What’s going on readers! On Tuesday I went to the early access screening of Smile. When I saw the trailer a few weeks back I was in. I liked the premise and the scenes in the trailer looked creepy. Sosie Bacon (yes his daughter) plays Dr. Rose Cotter, who specializes in psychological treatment for patients with mental illness. A young woman is brought into Dr. Cotter’s ward because she’s claiming that an evil presence is attacking her and filling her head with horrible images. Rose dismisses her claims as paranoia but after the woman seemingly becomes possessed and kills herself Rose start to think this wasn’t a case of paranoid delusions, especially since the woman had an ominous smile on her face while committing suicide. Post-traumatic stress takes a toll on Rose but when Rose starts seeing macabre that no one else she accepts that there is an evil supernatural force. DUN DUN DUNNNNNN!!!! In order to stay alive Rose traces back to what the woman in the ward said in order figure out what this presence is and why it’s targeting her. What she finds out is disturbing, to say the least.
I liked Smile. I joked that this was a rated R version of The Ring (you’ll see why if you watch this film) but I enjoyed the slow burning creepiness. I thought the 2-hour runtime could have been cut down because a few scenes dragged. There are good spots of gore throughout the film and Bacon does a great job exhibiting despair as the terror haunts her character. There was a scene involving Rose, her sister, and her nephew that made me blurt out “OHH SNAP”. One of the jump scares got me too! Smile is decent horror thriller overall. I won’t agree with it being “scary”, but I do recommend it for discount day. I’m going to see it again. There’s an aspect of the film that I questioned so another viewing is on deck.
Our favorite blue hedgehog is back and that means another awesome adventure is in store! After the events of the first film Sonic is living peacefully with the Wachowskis even though he gets himself into trouble moonlighting as “Blue Justice”. Things are well in Green Hills but when Doctor Robotnik devises a way to escape from Mushroom Planet he resumes his evil quest to capture Sonic and steal his power. Robotnik also manages to recruit Knuckles, a warrior echidna who sounds just like Idris Elba and has ties to Sonic’s past. Sonic is outnumbered while the Wachowskis are on vacation but Miles “Tails” Prower tracks down Sonic and is inspired to lend a helping hand. Sonic receives a hidden message from Longclaw telling him to protect an ultimate power that was hidden on earth and the race is on to find the power before Robotnik can reach it!
I’ve seen Sonic 2 twice already and I’m going to see it again! My lovely Editor and I went to an early private screening last weekend. That was a good time. There was face painting for the kids and a festive photobooth set up. I was impressed with the crisp CGI, the relationship between Sonic and Tails, and all the callbacks to the games. Sonic 2 is still one of my favorite Sega Genesis games. I had it when it was first released and spent hours playing. Seeing it brought to life was nostalgic and entertaining!! All the live cast members who reprised roles were good. Jim Carrey is a trip as the evil Doctor. There’s fluff written into the narrative that probably could have been written differently to cut that 2-hour runtime down but it did make for some fun slapstick style moments. We took my nephew to see Sonic earlier today and he loved it! As a long time Sonic fan it makes me happy to see young kids enjoying the movie and all the characters. Sonic 2 is available in Dolby Cinema so I’ll definitely be seeing this one more time in the theater. If you have a subscription service or you don’t mind paying for premium then check it out in Dolby if you can. Those special effects will pop in that presentation. Regular format is fine though. Hit a matinee or Discount Tuesday. That’s never a bad choice in my book.
Hello readers!! Last week I attended an early screening of the drama Stillwater starring Matt Damon and Abigail Breslin. Damon plays Bill, an American that’s been traveling back and forth from Stillwater, Oklahoma to Marseille attempting to free his estranged daughter Allison (Breslin) from a French prison. Allison has been convicted of murder but has maintained her innocence and she hopes her dad will be able to convince the French District Attorney to open her case back up. Bill faces numerous language and cultural barriers. He tries to investigate on his own but he quickly finds out that his persistence leads down bad paths, like physical altercations with locals and run-ins with French authorities. His vain attempts push him further away from Allison but they draw him closer to a local woman named Virginie, who sympathizes with his plight and offers to help him. When Bill finds out new developments in his daughter’s case he has to make a decision on whether to tell the authorities or go full vigilante in a foreign country.
I was intrigued by the trailer but after seeing this once I can say I don’t see myself watching this again anytime soon. I definitely won’t be going to the theater to see Stillwater again. I didn’t think it was a bad movie but when the credits started rolling I was like “Seen it….I’m good”. I thought the character development and transitions were decent and the cast played their roles well but the story didn’t hold me. The middle act was too long in my opinion. I did find the relationship between Bill and Virginie’s daughter to be heartwarming and I liked that the film explored that however this movie didn’t need to be over 2 hours. If you’re a Matt Damon fan or a fan of dramas then check this out on a discount day. It was interesting to see Damon in this role. I watched some behind the scenes footage where he talked about the time he spent with Stillwater locals so he could build his character and have an authentic feel. I also found out the movie was loosely based on the real life account of Amanda Knox, an American who spent 4 years in an Italian prison after a wrongful murder conviction. Knox isn’t a fan of the film (she says the film is full of mistruth) but maybe you will be……
What’s happening readers!! After a year of being away due to the shutdown I finally made my way up to New York City! During my trip I hit up one of my favorite AMC locations to check out the latest thriller from director Taylor Sheridan. If you’re in NYC check out the AMC on 34th and 8th in Midtown. It’s 3 stories and there are HUGE posters everywhere. I love it!
Those Who Wish Me Dead was an okay thriller. Angelina Jolie plays Hannah, a firewoman who is haunted by a past fire that killed a fellow firefighter and 3 children. She blames herself for the deaths even though there was nothing she could have done to save them. Hannah is stationed at an outpost in the Montana mountains and runs into a boy named Connor, who is scared and on the run from a 2 man hit crew. Connor tells Hannah that he has a story that has to be told to the news and she decides to help him get to safety. In order to cover their tracks the hitmen, played by Nicholas Hoult and Aidan Gillen, start a HUGE fire in the woods and blackmail the town sheriff (Jon Bernthal) into helping them search for the boy. So Hannah and Connor have to evade the fire and the hitmen. If I say anymore about the plot I’d be giving the story away so I won’t. It’s a run of the mill action flick. Not much stood out but I must praise the performance of Medina Senghore, who plays the sheriff’s wife Allison. She was tough!! Super tough!! Her time on scene made for some tense thrills. I was on edge. I liked the interaction between Hannah and Connor and I even liked the hitmen. I got a laugh out of the fire, especially towards the climax of the film. If you’ve seen this movie you probably know what scene I’m referring to. I’ll just say I’m glad Hannah and Connor can run really fast! I’m a big fan of director Taylor Sheridan however his last two films (this and No Remorse) didn’t do much for me. Were they watchable? Yes. Enjoyable? Somewhat. Basic? HIGHLY! This movie is adapted from the same titled book but some of the story was changed. I wonder if the book is better. Those Who Wish Me Dead is in theaters and also streaming on HBOMAX. It probably won’t be in theaters much longer though. In my opinion it’s worth a view if you have a couple of hours to kill. Oh yea…..Tyler Perry is in the movie for 3 minutes! Haha
Meet Hutch Mansell. He’s retired military that lives in the suburbs with his wife and kids. He has the same routine every day, every week, which includes not putting his trash out in time and wearing the same clothes to work. Hutch is frustrated with his mundane life but he stays silent and drones on until a botched robbery at his house awakens his vigilante spirit. When Hutch attempts track down the robbers it comes out that he may not be just a regular guy. In fact, Hutch can throw hands and serve beat downs to Russians who make him angry. After Hutch has a violent encounter with some baddies on a bus the movie turns high octane and you find out Mr. Mansell has a very interesting past. I enjoyed this action flick. When I saw the trailer for the first time I laughed because I recognized Bob Odenkirk (Hutch) as the wacky President from the movie Long Shot. This guy is going to be beating up goons left and right? Yes….he sure is! The writer of the film, Derek Kolstad, is the creator of the John Wick series so you see some similar elements in Nobody. It felt like someone threw Odenkirk in a blender with Wick and the Equalizer to create Hutch. One of the best elements of this movie is that it doesn’t take itself seriously even though there’s hardcore brutality throughout the film. The music choices add to the comical element and seeing my man Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) in action made me chuckle. You also get to hear RZA (Wu-Tang represent!!) on the mic. He was a trip! The main bad guy looking like some off brand Hugh Hefner made me laugh. Some parts of the story could have been better executed but overall this was good time in the theater. If you have theaters open in your area check it out on discount day. Nobody is also available On Demand. I’ll be adding this to my collection!
What’s happening readers! If you have not watched WW84 you probably shouldn’t read on (unless you really want to). I’m not going full blown spoiler but I will be going into details over certain scenes so putting that out there up front. Good? Alright….Go time!
The year is 1999. The Wachowskis gave us The Matrix, a sleeper hit that went on to become a global phenom. The story telling, the science fiction, the special effects……AMAZING!!! It’s been 21 years since its release so take that red pill with me and let’s reenter The Matrix!