Month: March 2017

T2 Trainspotting 2

Who says you says you can’t go back home? The long awaited sequel to Trainspotting is out and it answers many questions that we had when the cult film ended 20 years ago. Danny Boyle has brought back his eclectic style that made his 1996 film such a cult sensation.         We begin the film with Mark Renten (Ewan McGregor) returning home to Edinburgh after living in Amsterdam for the past 20 years. He meets up with Spud(Ewen Bremmer) who is still struggling with his heroin addiction and trying to be a good role model for his son. ‘Sickboy’ (Johnny Lee Miller)is running a crappy pub he inherited and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) is making an escape from his 25 year sentence. Renten certainly does not get a warm welcome back home especially when he faces Begbie. Yet the film does a clever job of making the story kind of parallel the previous film.       Although it’s 20 years later it seems as if it’s been a lot sooner because the way the actors jump right back into character is astonishing. Many times when a sequel is done so many years after the first the spark is kind of gone and it’s nowhere near the same. Not in this case. Danny Boyle did a brilliant job of capturing that essence that made the first film so dark and intriguing. Boyle...

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Slither (2006)

Slither (2006) Everybody’s got to start somewhere, and before James Gunn gained fame writing and directing Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, he kicked off his directing career with Slither. The sci-fi/horror movie, also written by Gunn, stars Nathan Fillion (Serenity, Castle) and Elizabeth Banks (Hunger Games), including a sizable role for Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy). Summary After an alien lands on earth with sinister intent, local sheriff Bill Pardy (Fillion) and his team must survive long enough to prevent the extra-terrestrial from destroying their town, and everyone in it. A Positive It would be very easy for Slither to become nothing but gore and violence, or to be filled with poorly fleshed out characters and an incoherent plot, but I felt that Gunn was able to balance everything quite well. While it includes some suspenseful moments and is loaded with disgusting imagery, the tone is actually more lighthearted than one might expect. While humor is scattered throughout, it is mixed well with the rest of the script and brings some extra life to the screen without turning it into a bad comedy. An Unfortunate Negative While some interesting lore was created for the alien in the way it functions, where it comes from, and what its plans are, much of it just does not seem physically possible. While that was a bit of a distraction, I got...

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Kong: Skull Island 2017

Finally, in 2017, Warner Brothers got it right. Not only is Kong: Skull Island a refreshing look and interesting concept for what seems to be Warner Brothers next franchise film, but it is the best Kong monster of them all.

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Review for “The Lego Batman Movie” (2017)

“The first lesson is… LIFE DOESN’T GIVE YOU SEAT BELTS!!!!“ I was not expecting to enjoy this movie as much as I did. I thought it was even funnier than The Lego Movie! The goofiness of the film such as the “beep-bo-beeps of the button pressing or the “pew-pews” of the blaster firing and the one-liners in this film are what really killed me. “I’m a loser at home and at work” “You’re 110% expendable.” “Let me just go out and say it, I hate you.” The first 15 minutes or so of the movie with the opening monolog...

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Before I Fall

One could call this a groundhog day for young adults but there’s no Bill Murray or a ton of humor. This is a newer take on re living the same day over and over but trying to appeal to the younger demographic. Based off the best-selling novel of the same name, we follow Sam played by new ‘it girl” Zoey Deutch who is on the popular side of the senior class. She dates the hot guys, ignores the freaks, pays no real attention to her family and one night after a party there’s an accident and she wakes up and it starts all over again. It definitely goes through the arc that you think it will delve into. She tries to do different things, avoids certain people but what makes this different is that we are dealing with a young woman who is truly figuring out what it not only means to be a good person but what will make her be remembered.   Deutch gives a nice go of taking her first leading role, most times we have seen her play the pretty girl alongside zac Efron and James Franco but now is good to see her carry a film. She has an adorable grace (thanks to mom Lea thompson) and it will be interesting to see what she is up to next.Which apparently is playing Una O’Neil...

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