Friday, September 21, 2018


A Simple Favor (2018)

Rated R; Drama, Mystery and Thriller

Directed by: Paul Feig

Actors: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding

Budget: $20 million  Released date: September 14, 2018

I'm still reeling after walking out of this flick. I'm not sure if I like it or really hated it. Billed as a Drama/Thriller/Mystery, how can the consensus end up with adjectives such as "fun, funny, "comedy filled"? You get the drama and thrills in this flick...for the first 90 minutes, then the wheels fall off. I wanted to a thriller not a comedy.

Let me just say that Kendrick and Lively are smoking hot in this flick. Both carry their own sexy, sensual, and desire to them and after the first 45 minutes I was ready for a cigarette!

The plot: Stephanie, played by Kendrick, is a stay at home Video Blogger with one child in school. She's involved in every aspect of her sons life, volunteering for everything that moves. Emily, played by Lively is married to Sean who is played by Henry Golding and they have a child that schools with Stephanie's little rugrat. Stephanie and Emily become "sorta" of friends and lovers of martinis. Emily confides in Stephanie revealing her and her lazy ass hubby (once a best selling writer) are deeply in debt. Stephanie confides by saying she had sex with her half brother. HUH? Emily needs a favor from her new-found drinking buddy and Stephanie obliges, keeping her son while Emily tends to business. After 48 hours, Emily turns up missing and both Stephanie and Sean report her missing to the popo.

After a brief investigation, mainly by Stephanie, Emily is found dead in a lake and all is in mourning. Stephanie and Sean express their mourning by having sex the night of the funeral. We all learn that Sean had taken out a 4 million dollar policy out on Emily, which of course raises a red flag, along with Stephanie moving into the widowers house. Stephanie removes Emily's clothing and every remembrance of her in the house, but somehow her clothes are put back and Stephanie receives calls and notices from the late Emily. You guessed it, Emily isn't dead and the pieces begin to fall into place. The only way Emily could be dead in the lake, coffin, and grave site is...if she had a twin sister and that's a fact jack! Who killed sis to fake Emily's death so all can collect the 4 million. Emily? Sean? Stephanie? You learn the answer through a twist in billing as this once intense thriller curls into a cluttered, ruining of a flick comedy. Key stone cop of messy comedy interrupted by a rap singing Stephanie...that scene made no sense to me...You are left wondering if the ending is a woman scorned or payback to a unfaithful hubby shacking up with your so called best friend. If your going to make a comedy, shoot him in the balls next time. The wrap-up and summary at end did nothing for me, because this flick is we really need to know "where are they now"? Call Jerry Springer, he knows!

SIDENOTE/SPOILER: If you kill your father, sister, and shoot your husband on a live blog, you are going to get more than 20 years in the pokey.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Oh Mandy, You came, You Gave...

Mandy (2018)

Not Rated and Rightfully so.....Runtime: 2 hours

Action, Horror, Suspense

Caution: Male Nudity, Occult, Drugs, Killings, Murders

Directed by: Panos Cosmatos  Budget: Unknown

Nicholas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache

I will start by saying if you read about the occult, you think about the occult, you draw about the occult, then your inviting the occult into your life...albeit unintentionally. This flick was released on September 14, 2018 after a run at the Sundance Film Festival. I didn't get the memo that a true released of this flick wouldn't be at the movie house, at least not yet!

Being an avid stalker of Rotten Maters, I noticed "Mandy" was available on Amazon and the Fandango Web Site for $6, much less than the movie house. So I charged the card and sat at my movie house (respectfully called "Briles Cinema and Tap House".

Folks this flick is amazing. Nicholas Cage is allowed to be Nicholas Cage and he is fantastic! I recommend everyone be over 18 to view this flick and I wouldn't be surprised "Mandy" doesn't make the big screen in your neck of the woods...maybe after midnight!

The plot: Red Miller(Cage) and Mandy Bloom (played by Andrea Riseborough) are living in obscurity, minding their own business. It's obvious that both have troubled lives and pasts (drugs) which make Old Red and Mandy a perfect couple. Mandy walks to work and is spotted by a cult called 'Children of the New Dawn' headed by Jeremiah Sand played bu Linus Roache, a real winner. Jeremiah wants Mandy for himself and has a murderous motorcycle gang kidnap her. The arrangement doesn't work out to well.

Bad things happen to Mandy and Red is on a vengeance. Blood, guts, murder, mayhem, chainsaws, name it, "Mandy" has it. What is great about this flick is the aesthetically beautiful, hallucinogenic film making, a masterpiece. Numb boggling sounds/music throughout adds to tense. Ok, OK, go see it under the influence if you must! After watching it, you will need a drink!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Peter Donat Dead, Age 90

Peter Donat passed away September 10, 2018 in Point Reyes Station, California due to complications of diabetes.

Born in Canada, was married to Michael Learned of "The Waltons" fame. Donat starred in the Godfather, F.I.S.T, China Syndrome, War of the Roses, Skin Deep, and The Hindenburg. Donat had three children.

Friday, September 7, 2018


The NuN (2018)

Rated R, Run time: A long 96 minutes

Directed by: Corin Hardy

Cast: Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Demian Bichir

Budget: $22 million     Gross: Just released

With fall approaching, I'm ready for some scary flicks and "The Nun" was at the top of my flick list. Preparing myself for the movie house I usually check with my buds at RT for a rating. As most of you know if RT has a rating of 25% or below I refuse to pay good money to see it in the theater. RT had not posted it's rating for the Nun until 10 minutes after paying for my ticket. Yup, the early rating for this flick is hovering around 23%! OUCH! I walked out to the lobby to check out another flick, however I've seen them all. So, I took one for the team and headed back into the empty room. I should've just left all together!

"The Nun" is complete garbage! Ok, not as bad as "The Meg" but its pretty damn close! Have you seen this story before? Yes, you have! Zombies and the boogie man/woman dressed as nuns!

The plot: Again you know whats coming....a cloistered abbey in Romania is the home of individual involved in witchcraft. He invites the devil, zombies, the boogie man, snakes, serpents to the party through...yes you guessed it, a portal! The Catholic Church wasn't invited to the party and thus decided to kill the proprietor of the castle and close the portal! SUCCESS! The Catholic Church take over the castle and place nuns to run the palace as a sanctuary.

Bombings from the war open the portal again and aforementioned devil servants return to kill off all the nuns. The evil spirit must kill all of the nuns to take a physical form and thus leave the sanctuary and create havoc around the world! After two nuns are killed and turned into zombies (ugh...when you see one zombie flick you seen them all), the Vatican sends an exorcist and a prospect nun who hasn't taken her vows, to investigate the killings. Both discover the the portal, blah blah blah. Find the devil and zombie nuns, blah blah blah.

The Nun has the usual scary screams, zombie attacks, "boo" antics and yes, going to the cemetery in the dark and getting buried alive! Disappointed with the portal and zombie angle, I can only give The Nun a sloppy

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Burt Reynolds Dead at Age 82

Actor Burt Reynolds has passed away at Age 82 due to a heart attack, according to several media outlets. Reynolds died in Florida with his family close to him. Reynolds had heart issues dating back to the early 2000 with heart surgery in 2010. Burt was a star in movies and on TV -- appearing in classics like "Smokey and the Bandit," "Boogie Knights" and "Cannonball Run." He was also married to Loni Anderson of WKRP fame. He is survived by a son.  

#TBT Throw Back Thursday: Mamma Mia!

#TBT Throw Back Thursday

Mamma Mia (2008)

PG-13, Musical, Comedy

Director: Phylida Lloyd

Cast: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried

Budget: $52 million   Gross: $615 million

I have to admit this up front. I didn't see this flick until early August of this year! I'm a huge ABBA fan, but the reviews didn't support my time. When part two came out (I haven't watch it yet so don't spoil it) the reviews were staggering to say the least. My comrades say #2 is great, filtering 80% approval rating. So #1 popped up on NETFLIX and took the chance and/or had to watch it so the sequel would make sense. I'm glad I did!

I love this flick! I'm a big fan of ELO and Oliva Newton-John so when Xanadu came out in 1980 I was in heaven...mainly because ONJ was/is a babe! Xanadu garnished the same rating as Mamma Mia, but again I thought of ABBA. This flick was funny, foot tapping, and Streep was brilliant in her role! The music of ABBA fit into the plot nicely and the amateur choreography was refreshing.

The only  "heading shaking" moment is when Sam Carmichael, played by Pierce Brosnan, opened his flap and tried to hum a tune. Not sure if this was intentional, to solicit a laugh, or that Brosnan just cant sing. Either way, I cringe when he did and it almost ruined the rating.

I'm waiting for the sequel to hit the Flix or Prime so I can jack up the tunes in my own, little domain!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Christopher Lawford Dead, Nephew of JFK

Christopher Lawford has died of natural causes at age 63. Lawford died after suffering a heart attack the day before at Yoga Class in Los Angeles, CA. Lawford was an actor  in Terminator 3, Exit Wounds, Thirteen Days, and Blackman. He also starred in General Hospital and All My Children. Lawford is the nephew of President John F. Kennedy.