Month: July 2016

Movie Trailer – Don’t Breathe

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: Fede Alvarez

Starring: Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Stephen Lang

Release: August 26th, 2016

I almost wish I knew someone brave enough to take to the theatre with me to see this movie.  Almost.  It looks impressive as well as terrifying, and I really want to know what’s going to happen, I’m just too scared to actually see it.  I don’t know though, if I can make it through It Follows maybe I can deal with this one, since this is just evil humanity after all.  Or is it?

Movie Trailer – Viral

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Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman

Starring: Sofia Black-D’Elia, Analeigh Tipton, Travis Tope

Release: July 29th, 2016

Catfish, some Paranormal Activities movies, Nerve, and now Viral; at least this directing duo is consistent with what kind of film they make & I don’t watch.  It’s horror with a twist, or so they attempt, and I guess there’s a niche for that, though I doubt I’ll ever be a fan.  I like zombie movies as much as the next person, but this format seems very, very young, and probably quite bad.

Movie Review – Demolition

Category : Movie Review

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper

Year: 2015

There is absolutely no reason why Demolition shouldn’t be phenomenal.  After all, look at the names attached to it.  And even knowing that you can’t always trust names, look at the damn names attached to it!  Vallee just directed Dallas Buyers Club and Wild, proving that he’s a modern director whose burst onto the scene is no fluke.  Gyllenhaal is coming off of Prisoners, Enemy, Nightcrawler, and Southpaw, inching closer & closer to another Oscar nod, his one & only coming in 2006 for Brokeback Mountain (which, BTW & IMO, should have blown Crash out of the water).  And with Naomi Watts & Chris Cooper rounding out the cast, no excuses are good enough for why this film doesn’t smack us in the mouth with everything we hoped it could.  The sad fact remains, though, that it wasn’t up to snuff, and will leave any audiences still willing to give it a chance wanting their precious time back.

When Davis loses his wife in a car wreck that cruelly leaves him unscathed, his entire world begins to fall apart.  At first, Davis is confused as to why he’s feeling so strangely.  After all, he’s never really loved his wife Julia, not in the way that you read about or assume other people feel.  Davis’ life at Julia’s father’s investment firm is very regulated, very safe, doesn’t hold surprises, so Davis has been under-appreciating every aspect of his life for years; why should his marriage be any different?  But these new & strange emotions won’t disappear, even manifesting themselves in destructive ways, like taking apart random electronics, writing rambling letters to vending machine companies, and slowly dismantling the perfect house Davis has spent countless routine-oriented days in.  An odd relationship with a customer service rep will start him down a new path, one that he’s never really known existed.

Demolition should have worked.  The fact that it didn’t indicates that more than one thing went wrong in the process of trying to bring this story to the screen.  Gyllenhaal was far too distant throughout most of the film, grasping for this character who was stuck inside his own head & couldn’t relate to the real world or real people, but failing to reach it, failing to hook us in the process.  Cooper was fine in a limited role, but Watts was clunky as the pseudo-love interest.  The kid seemed thrown in where he didn’t belong, creating a weird St. Vincent or Wish I Was Here vibe that never worked.  And Vallee directed what amounted to a mess, a confusing conglomerate of pace problems & narrative issues that ended up as disappointing as the movie should have been amazing.  The trailer for this film excited me last year, but the actual product left me feeling cheated.

My rating: ☆ ☆



Movie Trailer – The Edge of Seventeen

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: Kelly Fremon

Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Woody Harrelson

Release: September 30th, 2016

This could easily be Hailee Steinfeld’s biggest break since her big break.  What I mean by that is, yes she was good in True Grit, but since then, nothing.  She needs another breakout performance to show that she didn’t just luck into that role, that she has more to offer.  I think this could be it.  She looks genuine here like I haven’t seen from her perhaps ever, and she’s not even that much older than the role.  I think she does what it takes & I think Harrelson shines.  I’m in.

Movie Trailer – Tallulah

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Director: Sian Heder

Starring: Ellen Page, Allison Janney

Release: July 29th, 2016

More than this movie looks any good it looks interesting.  I want to know if Page & Janney can capture that Juno vibe that worked so well what seems so very long ago.  I want to see what a movie looks like that’s directed by a writer for OITNB.  And speaking of, I want to see what Uzo Aduba can do.  So, I’m intrigued, but I’m not guessing that this movie will be the next great thing.

Movie Review – Star Trek Beyond

Category : Movie Review

Director: Justin Lin

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban

Year: 2016

With J.J. Abrams abandoning ship in order to join the Star Wars extravaganza, Star Trek needed a new director.  Enter Justin Lin, whose filmography is basically four Fast & Furious movies.  That’s it, nothing much else besides TV & some shorts, which is reason for serious concern.  After thoroughly enjoying the first two in the series (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness), I was extremely worried that the wheels would fall off the bus with a new driver at the helm.  Especially since that driver was inexperienced in many ways, showed a penchant for bad action, and had some big shoes to fill.  But let’s give credit where credit is due; Lin did exactly what I would have recommended and the result was a success.  He let the actors & the story speak for themselves, he followed the same recipe that proved pleasing twice before, and he rode the wave all the way to shore without falling off once.

After multiple dangerous missions have solidified the crew and have created an impressive reputation for the USS Enterprise, Kirk & his team set out into deep space to chart the uncharted, to boldly go, to discover new planets; you know the drill.  But that’s also a problem; time in space births loneliness and repetition, leading Kirk to wonder if his time as Captain should come to an end.  Before any decisions can be made though, a rescue mission must be completed.  A ship has been lost in a nebula, and so the Enterprise goes out looking.  But what they find is something completely unexpected.  A villain named Krall has captured the ship along with many others, and is preparing to use his unstoppable army to attack the United Federation of Planets itself.  Can Kirk & his crew defeat this madman, or will the galaxy fall to an unbelievably dominant & deadly power?


If you’ve seen the first two you’ve seen Star Trek Beyond, but I don’t mean that in a negative way in the least, since what I was expecting from the third & its new director was something completely different and marginally worse.  What I got, and what fans of the series will get, is a standard set of events that we would probably find entertaining no matter how many times we see them.  The Enterprise is on a journey, gets into trouble, there’s a madman on the loose, Kirk loves his crew, everyone bands together, problems are solved, and the galaxy is saved.  Sounds fun, is fun, so if you’re looking for more of what you’ve already seen then you’ve come to the right place.  Perhaps the usual energy isn’t quite matched, perhaps the story is a bit more hand-to-hand action-packed, but basically Lin keeps the ball rolling in one direction and remembers not to let his ego mess anything up.

Pine & Quinto as Kirk & Spock will always be the focal point of these films, their relationship is the most compelling.  Bones & Uhura enter into the fray every once in a while, with Urban & Saldana doing commendable jobs.  I was disappointed with the lack of Sulu & Chekov in this film, especially given the untimely death of Anton Yelchin, a great young actor who we will sorely miss.  I would have loved to see more of him, especially without the clunky character attribute that was added in, that Chekov is a lady’s man.  The villain here is none other than Idris Elba, as hot a ticket as you can buy right now, and he does a solid job as a prosthetic-covered alien.  Speaking of, Sofia Boutella as Jaylah is also strong, and adds a little comedy & heart to the script that was useful.  Great action as always, cool effects, an excellent sci-fi homage to a franchise we love; Star Trek Beyond delivers, let’s see what this team does next.

My rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆









Movie Trailer – Table 19

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: Jeffrey Blitz

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow

June Squibb, Tony Revolori, Stephen Merchant, Garret Ethan Whittington

Release: January 20th, 2017

At least Anna Kendrick has chosen a slightly better movie for herself than her last dozen films, so there’s that.  And there’s some talent at this table, enough to perhaps overcome the cheese of the situation.  But I don’t think I’d bet money on the story holding out until the sappy ending, I think it falters far before that.  Blitz is a TV director, and this feels like an episode of Friends or The Office, and not just because of the double-dipping actors in it.

Movie Trailer – Goat

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: Andrew Neel

Starring: Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas, Gus Halper

Release: September 23rd, 2016

Why does Nick Jonas keep popping up in my movie news?  On one hand, perhaps no one hears about this movie if he’s not in it, but on the other hand, it actually looks interesting other than the fact that he’s in it.  I’m curious, and the movie looks intense, though the content isn’t exactly original.  But I don’t like that Nick thinks he’s Justin and can just start being a movie star; it doesn’t work that way.

Sports – 2016 NFL Predictions

Category : Sports

The 2016 NFL season is almost upon us, with Free Agency and the Draft complete, Training Camps beginning, and the Regular Season right around the corner.  It’s time for Olie’s Too Early To Tell Season Predictions!  Here’s to another great year!

AFC Division Winners





NFC Division Winners





AFC Wild Cards


NFC Wild Cards


Super Bowl







Movie Trailer – The Hollars

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: John Krasinski

Starring: John Krasinski, Anna Kendrick, Sharlto Copley, Margo Martindale

Release: August 26th, 2016

I will see this movie because I love Jim, even when he’s not with Pam.  And I love Anna Kendrick too, even when she’s making bad choices, which seems to be always these days.  But The Hollars won’t be good.  It’ll be a recycled sap-fest with a few funny scenes and many female babyboomers & their daughters will like it, but it won’t be good.  Krasinski is trying his hand at directing, good for him, but a family dromedy about life & death isn’t the easiest genre to make palatable.