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?

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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)

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Monster Trucks


2017  PG  1:44 Live Action  Fantasy Sci-fy 1:44  from Nickelodeon Studios starring  Lucas Till, Rob Lowe and Danny GLover

Somewhere in North Dakota  Tripp’s (Lucas Till)  life changes when he crosses paths with a real-life monster after an oil rig drills into a water well hundreds of feet under the ground. Some creature is released unbeknownst to all but those who think they saw something.

Tripp works at the junk yard and works piecing together  his own wheels. Something is ripping a large hole in the trucks. Now imagine Toothless from How to train your dragon but sort of mixed with an octopus and  with teeth like a lamprey.

I don’t think this was a popular pick and can’t recall what was out at the same time but I know it did bad in the theater. Not sure on the reviews but frankly anyone who didn’t like the movie I think is an uptight prude (or Rob Lowe’s character or employ)

I thought the movie was sort of fresh , cute sweet, funny and FUN which in part means to actually be entertained (its different for each type of movie what being entertained is)  Anyone with a loving pet I think would enjoy this. t one point I thought it was better than a Cars movie plus they stick it to a big unethical Company!

 

B+

Alice Through the Looking Glass


2016  PG 1:53   Johnny Depp, ‘Borat’,

Alice returns from a seven year sea voyage and passes through the magical vortex where she journeys  into the past to save the mad hatter . So why is she at sea, let alone captaining a ship? in the 1800s a woman would likely not have been aloud as captain let alone on a ship as they were considered bad luck for ship and crew.

 

I LOVE how colorful and bright her kimono type outfit it. But then again it is mostly purple  with green trim  and the spattering of other color on the shoulders, then the dress green with gold…she looks like a walking Mardi Gras party.

 

Man does Johnny Depp look like Elija Wood and Carrot top had a kid! (SCARRY!)

The White queen apparently has taken hand flair lessons. (Way too much and exaggerated)

In the movie there’s I’ll say ‘robots’ Seconds that turn into minutes which protect time… They remind me of the Mixels from the shorts on Cartoon Network (or is it Boomarang) station.

its fun when it starts but a decline however we find out the history of how the Queen of hearts head got so big.

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Miss Periguines Home for peculiar children


2016  PG-13  2:07  Eva Green Samuel L. Jackson        Tim Burton

Jacob Portman arrives to his grandfather’s to find the house looks to be broken into. Frankly it looks more like something broke out as the glass is outside not inside the house.  He finds his gramps  who tells him  to “go to the island”

Curiosity to find out if the photos and stories  from Peregrine’s home were true, he goes to find the island. He comes across the ruins and explores a bit to think he’s seeing things. A shadow darting here or there. It seemed a little wizard of oz like.

samuel L Jackson looks like Don King with that hair  and Floater girl reminds me of Brittany Murphy

There are movie best left for the kids and others the adults can enjoy as well… This one… I guess is a toss up

I can be a big kid, but this was so so for me. I like the different powers sort of like an X-men school before it come about. But at the same time a time loop… really? for me that was just lame.

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King Arthur : Legend of the Sword


This poster doesn’t look as nice online as it did in the theater’s holder. Unless maybe the one int he theater was without the jacket

2017   PG-13  2 hr 6min  Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Eric Bana,Astrid Bergès-FrisbeyDjimon Hounsou,Tom Wu,Kingsley Ben-AdirAidan Gillen

Director Guy Ritchie

imdb info 

Planned to be at least a 3 movie series to tell the story of King Arthur, I recently read on the movies IMDB page in the trivia section, that there are a planned 5 more installments.

For years man and madge lived in peace then Mordred  and his giant elephants broke the peace marching on the towns the last being Camelot. Arthur is a young boy who witnesses  his father Uther’s (Eric Bana) sacrifice to save him against his Uncle Mortigan.  The Young Arthur is found in a boat by 3 ladies doing laundry, who raise him in their brothel and growing up learning use his wits and fists  on the streets of London growing up into the face of Charlie Hunnam who is a haunted and cocky man (but then he can back up that cockyness)

Jude Law plays Arthur’s uncle Mortigan (is it just me or are there too many characters in the Arthur legends with Mor- in the name? (Mortigan, Mordredm, Morgana etc.) So Mortigan, oops sorry to me it sounded like an M but nope IMDB has it as VORTIGAN as you will know if you know anything of the Arthur stories is the pain in the butt, to put it nicely and may be turned into an Excalibur kabob!  There’s one part in the movie I’d even call him Hitler! (I think you will know what part I mean when you see it.)

The Black Legs (I think is what Mortigan’s guards are called) have metal masks that remind me of some metal bands mascot, not sure if it’s iron maiden Nope its the Quiet Riot mask! 

The Thump of the war drum brought a chill over me and I’d swear my heart fell into the Rhythm of it.

CAMEO ALERT! but i won’t ruin it I’ll just let ya know it’s during the part where the guys are trying to pill the sword from the stone. I almost didn’t realize who it was.

The humor in it is a bit different, not a laugh out loud hilarious sort, though it may get a few snorts outta ya. Much is wise-assery and shut the F* up who’s on first sounding type. Of course its the dry English humor but  with a little more to it. For instance one line I actually did laugh out loud the actor who plays Goose Fat (aka Little Finger on Game of thrones…) takes a ring off and Arthur says “Leave the ring on Honey-tits”

Oh so that’s a new twist I think (at least to me) on why or how the sword got in the stone. (Well I have one of the books here to read so I wonder if this is creative license or if it was in the some of the legends)

I’m not sure why but at in the trailers I like the “Doesn’t it make the palace burn well” line, I’m not sure why I think its more Hunnam’s voice and/or accent as seeing it in context, it falls lame.

Wait WHY does Excalibur look like it has wood grain, when it’s metal???

The fight scenes were cool though I could have done without the all the digital crap in them. The stop motion etc. But ignoring the ‘artsy’ part of the fights I enjoyed the action. Also aside from the horses are any of the animals actually live not CGI? Speaking of the animals Talk about River Rats and  sewer rats the size of dogs! (I think this would eat a Rottweiler!) I’m the one that usually makes fun of the people who jump on a chair when they see a mouse… These I think you would need a tree!  but you might find the big cat up there cause I think these could make one its bitch!  And then there’s the ::screams like a girl::: snake not the giant one, but the moment with the small one (No amount of money would have gotten me to let them do that! I don’t care if it isn’t poisonous!)

Oh and if the separated at birth picture on my tribute page for him doesn’t prove that… In the movie he uses the sword at one point and I had to shake my head… I didn’t know if I was watching Season 1 of Vikings or the movie. The way he moved with the sword reminded me of Travis Fimmel’s Ragnar did.

I don’t think there was a boring moment and I enjoyed watching the movie, as if I were watching a Marvel movie!!

It’s just a shame that it came out in May! Of course anything other than a Marvel movie being released in May  (or as I’ve been calling it MAyVEL) would likely flop. So with that, You know I’m saying it was a flop at the box office with an estimated  175,000,000 cost (which I think 1/2 to 75% went to the difital FX) and I think in the states only made 40 something mill back. However I always say, the Box office tells you NOTHING! Just what was most popular, not actually good. I don’t know How a movie get scheduled for release but I could assure you if I had any choice.. I would choose any month nothing is released from Marvel or certain Franchises (basically if I know what’s going to be out If it comes out the beginning of the month at most I would choose the last weekend for my movie to come out)

On IMDB it has a rating for it of 7.4 out of 10  so that’;s the equivalent of a B and Entertainment Weekly gave it a C+

in which their review not only helped with how I wanted to describe the word play (as I couldn’t think of how best to capture it) and some of the babble but   mentioning the “Best moments are the smaller ones_ the scheming and snap-crackle -pop wordplay among its gallery of medieval rogues.  Sadly they make it sound really bad when they say it’s the same franchise quicksand the director stepped into with his Sherlock Holmes reboot (the first one was fine the 2nd one on the other hand was garbage to me) because the ‘mental gymnastics were upstaged by the razzle dazzle and with this he’s just sinking deeper.  When Arthur pulls the sword the reluctant hero is born the film sparks to life  with Arthur’s grifting, wisecracking  Cockney cronies with colorful names like Goosefat bill)

Phony looking special effects sequences of marauding elehants and magical eel creatures. They mention it could have been a rollicking blast if not for those which make it a wannabe blockbuster but has too much flash and not enough soul. But as I said ignoring the digital FX (or at least once I noticed there was going to be an annoying amount) I though I don’t remember sitting back in my seat I ‘sat back’ and relaxed and enjoyed the film.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Uther Pendragon IS the stone)

 

 

Great Wall


2017  PG-13 action adventure fantasy  Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Willem  Dafoe, Pedro Pascal

For a movie called the great wall, I found a lack of posters without it in it. It’s mostly just the actors with the text(maybe a small fore-image or background image of the wall.  If there are any (They are from China and those countries, a few I’ve seen but they are more art than an image from the movie.)

So I was sea-sawing on the decision to see this. I got an email from Showcase cinemas that if you had a star pass and bought a ticket for the movie, you get a FREE!!! Popcorn AND! drink!!! made the decision for me! My dad wanted to see it as well so we went and had ‘daddy daughter’ time.  For a sort of last minute decision, we quite enjoyed it.

The movie is about one of the legends of the Great Wall, as well as the army that protects it. a couple of mercenaries in search of black powder (gun powder)  end up attacked by some creature and are able to kill it. They end up helping the colorful army defend the wall against some monstrous creatures.

The army is a color coded menagerie of  warriors. Red archers,  Yellow foot soldiers and my favorite the Blue Crane corps, amde up of all women who ‘fly’. They are like a fighting Cirque du Soleil.

They have been in preparation for the return of some creatures, I forget… were they called tregarts? (or was that something from harry potter?)

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