Stephen King’s It (2017)


This is part of my Classic Cut’s signature series where we look at an original movie (or franchise) and the new version.

Stephen King’s IT       (The Original)

So I get my wish to see the original before the new movie comes out

TV-14    3 hours 12 minutes  1990

Tim Curry, Jonathan Brandis, Seth Green, John Ritter, Richard Thomas, Annette O’Toole, Richard Masur, Dennis Christopher, Harry Anderson

I thought this was filmed/aired in the 80s  due to the styles of clothing of padded shoulders but IMDB has it as released in 1990. But then again who knows how long it took for them to film movies and series. So some parts may well have been filmed in the late 80s.

We start when the group of friends are already adults, and get calls from Michael who stayed in Maine because a girl has gone turned up, and not only that but Georgie’s photo at the site as well. Once they arrive back in town, they start to remember what happened 30 years ago.

As for Pennywise…aside from his bulbous head you could light a room with..heck a mansion or castle even… and those pointy teeth that if were any bigger could be impaled on…plus he can ‘shapeshift’ or at least make you think you see a loved one (I believe it’s only those that have already died that he can take their shape)  Pennywise really is not scary. I found Tim Curry’s portrayal a little camp or pardon the pun Clownish and after watching this I think Micheal Keaton used parts as inspiration when portraying Beetlejuice.

Now this is what you call a long movie, but I believe was shown in a couple of parts.

It’s a good story, something which you don’t get these days. I hear the remake’ will be as 2 movies the first when they are children and the 2nd when they are adults. (how the mini -series should have been done)

 

WAIT! Did IT inspire this Harry Potter Story Line?

 

It 2017 Everything you need to know

REmember: IT Movie’s Plot Changes Were Given Stephen King’s Blessing

10 facts remake pennywise probably didnt know

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Why We Should Enjoy ‘IT’ 2017 Without Comparing to ‘IT’ 1990

IT

Part 1: The losers Club

2017     Drama fantasy Horror      Directed by: Andy Muschetti  

Run time: 2:15   (but I think its 2 hrs without the end credits) 

Bill Skarsgard, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Jeremy Ray Taylor  more on IMDB

 

The Only Way To Get Through It Is To Remember That The Clown Is Bae In Real Life

13 facts probably didnt know pennywise

While the novel was written over 3 decades ago and the mini-series premiering over 20 years ago.

The First thing to know about the movie is  Its not a Remake,Redo or Reboot. A remake would entail using the 1990s mini-series as the source material.  This is of its own adapted from the book. Also they are both 2 separate entities.  What was able to be adapted to network or cable TV guidelines in 1990 would be different to what is is aloud today, however still there would be limitations if it were on  television. Honestly even if the 1990 mini series was made for the the theater, there is different regulations to what would be shown in the final edit. We would likely get a darker version now, then what could, should, would have been if it were made for big screen then. 

So the 2017 movie should be a better adaptation of the book (though I have not read it yet). Honestly as far as watching the Mini-series I was a little confused at first when the flashbacks kept coming up. At first it felt as tho it was 2 different stories. The way the story was told I thought the Losers club as adults were the parents and their kids were the losers club. then I figured it out.. but that was the way it came off to me. 

I think a re-adaptation was wise and that they have done it as a movie having a first part as the subtitle notes will obviously be focusing on the part with the young children.  When in the original I think we meet the adult versions (or a few of them) first then get flashbacks to their traumatic time when Pennywise takes one of the kids younger siblings this time it will be over the summer of 1989.

The re-adaptation I’d say was well timed with the Regan Era nostalgia of Netflix’s Stranger Things, and Ernest Cline’s  Ready Player One Novel with a movie adaptation on the way for March 2018. (read the book first! I LOVED it!  You can find a review on this blog as well as I made a ‘database’ for all the pop culture mentions) The movie should be darker than what would have been aloud in the 1990’s or even on tv today.  Even if it were a remake or reboot as I said the timing is right. unlike how quickly Spiderman  was rebooted after Tobey Maguire.3 Way too soon. I am waiting to see the new one.

Another reason why I think it needed a form of update, to me Tim Curry’s Pennywise came off too Clowny (forgive the pun… but I’m not afraid of them, I just never liked them even when I was little, they to me are more annoying than funny. Also I’d say a bit campy if not the performance then overall.

Now as part of the Skarsgard family we know Bill has got the looks and like brother Alex he played a vampire (half) on Netflix’s hemlock Grove, but the guy can be quite scary as well and that is without the make-up! He can make some really sinister faces, and that thing Pennywise does with his eyes, is basically Billy’s ‘Stupid human pet trick’ that wasn’t Computer FX people.

I saw this right after American Assassin in the theater (which I enjoyed) as soon as credits rolled, I got up and went into the IT theater.  I thought Alamo put clips shows on before all the movies, but there’s now been a few there hasn’t. Not sure if it was because of day and time or just that sort of movie. Sadly I missed what they had of the clips montage. I made it in for the last one. It was from India which I can only guess was their version of (the original) IT. There was a kid by a pool and saw some clown.

This one is definitely more menacing, and scarier. The 90s mini-series is a mouse compared to this one! Oh holy Hel was that Jaws?!!?!?!? Yeah like I said; definitely more menacing and scarier! During a lighthearted (and possible red faced moment for those who went through the phase) we have an ironic gag, the new kid in school (although they graduated today) is listening to New Kids on the Block! He and the girl have a NKOTB pun-ny song jokes.

They do a good job of mixing the scary with some funny as well, which is good as this had a darker tone and felt more intense than the mini-series. Though this is not to be compared to the original as they are 2 separate entities from 2 different eras and both based on the novel. Only with a movie could you give the novel a proper adaptation. 

The girl reminds me of Amy Adams which there is a sort of joke  in the movie about.

Oh my I haven’t heard the song Busta Move (I think by Young MC)  in so long I nearly screamed!  The ‘monster’ house (or as destination channel calls it…Zombie house) looks familiar, I think I saw something that said what it was seen in before, like maybe it was the original house in the Munsters or something.

That is weird Bill Sakrsgard can do that thing with his eyes, can make them move to the upper corners of his eyes. No VFX used

The bathroom scene with the sink I think was more sevre than the TV version and kind of reminded me of Johnny Depp in Nightmare on Elm street.

YES! Anthrax’s Anti-social and a kid wearing my favorite Metallica shirt “Metal up your Ass”

Well that was some Jeepers Creepers like crap there. A junk pile ‘mobile’ . You know that painting in Ghostbusters 2? The Creepy one in the Museum? Well there’s a scene Where PennyWise looks like that painting.

By the end of the movie my refills of soda caught up with me. I had to pee so bad , that if this didn’t literally scare it out of me, nothing will. (However a couple parts I found funny I nearly had an accident. I had to try for an hour not to laugh or anything else.

So people are finally comparing Pennywise to Freddy Kreuger.. really? Did anyone do that when the book came out (I have yet to read it) or when the tv-movie was? Because I saw it from the first time I watched the movie!~ The only thing is Pennywise is an alien of some sort, Freddy was a ‘real’ man in that story. There were some parts in the movie that did seem similar to those in the Nightmare on Elm st. series

Have to love he kid in the glasses.. He’s got to be the one that becomes the comedian or whatever played by Harry Anderson in the TV movie (yep same character name.) He was the one that gave me a few laughs not to mention maybe said the things the audience all thought.

“He’s Leaking Hamburger helper” 

I am very happy they did the movie as the story of the kids first encounter with Pennywise. I’m sure i mentioned it before, and I thought those flashbacks in the TV adaptation took away from the story. They were just distracting especially the way they did them. I thought the kids and the adults (until I noticed the same names in both) were in the same time. That the kids were the adults children. They should have done some of the story of the young kids first for a bit. However now that this movie is out I’d rather re-watch this over and over again compared to the tv adaptation. (Honestly thank goodness I had DVR’d it while I was looking after my aunt’s cats and hosue while they were away cause I might have fallen asleep if I had not.)

Going to have to look up that AIRWOLF shirt. Sounds familiar but I can’t remember if it was TV or movie. (turns out both)

I can confidently say that the new Pennywise is one of the best movie monsters since the ’80s, driven by a gripping performance from Skarsgård that is downright Oscar-worthy. Comparisons have been made to Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker, and you won’t find me disagreeing.” – John Squires of Bloody Disgusting

(I grew up near an Elm street so I’ll give him 2nd best. But Bill did a great job! Wonder if he’ll help me out on halloween! )

[Video] Bill Skarsgård Doing the Pennywise Smile Without Makeup is Even Creepier

 

7 clowns more ‘terrifying’ than Pennywise

Here’s a review I haven’t even watched  nor read I don’t know if they liked it or not I do this so you know I am being fair   Here’s Movie Babble’s review & a video review

It achieves horror greatness as pennywise becomes horror icon for the ages

(not sure about that as Freddy Kreuger still seems to be making an impression on the new generations of horror fans but in the creepy clown aspect I’d agree (with the American Horror Story one following in its wake)

10 stephen king stories possibly too weird for adaptation

 

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Ghost in the Shell


2017     BR    PG13    1:49

 

The lines were blurred between human and robot with the technological advances of the future. people getting robotic upgrades and now the new body piercing (for lack of a better example). The corporation Hanka will combine the 2 best parts of human and machine together. The Human brain in a cyborg.

Major played by ScarJo is a cyborg police officer heading up the task force to foiling cyber criminals.  There’s things she sort of remembers but does not know what they are, until she meets a previous ‘experiment’ of Hanka and earlier version of what she is. Who enlightens her how to remember. Her ‘Gliches’ are a past memory.

I like the cinematography and damn if you don’t watch this on at least a blu-ray if  you don’t have somethng better like the 3d or 4k screens etc you are missing out! I enjoyed the holograms around what I would perceive as (was it Tokyo?)  the city’s time Square like area.  There were Fish swimming in the street! Instead of Billboards they have giant holograms on top of buildings and just like we are with our own current advertising, these people are just as jadded.

Now I know the movie is likely 75%  CG FX but the guy borg gives me the heebie jeebies its so freakish looking (and I do not use that term lightly)  definately a case for that future’s Frankenstein monster!

As for the movie it does make an impression but I think the Visuals take away from whatever there was of a story. The story which I didn’t see that there was much depth to.

Midnight Texas


NBC

Based on the series from Charlaine Harris   this supernatural drama stars

Francois Arnaud,         Manfred                                            Psychic/medium   

After someone starts coming after him, he moves to Midnight  on his dead grandmas’s Xylda instructions  (played by Joanne Camp) who of course was also psychic and from a line of gypsies. The longer he stays in Midnight the more and more spirits he sees and helps the Midnighters help solve ‘cases’                 

 

Dylan Bruce            as              Bobo                                                   ?

All american  guy who owns the pawn shop and harboring some secret. he never talks about his past so what is he running from? Talk about skeletons in the closet… this guy all i know is he has weapons cache. I don’t know if he’s human or a supernatural and we do learn something of his past life having to do with his family.

Parisa Fitz-Henley          Fiji                                                    Witch    

Owner of the new-age/wiccan  store is open hearted wide range of magical skills and manipulating objects as well as making potions. She owns a ginger tabby cat which you very much need to pay attention to at the end of the first epiosde. He’s sprinkled in others but I am very interested in why the cat talks. Was it a person that was  turned into a cat or her familiar? She and Bobo are besties but it seems she wants more.

Arielle Kebbel                   Olivia                                                     Human

IN relationship with the vampire she is the protector and when not protecting Midnight is an assassin with a closet to kill for! (really weapons cache/panic room and thensome!)

 

Jason Lewis                       Joe                                                           Fallen Angel

Towns tattoo artist  who arrived here 1000 years ago and hiding out with husband ‘chuy’ (bernardo Saracino) who so far seems human but turns out (especially later episode) he’s apparently not.

 Peter Mensah         Lemuel                                                     vampire   

The vampire with the electric blue eyes. He feeds on blood but mostly is a Psi vampire which means he feeds on energy and emotions of humans.

Sarah Ramos,          Creek                                                         Human

I think she grew up in Midnight and wants to be a writer. Has what sounds like an abusive or maybe he’s just a drunk.Stays with the over protective father to protect her little brother and starts dating Manfred.

Yul Vazquez,          Rev. Emilio Sheehan                                    were tiger

in this small town he mostly just marries  and counsels folks and tends to the pet cemetery.  Olivia locks him away in the church cellar  around the full moon.

    IMDB page 

In all Honesty I think I started watching in part because I miss True Blood for one, and 2 it’s a summer show so it sort of substitutes for Supernatural on the CW, but in an opposite way. I like the characters that some are mysterious and you don’t know if a couple are or not human. Then there’s those we know are human (or are sure they are) but are still very mysterious.

Not sure how it’s done ratings wise, I don’t pay any attention to them because there’s so many different outlets to watch ‘TV’ I’m not sure if they are able to even keep track of ratings between actual live television viewing, DVR and then watching on a streaming site (and if they count on demand and free on demand views as well)

Also to me the rating has  nothing to do with how good the show actually is.(For instance on Rotten tomatoes you can rate something as ‘certified fresh’ months or years before the title is even out. usually the story etc is NOT fresh so they need to ‘re-brand’ that option however that work be it the users of the site that make it so or the critics who really know nothing! )

 

http://charlaineharris.com/

American Assassin


2017        Rated R         1 hour 52 Minutes        Action Thriller

Dylan O’Brien    Michael Keaton     Taylor Kitsch     Sanaa Lathan

So I wanted to see this as 1. It looked worth it and 2. Taylor Kitsch is in it. 3. It seemed as Kitsch was playing the bad guy. i don’t think he has before plus  Dad said it looked good so we both went to see it together and after we would also see IT.

American Assassin is adapted from the Vince Flynn books , which I have not read. I didn’t even know it was an adaptation until after I saw the movie.  The movie is an action/thriller cliche. Grizzled vet to train the new guy, who has a traumatic experience, and has some villain that was once trained by the vet and so on.

The movie opens on that beach you see in the trailer, where Mitch and his girlfriend are at a resort that gets gunned down. How many times did he get shot before he even went down? damn he’s got 9 lives!  Why the hell did they shoot the place up anyway? We then skip 18 months ahead and seems to suffer some PTSD (at least having nightmares of the past) Oh and whoever did the FX make-up on Dylan O’Brien that Mustache is total crap I can see its fake. you didn’t layer it well and the judges from Face off would have your heads for that! I’ve never made one of my own, but from watching face-off… I KNOW I could do better than that looked!

So Mitch Rapp (nice last name considering if he didn’t have the ‘certain set of skills’ he taught himself he would have a pretty long sheet of them)  He’s set on infiltrating terrorist cells and taking them out one by one if he has to.  We also get to travel quite a bit. One thing that gave me a laugh though was when in Rome… speak Polish!?!?!? (I’m half italian and 1/4 polish so that was funny to me especially there were a few polish kids my age in my neighborhood. certainly could tell it was learned there was no accent to it.)

So they (cia or whoever it is)  send Mitch off to Roanoke Virginia where Keaton’ s character ‘Hurley’ trains him in his own personal ‘Fight Club’ And No You don’t want to punch him dude…

You have to like his character with the line

“If we go hand to hand something tells me within 20 seconds you’d know if I got what it takes” 

really the guy’s a cat and I’ve given him the code name Taz cause when he gets punched…your screwed! He doesn’t quit he’s like a robot only if you shock him, he keeps going. There’s also what i call the ‘Ikea’ scene where at first I didn’t know if they were shopping or were in a training exercise. But I picked out the mark right away!

“The Enemy Dresses like a deer and  kills like a lion”

Oh and Keaton makes a strong audition in this to be a voice actor if ever there’s a grumpy cat cartoon (if they use a male voice)  Wow didn’t see that coming.. Kitsch out the window of hotel nice stunt I was a bit amused by it… Think ‘Pole dance’

I guess it’s the 4k but there’s parts that seemed to be 3-d only it’s NOT a 3d movie! (esp a little blood splatter on the camera be not sure if it was practical or CGI  FX  but was cool.

SPOILER- Boat Fight.. I quite enjoyed  and a line towards the end that just as  thought it the agent says it to Keaton who’s all bandaged up.  ‘you look like a mummy’

I would say this is worth seeing at least on a discount day or during Matinee times. (as I saw it… plus at one point I had to go to the bathroom so I missed a part)

It was entertaining, serious but did have a few jokes and as I mentioned the Flagpole (all I could think of was that song Flagpole Sitta and jokes about kitsch doing a pole dance. )

I’ve tried multiple times to watch the New Jason Bourne movie starting at the beginning or middle and even last quarter of it but sadly I just can’t get through it. I doze off, or start getting other things done. I would most definitely  buy a copy of this for my library.

 

B    (better than last Bourne)      Anyway Its worth a watch in the theater or even a buy for your library.

 

Adaptive Misfires  Maybe it’s best to watch if you haven’t read them, considering no one that has read this book or that ever seems to be happy with the movie adaptation. (I’m still really pissed off Peeves was not in the Harry Potter series, not even once)

Here’s the moviebabble  revivew

 

 

 

American Gods … meet Neil Gaiman’s deities


Kristen Chenoweth, Gillian Anderson,Ian McShane, Peter Stormare, Orlando Jones, Pablo Schreiber, CorbinBernsen, Yetide Badaki,  Emily Browning, Bruce Langly, Ricky Whittle, Crispin Glover, Dane Cooke, Jeremy Davies

adapted from the New York best seller that was first published back in 2001 (and translated into 33 languages)

I’m not sure if this show sounds interesting to me, though when  saw a book titled of which (not sure if it was by Gaiman) but was interested in that, until I found out it was just a story, I a pile of reading books here I don’t need to add to it.

Its basically ‘What if America Created it’s own hierarchy of Gods born fro

m and nourished by the country’s obsessions like Technology.

The old gods who were brought to American shores by the Immigrants  find themselves scrambling to be remembered in a faithless America.

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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter


2017   R  1:46  Mila Jovovich, Shawn Roberts,Eion Mackin, Ali Larter

 

Alive returns  to Raccoon city to fight against some of Unmbrella’s  new mutant monstrosities to be unleashed on the last of the human population.

“The End…..the end to my story”- Alice

so what this isn’t the actual end of the franchise, just Mila Jovovich? Will you see it without her, or would it just depend on who the new ‘alice’  oops sorry/.. lead is?

Oh crap was that a dragon? or a Turok……(Avatar creatur rip off)?

So the Capital building Looks rotted like a zombie Oh and then they copy off of walking dead with the HEAD-quarium, a bit of Star Trek’s Khan fight on the moving vehicle gods is anything original in this and not a knock-off/Nod to something else?

Erebus?? wait wasn’t that the vampire Bible in blade? Oh maybe they said Cerebus.. the 3 headed dog or something like that from Greek mythology right? So I’m waiting for it… and a mass of doberman’s….dead’mans (or I think they are) come out I was waiting even after this for some 3 headed or more dog! but end up disappointed.

I can tell you one thing I’ve always liked about the series… the monster or 2 of the movie!  They have had some freakish things that i commend the demented mind of whoever the creator(s) were for those monsters. The one in this is kinda creepy and scary at a certain angle otherwise it was laughable to me.

The ‘big scary’ as far as this point goes kinda reminds me of ‘Pumpkinhead’ (now that is a remake I’d like to see just don’t screw with the look of Pumpkinhead)  i just can’t tell ya who’s ‘prettier’

Well look at that Maiden Mother and Crone or as what’s his name (he’s in game of thrones as well)  The trinity of Bitches (yes I do allow that, its in the dictionary) as he put it

I think a question mark should be after the ‘Final Chapter’  but recently saw in entertainment weekly they have I think 6 more movies approved

Glad I didn’t see this in the theater would have been a waste of money.  Basically 2016-2017 reboots have failed it seems.  I will say I think Underworld bloodwars was more interesting to watch than this.

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IMDB Page   If you want to rent it… Here’s the amazon link

Extraordinary Tales


2015  Not Rated  1:13   Narrated by  Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Julian Sands, Guillermo del Toro, Cornelia Funke, Stephen Hugues, and Roger Corman

 

On opening it looks like Burtonesque origami! Turns out it’s tales from Edgar Allen Poe (no wonder I ordered it!)

A Crow flies on screen with the statue and as it later says ad I quote

 

“What am I doing reciting poetry with a statue…I must be drunk”

 

my cat is watching the crow oops or being as this is Edgar Allen Poe… I should say Raven on the screen intently!

Each story seems to be animated in a different style which I like, as it would also help with the tone of the story.

 

  • The fall of the house of Usher you certainly cannot mistake the voice of Christopher Lee.
  • The Tell Tale Heart- this one narrated by Dracula’s Bela Lugosi and there’s definitely no mistaking his voice either. This in was done in the noir (or something like) style. Now this is the way I wouldn’t mind a story being told to me. If tupac and Michael jackson can be resurrected via hologram I know there are programs that can work with a voice clip to fix or dub over dialog mistakes in movies (at least now) … any chance we can get this to be done for some stories on audible? THEN I might be willing to pay the extra bit to have a story told to me.
  • The facts int he case of M. valdemar  is narrated byJulian Sands and done in the style of an old comic strip style it reminds me of the colors and such of  the Prince Valient comic strips. And My word one of the characters look like it was inspired by Vincent Price, (or very similar) I would swear it WAS VP if it weren’t an animation.
  • The Pit and the Pendulum    voiced by Guillermo del Toro  is done in a style like some of the video games. Now a lot of the time video game graphics are so good that when I first (or firstfew times) I see it I think its a trailer for a movie and the people are real then at some point during the tailer or after seeing it 3-5 times it clicks its a video game.   Its done in a realistic way yet not.
  • The mask of the Red Death  this looks like it was done with water color or chalk but aside from the art I didn’t care for this one at all. I don’t know if it was the narration or the story itself, or maybe it was the style it was animated in (or the effect of all of it overall)

 

Can kids watch it… that’s for you to decide though after reading the stories, I would definitely (if I was a teacher) have my students watch this.