Saturday, July 30, 2016

Vice Principals (2016)

I was extremely excited about Vice Principals and I still am, but I did not enjoy the pilot as much as I thought I would. I am goo-goo for Goggins, and Danny McBride is hilarious.

However,  the pilot was just not as funny and exciting as thought it would be. The show is also a bit darker than I expected, so I had adjust to that a little. Nonetheless, I am still just as excited about the show in general, and there's always a period of adjustment with a first/pilot episode.

The show is still a treat, and I'd rather watch Vice Principals than Game of Thrones. (I know, many people would find that outlandish, but I'm personally kinda bored with GoT.)

Ultimately, it seems as though the next episode of Vice Principals is going to be much better than the pilot; the first episode was merely the set up for the rest of the series. If you have not watched Vice Principals, despite my minor disappointments, you in for an entertaining experience.

The third episode airs tomorrow night, but at this time, I have not had a chance to watch the second episode. Thanks for reading, be sure to comment below!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

London Has Fallen (2016)

I don't understand what everyone's problem with this movie was, because I thought it was a solid action flick. Apparently, Peter Travers has quite a bit of strong things to say about the film's motivations and the film in general, but I'm not really seeing all of the particular hate that he has reviewed.

Meanwhile, I find Peter Travers to be kinda annoying, so who gives a shit what he has to say about it in the first place?

The problem I had with the movie going into watching it was that I figured the plot would be far fetched, and I definitely did not think that the first film was very worthy of a sequel in the first place. That said, I was surprised by the film, it was way better than I thought it would be, and the plot was rather plain and straight forward.

Many of the action scenes in the movie are freaking incredible, and Gerard Butler is always the man. I don't know though, maybe Travers is right, and I simply missed the nefarious and subversive goals/themes of this film.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Midnight Special (2016)'m a sucker for a good father-son movie, and Midnight Special was a refreshing departure from the traditional approach. Jeff Nichols is an auteur in the purest sense of the word.

I did not like Midnight Special as much as his film Mud. However, as far as I'm concerned Mud is one of the best films of the 2010s, so there is no need to hold it against him. Nichols has a unique and awe-inspiring style when it comes to science-fiction stories, depictions of violence, and filmmaking in general.

I enjoyed the story of story of Midnight Special, and the acting was incredible. Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, and Adam Driver provide the audience a powerhouse cast of sophisticated and entertaining acting.

Kirsten Dunst's performance was also well done. But she has a crying scene that fell utterly flat, and that is why she will remain Peter Parker's girlfriend and somewhat out of place in the cast as far as acting chops go. Either way, she held her weight and did not drag the movie down. 
Midnight Special was not what I was expecting at all and that was expected, but it was also way better than I thought it was going to be. It is definitely a little slow at parts, but it was an entertaining and engaging story that did not try to situate itself in genre or expectations.

Look for Loving coming to theaters this November, also written and directed by Jeff Nichols.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Terry Makes Movies (2016)

Terry Makes Movies is a beautiful short horror catastrophe. This short and many other projects will be discussed in an upcoming Up Till Dawn blog series "A Filmmaker's Journal" by Jofrin. Terry Makes Movies features an awesome performance by Dale Rasumussen and music by Arizona's self-proclaimed "most punk rock band" Cymatic Discourse.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Slumper: Rebirth (2016)

I'm not really sure how I feel about Netflix's new feature film Rebirth, and in general, Netflix has not produced a film that I am really excited about. I liked the most recent Sandler/Netflix movie The Do-Over, and I didn't mind the Ridiculous 6. However, at the end of the day, I expect a little more from Netflix.

Netflix produces some of the best television series these days, but they can't make a solid feature? Does Netflix have a problem being concise? I'm not even really saying that I didn't like Rebirth. Instead, it's just not something that I would recommend necessarily.

I enjoyed parts, I think Adam Goldberg is an awesome actor, and it's a really cool concept, but the story and build up did not impress me. I don't want to say that the ending was bad, it just was I guess. It simply exists.

It's the type of ending that I imagine a bunch of people would hate, but again, I can't say that I personally disliked it. It just felt a bit contrived and fell flat. Additionally, there seems as though there was so much more they could have done with the second act of the story.

If you subscribe to Netflix and do not have anything to watch, it's worth watching. Don't get me wrong though, there's certainly no need to suggest a sense of urgency in getting around to trying it out one night when you're bored. The question then remains, how can one be bored in this day and age? Maybe you need a Rebirth.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Box Office Chatter: Ghostbusters (2016) box office numbers for Ghostbusters are really disappointing. I don't really like going to opening weekends regardless of the film, but if I knew that the opening weekend of a new Ghostbusters movie was going to be so depressing I would have ran to the ticket booth. And I'm definitely going simply to boycott all the douche bags that are pissed off that it is an all-woman cast.

Who cares? It looks cool, and all of the actresses are awesome. And I like Paul Feig movies. I don't know how big his part is, but as far as I'm concerned it doesn't even seem as though Chris Hemsworth needs to be on the poster. This has been a debate from the beginning, and that's where I stand on the issue. Who gives a shit? Annie Potts was not on the original Ghostbusters movie poster.

Listen, I know that nothing is going to compare to the original cast, so it seems to me, why bother trying to recreate it? And why not go in a totally different direction? It's simply a fun idea, and all the boys on the playground already have the first two movies and a bunch of other Ghostbusters content to swoon over. Meanwhile, who says they can't swoon over the new Ghostbusters, especially Leslie Jones. Fuck Milo Yiannopoulos!'s a summer action reboot. It's supposed to be fun. It's a wholesome American franchise and we just shit all over it because of nonsense. $46 million domestic on an opening weekend of a $144 million movie is never a good sign, and personally I think it's just sad.

It is undoubtedly going to be the next movie I see in theaters. Why not just enjoy it? I'm sure it's a fun movie if you can get beyond your penchant for male-dominated cinema. Meanwhile, don't worry, the dudes aren't going anywhere. I mean come on! Slimer looks awesome.Screw it, I'm going to see it today dammit!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) unfortunately missed this film in theaters. It's theatrical release seemed as though it came and went, but the film was just as good as I expected. I have always been a fan of and inspired by Richard Linklater, and Everybody Wants Some!! demonstrates why Linklater continues to be one of the greatest living filmmakers and one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.

Despite my love of Linklater, I have not been the biggest fan of his films since Waking Life. Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Suburbia, Waking Life, and a few others are absolute classics. And that is not to say that his recent films have not been amazing and unique ideas, such as Boyhood. However, they don't arose the same emotions as some of my favorite Linklater films.  

Everybody Wants Some!! is not only an awesome movie, but also a reawakening of Linklater cinema as far as I am concerned. I want to go back and rewatch Everybody Wants Some!! and all of Linklater's other films, even the ones that are not my favorites. I feel as though I will appreciate these films a little bit more after watching Everybody Wants Some!!., mind you, I am a huge fan of a solid stoner film and Dazed and Confused is the mother of all stoner films. If you're looking for a straight up stoner film that competes with Dazed, Linklater and me have grown up a bit, and Everybody Wants Some is not necessarily a stoner film. Instead, it provides a no-holds-barred, coming-of-age picture about a young man questioning the world around him. Classic Linklater. The emphasis on weed is not as prominent, but that does not necessarily mean that it is in short supply.

The characters are hilarious. The costume design is fresh and on point. The underlying themes and Linklater-style philosophies and pontificating are just as interesting and engaging as ever, and he's not as heavy-handed in this department as some of his recent films. I simply loved it, and will definitely be adding it to my Blu-Ray and UltraViolet collections as soon as possible. It is my favorite movie of the year thus far.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Purge: Election Year (2016) usual, I don't care what anyone says about it, I really like The Purge movies. And Election Year is my favorite of the series. Sure, the film and its predecessors have their weaknesses, but The Purge: Election Year is my type of film.

The core idea of The Purge series is simply incredible, and I really enjoy how each film is a different story set upon the same backdrop of a dystopian America of the future.

Critics seem to discredit the films, and I caught a brief caption of an NPR article in which the reviewer complains about the film appealing to people's "basest desires" or some carrying on that people often do when critiquing splatter-type films.

But I find that all of the films contain multiple parallels to modern society and layers of analogies that provide value insight into the issues of the past, present, and future.
Furthermore, as an independent filmmaker and ultraliberal that likes violent movies, I consider the imagery throughout Election Year awe inspiring and a revolutionary move in filmmaking. Writer/directer James DeMonaco improves upon his craft and storytelling with each new film, and I have nothing but respect for that and DeMonaco's vision.

I also just love a solid and rewatchable horror movie and the new-horror films that categorically fit on a horror shelf but are not necessarily horror. In fact, Google lists the film as Sci-Fi/Thriller. Personally, I just call it new-horror, and I love it!

Dice (Showtime)

This show is hilarious and the best all-Dice content since The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. Dice has attempted quite a few television shows throughout his career, and most of them have flopped with good reason, they pretty much sucked.

His appearances on Entourage were fun, but otherwise his stand-up routines have been weak and other TV series were uninspired and lacking humor.

However, Showtime's Dice is incredibly funny, and it doesn't leave Dice fans with the all-too-common stinging question, "Dice, what the fuck happened?"

If you have access to ShowtimeAnytime or an add-on Showtime subscription, I highly recommend binging the first season of this show. It's a sort of Curb Your Enthusiasm, starring Dice instead of Larry David... Larry David? I fucked him. Oh!