Showing posts with label movies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label movies. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

[Review]—Rob Zombie's "The Munsters" is a Dreary Gothic Romance

After the disastrous trailer for Rob Zombie's version of The Munsters circulated online over the summer, was anyone anticipating it? Horror aficionados generally dislike Rob Zombie's movies, largely due to his wife, Sheri Moon, being cast in all of his films and his frequent usage of redneck characters with offensive dialogue. If you don't believe me, read the comments on any article about a Rob Zombie movie. Yes, there are a few trolls, but as I've already stated, most horror enthusiasts dislike his films. Maybe, with the exception of The Devil's Rejects, which has a modest fan base.  

Friday, September 23, 2022

[Review]—"The Infernal Machine" is a Flawed Yet Gripping Thriller

Today marks the Paramount+ streaming premiere of the R-rated, 111-minute film The Infernal Machine starring Guy Pearce, based on the podcast "The Hilly Earth Society,"  created by Jonathan Mitchell and Louis Kornfeld. Andrew Hunt wrote and helmed the movie (his feature film directorial debut). The supporting cast includes Alice Eve, Jeremy Davies, and Alex Pettyfer.

Monday, September 12, 2022

{The Midnight Horror}—"Margaux"—An Ineffective Smart House Slasher

Is it a plus or a minus that a horror film doesn't receive enough reviews to receive a TOMATOMETER rating? Margaux now has four reviews from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Most likely, none of you are familiar with Margaux (rated R; 104 minutes). The movie premiered on Paramount+ on September 9th with almost no hype. Chris Beyroot and Nick Waters wrote the screenplay for the film, which Steven C. Miller directed. Madison Pettis, Vanessa Morgan, Lochlyn Munro, Richard Harmon, Jedidiah Goodacre, Phoebe Miu, Jordan Buhat, Brittany Mitchell, and Louis Lay are among the actors who appear in the movie.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

[Blu-ray Review]—Jurassic World Dominion (2022)

Jurassic World Dominion is now available in physical (4K UHD, Blu-ray, and DVD) and digital formats from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. It is the third and final installment in the Jurassic World trilogy, and the sixth overall in the series, which began in 1993 with Jurassic Park. (Adapted from Michael Crichton's thriller of the same name.) The Extended Edition includes both the 147-minute theatrical and the 160-minute extended versions of the film.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

[DVD Review]—White Elephant (2022)

On August 2nd, RLJE Films (a division of AMC Networks) released the low-budget actioner White Elephant on DVD and Blu-ray. It's one of the final films starring the now-retired Bruce Willis (the Die Hard franchise), and it's directed by Jesse V. Johnson (who co-wrote the screenplay with Erik Martinez).

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

[DVD Review]—Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

I'm probably the last blogger in the universe to write a review for last year's blockbuster Spider-Man: No Way Home - a.k.a. the 8th Spidey live-action movie from Sony Pictures. Why the wait? Well, I didn't see the film when it was playing in theaters, so I waited until the home media or, more specifically, the DVD. I know what many of you are thinking, "A DVD? What is this, 2002?" Listen, I review whatever the PRs send to me. In this case, it was a DVD. Shockingly, this DVD comes with a Digital code. (FYI - To all the moochers out there: Sorry, but I already redeemed the code. Find your freebies elsewhere.) 

Thursday, June 30, 2022

{The Midnight Horror}—"OFFSEASON" is a Suspenseful Supernatural Thriller

Wait a minute... is Billy reviewing horror movies again? 

I planned to restart my Midnight Horror post series, but my plans were constantly sidetracked by illness, death, and other uncontrollable setbacks. Are the postings back indefinitely? That remains to be seen. I'm testing the waters, hoping to rekindle my creative mojo. Let's start with the "Offseason" and see where it takes us.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

[Blu-ray Review]—Belfast (2021)

Sometime this year, the critically appraised coming-age film Belfast came out on Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, and somewhere along the line, I received a copy for review purposes. I recall watching it immediately but never wrote down my thoughts on it until now. And yes, I did rewatch the movie before writing this post.

Monday, May 9, 2022

[Blu-ray Review]—Last Looks (2022)

Thanks to the now-saturated streaming services, theatrical releases are becoming a thing of the past unless the film is Marvel or connected to another big IP. Everything else goes straight to VOD, followed by a Digital, DVD, or Blu-ray release, such as the thriller Last Looks, which landed on physical media last month from RLJE Films. Ever heard it? If you said no, join the club, as I never heard of the title until I received a press release for the Blu-ray - and that was near the release date. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

{Easter Movies on Pure Flix}—Risen (2016)

“Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!” In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him. Mark 15:29-32 (NIV) 

Easter is just around the corner, and there's no time like the present to teach your kids about the holiday's true meaning. No, I'm referring to chocolate bunnies, egg hunts, and the Easter Bunny. I'm referring to the death and resurrection of Jesus - the hallmarks of the Christian faith. Easter is the time of rejoicing and remembering the sacrifice Jesus made for all of us.  

Thursday, March 10, 2022

[Review]—Tyson's Run (2022)

Arriving in movie theaters on March 11th is the inspirational drama Tyson's Run (Rated PG; 102 minutes). Kim Bass wrote, produced, and directed the film. Planet 9 Productions produced the film with Collide Distribution distributing it. Four-time Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Yolanda Adams recorded If You Believe, an original song for the film.

Tyson's Run centers on an autistic fifteen-year-old named Tyson Hollerman (Major Dodson), who has been homeschooled by his mother, Eloise (Amy Smart), for his entire life. Tyson wants to learn more about algebra. He convinces his mother to enroll him as a student at Head High School, the very same school where his father, Bobby (Rory Cochrane), coaches football.

While helping his father clean up the football team, Tyson befriends champion marathon runner Aklilu (Barkhad Abdi), who owns a local shoe store. With Aklilu's guidance, Tyson is determined to be a runner and enter the town's upcoming marathon. He hopes he will win his father's approval by winning the race.  

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Final Thoughts

Tyson's Run is a blend of a coming-of-age tale and a sports drama that at times resembles an afterschool school special from the 1980s. (Remember those?) It's a family-friendly movie that touches on autism, school bullying, parental acceptance. The movie's main themes are faith, courage, and believing in yourself.

Overall, I enjoyed watching Tyson's Run. It's a well-directed movie with good performances from the cast. 

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Disclosure: Many thanks to Collide Distribution for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

[Review]—Redeeming Love (2021)

Universal Pictures' big-screen adaptation of author Francine Rivers's historical romance Redeeming Love (PG-13; 134 minutes) will be in theaters tonight with select Thursday Night screenings and receive a nationwide release on Friday. 

Francine Rivers had authored several historical romances before becoming a born-again Christian in 1986. After taking a three-year break from writing, she read the Book of Hosea from the Old Testament, which inspired her to pen Redeeming Love, first published in 1991 by Bantam Books. Since its publication, the book has sold over three million copies and translated into 30 languages.

Redeeming Love is co-written by Francine Rivers and D. J. Caruso, who also directs the film. Abigail Cowen (Fate: The Winx Saga) stars as Angel, a troubled woman working as a prostitute in the gold mining town of Pair-A-Dice. Angel was sold into prostitution at an early age after her mother's death. She expects nothing but pain and heartache from everyone and everything around her. Well, until she meets Michael Hosea (Tom Lewis), a Christian farmer that comes knocking at her door. Unlike all other men that buy thirty minutes of her time, Michael wants nothing from her.

Michael proposes marriage to Angel but not for one second does she believe this man wants to marry her. Only after Michael rescues her from a dire situation does she agree to marry him. Michael brings Angel to his farm. Angel tries to mend her wounds, both physical and emotional. She is ashamed of her past and feels unworthy of Michael's love. 

Co-starring are Logan Marshall-Green, Famke Janssen, Nina Dobrev, and Eric Dane.  

Final Thoughts

Redeeming Love isn't your by-the-book Hollywood love story. It deals with dark themes of prostitution and abuse. The film must have barely gotten a PG-13 because of those dark themes; it could've easily received an R rating.

Abigail Cowen and Tom Lewis both give good performances. Rogier Stofffer's cinematography is both beautiful and dreadful at the same time. By dreadful, I'm referring to a few well-shot violent scenes that are difficult to watch due to the subject matter. The musical score by Brian Tyler and Breton Vivian was excellent.

Overall, Redeeming Love is an emotional tale about forgiveness and redemption. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the film. It's not a scene-by-scene adaptation. There were a few changes from the book, but nothing dramatic. Whether you've read the book or not, I highly recommend seeing Redeeming Love.

Many thanks to Universal for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. Please

Friday, December 24, 2021

[Blu-ray Review] - The Colony (2021)

It feels like science fiction is starting to make a comeback in Hollywood. There's the new adaptation of Dune, a sequel in the works, and a spinoff television series coming soon to HBO Max. Then there's the Foundation series on Apple+ that I keep hearing good things about but haven't seen yet. Then there are the direct-to-VOD and Blu-ray flicks that aren't half bad. So, all in all, the future of onscreen science fiction looks promising. 

[Blu-ray Review] - Twist (2021)

Why do movie studios keep modernizing classic novels? Seriously, I'm getting sick and tired of it. Then, again, at least it isn't another straight-up remake. Despite my dislike for this trend, I put aside my bias and watched Twist on Blu-ray a few nights ago. As you might have guessed by the title, it's a modern reimagining of Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist

Thursday, December 23, 2021

[Blu-ray Review] - Occupation: Rainfall (2021)

There are way too many getting VOD and direct-to- Blu-ray releases and about 95% of them go under my radar. Occupation: Rainfall (R; 128 minutes) happens to be one of these films. It's an Australian science fiction sequel to 2018's Occupation, with Luke Sparke returning as writer and director.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

{Digital Review} - Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

Let me be honest I had never heard of the superhero Shang-Chi before Marvel Studio's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (PG-13; 132 minutes) was released this year. I was assuming he was a new comic book character. Oh, boy, I was wrong. Shang-Chi made his debut in Special Marvel Edition #15 (December 1973), and his appearance looked like legendary Bruce Lee.  

Monday, December 20, 2021

{4K Ultra HD Review} - The Green Knight (2021)

I wouldn't have even known about The Green Knight (R; 129 minutes) if it wasn't for a YouTube recommendation for the trailer. A24 distributed it to USA theaters on July 30th, 2021. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the UK theatrical debut moved from August 6th to September 24th. Lionsgate Home Entertainment released the film on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on October 12th.

Friday, December 17, 2021

[4K Ultra HD Review] - Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021)

If you haven't heard of the Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (R; 99 minutes), there's a reason why. It came out in the summer of 2021 when hardly anyone was going to theaters in fear of the pandemic. The film came and went as fast as it could, grossing only $70.3 million against a $70 million budget. 

Thursday, December 9, 2021

[Blu-ray Review] - The Forever Purge (2021)

Never say never when it comes to horror sequels, especially when Blumhouse is involved. The Purge franchise should have ended with the third film, Election Year, in 2016. There's a rule in Hollywood that if a sequel makes money, then another cash grab sequel is almost always guaranteed. The prequel The First Purge, which nobody wanted, made over $137 million against a $13 million budget. It was supposed to be the final film of the series. That was back in 2018, the same year the horrible The Purge television series debuted on USA. It wasn't popular with the fans and got canceled after season two. Did the franchise end there? The answer is hell no! 

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

[Blu-ray Review] - Candyman (2021)

Let's make a Candyman (1992) sequel, and we'll call it Candyman! Hollywood has definitely run out of ideas - or at least titles. LOL!