Venom: Let There Be Carnage | Trailer 2

Venom: Let There Be Carnage follows investigative journalist Eddie Brock’s life as he adjust to living with super-human abilities thanks to being the host of the alien symbiote Venom.

  • Writers: Kelley Marcel (Screenplay), Tom Hardy (Story)
  • Directors: Andy Serkis
  • Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Stephen Graham, Woody Harrelson, Naomie Harris, Reid Scott

I knew that the Woody Harrelson was a great choice for Cassidy but the little we see of him here coupled with the first trailer makes me even more excited to see him in the role. As for Hardy, he’s even better in the role, funnier. The movie looks great.

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House of Gucci | Trailer

House of Gucci is set in 1995 and depicts tumultuous events surrounding the fashion house of Gucci. Love, Betrayal, Decadence, revenge, and ultimately murder.

  • Writers: Sara Gay Folder (Novel), Roberto Bentivega (Screenplay)
  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Stars: Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, Salma Hayek, and Al Pacino.

OMG I thought this was going to be a silly little show or TV movie. I did not expect this level of quality, and can’t think of how did I miss that Scott was directing. I love the looks, the atmosphere, the accents. This movie looks good.

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Dune | Official Main Trailer

Dune is about Paul Atreides, a briliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people.

  • Writers: Frank Herbert (Novel), Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve & Eric Roth (Screenplay)
  • Director: Denis Villeneuve
  • Stars: Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin among other talented actors.

This trailer looks amazing and yet it doesn’t give us much about the story which is good because I still plan on reading the books, well at least the first one. The movie looks exciting with a lot of action and bit of humor. The commentaries are obvious and smart.

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Old | Was it a Twist or an Explanation?

When I became aware of this movie I didn’t know it was a M. Night Shyamalan. He adapted it, produced it, and directed it; did that have an effect on my excitement for the movie? Not really but I did wonder if it was a horror movie. It’s not it’s a thriller and fine to watch, if like me you tend to avoid horror. The reason why this movie was on my radar is the graphic novel that it’s based on, Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Levy & Frederik Peeters.
The ensemble cast has a few faces that I know but no one to pique my interest, it includes Gael Garcia Bernal (Rosewater), Vicky Krieps (The Girl in the Spider’s Web), Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle), Alex Wolff (Human Capital), Thomasin McKenzie (Lost Girls), Abbey Lee (Lovecraft Country), Nikki AMuka-Bird (The Personal History of David Copperfield), Ken Leung (Inhuman), Eliza Scanlen (The Devil All the Time), Arron Pierre (The Underground, Kryton), Embeth Davidtz (Love Victor, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and Emun Elliott (GoT).

Synopsis: A family on a remote tropical holiday discovers that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly reducing their entire lives into a single day.

Review: Knowing the premise I spent the movie waiting for clues on why these people were aging so fast and what was happening. There are a few clues here and there about them but nothing that had me guess as to what was going on. I noticed that they all had medical issues, the long shot on the drinks, or the fact that they were observed while on the beach however I didn’t guess has to what was really going on. The reason why they’re on the beach is revealed tower the end; I’ve seen people talk about a twist, it isn’t, not to me. Because it was evident that everyone who was on the beach was selected so the movie only reveals why they were and that was a smart idea for a potential use of the beach, but I’m not sure how that would work in real life.

The strength of the movie comes from the concept, the cast, its themes and commentaries on life, family, and aging. Giving the situation the characters are all in makes it a bit depressing but there’s a lot to unpack from that day on the beach. The film has an emotional impact and works as a idea but the execution is lacking a bit. I didn’t really care about the characters even if I was interested in what was happening to them, and some of the dialogues were not that great.

Old is still worth watching because the concept is that strong, it has more potential than this movie makes it seems maybe a mini-series would have made for sense.

Rating: 6 out of 10.

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Fear Street Part Three: 1666 | Subverting Some Expectations & Closing the Loop

The final installment of the ‘Fear Street‘ trilogy is penned by director Leigh Janiak with Phil Graziadei (Honeymoon) and Kate Trefy (Stranger Things). The most of the cast from the previous two movies return in new roles to gives us a glimpse at how it all started.

Premise: In 1666, a colony is gripped by a hysterical witch-hunt that has deadly consequences for centuries to come. The origins of Sarah Fier’s curse are finally revealed as history comes full circle. Meanwhile, the teenagers in 1994 and 1978 try to finally put an end to the town’s curse, before it is too late.

Review: I may have been pleasantly surprised by Fear Street 1994 and thoroughly enjoyed Fear Street 1978 but for some reason I expected Fear Street 1666 to be far more predictable than it was. Even before watching the trailer I thought I had this movie’s plot figured out. Since I suspected the story would be about pilgrims I thought this movie would be dealing with some religion-induced hysteria and Sarah Fier. I figured the young woman might either be wrongly accused of witchcraft and would turn to it trying to save herself before failing and cursing the town, or she’d be a good witch would who get caught to be killed and cursing the town in her rage. That’s how I thought this movie would probably go, but it wasn’t as predictable as that.

The actual story has shades of that the religious hysteria is a 100% there but it’s a little more interesting. The plot is constructed in a way that would make you think that the town’s problems is be blamed on Sarah because of who she is. I know it sounds like one of the plot I described but it’s not, I don’t want to spoil even if it’s a minor spoiler. Sarah kisses and run through other bases with someone people in the town think she should have. So when things starts to go awry When I look at this movie on its own, of course all eyes turn on her. I really like that aspect of the story, it was a good and original way to use the puritanical way of thinking of that time, a nice twist that could have meshed well with one of my theories about the film.

So I enjoyed how the story was developed and how well it works with the other two movies. The full circle aspect of it was great but I wasn’t as engaged while watching this movie than I was for the other two. I can’t really put my finger on it but I checked my phone many times and weren’t totally paying attention. Maybe it’s having the same cast playing different roles but I don’t think so. It might just be the time period it’s set in that I don’t vibe with, because the cast did a great job.

Fear Street 1666 brings the story full circle showing us how the curse originated and how it has lasted for so long. The movie is good and the Fear Street Trilogy is better as a whole. 1978 still has a special place in my heart but it’s a solid trilogy and I wouldn’t be oppose to see it evolve into something else. Have you seen this film? Did Sarah’s story surprise you?

Rating: 7 out of 10.

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Fear Street Part Two: 1978 | An Excellent Step-Up

After the entertaining surprise that was Fear Street 1994, the second installment of the trilogy inspired by R.L. Stine‘s book series of the same name brings us to the late 70s. Leigh Janiak is still helming, with a script co-written by Zak Olkewikz. This time the cast include Sadie Sink (Stranger Things), Emily Rudd (Dynasty, Electric Dreams), McCabe Slye (Destroyer), Ted Sutherland (The Walkind Dead: World Beyond, Eye Candy), and Gillian Jacobs (Invincible, Love).

Premise: In 1978, Camp Nightwing is divided by the campers and counselors who hail from the prosperous town of Sunnyvale and the campers and maintenance staffers from the downtrodden town of Shadyside, but when horrors from their towns shared history come alive, they must band together to solve a terrifying mystery before it is too late.

Review: For a trilogy that goes backward, I didn’t think they’d be much if any surprises in this movie. I was wrong. Fear Street 1978 is engrossing, maybe it’s the way the story unfolds, how the characters interact, the directing or the cast but I was captivated. It’s gruesome for sure and for someone like myself who avoids horror movies, because I get scared, I could watch this no problem.

Once again there’s a quite a lot of gore, just like if not more than in Fear Street 1994. The blood, feces and body parts didn’t faze me at all because I was so invested in the characters. I wanted some to die – Sheila – in fact I was waiting for it. I was also curious to see how those alive in 1994 came to keep their heads. Since the kills are swift and ruthless the characters are what sucks you in. They all have different dynamics and personalities, which keeps things interesting. There’s also a brilliant misdirect in the film that keeps your focus on one thing and it’s the wrong one. It was a nice surprise for me. Giving that the characters are the heart of this movie, it wouldn’t have work if the cast wasn’t strong. They are good and delivered excellent performances.

Fear Street 1978 is a captivating horror movie with little scares, a good story and greats characters.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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Black Widow | Hints and Some Bad Visual Effects

After watching this movie and seeing that WandaVision‘s showrunner Jac Schaeffer – and Ned Benson (Eleanor Rigby) – is one of the people behind the story with Eric Pearson (Godzilla vs. Kong, Thor: Ragnarok, Agent Carter) writing the screenplay. Based on a Marvel Comics by Stan Lee, Don Heck, Don Rico this adaptation is directed by Cate Shortland (Berlin Syndrome) and stars Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh (Little Women), Rachel Weisz (Disobedience, My Cousin Rachel) & David Harbor (Hellboy, Extraction, Tombstones).

Premise: Following the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), Natasha Romanoff finds herself on the run and forced to confront a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Romanoff must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

Review: I may have first watched this movie when a bit sleep deprived but I don’t think that played a role in how uninspiring this movie is to me, and the writing is a big reason for it. Schaeffer is the only writer on this team that’s known to me at this point, but I feel like they didn’t rise to the task. I didn’t have expectations going in yet I feel like this could have been better.

Giving what happens to Natasha in Infinity War and Endgame, a movie set before those event might not have seemed like a good idea. However this movie has a lot of interesting aspects to it. There’s a sleeper cell moment in the beginning of the movie that I feel was a great idea, in particular when you realize that Nat knew, while Yelena didn’t. As interesting as the idea is, they coud have done a bit more with it by contrasting the girl’s carefree family life with Alexei / Red Guardian finishing his mission before joining them thus showing Alexei with a shred of skills.

I also enjoyed the way the black widows are “selected / recruited” for lack of better non-spoilery word. There could have been a better commentary on that if that aspect lasted a bit longer with a clearer idea of what the future widows go through once “recruited.” I’d even go farther by including a scene where a new generation of widows’ first cycle would be the deciding factor for their hysterectomies. But I’m aware of how not family friendly that might be for some, and how some sick people would see that idea as titillating.

Taskmaster is another aspect of the film that could have been better, and I don’t think that a lot would have been needed to achieve that. The action scenes featuring the character are great, maybe a bit spoiled by the teasers and trailers but they are fine. The bulk of them though, doesn’t show enough of his copycat fighting style. It’s mostly hinted at and not showcased enough for me.
These are only a few examples of some of the interesting things that are introduced and only explored on a surface level. We are asked to fill in a lot of blanks, so much so that it feels lazy on the writers’ part.

The acting and the cast is one of the saving grace of the movie. Johansson and Pew do an amazing job, they feel like sisters, and have great chemistry. They work their action scenes extremely well, even if the visual effects doesn’t always back them up as it should. Harbor, O-T Fagbenle and Weisz deliver solid performances with what they’re given. The main cast breathe life to the movie despite being in an uneven story.

Black Widow needed more space maybe a second and / or third film focusing on different aspects of this film. It remains entertaining both being a great intro to Yelena and a good farewell for Natasha.

Rating: 6 out of 10.