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Power Rangers- 6/10

I had some doubts about Power Rangers trying too hard to be an overly serious superhero film with a darker tone, but there's a good amount of humor and a lot of goofy antics throughout the movie. The product placement is annoying (the final act literally revolves around the local Krispy Kreme), and the movie falls off the rails a little bit towards the end, but this revamped version of Power Rangers delivers some good harmless fun, laughs, and Elizabeth Banks plays an entertaining villain with an appropriately hammy performance. I'm really glad they didn't go for a brooding style of storytelling with the characters to match, and Power Rangers actually pokes fun at itself a few times.

Power Rangers' current worldwide total sits at $129,010,590, and that's off of a reported production budget of $100,000,000. It's a disappointment, when you consider the heavy marketing campaign and all the big expectations for the return of Power Rangers.

Haim Sabin hinted at plans for a six movie story arc, and according to various reports, Lionsgate had high hopes for Power Rangers to fill the void left behind by The Hunger Games as their next big cash cow franchise. It's one of the reasons why Lionsgate decided to resurrect Saw for a new film later this year, and apparently, things aren't working out with Divergent. Alleigant was panned by the critics, and the movie had an underwhelming run at the box office. The series was supposed to come to a conclusion this year with the final film, but plans for the big finale are too murky now. Plans are in place to end Divergent as a TV film (or series), but the big problem with that is, Shailene Woodley reportedly won't return as Tris, and she backed out of the project altogether, when the plans for a possible move to TV were announced.

Power Rangers surprised me, but I honestly don't see an upside for any sequels. The superhero market is pretty crowded now. Power Rangers really needed to make a bigger splash with this film, and the nostalgia buzz to bring in older fans will only last for so long.

The Zookeeper's Wife- 7/10

Yes, it feels too contrived every now and then, but The Zookeeper's Wife is a tense, emotional, and well-crafted war drama. Jessica Chastain gives a good effort in the leading role, and The Zookeeper's Wife features a solid cast from top to bottom.
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I got around to watching Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping the other night. I'd wanted to watch it ever since it came out last year because I love Andy Samberg in The Lonely Island & Brooklyn-99.

I was surprised. It was definitely a lot better than I expected it to be. In terms of one of these kinda films with all it's original music/performances, I think it's slightly better than Get Him To The Greek. The songs themselves are not only ridiculous, but also fucking hilarious sometimes. "Finest Girl (The Bin Laden Song) & "Ibitha" are two that stand out to me.

I'd definitely recommend watching it once, it might be all you can handle, but I'm sure you'd enjoy it.

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Going In Style- 6/10

I had no idea this was a remake, and I honestly didn't expect too much from this, but Going In Style really surprised me. Matt Dillon is at his best, when he's playing a callous prick (Nothing But The Truth, Crash, etc.), and he's a good fit for the pesky FBI agent, who's determined to catch the trio. It's predictable, and Going In Style goes through the motions from start to finish, but it's a good, heartfelt story about three friends coming together for one last adventure. Yeah, they're robbing a bank, but it's easy to root for three working stiffs, who basically dedicated their lives to their job. But in the end, they won't have anything to show for their years of hard work (they're going to lose their pensions), so it's easy to root for them. And showing the relationships between the friends and their families builds more sympathy for them.

The story of the blue-collar working man fighting back and taking on a big bad corporation has been done before, but the performances from Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin and the hilarious chemistry between the three is more than enough to overlook the usual cliches and tropes.

Open Windows (2014)- 2/10

I was going through my piles of DVDs, I found this one, so I finally decided to watch it. I was ready to go with an 8/10 or a 9/10 for this, but the barrage of twists towards the end just ruined the movie for me.

Elijah Wood delivers a good performance, playing the nerdy and insecure die hard fan. Sasha Grey's performance starts out good. She's believable as the narcissistic, pretentious, and self-absorbed actress, but everything goes downhill after the kidnapping. On one hand, I understand the reasons for doing a complete 180 with Grey's character. You're supposed to feel sympathy for her, because a lunatic is threatening her life, and it's not Grey's fault, but a lot of potential was squandered for a tedious stretch of Grey falling into the damsel in distress act.

You'll see everything through security cameras, webcams, computer screens, and cell phones, and Open Windows deserves credit for an ambitious effort to do something unique, but I can't overlook all the twists. The first set of reveals and plot twists were genuinely shocking, but when you throw in another twist, and another reveal, and another twist, and more twists and reveals after that, it's just too much. The twists and reveals start to lose their shock value after a while, and it's kind of hard to stay in suspension of disbelief mode, because the final set of twists and reveals are so ridiculous and over the top. All in all, Open Windows starts out as a promising techno-thriller, but the movie eventually devolves into a convoluted mess, and it's a bad case of a movie trying too hard to be smart and clever.

April 28-30 & The Upcoming Weekend

The Fate Of The Furious held on to the #1 spot in the week to week charts for a three-peat with $19,936,540, and the current worldwide total sits at $1,101,948,803.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 debuting in the #1 spot is a foregone conclusion at this point. Vol. 2 has a current international total of $154,000,000, and according to Box Office Mojo.com's predictions, Vol. 2 is expected to surpass the $158,000,000 mark over the weekend. To add an extra tidbit, 558 theaters are including the original film in a double feature that started tonight a couple of hours ago, and the double feature showings will be included in the final total for the weekend.

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5/5: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
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Train to Busan

I like to article surf on the internet which is how I found out about this movie. I'm not usually a big fan of foreign films (I've only enjoyed 1 other) but love zombie movies and this one had me hooked from beginning to end.

Not to many movies whether foreign or not make me feel as many feels or get as emotionally invested in the characters as this one did. Throughout the movie I went from happy to sad to angry and everything in between. Honestly by the time this 2 hour long movie was up I was emotionally drained but in a good way.


The plot is a simple one. A father is taking his daughter to see her mother in Busan when a zombie outbreak happens. An infected woman jumps on the bullet train they're on which of course means most of the crew and passengers get infected as well. Those that don't do their best to survive on a train full of Zombies. By the end of the movie only 2 people are left alive and you'll be surprised who it is.


This movie borrows heavily from World War Z in their zombie style but unlike World War Z this movie makes it work. I can sing the praises of this movie all night but that would get boring for everyone real quick. If you have Netflix and like foreign films and/or zombie flicks I strongly urge you to take 2 hours out of your day to watch this, I promise you won't be disappointed.

Train to Busan: * * * * * out of 5.
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The Rezort


Another Zombie film I found on Netflix this one being British instead of Korean.

This movie takes place 7 years after humans won the zombie war. The only place they can be found is an Island called The Rezort where people pay to hunt the undead on safari. A group meets up on the island but unknown to the rest of the group one of them is a zombie rights activist who stole some files but unwittingly uploaded a virus that shut down the entire security grid on the island. The group, which is out on the island, has to make it to the docks before the entire island is incinerated. During their mad dash to safety they find out how the finite number of zombies keeps getting replenished. By the end of the movie only 2 people while the rest get burnt to a crisp.

I love this movie I just wish it was longer. 1.5 hours just doesn't seem like enough time. Everything happens way to fast

The Rezort: * * * *1/2 out of 5

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Alien: Covenant- 4/10

Fassbender is the only reason why I'm not going with a 2/10.

Solid performances from Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, and Michael Fassbender delivers the best performance again, but Covenant is just a big disappointment. I heard this on a horror movies podcast I listen to, and apparently Ridley Scott wanted to follow the blueprint from Prometheus for this film, but the powers that be intervened, because they wanted an Alien film. Covenant is not a pure Alien film, but that doesn't bother me, because they had to tie up some loose ends from Prometheus. It's a prequel series, so you know they're going to make that transition at some point, but overall, Covenant is a tedious and dull film.

You could say the Alien prequel series needs more time and films to build momentum, so they can piece everything together for the ultimate payoff, but Covenant takes a few steps backwards, and there's no way around it. Yeah, you can tear Prometheus to shreds for an illogical story and stupid characters, but the movie had some redeemable qualities as a visual spectacle, and it's hard to forget about Shaw's C-section scene. Another problem is Alien and Aliens are praised as classics, and Alien 3 is highly underrated, so the chances of topping or coming close to all three films are very slim. And after Resurrection and two shitty crossover films, there's no real reason to get your hopes up for any future Alien films.

Questions are answered, but Covenant is short on any real thrills and the movie lacks tension, and stupid choices from certain characters are another problem. Covenant is better than Resurrection, if we're ranking Alien films, but that's nothing to brag about.

The Upcoming Weekend

A random update on the Power Rangers sequel, but it looks like the toy sales might save the future of the potential series. Looking back, the trailers really didn't help Power Rangers. The trailers showed a brooding superhero drama about a bunch of teenage punks/lost causes, but the movie was a lot of fun with s good amount of laughs.

It Comes At Night is the only film I'm truly looking forward to, but The Mummy's release is the big story for the weekend. The critics are tearing The Mummy apart, the movie currently holds an 18% on Rotten Tomatoes, and some critics are calling it Tom Cruise's worst film. I can't say I'm too surprised. The trailers were awful, and Cruise's days as a box office draw are long gone.

Universal's attempt to start their own cinematic universe (the Dark Universe) with famous movie monsters is off to a bad start. I guess we're supposed to forget about Dracula Untold? I didn't have a problem with it, and I know it's another one of those movies that doesn't live up to the potential of a unique premise, but it's a harmless film. Numerous movie sites are predicting Wonder Woman will easily repeat at #1 in the week to week charts, so The Mummy can forget about bragging rights for a big debut weekend.

Upcoming releases:

6/9: The Mummy
6/9: It Comes At Night
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6/9: My Cousin Rachel (limited)
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Baywatch- 2/10

I had slim hopes for this, but it's a dud. Although, I can't say I'm too surprised, because next to The Mummy, Baywatch had some of the worst trailers I've seen this year.

Everything feels too forced in Baywatch. The humor, the jokes, the gags, the setups, and after a while, Baywatch devolves into a one-track formula for a repetitive and juvenile style of humor. Rock working at a Sprint store was good for a few cheap laughs, but outside of that, Baywatch is an unfunny comedy for the most part.

To make matters worse, the movie is loaded with too many subplots. Rock trying to fill the role of a big brother/mentor for Zac Efron is the only storyline that really works. Rock and Efron had good chemistry together, with Efron playing this egotistical dick, but you can still feel some sympathy for him, because he eventually reaches a point, where he realizes he needs to change.

Priyanka Chopra is a boring villain. I know she's supposed to have that combination of sex appeal and power, and her performance is decent at best, but she's stuck with a dull and cliched character.

In the 90's, a major Baywatch film could've had some success, when Baywatch was still a thing, and the movie would surely have a cult following as a nostalgic guilty pleasure today, but it just doesn't work in 2017. The Rock gives a good effort as usual, but Baywatch is a huge misfire. Also, Baywatch is supposed to be an R-rated comedy, but it feels too tamed more often than not, so in the end, you're left with a film that's basically a cheap thrill for horny teenagers.

June 9-11 & The Upcoming Weekend

Wonder Woman is still #1 in the week to week charts, pulling in $58,520,672 to bring the current worldwide total to $466,026,730. The Mummy debuted with $31,688,375, and the current worldwide total sits at $183,367,746 and that's off of a reported production budget of $125,000,000. The Mummy's overseas box office total ($140,757,046) might've saved the Dark Universe's future, but it's almost impossible to ignore the apathetic response.

Cars 3 debuting at #1 in the week to week charts is one of the bigger layups this year, and All Eyez On Me might have a shot at debuting in the #2 spot after a tight race with Wonder Woman.

All Eyez On Me continues to receive bad reviews (a 24% on Rotten Tomatoes). After watching the trailers, I just get the feeling the movie will be a run-of-the-mill biopic, and Jamal Woolard returning to play Biggie was the only positive sign in the trailers for me.

47 Meters Down is the annual mainstream shark horror film, and I'm sure it'll be forgettable. I have no interest whatsoever in Rough Night. Basically, it's another case of the copycat syndrome in Hollywood after Bad Moms, and Rough Night has a 53% on RT.

Upcoming releases:

6/16: Cars 3
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Transformers: The Last Knight - 1.5/10

This is the first of the Transformers movies that I've gone to the theaters to see. My niece wanted to see it, it gave me a chance to spend some time with her so I was happy to take her. I'm glad she enjoyed it and there's still the kid in me that loves Peter Cullen and Frank Welker voicing Optimus Prime and Galvatron/Megatron as they did for the animated series I loved as a kid.

If you're looking for a movie that tells a great story, is packed with interesting characters, is well acted, well written and makes you want to see it again, then Transformers: The Last Knight is most definitely NOT the movie for you. It follows the Michael Bay formula of mindlessness to an even more absurd degree than the four previous films in the franchise, which took in a total of roughly $3.8 billion worldwide at the box office. Even a lot of the hardcore fans haven't gone to see it; it's only taken in about $70 million domestically so far and while I doubt it'll reach the $1 billion mark like the last two films in the franchise have, I'm sure the overall worldwide returns will be more than enough to warrant making another one. The CGI is impressive, no question about that and it's a massive CGI fest and that's all the movie really has going for it. In the past movies, we've sort of seen Bay kinda sorta try to combine the whole aliens/robots/outer space type of sci-fi with sword & sorcery type of fantasy by portraying a lot of the Transformers with weapons like swords, shields, battleaxes, etc. In this one, Bay goes all out and tries to combine the whole Transformers stuff with Arthurian legend with King Arthur, Merlin, Camelot, Excalibur, sorcery, the whole nine yards and it just doesn't work at all for me; Bay's not remotely good enough of a director to mesh these wildly different sci-fi/fantasy genres in any sort of coherent way. There are directors who can do it, but Michael Bay isn't one of them. Of course, it's not entirely Bay's fault as he's ultimately taking what screenwriters have written on pages and put it on film, but the buck usually stops with the director as he/she is the honcho.

If you can entirely just switch your brain off, if you can just simply not think about the plot holes, how lame the overall characters in the movie are and just enjoy the CGI, then you'll be fine
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Glad I avoided this movie then. I am a huge Transformers fan and actually liked the 1st Bay film but it's obvious Hasbro, Bay, or Paramount has no idea what to do with this franchise.

Some movie's I've seen over the last 2 months

Get Out - very good movie, atmospheric and beautifully shot and creepy

Loving - good movie, has historical significance but straight forward and bland as far as drama goes. Great performances though.

Wonder Woman - It's DC's Captain America: The First Avenger only much better. Still suffers from the over done final climax

The Beguiled - Kind of loved this, starts out as a power play between the women to get Firth's attention then it just goes bonkers 2/3 through the film.

Spider-Man Home Coming - 2nd best MCU movie behind Guardians of the Galaxy
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It Comes At Night- 6/10

Solid performances from Joel Edgerton and the supporting cast, and Trey Edward Shults didn't feel the need to rely on a lot of blood and gore. The terror and the fear in It Comes At Night comes from Paul's (Edgherton) decisions and how far he's willing to go to protect his family from the disease. The tension is great here, because Paul is an overly paranoid character with serious trust issues. It's understandable, because most people would do whatever they had to do protect their families, so It Comes At Night has a sense of realism for unprecedented situations.

I didn't have a big problem with It Comes At Night, but at the same time, I just don't get the heaps of praise for this one. I'm going into slight spoilers here, but most of the bad and spooky stuff throughout the movie happens in Travis' (Paul's son) dream sequences. Looking at the trailers and listening to Paul's warnings with all the teases, It Comes At Night leads you to believe something truly disastrous and terrifying will happen at night. But if you take out that one scene with the dog and Will (the father and husband of the other family) breaking into the house, It Comes At Night is short on thrills during the nighttime scenes.

It's a thought-provoking film, but I just don't see a game-changer. If you're into post-apocalyptic horror flicks, It Comes At Night is worth a try, but in the end, it's not good enough to stand out amongst the pack.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)- 6/10

I revisited this one for the first time in years, and TCM '03 is still one of my favorite horror remakes. TCM '03 is loaded with horror cliches and stupid character mistakes. Splitting up, falling down, while running, picking up a hitchhiker, and squandering numerous opportunities to escape.

I always go back to the scene, where Morgan is in the van with Sheriff Hoyt, and Hoyt's doing everything he can do to push his buttons. Morgan tries to fire the gun, but Hoyt took the bullets out. Morgan had the chance to smack him across the face with the gun and run, but he just sits there with this stunned look on his face, giving Hoyt a chance to pull out a loaded gun. And for some bizarre reason, the group doesn't suspect something fishy, when a SHERIFF asks them to help with wrapping a dead body in plastic.

If we're talking about production values, the look and the feel of the original TCM was more rough and gritty, while the remake has more of a polished presentation. Jessica Biel is a decent final girl, but Marylin Burns is widely recognized as one of the first final girls in one of the all-time great horror films with a legendary reputation, so Biel will always take a backseat to her.

TCM has some truly grotesque visuals (i.e. Leatherface's workshop), and I forgot how much I loved the documentary style intro. The narrator, the presentation, and the set up gives the movie a touch of realism, and you know it's coming, but Leatherface attacking the cops works as a good cliffhanger, because you know he's still out there and waiting. The sequence in this video is out of whack, because in the movie, the title pops up before the actual film starts, and the scene at the end happens, when Leatherface attacks Erin and Pepper:



Leatherface is a hulking brute in the remake, and they scarped the cross-dressing to give Leatherface the ironic look of a butcher. The Hewitt Family is a sadistic bunch ("Thomas Brown Hewitt, you get in here right now!"), so you don't get the impression they're a bunch of kooky hillbillies. R. Lee Ermey stays in his comfort zone here, but he easily delivers the best performance as "Sheriff" Hoyt.

Yes, it's another unnecessary remake, but TCM '03 works, if you're a fan of slashers that stick to the old school formula, and TCM delivers more than enough blood and gore.
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