Thursday, May 17, 2018

Review: Adam Sandler turns a new leaf in "The Week Of"

The Week of Review

I am starting to wonder what professional critics expect from Adam Sandler.

Maybe I think this because I was always one of Sandler's fans. I was front and center for his prime career. "Billy Madison" and "Happy Gilmore" and "Big Daddy" are all films I love. I even liked things like "Eight Crazy Nights" a movie that seemed to fizzle upon its release. Sure, not everything he did during that time was good, I honestly don't think I ever need to watch "The Waterboy" ever again. But even in those days, critics never really got Adam Sandler. Or maybe they were just predicting the future, because as Sandler moved into the 2000's, he appeared as a one-tricky pony, only capable of doing one thing. "Punch-Drunk Love" was an absolute fluke, and everything else he touched seemed like over-indulgence for the sake of it. Except maybe "50 First Dates."

This deal with Netflix seemed like a vanity project for the actor more than anything else. I watched "The Ridiculous 6" and I watched "The Do-Over" and I watched "Sandy Wexler." Out of all three of those, "Sandy Wexler" was the best, but possibly not worth the effort of signing a major deal with Sandler. The other two are your typical shitty Adam Sandler movies. Suddenly though, there seems to be a change. I would highly recommend seeking out "The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)" its on Netflix too, and its honestly a different kind of Adam Sandler comedy all together.

You can add "The Week Of" to the unique experience of the new Adam Sandler comedy. For the first time in his career, he isn't relying on his angry ranting humor to get him through a comedy. For the first time in his career, he is playing multiple characters and making up weird voices for them. For the first time in his career, he isn't running in circles making the same points in his movies over and over again. Although I will argue that there is a typical, raging Sandler comedy hidden in the subtext of the film, and perhaps ten years ago this could have looked a lot different. That's easily the most frustrating thing about an otherwise good movie.

The movie is about two families, one is led by Sandler and the other is led by Chris Rock. Their children is getting married, Sandler's daughter and Rock's son. Chris Rock plays a successful, super-rich doctor and Sandler plays your typical, Middle-Class man. Sandler is hellbent on paying for the whole wedding, even though his family doesn't have much and even though Rock has offered many times to help, he's financially stable, and Sandler really isn't. But he wants to impress his future son-in-law's family and really wants to give his daughter the best wedding ever. 

So in your everyday Sandler fashion, next to nothing goes well. There is a leak at the hotel everyone is staying at. Someone gets hurt at the bachelor party, and by the end of the movie, the wedding venue is on fire. There is also a laundry list of other things that make the wedding a near-disaster. But like I said above, the humor in the film isn't your typical Sandler humor. There is a dryer, less zany sense of humor to the story. It almost feels like a Woody Allen comedy for much of its running time, and its amazing to see Sandler having an actual character to play. He does incredible work, and he's still very funny here.

There are a couple Sandler regulars in here, and all the way through, it feels like a natural, organic comedy. It's not overly-slapstick or overly-deadpan. For someone who actually experienced an entire year of wedding planning, the jokes about anxiety of planning a wedding were dead on. The stress and needs of everyone involved can be crazy and just that, stressful. And I thought the movie had something very true to say about it. The movie itself, kinda finishes in the same Sandler fashion, but you know, by the end I didn't care. There was so much fun on display that I was happy with the experience. I know this got panned by critics, but again, as I opened this review, I don't get what critics want from him anymore. Just about all my favorite Sandler movies have been panned by the critics, and I still love all of them. I can also appreciate with "The Week Of" that an artist this late in his career can still try something new, and try different things. Change can be a good thing, and now my interest in Adam Sandler's Netflix run has gone up a bit. Something that I didn't think was possible.

FINAL GRADE: B+ 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Primetime TV 2018-2019

I did this last year, and I wanted to create a place where you can see which shows were officially renewed and cancelled for the big primetime TV stations. Well, here are all the big ones right here right now.


Renewals
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.*
American Housewife
American Idol
The Bachelor
Bachelor In Paradise
Black-ish
Child Support
Dancing With The Stars
For The People
Fresh off the Boat
The Goldbergs
The Good Doctor
Grey's Anatomy
How To Get Away With Murder
Modern Family
Roseanne
Shark Tank
Speechless
Splitting Up Together
Station 19
Ten Days In The Valley

Cancellations
Alex Inc.
Boy Band
The Crossing
Deception
Designated Survivor
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World
Marvel's Inhumans
The Mayor
Once Upon A Time
Quantico
Ten Days In The Valley

*Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return in the summer of 2019 and will run for only thirteen episodes. There is a good chance that this will be the show's last. It's had an up and down inception, but overall I liked the show. But six seasons isn't bad at all. Otherwise, the only show I'll miss is The Mayor. Lots of forgettable stuff getting axed by ABC, and the renewals aren't surprising.



Renewals
The Amazing Race
The Big Bang Theory
Big Brother
Big Brother: Celebrity Edition
Criminal Minds
Elementary
Hawaii 5-0
Instinct
Life In Pieces
MacGyver
Madam Secretary
Man With A Plan
Mom
(all versions of) NCIS
Randsom
Salvation
Survivor
S.W.A.T.
Young Sheldon

Cancellations
9JKL
Kevin Can Wait
Living Bibically
Me, Myself and I
Scorpion
Superior Donuts
Wisdom of the Crowd
Zoo

I will definitely miss Scorpion, but I think the quality definitely was beginning to dwindle and I fell off the show for sure. I also liked Superior Donuts quite a bit, I will miss that one for sure. Other than those, not too many surprises here. All the big CBS staples will be back.

Renewals
The 100
Arrow
Black Lightening
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
Dynasty
The Flash
IZombie
Jane The Virgin
Riverdale
Supergirl
Supernatural

Cancellations
Life Sentence
The Originals
Valor

Well, no big surprises here at all. I would like to take a quick shoutout to Black Lightening. I haven't watched the whole first season yet, but I definitely like what I've seen so far! Penn and Teller: Fool Us is still up in the air at the moment.


Renewals
9-1-1
Bob's Burgers
Brooklyn Nine-Nine*
Empire
Family Guy
The Four
The Gifted
Gotham**
Hell's Kitchen
Lethal Weapon
MasterChief & MasterChief Junior
The Orville
The Resident
The Simpsons
Star

Cancellations
The Exorcist
The Last Man on Earth
Lucifer
The Mick
Shots Fired

*Brooklyn Nine-Nine will have a new home over at NBC, a fact that I greeted with a sigh of relief. Its one of the best comedies on TV right now, and I am not sure what Fox is thinking
**Gotham's next season will apparently be its last, and will focus on...get this...Bruce becoming Batman. Wasn't that the whole point in the first place? Kill it already
Fox breaks my heart, losing The Last Man on Earth and The Mick really hurt my soul. They better replace it with some good stuff!

X-Files is a long shot as of right now. LA To Vegas could go either way.



Renewals
America's Got Talent
American Ninja Warrior
A.P. Bio
The Blacklist
Blindspot
Chicago Fire, PD, etc, etc all renewed
Ellen's Game of Games
Good Girls
The Good Place
Law & Order: SVU
Midnight, Texas
Superstore
This Is Us
The Voice
The Wall
Will & Grace*

Cancellations
The Brave
Great News
The Night Shift
Rise
Taken

*Will & Grace will have at least two more seasons

No news on Timeless at this moment

I liked A.P. Bio, glad that's returning. I continue to love Superstore, and I thought I was the only one who watched it, glad its coming back. I watched Great News and the first episode of Rise, I couldn't get into either of them. Never gave Taken a shot, glad I didn't. You know what else? I actually really, really, really liked Ellen's Game of Games. Glad to see more of that.

Did your favorites survive? Let me know!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody trailer



Wow...this looks awesome.

Rami Malek seems to really come alive as Freddy Mercury, and I have a feeling this will be the actors first ever Oscar nomination. I was smiling ear to ear watching this trailer. And it isn't even the full length of a trailer.

Oh, and was that Little Finger I saw in the trailer? Maybe

Review: "Blockers" is good for a few laughs, but ultimately boils down to chick flick tropes

Blockers Review
There have been several comedies that have some potential, and the possibilities are endless. I haven't seen a comedy that revolved around three parents figuring out that their teenage children are planning to lose their virginity's on their prom night, but alas so is the story of "Blockers." There is a reason why there has been a chicken in all the advertising, I'm sure if the MPAA would have let them, the movie would have been called "Cock Blockers," so they have to have an outline of a "cock" animal in all the advertising. Hardy harr harr. When you've got Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and even John Cena playing the three concerned parents who then plan to stalk their children at their own prom to make sure that their dates are keeping it in their pants, I mean man that is comedic gold potential right there.

Oddly enough, the stuff that works in "Blockers" was not what I expected, and the stuff I expected to land laughs was mediocre at best.

The parents all have daughters. The daughters are played by Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Visawanathan and Gideon Aldon, honestly they are the best. I was pleasantly surprised by how good they all were together. "Blockers" has been advertised as a "female Superbad" and I usually cringe when comparisons like that are made. In this case, honestly, they got pretty close. The work by Newton, Visawanathan and Aldon is sometimes raunchy, sometimes silly, and very human. That was the secret ingredient in "Superbad." The kids in that movie weren't the type of kids we usually see in teen comedies. They were vulnerable, they were curious and they were awkward. That's exactly the same type of feeling I got when I saw these girls. They are fully readable, and totally recognizable to when we were teenagers. That's the genius of this.

The work done by Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz is fine. Not nearly as good as it should have been, but fine. John Cena should just stick to comedy, because he seems to come alive in the genre in a bigger way than he ever did in an action movie, which is surprising all around given his day job. Leslie Mann is one of the rare great female talents in comedy who is always reliable. She doesn't get too many opportunities to be front and center in a movie. But when she does, she delivers some magic. The best of the three parents though, is without a doubt and without surprise, is Ike. Barinholtz is a diamond in the rough, and it never ceases to amaze me that he's not in literally every comedy being written right now. I can't help but crack up every single time he's onscreen, and he does that movie after movie. Maybe I have a stupid sense of humor, but I laugh myself silly from his talent, and he's given all the best material in the movie, and he totally runs with it.

The thing is, if the adults weren't a big part of the movie, it would have been better. Had the movie really been a "female Superbad" and followed these three girls on this important journey and focused on their wild prom night. Had it really developed their thinking and need for virginity to go away on this one night. Well, that would have been better. When the adults come in, they are given such predictable character development that you can teleplay the movie from beginning to end. John Cena and Leslie Mann discuss not talking to each other, so of course they date. Ike's character is holding onto a secret that has damaged his friendship with Mann and Cena, and that connects to his daughter's need to fuck in a predictably dumb way. Maybe the girls lose their virginity, maybe they don't. I am not going to spoil the movie for you, but how the movie goes back to connect to the adults feels forced, feels manufactured and is useless as far as story goes. The adults feel like placeholders because the writers had no idea how to fill in the adventure with the girls, who should have been the main focus of the movie.

I think you will be surprised by the charm of the three young women in this movie, and just how awesome their characters are. I think Ike continues to show just how powerful a comedic powerhouse he is, and I hope he shows up in more movies soon. However, there are conflicting storylines here, and they eventually begin to ruin what could have been a great movie. But there is definitely enough material here to warrant a watch, and you I think you'll find it enjoyable.

FINAL GRADE: B

Monday, May 14, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody trailer tomorrow



This is one of those movies that have been in development for many years. Johnny Depp was heavily considered as Freddy Mercury for many years. Now, "Mr. Robot" star Rami Malek will play Freddy Mercury.

I will be interested in seeing this tomorrow.

Thoughts?

Review: "Isle of Dogs" is another stop-motion winner for Wes Anderson

Isle of Dogs Review
There are merely a handful of directors who I will happily follow into the movie theater, no matter what subject matter they choose, no matter what risks they are willing to take, no matter what their new movie is about. There are only a few directors who have developed such a clear command over their craft, that even if they have a rough year (and believe me, nobody is perfect) that doesn't seem to matter. The next film they put on the books, I am willing to go to the theater to see. Wes Anderson has become one of those directors.

Simply put, we don't have another Wes Anderson out there. There is nobody else in the business with a dryer deadpan sense of humor. There isn't another director who is writing more original dialogue and characters, except maybe Quentin Tarantino. (But trying to compare Tarantino to Anderson feels like comparing apples and oranges) There is also nobody else in the business who seems to have a firm grasp on stop-motion animation. Its been a while since Tim Burton shot a film this way, and I never would have guessed that Wes Anderson would have been the guy to bring the idea back in such witty style. In 2009, his "Fantastic Mr. Fox" was one of the best films of the decade, and perhaps Anderson has struck gold again with "Isle of Dogs."

"Isle of Dogs" features some early narration by the Courtney B. Vance, because it wouldn't be a Wes Anderson movie without some narration of some kind. The narrator explains that dogs became the best friends of an ancient Japanese tribe, but the rival Kobayashi tribe (who were more cat people) tried to defeat them because they didn't like dogs. When Kobayashi's rivals were near defeat, a savior came in and saved the day. Now in modern times, a decendent of Kobayashi is now mayor of Megasaki City. When a dog-flu virus breaks out, he orders all dogs, stray and domestic, to trash island. Even though a scientist Professor Watanabi (Akira Ito) is close to a cure. Kobayashi wants all the dogs out of the city, and then he secretly wants to kill all the dogs once he's reelected in an upcoming election.

We then meet dogs Chief (Bryan Cranston), Rex (Edward Norton), King (Bob Balaban), Boss (Bill Murray) and Duke (Jeff Goldblum) form a group to help stay alive six months into dogs being transported to Trash Island. Though Chief doesn't really care to go back to mainland Japan since he was the only stray in the group, the other dogs do. Suddenly, a human boy named Atari (Koyu Rankin) crash-lands on the island, determined to find his dog Spots (Liev Schreiber). Chief and his pack decide to help Atari, although Chief is reluctant to join his pack since he has a slight distrust of humans.

As you can see from above, the film is packed with the usual yet dependable Anderson regulars bring the voices to life for the dogs. They all do outstanding work. As I sat watching this movie, I was scared that the recognizable voices would get distracting. But do to the animation, the style of the movie and the sense of humor of the script, its actually kind of perfect hearing Bryan Cranston's voice come out of a big, black dog. Not that he is alone. There are a ton of good Anderson regulars here; including Tilda Swinton, F. Murray Abraham, Anjelica Huston and Fisher Stevens. Scarlett Johansson also appears and does good voice work. This isn't typical animation, and Anderson finds the charm in putting these dog characters together.

His eye for stop motion hasn't wavered a bit since 2009, and the world of this dystopian future of Japan may not look real, but its completely realized. There is just a pinch of realism that makes the movie fun to continue to follow through. And Anderson is just as playful in world-building as he was in 2009.

I may have been a little biased. My wife and I have two dogs of our own, one is six and the other is almost two. We love them with every fiber of our being, and they are so spoiled and so much apart of our family that I even put them in a picture of our family specially created for our one-year anniversary. There are some that may snicker at that, but I don't care. There seems to be a very fine line between people who love dogs and people who only see them as dogs. This is a movie that definitely tests that line in people. The dogs that inhabit Trash Island, even the tough strays, are in need of a home, they miss their masters and they are being discarded by people who only see them as dogs. Any pet, no matter what they are, is a part of your family. I am one of those dog owners who truly believes that my two dogs are apart of my family. I can't think of another movie about dogs that so playfully and gleefully has fun with that concept without shamelessly playing with your heart-strings. But leave it to Wes Anderson to do just that. I hope we see more Anderson in stop-motion worlds, especially when he's got such fun stories to tell.

FINAL GRADE: A

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Jack Black says "Pick of Destiny 2" is coming

Well, here's some news that I didn't expect today.

This is a CD I have on my IPod, its a movie I found incredibly funny. I am talking about "Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny." What's that, you ask? Well, Jack Black and his friend Kyle Gass are an alternative rock duo who write a bunch of comedic rock songs. They go by the name Tenacious D, and they have released a couple albums, and had their own movie made in 2007, the movie above, The Pick of Destiny! Both of these men are quite talented, and the way Jack Black plays guitar is quite shocking and rather remarkable. "Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny" was one of those small gems that went nearly completely unnoticed in 2007, but when I actually watched it, I couldn't believe how much of it clicked with me.

Jack Black announced today that there will be a sequel to "The Pick of Destiny." It sounds like they are aiming for an October release of this year. Jack Black himself doesn't even seem to know how it will happen, but as assured that its going to happen. So that is good, right?


Review: "Batman Ninja" is crazy cool!

Batman Ninja Review

I've been saying for awhile now how awesome I think the DC animated movies are. I have loved just about every animated movie the studio has made. I like that now they have established themselves, that they are finally starting to take some risks. Earlier this year, I watched and reviewed "Batman: Gotham By Gaslight," Which put Bruce Wayne in Victorian era America. I know comic and DC fans know that this is based on a what if comic book, but not the general fan, so it was a big risk to make them believe in this world. DC is doing that once again with their beloved characters in "Batman Ninja."

Although this time it makes a little more sense. As the film begins Batman (voiced by Roger Craig Smith) going to stop a plot at Arkham Asylum by Gorilla Grodd, it seems he's got a machine that can alter reality, space and time and he wants to manipulate the villains for something. Batman is in the midst of stopping him when suddenly he, Grodd and the entire building of Arkham suddenly disappears. When Batman opens his eyes, he's suddenly found himself in Feudal Japan. And suddenly three samurai wearing smiley faces appear to try and kill them, and Batman subdues them with a great amount of ease. 

Once he walks around a little, he learns that modern Gotham and Feudal Japan clashed together two years ago, and in that time The Joker has become an evil legend in the land. The Joker as always tries to kill Batman, so he must keep himself alive in his struggle against his greatest nemesis. Not only that, but Batman plans to find Gorilla Grodd (who if you don't know, is actually a big nemesis of The Flash) and find out why he did what he did, and what his true plan is. Batman isn't alone though, Nightwing, Jason Todd, Robin and Red Robin have been here, and they've allied with a group of Ninjas that have obsessed over a legend about a bat-vigilante. Batman has got an army at his disposal.

He'll need that army too. Because The Joker has got tons of tricks up his sleeve. Grodd has a host of allies; including Deathstroke, Poison Ivy, The Penguin and Two-Face. Oh, and how could I forget a sumo-style Bane? The bad guys are equipped with several Gundam Wing-style robots. Oh yes, the bad guys have giant robots in this movie, and they are quite awesome. Batman is determined to find a way back to his future.

The movie isn't special simply because its a clever way of exploring what Batman would do if he was suddenly transported to an older Japan. But the animation is better-than-usual in terms of anime. The animation in the movie looks as if a painting is coming to life. I was so absorbed by this that I found myself in many parts of the movie that being enthralled by the dreamy animation. The movie is beautifully complex.

Again, this is another example of DC Animation hitting a homerun out of the ballpark, but it also goes to show that they are willing to begin taking risks.

FINAL GRADE: A

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Sherlock Holmes 3 coming in 2020!

Robert Downey Jr. has been talking a "Sherlock Holmes 3" as long as he's been talking "Iron Man 4." I don't know if we'll ever see the later, but Robert Downey Jr has always been one of those actors who really listens to his fans, respects them, loves them and tries tooth and nail to do right by them. Well, the wait is over on "Sherlock Holmes 3." Its officially coming in 2020, and will do battle against James Cameron's long-awaited "Avatar" sequel, as it is aiming for a Christmas release date. This made me laugh, since the first "Sherlock Holmes" and the first "Avatar" came out within each other in 2009.

We don't know if Guy Ritchie will direct and we don't know if RDJ himself or Jude Law are set to return. But the way the 2011 film ended, I needed some closure. There are some cool paths they can go down to tell this story, and I look forward to see what happens!

SOURCE:
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/79933

Monday, May 7, 2018

A look at John Travolta in "Gotti"

It seems for awhile now, there has been a John Gotti movie in some sort of development. As far back as I can remember, John Travolta was signed on to play the prolific gangster. For anybody who doesn't pay much attention to criminal history, John Gotti rose to be the leader of one of New York City's powerful crime families in the 1980's. The Five Families of New York were shrouded in tradition and secrecy, and once Gotti got into power, he didn't play by the same rules. He smiled in his mug shots, he showed off his expensive clothes and possessions. He became known as "The Teflon Don" and "The Dapper Don" because of it. He was dangerous, he was powerful, but at the same time came off harmless. He got tons of attention from the media, which the other families hated.

So of course, John Travolta is playing him. It honestly makes so much sense.




It looks like John Travolta may be revitalizing his career for the second time. Which is fine by me, I love John Travolta. I always have. He brings something unique to his movies, and his style is addicting. Even in the movies where he is totally overacting, like say "From Paris With Love," he still creates something that is worth watching. I can't wait to see what he does as Gotti. I only worry because there is not much that is unique about the gangster movie. If you've seen one, you've seen them all and I think gangster movies have really said all that they need to have said already. What can director Kevin Connolly do differently that will make this one stick its landing? We'll have to wait and see.

Review: "The Strangers: Prey at Night" has a little more fun, but with less scares

The Strangers: Prey at Night Review
One of my favorite modern movies has been "The Strangers." I have always loved and admired that it is such a simple concept brought to the millionth degree. An isolated couple being attacked by masked lunatics seems like something done to death, and it certainly is. But what makes "The Strangers" stick out is the slow burn method of its storytelling, its rich character, and the characters themselves acting human for a change, you honestly don't know how rare that last point is until you've really pushed through many horror movies. 

Bryan Bertino wrote and directed the first film. Now, ten years later, he has returned to make a sequel. A sequel, which is entitled "The Strangers: Prey at Night," takes a few more liberties than the first film did. It tries to more for humor, it tries more for a more exhilerating edge. You will notice that the font which is used for the title at the beginning of the film looks like it belongs in a John Carpenter movie. It doesn't bother me that Bertino is trying to have a little more fun with this new chapter, except he really went big with the first film. He really milked the atmosphere and the suspense with his first film. There is nothing thrilling, fun or funny about the first film, it commits to its seriousness. So when Bertino suddenly chooses to go grindhouse-ey with his new film, it feels wildly out-of-place.

He's working with some good actors again. Christina Hendricks plays Cindy, and Martin Hendersen (where the hell has this guy been??) plays Cindy's husband Mike. They have two children; Kinsey played by Bailee Madison and Luke played by Lewis Pullman. The family has decided to take on last summer vacation before Kinsey goes to boarding school. Turns out Kinsey is a bit of a wild child (how so is only really discussed in faint whispers) and so her parents have decided to send her away, which is killing Kinsey who doesn't want to go. As this family starts to fall apart, the familiar Strangers show up, using tactics exactly like they had in the first film, which I am sure will make fans of the first film giddy. Of course, the Strangers just want to show up and kill everyone because they are bored.

You would think that the dynamic of the family would really play into the films plot, but once the Strangers show up, any hardship or estrangement the family was experiencing gets thrown out the window and forgotten, its all development that goes nowhere. The small cast does what they can, but its all simple stuff that any actor could do. The two big guns are utterly wasted as actors here, and that's a shame too, because both Hendricks and Hendersen are great and can do anything. The kids got hired, apparently, because they do well with screaming.

There are some startling images and some intense situations that I think Bertino expertly brings to life. I just don't think the movie ever matches the creepy, unsettling vibe that the first film created. Remember though, Bertino made both films, so he's familiar with this story and these characters, I just think he did a lot more the first time around. In an odd way, it feels like the first film he made was the sequel, and this film feels like the first one. This one feels ragged and unsure of itself. It doesn't want to fully commit to any type of character development or story arc. It feels like a bunch of events and then its over. Some stuff is good, but its not nearly enough. 

FINAL GRADE: C-

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Shawn Hoelscher's 100 Favorite Movie Moments

What makes a movie good?

Honestly, there are tons of factors.

I see movies as almost a form of algorithm, and if most of a movie checks out, it works for me. Each movie has its own identity for me, its own unique DNA. So what makes me love a movie is different because each film is a different experience. I may love a movie because of how it makes me feel. I may love a movie because of what it says and how it says it. Sometimes I love a movie because its got a damn entertaining story. Maybe there's a performance so great, its addictive to watch. Whatever the case, sometimes I also love a movie because its full of so many good moments, that the cons slip by the wayside.

When I was a little boy and when I talked to my friends about movies, we would have long conversations of us going back and forth with sentences that started with "Remember the part when..." When we watch something we love, some people love to impersonate those scenes. Discuss a funny piece of dialogue or a memorable situation. Movies are made up of moments, and the iconic moments are those that live on with the audience forever. I thought I'd share my 100 favorite movie moments. Scenes that force a laugh, scenes that force a shock, scenes that...may not make a whole lot of sense out of context. But one thing is important, they moved me, they shaped me into the movie geek I am today. We can talk under the sun and argue until we're blue in the face, but how many times have we discussed our favorite moments in film? When I watch these movies, these are the things I anticipate the most.

Even though they are numbered, they are in no particular order.

100. Closing Credits (Inland Empire, 2006)



99. Opening Credits (Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)



98. Skateboard Ghost (The House on Haunted Hill (1959)



97. Puttin On Your REEETZ (Young Frankenstein (1974)



96. Humphrey Bogart respects women (The Maltese Falcon (1941)



95. John Candy Loves Cheese (Uncle Buck (1989)



94. Peter Sellers Antics (Dr. Strangelove (1964)



93. Flying Grandma (Gremlins (1984)



92. Han Solo The Pimp (The Empire Strikes Back, 1980)



91. So, Let's Dance! (Caddyshack, 1980)



90. Al Pacino Talks Asses (Heat, 1995)



89. Joker's Museum Party (Batman, 1989)



88. Movie Within The Movie (Strange Brew, 1983)



87. Fatherly Rant (Cheech and Chong's Up In Smoke, 1978)



86. Who That Man? (A Day At The Races, 1937)



85. Crazy Mel versus Crazy Gary (Lethal Weapon, 1987)



84. Wise Up (Magnolia, 1999)



83. Awkward Date (Fargo, 1996)



82. I don't need your sympathy, man (The Big Lebowski, 1998)



81. Shark versus Zombie (Zombie 2, 1979)



80. Candy Colored Clown (Blue Velvet, 1986)



79. Trans Am Intro (Smokey and the Bandit, 1977)



78. Fight a Stranger montage (Fight Club, 1999)



77. Bill Murray's Epiphany (Scrooged, 1988)



76. Pimp visit (True Romance, 1993)



75. I'm trying hard to be the shephard (Pulp Fiction, 1994)



74. The Rant (Christmas Vacation, 1989)



73. The Assassination (The Manchurian Candidate, 1962)



72. The Intermission (Holy Motors, 2012)



71. Ee-oh, eleven! (Ocean's 11, 1960)



70. The Grapefruit (The Public Enemy, 1931)



69. Val Kilmer's Marlon Brando impression (The Island of Dr. Moreau, 1996)



68. Head Change (Sleeper, 1973)



67. In Heaven (Eraserhead, 1977)



66. The Ending (The Shawshank Redemption, 1994)



65. The Ending (The Usual Suspects, 1995)



64. The Ending, (25th Hour, 2002)



63. Dentist Scene (Little Shop of Horrors, 1986)



62. Atticus' closing argument (To Kill A Mockingbird, 1962)



61. Bruce Lee versus Chuck Norris (Way of the Dragon, 1972)



60. I work for Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles, 1974)



59. Funny How? (Goodfellas, 1990)



58. Diner Scene (The Blues Brothers, 1980)



57. Peeping Tom (Animal House, 1978)



56. Diarrhea (Dumb and Dumber, 1994)



55. Party at the Park (Dazed and Confused, 1993)



54. Klaatu (The Day The Earth Stood Still, 1951)



53. Detective Death, (Psycho, 1960)



52. Winners Fuck The Prom Queen (The Rock, 1996)



51. John Malkovich's cartoonish death (Con Air, 1997)



50. Prank calling Ed Rooney (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, 1986)



49. "My friend is going to stick his tongue out at that girl" (Scarface, 1983)




48. Witch Pit (Army of Darkness, 1993)



47. Pitch Black (The Silence of the Lambs, 1991)



46. "Wanna see something really scary?" (Twilight Zone: The Movie, 1983)



45. "This man has no dick" (Ghostbusters, 1984)



44. Cap addresses SHIELD (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 2014)



43. Nick Nack Attack (The Man With The Golden Gun, 1974)



42. Bar fight (From Dusk Till Dawn, 1996)



41. Mexican Stand-off (Enemy of the State, 1998)



40. Going the wrong way (Planes, Trains and Automobiles, 1987)



39. Nic Cage's wig-out (Deadfall, 1993)



38. Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight, 2008)

       
     
37. Alan Rickman (Die Hard, 1988)



36. Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club, 1985)



35. Pre-game brawl (Slap Shot, 1977)


34. Dracula Rises (Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, 1948)


33. Jack Black (High Fidelity, 2000)


32. Tommy Wiseau: Best Worst Performance (The Room, 2003)


31. The Party (Trading Places, 1983)


30. "Can You Dig It?" (The Warriors, 1979)


29. The First Twenty Minutes (The Departed, 2006)


28. Opening Scene (Full Metal Jacket, 1987)


27. John Wick vs. Elrond (The Matrix, 1999)



26. Gas Station Destrution (Its A Mad Mad Mad World, 1963)



25. Easy Five Grand (The Sting, 1973)



24. Tuco's Final Insult (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, 1966)



23. Fight at the House of Blue Leaves (Kill Bill: Volume I, 2003)



22. The Desert (Beavis and Butthead Do America, 1998)



21. Bar Shootout (Desperado, 1995)



20. Leatherface's Chainsaw Dance (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1974)



19. "Dating In New York" (Coming To America, 1988)



18. Christopher Walken's One Scene (Annie Hall, 1977)



17. Satan singing "Up There" (South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, 1999)



16. The Plane Fight (Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981)



15. "Do You Have Anymore gum?" (Billy Madison, 1995)



14. Cuban Pete (The Mask, 1994)



13. The Ride of Doom (Mr. Bean: The Movie, 1998)



12. Gas Station scene (No Country For Old Men, 2007)



11. Knockout Cop (The Terminator, 1984)



10. Holliday and Ringo (Tombstone, 1993)



9. "Pure Imagination" (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 1971)



8. Jump In Line (Beetlejuice, 1988)



7. That manic laugh (The Invisible Man, 1933)



6. Boob punch (Superbad, 2007)



5. House Party (Beerfest, 2006)



4. "I Don't Watch Movies" (Clerks, 1994)



3. Silent Bob Speaks (Dogma, 1999)



2. We're In Now, Now (Spaceballs, 1986)



1. "Suck On This" (Taxi Driver, 1976)


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

"Ant-Man And Wasp" Second Trailer

I'm sure some of you are still reeling from "Avengers: Infinity War," I will admit that I sure am.

So, here something that should raise your spirits a little bit.

We've been wondering where Ant-Man was during the events of the latest Avengers adventure. "Ant-Man and Wasp" will no doubt answer that question for us in July. We know he's been on house arrest. We know he made some kind of deal with the government because of his family. So I hope we learn a little bit more about it when the movie comes out in a few months.

I thought the first "Ant-Man" was a whoooole lot of fun. It looks like this new movie is going to be just as much fun. I am very much looking forward to it.


Review: "Truth or Dare" is hardly daring and not truthful

Truth or Dare Review

Horror had a pretty good year in 2017. It was a year of a few minor surprises, and the year we really got Stephen King right. "A Quiet Place" made a big splash last month, and it seems like in general the genre has been moving in some sort of good direction. Blumhouse has been making a name for itself the last few years. So much so, that now its a studio that has become a brand. No easy feat that, especially in a world of franchise blockbuster filmmaking. So it confuses me that the studio would waste time bringing together something so half-assed. Something like "Truth or Dare."

As I describe the plot to you, you are going to think that I am pulling a prank on you. You are not going to believe that something so intrusive is real. You'll think that the idea came from a group of edgy teenagers, not grown-ups working in the movie business. But let's get into it, shall we? Olivia (Lucy Hale), Markie (Violett Beane), Penelope (Sophia Ali), Brad (Hayden Szeto) and Ronnie (Sam Lerner) are all very close friends who are about to graduate from college. They are your typical, unlikable young lot, the type of people you know are going to spend the next two hours making lots of bad decisions. They go on a Spring Break trip together, and have lots of mindless, college kid fun. Olivia meets Carter (Landon Laboiron) who takes them to a secluded, deserted spot after the bars close down on their last night. He asks them to play an innocent game of Truth or Dare. Things begin innocent, turn a little touchy with information, then a shade dark when Carter suggests that they all will die. They go back home not thinking anything of it. That's until they begin hallucinating, and begin to realize that Carter put some kind of curse on them. If the friends don't continue the game of Truth or Dare, they will die.

There was a movie that came out when I was in hire school, called "Stay Alive." Which was about a cursed video game where if your character died in the game, you died in real life. It was a silly, silly premise, and it lead to a silly, silly movie. I kind of liked "Stay Alive" in a guilty pleasure sort of manner, simply because it was a movie that knew what it was. "Truth or Dare" gets embarrassing to watch due to this movie taking itself too seriously. So what, there is an evil spirit going around possessing people, smiling really big, and asking people to continue a cursed game. Its going to take a lot more than that for my hair to raise, and the movie doesn't even try. It wants you to take it seriously, then expects us to be scared of people smiling?

It doesn't help that zero of the characters are likable. How is the audience supposed to care about a group of dumb young people dying if the movie doesn't take the time to make sure the audience cares about them. It's the trick that makes or breaks a horror movie, and "Truth or Dare" fails completely. Simply put, I don't give a good goddamn about any of these kids. They are all secretly jerks to one another, even though they are close friends. They all like each others crushes. Some of them are dating, but cheating at the same time. Why the hell should I care if any of these assholes start dying? There is nothing redeemable about any of them. Even Olivia, who apparently was meant to be the moral center of this movie, keeps a pretty big secret for most of the movie, that only leads to her best friend getting mad at her. Pretty quickly, the movie stops feeling like a horror movie, and starts feeling more like a MTV reality show.

There isn't anything close to range that any of these kids are asked to do, so judging their acting is a bit of a chore. Its the type of acting you always see in horror movies about dumb kids. It could have been done by anyone, so who really cares? "Truth or Dare" really ends up being another forgettable horror movie, very inconsequential.

FINAL GRADE: F