Escape Room review “Jigsaw’s hand-me-downs”

Escape Room posterIn the year 2004, the film Saw was released, and people just went crazy over it, and… I kinda get it. I do really like the ending and it does have some good scares, but besides that it’s a pretty dull movie that created the torture gimmick that many horror movies now practice.

Escape Room is the latest film to  jump on the bandwagon and I was not excited for it at all. In the last two years, the first ventures into horror have been Insidious: The Last Key and The Bye Bye Man, the latter being one of my least favorite films ever made. Does Escape Room break the curse? Let’s talk about that, and the Saw movies, I’ll be talking about those a lot too here. Continue reading

The Grinch review “A nice looking present, broken by the mailman”

The Grinch movie posterIn the year 2000, Ron Howard of all people, director of such films like Frost/Nixon, A Beautiful Mind, and Apollo 13, made a movie called How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey, and it was one of the best horror movies of the year. The terrifying makeup along with the weird fog over the lenses makes this movie- what?

According to the person who barged into my writing room, this Grinch is actually supposed to be a family-comedy? Then how do you explain all the creepy imagery, adult jokes and awkward pauses… Oh, it’s a Dr. Seuss movie from the 2000s, okay I get it now. Anywho, they made a non-horrifying version this year simply titled The Grinch, starring Belligerent Cabbagepatch and… yeah, let’s talk about it. Continue reading

Bumblebee review “A fun-filled action-packed barrel of awesome”

Bumblebee movie posterI am filing a restraining order against Travis Knight, as he has most definitely been reading my diary. I mean, 80s pop culture, cool and easy to see action, surprisingly funny comedy, along with my future wife Hailee Steinfeld?

Yeah, stay 100 feet away Mr. Knight. Bumblebee was a movie I was expecting to be, well, awful. It looked cliche and melodramatic, but I am pleased to say that is most definitely not the case, with a movie that has penetrated my top 10 favorite movies of the year. With that, we have a large amount to discuss, so let’s dive in. Continue reading

Overlord review “Gory, grotesque, and amazing”

Overlord movie posterThis year has had some fantastic horror movies so far, Hereditary scared the bejeezus out of nearly everyone who saw it, Upgrade was a hilarious horror-comedy with a fantastic twist, and heck, my favorite film of the year so far Annihilation was a visually stunning masterpiece with heaps of immense thrills. Now, a new challenger has arisen for the title of “Best Horror Film of 2018” and that film is Overlord, which combines Nazis and… well, I’m not sure what to call them so I’ll just say zombies.

I was extremely excited for the film based on the first trailer, which in my opinion, made this movie look like the coolest movie of all time. Nazis, flamethrowers, syringes, zombies, and huge explosions had me pumped up, and when I saw it on Thursday night in IMAX… I was blown away by the film.  Now, without further ado, let’s break down why Overlord is now in my top 5 of 2018. Continue reading

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms review “Sour character development ruins a potentially sweet story”

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms posterIt’s November in the US which means it is time to start celebrating Christmas, and along with The Grinch, Disney is kicking things off with their new Christmas film Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Based off the hit ballet, Nutcracker is taking a generally story-less tale and turning it into fantasy war epic similar to the 2010 Alice in Wonderland.

I generally dislike that reimagining from Tim Burton, as it tries to turn nonsense into a Lord of the Rings style action film. Now, another director who has made a superhero movie that I really enjoy has come in to do that exact thing with the Nutcracker, and now I ask you to allow me to explain why that did really did not work. Continue reading