Monthly Archives: June 2018

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Movie Trailer – Support the Girls

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Director: Andrew Bujalski

Starring: Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson

Release: August 24th, 2018

I really liked Regina Hall in People Places Things, and I’m willing to give her a chance in this, even if it doesn’t look quite as funny.  I saw Bujalski’s last film, Results, and it was OK, but not special.  Hall & Richardson will need to be perfect to make this film great; I think there’s a real chance that they can.


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Movie Trailer – The King of Thieves

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Director: James Marsh

Starring: Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay

Release: September 14th, 2018

I would watch this movie just to see all these men in the same room.


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Movie Review – Incredibles 2

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Director: Brad Bird

Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Catherine Keener

Year: 2018

For some reason they dropped the “the” from the title of the sequel; you really don’t notice how often you use the word “the” until it talk about it, apparently it’s pretty important.  Why is the first called The Incredibles while the second is called Incredibles 2?  Just like how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, the world may never know.  But I found it odd enough to mention, now I’m finding it odd that mentioned it at all, so let’s move on.  Whatever it’s called, we finally got the followup to the Disney/Pixar film we all enjoyed, it only took 14 years to make it.  At least at the theatre I was in, there was a little apology at the beginning from the actors, with an assurance that it would all be worth the wait.  Spoiler Alert (not really); it was.

The Incredible Family saved the day, but that didn’t change the law; Supers are still illegal.  This time, it’s Mrs. Incredible (aka Elastigirl) who will wear the supersuit in the family, as she heads off to fight crime even though she’s not supposed to, while Mr. Incredible stays home with the kids.  Neither job is easy; Elastigirl is the face of the sweeping movement to bring back Supers, but there’s something fishy about the villain, Screenslaver, she’s trying to catch, and Mr. Incredible has to deal with Dash’s desire to be a Super, Violet’s recent interest in dating, and Jack-Jack’s newfound powers, 17 of them to be exact.  It’s a wild time for Earth’s favorite fam, but once again they’ll need to work together to save the world from the evil geniuses who want it all for themselves.

It took long enough, but the sequel is here, and it’s a winner.  The smartest thing the filmmakers could do was to follow in the footsteps of the original, and they did that perfectly, not copying too much but also not veering off in a completely different direction.  Frozone was back, Edna (voiced by Brad Bird himself, if you can believe it), even Tony Rydinger, not that we were losing sleep over not having him around recently.  Point is, fans get what they waited and paid for, and that’s more of the same from an awesome world that was created a while ago and which we haven’t seen nearly enough of.  This franchise is pure fun, and while it’ll never surpass the Pixar greats at the top of my personal list, it’s too enjoyable to be ignored.  Great animation, cool music, kick-ass characters; what more do you want?  And I can’t forget to mention Jack-Jack, who completely stole the show with his abilities, the comedy surrounding him, and the way he played off Mr. Incredible.  It was all good, all pleasing, all exactly what we wanted; just don’t make us wait so long next time, guys.

My rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

 

 


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Movie Trailer – The Equalizer 2

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Director: Antoine Fuqua

Starring: Denzel Washington

Release: July 20th, 2018

See, I didn’t watch The Equalizer 1, so I wouldn’t know what was going on, and honestly I don’t want to.


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Movie Trailer – How it Ends

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Director: David M. Rosenthal

Starring: Theo James, Forest Whitaker

Release: July 13th, 2018

I almost feel like Netflix took a little step back after some original film flops, but let’s hope they’re back with a vengeance.  This looks cool if nothing else; post-apocalyptic movies are simply that.  The acting will need to take a step forward toward the plot, but there’s some hope that it will happen; these guys aren’t amateurs.  I’m gonna watch this when it comes out on Netflix, and I’m going in with a positive attitude; please prove me right.


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Movie Review – The Incredibles

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Director: Brad Bird

Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Year: 2004

Brad Bird’s first film was The Iron Giant, and he peaked right there.  He would go on to direct The Incredibles, Ratatouille, M:I Ghost Protocol, Tomorrowland, and The Incredibles 2, but nothing would ever compare to his debut, a special, stunning, marvelous movie that you need to see to believe.  I’m a big fan of Hogarth & the Big Guy, obviously, and honestly I’ve never been a huge supporter of the Incredibles story arc, it just never blew be away like some other Disney/Pixar flicks.  But it’s a pillar of the animation studio and a fine film, an epic adventure from start to finish filled with chills and thrills that the whole family can enjoy.

In the old days, superheros were respected and revered, not only for their powers but for what they did for mankind, keeping it safe when the bad guys came out to play.  But not any more; after a ton of destruction and some backlash, Supers are illegal, their help wanted no longer.  So the biggest of them all, Mr. Incredible, along with his wife, Elastigirl, have gone into hiding, pretending to be just an ordinary couple with ordinary abilities.  Even their kids are special, but they can’t show it, because that kind of attention is no longer welcome.  When Mr. Incredible gets bored and is lured into a covert mission, he’s back on duty, back to being Super again.  But who exactly is he working for, and what kind of plans does a mad genius called Syndrome have for humanity?

Watching it this time, I almost felt that The Incredibles was meant for a slightly older audience than other Pixar movies.  It’s longer, more action-packed, has a few adult-ish themes, even a swear word or two (gasp), and it carries a general sense of age that I doubt would be perfect for younger audiences in the way that Frozen or Tangled were designed to be.  Anyway, just a small thing, my kids are old/mature enough to enjoy it, and if adults can join in as well, that’s always a positive.  The Incredibles is cool, no doubt, and fun from the very beginning.  The powers, the villains, the kids; there’s a lot here to enjoy.  There’s never really a dull moment, and the animation is great, so watch with confidence.  I just don’t know, this franchise will simply never be my favorite, even if I leave highly entertained each time.  Maybe I missed jumping on the train in the moment, but I can still give it the respect it deserves, and still advice you to watch, if somehow you never have.

My rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

 

 


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Movie Trailer – Zoe

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Director: Drake Doremus

Starring: Lea Seydoux, Ewan McGregor, Theo James

Release: July 20th, 2018

I liked Equals, didn’t like Newness, so if this is a combination of the two, I’m curious to find out which way it will lean.  The acting here looks great, I love the sci-fi element, and I’m hoping for a great love story that shines through and breaks our hearts.


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Movie Trailer – Welcome to Marwen

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Director: Robert Zemeckis

Starring: Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Janelle Monae

Release: November 21st, 2018

This looks like the kind of movie you watch with your in-laws, a film that’s good but won’t quite live down most of the couch company calling it “cute”.  I love Carell, Zemeckis is a genius, we’ve seen this kind of motion-capture animation from him before, and the story just seems so heart-breaking.  But I can’t believe that Janelle Monae is still posing as an actual actress, and Leslie Mann is someone you just can’t take seriously.  I really do want to watch this film, I will probably find it very pleasant, but then I’m afraid it will be forgotten easily.


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Movie Review – Love, Simon

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Director: Greg Berlanti

Starring: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Logan Miller

Year: 2018

Love, Simon is the coming-of-age movie that needed to be made, a story about a gay kid who, guess what, isn’t some sort of alien species and doesn’t need some sort of dark ending to his coming-out tale.  Gay kids fall in love, suffer broken hearts, have trouble with friends, and don’t kill themselves in the end; it’s nice that we’re seeing that reality upon the backdrop of a high school dramedy.  Suicide is a touchy subject, I don’t mean to go into it, I simply liked that Love, Simon could deliver a plot about the difficulties of growing up gay but somehow make it about simply growing up as well.  Simon tells us himself, he says that he’s just an ordinary kid living an ordinary life.  A film about just that, and one that shows LGBTQ+ youth that they can have a happy ending, is something special.

Like I (and he) said, Simon is just a regular kid.  He’s a high schooler with three great friends, he lives in Atlanta with his family, his mom & dad are nice, his sister is smart; nothing giant has ever really happened to him and he’s set to have a nice life.  There’s one small problem, and it’s Simon’s big secret; he’s gay.  He hasn’t always known, but since he’s matured he’s begun to understand his feelings, and to know that it won’t be easy to tell his community who he really is.  Even though his family and friends will accept him, it’s still a secret that he’ll only share when he’s ready, but that luxury is about to evaporate.  A group post about another gay kid at school has received a lot of attention, and when Simon responds, he is quickly found out.  Forced to reveal himself, Simon will have to face the changes that greet him head on, because there simply isn’t any other choice.

I want to touch on the idea of the importance of this movie one more time, before I move on.  Simon’s story follows the exact same recipe of a thousand other high school dramas, and this time, in this way, that’s a good thing.  They just made a standard movie with a gay character plugged in as the lead, and that’s big.  He wasn’t a freak, he didn’t die, his family didn’t disown him; because while those things do happen and that’s also an imperative story to tell, they don’t happen all the time, and kids who recognize themselves in Simon need to see that, need to see that their youth can be regular, even if it’s undoubtedly tougher in some ways.  So, on to the movie.  I can compartmentalize fairly well, so I can say that this tale is great while the film itself really isn’t.  Again, we’ve seen it before, and when judging cinematically, that’s a bad thing. Also, the acting is only OK, all the kids were just fine.  Simon’s parents were actually pretty good, Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel, so that was a surprise, but not a big enough part to make an impact.  Love, Simon is a good movie with a great message, but not something that deserves any awards for pure, theatrical substance.

My rating: ☆ ☆ ☆

 

 


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Movie Trailer – Creed II

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Director: Steven Caple Jr.

Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson

Release: November 21st, 2018

After the original, here’s a different director for the sequel, but I don’t think it matters; this movie will be awesome.