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Predators (2010)- 7/10

After one bad sequel (Predator 2) and two shitty spin-offs, it's safe to say Predator falls into that group of film series, where nothing really comes close to the original.

Still, Predators is a solid sequel, and it's much better than Predator 2. With Adrien Brody leading the way as a decent main character, Predators returns to its roots with a familiar setting, and I've always enjoyed the little nods and homages to the original. The dead soldier's failed trap, Hanzo's last stand mimicking Billy's last stand in the original, and Brody covering himself in mud during the final battle. Oddly enough, Predators works as a standalone film and a sequel, because the movie is able to form its own identity, and they only make slight references (Alice Braga's character telling the story of Dutch's debriefing) to the 1987 film. All things considered, I prefer the vague approach. The nostalgia winks are there, but it never reaches a point, where they feel the need to rely on it in every other scene.

Predators is predictable and generic, and a Predator film featuring a storyline about the protagonists fighting multiple Predators on their home turf doesn't live up to its full potential, but it's a fun ride, with a lot violence and gore. Looking back at the series, Predators truly is a breath of fresh air, when you compare it to the other films, and Walton Goggins and Laurence Fishburne are hilarious.

Casino (1995)- 8/10

De Niro is the leading man, but Casino is Joe Pesci's film, because he simply steals every scene he's in. I can't remember the last time I watched this one from start to finish, but man Sharon Stone plays one of the most genuinely detestable characters you'll ever see. With Lester Diamond pulling the strings and Nicky dumping her like yesterday's trash, she's someone you want to feel sympathy for, but at the same time, it's damn near impossible to ignore her malicious treachery. The downward spiral for Ginger's looks pulls everything together, because during the early stages of the movie, she's this desirable and irresistible woman, but as the story progresses, she slowly turns into a toxic trainwreck/junkie.

If we're ranking Scorsese's crime dramas, I might put this one behind The Departed, but there's no denying Casino is one of Scorsese's best films. An outstanding cast from top to bottom with De Niro, Pesci, Sharon Stone, Frank Vincent, James Woods, and others. For a movie that has a runtime that goes 2hrs. & 58 min., Casino never drags and it's not a chore to sit through. Excellent pacing, and so many great moments and scenes, including Piscano's rant, Nicky warning the rude cowboy ("You took your boots off? You put your feet on the table... you shit-kicking, stinky, horse-manure-smelling motherfucker you! You fuck me up over there, I'll stick you in a hole in the fucking desert! You understand?"), Nicky confronting Sam in the desert, and for a number of reasons, Nicky and Dominick still have one of the most brutal death scenes I've ever seen.
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Annabelle: Creation- 8/10

It's not a rarity, but before Creation's release, the movie was sitting at a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes for a few days, but that rating dropped, fast. Creation currently holds a 68% on RT, and it's kind of hard to ignore the screwy system for the Tomatometer.

More reviews pour in over time, so there's a always a chance for the score dropping, and usually, the overall Tomatometer score for said film really isn't an accurate reflection for the collective reviews from the critics. If said film has a 95%, that doesn't mean the counted reviews are all overwhelmingly positive. A critic could give a 3/5 or a C+ for their review, and so many critics use different rating and grading scales, so it's basically impossible to condense everything into one single system

There's a good a chance I'll drop this to a lower score, when I buy the movie, but Creation really surprised me. Annabelle 2014 was a decent horror flick in my eyes, and I still don't understand all the hate against it. My only real complaint about the movie is, John and Mia are horribly bland and boring characters as the all-American 60's married couple. Well, that and the cringeworthy moment, when the demon disguises himself as Father Perez and shouts "MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL!"

Creation gives you characters you can care about, with a little more depth, and the movie features some good spooky and tense sequences and a lot of solid scares. Creation is definitely an upgrade over the original, and Annabelle really works as this creepy conduit of evil. On the surface, Annabelle looks harmless, and well, after all it's just a doll. But the complexion, the make-up, and sticking to a "things that go bump in the night" formula gives Annabelle the looming presence of a threat. She's not a harmless and innocent child's toy, because you know something evil is lurking beneath the surface.

After Creation, I don't think I need to see another horror film, where a demon or an evil entity vomits black goo into another character's mouth to posses them, and if we're looking further down the road, I'm not too excited about this planned cinematic universe for The Conjuring.

Annabelle 2014 was a prequel.....and Creation is a prequel to the 2014 film. I didn't stick around for the mid-credits or the post-credits scenes in the theater, but the post-credits scene teases the upcoming solo film for the main demon (The Nun) in The Conjuring 2. I just don't know what to expect from a cinematic universe for The Conjuring. What's going to happen? Ed and Lorraine unite with other priests from around the world to take down some super demon after four or five more films? Sorry, but that's not enough to blow my skirt up. Or maybe I'm just overthinking things, because creating more spin-offs, prequels, and sequels might work as a formula to keep fans interested and hooked in, without sinking the franchise with boredom after too many straightforward Conjuring sequels.

Atomic Blonde- 5/10

Charlize Theron delivers, as the fierce, ass-kicking assassin, but Atomic Blonde doesn't work without James McAvoy's performance. McAvoy plays this skeevy loose-cannon, and you're never really sure which side he's on, so it's a good guessing game before the big reveals at the end.

With all that said, Atomic Blonde is basically an average spy thriller with cool and stylish action. A good amount of entertaining action sequences, but it's nothing you haven't seen before, with Theron fighting her way through hordes of disposable henchmen, complete with bloody headshots.

The love story between Sofia Boutella and Theron feels forced. On one hand, I get the point behind feeling the need to humanize Lorraine (Theron). She falls in love, and she genuinely cared about another person, so she's not some cold-blooded killer with a black heart, but for me it's just one storyline too many. Hell, Atomic Blonde ends with a plethora of twists, so in the grand scheme of things, Lorraine falling in love with Delphine is insignificant.

But I'll say this, Atomic Blonde has a killer soundtrack. Atomic Blonde is set in the 80's, each track is a perfect fit, and Atomic Blonde probably features the best usage of I Ran (So Far Away) in a movie during the car chase.
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Wonder Woman- 5/10

Probably my top pick for the most overrated film in 2017.

I had a hard time getting into this after Diana left Themyscira, and the big Ares reveal was disappointing and one of the bigger plot holes in the movie. Batman VS Superman was trying too hard to be this epic spectacle, and Suicide Squad was trying too hard to be cool. Wonder Woman is a more polished film, with Patty Jenkins behind the camera, and it's a step in the right direction for DC's cinematic universe, but I just didn't see anything special here. If you're telling me Wonder Woman is an upgrade of BVSS and Suicide Squad, I can go along with that. But I'm not buying into the hype, if you're telling me it's one of the all-time great superhero films.

I also find it laughable how so many DC fanboys were fully against Rotten Tomatoes, and someone started a petition to shut RT down after Suicide Squad. But Wonder Woman holds on to a 92%, and it's basically crickets.
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Baby Driver- 10/10

I didn't want to buy into the hype for this one, and I wasn't sure about Ansel Elgort. In The Divergent films his character comes off as this rigid and inept buffoon, but Elgort showed a lot of potential here as Baby. He really nails the character, playing this cool and smooth getaway driver, and the casting is just great here. Everyone from Jamie Foxx to Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Lily James, and Eliza Gonzalez were perfect fits for their respective characters.

Baby Driver maintains some excellent tension from start to finish, with a lot of good close calls, and Edgar Wright's interweaving with the music and the chase scenes works as a two for one punch. One of the better soundtracks to listen to, working with Baby's character, his choices, his mood and his mindset. Laughs, thrills, and stylish action from Edgar Wright, Baby Driver is just a lot of fun, and it's definitely one of 2017's best films.

The Upcoming Weekend

Box Office Mojo.com's predictions have It debuting at #1 in the week to week charts to end three consecutive weeks at #1 for The Hitman's Bodyguard. It is expected to debut with an estimated $85,000,000 for the weekend, the movie has an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, and I can't wait to see it.

I always take praise from authors, actors, actresses, and directors for an upcoming film with a handful of salt, because a. they're trying to hype up the movie, and b. more often than not, you have to believe they're not going to be 100% honest or completely shit on a movie, when they're receiving a big paycheck for it. But Stephen King is a straight-shooter, and he doesn't hold back. It's no secret he pretty much hates Kubrick's The Shining, a praised horror classic, and he's not going to bite his tongue, if he doesn't like something. I heard this on a podcast, but apparently, King has 100% creative control and final say on all of his adaptations after The Shining, so he's very hands on with everything.

Home Again is one of the other wide releases for the weekend, but I'm really not interested in watching another forgettable romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon.

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9/8: It
9/8: Home Again
9/8: 9/11
9/8: Anti Matter (straight-to-video/streaming)
9/8: Fallen (limited)
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So I've been doing Sci-Fi September, which is a different Sci-Fi movie every day during the month. I've been taking the chance to watch a lot of movies that I've never seen before. Well, last night was Judge Dredd.

Judge Dredd was not my favorite Stallone movie, if I even have to say that. I look forward to rewarding myself with Blade Runner today.
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Spider-Man: Homecoming- 8/10

Michael Keaton plays the best villain in the MCU so far. Keeping his character grounded in reality really helps to separate him from the rest. Of course, he's delusional, and the way he goes about it is all wrong, but Toomes is a man, who wants to provide a good, comfortable life for his family, and he won't let anyone get in his way.

Tom Holland really nailed Spider-Man/Peter Parker, and it's refreshing to see someone, who's actually enthusiastic and happy about being Spider-Man and taking on the challenge. I'll always love Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films (with the exception of 3), but Toby Maguire's Spider-Man was so miserable and depressed all the time, and I just had the feeling of looking at a guy, who was waiting to be put out of his misery. Garflied was a cocky and arrogant show-off, but I never had a big problem with his portrayal.

Homecoming feels fresh, and that's a good sign for the future after a second reboot. I'm also glad they didn't feel the need to include Uncle Ben and show his death again, because Uncle Ben's death is up there with the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents for "been there, done that" retreads in superhero films. Homecoming is a lot fun, and his screen time is basically limited to cameo status, but I'm more interested to see how Holland holds his own without RDJ in the sequels.

The Mummy- 5/10

Tom Cruise is beyond annoying here. His star power is not what it used to be, but Cruise is still a big name. Nick (Cruise) never comes into his own as "The Chosen," so you're basically stuck with Cruise playing this bumbling buffoon, with an incredible streak of luck throughout the movie.

Sofia Boutella is on a short list of positives as Princess Ahmanet. I loved the look, with the pale, white skin, the double pupils, and the hieroglyphic markings covering her body and her face. It's a case, where trying something new actually works, but if I had one complaint, it's the approach to make Ahmanet a cool and sympathetic villain. She murdered a baby and her father in his sleep. There are no ifs, ands, or buts. Ahmanet is a terrible person.

I might drop this to a lower score, when I watch it again. It's not that bad, but The Mummy is just a decent popcorn flick at best. It's an underwhelming film overall, with an anticlimactic final showdown between Ahmanet and Nick, and I couldn't buy into the forced love story between Cruise and Annabelle Wallis. Jake Johnson constantly reappearing as a zombie in every other scene, as a guide for Nick? It's funny the first couple of times, but after that, they really abused the "OMG he's dead, but he can appear anywhere, and he's still giving Nick advice! LOL!" joke.

Russell Crowe really doesn't add anything to the movie, and the Hyde transformation was a big disappointment. Unless I'm missing something, the last time I remember seeing Hyde was in The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and he looked ridiculous. Crowe's Hyde doesn't look like someone, who took an obscene amount of steroids, but it's basically Russell Crowe with a deeper voice, his eyes change, and that's about.

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So Tom Cruise just takes the dagger away from Ahmanet, because she lowered her guard for a few seconds? Yeah, I'm not buying it. Ahmanet literally slaps Nick around with no problems, and Ahmanet closely guards the dagger, when she comes back to life, but somehow Nick just grabs it from her, and she doesn't notice? Complete bullshit.

I know they're trying to build a cinematic universe, so the chances of killing off Cruise or Ahmanet were slim, but Nick, a guy, who's basically clueless and a borderline nitwit, somehow overpowers Set's possession to defeat Ahmanet? Come on now. They can always cook something up to bring Ahmanet back as a stronger character (I'm pretty sure I spotted The Book Of The Dead in one scene), BUT at some point you have to give people a reason to believe Nick is capable of defeating (and literally sucking the life out of) Ahmanet. I never did.


I watched a behind the scenes featurette, and you can tell Sofia Boutella put a lot of hard work into Ahmanet, but a character with some real potential is wasted here. Things are not off to a good start for the Dark Universe (a "meh" reaction for the logo reveal before the movie), and they can't just ignore this film. I guess I'm one of the few people, who didn't have a problem with Dracula Untold. A solid action/horror flick, and the ending was clearly a tease to set up future films, so I don't buy into the reports/interviews that deny it.

The early stages of the Dark Universe mirrors what happened with DC. A lot of hype for a dud, and if the second film (if it happens) is a failure, then they're going to need a Wonder Woman to dig themselves out of the hole.
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Baby Driver- 10/10

I didn't want to buy into the hype for this one, and I wasn't sure about Ansel Elgort. In The Divergent films his character comes off as this rigid and inept buffoon, but Elgort showed a lot of potential here as Baby. He really nails the character, playing this cool and smooth getaway driver, and the casting is just great here. Everyone from Jamie Foxx to Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Lily James, and Eliza Gonzalez were perfect fits for their respective characters.

Baby Driver maintains some excellent tension from start to finish, with a lot of good close calls, and Edgar Wright's interweaving with the music and the chase scenes works as a two for one punch. One of the better soundtracks to listen to, working with Baby's character, his choices, his mood and his mindset. Laughs, thrills, and stylish action from Edgar Wright, Baby Driver is just a lot of fun, and it's definitely one of 2017's best films.
I was wondering if anyone was ever going to review this movie on here. This was just a fun movie. Sure the plot is pretty cliche - main protagonist is strong/good at something and gets involved with the wrong people and has to work his way out while still being a good person, etc. I can think of one movie this copies off the top of my head just being on a wrestling forum: The Rundown. Obviously this one has a love story along with it, which does further add tension.

All that aside, it's still a really good movie. Even with the story being retold another time, the characters get you invested. Each one adds their own flair to the movie. They're all colorful in their own way. Let's face it, Kevin Spacey pretty much just has to play Kevin Spacey to make it work. But the other characters all make you want to see what's going to happen. And you're just waiting for things to explode with Jamie Foxx, which makes how everything plays out that much better, at least for me.

I'm not sure I'd go 10/10, but I'd go at least 9. I'd recommend this movie to anyone. Even if you're just into mindless action flicks, the driving scenes alone are worth a watch.

As an aside, it seems to me that since GOTG came out, more movies are being conscious about how their soundtrack can add to the overall experience. This movie, like GOTG, used it as a plot device.
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I can't say enough about how good Baby Driver's soundtrack was, and the GOTG comparison is spot on. It's one thing to use music to make a movie look and feel cool, but the usage and the methods behind each song separates the good and the quality films from the films going for a moment here and there, when there's a point, a purpose, or a story behind each song.

Carlito's Way (1993)- 7/10

I haven't seen Danny Collins yet, but The Devil's Advocate and Carlito's Way feature two of Pacino's last quality performances. Although, Pacino is upstaged by Sean Penn in this one. David Kleinfeld is a sleazy two-faced weasel, and Penn really nails the character, because you just want to punch Klenfeld in the face. Carlito's Way is basically a throwback film now, but it's still refreshing to see Penn having fun playing a scumbag before he moved on to chasing Oscars with more serious roles in drama films.

Carltio's Way follows just about every cliche you can think of in a crime drama. Carlito wants to get out of the life and start over with Gail, BUT he has to do one more job (freeing Tony. T) before he's out for good, and of course something goes wrong. And to top it all off, Carlito never suspects any foul play with the backstabbers he chooses to surround himself with until it's too late.

Carlito's Way is predictable (the movie opens with the ending) and Penelope Ann Miller is grating as Gail, but it's a case, where the cast, the performances, and Brian De Palma helps a formulaic screenplay rise above average and forgettable. Pacino, Sean Penn, James Rebhorn playing the asshole District Attorney, who's willing to do anything to nail Carlito and Kleinfeld, even if it means playing them against each other. Jorge Porcel (Saso, or Ron!), Luis Guzman, and Viggo Mortensen are good for some laughs, and John Leguizamo's Benny Blanco (from The Bronx) adds an entertaining sub-plot to the movie. It's a slight spin on the old young lion vs the old lion storyline, with Leguizamo playing the young, mouthy hothead, who's ready to take over, and Pacino plays the old and respected veteran, but he doesn't feel the need to respect Blanco, or give him the attention he's looking for.

You know what's going to happen, but the final chase/gunfight at Grand Central is easily the highlight of the movie. A nail-biter from one shot to the next, and Carlito is a guy you want to root for, because he wanted to take advantage of his second chance for positive changes. He was so close to finally catching "the dream," but he was deceived and dragged back into a world of shit.
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Mother!- 8/10

It’s a lot to digest with all the metaphors and religious allegories and the big questions, but Mother! is a dark, unnerving, and tense psychological horror film. A solid cast all around, with Michelle Pfeiffer playing a nasty and cold jerk, and the chaotic frenzy during the last 40-50 minutes of the movie reaches levels of wild absurdity, but it’s one good tense sequence (the standoff between Lawerence and Bardem) after another. I’ll have to watch this again at some point, because Mother! and Black Swan are the only two Aronofsky films I actually want to watch more than once.

Flatliners- 5/10

As a horror film, Flatliners follows just about every cliché you can think of, if we’re talking about jump scares and the set ups for said jump scares. And as a sci-fi film, Flatliners really squanders the whole “coming back from the dead” premise. Before they confront the demons from their pasts, the main characters don’t have a problem with partying and living it up, when they’re stuck in limbo and when they come back to life, because dying is fun and you can do a lot of cool stuff! And for some reason, certain characters are smarter, and it’s implied they basically have superpowers. They actually reach a point, where Sophia (Kiersey Clemons) starts whining, because she wants to die, but the group thinks it’s too dangerous. Basically, her big tirade boils down to “Everyone gets to die and see cool stuff, but I don’t? It’s not fair!” Huh?

Another big problem is, Flatiners is short on likeable characters. If you pay attention to the trailers, it’s not hard to guess the real why reason why Ellen Page’s character wanted to experiment with death, and it’s a selfish reason, when you look at the big picture. You can feel some sympathy for Sophia, because she’s a nice kid, with an overbearing and controlling mother. Of course, everyone, who dies reaches a point, where they need closure and they’ll need to face their demons, if they want to stop the evil forces, but you won’t see any real surprises, because it’s a predictable series of events.

With all that said, I did have some fun with Flatliners as a guilty pleasure. Jamie (James Norton) is being haunted by someone, who’s still alive, and somehow, Ellen Page is capable of flying, when she dies for the first time. It’s absurd, and Flatliners is a heavily, heavily flawed film in so many areas, so I can understand the 5% on Rotten Tomatoes (started out with a 0%) and the overwhelming amounts of negativity surrounding this one. I need to watch the original one day, but bringing people back from the dead is a tricky premise to tackle, because The Lazarus Effect, a movie with a similar story and premise (pegged as a rip-off of the original Flatliners), was a lousy film.

It (1990)- 6/10 & It (2017)- 9/10

Tim Curry was genuinely creepy as Pennywise, but compared to Bill Skarsgard, he’s more of a jokester overall. Skarsgard on the other hand, brings the combination of being menacing and creepy, so I have to give the nod to Skarsgard for being the better Pennywise.

The miniseries is one of the better Stephen King adaptations, but there’s no denying it’s dated, and It 2017 is superior in every way imaginable. A more polished film, with top notch production values, some good 80's nostalgia, and a better cast. I’d give a slight edge to Michael Cole’s Henry Bowers over Nicholas Hamilton’s Henry, but that’s about it. Another problem with the miniseries is, it’s exhausting, if you try and sit through it in one viewing.

It 2017 really benefits from the R rating. The miniseries had restrictions, but It 2017 was able to go further with the blood, gore, dialogue, and the relationship between Bev and her father. Disturbing, creepy, and tense, It 2017 has to be the best horror film in 2017, because I don’t see any real competition from upcoming films (Jigsaw looks terrible).

It 2017 is a damn good film, but I’m worried about the sequel. With all the praise and success at the box office, it’ll be damn near impossible for the sequel to live up to the hype. In the miniseries, when The Loser’s Club takes on Pennywise as kids, their story is told through flashbacks, and the miniseries loses a lot of momentum, when the second half of the story starts. It’ll be interesting to see how they handle the adult actors, and I can already see complaints about too much CGI, when It reveals its true form.

Happy Death Day- 5/10

A satisfying throwback to 80’s whodunit slashers with a Groundhog Day twist (they actually mention Groundhog Day towards the end), and you can see the similarities to Scream. Happy Death Day truly was made for and marketed to horror fans. A slasher released in October on Friday The 13, and the poster definitely has an 80’s horror-esque feel to it. The humor is hit-and-miss (i.e. a lame Subway dick joke), and Jessica Rothe delivers a solid performance, but she starts out as an unbearably annoying character, complete with a predictable “I need to change” redemption tour.

It’s a fun slasher, but it’s almost impossible to ignore two MASSIVE plot holes, and the reveal for the killer, and their motivations for wanting to murder Tree (Rothe)? Oy vey. I understand they were going for the SHOCKING reveal, because anyone on Tree’s list of suspects would’ve been too obvious, and you can say the same thing about Tree’s dad. The reveal is a genuine surprise, but “Really? That’s why you did it?” was the best I could do for a reaction. I just rolled my eyes, when the killer gave their explanation to hatch this elaborate plan to murder Tree, because they’re holding a silly, jealous grudge over her.
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Jigsaw- 4/10

I've seen it all before. The teamwork for the players in Jigsaw's game is a little bit more cohesive, but you still have one or more players, who don't want to work together. Certain players would've made it out safely or alive, if they just played by the rules, and listened to Jigsaw's warnings, but they don't, so they have to deal with consequences (losing a body part, lots of blood, etc.).

If you've seen more than one Saw film, you basically know how things are going to play out, when the game starts, and of course, the movie ends with a plethora of twists and reveals to leave things wide open for future installments. They could EASILY make another three or four films, and the movie ends with another apprentice reveal, because you know, someone has to continue Jigsaw's work.

Hannah Emily Anderson's Eleanor is a red herring, but she's a nice change of pace, when you consider the usual set of characters in a Saw film. She's in the movie to facilitate a nostalgia kick (hard to believe the original Saw was released in 2004), because her studio is filled with traps from previous Saw films, but still, it's refreshing to see someone, who's not a sleazebag, a conflicted and tortured soul, or someone, who snapped after a personal tragedy in their lives.

The big return and the set up for said character's big return caught me off guard. I'll try and tip-toe around spoilers, but You Know Who returns during the final stages of the movie, and it's a genuine surprise, because he's supposed to be dead. There's more to it, but I'll basically spoil the whole movie, if I go too deep into what happens. Although, the more I think about, they used a similar trick in Saw II, so it's been done before to a certain extent.

Billy The Puppet's eyes light up, Jigsaw probably has some of the best traps in the series, but if you've seen one Saw film, then you know what to expect, and Jigsaw basically follows the same routine. Boring, dull, and to add to that, it's damn near impossible to suspend disbelief and buy into the high stakes after seven sequels, because you know they're going to leave things wide open for another set of films.

A fan asked Leigh Whannell about the ending to Saw III on Twitter, and he confirmed what I always believed. Saw III was supposed to end the series with John's death, but Whannell had to write in the parts with Amanda and the letter and John pouring wax on the tape after orders from the powers that be. In Hollywood, it's basically standard procedure to milk a film series for all it's worth with as many sequels as possible, especially a horror franchise that doesn't require a big budget for each film.

I've never been a big fan of the original Saw, and Saw III is still my pick for the best in the series. Saw IV was terrible, but VI is an underrated film in the series. Using the social commentary with the problems for health care in the US, and plugging that into Saw's usual formula during the game gave a Saw film a creative twist for the first time in years. Saw 7 (or Saw 3D) was underwhelming and mediocre, and the movie didn't pack the powerful punch of a big finale. Again, it's just hard to buy into high stakes, when you know they're going to throw two or three twists at you during the final moments of the movie, ANOTHER apprentice reveal, and the usual flashbacks with Jigsaw.
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