Thursday, November 15, 2018

Over...LORD!

OVERLORD (2018)

Rated R (NO KIDS)  Horror, Drama, War   Runtime: 1 hr 49 minutes

Directed: Julius Avery

Actors:  Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier

Budget: $38 Million    Gross: $13 Million    Released: 11/9/2018

OSCAR WATCH FOR BEST ACTOR

DAMN, what a flick! DAMN, what a flick! I love war flicks and I will add this one to the list! Folks, this flick is NOT for the kiddos, I highly recommend they stay home and watch the Grinch...or Frosty....or Santa Claus is Coming to Town....

The PLOT and very plausible one at that...considering dealing with Hitler and his sick thugs! D-Day is upon us and a set of Army paratroopers are sent to a French town to take out a critical German radio tower located at a old church. Only five servicemen survive the ride as their plane is shot down over the village. The main character, Boyce, played by Jovan Adepo (Oscar for Best Actor Nominee No Doubt) and the rest are held up in a house as the Germans are canvassing the area looking for the enemy. Mathilde Ollivier, who plays a sexy Chloe, helps Boyce and his boys while they come up with a plan to blow up the radio tower.

 A really bad dude, German Cpt. Wafner, an SS Hauptsturmführer (played by a Creepy Johan Philip Pilou Asbæk) enters the house and attempts to rape Chloe and all hell breaks lose as Boyce rescues Chloe, but blows their cover! Later on, Boyce enters the church and discovers a hidden lab and in that lab...well, you will have to go watch to find out! This flick is ACTION packed without only three minutes of downtime...barely enough to catch your breath! The opening scene on the airplane is AMAZING and kudo's to Avery for a fantastic direction! Realistic, the audio rumbling through the movie house is gripping! Much love from RT on this flick and I agree! This is NOT a zombie flick, but you have to watch to correlate the plot with the history of the Nazi regime. This flick is violent and insanely terrific show considering the crap November has brought us so far....a clear winner!

Grinch THIS!

Grinch (2018)

PG-86 minutes Animation, Comedy, Family

Director: Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier

Voice Actors:  Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones



Gross Budget: A Whopping $75 Million         
Earnings: $66 Million       
Released: 11/9/2018

WHY? Why ruin a great flick from 1966? We asked this question in 2000 when Jim Carey starred in the god awful remake of the classic. Guess who steps up and again ruins the famed classic? The 2018 version of the Grinch did NOT disappoint!

If you read the book "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by Dr. Seuss you will see it doesn't mention certain characters...like Mr. & Mrs. Who, Cindy-Lou Who's mon and dad...in fact, the original flick from 1966 only has four characters....Boris Karloff as the narrator/Grinch...June Foray as Cindy-Lou, Dal McKennon as Max the dog, and Thurl Ravenscroft singing "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch"....

The 2000 creepy version with Jim Carrey, Cindy-Lou's parents are clearly shown throughout. The latest version has a ridiculous sub-plot! Yes we have the Grinch trying to spoil Christmas...and he does...but where did Cindy-Lou's mom being a single parent of three Who's working the freaking night shift come from? And Cindy-Lou is worried about her mom and has to kidnap Santa to ask him a favor!?!?!? WTH?!?!? This is NOT in the book!

With characters looking like South Park with Mr. Bricklebaum (AKA"Chef" sounding like the late Isaac Hayes) serving as a main character, a fat ass Reindeer, and a flipping goat?!?!? WHY?

I usually don't waste my time on cartoons, especially a 3rd remake of the original, but I had to blow a couple of hours and a flick from AMC. I know this flick is getting love in the movie house, but believe me it's not worth the $10-15 bucks? In fact, the sub plot pissed me off seriously enough to flush this one down the toilet. A couple of funny scenes however mustards up

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Wilde Done Right

The Happy Prince (2018)   *OSCAR WATCH*

Rated: R, Drama  105 minutes

Directed: Rupert Everett

Actors: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas, Emily Watson

Budget: $ Unknown       Gross: $300,000           Released: 10/10/2018

Every year there's an unknown flick nominated for best picture, director, or even actor. 'The Happy Prince" fits the bill and I believe Rupert Everett will get the nod! A pleasant and sad tale of the great Oscar Wilde, a famous writer from the 1880's.

Plot: Oscar Wilde is an Irish Poet and playwright; married with two kids, but is induced into gay lifestyle by Lord Alfred Douglas. Wilde is imprisoned for gross indecency with men and sentenced to two years hard labor.

This flick takes you on his journey from the time in prison to his untimely death at the age of 46. Everett's passion about his role as Wilde is the strength of this flick. His direction in the time frame of this flick is equally as good. I smell several awards for this flick that's not on anyone's radar. No one is seeing this flick; they are missing out on a genuine flick of sorrow and greatness!




Almost Perfect...Almost

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Rated: PG-13, 133 minutes, Drama

Director: Bryan Singer

Actors: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Joseph Mazzello, Gymlym Lee

Budget: $50 million   Gross: $45 million (est)   Released: 11/2/2018

RT is not a fan of this fine flick called Bohemian Rhapsody. I understand why, but its not warranted. BR is almost perfect...almost! The fans love it and so did I. Any flick that goes beyond 120 minutes automatically gets a half star reduction and BR is 30 minutes too long. Experts in the field of reviewing flicks expected a biography of Queen and yes they were disappointed. This flick skimmed the history of Farrokh Bulsara, aka Freddie Mercury, and the band, but the music rules!

Plot: You don't me to explain the plot however I will say this flick spans the beginning of Queen to the Live Aid concert in 1985. Don't expect a biography, just enjoy the music. Malek is absolutely fantastic as Mercury and the music is equally as great, especially the re-creation of the Live Aid concert. When Malek and the boys began to play "Radio Ga Ga" it mirrored Queen to a tee! Amazing part of the flick!

This is the first film, this year, where tears were flowing and the entire movie house clapped at the end. I did NOT see this at "The Star is Born".

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

B Side to the Hunt!

HUNTER KILLER (2018)

Rated R, 120 minutes, Action, Adventure, Drama, Suspense

Directed: Donovan Marsh

Actors:  Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, The Late Michael Nyqvist 

Budget: $40 million   Gross: $11 million   Released: 10/26/2018

My brother asked that I take a look at "Hunter Killer" knowing if RT rates the flick below 35% I usually refuse. I went, I saw, I should have listened to my inner thoughts. We have seen this flick before or any flick which plot is international relationships between the USA and Russia. Hunter Killer is the B-side to "Hunt for the Red October" and the flip side to the feature usually never gets played. As such with this mess.

Plot: Russia has a coup going on and the minister of defense blows up a US submarine, then his own Russian submarine to imply the US has started a war. The Russian president is captured by the minister. Coming to the rescue is Commander Joe Glass (played by Gerard Butler) who steers the USS Arkansas toward Russian waters to search for the sunken sub. Two Star General  RA John Fisk, played by Common, deploys NAVY seals to recon the building where the president is being held, then rescue him and return to the USS Arkansas before WWIII commences.

This flick is hard to watch because the characters are not believable. Common is awful as a two star general and equally ridiculous is Gary Oldman as Chair of the Joint Chief of Staff General Charles Donnegan. The interaction between these two is awkward, childish, with Oldman looking like Sgt. Carter from Gomer Pyle. At the end, they hug and make up...SMH. Add in the constant "mouth" and "chin" clenching from Butler and the numerous sub-plots made my head spin from the bouncing back and forth. The problem with this fictional flick is we have seen this before. The underwater scenes are decent, by the acting gets sunk along with subs. The flick is dedicated to the memory of Michael Nyqvist (plays  Captain Sergei Andropov, Commander of a Russian submarine) and Producer John Thompson. May they rest...along with this flick!




A Nice Flick...

INDIVISIBLE (2018)

Rated PG-13, 120 minutes, Drama & War

Directed: David G. Evans

Actors: Justin Bruening, Sarah Drew, Jason George, Tia Mowry, Skye Marshall, Tanner Stine

Budget: $3 million   Gross: $1.7 million    Released: 10/26/2018

Yet another war flick, this time based on a true account of Army Chaplin Darren Turner who is sent to Irag in 2007. Lt. Turner is married with three kids who of course are left behind. Two other sub plots are intertwined within this flick...Major Michael Lewis (played by Jason George) has multiple deployments under his belt with a marriage already in peril. Specialist Lance Bradley, played by Tanner Stine, is recently married, a new father, with another child on the way! SP4 Bradley learns of the pending child while deployed. This flick takes you through each of plots with Chaplin Turner a center point, there to counsel those in the combat zone.

Predictable, Chaplin Turner faces his own challenges of war when he returns. His marriage falls apart and seeks help to say it. This is nice, decent flick with plenty of "tear jerker" scenes, however it does take a while to get to the main points with sluggish, irrelevant scenes to the main message. With limited focus on 4 main characters its easy to pick who is gonna get killed or seriously injured. What I like about the flick is religion is not crammed down your throat with focus on PTSD. What I didn't like is PTSD is best suited for medical professionals, not always another Chaplin.





Tuesday, October 30, 2018

London Fails...MISERABLY!

London Fields (2018)

Rated R; Thriller, Drama, Mystery  Also Rated G for Garbage!   Runtime: 120 minutes

Director: Matthew Cullen

Actors: Amber Heard, Johnny Depp, Billy Bob Thornton, Jim Sturgess, Theo James

Budget: $8 million    Gross: $170,000   Released: 10/26/2018

Late in the movie season MEG was the front runner for the worse flick of the year...even though the flick had raked in a gazillion dollars! But we have a new front runner..."London Fields" and boy is this flick a complete mess!

Getting no love from RT and critics alike, Pick-a-Flicks agrees with its fellow brethren. Folks, this awful flick entered into production in 2013 in London. Lionsgate took the film for release in 2015, but dropped the film, with GVN acquiring the rights and released it this past weekend. I know GVN is regretting it cause I regret wasting two hours of my life in an empty theater watching this garbage.

The plot: Samson Young (Billy Bob Thornton) is terminally ill and even worse (cough) has writer's block for some 20 years. Nicola Six, played by a dashing Amber Heard, is a clairvoyant, seducer of the male species. Six can and will predict her death and Samson Young is granted permission to write the story. The are  other characters in the flick that have absolutely nothing in common and there's no reason why they would inter mingle with each other. Six has sex with three different men, including Young, and you get to figure out who is the murdered. And why in the hell is Johnny Depp in this mess with Heard...Silly question! Strangely enough, there are two different versions of this moving playing. Most theaters are getting the producers version and some are getting Cullen's version. Multiple lawsuits have riddled this flick and it shows. This flick is boring, unimaginative relationships with cartoon like figures and proof that every book doesn't need a movie flick to justify success!