When you think of Christmas movies you think of cheesy, festive and joy filled movies. What you don’t think of is terror, sinister and slightly disturbing. However, Better Watch Out is the newest Christmas themed horror movie and while there are a few issues the movie has, I found myself thoroughly entertained by the end.
Olivia DeJonge (The Visit) stars as Ashley, a 17-year old girl on a babysitting gig she’s done for years. The night takes a turn however, when dangerous intruders break in and terrorize her and 12-year-old Luke (Levi Miller, Pan). Now she must take charge to protect herself and Luke from the intruders, but soon she discovers this isn’t a normal home invasion, and there may be something else going on.
The comic book movie has seen a number of milestones throughout the past 17 years. In the year 2000 X-Men was released and stunned audiences with creating well-rounded, dynamic characters. It showed that a comic book movie could be more than just campy. 2004’s Spider-Man 2 took that even further by creating what I still say is in the top 10 comic book movies ever. It delved deep into the character of Peter Parker/Spider-Man and it served as a great character movie. The Dark Knight elevated the comic book movie to an entirely new level that may never Continue reading
Pixar has once again found a way to warm our hearts and hit us right in the feels. The opening scene of Finding Dory features baby Dory, and she just may be the cutest Pixar character since Boo in Monsters Inc.
Recently, as I was scrolling through Netflix, I was reminded of one movie that I think is horrible on all levels (Not The Sarratov Approach). It’s a movie called Missionary. I’ve never watched it, but one look at the trailer is bad enough. A movie about a missionary that has an affair with a woman and then turns into a murderous stalker is absolutely vile and there is such an evil feeling that goes along with the movie.
Soon after seeing that movie on the list of Netflix movies and feeling those negative feelings, I was reminded of a much better movie. A movie that inspires on all levels. That movie, is The Saratov Approach.
Fun fact, I had never seen X-Men: First Class or X-Men: Days of Future Past before this weekend. I took the long weekend to catch up and while Apocalypse is fun and does a good job of entertaining its audience and understanding the world it inhabits, it suffers from a few issues that does bog it down a bit. But it’s still a pretty good time.
The Truman Show stars Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, and Ed Harris, and tells the story of a man who lives a rather ordinary life, but wants to become more. He soon finds out however, that his entire life is not what it seems to be and he sets out on a mission to discover the truth.
The Truman Show overflows with different ideas on how we view television, reality TV, celebrities, and life. The movie constantly shows viewers entranced by the television, watching Truman’s every move. Continue reading
Kill Bill is one of my favourite movies of all time. Everything about the movie works and it is one incredible thrill ride. From the opening shot to the last, the movie grips you with the intense, graphic and exciting action and grips you even more with its smart, witty, and clever dialogue.
While it kind of is two movies, I like to think of it as one whole movie. That’s the way director Quentin Tarantino felt about it and I feel the same way. Tarantino intended it to be one movie but decided to split it at some point. You can tell when you watch an early trailer. They never mention vol. 1 or or 2 until the second trailer.
Uma Thurman is fantastic as the Bride. Maybe her best performance she has ever given.She is so sympathetic yet, will kill in a second. Thurman pulls this off perfectly and she was the perfect choice for the role. She is totally believable the entire movie. Lucy Liu gives a great performance as O-Ren Ishii being very intimidating. Daryl Hannah is very good as Elle Driver, and David Carradine is perfect as Bill. Carradine has the perfect voice and it’s really sadistic sounding and was the best choice for it.
Tarantino is masterful behind the camera. Every shot is absolutely perfect. It’s mesmerizing what he is able to do. His homage to old samurai movies and anime is perfection. The music, the style, everything just works.
In the end the story is about redemption. It’s the classic story of revenge. Volume 1 is mainly a revenge story about a woman wronged and now seeking revenge. Part 2 focuses a lot on the back story, The Bride’s training, the origins of what exactly happened, and it really develops the characters very well.
Overall, the movie is very well done, it’s beautiful at times, and it’s a movie I love watching and will continue to watch.