Amusement


20o7 R  1:25  Horror  Jessica Lucas, Katheryn Winnick

I thought this was going to be some sort of demented amusement park or funhouse because of the title. 

Winnick plays Tabitha who is in a (near)O catatonic state while being interrogated by the police psychiatrist as to why she and her two childhood friends are being hunted by a serial killer.

Tragic secrets from their past are just dying to come out. Not to mention, this is the crap that happens when you don’t tell someone about that creepy kid, and his cruel ‘art’ for the science fair… its more along the lines of an express ticket to a padded cell (and the 10th level of hell I’ve created for people like this.) We see a few stories concerning the girls first, which lead up to the last. It’s almost like an anthology only its one whole movie with a little backstory.

Through the years the girls forget about the creep but apparently, he never does, making them his rats.

If you are in the mood for some dark horror *and maybe you could say morbid humor) then this is for you. I would make this part of a Halloween movie marathon as there’s a trick but its no avengers type treat.

 

 

 

 

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The Belko Experiment


action/horror/Thriller   2017   R  1;28  Blu-ray

John Galagher Jr., Sean Gunn,Michael Rooker, Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Owain Yeoman, more

50 or so American co-workers are getting into work, some for some reason are turned away. Locked up in their company’s HQ in Bogota, Columbia they are ordered over the intercom to kill each other or be killed. Some are afraid, others think its a prank but there is one worker that is a bit restless.

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I,Tonya


2017         R        2hr       stars Margot Robbie and Sebastian Stan

  Drama, comedy, based on true events

 

This biopic of Figure skater Tonya Harding and the 1994 Winter Olympics assault on Nancy Kerrigan.

I think this was during my senior year of high school or maybe the first winter I had infinite snow days.

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Indigenous


2015   R  1:26

Five American friends go to Panama where the Surf’s Up!

Pleasure turns to terror when they come face to face with the crypto bloodsucking beast known as Chupacabra.

From Descriptions, I’ve heard or images seen the creature usually looks somewhat like a dog type animal, some look like a werewolf, or gremlin, or alien bat-like creatures. None of those are scary looking, this one looks more like a ghoul but scary. I did see one image that was close or spot on to the one in the movie so I figured it was conceptual art for it.

Maybe a better way to explain the chupacabra in the movie is sort of what the creature in the Decent looked like. Anyway so I wish I could get an 8×10 or bigger of this things face to put in a window at Halloween,or maybe to just chase solicitors away.

Now aside from what the creature looks like (besides humaniod) there’s a part where its in a cave where I was pausing it on and off and when I saw it Just went DAMN!

The really scary bit (at least for anyone who has ever broken a bone… is toward the end. I had a tear come to my eye and flinched when it happened. Any time someone breaks something in a movie or show I wince. Can’t help it.

Moral of the story, sometimes its best to listen to he voice or reason, and not break promises. Stick with the tourist traps as the trail left un-traveled leads to psychos and mythic creatures that will eat you.

The may have avoided all that if they listened to me and stayed at the waterfall!

 

 

 

Jigsaw


2017  R  1:31  Crime/Horror/Mystery      Tobin Bell, Laura Vandervoort , Matt Passmore , Callum Keith Rennie 

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Not sure why they were calling it Jigsaw as I heard it was supposed to be called Saw:Legacy When I search the title on IMDB.com it shows this sequel. I thought legacy sounded good for a sequel to a long running franchise (that has not had a reboot, remake etc). I guess with the title ‘Legacy’ that maybe that made it sound like the final installment of the series. So if that’s the case I understand.

I was taking a look at the taglines for the movie, and man do they have a list. Never have I seen that many taglines for one movie before! I even looked up a few movies I could think of off the top of my head and it varies by 1-4 tops.

So after John ‘Jigsaw’ Kramer has been deceased for a decade, he still seems to still be up to his old tricks, mmm make that traps from beyond the grave. Then again, didn’t he say his work would still go on? All the clues point to Jigsaw, I can’t remember did his assistant die in the last one? Could it be her, or a full on copycat?

So this time we play a game with a few bucket heads. As always there’s a reason for their punishment, but what is it this time? What is the one thing they have all done that brings them to this demented ‘tug of war?

I read that Saw 3D (2010) was supposed to be the last of the series, but the studio wanted to reboot it.  a Reboot (I think I’m going to have to define that a little better in my  when is a remake ok (Reboots,remakes and Updates) article ) You see to me for something to be a ‘reboot’ it has to be longer than 7 years sine the last one, also normally there are new cast members so if Tobin Bell is in the movie, then it does not qualify as a Reboot, only another sequel.

Ya know, I kind of was tired of the movies I forget at what point but I do know I only wanted to see Saw 3d because Chester Bennington (r.i.p.)  was in it. this one felt fresh to me for some reason, and I enjoyed watching it. I would say its worth a watch and if you have the rest of the movies already in your library, then this one is a definite. it is a mystery, but at the same time there’s 2-3 red herrings but which of them is it? or is it one of them? I’m trying to remember if any other of the previous movies has a ‘party trap’ as I called this one.

There’s one trap I did love but I really don’t want to ruin that one. Just get the blenders ready to make yourself a drink or smoothie before watching and THAT my friends is one beautiful ‘blood flower’ at the end!  (yes I can have a morbid sense of humor at times)

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Kingsman: Golden Circle


2017    R     Action, adventure, comedy  2 hours 21 minutes

Julianne Moore, Taron Edgerton, Hally Berry, Channing Tatum, Mark Strong, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth  Pedro Pascal  more here

Agents Eggsy (now Galahad)and Merlin team with their American counterparts, the Statesmen after their headquarters gets blown to smithereens.

The opening action scene is cool but sadly they have Matrix-like slow-mo stop and go fx which I hate. first off it not only ruins the momentum of the action sequence, but it also looks ‘cartoon-y’.  They used it too much (I think every action scene had the ‘trick’ in it to some extent.) Use that for one part of an action sequence fine… like a certain move that would otherwise not be noticed and needs to be shown just a little slower so we can appreciate it. This was used in a few points in one fight/action scene.

Oh I like the Statesman building. That;’s cool, and always wished they’d make buildings like that for real. (easier to find where you are going especially if you can’t find the building number.

The guy from  Game of Thrones forget character’s name but he’s a dead one.  I think his real name is Pablo Pascal gets his cowboy on with a LAZso (Lazer Lasso) and after a bit of an entertaining Whip fight ‘I feel like a tornado in a trailer park”

 

And there’s quite a musical cameo with flair …See the source image

Oh Action scene n poppy island and the Scissor sign!

I need to rewatch the first but while still somewhat enjoyable I don’t think it was as awesome as the first.

Though it was still better than Atomic Blonde, even with a cartoony looking effect.

Atomic Blonde


See the source image2017     R   1:55   action/thriller but really Drama      blu-ray   James McAvoy,  Charlize Theron, John Goodman, Bill Skarsgard

 

Adapted from the Antony Johnston and Sam Hart graphic novel The Coldest City movie Atomic Blonde stars Charlize Theron and James McAvoy.  Theron’s character is a cold war spy by the name of Lorraine Broughton who must recover a list of double agents amid a sea of questionable allies one in which is James McAvoy’s British agent David Percival. Percival, as you might be able to tell from the trailers, has gone a bit feral with lots of secrets and possibly STDs while embedded in East Berlin.

A MI*6 agent is murdered in 1989 Berlin Germany and fellow spy is sent to investigate and retrieve a list of double agents the dead agent was carrying. 

I would swear the fight scenes were a faster pace in the trailers but during the movie, they’re kind of a bore, like the rest of it is. The fight scenes feel like they are over too quick compared to many other films. I know, I know… always leave them wanting more, but not when the fights look as though they are in slow motion and swear you could do them yourself if you had the time to re-watch them to memorize the choreography. To give you an idea for most 1 on 1 fight scenes in movies, let’s say they last 5 minutes-15 minutes. These I’m sure are 1-3 minutes long if even. In other words, for an ‘action movie,’ there’s not much action. It should more have been marketed as a spy drama, as there is NOTHING thrilling about it. If I watched it at night, I would have fallen asleep.

 

When I checked at some point to see how much longer the movie would be on, thinking it would be 15 minutes left, there was still over an hour of the movie left. I am VERY disappointed in this movie, and so glad I didn’t pay to see it in the theater as for me it looked promising enough to see in the theater. I think a baseball or golf game would have been more entertaining to watch. Also who the actual double agent is… I wasn’t surprised.