Showing posts from June, 2022

Minions: The Rise of Gru

 This weekend the little yellow minions are back in theaters for the 5th time in Minions: The Rise of Gru. This film is a sequel to the Minions which came out in 2015 but a prequel to the first movie, Despicable Me. In Minions: The Rise of Gru, we follow these loveable little guys as they attempt to help Gru join the most famous league of super villains. Of course, things get out of hand and soon Gru and his minions are on the run from the same villains he had hoped to join. What follows is The Good, The Bad, and The Spoilers of Minions: The Rise of Gru. The Good This film focuses on the humor that has worked well for the previous 4 movies. The slapstick humor of the film will keep you chuckling. The best point about this movie however is the number of references it has to the original Despicable Me. We meet a bank teller who shows off a photo of his young son, Vector. When Gru arrives to his interview for the Vicious 6, the man working the counter is none other than Dr. Nefario. The B

Do You Hear It Ringing? Will You Pick Up? - The Black Phone

  A new horror/thriller hits theaters this weekend, The Black Phone. This film follows a young boy named Finney (Manson Thames) who is abducted by a crazed killer (Ethan Hawke). Finney is held prisoner in a basement where an old black phone begins to ring. When Finney answers this clearly disconnected phone, he finds he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. These victims are reaching out to Finney in an effort to help him avoid meeting the same fate they did. What follows is  The Good, The Bad, and The Spoilers  of  The Black Phone . The Good There were so many good things in this film. The Black Phone is based on a short story written by Joe Hill, son of the great horror writer Stephen King. I did not know this during my first viewing of the film, but upon reflections it made some of the elements of the movie that I loved make a little more sense. I felt like The Black Phone gave me similar vibes as Stand By Me , a short story by Stephen King. Also, throughout t

The King is Back - Elvis Movie

  The King is back as Elvis hits theaters this weekend. Elvis follows Presley’s (Austin Butler) life as he becomes a singing legend. This 2 hour and 39-minute movie covers over 20 years of the icon’s life. The film shows audiences the struggles Elvis faced due to his inspirations and the complicated relationship Elvis had with his manager Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). What follows is  The Good, The Bad, and The Spoilers  of  Elvis . The Good The acting of this movie is all around fantastic. Austin Butler truly embodies Elvis Presley and Tom Hanks does a great job of making the audience despise him in a very short amount of time. Throughout the film I had to look closely to figure out if they were using actual footage of Elvis, or was it, Butler. The passion that Butler brought to the role was what really put it over the top for me. You can see that this wasn’t just an actor playing a part, this was someone who truly wanted to pay Elvis Presley the greatest respect by represent

To Infinity...and Beyond!

  Lightyear is a reimagined story for the character Buzz Lightyear, from the classic Toy Story movies. In this film, Buzz Lightyear is not a toy, but a living, breathing space ranger. Buzz (voiced by Chris Evans) and recruits must explore a new world, achieve hyper speed to finish the mission, and overcome a multitude of challenges that spring up along the way. What follows is  The Good, The Bad, and The Spoilers  of  Lightyear . The Good Lightyear is exactly what you want from a Disney and Pixar movie. The story is touching, but there is plenty of action. Some of the comedy is childish, but most of it is just great writing. My biggest fear was how do you create a movie about a character that has been a literal toy in 4 other movies? Not even 1 minute into the movie, Pixar does an amazing job answering that question. It was both short and simple.   With one little message on the screen, I was immediately hooked and understood how the Buzz Lightyear toy and this Lightyear film

Jurassic World: Dominion

  Jurassic World: Dominion follows the events of the 2018 film, in which dinosaurs were released into the world. For those that don’t know, Dominion means sovereignty or control. This seems fitting since man-kind is now having to learn to coexist with dinosaurs in their everyday lives. This movie is full of dinosaurs new to the big screen, while bringing back some old favorites. We even get to see the Jurassic World cast interact with the original 1993 Jurassic Park cast. What follows is The Good, The Bad, and  The Spoilers  of Jurassic World: Dominion. The Good                This final Jurassic World film goes all in on the nostalgia. Tributes to the original films are sprinkled throughout the entire movie from a rusty shaving cream can, to jokes about the voltage of Jurassic Park’s electric fences. Bringing back the original characters Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, and Ian Malcom allowed the film to more easily reference the events of the original Jurassic Park. I do not like when

Ms. Marvel (Episodes 1 and 2)

  There is a new superhero in town! This week Marvel introduces us to their newest superhero in the Disney+ exclusive series, Ms. Marvel. This show follows Kamala Khan as she navigates fitting in at school, being understood at home, and mastering her new superpowers just like the superheroes on the news. Disney and Marvel are giving us a high school coming-of-age story, with some super powered hurdles. What follows is The Good, The Bad, and  The Spoilers  of Ms. Marvel Episodes 1 and 2. The Good Iman Vellani, does a phenomenal job playing the leading lady. Watching her on screen reminds us of our junior high/high school days where we were trying to turn our personal awkwardness into just a unique part of our personality. Her love of superheroes perfectly portrays what we all picture when we think of a “fan-girl”. Iman Vellani, in partnership with the writing, helps make Kamala Khan a relatable character. Although this is clearly more intended to be relatable to a younger audience.