What’s happening readers! On Tuesday night I attended an early screening of The Black Phone, the latest horror thriller from Blumhouse Productions. In this film a small town in Colorado is being plagued by a serial killer dubbed “The Grabber”, who abducts and murders boys. 5 boys have been abducted already and when Finney encounters The Grabber he ends up drugged and locked in a basement. Finney’s sister Gwen starts to have dreams that could help but the visions are quick flashes and she isn’t taken seriously until the police realize Gwen isn’t making up stories. Finney’s future is looking grim however he receives a call from a disconnected phone that may prove to be his salvation.
I liked The Black Phone. It didn’t knock me out of my seat but the story is chilling and the leads did a good job. Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw are impressive as Finney and Gwen. Gwen is tough and steals the scene a couple of times. Ethan Hawke is super creepy as The Grabber. Those eerie masks he wears added to the horror of the character. The Black Phone gave me Stephen King vibes and it was amusing to find out King’s son Joe Hill wrote the short story of the same name. I recommend checking this film, especially if you are a fan of the supernatural. Go on discount day. The screening was a good time but you don’t need to spend more than 8 bucks on this one.
Good afternoon readers! Last week my lovely Editor and I attended an early AMC screening of Copshop, an action thriller starring Gerald Butler, Frank Grillo, and Alexis Louder.
Frank Grillo plays Teddy, who is a shady businessman that has gotten himself into a lot of trouble and is on the run in Nevada. Teddy is on the run because two contract killers are coming after him to collect the bounty on his head. One of those hitmen is Gerald Butler. Teddy decides the best way to get protection is to assault Officer Young (Alexis Louder) and get himself locked up. Young discerns that there is more to Teddy’s story that he is telling and that he isn’t as innocent as he makes himself seem. When Bob (Butler) and the other hitman show up to the police station it gets crazy! Bullets and blood galore!! I enjoyed the tense moments and the cheeky humor. I’m a fan of Butler and Grillo so it was cool to see them on screen together. Their interactions are funny. Alexis Louder is the standout though. She goes hard as Officer Young and held her own up against the tough guys! The thrills were solid for the most part. There was a couple of scenes that I thought were “ehh” but overall it was a good time. The film gave me Smokin’ Aces vibes. I kept thinking that in my head as I was watching. When I checked the credits I found out that Joe Carnahan directed both films so that made sense. If you are a fan of the cast members and you like action thrillers I recommend checking out Copshop. Early showings start tomorrow night and it hits theaters everywhere Friday. If you have theaters open in your area it’s a good flick to see on a discount day or a matinee.
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 going on readers!! If you are reading this I hope you are well and staying safe. The corona virus outbreak shut down screenings at the beginning of the year so it had been several months since I attended one. I was surprised when I received an email that said AMC theaters was hosting an early viewing of Freaky for Stubs members.
You might be thinking to yourself “another Dr. Dolittle flick?” but in this version we find out that Iron Man faked his death, built another time machine, then traveled back to the 1800s so he could live in seclusion with his animal pals.