Sick is a mean and extremely fun slasher film!

While quarantining at her family’s lake house during the pandemic, Parker and her best friend are threatened by an unexpected visitor.

I haven’t been a fan of a lot of the COVID-19 related horror films, of course there’s the exception like Host (which I still think completely nailed the premise.) the common problem with a lot of them is that they don’t use their ideas to the full potential. So how does Sick do? Does it do more with it’s premise? 

Sick definitely surprised me in a lot of ways, for one thing the movie does actually take the premise and actually does a lot more with it. The cast in particular does a really solid job here, with some great performances from Gideon Adlon and Bethlehem Million who give some pretty raw performances at times while having a few over the top but fun moments as well. The writing from Kevin Williamson and Katelyn Crabb is both entertaining and humorous, Williamson brings what made Scream so fun here. The film itself is also a mean and gnarly little slasher film that has plenty of suspense that truly captures the tone the film is going for. Outside of the first act that helps establish the characters and the plot the rest of the film is one long horror film chase and it absolutely works here, mainly due to the film’s suspense combined with the truly striking performances from Adlon and Million.

The gore combined with the kills are very gnarly and are quite effective as well, they are very entertaining and really give the film it’s own personality. The only main flaw here is the villain’s motive which is a bit too ridiculous even when the film has a strong entertainment value, having that said that wasn’t enough to stop the film from being overall blast of fun. There’s parts of the ridiculous motive that actually works for the film’s favor and leads to some actually quite hilarious moments that deliver quite well. 

Overall Sick is definitely a huge surprise, what could have ended up being yet another forgettable COVID related horror movie ends up being one that is truly fun in a lot of ways, definitely give this one a watch. 

Sick is available on Peacock 

8/10 B+

Quick Review: The Independent.

A young journalist discovers a conspiracy involving a U.S. Presidential candidate that could change the election and the fate of the country.

The Independent is a very dull political thriller that just sort of exists, while the cast isn’t bad as they give it their all with such a shallow script. Jodie Turner-Smith and Ann Dowd in particular are pretty okay, there were also some scenes that were admittedly engaging that gave the movie some sort tension. However a majority of it really fails to do anything more than just tell a bland political thriller story, it’s way too predictable for it’s own good and nothing really stands out at all. The biggest problem here is that it feels more like a pilot for a NBC show rather than a movie, which is probably why it was quietly shoved on to Peacock without any advertising. Which is quite odd because you would think a movie where John Cena is running for president would do a hell of a lot more with that idea. Overall The Independent is largely forgettable and just does not have a whole lot to it.

The Independent is available on Peacock.

3/10 D-

Halloween Ends a solid wrap up to the David Gordon Green Trilogy.

Four years after her last encounter with masked killer Michael Myers, Laurie Strode is living with her granddaughter and trying to finish her memoir. Myers hasn’t been seen since, and Laurie finally decides to liberate herself from rage and fear and embrace life. However, when a young man stands accused of murdering a boy that he was babysitting, it ignites a cascade of violence and terror that forces Laurie to confront the evil she can’t control.

Halloween Ends is the final of the David Gordon Green trilogy of Halloween movies and the thirteenth film overall of the franchise, I will start out by saying that Halloween Ends is not going to be for everyone. It’s a very different film that doesn’t completely focus on being a full on slasher film as it does with the concept of evil and how it goes from person to person, there’s also the theme of the people of Haddonfield suffering as well. Jamie Lee Curtis and Andi Matichak are both fantastic here, they really give it their all and truly give some worthy performances of closing out the trilogy. The kills are of course quite great some of which being some pretty brutal ones that really capture the atmosphere of the film quite well, Corey Cunningham is a pretty interesting character that the film focuses on and the evil that is trying to take him, while the concept itself does have some weak moments as there are some script issues. The concept itself for the most part is pretty well done and actually captures the dark atmosphere the film has, there’s a lot more character moments in Halloween Ends than a lot of the other movies which is actually a breath of fresh air. The final moments of the film is a very strong wrap up to the trilogy and really captures the suffering of Haddonfield coming to end very well, overall Halloween Ends is a very different approach to the series and is a really strong one!

Halloween Ends is available in theaters and on Peacock!

8/10 B+

They/Them is garbage.

A group of teenagers at an LGBTQ+ conversion camp endures unsettling psychological techniques while being stalked by a mysterious masked killer.

What exactly happened here? They/Them had a lot going for it to be an interesting little slasher film, the title is quite creative, the representation is actually quite great and there’s a few kills that are actually not too bad….everything else however is a complete and total disaster, for starters the movie takes way too long to get going, it doesn’t become a slasher film until an hour into the movie, instead it spends way too much time trying to tell the audience how terrible the camp counselors are….which reading the plot of the movie already tells you that. The movie takes place at a conversation camp of course the viewers already know the counselors are terrible, Owen Whistler (Kevin Bacon) pretty much spells it out right from the beginning that they are terrible, so why waste so much time on something the viewers already know? There’s one scene in particular that truly comes out of left field however and somehow manages to make the movie even worse, there’s a scene where they randomly start singing Pink’s “Fuckin’ Perfect” and it’s sung quite terribly as well. I genuinely have no idea who’s idea was it that thought it was good idea but it’s truly baffling, when the movie finally starts to become a slasher movie it does get a tad better but that’s really not saying much. Some of the kills are off screen which completely hurts the movie and the writing is still horrendous, everyone is trying with the script they are given but it’s not nearly enough to help this movie stand. Overall They/Them is terrible, a lot of the choices with this movie are truly baffling and end up giving one of the worst films of the year.

They/Them is available on Peacock.

1/10 F

Marry Me is a strong return to form of the romantic comedy genre!

Pop superstar Kat Valdez is about to get married before an audience of her loyal fans. However, seconds before the ceremony, she learns about her fiance’s cheating ways and has a meltdown on stage. In a moment of inspired insanity, Kat locks eyes with a total stranger in the crowd and marries him on the spot. As forces conspire to separate the unlikely newlyweds, they must soon decide if two people from such different worlds can find true love together.

Marry Me was very nice surprise, it’s a romantic comedy that is genuinely really sweet and is actually quite funny as well! The chemistry between Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson absolutely works here, there’s something that just feels really heartwarming and really raw about it. The acting is really solid here as well, Wilson and Lopez give really sweet performances that make you care about their characters, the writing has some genuinely great humor that worked well here. While yes Marry Me isn’t really anything new it’s a very nice return to form for the genre, plus I don’t really mind a film not doing anything new as long as it’s well made, well acted, well written and so on. Which that is what Marry Me is, a genuinely well made movie that really does a fantastic job of being a romantic comedy. Marry Me heavily reminds me of the romantic comedies back from the early 2000s in a very good way, between the characters, the soundtrack (which is fantastic) and the writing it feels like a trip down memory lane. Overall Marry Me is the biggest surprise so far of 2022, if you are a fan of romantic comedies or just looking for something to watch on Valentine’s Day give this one a shot!

Marry Me is in theaters and on Peacock!

7/10 B

Halloween Kills is one of the most fun and best of the franchise!

The nightmare isn’t over as unstoppable killer Michael Myers escapes from Laurie Strode’s trap to continue his ritual bloodbath. Injured and taken to the hospital, Laurie fights through the pain as she inspires residents of Haddonfield, Ill., to rise up against Myers. Taking matters into their own hands, the Strode women and other survivors form a vigilante mob to hunt down Michael and end his reign of terror once and for all.

In February 2020 I was lucky enough to be at a test screening for Halloween Kills it was mostly completed with the gore and music needing a bit work, I absolutely loved then and after watching it again with it officially released it’s my second favorite of the franchise. I will say that Halloween Kills isn’t going to be for everyone, as strange as that sounds the film tries something completely different and not what you would expect from this series. For starters Halloween Kills focuses a lot more of the people of Haddonfield and how they are reacting to Michael Myers’s killing spree, it’s a much darker film that I think this franchise definitely needed. It has a ton of brutal kills that are quite honestly some of the best of the series, the film itself feels like a throwback to the 80s from some of the camera angles to the characters, speaking of which while the decision making of the characters isn’t good I feel like this actually helps the film in a lot of ways. For starters it’s a community of people with a monster who’s pretty much invincible the panic and decision making actually feels very accurate, the writing also matches that style as well. While the writing doesn’t have its powerful moments it really doesn’t need to, the community of people feel like actual people who lost their minds and aren’t thinking or saying anything rationally. It’s a lot of interesting ideas that really do standout in this movie, that you don’t normally see in a lot of modern slasher films. Halloween Kills really does a fantastic job of showing how much fear and dread Michael has inflicted in Haddonfield! Overall Halloween Kills is one of my favorite films of the year, I highly recommend checking this one out!

Halloween Kills is playing in theaters and on Peacock!

10/10 A+

The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021) Movie Review!

Now adults, Tim Templeton is a stay-at-home dad for two adorable daughters, while his estranged brother, Ted, is a big-shot CEO. They come together in an unexpected way when they take a magical formula that transforms them into babies for 48 hours. Joining forces with Tim’s secret-agent daughter, they must go under cover to prevent an evil genius from turning fellow toddlers into monstrous brats.

I’m going to be completely honest The Boss Baby Family Business wasn’t actually that terrible, is it a good movie? Absolutely not but it’s far better than the first movie, this one actually seemed like effort was put into it. There’s also a few jokes in the movie that actually worked and a few okay moments as well, having that said the rest of the movie is really not good at all. A lot of the jokes end up missing (a lot less bathroom jokes thank goodness) mostly due to either not being funny or just have very poor execution. The main problem with this movie is it ends up being an overall very generic kids movie despite some bizarre ideas that happen in the movie. Which I really do like those ideas it makes the movie have a bit more personality I just wish it could have stuck with it and did more with it as well. The animation is nice and actually detailed at times, the writing while not good isn’t horrendous. Overall The Boss Baby: Family Business isn’t the worst movie of the year, if it’s job was to be better than the first movie well it accomplished that. If it’s job was to be a good movie….it didn’t succeed.

The Boss Baby: Family Business is now available on Peacock!

4/10 D+