‘Division 19’ Review

Division 19 is a science fiction/thriller written and directed by S.A. Halewood and set in an apocalyptic future where prisons have been turned into online entertainment. Subtribes to the system vote on what felons can eat, watch, wear and who they fight in the prison. However, when the world’s most watched felon escapes, the authorities scramble to bring back their most valuable asset for the grand opening of their new prison system.

Division 19 stars in the leading roles Linus Roache, from 2018’s brutally brilliant Mandy, and Alison Doody, from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. These two are far and beyond the best part of the entire film. Both of the characters they portray are very believable in their attempts to capture the escaped convict, Hardin Jones. Unfortunately, the movie fails in most other aspects of basic film making. Continue reading “‘Division 19’ Review”

‘Dumbo’ Podcast Review

Kylan reviews the latest film in Disney’s line of live-action movie remakes, Dumbo.  The story of an elephant that could fly.

You can check out the written review of Dumbo here.

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Venom Review – And Why You Should See It

Venom is a movie that has been in the back of everybody’s minds for over a year now – not quite at the level of being “hyped” but we all knew it was coming out and there was mild interest from just about everyone out there who enjoys a good super hero romp. Then the critics came out and posted their thoughts on this movie, and like a stone dropping into the ocean expectations plummeted.  However, after seeing the Tom Hardy led movie, I have to ask myself, “Why is this hated on?”  Venom was actually pretty fun!

The movie does start out slow – beginning with a ship crashing to earth and bringing the symbiotes to our planet.  There is a lot of exposition explaining why we should like Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, and why we should hate Riz Ahmed as Carlton Drake.  From there the film continues to drag on showing why the suave Eddie Brock went from respected journalist to jobless looser – and it continues down this path a little bit too long.  However, just as I was about to give up on this movie the symbiotic Venom is finally introduced and things kick into high gear really fast. Continue reading “Venom Review – And Why You Should See It”

‘The Great Wall’ Review

The Great Wall, currently, is the most expensive film ever shot completely in china – with a whopping reported budget of $150 Million.  It tells the story of a western mercenary, played by Matt Damon, who is imprisoned at the Great Wall, and while there discovers the reason behind its construction is to repel wave after wave of marauding beasts.  While imprisoned at the wall he is forced to fight alongside an army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force of lizard monsters.

While the film is directed by Yimou Zhang, the Chinese director who is best known for great films like House of Flying Daggers and Hero, this is not his finest film.  The Great Wall does have trademarks of Zhang, such as beautiful colors, and great action set pieces, but it has glaring flaws that really bring the film down. Continue reading “‘The Great Wall’ Review”

My Review of ‘A Cure for Wellness’

I must start off this review by saying this is one of the weirdest movies I have ever seen.  The synopsis put out by the studio does not do the film justice; which reads: “An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious ‘wellness center’ at a remote location in the Swiss Alps.  He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem.  When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.” Please note that the synopsis put out by the studio says nothing about audience members questioning their own sanity during the viewing of this movie.

Imagine for a moment a room full of executives over at 20th Century Fox.  In front of every one of these men and women are piles of scraps of paper with scribbled notes of things a general movie going audience would find creepy and unsettling.  One note says “creepy anorexic looking people,” one says “mind control,” another says “iron lungs” one says “old hospital with steam rooms” one says “body decay” and another scrap of paper says “lots of eels.”   These highly-paid men and women then put these ideas in a hat and take turns pulling these random concepts out of a hat and laying them out on the table in the same order in which they were drawn.  Lastly, they take a picture of this “timeline of creepiness,” add a footnote to the picture that says “make the film look really good, very unsettling, and add a few of your good ideas” then email said photo to screenwriter Justin Haythe, director Gore Verbinski, and lead actor Dane DeHaan – BOOM! You have the makings of A Cure for Wellness. Continue reading “My Review of ‘A Cure for Wellness’”

‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Review

Fifty Shades Darker is a sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, based on the novel of the same name, written by E. L. James.  Since the events of Fifty Shades of Grey, Anastasia Steele she has tried to move on and forget her sexual escapades with Christian Grey.  She has a new job, a new life, and is ready to be her own woman again.  However, desire for Christian still lingers, and when he comes back into her life proposing a new sexual arrangement she cannot say no. Rekindling their sexual affair, Anastasia learns more about Christian and his dark past.

Does the synopsis above seem remotely interesting? I hope so – because I just spent an hour trying to figure out exactly how to write an interesting synopsis to one of the most boring and uninteresting films of all time.  Four sentences explaining the plot of a film should not take an hour to conjure up.  However, when the film has no plot, that makes it difficult. Continue reading “‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Review”

‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ Review

John Wick, The Boogeyman, The Devil, returns for a second chapter in this revenge, gun fu, thriller, and if you think he’s lost any of his edge from 2014 you are dead wrong.  Keanu Reeves reprises his role as the tenacious Mr. Wick, and he is leaving behind him a trail of bodies that have suffered from a dying case of bullets to the head.

If you are a fan of the first John Wick, then you are defiantly going to enjoy this movie. Chad Stahelski, who directed the first movie, reprises his directorial role and brings back just as much grit and violence that made the first film so enjoyable.  The film is not without a few issues, but overall it is a very fun time at the movie theaters, and I completely feel should be seen in a movie theater with great picture and the best sound possible.  You will not be disappointed. Continue reading “‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ Review”