Superman was gonna stay dead? Really? Back as the red cape wonder, Cavill is not left out on the fun, but what’s going on with his face?

Ezra Miller‘s The Flash is a breath of comic air. Not only can he be serious, but he brings the funny in this most of the time dead serious superhero film. This hottie is just ready to join the group, ready to do good in his life, all the while making sure he’s proving his father innocence in the murder of his mother.

I’m disappointed, but not too disappointed. I expected an action-packed superhero film and I got it. So yes, I’m happy!

In the meantime, hope you enjoy this little video of clips and things!

Justice League: ****

Enjoy your Monday, be blessed!

 

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Film Review: Thor Ragnarok

Film Review: Thor Ragnarok

November 6 / 17

Hello again….Short and to the point film review of Thor: Ragnarok. This third installment of the film is a breath of fresh air. The first was pretty good, ok even. The second….well I don’t know. It was alright, but it was lacking something and I still can’t put a finger on. Chris Hemsworth returns as the Norse god of Thunder in this wild ride, along with Tom Hiddleston‘s Loki and Mark Ruffalo‘s next venture as Hulk/Bruce Banner, and Idris Elba as Heimdall. Added to the cast, Tessa Thompson as Valkeryie, and Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster. Let’s not forget Cate Blanchett, who is badass as Hela. What makes Ragnarok better than the two? Well, Taika Waititi‘s take is a hilarious thrill ride and I mean that in a very good way. Here I found a video that has five clips from the film. Enjoy!

If you want an action-packed thrill entertaining ride, then this is it. This Marvel film doesn’t disappoint. Now when do we get a trailer for Avengers: Infinity War?

Thor Ragnarok: A+ all the way!

Enjoy the rest of your Monday, be blessed!

 

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Short Scary Films….

Short Scary Films….

October 24 / 17

Hello! October is almost gone, but I do have something for you guys. Scary short films, horror films. Found five of these great short scary films I think you might like.


Created by Ahishek Kumar, presented by White Cape Productions.

 

 

A film of Jean-Yan Babois, The Young Woman: Dorothee Babois, The Old Lady: Emma Niola, Thanks to Anais Jenner, Nicolas Robert-Naudin, Manou & Moon.

 

 

Directed By: David Lawrence Produced By David Lawrence, Adrienne Michelle Executive Producer(s): David Lawrence, Allen Schmitt Written by David Lawrence Main Cast: Hoyt Richards, Julia Parker, Elizabeth Sandy

 

 

Directed By: Juan Diego Unzueta Written By Juan Diego Unzueta & Roberto León Edited By Juan Diego Unzueta Camera Operator: Roberto León Soundtrack: Jim Dooley (When A Stranger Calls).

 

 

Story by Dan Dark Directed by Dustin Demoret Produced by Dan Dark and Lauren Harper Dumoulin Filmed by Bayonet Media. www.speechlessmovie.com/

Creep and scary….Hope you enjoyed these short films. Enjoy your Tuesday, be blessed.

Image source: The Night Sky

Movie Reviews: The Mummy

Movie Reviews: The Mummy

October 16 / 17

It’s been awhile since I’ve been to a movie. There are some films that I need to catch up with. One film, in particular, is The Mummy, yeah the one with Tom Cruise. Let me say that it wasn’t too bad, but the film could’ve done a whole lot better.

Nick Morton (Tom Cruise), a US Army Sergeant, and Corporal Chris Vail (Jake Johnson) are in present-day Iraq when they discover a large tomb, which holds Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella).  Ahmanet or Princess Ahmanet was in line to succeed her father, Menehptre. That is until his wife gave birth to a son, meaning Ahmanet’s chances of taking the throne were very slim. In order to take back the throne, she summons Set god of death. He agrees to help her if she transfers his spirit into a corporal form, using a mystical dagger, but Ahmanet was caught and condemned to be mummified for all eternity.  Jennifer Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) an archaeologist, investigates the tomb….we all know where this goes.

Let me just say the movie is a plain mess. Director Alex Kurtzman did all he could with this not so great remake. First off, the story has a lot of holes. It looks like the screenwriters ran out of excuses or ideas to really make the story stick. Then there is Tom Cruise….why? Why have Cruise in this film? It would’ve been better if someone else took the lead. He’s just there to collect his pay and do whatever he can with this monster mashup. Then you have Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll. It really doesn’t gel with me as to why Jekyll is a part of this. Is Universal planning on filming his story? As for Annabelle Wallis, I would expect her character to be a bit more interesting, but that’s not the case here. She’s just another pretty face to fill in.

The Mummy is not a bore…no not far from it. Sofia Boutella is a stand-out as Ahmanet. She brings a lot of charisma to the screen than Cruise. With her dancing background, Boutella just knows what to do with this character and it shows. Forget Cruise, Crowe, and Wallis, this fascinating lady is the one to watch.

The film is a startup to Universal’s Dark Universe, but so far it’s taken a bit of hit. Like I said, the film is not a total bore. It checks the boxes for action and a little bit of comedy in between. It just needed more of a well-crafted story.

The Mummy: D

 

 

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Cool: Tomb Raider

Cool: Tomb Raider

September 20 / 17

Hey again! Got something really cool to show you. You guys may have heard and read about the upcoming Tomb Raider, with Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. Here is the official trailer, but we’re gonna have to wait a bit longer, cause March 16, 2018, is the release date. Take a look….

Looks cool right? Well, I’m setting the date to see this film and I hope this will interest you too. Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, be blessed always.

 

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Wednz Scene: TIFF 2017

Wednz Scene: TIFF 2017

September 13 / 17

Hello! I almost forgot about the Toronto International Film Festival or TIFF going on at this minute. Shame on me! Lots of great films are being played and you can now check out their YouTube channel for live streaming. Directing Actors and Actors Directing is now live. Here are a few other moments and films that are being viewed from TIFF…..

 

 

 

 

See….just a few films and moments from this year’s festival. There will be five more live streams for today. Go to www.tiff.net/tiff/ for more updates.

 

 

Image source: Toronto International Film Festival

Film Review: Annabelle Creation

Film Review: Annabelle Creation

August 14 / 17

Hello…hope everyone had a good and resting weekend. Saw Annabelle: Creation Saturday and I wasn’t disappointed. This is a prequel and better than the first Annabelle film.

Creation takes place twelve years, 1955 after a doll maker, Samuel Mullins (Anthony LaPaglia) and his wife Ester (Miranda Otto) lose their only child, a daughter named Annabelle ‘Bee’, to a horrible accident. They decided to open their home to a nun and several orphaned girls. Everything seems to go well, that is until one of the girls discover the dollmaker’s crafted dolls in a forbidden bedroom …..opening a sinister entity.

You shouldn’t be in that room……

Produced by James Wan (director of The Conjuring and Insidious films) and Peter Safran, director David F. Sandberg ( Lights Out) takes the lead in this prequel.  Of course this time we get the real story of how this creepy doll got its start.

What I like about this film and The Conjuring films is that you really don’t need a whole lot of blood, gore, and guts to make it scary. What makes a good horror film scary is the unknown. You know that feeling you get when you walk down a somewhat dark hallway, you feel the hairs standing on the back of your neck and on your arms, you get anxious….You get the picture. With this film, you get that sense.

Sandberg doesn’t disappoint with the whole gimmicks of what a good horror film needs. Does this film show too much? Nah, not really. The plot may be somewhat lacking, though. You’re trying to fill in the holes of the whole film, but again you get the backstory about the doll and how it all ties within The Conjuring universe.

The film topped the box office by $35 million. In all fairness, Annabelle: Creation is just what you need if you’re looking for a good scare. A really good scare.

Annabelle: Creation – B

 

 

Hope you enjoy your Monday, be blessed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Film Review: It Follows (2015)

Film Review: It Follows (2015)

July 27 / 17

Picture yourself at the park enjoying the scenery, minding your own business, just enjoying the day. That changes completely when you see a woman half-naked, disheveled, but the face is just not right. There is no smile, no anger, just no emotion…She’s slowly walking towards you. The other people in the park don’t even know she’s there, that’s because they don’t see her, but you do…..

This is the premise of It Follows. Confused? Well, you shouldn’t be. This supernatural horror film is different from films that you’re used to seeing. It keeps you guessing and you want to know more.

Jay Height is your average college student. Everything is going well in her life. She has her family, her friends, her health, and now a new boyfriend name Hugh. The pair ends up making out in his car after a date. Everything is fine, but Jay’s world changes for the worse. She learns from Hugh that she inherited a curse, all by having sexual intercourse. He tells her that an entity in the form of someone she knows or a stranger will pursue her and she is the only one who sees it. Doesn’t matter where she goes, this entity will follow her and kill her. Once she’s dead it will pursue the person who passed this curse to her, her boyfriend. All she has to do is pass it along to someone else.

It knows where you are…..

Interesting concept. What is this entity? Where did it come from or how did this start? Those are the questions that you’ve probably asked yourself.   Some critics have interpreted this film as a parable about STDs, AIDS/HIV.  Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell he explains:

“I’m not personally that interested in where ‘it’ comes from. To me, it’s dream logic in the sense that they’re in a nightmare, and when you’re in a nightmare there’s no solving the nightmare. Even if you try to solve it.” Mitchell said that while Jay “opens herself up to danger through sex, sex is the one way in which she can free herself from that danger … We’re all here for a limited amount of time, and we can’t escape our mortality … but love and sex are two ways in which we can – at least temporarily – push death away”. – Wikipedia, Rawson-Jones, Ben (2015-03-08). “Exploring the horror of It Follows: David Robert Mitchell interview”. Digital Spy & Lyne, Charlie (2015-02-21). “It Follows: ‘Love and sex are ways we can push death away’”. The Guardian

Trust is another subject that you see in this film. After what her boyfriend tells, her, at this point Jay is struggling to trust others, even her own family, and friends. You get the sense that she’s also struggling with other issues within herself. Not only is there a fear of trust, but also the fact of being intimate with someone is something else altogether.

Again, we don’t know where this thing comes from, no motive, not even a face. That is what makes this film stand a bit. The film may lag in the middle, but it definitely has some jump and tense moments. You feel for the main character and what she goes thru. You feel the need to protect her just as her loved ones do.

It Follows has a unique formula that stands out and makes the viewer even more curious or more cautious.

It Follows: B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

image source: Slash Film & FilmGrab