I’m going to get mean. Some of these films are lousy or I will loathe intensely. Now just because I hate them (the very thought of them), doesn’t mean you are wrong for liking them. Some people go to the movies for different reasons than myself. Some people look for other things beyond plots and character development. If a film makes you feel something. Let that film be part of your life and don’t let myself or any other reviewer tell you it can’t be. Accept that I hate it, and I’ll accept that you love it.
Now let’s get a little (or a lot) mean.
February 3rd, 2017
Rings– Some horror franchises won’t die! For some, the first American of this franchise was quite good. I never understood it. (Preferred the Scary Movie 3 version more.) Stop making these movies and start making quality original horror films. (I know my pleas fall on deaf ears.) Go and enjoy this tiresome garbage for the little value it has. The cheap thrills, the same idea done again. I would suggest finding The Ring (2002) or better still Ringu (1998) from Japan.
The Comedian (2016) I can’t believe I’m saying this, but even with a star-studded cast of Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Harvey Keitel, Charles Grodin, Billy Crystal, and Gilbert Gottfried I don’t want to see this film. I watched the 2:35 minute trailer and was bored by it! I love De Niro, but sometimes he clearly does a film for a paycheck. I hope he makes a couple better films this year than this. This is a waste of time.
The Space Between Us– An interesting concept about a young man who lives on Mars who ventures to Earth to experience life. The film also has a solid cast like BD Wong, Gary Oldman, with Britt Robertson and Asa Butterfield both having some good performances in their young careers. The issue is that this movie keeps getting pushed back. I’m pretty sure it was supposed to be released in the summer of 2016. Anytime a movie gets pushed this far back, often a bad sign. Also, the trailer while showing it has a neat idea. It gets buried under lovey-dovey cheese. (Having a little cheese is fine, but too much can ruin a movie.)
I Am Not Your Negro– a cutting documentary that looks at race relations in America. Forget looking at most review sites for an accurate look at this film because some will be and already are overrun with hate. Watch the trailer, look for trusted reviews of people you know, and make your own decision.
February 10th, 2017
A United Kingdom (2016)
Director- Amma Asante (Kudos for being able to find a film with a female director. We need more of these. I want to make it so a female director is applauded for her work rather than her gender.) Make this so common that it is a non-issue
Starring: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton
IMDb: 6.7 of 1,200+ ratings
A black Botswana prince marries a white English woman in the 1940’s which of course causes an international stir (crisis). It tells the story of their love and their fight to protect it.
I want to see this film because it is depicting a historical moment in history about race relations on the world scale. (Race wasn’t/isn’t just an obstacle for people to overcome in the United States)
First off, David Oyelowo is an amazing actor and he has been on my radar since Selma (2014). Rosamund Pike is also incredible and the two together, magic. This looks like one of the first movies of this year worthy of watching in theaters.
The Lego Batman Movie
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Adventure
Starring: Jenny Slate, Will Arnett, Ralph Fiennes, Zach Galifinakis, Mariah Carey, Billie Dee Williams, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson.
I’m a little weirded out that the guy who made Morel Orel (2006-2008) directed this film. However, people can have a variety of tastes for sure. Though I do love when a lot of famous people go out and give their voices to these characters. I was blown away about how good The Lego Movie was in 2014.) Batman was certainly among the best things about the film. This movie seems to capture a lot of the awesome that was lego Batman. With several movies and I believe even a series of some sort already paving the way. This looks like another major deal for Lego sets and the lego movie franchise. (Because many more are indeed coming.)
Fifty Shades of Darker– I am not surprised this film has a sequel. The franchise will continue and it will do well because it opens on the weekend before Valentine’s Day. The books are insult to my very profession among other things. The movies aren’t any better. If you like really bad romance films and cheap, inaccurate sexual foreplay. Go watch this film. (If you are upset about me saying that. Remember what I said at the top of this post.)
John Wick Chapter 2
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Starring: Keanu Reeves
Did you see, John Wick (2014)? If not, go watch it. (If you like action-crime films.) This is the continuation of that story. Now just because the original was awesome, that doesn’t mean the sequel will be. Often times sequels try to be so much bigger and better than the first one, they lose focus and forget that they must create a good movie. They get sequelitis as they say. However, the John Wick 2 trailers look exciting as the first one. I am hopeful this will be good although I am wary because it is February and that doesn’t always bode well for films.
The Great Wall– What happened to Matt Damon? I imagine this was forced on him for some reason or another. A shame when good actors are in bad movies. To be fair, the word is that this movie isn’t quite as bad as you would think. (It’s not good, but not terrible.)
Fist Fight – Another comedy which couldn’t make me laugh with the trailer. If your best material can’t get me, the rest of the movie will have little hope. I think some of the people in these movies are funny, but I am doubtful this will be.
A Cure For Wellness
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Director: Gore Verbinski
Starring: Dane DeHaan
Plot: A younger executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from a remote “wellness center” in Swiss Alps. Things are not what they may appear to be. .
This look quite interesting and creepy. Could be an early thriller worthy of watching. I’m hesitant because February always has those movies that could have been good, but often went a very unusual way. This may not win over mainstream audiences, but I could see it getting a cult following. (Sometimes those are the best films.)
Rock Dog– Not looking forward to this animated feature. It feels like one of those direct to video releases that somehow got a release date. Expect Lego Batman to crush this as far as animated films go.
Tulip fever– Going to be very strange to see Zach Galifinakis try to do a really serious role. Am I interested in this…..historical drama? Not at all. (It also stars Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevinge, Christoph Waltz)
Get Out– Jordan Peele directs this horror movie, but it is so bad it looks almost funny. One of those horror films. Here is hoping it is funny bad and not just bad bad.