“Truth or Dare” Movie Review

Plot: Olivia, Lucas and a group of their college friends travel to Mexico for one last getaway before graduation. While there, a stranger convinces one of the students to play a seemingly harmless game of truth or dare with the others. Once the game starts, it awakens something evil — a demon which forces the friends to share dark secrets and confront their deepest fears. The rules are simple but wicked — tell the truth or die, do the dare or die, and if you stop playing, you die.

Review: Normally I like to lead in by keeping y’all guessing on whether or not I liked the movie I saw…. But I can’t in this case. Y’all have seen the trailers for this, so y’all know this is a bad movie. The surprising thing about this, is it’s unintentionally hilarious!!

Here’s all the things bad about the movie: none of the characters are likable, the stupid Snapchat face isn’t scary- it’s goofy looking to the point I laughed out loud in the theater every time it popped up, the rules to the game make no sense, how the game kills people is laughable, the origins of the game coming to life is completely absurd, and how to stop the game is so convoluted. And on top of all that, there’s every single horror movie cliche: stupid jump-scares, doing research on the ‘antagonist’, the old person who has all the answers, and a open-ended conclusion that makes no sense- and it’s only there for a possible sequel.

Look, I normally don’t do this- but guys…. PLEASE don’t see this movie. At least not in theaters, if you have to- just rent it for a beer and pizza night.

Grade:

I’m giving “Truth or Dare” a 6/10 or a D.

The only reason why this movie isn’t an F like “Winchester” is because I actually get some unintentional laughs in this movie- and I couldn’t in “Winchester” because that movie was SO BORING!

Trust me, I’m trying to help y’all here!

If it helps, I was literally the only person in the theater!

“A Quiet Place” REVIEW|The best horror movie of 2018?

Plot: A family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.

Review: In my opinion, this movie is a mix of “I Am Legend” and “Don’t Breathe” the reason I make those comparisons is because in “Don’t Breathe” the characters are being hunted down by a blind man who has a heightened sense of hearing which makes him extremely dangerous, and “I Am Legend” because in that movie it follows the day to day living of Will Smith who has adapted to living with these creatures by himself and his dog.

This movie sent the message VERY early that if you make ANY noise, that will result in your death by these creatures. I found the day to day living with this family to be interesting in how they figured out how to live without making any noise because the film has taken place many many days after whatever event transpired to cause this. All the actors/ actresses did an AMAZING job at portraying different emotions without sound, either by body language and/or facial mannerisms. Another thing I liked in this movie is they slowly throughout the movie reveal the creatures in small glimpses until you finally see it more clearly towards the end, and this movie is absolutely tension-filled.

After that mess with “Winchester” and “The Strangers 2” my faith in there being good modern day horror movies have finally been restored, and as of this moment until there’s a better movie that comes out- I’d say this is the best horror movie of 2018!

Grade: Shh, I’m giving “A Quiet Place” a solid 9/10 or an A!

I’d definitely recommend seeing this!

“Best F(r)iends” Movie Review

Plot:

A drifter encounters a quirky mortician and both learn a lesson about friendship and loyalty.

Review:

Tommy Wiseau’s film “The Room” is one of my all-time favorite guilty pleasure films, along with Nicholas Cage’s “The Wicker Man” so trust me when I say seeing Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero again on screen in theaters was an opportunity I wasn’t gonna pass up!

When the film opened up with Greg’s character, Jon, passed out on the ground sporting a beard and wearing a blood spattered white t-shirt, I knew I was in for a wild ride.

As far as the filmmaking goes, I will say that this was done more competently than “The Room” as far as the directing and cinematography of the film, and for those of you who want classic quirky lines from Tommy, you get plenty of those… there are a lot of lines that Tommy’s character says that had me and the whole theater dying.

To say this was a unique movie experience would be an understatement. If you’ve already seen “The Room” then you know what you’re getting yourself into. If you’re not a fan of weird, quirky movies- then you should probably avoid this like the plague.

Grade:

I’m giving “Best F(r)iends” a 7.5/10 or a C+

I can’t wait to see Best F(r)iends Volume 2 in July!

“Unsane” movie review

Plot:

Sawyer Valentini relocates from Boston to Pennsylvania to escape from the man who’s been stalking her for the last two years. While consulting with a therapist, Valentini unwittingly signs in for a voluntary 24-hour commitment to the Highland Creek Behavioral Center. Her stay at the facility soon gets extended when doctors and nurses begin to question her sanity. Sawyer now believes that one of the staffers is her stalker — and she’ll do whatever it takes to stay alive and fight her way out.

Review:

While doing my research about this film, I found out that this whole film was filmed on a iPhone, and while watching the movie, you can definitely tell that’s the case, but I felt like that worked in the movie’s benefit. There’s a lot of shots that are close and personal making it almost feel like you’re with the characters. There’s also a lot of really cool editing that plays with your sanity, making you question your own well being while watching the film. All those were done well, but everything kinda fell apart for me towards the end of the film. I know what they were going for, but I don’t really think they succeeded with their intent, which is a bummer since it was a fairly decent film until the final ten minutes.

Grade:

I’m going to give “Unsane” a 7/10 or a C.

I definitely feel like it should be seen at least once in the theater, but I wouldn’t go out of your way to see it, especially since I know that’s it’s not a film for everyone.

“A Wrinkle in Time” movie review

Plot:

Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg’s classmate Calvin O’Keefe and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe.

Review:

I knew going into this movie that I’m probably not the targeted audience for this film, and I was fine with that- but I thought it was a bad sign that the film opened with a video package from the director saying that the film is for people with child wonderment, and I took that as a sign that the studio had absolutely no confidence in this film.

Is this movie weird and trippy? Definitely! And I was rocking with it for the first half of the film because I was getting used to it… it’s just that last half that gets so absolutely bizarre and so nonsensical in the sniffing glue type of way that I felt myself getting lost in the film. There’s two movie tropes I absolutely cannot stand that this movie uses, and those tropes are ‘love is the answer, love conquers all’ and that Evil is nothing but a black cloud with tentacles and a deep voice. The reason I hate those tropes is because I find them lazy, and it was especially lazy here. The actors weren’t terrible, so I’ll give them that. But like I said, this isn’t a film made for me.

Grade:

I’ll give “A Wrinkle in Time” a 7/10 or a C. I didn’t love the movie, but I didn’t hate it either, it’s kinda Middle In The Road for me.

The Strangers 2: Prey At Night

Plot:

Mike and his wife Cindy take their son and daughter on a road trip that becomes their worst nightmare. The family members soon find themselves in a desperate fight for survival when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park that’s mysteriously deserted — until three masked psychopaths show up to satisfy their thirst for blood.

Review:

As a fan of the first ‘The Strangers’ film I was highly disappointed by this film. It’s been 10 years since the original came out and I feel like this was a bit of a step back. The main characters are lifeless and unlikable, there’s barely any tension, and there’s some weird shots of scenes that go on way too long. For example, the camera focuses on a mailbox with a smiley face on it for about 10 to 15 seconds, which would’ve been fine for about 5 seconds. Another issue I had is the fact that it shows the killers in the background too much where it would’ve cool a few times, but it’s overdone. Like I said, I’m really disappointed. Oh, and to top it off, that ending was so horrible I audible shouted “Wait, what?!” I was so baffled that they ended the film that horribly.

Grade:

You’re better off just watching the 2008 ‘The Strangers’ film, because this really wasn’t necessary.

I’m giving ‘The Strangers 2: Prey At Night’ a 6/10 or a D

Black Panther

Plot:

After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.

Review:

I only have a few complaints, so I’m gonna get those out of the way because this was a really good movie!

So to start, Micheal B Jordan’s character, Eric Killmonger appears in the beginning of the movie and does something…. but then disappears for 30 minutes before showing back up. I loved his character, but I completely forgot about him until he showed back up, and I felt like he should’ve been in the movie more.

My other complaint is I felt some of the stuff that happened in the third act of the movie felt a bit convenient to me.

And that’s pretty much it. I liked T’Challa’s struggle on transitioning from a warrior into a king, I liked that Killmonger was a very sympathetic villain and you understood where he was coming from. All the female characters were complete badasses which isn’t something you see a lot, and I felt like the African lifestyle was portrayed well in this movie!

Grade:

Finally got a good movie after a train of bad movies early this year, lol.

I’m giving Black Panther a 8/10 or a B+

Winchester

Plot:

In 1906 Sarah Winchester, the heiress of the Winchester repeated arms company builds a house with rooms that have no apparent rhyme or reason to them other than to keep the spirits that were killed by the Winchester rifle at bay. A doctor is sent to the Winchester mansion to check on the sanity of Sarah Winchester to see if there really are ghosts, or if she’s gone insane.

Review:

Y’all know I’m a huge horror movie fan, and there’s nothing I like better than a really good scary movie….. which is why it pains me to have to review the movie like this. I have to be honest, because it would be a disservice to me and all of you not to say how I really feel about this movie.

This film is really boring, it took all my willpower not to fall asleep during this film. All the ‘scary’ scenes are nothing more than jumpscares that are just lazy in my opinion. I’ve seen a hotel room be scary and effective (1408), how they dropped the ball with the ultimate spook house like The Winchester Mansion is beyond me. But the ultimate crime this movie commits is throwing a plot twist near the end which I felt was unnecessary, besides the fact that the directors also did ‘Jigsaw’ but in that movie I understood why it was thrown in… not this one.

This movie really let me down y’all.

Grade:

I hate to do this, but I’m giving “Winchester” a 5/10 or an F. It’s the first F I’ve given and I’m sure it won’t be the last (*cough* 50 Shades *cough*)

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Plot: Thomas leads some escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions that the Gladers have been asking since they arrived in the maze. Review: Right off the bat, I’ll tell you that this is better than The Scorch Trial, which is all I was asking for. The action is great, there’s some emotional moments, and the stakes are the highest they’ve been. It’s not entirely perfect and there are moments I rolled my eyes at, but I did get a lot of enjoyment and it does end the series fairly well. Grade: I’ll give The Death Cure a 7/10 or a C

Insidious: The Last Key

Insidious: The Last Key is the fourth entry in the Insidious franchise and is a prequel in the Insidious storyline, but a sequel to Insidious part 3 (The timeline is a bit confusing)

In this entry to the series, Elise gets assigned to an investigation that’s in Elise’s childhood home- but little does Elise know that the entity that lives in her house is the same spirit that she released as a kid.

Review:

I thought some of jumpscares were effective, I thought the backstory of Elise was heartfelt, and I really liked the design of the new demon named Keyface.

That’s all the positive things I can say about this film, and I felt like this movie is the weakest in the franchise. I wasn’t a fan of the comic-relief sidekick characters, and I didn’t really understand the motivation behind Keyface (and I was disappointed we didn’t get a backstory to the demon.)

The small connections to the first movie was pretty cool, but there’s still some unanswered questions that this movie leaves, and I’m not sure if we’re gonna be getting another movie to answer them.

Grade:

So with all that being said, I’m gonna give this movie a 6/10 or a D