Kingsman: The Golden Circle (or Kingsman 2) is the sequel to the 2014 box office hit Kingsman: The Secret Service. Directed by Mathew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kick Ass, and Stardust), Kingsman as a franchise is an ode to classic over the top and gadget heavy james bond style British spy thrillers that imbues the England’s favorite style of genre film with an R-Rated edge (cursing, hyper violence, and a controversial sex scene in Glastonbury all included).
The movie follows a young man named Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and tech wizard Merlin (Mark Strong), and has an impressive cast of Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, Halle Berry, and Colin Firth. The Kingsman are destroyed by a drug cartel called The Golden Circle, and Eggsy travels to the United States to seek the help of Kingsman’s U.S./American equivalent (cousins) called the Statesman.
Check to see whether it’s good or bad in my review (though I will forewarn you, there isn’t an action scene as good as the controversial Westboro Baptist Church massacre sequence.
Mother! (or mother!) is the new psychological horror film by Darren Aronofsky that stars his girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence, sexy as hell Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Kristen Wiig (yes, really). This dark and insane thriller has divided audiences: you either love this movie as a masterpiece in allegorical filmmaking, or you absolutely hate this film. This isn’t much news for Aronofsky who has directed other polarizing films such as Black Swan, Noah, Pi, Requiem For A Dream, and The Wrestler. Whatever you think of the film, rest comfortably knowing my review above is the definitive criticism for the divisive auteur’s latest offering.
What did you think of it?
IT upends horror movie norms.
Conventional wisdom dictates that good horror movies aren’t supposed to show their respective monsters. For example: Jaws rarely shows the shark, The Babadook obscures the Babadook, and the witch barely appears in The Witch, and on the surface, this idea that audience should seldom get a good glimpse of the monster is quite understandable because after all, what could possibly be more frightening than a lurking terror that can’t be seen?
While this notion of adhering to a well established golden rule is admirable (and budget conscious) and a good rule of thumb for new and independent filmmakers, it must be said the actual beings that go bump in the night are themselves visually just as frightening as their phantom counterparts.
I mean, if a grizzly bear approached me, I would be shitting breakfast tacos because grizzly bears are terrifying, and the same can absolutely be said about Pennywise who is cannibalistic shape-shifting murder clown.
He’s fucking scary. Deal with it.
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Well, I’m sufficiently disturbed.
To be honest, I wasn’t all that excited to see the new film adaptation of Stephen King’s IT. I was never too fond of the original 1990 tv miniseries that admittedly hasn’t aged well aside from Tim Curry’s excellent performance, and judging by the trailer for the new remake, I thought the new IT was going to be yet another Hollywood movie trying to capitalize on the 80s nostalgia craze and be a flick that only specializes in jump scares.
In essence, I feared IT was going to be SHIT.
But thankfully, IT is actually quite good. In fact, it’s really good. So good in fact that IT joins the lexicon of truly exemplary horror films that have been released since the modern horror renaissance began a few years ago and would make a great double feature with recent horror classics such as The Babadook, It Follows, The Conjuring, Get Out, and so many others.
Yes, it’s really that good.
Continue reading “Movie Review: IT (2017) [Video Review]”
Wow, someone finally had courage to take a stand against the abhorrent Hollywood casting system.
Continue reading “Ed Skrein Set An Example That The Rest Of Hollywood Needs To Follow”