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John Wick 3 Review


 

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A little disappointed in John Wick 3 …good action as always but lacking in dialogue and character development and leaning too hard on the action and stunt work. Also the progression from scene seemed too contrived and not organic. The movie this time around relied more on you caring about the type of way a person would die or the type of gun or weapon used than the pain of the character’s inner world I grew to love… The last two movies had a more delicate touch to the soul of a driven man…this was just a baseball bat breaking dishes for no reason besides because you didn’t like the pattern on them… Visually it was stunning at times with more world building giving the world more character than the person or persons themselves…plus the previous 2 movies had a pointed villain making it personal but this was more of a anti-establishment, of a me vs a corp entity feel. Writers this time around were lacking in imagination and storytelling … I saw no upward or downward movement in characters this time around… Kinda just there……I give it a B- … Still on board with franchise , just don’t disappoint again else ya gonna get cut… ūüėą

Evil Dead -2013 Remake now out on DVD…my review


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Finally saw the¬†Evil Dead Remake tonight on DVD….yeah it took me a while. ¬†I was busy okay.

First off, ¬†I will start off¬† by saying I loved the original Evil Dead¬† movie when I first saw it so many years ago.¬† You might say it was my very first real Horror movie I ever saw at the movie theatre. I was eleven years old when I saw this movie…ELEVEN!¬† What was my mom thinking when she took me to this thing? I remember my mom running out in horror about forty-five minutes in, and waiting for us in the lobby until¬†the movie had finished.

Quite a movie ¬†to see for your first horror movie in a¬†theatre, wouldn’t you agree?

It displayed gore¬†in a whole new facet for me. Splurting and sputtering bloody stumps, talking decapitated heads, grinding of¬† pencils into ankles,¬† raping via foliage.¬†¬†¬†It was a pure physical master piece of horrific damage on display. Besides all that, it was a good story.¬† A fun story. Well fun in the sense that you felt you were there with the characters. You felt what they felt. You were there¬†in the¬†story with them…you felt a part of it.¬† For me, it was a well paced, well choreographed piece of work that made sense in the world you were suddenly thrown into to try and get a grasp on. Great job Sam Raimi.

NOW for the REMAKE of EVIL Dead 2013 version:

I don’t feel I am giving anything away regarding the plot points of¬† this movie as I speak about it here.¬† It’s pretty much similar to the original. A group of five friends¬†find a book of evil¬† in¬†the ¬†basement of the old¬†cabin, speak words from the book they shouldn’t, ¬†and yes of course call forth an ancient evil, ¬†called I think Shaitan.¬† Shaitan possesses one of them soon after. Then all hell breaks loose after that.

I will say that the movie started off good, but started to tank about 30 minutes in for me…bad pacing…and the stilted dialogue…characters were not engaging or realistic for people in how they would normally react to certain situations.¬† Of the five characters only one was interesting with the rest¬†being pretty flat which I don’t think they took full advantage of when they could have. ¬†The positive was that there were sometimes unique grotesque ways of inflicted damage upon others…:)¬†¬† same as the original movie¬†had done.

For the remake, unlike the original, you never felt like you were part of the movie. Half the time you wanted to yell at the characters and ask them what the hell are you thinking? And why are you leaving her alone?¬† And why are you leaving her alone…and what the hell are you doing?¬† Why did just she die like that when all the rest had to die a “certain” way.¬† Why did you choose an old rusty chainsaw with no gas over a big machete?¬†C’mon!

Towards the end I had to shake my head at one pivotal plot point¬†¬†that ended with a small twist. Which I thought hey, that’s original, ¬†but not coming from him…he’s been an idiot the whole time in the movie. I don’t buy it. If you want to see what I mean then rent it, but don’t buy it. Please, it’s not worth buying.

For a grade I give it a straight ¬†B.¬†¬† I was disappointed. I wanted this movie¬† to be on par with the original but it fell very short for me.¬† I hear they may also remake Evil Dead II¬† and perhaps the¬† Army of Darkness movie as well… I hope they do a better job.¬† I was only mildly entertained for the unique goriness of it at times but that was it.

I can watch the original again and the other two in the series many times over. I have no desire to see this one ever again. What does that say?

Reality Set in the Fantastic – 5 Movies which move me to write the way I write


I have seen many movies….I mean many many movies. Probably not as many as some of¬†the people ¬†I¬† follow who are real movie reviewers unlike me in the blogsphere.¬†They are ¬†the real diehards I have come to know in this thing we call the internet.

I am simply, myself, an avid moviegoer who likes to traverse through  all movies, not really caring for one genre over the other. I look for good quality and uniqueness in the story & characters. I could find it in horror,a drama, a comedy, an action flick , sci-fi, or a fantasy movie.

I found that certain movies have shaped me as a writer in the direction I wish to go in my craft. The five¬† I have listed below barely scratch the surface for what has moved or shaped me but they are a good sampling¬†to show you where¬†my head is at. I highly recommend seeing any and all of them if you haven’t already.¬†Some of the five I picked ¬†you¬†may recognize right¬†away, while others may be a little more ¬†obscure.¬† I picked them mainly because of their obscurity because I believe they should be seen.

Btw, I have NOT put them in any particular order of preference or rating for this listing:

NO. 1 –¬† Safetey Not Guaranteed

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I recently saw this first one above on a¬†whim as I was clicking through my Netflix account. I read the premise and I was hooked. You see, I’m a sucker for almost anything¬†that involves time travel big or small. It’s about¬†a guy who puts out¬†a want¬†ad in¬†the newspaper claiming he has invented a¬†time machine and wants a companion on the trip.¬† “Safety is not Guaranteed and by the way bring your own weapons”.¬† The movie plays on many subtle levels and I don’t think you will be disappointed. And I will not give¬†away any plot points¬†because I don’t want to spoil the experience for you.

NO. 2 – Dark City

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Now Dark City; I saw this movie ¬†a while back in the early part of the 2000’s on video…I never¬† did see it¬†in the theatres when in it opened in 1998 but wished I had. This movie to¬†me was very ethereal to me.¬†Besides having an ensemble cast of great actors, like Rufus Sewell,Kiefer Sutherland, William Hurt, and Jennifer Connelly,¬†¬†this movie dragged you into this world of Alice in¬†Wonderland meets the Matrix.¬†¬†This was probably where the Wachowskis Brothers (sorry brother & sister now) got the idea¬†for their¬† Matrix movie. This movie put a man in¬†maze like a rat and told him¬†to find your way out…and in the end¬†he did so much more…he thrived and won through bending the maze to his will.

NO. 3 – Groundhog Day

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Ah Bill Murray, how I have loved him in so many roles and none more than GroundHog Day!¬† If you haven’t seen this one then please crawl out from under the¬†rock you have been living under for too long and go buy it. Yes, go buy it, don’t rent it because¬†you will¬†want to see it more than once down the long line that is your life. He’s a weather man¬†in the middle of a mid-life crisis ¬†who doesn’t know he’s having one until he visits the small town of Punxsutawney in PA. As¬†the same day repeats its over and over and over again¬†NO MATTER what he does. He¬†quickly comes to realize¬†he’s trapped in a virtual world¬†of never-ending days and unless he can figure himself out, he may just go mad. What would you do if every day was the same with no consequences no matter what you did?

NO. 4 -Man From Earth

manfromearthmanfromearth1¬†This story took me by surprise. Made in 2007 and written by a man named Jerome Bixby (who wrote some Star Trek Stories in the 60’s). I found out¬†Jerome actually dictated the final¬†screenplay to his son a screenwriter on his deathbed in 1998. To me right off, it felt like a play on¬†stage¬†for the big screen. It’s a very small and intimate story between a man and his¬†colleagues he¬†has called good friends while working at¬†a University¬†for the last ten years as a teacher. But he has a very big secret…or does he..or is it all just fantasy. It is a very cerebral thought provoking piece of work that will challenge your mind. It may¬†lead you down¬†many different roads of thought about life and your place in it. At least it did for me. What if¬†a friend¬†told you they were a caveman from 14,000 years ago who lived through the ages up until now?

NO 5. Stranger than Fiction

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For me Will Ferrell can be hit or miss depending on the roles he plays¬†in any movie I have seen him in. For me, his character in “Stranger¬†than Fiction” hit it out of the park. Here’s a man, named Harold Crick who thinks the world can be¬†enumerated and cataloged¬†and placed in a ¬†nice neat box and tucked safely away. When he starts to hear a voice in his head, more accurately a narrator who tells him how pathetic his life is and then tells him his death may be imminent he begins to rethink what life and¬†really living¬†means to him.

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As my title plainly says, I love writing stories based in reality while bringing in the fantastical element, and it can come in many forms. I want to lend to the reader a sense of escapism and allow them to leave their boring life for just a moment while at the same time grounding them to this earth they call their lives  so they can take it with them when they finally close the book.