My Son Hunter….why?

Hunter (Laurence Fox) finds himself doing all the wrong things in all the wrong places with all the wrong people, when he meets a young naïve stripper. Grace Anderson (Emma Gojkovic) doesn’t know much about politics, but gets a crash course as she gets closer and closer to the son of President Biden (John James). “My Son Hunter” puts the lens squarely on Hunter, his corrupt business dealings, his relationship with his father, and a lifestyle that would make rock stars jealous. But through the haze of a crack pipe and above the din of the parties and the outbursts…somewhere lies the truth.

Oh man….where to begin? So My Son Hunter is distributed by Breitbart and from the trailer I was actually hoping this movie would fall into the category of “it’s so bad it’s hilarious” territory that’s not what happened here, putting aside politics there is so much you can criticize Joe Biden on and at the same time make it hilarious movie, the problem is this movie takes itself seriously and the jokes it makes are completely unfunny. A lot of the movie is if you took the complete bad parts of Adam McKay and made them even far worse, the first couple jokes include a bit about Black Lives Matter and Pronoun jokes. A certain genre of jokes that is heavily used on Twitter, which is exactly the problem those types of jokes are complete and utter embarrassment anywhere outside of Twitter (not that they are funny to begin with but you get the point). Oh yeah and Gina Carano talks about how she was cancelled another completely overused joke what fun. The acting, writing, filming and so on are all completely terrible, there’s a lot of editing decisions that I’m completely baffled passed the beginning phases. There’s a long drawn out scene of Hunter Biden (played by Laurence Fox) and Joe Biden (played by John James) sitting in a car and talking which would be investing if there was any life to this movie. But why bring life into the story when that’s not what your audience is going to want? This movie spends way too much time taking itself so seriously and has this whole narrative of “the movie the media doesn’t want you to see” which is just flat out ridiculous, let’s take away the politics away for a moment…the movie is still complete and total garbage, at a filmmaking perspective it’s dull, ugly to look at, bizarrely edited for all the wrong reasons, poorly acted and very poorly written. As I said earlier there was definitely something here where they could have had made an entertaining satire while also criticizing Biden. But that just doesn’t happen here.

My Son Hunter is available to stream.

Disgrace To Cinema F

End Of The Road is a huge bump in the road.

In this high-octane action thriller, a cross-country road trip becomes a highway to hell for Brenda and her family. Alone in the New Mexico desert, they have to fight for their lives when they become the targets of a mysterious killer.

Queen Latifah and Ludacris deserved a far better movie because what was this? End Of The Road is another terrible Netflix original thriller movie, granted Queen Latifah, Ludacris and the rest of the cast at least make this one watchable but that doesn’t mean much when the rest of the movie has absolutely nothing in it. End Of The Road is a prime example of the over saturation there is in the thriller genre, it does nothing that hasn’t been done before, the atmosphere is completely missing due to how ridiculous the character decisions really are to the point where it becomes more of a comedy than a thriller. There’s also some very strange stylistic choices such as neon lights for whatever reason and it even tries to use similar styles that Mad Max Fury Road used, but it just doesn’t work here as it’s a completely different context.

End Of The Road is available on Netflix!

3/10 D-

House Of Darkness awkward small talk the movie.

Driving home to her secluded estate after meeting at a local bar, a player out to score thinks his beautiful, mysterious date will be another casual hook-up. While getting acquainted, their flirtation turns playful, sexy and sinister. Hoping to get lucky, his luck may have just run out.

House Of Darkness has very little to it which is unfortunate because there’s a great idea here, the cast are at least solid particularly Justin Long and Kate Bosworth. The main issue here is the dreadful pacing and the movie leading up to something that the viewer could figure out within the first 10-15 minutes. There’s definitely a few interesting bits here but a lot of the movie is awkward small talk that doesn’t make for a 1 hour and 29 minute film. It would be one thing if this were a short (in fact I think this movie would have been far more successful as a short) or if the small talk was investing, unfortunately that’s neither of the cases here making the movie fall short. The final act is fine enough but by then it’s way too late.

House Of Darkness is available on all VOD platforms

4/10 D+

Quick Review: The Alternate

A struggling filmmaker who is forced to confront his idealised self after unlocking a portal to an alternate dimension where all his dreams have come true.

Unless you haven’t seen a single Twilight Zone episode or haven’t watched a low budget Sci-Fi movie before this might not be a bad watch. Otherwise prepare for a lot of Sci-Fi tropes that really don’t add anything new to the genre, there’s some decent shots here considering the budget and the acting isn’t as bad as you would expect. But this ends up being more of a chore to finish than anything else.

The Alternate is available on all VOD platforms.

4/10 D+

Barbarian is a thrilling and horrifying experience from beginning to end that goes off the rails.

A young woman discovers the rental home she booked is already occupied by a stranger. Against her better judgment, she decides to spend the night but soon discovers there’s a lot more to fear than just an unexpected house guest.

Barbarian is truly something else and I mean that in the best way possible, first and foremost It should be noted that going into this film knowing as little as possible or knowing nothing at all is the best way to experience the movie. The movie is filled to the brim of twists and turns, horrifying moments and actually quite disturbing ones as well. The cast is quite fantastic Georgina Campbell and Justin Long are quite great here and give some strong performances that add to the film’s atmosphere. Speaking of which the atmosphere is truly masterful which is mainly due to the mystery feel of this film, where anything could happen at any given moment. Each of the three acts really compliment the film very well and eventually lead the movie to go completely off the rails much like last year’s Malignant. The first act gives off this urban legend type feel that is truly horrifying and once again compliments the atmosphere quite well, Georgina Campbell really stands out particularly during the first act where she gives a genuinely raw performance. The filming is truly fantastic as well, with tons of up close and tight shots that give the location a lot of personality and detail. The second act does a lot of what the first act did but with Justin Long who is just as fantastic plus the movie gets more and more bizarre as it keeps going. Finally the third act is where it goes completely off the rails with truly a thrilling and horrifying ride that feels like a roller coaster, there’s so much to the film that absolutely needs to be seen to be believed. The writing is truly fantastic especially combined with the acting and the many ideas of the film that work so well. Overall Barbarian is one of the best films of the year, it’s a bizarre film that ups the ante with each passing scene. Go in knowing as little as possible!

Barbarian is available in theaters.

10/10 A+

Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul is a clever mockumentary!

The proud first lady of a Southern Baptist megachurch, who together with her husband, Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs (Sterling K. Brown), once served a congregation in the tens of thousands. But after a scandal forces their church to temporarily close, Trinitie and Lee-Curtis must reopen their church and rebuild their congregation to make the biggest comeback that commodified religion has ever seen.

I was originally going to see Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, but due to scheduling issues I couldn’t see it. The wait was definitely worth it however as it is a pretty fun little film. Sterling K. Brown and Regina Hall completely steal the show here, they both such energetic and quite hilarious performances that are truly charming in every single way possible. The mockumentary elements truly are effective here, the film switches back in forth between being a narrative and a mockumentary which doesn’t completely work all the time. But there are moments that the movie benefits from this, the mockumentary part of it is definitely stronger as it fits the whole satire of the megachurch a lot better than the narrative portion. It’s not that the narrative portion is bad, it’s that it’s not as investing as the satire portion is. As I said before Hall and Brown completely make this film, the two really show they are some of the best actors working currently. It’s very impressive to see how many fantastic jokes each of them can deliver in each scene their in. One scene could have 20 jokes while being 2 minutes long, overall Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul might feel a bit uneven at times but it’s a hilarious and solidly done mockumentary that I recommend!

Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul is available on Peacock.

7/10 B

Margaux has a great premise with lacking execution in this teen horror movie.

What Margaux wants, Margaux gets. As seniors celebrate their final college days at a smart house, its highly advanced AI system, Margaux, begins to take on a deadly presence of its own. A carefree weekend of partying soon turns into a dystopian nightmare as they realize Margaux plans to eliminate them one way or another. Time starts to run out as the group desperately tries to survive and outsmart the smart home.

Steven C. Miller is back once again only this time it’s another horror movie rather than an action thriller. But unfortunately this is a pretty dull one with not a whole lot to it. There’s some decent kills here that lead to gore, the location itself is pretty nice and Madison Pettis is by far the standout from the cast. Outside of that however it plays out exactly how you think it’s going to, the idea of a an AI system in a smart house attacking people is a great idea that’s not executed all that well here, the dialogue is on the weaker side, the budget definitely holds the movie back from doing anything noteworthy. A lot of the movie is common teen horror movie tropes (despite being rated R) Margaux isn’t something I would call horrible, it does have it’s positives and it is entertaining towards the end. There’s just a lot of missed potential here.

Margaux is available on all VOD Platforms.

4/10 D+

Quick Reviews: About Fate and The Class (2022)

Two strangers believe in love but never seem to be able to find its true meaning. In a wild twist of events, fate puts each in the other’s path on one stormy New Year’s Eve.

About Fate is exactly what you think it’s going to be from the plot, but the movie manages to still work quite well. Is it absolutely cheesy and feels a bit like a Hallmark holiday movie (despite being released in September)? Oh absolutely but what makes the movie is Emma Roberts and Thomas Mann plus their chemistry is very charming, the movie has some genuinely cute moments that are full of heart and are actually quite touching. Not every scene is successful but there’s enough here to satisfy romantic comedy fans.

About Fate is available on all VOD Platforms.

6/10 C+

Six high school seniors are offered a last chance to graduate by taking a one-day makeup class on a Saturday. The students find themselves sitting beside classmates they never took the time to get to know during the regular semester.

The Class is what happens when you take The Breakfast Club and you make it unfunny, uninteresting and terrible. I genuinely don’t know what to say here to be quite honest, the cast are fine particularly Lyric Ross who definitely tries with the script she’s given. A lot of this movie just reminds the viewer they could be watching a better movie combine that with a painful 1 hour and 54 minute running time that feels like an eternity. The script is very bare bones and doesn’t give a lot of the characters proper development, the ending is sweet but by then it’s too little too late. Just watch The Breakfast Club instead.

The Class is available on all VOD Platforms.

2/10 F

Quick Reviews: The Harbinger and Tiny Cinema (2022)

When a family moves their troubled daughter to a small town and their neighbors start mysteriously dying, they fear something evil has followed them.

The audacity to make The Harbinger nearly 2 hours long is through the roof, there’s absolutely nothing to this movie that is even remotely interesting. There’s tons of dull dialogue that doesn’t move the story forward at all, which leads to a huge amount of pointless scenes. It also attempts to try this over the top comedic horror effect which falls completely flat on it’s face mainly due to the horror elements being very limited and are restricted to a couple of jumpscares. I really have no idea what on earth they were trying to go for here but whatever it was they completely missed.

The Harbinger is available on all VOD platforms.

1/10 F

A mysterious stranger tells the twisted tale of seemingly unconnected strangers caught in a series of otherworldly events whose lives will change in incredible ways forever.

Tiny Cinema is another very uneven horror anthology that really misses it’s mark, I was hoping that this could provide some entertainment since it’s directed by Tyler Cornack who previously directed Butt-Boy. But a lot of the segments are either forgettable or are just bad, there’s some shots here that aren’t too bad and I guess the acting isn’t the worst. But a lot of it really doesn’t use it’s ideas to their full potential.

Tiny Cinema is available on all VOD platforms.

3/10 D-

Medusa has a lot of themes but falls short.

A gang of young women in Brazil try to control everything around them, including other women, by roaming the streets and beating up those they deem too sinful.

There’s definitely a lot going on here thematically with Anita Rocha da Silveira’s Medusa, there’s themes of beauty standards, physical and mental trauma for women and even some Greek mythology or tragedy Included as well. Unfortunately this is the type of movie where those themes aren’t explored all that well, the filming and visuals are at least quite captivating and at times hypnotic as well. There’s some solid acting bits here that give the characters some personality and give them time to shine. The main problem here is the running time it’s 127 minutes long, which you would think would give it more time to explore it’s themes. However it somehow ends up being very surface level at best and drags for the sake of dragging, the writing is nowhere near as strong as the movie thinks it is. It introduces themes, does a little bit with them and then moves on to the next idea. Medusa is definitely not a terrible movie as it is very well made but this is the very definition of style over substance.

Medusa is available on all VOD Platforms.

5/10 C