Jordan Peele continues to show how he can take the horror genre in several different directions, Nope is Peele’s third film having Get Out and Us under your belt is truly fantastic but how on earth do you top all of that? By creating something that may seem straightforward at first but is quite expensive and massive when you get into it. For starters the cast here are brilliant, Daniel Kaluuya is once again fantastic here and is a absolute powerhouse of an actor as usual, the exact same can be said for Keke Palmer. I believe I have said this before in one review but it needs to be said again, whatever role Palmer is in she always ends up delivering a fascinating performance and here is no different, in fact I would go far as to say this is her best performance yet. Steven Yeun is also quite great here even if he isn’t really a major character here, there’s a lot of moments with his character Ricky that are truly some of the best moments in the film and really expand his character. Lastly there’s Brandon Perea and Michael Wincott who are also really great as well, both play really fun characters and are actually quite hilarious as well. Nope is Peele’s biggest film yet it’s a massive film that explores quite a lot from the setting that the film takes place a horse ranch near a theme park in a desert, the atmosphere is masterfully done. It constantly has the viewer looking around for clues as to what’s going to happen, in fact while the movie does of course have a huge script there’s a lot of moments where the filming tells the story. A ton of quiet moments really put the film in the viewer’s mind to digest it all, the score is incredibly booming especially during the final act that really shows just how powerful the score is. Peele also does a fantastic job of combining several different genres and other directors as well as films like Jaws. Such genres include horror, sci-fi, western and thriller it’s not easy combining so many different genres but Peele and everyone involved do it effortlessly. The sci-fi elements are far different than what is usually done with the genre it’s impressive, as far as director styles or director inspirations there’s a huge mix of Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, M.Night Shyamalan, Alfred Hitchcock and John Carpenter. Spielberg mainly comes from the third act being a huge spectacle and the creature of the film sharing lots of similarities to Jaws. Hitchcock and Carpenter come in with the suspense of the film (some could argue the score is partly Spielberg and Carpenter), Shyamalan comes in with some of the characters and a few of the shots, finally there’s Kubrick who is definitely the cinematography (beautifully done here). But what makes this even better is Peele took each of those genres and directing styles I just mentioned and made every single one of them his own, that is something that is so hard to do. Overall Nope is truly a fantastic film that really reminds me on why I love film so much, it’s such a well done film that will keep you on the edge of your seat! See this film!!
The Ravine attempts to try and make the characters a bit more interesting by focusing on grief, anger, forgiveness and so on. But unfortunately falls flat mainly due to the execution landing in generic straight to VOD thriller territory, the cast is actually pretty decent and really tires their hardest with what their given. Particularly Eric Dane who’s easily the best part about the movie, there’s definitely some moments that actually work. With that said The Ravine is just slightly better than a lot of straight to VOD thrillers with some good performances and not much else.
The Ravine is available on all VOD Platforms.
They Talk has an interesting premise that does have a decent scares, but the rest of the movie is unfortunately wasted by bad dialogue, poor acting and doesn’t really elaborate on it’s ideas. It’s a very typical straight to digital horror movie that feels way too long and never really goes anywhere unfortunately.
They Talk releases tomorrow on all VOD Platforms.
Escape The Field is what happens when you take Escape Room and In The Tall Grass mix them together and somehow make it incredibly dull. If you have seen any type of movie that has “certain amount of strangers need to work together or have to escape wherever they wake up to” plot line you have already seen this movie. It’s very beat by beat and does absolutely nothing to change it up, the acting isn’t as bad as you would expect and the location itself is pretty neat but that’s where the positives end. Escape The Field is forgettable and is outclassed by so many other films exactly like it.
Escape The Field is available on all VOD Platforms.
The final part of the Fear Street trilogy is here, and while it is a decent way to end the trilogy I don’t think it’s as strong as the previous two movies. The first half of the movie tries to be The Witch but doesn’t do a good job at it at all, I completely understand what they were going for but it just didn’t work. The acting definitely helped the first half of the movie move along as it was pretty solid all around, I think what hurt the first half of the movie was the dialogue at times it really did not fit the setting they were going for, the second half of the movie however I thought was pretty solid. It brought back what the last two movies had which ended up being an enjoyable ride with some great kills and tension. The biggest flaw with this movie is that like how I compared the two parts of the movie feel like they were made by two completely different directors, one wanted a slow Witch type feel movie which didn’t work and the other wanted what the last two Fear Street movies are fun slasher movies. It may sound like I didn’t like this one but that’s not the case I did enjoy for what it was the acting as I said was very solid throughout, the second half is a ton of fun and the movie wraps up the trilogy quite nicely!
Fear Street Part Three is now available on Netflix!
Come True is definitely an interesting movie, that has a lot going for it. The visuals and score are both haunting especially when you combine them both with the atmosphere the movie gives off. It’s quite effective although the film’s narrative is very messy and what the film is ultimately building up to is very disappointing. The ending stops Come True from being anything other then decent, which is unfortunate because the build up was very interesting and had a lot of potential to do something completely different. It does become basic towards the end but I will applaud the movie for trying, it isn’t a bad watch just not something incredible.
What do you even want me to say anymore about these Bruce Willis Lionsgate and Saban Films movies? There’s been a series of these awful action, thriller and sometimes sci-fi movies with Bruce Willis being the leading role. Each one of them gets progressively worse and worse most of them come from Lionsgate but some people seem to forget that Saban Films is also responsible with some of them as well. Cosmic Sin being one of these movies, I’ve said this each and every time I review one of these movies but what do you expect me to say? Cosmic Sin is the same old garbage except that the plot is changed a little bit and the cast is different. The only positive I can say about this movie is Frank Grillo, Bruce Willis is phoning it in as usual, the special effects are terrible, the writing and acting are completely worthless and feel like nobody except Grillo gave a crap. It’s baffling how these movies are still being made, Cosmic Sin might be better than a few of these movies but trust me when I say that is not saying much at all, this almost bottom of the barrel when it comes to low budget sci-fi movies as you can get. Skip this one..
What caught my attention from The Blazing World was seeing Carlson Young in the director’s chair, I thought her role in the Scream TV series was quite great and always have liked her. So when I saw this on the Sundance lineup I definitely made to sure to check this one out, I’ll start by saying The Blazing World is not going to be for everyone, it’s a very different type of horror/thriller with a lot of fantasy elements. Carlson Young nails it in the director’s chair and as the leading role she really brings out her full talent which really shows a lot of promise in her directing career. The Blazing World feels like a very strange hybrid of Pan’s Labyrinth, Labyrinth, Alice In Wonderland and parts of The Shinning. The film is in it’s own little world and the film just brings us along for the ride. What makes this movie however is Young’s direction she has a really great taste when it comes to telling a interesting but very weird story through visuals and making the film weird as possible. Which gives The Blazing World it’s own identity, it’s one of those movies that is just bizarre with a lot of beautiful visuals that tell a story. Which I do believe makes up for the writing, the writing is definitely not one The Blazing World’s strongest points it feels a little too simplistic at times. However that really does not stop the film from being really great, if you are a fan of movies that have weird as hell visuals you are going to fall in love with The Blazing World. Check this out when it releases!!
This is a segment where I give you short reviews of movies that I couldn’t come up with full reviews for. I try to avoid doing this but sometimes it’s just necessary.
Body Brokers has a lot of interesting ideas the problem is it’s not executed very well, it tries to show the dangers in drugs and many communities however the problem is the movie really doesn’t explain all that much. You get the basics and that’s it, it doesn’t really expand on anything which is a shame, it’s very surface level at best when it comes to the information told through the characters. I will say that the acting was actually not too bad Jack Kilmer and Michael K. Williams did a very solid job in their roles, the writing again had some interesting ideas but a lot of the time they missed. The few times the film’s ideas did hit were quite great and we got a few character moments, outside of that it really did not do much. Body Brokers is certainly not a bad movie but could have been a lot better.
I hope Judi Dench was payed good money for this, because Blithe Spirit felt like a chore to sit through. It was funny for about maybe 10 minutes before the movie started to beat jokes and the whole premise to death. I get it’s a remake but come on now, production design is quite great and there are a few decent scenes. Outside of that I really don’t have much else to say.
The Violent Heart suffers from being way to predictable, you can guess what’s going to happen within the first 10 minutes of the film. With that said it’s not necessarily bad as it is just very below average. There’s some good bits and I am glad this movie isn’t another Fatale Attraction clone as the film’s plot might suggest. Acting and writing wise it’s not too bad although there is some badly done dialogue, this is something to only put on if you have absolutely nothing else to watch. Really don’t have much else to say..
Silk Road is what happens when you take a interesting real story and turn it into a very uninteresting movie, outside of performances from Nick Robinson, Jason Clarke, Paul Walter Hauser and Alexandra Shipp the movie is incredibly lacking when it comes to tone. The movie has no idea what it wants to be at all, it does try copy off of The Social Network at times but it forgets what made The Social Network good…you know good writing? That’s where Silk Road ultimately fails, the writing is way too below average and completely fails bring the viewer into the film. It’a not a terrible movie but it is one of the most forgettable I’ve seen so far this year.
Chelsea, a teenager, is abducted through a social media app by Brad and is held captive with other girls who are to become victims in his virtual reality filmed murders.
Do Not Reply wants to be Megan Is Missing so badly but it fails to make the impact Megan is Missing did, for one thing Do Not Reply doesn’t feel raw at all. Which is one of the advantages Megan Is Missing had, Do Not Reply feels very planned and does not feel natural. It doesn’t help a lot of the movie is just not that interesting, I’ll give it this at least it isn’t horrendous…it does a few things okay such as the setup, but the characters make so many ridiculous choices in this movie that it completely ruins the movie. It grows tiresome when none of the characters fight back, not much else to comment on. Do Not Reply could have been a lot worse but that really does not mean much at all..
I feel like if Let’s Scare Julie were a short film it would much better and actually could be effective, the problem here is it’s a full length movie. I liked the concept of the movie and maybe thought they were going to do something interesting, but a lot of the time it’s focusing on very unlikable characters talking over each other for long periods of time, the only two tolerable characters are Emma and Lily but even then like all the other characters they have little to no character development. So you are really just left with a bunch of characters you don’t care about, the acting is pretty poor as well as the writing. There’s a few moments that look like they were trying to make something work, but it ultimately wasn’t enough. The major issue here is that it takes way too long to get going (it can be argued that never got going) they really don’t show anything that happens to the girls and then the movie just ends. Overall Let’s Scare Julie is definitely something not worth looking into, it’s a bad horror movie that’s just not interesting.
Darren Lynn Bousman should honestly stick with the Saw movies (Repo was also pretty solid) that’s what he’s good at because when he attempts films like Death Of Me it just doesn’t come together, Death Of Me is pretty much another one of those Americans visit foreign countries and terrible events happen. The acting is terrible, the writing is even worse and offers nothing new to the table. The movie itself is a complete and total mess, with some horrendous editing that completely kills the movie. It’s predictable and doesn’t do anything new at all and it also feels like it was done in less than two days, Maggie Q is the one positive about this movie. She really tries with a terrible script that’s just begging for a rewrite. The best way to describe this movie is it feels like a film that wasn’t complete but they patched it together in a very sloppy way and sent it out there. Give this one a skip…