Tremors: Shrieker Island Review

Director Don Michael Paul has made a career out of B-movies and sequels most people won’t ever see (Jarhead 2, Kindergarten cop 2). He also Directed the last two in the Tremors franchise, Tremors 5: Bloodlines and Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell, the latter being the worst in the franchise and making its way on my “Worst of 2018” list.
Michael Gross is back for the seventh time in a Tremors film as Burt Gummer, the gun loving Graboid expert and this time he’s brought to an island to stop Graboids and their second form, Shriekers, from wreaking havoc in a nature reserve.
The previous two films added Jamie Kennedy (Scream 2) as Burt Gummers son, Who I found to be a weak addition and a tad irritating at times. This film was clearly written to have Kennedy back as his son, but due to a scheduling conflict Kennedy could not return. Instead we get Jon Heder as Jimmy, who made me desperately miss Jamie Kennedy’s Travis.
The head of the nature reserve is run by Jas, Burt Gummers ex-wife and mother of Jamie Kennedy’s character, I think this movie was supposed to bring the three of them together but instead falls flat because of Kennedy’s absence.
Jon Heder works extremely hard to derail this entire movie with his stilted acting and unfunny character, and he almost does that.
Luckily Tremors: Shrieker Island is a large improvement on the last two and might be the best installment since the original trilogy.
The action and effects are fun, and Burt Gummer is more entertaining than he’s been for a while. Who would have thought 73 year old Michael Gross could bring this well.
Shrieker Island creates 3 pretty great female characters, Jas (Caroline Langrishe), Freddie (Jackie Cruz), and Anna (Casie Clare), I wish they had more to do but overall a more fun addition than Jimmy (Jon Heder).

Spoilers from here on out:
Richard Brake (31) who has been a great movie and TV villain as of late, is entertaining but ends up meeting an unsatisfying end. The movie has a clear ending that it wanted to get to, and it does get a little muddled along the way and Richard Brake’s villain eventually becomes unnecessary to the plot, especially when there are shriekers and Graboids running on the loose.
sadly at the end of the film Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) meets his end, and it was actually a surprising moment that landed very well. I had to rewind just to make sure it really had happened… and it did. Burt is eaten by a large graboid which is then impaled and blown to bits. It’s quite the way to say “He’s not coming back”.
Unfortunately, the films final moments would have landed better if Burt was pushing his son out of the way, and it was his son Travis (Jamie Kennedy) standing with his mother and Burts ex at the makeshift funeral.
Overall the movie is a slightly above average island romp, but I was still left wanting a little more. Apparently the Graboids could swim here, but we never get to actually see it and it isn’t used in any creative way. Also, Elephants are a part of the movies story, and one does get eaten at one point, which we sadly only hear about. How incredible would it have been to see a Graboid eat an elephant? I mean come on!

Grade: B-

The Brothers List 10th episode Q & A / A Fish Called Wanda/ Hamilton / Palm Springs

On the 10th Episode, the Brothers are answering multiple questions about  movies and TV, Mitch gets riled up, and Clayton discusses the TV he has been watching. 

They also have a featured review of the 1988 classic film ‘A Fish Called Wanda’, as well as discussions about movies like Hamilton, Palm Springs, and Groundhog Day.

Thanks for listening.

The King of Staten Island and Top 5 Movie Dads / Capone / The Vast of Night / Gretel and Hansel

On Our Fathers Day episode the Brothers discuss the new movie The King of Staten Island available to rent on VOD, starring Pete Davidson, directed by THE Judd Apatow. Is it worth the rental? The boys will help you decide!

They also discuss new and current movie news you may have missed.

They have also compiled their top 5 Movie Dads, will they have your favorite film father on the list?

The brothers discuss a multitude of movies and TV, including the new Tom Hardy movie Capone, as well as The Vast of Night, Gretel and Hansel, Side Effects, 13 Reasons Why, Jaws, and Rupauls Drag Race.

Follow us @thebrotherslist on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

Intro/Outro music by Round House, find their new EP on Spotify

Thanks for listening

The Brothers’ List Ranks The Marvel Cinematic Universe

We’re in the Endgame now

The Brothers are ranking all 23 Marvel Movies, from Iron Man, to Guardians of the Galaxy, to Spider-man, to Avengers: Endgame.
Which Marvel films do Mitch and Clayton think are the worst of the bunch and the best of them? List to this extra-long, extra-bonus episode where they also answer your Marvel questions!

You can submit questions on Instagram @thebrotherslist, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well.

Thanks for Listening to our 8th episode! Our next episode will be a regular episode where we talk about Judd Apatow’s King of Staten Island and many more movies, as well as we discuss our top 5 Movie Dads!


The Brothers’ List: Scoob! and Top 5 Animated Movie Dissapointments / Like Crazy / Donnie Darko / Normal People

In Episode 7, the Brothers Mitch and Clayton, uncover the mystery that is Scoob! The new 2020 Scooby Doo reboot is discussed, will the brothers like it? listen to find out.
They also dive into the most animated movie disappointments, going over an extensive list of the moments in animation history that let them down. Let us know your thoughts on the list.
They also discuss some movie news and other movies such as Like Crazy, Donnie Darko, Jigsaw and the TV show Normal People. Listen to the new episode and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @Thebrotherslist

Music provided by Round House, find them on Spotify  

What to watch on Netflix

Much of the world is avoiding the public or under quarantine, looking for things to do. Let me try and help. COVID-19 is scary, and Canada is on the verge of being hit majorly with the virus. As of March 15th, many of us have begun to quarantine as much as possible. So let me help.

I scoured the almost 6000 movies Canadian Netflix has to offer, and not only did I learn a lot, but I picked out 114 movies I can Recommend to you.

First off…

What did I Learn?

First off, I can’t believe how many Bollywood/Indian movies there are on Netflix, at least 600-1000. They’ve never come up in my searches.

There are 1615 TV shows on Netflix and 4,275 Movies. I actually omitted any Marvel Movies, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Jurassic, Mission Impossibles, Pixar, and Lord of the Rings. I figured if people like these movies they’ve seen them or own them, and if you haven’t seen them then you either don’t want to or somethings wrong.

I culled a list of 114 out of the 4,275 movies, including the 20-30 movies I omitted, that’s a percentage of about 3% of the movies I like that are on Netflix. Proof that Netflix should maybe work on putting more quality films on Netflix.

I did notice there is only 1 pixar (Incredibles 2), 7 remaining Disney films, 8 Marvel films, and 1 Star Wars (Solo). Disney+ has made a dent for Netflix, but I am surprised they haven’t pulled all of them yet.

114 movies I recommend on Netflix

Marvel Movies, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Jurassic Parks/Worlds, Mission Impossibles, Pixar, and Lord of the Rings are not included in the below list, not because I don’t like them, but more because you’ve probably seen them or have no interest.

In Alphabetical order, with genres. Movies in Bold are my favorite films/five star movies

  • 28 Days (Romance, Drama)
  • A Quiet Place (Horror, Thriller)
  • American History X (Drama)
  • American Made (Thriller, Drama)
  • Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (Horror)
  • Arrival (Sci-Fi, Drama) 
  • Atomic Blonde (Action, Thriller)
  • Baby Driver (Action)
  • Bad Teacher (Comedy)
  • Batman Begins (Superhero) 
  • Big Daddy (Comedy)
  • Big Miracle (Family Drama Comedy)
  • The Blind Side (Drama)
  • Breach (Thriller Drama)
  • Catch me if you can (Thriller Drama)
  • The Cave (Horror Thriller)
  • Chicken Run (Animated comedy Kids)
  • Childs Play 2 & 3 (Horror)
  • Christopher Robin (Family Comedy
  • Cinderella Man (Biopic Drama)
  • Cliffhanger (Action, Thriller)
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Sci-fi, thriller)
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 1 & 2 (Animated comedies)
  • Constantine (Thriller Acion Horrror)
  • Contagion (Thriller Horror) 
  • The Dark Knight (Superhero)
  • Darkest Hour (Biopic)
  • Deepwater Horizon (Action Thriller True Story)
  • The Departed (Action Drama) 
  • District 9 (Action Drama Sci-fi)
  • Django Unchained (Action Drama)
  • Dolemite is my name (Comedy Biopic)
  • Don’t Breathe (Horror) 
  • Don’t Think Twice (Drama Comedy)
  • Drag Me to Hell (Horror)
  • Easy A (Comedy) 
  • The Edge of Seventeen (Coming of age comedy Drama)
  • Eighth Grade (Drama Comedy Coming of Age)
  • End of Watch (Action Drama)
  • Erin Brokovich (Drama Biopic)
  • Everest (Drama Thriller)
  • Game Night (Comedy)
  • Geralds Game (Horror, Thriller, Drama)
  • Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters 2 (Action Comedy)
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011) (Thriller, Drama)
  • Girl, Interrupted (Drama)
  • Gladiator (Drama Action period) 
  • Good Time (Thriller)
  • Goon (Comedy)
  • Good Will Hunting (Drama)
  • The Greatest Showman (Drama Musical)
  • Hancock (Action Comedy Superhero)
  • The Hangover (Comedy)
  • Hellboy (2004) (Action Superhero)
  • Hereditary (Horror) 
  • The Holiday (Romatic Comedy)
  • Hot Fuzz (Action Comedy Thriller/horror-ish)
  • Hush (2016) (Horror)
  • I am Mother (Thriller)
  • I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore (Thriller Comedy)
  • The Imitation Game (Drama Biopic)
  • In  the Tall Grass (Horror Thriller)
  • Inception (Thriller Action Drama) 
  • Indiana Jones Collection (Action)
  • Inglourious Baserds (Action Thriller Period) 
  • Julie & Julia (Drama Biopic)
  • Jumanji (Thriller Action)
  • Kill Bill Volume 1 & 2 (Action Thriller)
  • The King (Action Drama Period Piece)
  • Kubo and the Two Strings (Animated Action)
  • La La Land (Drama Musical Romance) 
  • Law Abiding Citizen (Action Thriller)
  • Legion (Horror Thriller, campy but fun)
  • Liar Liar (Comedy)
  • Life (Horror Thriller)
  • Limitless (2011) (Action Thriller)
  • Lion (Drama Biopic)
  • Logan Lucky (Thriller Heist)
  • Lone Survivor (Action, Thriller)
  • Marriage Story (Drama)
  • The Matrix (Action Sci-Fi)
  • Molly’s Game (Drama, True Story)
  • Moneyball (Sports Drama, True Story)
  • Munich (Thriller, True Story)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (Mystery Thriller)
  • Neighbors (Comedy)
  • The Next Three Days (Thriller)
  • Obsessed (Thriller, revenged, Beyonce – Campy but fun)
  • October Sky (Drama)
  • P.S. I Love You (Romantic, Sad Drama)
  • Panic Room (Thriller)
  • Pet Semetary (2019) (Horror)
  • Premonition (Mystery Thriller)
  • Pulp Fiction (Thriller, Drama, Action) 
  • The Pursuit of Happyness (Drama)
  • Red & Red 2 (Action)
  • Room (Drama) 
  • Salt (Action)
  • Scary Movie 1,2 and 3 (Comedy Horror)
  • Seven/Se7en (Thriller) 
  • Shaun of the Dead (Comedy Horror)
  • Sicario (Thriller)
  • Silver Linings Playbook (Romance drama comedy)
  • Snowpiercer (Thriller) 
  • The Social Network (Drama, Biopic) 
  • Split (Horror/Thriller)
  • Star Trek (2009) (Sc-Fi)
  • Superbad (Comedy)
  • Titanic (Drama, True Life)
  • Train to Busan (Foreign Horror)
  • Vox Lux (Drama)
  • Wanted (2008) (Action)
  • Wedding Crashers (2008)
  • Zero Dark Thirty (Thriller/Drama/True Story) 

I hope you enjoyed and that this is a little helpful, if you watch any and enjoy them let me know!netflix-logo

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92nd Academy Awards/Oscar Predictions

Best Picture:

“Ford v Ferrari”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Little Women”
“Marriage Story”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Who Will Win: Parasite

Who I want to Win: Parasite

Who should be nominated: Knives Out

Lead Actor:

Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”

Who Will Win: Joaquin Phoenix

Who I want to Win: Adam Driver

Who should be nominated: Taron Egerton – Rocketman

Lead Actress:

Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”
Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”
Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”
Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”
Renee Zellweger, “Judy”

Who Will Win: Renee Zellweger

Who I want to Win: Scarlett Johansson

Who should be nominated: Florence Pugh – Midsommar

Supporting Actor:

Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”
Al Pacino, “The Irishman”
Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”
Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Who Will Win: Brad Pitt

Who I want to Win:  Brad Pitt

Who should be nominated: Willem Dafoe

Supporting Actress:

Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”
Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”
Florence Pugh, “Little Women”
Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”

Who Will Win: Laura Dern

Who I want to Win: Laura Dern (I do feel like Pugh is more deserving in the category but I would love to see Dern win an award)

Who should be nominated: Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers


Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”
Todd Phillips, “Joker”
Sam Mendes, “1917”
Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”

Who Will Win: Bong Joon Ho

Who I want to Win: Bong Joon Ho

Who should be nominated: Taika Waititi – Jojo Rabbit

Animated Feature:

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” Dean DeBlois
“I Lost My Body,” Jeremy Clapin
“Klaus,” Sergio Pablos
“Missing Link,” Chris Butler
“Toy Story 4,”  Josh Cooley

Who Will Win: Toy Story 4

Who I want to Win: N/A

Who should be nominated: Frozen 2

Animated Short:

“Dcera,” Daria Kashcheeva
“Hair Love,” Matthew A. Cherry
“Kitbull,” Rosana Sullivan
“Memorable,” Bruno Collet
“Sister,” Siqi Song

Who Will Win: Hair Love

Adapted Screenplay:

“The Irishman,” Steven Zaillian
“Jojo Rabbit,” Taika Waititi
“Joker,” Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
“Little Women,” Greta Gerwig
“The Two Popes,” Anthony McCarten

Who Will Win: Jojo Rabbit

Who I want to Win: Little Women

Who should be nominated: Rocketman

Original Screenplay:

“Knives Out,” Rian Johnson
“Marriage Story,” Noah Baumbach
“1917,” Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Quentin Tarantino
“Parasite,” Bong Joon-ho, Jin Won Han

Who Will Win: Parasite

Who I want to Win: Parasite

Who should be nominated: N/A (solid Field)


“The Irishman,” Rodrigo Prieto
“Joker,” Lawrence Sher
“The Lighthouse,” Jarin Blaschke
“1917,” Roger Deakins
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Robert Richardson

Who Will Win: 1917

Who I want to Win: 1917

Who should be nominated: Parasite

Best Documentary Feature:

“American Factory,” Julia Rieichert, Steven Bognar
“The Cave,” Feras Fayyad
“The Edge of Democracy,” Petra Costa
“For Sama,” Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts
“Honeyland,” Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov

Who Will Win:  American Factory

Best Documentary Short Subject:

“In the Absence,” Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam
“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone,” Carol Dysinger
“Life Overtakes Me,” Kristine Samuelson and John Haptas
“St. Louis Superman,” Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan
“Walk Run Cha-Cha,” Laura Nix

Who Will Win: Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone

Best Live Action Short Film:

“Brotherhood,” Meryam Joobeur
“Nefta Football Club,” Yves Piat
“The Neighbors’ Window,” Marshall Curry
“Saria,” Bryan Buckley
“A Sister,” Delphine Girard

Who Will Win: Brotherhood

Best International Feature Film:

“Corpus Christi,” Jan Komasa
“Honeyland,” Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov
“Les Miserables,” Ladj Ly
“Pain and Glory,” Pedro Almodovar
“Parasite,” Bong Joon Ho

Who Will Win: Parasite

Film Editing:

“Ford v Ferrari,” Michael McCusker, Andrew Buckland
“The Irishman,” Thelma Schoonmaker
“Jojo Rabbit,” Tom Eagles
“Joker,” Jeff Groth
“Parasite,” Jinmo Yang

Who Will Win: Parasite

Who I want to Win: Parasite

Who should be nominated: Once upon a Time … in Hollywood

Sound Editing:

“Ford v Ferrari,” Don Sylvester
“Joker,” Alan Robert Murray
“1917,” Oliver Tarney, Rachel Tate
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Wylie Stateman
“Star Wars: The Rise of SkyWalker,” Matthew Wood, David Acord

Who Will Win:  1917

Who I want to Win: 1917

Who should be nominated: Uncut Gems

Sound Mixing:

“Ad Astra”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Who Will Win: 1917

Who I want to Win: 1917

Who should be nominated: Uncut Gems

Production Design:

“The Irishman,” Bob Shaw and Regina Graves
“Jojo Rabbit,” Ra Vincent and Nora Sopkova
“1917,” Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh
“Parasite,” Lee Ha-Jun and Cho Won Woo, Han Ga Ram, and Cho Hee

Who Will Win: Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood

Who I want to Win: 1917

Who should be nominated: Rocketman

Original Score:

“Joker,” Hildur Guðnadóttir
“Little Women,” Alexandre Desplat
“Marriage Story,” Randy Newman
“1917,” Thomas Newman
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” John Williams

Who Will Win: Joker

Who I want to Win: Marriage Story

Who should be nominated: Parasite

Original Song:

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” “Toy Story 4”
“I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”
“I’m Standing With You,” “Breakthrough”
“Into the Unknown,” “Frozen 2”
“Stand Up,” “Harriet”

Who Will Win: I’m Gonna Love me Again

Who I want to Win: I’m Gonna Love me Again

Who should be nominated: The Next Right Thing – Frozen 2

Makeup and Hair:

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”

Who Will Win: Bombshell

Who I want to Win: Bombshell

Who should be nominated: Dolemite is my name

Costume Design:

”The Irishman,” Sandy Powell, Christopher Peterson
“Jojo Rabbit,” Mayes C. Rubeo
“Joker,” Mark Bridges
“Little Women,” Jacqueline Durran
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Arianne Phillips

Who Will Win:  Little Women

Who I want to Win: Little Women

Who should be nominated: Rocketman

Visual Effects:

“Avengers Endgame”
“The Irishman”
“The Lion King”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

Who Will Win:  The Lion King

Who I want to Win: The Lion King

Who should be nominated: Ad Astra

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Review


I’ve seen Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and I have a lot of thoughts. Quite honestly, I’m disappointed for the most part, which is not how I wanted to end these 9 films, although ultimately, I had fun with The Rise of Skywalker. I doubt I would dislike watching any Star Wars movie in theatres, and I’ll probably even see this again. That being said, I’m very frustrated with EVERYONE behind This Star Wars Trilogy because The Rise of Skywalker’s issues can be boiled down to poor planning from the beginning. If you’re going to plan out a three movie trilogy then fucking plan it out, and have an idea of how you want it to end. I like The Force Awakens, I (almost) love The Last Jedi, but I’d sacrifice those to have a more coherent trilogy. Why give Rian Johnson (the brilliant director of the Last Jedi and Knives out) control over the middle film of a trilogy, allowing him to make decisions and then retcon them in the following film? Just let Johnson do his own Star Wars trilogy and that’s that.

The Rise of Skywalker goes out of its way to answer questions posed by the previous two films, and even problems some have had with the previous installments. It’s what many call fan service, and some people like it, some people hate it. Doing certain things, just to appease fans isn’t necessarily what a movie should do, as it really just makes for predictable boring movies. While Rise of Skywalker isn’t exactly boring, it can be a bit predictable which makes it one of the more forgettable Star Wars movies. Even the prequels weren’t predictable, and we even knew the ultimate ending to those.

The plot in Rise of Skywalker is very drawn out when essentially the audience knows how it will end, and the opening scene basically spells out the entirety of the movie. Of course there are hints that it may take an unexpected turn, and in one instance it does go in a direction I wasn’t really expecting, (although I acknowledge others may have). The film’s most egregious choice is something it does twice, with two separate characters, and then goes back on it, something I will angrily delve into in spoiler territory.

The first half of the film seems to be there to just pad the films’ running time. As our characters search for yet another mcguffin, it delves a bit more into Poe and Finn, who are clearly two very underdeveloped characters in this franchise, and trying to build these characters in the final film feels a little too late.


What did I enjoy about The Rise of Skywalker? Quite a bit. It walks a tightrope between disappointing and good. The Rise of Skywalker’s director and writer has made all of the characters on screen as entertaining as possible, and they seem to mostly be at their best. Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Rey (Daisy Ridley), and Finn (John Boyega) are reunited, with Chewbacca, C3P0, and BB-8 spending the majority of the film with them. General Organa (Carrie Fisher) obviously has quite the limited role, as Carrie Fisher passed away before the film even began filming. They used footage and audio from the previous two movies to insert her into this movie. R2-D2 has a somewhat reduced role in this film as well, and Kylo Ren/Ben Solo (Adam Driver) returns as the villain in this film. The movie also boasts many cameos and surprises which I won’t discuss now. Although the dialogue falters throughout the film, the characters are pretty great, even C3P0, who I occasionally find grating, is actually at his funniest here.

The Rise of Skywalker looks amazing. It’s honestly beautiful, with stunning set pieces, great effects, and wonderful scenery. The Last Jedi was beautiful, but definitely looked and felt different from this and the other films (in a good way). The Rise of Skywalker harkens back to the original films (in a good way). The creatures, droids and planets are all stellar and greatly designed, although the same goes for the new Star Wars show The Manadlorian, which in many cases looks just as good as this film. Even though I have some minor to major problems with the final act, it is the best part and it comes to a mostly satisfying end for Rey and the others.

I’ll give my grade and then go into spoilers. At the end of the day, most Star Wars fans will be okay with this movie, and I understand why. It’s not very good as a film on many basic levels (dialogue, story, etc.) but it does hit a lot of the right notes for fans of Star Wars who may not be huge movie fans, and it did for me in spots as well. The Rise of Skywalker has a 57% on Rotten Tomatoes, and I feel that is about right. I want to give the film a B- but I can’t, it’s a C+ for me.

The prequels have only become better films in most people’s minds, including mine, as time has passed. I think the further we get away from The Rise of Skywalker, the more that even die-hard fans will see the issues. Rise of Skywalker has an 86% from the audience, which isn’t incredibly high to be honest. I hope you did enjoy The Rise of Skywalker, I just wish it could have been a wholly more exciting and satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker Saga.

Grade: C+

Spoilers from now on:

JJ Abrams obviously had his work cut out for him dealing with Carrie Fisher’s passing before the film began production. I think they handled it fairly well and gave Princess Leia/General Organa a decent send off, even if her final moments aren’t entirely clear to me yet. I’m not quite sure what she did in her final moments that caused her to pass away, it seems like she reached out to her son in a final plea and it took all of her strength.

In what I found to be an extremely powerful moment, Rey tries to use the force to save Chewbacca, and ends up killing him in the process. My theatre was shocked, my heart was ripped open, but it was powerful and affecting. Then they revealed that Chewie was somehow on another transport that nobody saw I guess, completely undermining the moment.

Later in the movie we get a fairly special moment when C3P0 finally agrees to go through with a procedure that will allow him to read a Sith language that droids are forbidden to transcribe, but it would erase his entire memory. C3P0 (and R2D2) are the only two characters to have appeared in every film of the Skywalker saga, as well as Rogue one, The Clone Wars and Rebels TV shows and other novels/comics, (not appearing in Solo: a Star Wars story). C3PO getting his memory wiped was a major moment, but is then played off as a joke, and when he reunites with R2-D2 at the end of the film, R2 apparently has C3P0’s memory backed up and just gives it back to him. This is not as terrible a sin as the Chewbacca moment, and if the Chewbacca thing hadn’t happened I’d forgive it, but they both happened, and it really just felt like lazy screenwriting meant to evoke emotion.

They also do this with another character, Zorii Bliss (Keri Russell) introduced in this film, we see her planet destroyed, but find out that she survived somehow. Baffling a film would make this decision three times in one movie.

They introduce two new characters, who are interesting but only there to try and add some depth to the characters Poe and Finn.

Jannah (Naomie Ackie) serves to progress Finns storyline, it seems to evolve into a romantic relationship, I felt more connection between them in this movie, than I did between Finn and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) in The Last Jedi. Jannah helps the resistance and is an interesting character, but we learn that she was once a Stormtrooper as was Finn. She tells Finn that she also defected from the First Order, as did some of the others in her group. It allows for moments of discussion between the two of them about that, but honestly it just raises a lot of questions now that I want answered. I have so many questions about Stormtroopers now, how are there SO MANY?!?! They just die by the hundreds in each film, and if a good handful are defecting than how do they keep their numbers up? A Stormtrooper based TV show would be intriguing.

Zorii Bliss (Keri Russell) serves to delve a bit into Poe’s backstory, I enjoyed the time spent with Zorii on the planet Kijimi, it was at least tense and exciting. Many have pointed out the similarities between Han Solo and Poe, and his Spice trade past only furthers that connection.

Part of me thought General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) was killed by Kylo Ren at the end of The Last Jedi, but apparently not. Hux’s arc is baffling, starting out as a ruthless general hell bent on seeing the resistance destroyed, than becoming a spy for the resistance in this movie? One of my new favorite actors Richard E. Grant pops up in the movie,  as Enric Pryde a new member of the First Order who quite suddenly rises to become leader once Kylo Ren switches to the Light side of the force. I just think it would have made more sense to not even introduce Enric Pryde, don’t have Hux become a spy, and when Kylo Ren leaves the first order, Hux could have claimed his role as leader. A more satisfying conclusion for Hux, instead of him being killed by someone we barely know.

One of the better parts of The Rise of Skywalker is the relationship between Rey and Kylo Ren, Kylo Ren spends the first half of this movie attempting to turn Rey to the dark side which is all the more a possibility now that we know she is a Palpatine. The last half of The Rise of Skywalker is the best part because of Ren and Rey, and maybe I’m the only one but I never expected Kylo Ren, or Ben Solo, to return to the Light side, it was thrilling.

I’m up in the air on my feelings about the return of Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious, it seems to undermine the original trilogy to a certain degree, but at the same time it seems to work. How he survived, and how he created one of the biggest fleet of ships ever… without anyone noticing, we’ll never know.

Rise of Skywalker seemed to do a lot of things fans wanted, like “we have to do this, or answer that question, because fans want that”, and many hate that. Bringing Emperor Palpatine back is a major fan service moment, but really I think the movie could have given fans a little more of what they wanted. I felt the movie holding back a bit actually, I kind of felt like “if you’re going to do this, give us the goods”. For instance, when Rey gets “help” from the other Jedi in her mind, I was hoping she’d get actual help. Let’s get some jedi’s of the past all up in the planet of Exegol. Force Ghost Luke, Yoda, Windu, Anakin, etc. would have made for a great “hell yeah” moment, there were more moments like that in “The Last Jedi”.

I think Rise of Skywalker ends up being more sweet than anything, Ben Solo switching back to the light side, saving Rey’s life, Rey returning to Luke’s home and burying the lightsabres and calling herself a Skywalker, all very sweet. Although my theatre laughed when Ben Solo died, it seemed to come a cross as a Romeo and Juliet moment, but less effective.

I apologize if this review comes across as me hating it, I didn’t hate it, but being disappointed can be even worse.

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Reviewing every 2019 Horror movie I’ve seen

It’s the spooky season, so I’m going to go over EVERY NEW 2019 HORROR MOVIE I’ve seen this year, including the recently released Netflix movie Eli

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I’d give this 0 stars if I could, maybe something in the negatives would be more fitting. Its befitting of grades the people don’t use, like F- or a G maybe.

If more people see this movie it could honestly hurt Armie Hammers career and Dakota Johnsons, they’re acting is atrocious here, but I blame that more on the direction.

Wounds is dull and lifeless, Armie Hammer and Dakota Johnson star in this and I know I’ve seen them act well before, so it must be the horrible direction.

Director/Writer Babak Anvari has only directed one thing before this (Under the Shadows) I haven’t seen it, but it must have been alright because it helped him get this movie made with the reputable stars and decent effects budget.

I thought Glass would keep the spot as the worst movie of 2019 but Wounds has easily taken that spot. Easily. Wounds is absolutely lifeless, and pointless, and unintelligible. I must warn you not to waste your time.

This Movie follows Will (Armie Hammer) a despicable human being who works at a bar. His girlfriend Carrie (Dakota Johnson) is a student, somehow these two have a lot of money, a beautiful house, brand new truck, this bar must pay well. Will is an alcoholic who drinks and does drugs from morning till night, works drunk and no one bats an eye.

A fight occurs in the bar, and one of the regulars gets a nasty wound on his face from a beer bottle. During the fight a phone is left behind, somehow a college kid just left it. The phone starts getting phone calls and texts that are creepy, there are pictures on the phone of severed heads for some reason which is never explained.

And then honestly nothing happens, the phone call Will gets somehow affects him and Carrie, but it affects Carrie more. She starts looking up things about the occult online and staring at a picture of a tunnel on her screen, sending Will pictures of the house saying she’s scared, etc.

Will’s life, which was never really stable to begin with, unravels and the movie is more about that than it is a horror movie. It has a few “scary” moments, but they feel out of place in what is essentially a drama. Wounds fails as a drama though because it’s characters are so unlikeable and lifeless you don’t care about what happens to them.

Wounds brings up scary stuff but it doesn’t go anywhere, the movie ends leaving you wondering what happens next but not caring enough. On top of everything, the first half of the movie revolves around this phone, which is receiving texts and photos that we are supposed to be reading, and even on a 50 inch TV I could barely make out the texts that are essential to the story and pictures which I think are supposed to be scary?

I’m so mad at this movie for existing, I’m mad at Hulu and Netflix for distributing it, please skip it.

There’s maybe… Maybe some deeper meaning here about relationships but I couldn’t care any less.

Grade: F

If you want spoilers so you can skip it, here they are.

The movie ends with Will going to the guys house who was injured during the bar fight at the beginning, some how this guy (Eric) is integral to the plot. He won’t go to the hospital so his wound is infected now. He had no contact with the phone, which Will has lost somewhere along the way but he calls Will saying he has a present for him. Will shows up, the guy has no idea what he’s talking about and wants Will to leave. But then finally tells will to look in his nightstand. The phone is in there, Will calls the number that called him earlier, the sound of static and screaming Kid Rock fans are heard and then Will sucks some sort of thing out of the wound and into him while cockroaches cover the lens so we can’t really see it and then the movie ends. STUPID.

Anyways, please just skip this movie I beg of you

The Wind

IMDB Description: A plains-woman faces the harshness and isolation of the untamed land in the Western frontier of the late 1800s

The Wind is a mix between a horror film and a Western, it follows a woman named Lizzy (Caitlin Gerard) who lives a lonely existence with her husband on the prairies in the late 1800’s. Lizzy and her husband have moved there hoping to basically colonize this area, but it’s a slow process; when they finally get neighbors Lizzy is less than thrilled and the ghosts of the prairies begin to invade.

I honestly don’t know who I would recommend this film to, it’s neither an entertaining Western nor a scary horror film. The best part of The Wind is the character Lizzy and the acting of Caitlin Gerard, she spends most of the film alone, acting among a small room or desolate land. It just isn’t enough though to make for an entertaining enough movie, you’ll most likely find yourself enjoying one of the most interminably boring movies of 2019.

Grade: D+

Satanic Panic

IMDB Description: A pizza delivery girl at the end of her financial rope has to fight for her life – and her tips – when her last order of the night turns out to be high society Satanists in need of a virgin sacrifice.

Satanic Panic is 100% an entertaining ride, you will never once be bored, if you’ve got a few friends over you’ll probably enjoy this ride from start to finish. It isn’t funny enough or scary enough to really urge anyone to watch it but you won’t be bored.

Satanic Panic has a lot of interesting aspects, Rebecca Romijn is having a lot of fun here and newcomer Hayley Griffith is sweet and entertaining. The practical effects are fun, including moments with Romijn’s husband Jerry O’Connell. I really enjoyed a lot of the moments between the main character Sam (Griffith) and her friend Judi (Ruby Modine), it was actually a highlight of the movie for me.

Satanic Panic is fun, but it’s the equivilant to a fast food cheeseburger, you won’t be thinking about it much the next day.

Grade: C+


IMDB Description: A no-nonsense detective tries to track down a mass murderer named Trick, who is terrorizing a small town

Trick has all the makings of the next slasher franchise, but it’s too formulaic to be realized as such. Trick takes a note out of almost every horror franchise’s book, Halloween, Friday the 13, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc. but it’s still really entertaining.

Omar Epps, who you’ll recognize from House, brings some credibility to this film but he’s the cliche of the tired old cop who will do everything to stop his killer. Trick is a cliche, but it is an entertaining watch at Halloween time nonetheless with some scary kills and thrilling moments.

Grade: B-


I may be the only person in the world championing Sweetheart, but mostly because not many have seen it. It isn’t streaming on many platforms, besides rental on itunes, and it hasn’t been advertised to really any degree.

When a young woman name Jenn (Kiersey Clemons) is shipwrecked on a small island, she is forced to learn to adapt to life alone on this island. She assumes she is alone, but she soon learns that every night a monster comes to shore.

This movie is very simple, but it’s so much fun. Clemons is one of our brightest young actors, and she definitely brings something to this role, especially having to act alongside no one for most of this movie.

Sweetheart has a few moments of complete and utter dread that I won’t forget, it’s freaky and you really put yourself in the shoes of the main character. I enjoyed this movie immensely, at the moment it’s in my top ten. I don’t want to say any more as I’d get into spoilers so I’ll just leave it at that.

Grade: A

Eli (2019)


IMDB Description: A boy receiving treatment for his auto-immune disorder discovers that the house he’s living in isn’t as safe as he thought.

Eli, which was just recently released on Netflix, is a pretty standard horror film, and I don’t really have much to say about it but here it goes. The movie stars Charlie Shotwell as Eli, Kelly Reilly (Flight, True Detective) and Max Martini (Fifty Shades series) as his parents, and my love Lili Taylor (The Conjuring, Six Feet Under) as Dr. Horn.

The movie has a few scares, some interesting ghost-like horror, it would probably have been more effective in the theaters, but I probably wouldn’t haven’t ventured to the theater to see this one anyways. Eli isn’t necessarily bad in anyway, but it’s just a little tedious and repetitive, and nothing horror fans haven’t seen before. The movie trope of a character uncovering something, and no one believing them is so tired and frustrating. So in this movie, Eli spends the entire movie uncovering secrets, but guess what… no one believes him. It’s just tiring.

The last 15-20 minutes where the twist is revealed and everything begins to happen, are entertaining, and I didn’t see it coming. It’s not a bad use of your time, but I doubt you’ll remember it in a week or two.

Grade: C+

Ready or Not (2019)


IMDB Description: A bride’s wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game

This is a fun movie, one of my favorites of the year. It’s darkly funny, tense and interesting with entertaining characters. The ending is wild, and while the movie isn’t entirely scary it’s thrilling and feels like an old fashioned slasher film from the past

Grade: A-

Midsommar (2019)


IMDB Description: A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown’s fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

Midsommar is a curious puzzle of a movie, I’m not entirely sure who will enjoy this 2 and a half hour mystery horror. It’s creepy, it’s odd, it’s psychedelic, and honestly I’ll never forget it. It’s a slow burn, very reminiscent in both tone and subject to the 1973 film The Wicker Man. In the end, part of me wishes the story could have been maybe a little creepier, a little shorter, but it’s a very effective story, building to a climax much like director Ari Asters previous film Hereditary

Grade: B+

Crawl (2019)


IMDB Description: A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.

Crawl knows exactly what it is, a creature feature, and it doesn’t try to be anything smarter than that. It’s thrilling, tense and fun, definitely worth a watch. Spoiler Alert: The Dog survives, so no worries!

Grade: B-

Pet Sematary (2019)


IMDB Description: Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home.

I’ve yet to see the original Pet Sematary, and I know this movie has split a lot of people but I for one enjoyed it, I found it to be wonderfully spooky, and wholly enjoyed the end of the film.

Grade: B-

In The Tall Grass (2019)


IMDB Description: After hearing a young boy’s cry for help, a sister and brother venture into a vast field of tall grass in Kansas but soon discover there may be no way out…and that something evil lurks within.

In the Tall Grass borders upon the silly, a premise that seems a bit odd, and I can see it isn’t working for some, but it drew me in, I was entertained and interested in figuring out the mystery behind the tall grass.

Grade: B-

Annabelle Comes Home (2019)


IMDB Description: While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll.

Annabelle Comes home is a mix between Creation and the original. It has some scary sequences, it plays out a bit like a horror version of Night at the Museum, where everything inside the Warren’s home has been unleashed, it’s cool but ultimately this is setting up more prequels/sequels. Comes Home feels quite long even with an hour and 40 minute run-time. It takes a long time to get going, and you feel it because it doesn’t have a lot of scares until the last half hour. Most of the “spookiness” in the first hour are taken from better ghost stories, bumps in the dark and Poltergeist-like scares. Comes Home feels too clean, almost too PG-13 at times, much like Scary Stories to tell in the dark, it seems like a movie young teens would find scary but horror fans will feel like they’ve Seen much of this before.
Grade: C-

Child’s Play (2019)


IMDB Description: A mother gives her 13-year-old son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.

Another horror remake, unfortunately I found this one to be a little too polished, silly, and goofy, with a tone they can’t get right. The look of Chucky himself is odd, and doesn’t quite achieve the same scariness the original did. Although, horror fans like myself will get a lot out of it, it has some pretty great kills and gore, and has some very entertaining sequences.

Grade: C+

Escape Room (2019)


IMDB Description: Six strangers find themselves in a maze of deadly mystery rooms and must use their wits to survive.

Escape Room is a popcorn horror film, a bit cheesy, over the top, very unbelievable, but you’ll never be bored, you won’t really hate it, and you could do a lot worse.

Grade: C

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)


IMDB Description: On Halloween 1968, reclusive Stella and her two friends meet a mysterious drifter, Ramón, and uncover a sinister notebook of stories.

The movie was very subpar for me, the characters were unlikable and the story seemed quite vanilla, while it handled the scary sequences pretty well, including one I really enjoyed, the rest of the movie was so bland and boring. You can’t help but compare it to IT and it doesn’t hold a candle to that.

Grade: C+

Ma (2019)


IMDB Description: A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn’t get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host.

Ma is actually entirely entertaining and a fun time, the movie employs a host of veteran actors to bring this little horror movie some cred, like Octavia Spencer, Luke Evans, Missi Pyle, Juliette Lewis and a weird Allison Janney Cameo. This is a fun movie to watch with friends while having a drink, and one you shouldn’t take too seriously because it has plenty of plot holes, goofs and Silliness, but it’s better than many of the horror films I’ve seen this year.
Grade: C+

Us (2019)


IMDB Description: A family’s serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.

Us is a good movie, there’s really no denying it, unfortunately it just wasn’t my cup of tea. It’s well acted, well mad, entertaining, but unfortunately I found it utterly too unbelievable, I couldn’t buy into the story, I felt as if there was a point in the film where you either hop on board or you get left behind. I was left behind, and I never recovered. Not a thing about Us worked for me, the humor, the scares, the twists, sadly this one missed the mark for me, but I can see why others have enjoyed it so.

Grade: N/A

Haunt (2019)


IMDB Description: On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real.

I don’t have a lot to say about Haunt, Its not great, it’s not bad, the characters are unmemorable but it has it’s scares, and it’s better than last year’s Hell Fest. It’s worth a watch for horror fans, you could do a lot worse.

Grade: C

The Hole in the Ground (2019)


IMDB Description: A young mother living in the Irish countryside with her son suspects his increasingly disturbing behavior is linked to a mysterious sinkhole in the forest, and fears he may not be her son at all.

We’ve seen this sort of story done before, and I don’t really feel like this story has anything new to offer, it’s a mystery you’ll want to watch become uncovered, but sadly it’s a bit too tedious and boring, and hard core horror fans might find this a bit of a snooze fest.

Grade: C

Happy Death Day 2U (2019)


IMDB Description: Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.

Happy Death Day 2 U is a very curious film, and I applaud it for taking the chances it did. The original Happy Death Day is a horror movie, the sequel is barely one. The writers took what happened in the original and bring us a drama/comedy/thriller with horror aspects. Horror fans will displeased, and I think fans of the original would be displeased, as this movie is such a departure from the original. I wasn’t a huge fan of the original, but I enjoyed it for the most part, and I think that made me enjoy this one a bit more. The best part of this sequel is the emotion behind it, I don’t want to give spoilers but for a movie like this to make such bold choices, and go places no one was expecting, I have to give them huge credit. That being said, in the end the movie isn’t great, it’s not funny enough, it’s not scary enough, the characters aren’t entertaining enough, I can’t recommend this sequel, it just didn’t meet the mark.

Grade: C-

The Dead don’t Die (2019)


IMDB Description: The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

Writer/Director Jim Jarmusch made one of my favorite movies of 2013 Only Lovers Left Alive, so I was pretty excited for this zombie comedy he made. The Dead don’t Die is honestly just a bit too odd, and hard to really sink your teeth into. The characters are wonderfully well developed, and brought to live by incredible actors like Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, and more. The humor is really hit or miss, and one joke involving a song goes on far too many times. The movie is amusing enough to keep you entertained, and the zombies, and gore are good. The movie is sadly just to silly, and by the time aliens become involved and they break the third wall, you’ll be over it.

Grade: C-

Brightburn (2019)


IMDB Description: What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?

An interesting idea that just isn’t executed effectively enough, the direction and writing is pretty poor, much of Brightburn is just cheesy, and feels too amateur. The movie is enjoyable enough despite how poorly it’s made, the scares and gore will leave horror fans happy, but I can’t give this movie a pass.

Grade: D

Itsy Bitsy (2019)


IMDB Description: Based on the centuries old poem, a family moves into a secluded mansion where they soon find themselves being targeted by an entity taking the form of a giant spider.

That Description right there doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, I don’t remember them once bringing up the Itsy Bitsy Spider poem, nor do I remember the spider being an entity of some sort? It may have happened as I had checked out, this movie is a bore, not scary, and the spider effects are far too cheesy to work.

Grade: D

Polaroid (2019)


IMDB Description: High school loner Bird Fitcher has no idea what dark secrets are tied to the mysterious Polaroid vintage camera she stumbles upon, but it doesn’t take long to discover that those who have their picture taken meet a tragic end.

A silly premise is only made sillier with a tired script, bad acting, bad effects, and not a scare to be had. Skip this one, although I’m sure you hadn’t even heard of it till now.

Grade: D-

The Curse of La Llorona


The Curse of La Llorona is a boring, un-scary, boring, lifeless, boring movie. I love Linda Cardellini but she can’t breathe any life into this.
Too bad they (barely) connected this to the Conjuring Universe. Another bad film added to the catalogue.
Grade: D-

It: Chapter 2 (2019)


The highly anticipated It: Chapter 2 arrived last week, the first film in the series was a runaway hit, becoming the highest grossing horror film ever and attracting viewers of all ages.
The sequel picks up 27 years later, as the Losers club has grown up and (mostly) moved away from Derry, Maine, finding successful jobs, lives and significant others. When it becomes clear that Pennywise the clown or “It” has returned, the group must make good on the promise they made 27 years before and come back to fight the evil.
I haven’t read the book nor have I watched the 1990 version, so I’d been anticipating the end to this story for quite some time. Sadly Chapter 2 can’t stick the landing, it fails to rekindle the magic of the first film on almost every level.
My review will get a bit spoiler- filled from here on out.
The story reunites the group, now as adults, and we lose something in the transition. The young kids were funny and had a group dynamic that was delightful, in chapter 2 we have a group of sullen grown ups, haunted by demons from their past. It’s hard to fault the film for this, but if the characters could have regained some of the wittiness and comrade of the younger generation, the film would have been much more rousing.
The group may have been able to muster some of the old charm if the script didn’t work so hard to separate them, sending them all on individual journeys to find their macguffin… I mean token.
I wasn’t attached to these characters like I was in the original, and thusly felt little to no emotion for them, and the climax of the film relies heavily on you feeling something for these characters.
The tone of the movie is horribly out of sync, and ultimately it bludgeoned me into a bored submission. As a horror fan, Scares are few and far between, I went with a friend who was quite jumpy though. The movie relies less on tension and more on loud noises and CGI heavy sequences. The climax is so silly, Pennywise just seems to wait for the group to do everything in their power to stop him. IT seems to have all this power over the town but allows the group to gather what they need to bring him down.
For the second time this year, James McAvoy acts his balls off in a not good movie (Glass being the first), Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and James Ransone stand out as well, while Bill Skarsgard makes another terrific performance as Pennywise,Unfortunately we don’t get enough of him.
Chapter 2 is huge disappointment, it’s never boring but that’s not really a compliment. IT’s an overlong mess. I think I’ll just re-watch the original and pretend it ends there.
Grade: C-

Glass (2019)


2017’s Split was a welcome surprise from director M. Night Shyamalan, who’s had a strained relationship with fans after missteps like The Last Airbender and After Earth. Split (and 2015s The Visit) seemed to have put him back on a path reminiscent of his early successes.
It’s no surprise anymore that David Dunn cameos at the end of Split, Bruce Willis’ character from Unbreakable who has superhero like powers, that are uncovered thanks to Samuel L. Jackson’s Mr. Glass. In 2000’s Unbreakable, where Mr. Glass has bones that break like… Well, glass. He has a theory that if he is this fragile, there must be someone out there with the powers opposite of his, and he finds that in David Dunn (Willis).
This connects with 2017’s Split in that James McAvoys 24th personality “The Beast” has supervillain like strength and now, in 2019’s Glass, it’s seemingly up to David Dunn to stop the Beast from harming more people.
Glass seems to try and find a middle ground between Split and Unbreakable, split being a horror/Thriller and Unbreakable a more straightforward Thriller/Drama. While most fans of Split, and there are a lot, will most likely be hoping for more scares and Thrills, and any fans of Unbreakable will have seen Split and would come to expect it in this sequel, instead, it completely botches any horror elements and offers us a completely boring character study. The first hour plus of Glass is a tedious, plodding and boring introduction to characters you already know, and other characters you either won’t remember and don’t need to remember.
I can’t recall the last time I’ve seen a film with such terrible direction, the “Final Standoff” being the worst culprit, actors seem to not know where to stand, there isn’t a lick of tension, Sarah Paulsons character is literally yelling her evil plan at a drowning character. The three great actors in this movie seem to make it work, McAvoy is amazing as he was in Split, while Paulson and Jackson come out unscathed, trying their best. the rest of the cast are directed into giving uneven (taylor-Joy, Willis) too bad (Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard).
Once Split was a success, it’s quite obvious Shyamalan didn’t know how to handle that, he quickly scrambled together a lackluster script rife with plot holes, and Universal let him as Split made over 250 million on a 9 million dollar budget.
The script is weak and dialogue often laughable. The characters are put into a mental institution that can afford 100 state of the art cameras but can barely afford proper staffing, and the staffing they can afford have almost zero training, as they inexplicably enter dangerous characters rooms alone, leave doors ajar, and allow characters to easily switch out their medication for Tylenol.
The script consistently alludes to a tower being built, the world’s biggest tower, it is brought up but ends up being a silly red herring, unnecessary of a mention.
The worst part is that it’s set in the real world but it’s less believable than any Marvel movie. Things fall in to place by sheer chance, with a completely laughable ending, while characters we’ve grown to like have unceremonious endings.
Shyamalan has good ideas, but this is proof he needs all the writing (and directing) help he can get, and really shouldn’t be given total control of a big budget/idea film again, as he can’t handle the pressure. There are brief moments and ideas here that show this movie could have been something but it’s executed so poorly and is quite possibly one of the biggest let downs I’ve seen.
Grade: F

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The Best Movies of 2018

Here are the best movies of 2018:

10: Eighth Grade


9. Can you ever Forgive Me


8. Avengers: Infinity War


7. Blindspotting


6. Black Panther


5. Mission Impossible: Fallout


4. A Quiet Place


3. A Star is Born


2. You Were Never Really Here


1. Hereditary


The Next Twenty:

11. Private Life

12. Blackkklansman

13. Bad Times at the El Royale

14. Halloween

15. The Miseducation of Cameron Post

16. The Hate U Give

17. Revenge

18. Suspiria

19. Upgrade

20. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

21. Love, Simon

22. And Then I Go

23. The Favourite

24. Vox Lux

25. Roma

26. Paddington 2

27. Ralph Breaks the Internet

28. The Tale

29. If Beale Street Could Talk

30. Game Night

If You’d like to see a ranking of all 94 of the 2019 movies I saw, from best to worst click here

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