Friday, June 28, 2019

Yesterday - Review

A recent uptick in nostalgia for the music of yesteryear can probably be traced to two potential sources. One: Hollywood had one big success and immediately saw the potential in more. Two: Living in a world of wonderful music that reminds everyone of a different time may be the simplest form of escapism in movies today. Either way, Yesterday capitalizes on that nostalgia, but in a surprisingly different manner.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Annabelle Comes Home - Review

An introduction scene for the Warrens back in 2013’s The Conjuring has now spawned three different films, all with different settings and characters, but still centered on the hauntings of the creepiest doll in existence: Annabelle. After a less than ideal first entry in 2014, the sequel, Annabelle: Creation was a major improvement, but where exactly does the third entry in this franchise within a franchise fall? Somewhere right in the middle.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Child's Play (2019) - Review

How in the world is this the eighth Chucky film in existence? Starting over three decades ago now with the original Child’s Play in 1988, the chronicles of the creepy, possessed doll with a knack for stabbing hapless humans have continued largely due to the work of creator Don Mancini. Yet his name is nowhere to be found in the creation of this modern adaptation, a film that breaks from endless sequels to actually try and present new ideas.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Toy Story 4 - Review

After a near perfect conclusion to a near perfect trilogy, it seemed greedy of Pixar to even contemplate a Toy Story 4. The studio’s identity as a hotbed for originality has been fading over the years, seven of the last eleven films from the animation giant have been either a sequel or prequel, and bringing back characters that had such an emotional sendoff is very ill-advised on paper. But Pixar is Pixar, and somehow, someway, they manage to knock it out of the park once again.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Men in Black: International - Review

Another day, another belated sequel. And though Men in Black International only comes seven years after the last entry, it makes the disastrous mistake of not including a mainstay that made the original three films work: Will Smith. Without the likable character of Agent J at the forefront, and a severe lack of originality, or any reason to exist for that matter, the summer of mediocre blockbusters continues.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Dark Phoenix - Review

On paper, adapting the Phoenix Saga for the big screen makes sense. However, when attempting to do so, it might be in the studios best interest to build it up a bit more than they have on two separate occasions now. After a half-hearted attempt back in 2006 with X-Men: The Last Stand, Simon Kinberg returns to once again rush to an end goal without putting in any effort to get there.