Sunday, June 30, 2019

Screaming Sunday - Child's Play

By sati (harlequinade) Sunday, June 30, 2019 , , 8 Comments
Movie rating: 52/100
Plot: A mother gives her 13-year-old son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.
The heroes: The kids, because it's the cool thing these days to have the children battle the horror antagonist. After all, It is the most successful horror film in history.
The antagonists: That one disgruntled employee.
Best scene: The reveal of what Chucky did to the world's crappiest boyfriend.
Oh-oh something's not right line:  Did you say Chucky?
What makes it so great? This is not a great movie but it's much better than I expected it to be after its lazy, disgusting and quite frankly hugely unprofessional marketing campaign with Chucky murdering Toy Story characters. The film is much more fun than other recent horror films - I am looking at you, Brightburn - and it is surprisingly emotional. Granted I always feel for CGI characters, but I was genuinely surprised how much I empathized with Chucky, This whole situation happened because of someone messing up his programming and all he wanted was to be a good friend. There's also plenty of humor here and the actors do a really great job - Aubrey Plaza somehow sells being somebody's mom, Gabriel Bateman is really good as Andy and Brian Tyree Henry provides a lot of comic relief.

Friday, June 28, 2019

(396) FOUR + links

By sati (harlequinade) Friday, June 28, 2019 22 Comments
  • I realized recently that I don't remember much from Stranger Things so I decided I will rewatch it. But me being me, the plan was to only rewatch season 2. So I did that and then I rewatched season 1. 
  • Literally nothing in my life makes sense.

  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    By sati (harlequinade) Tuesday, June 25, 2019 , , , , , , , , , 14 Comments
    Gareth Edwards' 2014's Godzilla was one of the most forgettable big budget movies I've seen. Nothing memorable came out of it, other than hilarious Honest Trailer highlighting Ken Watanabe's stares and the meme of Bryan Cranston saying "Godzilla, we need to cook" and shot of Godzilla going "bitch". Somehow it got good reviews and made enough money to jump start the Monsterverse.

    At WB.

    So you knew shit will get dicey fast.

    Friday, June 21, 2019

    (395) Vaya Con Dios + links

    By sati (harlequinade) Friday, June 21, 2019 24 Comments
  • New trailer for Stranger Things season 3. They're killing off the hot one that looks a bit like Zac Efron, aren't they?
  • First poster for Paul Feig's Last Christmas. I really hope it's a hit, Emilia deserves that!
  • There was a special first screening of Midsommar this week with the cast and Ari Aster talking about the movie and the critics getting to see it. The reactions so far are fantastic. They aren't Hereditary-levels strong but that's mostly because while it was hard to compare Hereditary to anything, the outsiders in strange environment is a fairly familiar horror trope. Here's the new trailer.
  • Christopher Nolan's new movie Tenant reportedly has 250 million dollar budget and the comments on reddit about it are both hilarious and spot on.
  • They are re-releasing Endgame with some added bullshit at the end in an attempt to earn more money. I think it's a very dirty trick, to ask people to go pay for it again just because there's some new stuff at the end, but I must say I approve of any plot Disney hatches to dethrone Avatar. Whatever it takes.

  • Wednesday, June 19, 2019

    Sunday, June 16, 2019

    Dark Phoenix

    By sati (harlequinade) Sunday, June 16, 2019 , , , , , , , , 20 Comments
    Back in the early 2000's we didn't really have many good CBMs. We had stuff like Daredevil and Fantastic Four, and we never dreamed that the genre will be truly successful one day. But there were also the X-Men movies, the first two parts of which, along with Sam Raimi's Spiderman, proved that CBMs can be genuinely thrilling action adventure flicks. The franchise then evolved, delivering few stinkers in the process and changing its cast. Then in 2017, triumphantly, came the best entry in the X-Men franchise and entire comic book movie genre -  the masterful Logan. They should have just quit while they were ahead. But as always is the case with 20th Century Fox, they didn't.

    Friday, June 14, 2019

    (394) #breathtaking + links

    By sati (harlequinade) Friday, June 14, 2019 33 Comments
  • Trailer for Doctor Sleep. This is the sequel to The Shining which should make us all afraid, seeing how awfully all those sequels and spin offs are turning out these days. But this is Mike Flanagan's movie and he made so many great horror flicks so far, so I'm hopeful. 
  • New poster for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
  • Trailer for Official Secrets with Keira Knightley.
  • RDJ is out there straight up tweeting gifs from Endgame cam copy. 
  • Surprising absolutely no one MiB received awful reviews and is destined to flop in the box office. I saw the movie today and it's somehow even worse than Dark Phoenix. Hemsworth is shirtless but other than that there is nothing here worth seeing.
  •  It's a horrible summer unless it's Disney or Keanu. And there's a Disney movie featuring Keanu coming up and it's getting incredible reviews.
  • At least we got Hemsworth on Fallon's show out of that debacle and that's always great (1,2)
  • This is a bad idea right there.
  • If Benioff and Weiss show up, just think of the massacre.

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019

    Sunday, June 9, 2019

    Screaming Sunday - Ma

    By sati (harlequinade) Sunday, June 9, 2019 , , 20 Comments
    Movie rating: 72 /100
    Plot: A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn't get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host.
    The heroes: A bunch of teenagers who just want to drink and party.
    The antagonists: Ma, played flawlessly by the great Octavia Spencer.
    Best scene: It's hard to choose because every single time Ma is on the screen the film is so much fun.
    Oh-oh something's not right line: Strip.
    What makes it so great? This is trashy, pulpy fun. The script is absolutely atrocious - at various points the teenagers are like "we are not going there anymore" and the very next scene is them partying at Ma's house - but Octavia Spencer's delicious performance makes it worth watching. While the gore is never too crazy and the teenage characters are quite bland, Juliette Lewis, Luke Evans and Allison Janney (in cameo performance) deliver pretty great work. But the movie belongs to Spencer, which is only fitting, since even though she got her Oscar years ago, this is her first leading role.

    Friday, June 7, 2019

    (393) Sail! + links

    By sati (harlequinade) Friday, June 7, 2019 29 Comments
  • SPECTACULAR first poster for Wonder Woman 1984.
  • My God, you can just feel the fierceness in that image.
  • It is now officially less than a year of wait for the movie! It's still so far away but at least it's now less than 12 whole months.
  • Very cool marketing for Midsommar. And here's part of the conversation between Ari Aster and Jordan Peele, who just watched the movie and really loved it. 
  • Trailer for Ad Astra. This looks very meh. I am sure they are making the movie look action packed while it isn't and the funny thing is that all those action/sci-fi bits in the trailer don't even look impressive.
  • New poster for Stranger Things season 3.
  • Cooper is single again and twitter is already planning his and Gaga's wedding.

  • Sunday, June 2, 2019

    10 best moments in John Wick films

    By sati (harlequinade) Sunday, June 2, 2019 , , , 24 Comments
    Action movies are usually looked down on. Even a franchise as successful as The Fast and the Furious is seen like a lesser movie, because it's light on plot and heavy on explosions, shootouts and car chases. But what if there was an action franchise that included the scenes of shootouts and car chases so well made, done with such creativity and visual splendor, not only you wouldn't miss the complex and intricate plot but you would be happy simply watching those action scenes for hours?

    That's John Wick franchise.