Wreck it Ralph – Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Disney has embraced the edgy animated movies that Dreamworks ushered in. Wreck it Ralph was one of those entries that really surprised in its performance. Of course a sequel was announced, but it is strange that it took six years to be made. It is awesome to see John C. Reilly getting work all over the place (he’s set to star in a new Laurel and Hardy movie titled Stan & Ollie). This movie sees Sarah Silverman returning as Vanellopek, Ed O’Neill as Mr. Litwak, and Jane Lynch as Calhoun.

Disney has pulled in a lot of star power to guarantee the success of this movie. Perhaps they’re feeling the pinch of Star Wars not succeeding and don’t want to take any chances. At any rate, Gal Gadot is leading that way as the new Villain turn Hero, Shank. She is joined by multiple Disney Princesses. To name a few, Kristin Bell as Anna from Frozen, Idina Menzel as Elsa from Frozen, Anika Noni Rose as Tiana from The Princess and the Frog, Mandy Moore as Rapunzel from Tangled, Ming-Na Wen as Mulan from Mulan and Auli’i Cravalho as Moana from Moana.

Expect this movie to be sweet and also have a message. Classic Disney staples. If you liked the first one, you’ll probably enjoy this one. I did and I expect to.

Captain Marvel – Is She Enough?

Captain Marvel

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

We know that this movie takes place in the 90s. We know that Nick Fury has two eyes, but what don’t we know?

Did you know that she was once upon a time called Ms. Marvel? Her predecessor was called Captain Marvel and she fought alongside the Avengers. Remember Rogue from The X-Men? Well did you know that she got her powers from Ms. Marvel? Rogue had the ability to siphon other people’s energy and powers. Rogue was misguided and had teamed with some bad people and when helping them with a job, Ms. Marvel intervened. Rogue was tasked with distraction and grabbed Marvel and siphoned her powers.

Well she ended up hanging on a little too long and put Ms. Marvel into a coma, and gained the abilities that once belonged to Ms. Marvel. I always thought that was a neat origin. This movie will probably not delve into that story at all and will focus mostly in space. I wonder how much retroactive continuity (retcon) will take place in order to fit her into the story? Either way, the hype train is officially rolling and I am fully on board.

 

Mary Poppins Returns – Is it too late?

Mary Poppins Returns

Forty four years after the first movie, Mary Poppins is set to return. She is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.

If you watched Saving Mr. Banks, then you know that P.L. Travers did not like what Disney did with her story. But here they are again, trying to capture lightning in a bottle. And it will probably work. They are taking no chances, and it shows with their casting decisions. Along with Blunt and Miranda, we have Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, and Dick Van Dyke.

Disney knows the formula for success and very rarely strays from it. Expect this movie to be a send up to the original, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Let’s hope it can capture the charm that the first one has carried for almost 50 years.

 

Searching – How well do we really know anyone?

Searching

WOW

What an exceptional performance by John Cho! Oh my, director Aneesh Chaganty captures the internet and related sensibilities so well. Lastly, why has no film before been able to capture the relevance and relatability of the internet and how it can be both meaningful and so utterly useless at the same time?

This film is a must see for any parent with a teenager, as long as you don’t mind leaving the theatre with your anxiety increased pondering “do I know my son/daughter?” Those without children will surely still connect with the familiar missing person story where father David Kim (John Cho) works closely with FBI Detective Vick (Debra Messing) to find his missing daughter Margot (Michelle La). A thriller with more twists and turns than I anticipated, the film easily captivates viewers while still remaining casually relatable. Characters in the movie serve to illustrate common themes within both tragedies and internet, from the obsessed parent to the acquaintance turned attention grabbing best friend.

The performances in the film not only anchor the plot, they strengthen the film’s credibility. Even if Margot happens to have previously seen her onscreen Dad in a silly little venture like Harold and Kumar…, she’ll still take him seriously due to this grounded and emotional performance.

The director does an excellent job in playing out the film through an internet screen. Instead of coming across as dull, he uses the medium to communicate present day relatable environments and causes audiences to question our involvement in this medium. If you text, mail, watch or post videos or login to any social media platform, you need to watch this movie.

The Predator – or is it Sportsman?

The Predator (2018)

From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter, and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.

That’s the way the studio describes it and it’s not much more than that. But you know what? It works. I went in not knowing what type of movie it wanted to be. Was I going to get straight action? Straight gore? I wasn’t sure, but the movie decided what it wanted to be pretty quickly, which was FANTASTIC!

Olivia Munn is spunky and Sterling K. Brown is hard to hate as the villain, but it’s the ragtag Group 2 that steals the show. When we first meet them on the bus, we’re not sure what to think. But as time goes on, they grow on you. Keegan-Michael Key does a great job, once again. He can really make a role his own. It was great to see Thomas Jane back on screen. And I swear the line uttered by Key to Jane, “welcome back”, has got to be a nod to The Punisher, a role Jane played in 2004.

Trevante Rhodes was great as Nebraska. He has a lot of charisma on screen. Alfie Allen, I felt, was a little wasted in this role, but maybe he’s trying to avoid being typecast as the villain. Augusto Aguilera was fantastic as Nettles. And of course, our lead, Boyd Holbrook as Quinn McKenna rounds out the Group. He was good, not great, but it was enough. And the fact that he was surrounded by a great cast that had excellent chemistry with each definitely helped.

Jacob Tremblay does a good job in the role of Rory McKenna and I feel like he’ll continue to hone the acting craft as he does more movies.  And how about Yvonne Strahovski making an appearance! I was surprised to see her in a role that wasn’t all glammed up or having her act like a complete and total hard ass. Hopefully she’ll be given more of these types of roles. I was a big fan of this entry into the Predator catalog and I hope to see more. And if the before credits, after movie, scene is any indication, we may just have another franchise on our hands.

Adrift – Do not let this movie drift by

Adrift

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. This is a famous old saying, particularly true, for an amazingly resourceful girl Tami Oldham played by the beautiful and talented Shailene Woodley. A woman at the center of a survival story is a rarity that immediately grabs you in “Adrift”. Playing the role of her partner, her captain, and lover is Sam Claflin as Richard Sharp. Only an adventure junkie can follow through on an adventurous film structure where the film begins after the disaster has happened and then the film cuts back to past where we learn more about the characters, this is a consistent theme for this film’s structure up until the point where the two storylines meet. I imagine sticking to this structure would’ve been risky but it was executed superbly by the adventurous Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur (The man who, while shooting “Everest”, climbed 24,000ft to scout for locations which explains why the visuals in this film were so wonderful).

Adrift starts with a scene where a young and bloodied woman, who is barely conscious, is suddenly woken up by jolts. She (Tami Oldham) is below deck in a boat, which is filling up with water fast; the sound of her vessel creaking and groaning ominously all around her can be heard. She does eventually fight her way out of this non-metaphorical sunken place and into the sunlight – at which point the camera continues pulling further and further back, revealing that not only is this unlucky sailor alone on a wrecked ship, but the ship itself is merely a fragment in a vast, empty ocean with nothing but water all around her. It is at this point where we get our first of many cutback scenes to see that Tami Oldham was just another fresh-faced, free-spirit schooner-hopper who landed in Tahiti, merely skipping from one maritime gig to the next, no end destination and no grand plan in mind. She is content with doing odd jobs until she meets Richard (Claflin). The story progresses and the two take to the open water like a pair of porpoises in love. All is going well for the couple until a hurricane blows them 1,500 square miles off course, wrecks the boat, knocks Richard overboard, and strands Tami without an engine or a radio. They are so far from their destination that if they drift any farther, the next stop is Japan.

Holding the helm when the sea is most definitely not calm is what Woodley does so well and in this process you get to see an acting masterclass. She is a mesmerizing powerhouse in the lead role, with that raw quality to her performance that instantly gets you to buy into whatever she is selling. Paired with great visuals, this film is an excellent watch.

Kin – James Franco and Not Much Else

Kin

Twin-brother directors Josh and Jonathan Baker don’t seem to know whether they are making a sci-fi, action or drama flick, but what they are sure of is that good acting will help audiences enjoy the ride. While you might come to see the disparate melding of genres, you’ll be glad you stayed for James Franco’s devilishly cheeky grin and the surprisingly refreshing performances by Jack Reynor (Jimmy) and newcomer Myles Truitt (Eli). Playing into some tight family dynamics throughout the movie, both actors inspire confidence, in scenes alone and together. Reynor’s eyes encourage sympathy and Truitt shines in a subtly strong and well-written performance. Zoe Kravitz also appears as a bright spot in the film, though underused considering her talent.

While the movie has some UFO-sized plot holes, a very well hidden cameo and surprise reveal toward the end almost makes up for it. I felt some of the setup for a sequel, or just a poor way to end a one-off franchise, came a bit too late, you should still see the movie for the excitement generated near the end. Some events in the movie are less realistic, and I’m not referring to the science fiction elements here; and, entirely way too much time is spent focusing on one specific weapon. Yet, I was so psyched at what Eli might have in store for him, in both his fictional life and possibly a sequel, that I would go see it – and before summer officially ends so as to save yourself any spoilers!

Chappaquiddick – A Greek Tragedy in Modern American Times

Chappaquiddick

There is a Chinese curse which says “May he live in interesting times.” And this was certainly true for Ted Kennedy played by the talented Jason Clarke during the 1969 Chappaquiddick incident. The movie has a lot of firepower in its roster with the lovely Kate Mara playing Mary Jo Kopechne, while the versatile Ed Helms plays Joe Gargan. “Chappaquiddick” is directed by John Curran from a script by the first-timers Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan. The trio did an excellent job of telling the story of what happened on Friday, July 18, 1969 on Chappaquiddick Island. But I feel I must add this point that exactly what happened remains unknown, gaps and ambiguities in what is known provides the filmmakers with room for speculation, which they use very well.

The movie starts off with a scene where U.S. Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy gives an interview, where he is questioned about standing in the shadow of his late brothers, John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy. This question remains a theme throughout for Ted Kennedy. After the interview, he calls his cousin and chief fixer, Joe Gargan (Ed Helms) to arrange for hotel rooms on Martha’s Vineyard for the Boiler Room Girls who were group of young women who were given this nickname when they worked on the 1968 campaign of the Senator’s late brother Bobby (Robert Kennedy), who had been assassinated the previous year.  Kennedy arrives to Chappaquiddick Island, where he, Joe, and US Attorney for Massachusetts Paul Markham (Jim Gaffigan) try to win a sail race. After losing the race, Kennedy goes to the party at a beach house with his friends and the Boiler Room Girls. The married, 37-year-old senator (Ted) is relaxing on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha’s Vineyard, he leaves the private party a little early with 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne—one of the Boiler Room Girls. Kopechne leaves her basket-shaped handbag on the table at the party, a small wrenching detail. Then the accident happens where clearly a drunk Ted accidentally drove his car off the one-lane bridge and into the tide-swept Poucha Pond. For ten hours Ted Kennedy failed to report the accident, during which time Kopechne suffocated inside the submerged vehicle. In the aftermath of this event Ted and his team try to clean the mess caused by this accident in such a way that it does not sabotage Ted’s political career.

This movie was a brilliant blend of good story telling mixed with top notch acting. Jason Clarke portrayed Ted Kennedy so well that on one hand you’re disgusted by his actions, but on the other hand you feel sympathy for the man who was left to carry the staggering legacies of his brothers John and Bobby.

31 August – 2 September (2018) Weekend Box Office

                                         Weekend Gross           Total to Date

1   Crazy Rich Asians                                   $22,100,000                $110,826,388

2   The Meg                                                    $10,540,000                $120,526,416

3   Mission: Impossible – Fallout               $7,035,000                  $204,381,529

4   Searching                                                 $6,070,000                   $6,569,480

5   Operation Finale                                    $6,019,000                   $7,746,095

6   Disney’s Christopher Robin                 $5,178,000                   $85,586,868

7   Alpha                                                        $4,530,000                   $27,452,220

8   The Happytime Murders                      $4,410,000                   $17,025,694

9   BlacKkKlansman                                   $4,175,000                   $38,368,825

10  Mile 22                                                    $3,580,000                   $31,776,334

 

Crazy Rich Asians and The Meg are both from Warner Brothers, so they are enjoying a nice ride right now. The Meg had a $130 Million budget so they haven’t made their money back yet, but Crazy Rich Asians is more than making up for it with their $30 Million budget. MI: Fallout is still performing strong, it just boasted a $77 Million opening in China. Mile 22 ($50 Million budget) continues to struggle and puts STX Studios in a bind with two back to back bombs. They are also responsible for Happy Time Murders, which had a budget of $40 Million and hasn’t cracked half that. BlaKkKlansman and Crazy Rich Asians were the surprise hits of the summer. Both movies featured diverse casts with non-typical stories. Hollywood normally leans on A-List actors for success, but these movies are proving the opposite.

Crazy Rich Asians – Crazy Fun Movie

Crazy Rich Asians

Let me start off by saying that this movie is fun. Has the story been told before? Yes. Has it been told with this diverse of a cast? Not likely. It really brings home that no matter the culture, or where you’re from, parents want largely the same things for their children. Sure, there are differences among our beliefs, but when you boil it down to its essence. We just want better for our children than we had. This is on amazing display in Crazy Rich Asians.

This movie, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), a professor of Economics, to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family. Her boyfriend is Nick Young (Henry Golding), whose family is one of the richest families in Singapore. He is a year overdue coming home to take over the family business and his mother (Michelle Yeoh) is not happy about his new guest.

The movie is certainly cliché at times, but it makes up for it in wholesome charm. It knows what type of movie it wants to be and nails it. It’s a pretty good adaptation of the book, and considering how well it is doing at the box office, we may just see a sequel or two.

Overall this movie is definitely worth seeing. Is it worth today’s ticket prices? Probably not. But if you have a Fear of Missing Out (FOMO), then you ought not wait too long. See it as soon as you can. Then you can play chicken with your friends on who saw it first. Bock Bock.

Real Genius – Geniusly Good!

Real Genius

Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a high-powered laser for a university project. When their professor intends to turn their work into a military weapon, they decide to ruin his plans.

This movie is only dated by the music being used and the fact that Val Kilmer is not that actor that can portray that spry individual anymore. But man is it still fun!

Val Kilmer plays Chris Knight, a prodigy who doesn’t take life seriously anymore. Gabriel Jarret plays Mitch Taylor, one of the youngest individuals to be accepted at this prestigious universities. Chris teaches Mitch how to let loose and not take life so seriously. Mitch teaches Chris that responsibility doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Together they learn that doing the right thing is more important that doing what they are told.

Val Kilmer is amazing in this movie. Gabriel Jarret was chosen very well for the part they were trying to portray. It’s too bad they misspelled his name in the credits. Jon Gries is awesome in anything he does! Seriously, go watch anything he’s done and tell me he isn’t magnificent in it! And of course they cast William Atherton as the villain, because that’s what he played in every movie back then; Ghostbusters, Real Genius, and Die Hard, just to name a few.

I couldn’t really identify with Mitch’s character. I think growing up, we always fantasize about being a Chris Knight, not a Mitch Taylor. But it is nice to see him succeed, especially considering he worked so hard. Lazlo is where it’s at though. My man built a tunnel system in the college, without them knowing, and calculated the winning percentage of prizes from the Frito Lay contest. That dude is awesome! That was the first movie I remember seeing that promoted the idea that you could be cool and be smart. Revenge of the Nerds was good, but they were still nerds. So Real Genius helped teach that you didn’t have to sacrifice being smart to be cool.

Overall, this is a really good movie. As of this post, it’s on Netflix. So you won’t have to hunt too far to find it. Watch it, enjoy it, and then reminisce about it with your friends, or with strangers on the internet.

The Death of Superman – Way Better Than Doomsday

The Death of Superman

Remember the movie Doomsday? It told of the death of Superman. And it was not great. This movie is not Doomsday.

Just because I know you want to know. Yes, this movie is good. DC seems to understand how to make an animated film. Some of their live action movies are not great, but they are on it with their animated stuff.

This movie retells the 1993 story of the Death of Superman, but it updates the outfits for the current animated continuity. It’s a great story overall and I found myself a little misty eyed at the end, just like with the comic all those years ago.

Superman works in a lot of mediums as that awesome supporting character. One of the mainstays, in my opinion, that people understand about him is that he IS the cavalry. When you’re fighting something and you just can’t get the job done yourself, you call in the big guy. And that is exactly what is needed and exactly what happens. Superman a lot of muscle and even more heart. I feel like this movie captured that superbly.

Pick it up from Redbox, it is definitely worth the $2 rental fee.

And be on the lookout for Reign of the Supermen!

The Humanity Bureau – Worth a watch

The Humanity Bureau

I’ll get right to the point. Was the movie good? No. Was this movie worth watching? Yes. Please, let me try and explain.

We’ve all seen movies of this type before. Person entrusted to carry out orders against a certain individual, or individuals, ends up empathizing with them and helps them instead. What sets this apart from those others is Nicolas Cage. Any time I go into a movie with Cage I tell myself, if this movie is bad, don’t watch the movie. Watch Cage, and the other actors for that matter. Cage makes this movie actually watchable. Sarah Lind and Jakob Davies deliver surprising performances. The end is kind of terrible, but the lead up to it is not what I expected at all. Yes, there are better movies out there. But this is kind of a dirty diamond in the rough. It’s not flashy, it’s not even worth recommending to friends to watch it. But if you only watch the really good movies, then soon they are not good enough. I feel we need the bad ones to balance out, so that you can appreciate the good ones when they come around.

This movie is not the worst thing to touch your DVD player. So I say, give it a watch. It will fall a little on the left of middle of the road, but it’s not so bad. And Cage is pretty good in it too!

Upgrade – Not Man. Not Machine. More.

If you get the chance to see the movie Upgrade, I say do it! It was a throwback to old 90s movies in the gratuitous violence and action throughout, but that was also kind of endearing. Gory in some parts, awesome in the rest. It was a really fun movie. WARNING!!! This is the Red Band Trailer, so there is intense violence in this video.

The Thing (1982)

When you think of yourself as a hero in some fantasy, what does it involve? Do you save a lot of people? Do you get the girl or the guy? When you are playing out these scenarios, do you ever sacrifice yourself? This a question that The Thing asks fantastically. This is one of my favorite movies because it handles a horror movie in such an awesome way. The monster is almost an afterthought. The real suspense is do you attempt to save yourself or not? If to save humanity you had to sacrifice yourself, could you do it? Would you?

Let me know what you thought of the movie by reaching out on Twitter @RedeemBadMovies or on Facebook!

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Deadpool 2 or How I Learned to Stop Thinking and Just Accept Luck as a Superpower

Deadpool 2 was a delight. Will it dethrone Avengers Infinity War? No. Will it entertain you for its two hour run-time? Most definitely. Ryan Reynolds is back as the Merc-with-a-Mouth and he is superb. He brings along Josh Brolin, who is wonderful as Cable, and is shorter than I thought. Deadpool noticed that too. He also has Zazie Beetz, aka Domino. Her superpower is Luck. But don’t tell that to DP.

I felt like this movie wasn’t as strong as the first one, but it was still good. The first kind of came out of nowhere and really raised our expectations, but the second one does a good job of following up, but not a great job. The easy thing about this franchise is if you run into problems you can just break the fourth wall and all is forgiven. Having said that, I really enjoyed it. I won’t go into any spoilers, but I think you’ll enjoy the movie. At least I hope you will. You have the right to enjoy something you’re spending money on.

If you have seen it, what did you think?

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Redeeming Mute (2018)

Have you ever watched a movie and thought to yourself “this was good, but it wasn’t great”? Well that’s how Mute felt. Paul Rudd and Alexander Skarsgard were great, but Justin Theroux was on another level. I like him and have always felt he was a good actor, but he blew me away in this role. His performance was definitely not Mute…I’ll see myself out.

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Redeeming Sharknado 2: The Second One

Sharknado 2. An obvious cash grab due to the success of the first one. So we get The Second One. Not a bad movie per se, if you liked the first one then you’ll like this one too. Ian Ziering delivers a fantastic performance again and Tara Reid is there too. Wil Wheaton shows up in a cameo performance that was setup as a wonderful joke in The Big Bang Theory Season 7, Episode 23, The Gorilla Dissolution. If you like campy movies there are far worse than this.

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Special 90th Annual Academy Awards Episode

Special 90th Annual Academy Awards Episode. I’ll cover all 9 nominations and why I felt like there was one left out. Who do you think will win Best Picture? Let me know on Twitter @RedeemBadMovies or you can e-mail me RedeemingBadMovies@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Redeeming The 15:17 to Paris

The 15:17 to Paris. A lot of potential that didn’t amount to much. That is pretty much what this movie is. Spencer Stone is the only one of the three who even looks like he wants to be there! The real people of the story, I can forgive their acting. Clint Eastwood is known as a director who doesn’t do a lot of takes. Combine that with the fact that these guys have never acted before and you have a recipe for what was on screen. But the other actors, the professionals, where was their acting? It often times felt nonexistent. Some of that can be laid at the feet of the screenwriter, but those actors need to bring it. Especially considering how ambitious this project was.

Sadly, they did not bring it and it showed. Watch the movie if you have Moviepass or just wait for it to come out on Redbox.

If you agreed, or disagreed, let me know. You can catch me on Twitter @RedeemBadMovies or on Facebook. You can e-mail me at RedeemingBadMovies@gmail.com.

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Samson (2018)

Samson (2018)

Was this movie worth seeing at the Theater? That is what I hope to tackle in this episode of Redeeming Bad Movies. I wanted to kind of switch up how I was doing these episodes, and one of the ways I want to try is to put out more episodes that aren’t as long and really tackle the burning question…Is this movie worth paying money to see?

Now, having asked that question, is Samson worth seeing at the Theater? The short answer is…wait for it…no. Womp womp. It is not a bad movie, but there are better movies to go watch ***cough*** Black Panther ***cough***.  Is this movie suited for a Redbox rent? Most definitely! Taylor James (poor man’s Taylor Lautner) is the title character and he’s not half bad. He’s certainly not great, but he’s not horrible either. I’m imagining in my head that you’ve only paid a little over a dollar to see this so for that amount of money this movie has value. Bottom line, watch it when it comes out on Blu-Ray.

If there is a movie you’d like to here an episode on, you can let me know at redeemingbadmovies@gmail.com. You can also hit me up on Twitter @RedeemBadMovies.

What is Happening to Zayn Malik in Dusk Till Dawn?

What is happening in Dusk Till Dawn by Zayn, featuring Sia?

Theory: Zayn Malik is being protected during the events of Dusk Till Dawn. Let’s examine the evidence.

Zayn leaves the hotel to deliver the briefcase to his lady.  He is being followed by not only bad guys, but the police as well.  We know that he and his lady made the switch because when the police grab him he doesn’t have the briefcase. Here’s our first piece of evidence.

How in the world is a detective that incompetent to not know they had the wrong person? How does he not check his tattoo before he brings him in for questioning? That’s the key, he’s not incompetent. If anything, Zayn is by believing this ruse. The detective goes through the motion of “checking” his tattoo. They allow him to leave and Zayn does exactly what they want him to do. He leads them to his hideout. Let’s not forget, he had baddies chasing him. This brings us to our second piece of evidence.

When Zayn arrives at his hideout he knows he’s being followed. He dials 911 on his phone and lights the overdramatic firecracker and belts out some of his best vocals on this song. But who arrives after the 911 call? Exactly, the detective that let him go. He is protecting Zayn, but more importantly he is protecting the light in the briefcase. Now, what is the light? I hate to get corny here, but I think it is the innocence of Love. The detective is protecting love, the love of Zayn and brown/blonde hair woman. They needed it to get out from under evil and back into innocence. That’s why they are allowed to keep the briefcase and not allow it to fall into the hands of the scarred man. He was literally scarred from love and aims to destroy it.

The protector is not going to let that happen. Love belongs to them. They are Yin and Yang, hence their tattoos. They will survive to love another day. The story is timeless and the song is beautiful. Give it another listen.

What do you think?

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Living in History – Space X Falcon Heavy Launch

It was awesome getting to see the launch yesterday. I had CNN and Fox News on and I noticed that they both cut to the launch. I know it was a historic moment, but it was awesome to see both of them take a break from bickering with whatever problems they are covering to just cover something historic. I remember having a feeling, at least for 30 or so minutes, that the world forgot about its problems and just watched in awe. Congratulations to the crew of Space X for them monumental achievement and I hope that this is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come!

If you want to know what’s going on in space with the Tesla Roadster that they put on the rocket, you can find a live feed here!

Shape of Water – Overrated?

I’ve been mulling over this for a while now. I watched The Shape of Water and I was pretty underwhelmed. It’s a standard romantic drama. The only difference? It’s a literal monster she falls in love with. Other than that, there really is no difference to the formula. Don’t get me wrong, there are amazing performances throughout. Michael Shannon is simply wonderful and Sally Hawkins does a fantastic job of conveying so much without saying a word. But the movie itself is just okay. I don’t understand why it is getting so much hype. Guillermo del Toro has made amazing movies, but this one is just good. What am I not seeing?

Do you have strong feelings regarding this movie? Did you love it or hate it? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter @RedeemBadMovies.

 

Redeeming Rollerball (2002)

Redeeming Rollerball (2002)

This movie was directed by John McTiernan, but you wouldn’t know it by watching it. His directing credits include classics, such as Predator, Die Hard, and The Hunt for Red October. But why this movie is bad is not the most interesting part of this story. The most interesting part of this story is why hasn’t he directed a movie since 2003? We’ll get into that in Redeeming Rollerball!

As promised, the link to the Ghost Recon Red Dot trailer!

Redeeming Street Fighter (1994)

Redeeming Street Fighter (1994)

This movie proves that video games can make money in Hollywood! Jean-Claude Van Damme in his heyday along with the fantastic Raul Julia in his final performance. Why did critics go after this movie and why didn’t fans verbally defend it. Ultimately fans did defend it by actually going to see it. It was profitable and caused Hollywood to start churning out movies based on other video games. They gave up and now Uwe Boll does it and it is not quite as good.

Justice League – Hope Springs Eternal

Justice League (2017)

I had a lot of excitement building to see this movie and the day finally came. The reviews came out and they were brutal. But I haven’t listened to a critic’s opinion on a film since 1993. I feel like Siskel and Ebert were wrong about Cliffhanger. I loved that movie. That’s when I knew. Critics watched a movie for different reasons than I did. So when I saw that the reviews were not good for Justice League. I didn’t worry about it. And man am I happy I have that outlook.

This movie was fantastic! The beginning felt a little rushed and felt like it was going to be. That is a lot of story and a lot of heroes to cram into two hours runtime. But once the story gets going, it really moves. I saw a news report today that Matt Reeves (Director of the new Batman movie that is in pre-production) didn’t want Ben Affleck for the lead role. After having seen Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and now Justice League I feel like there is no one better suited. Ben Affleck is wonderful in this role. Henry Cavill knocks the role of Superman out of the park…again. And don’t get me started on the awesomeness that is Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Ezra Miller as Flash were great and newcomer Ray Fisher (Cyborg) was a welcome addition.

I won’t spoil anything for this movie, but I will say this. This movie made me feel something that I feel is in short supply these days. Hope. I actually got goosebumps while watching. I hope you feel the same when you see it.

Blade Runner 2049 – Will it win any awards?

Blade Runner 2049.

I wanted to like this movie, and on some level I did. It hit a lot of points in a movie that I like. Likeable actors, intriguing story, and I was entertained. But now that the newness has worn off I find myself going back and asking myself: did I really like this movie? I loved Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Sylvia Hoeks, and Ana de Armas. Of course it was awesome seeing Harrison Ford come back to this role. But after watching the original again, I just didn’t feel like he was Rick Deckard. Instead it felt like he was Harrison Ford playing Harrison Ford. The big surprise in this movie, for me, came from Dave Bautista. That guy really set the tone for me and I really enjoyed his performance. I definitely underestimated him. The movie is definitely worth a watch and overall I am happy I saw it in the theater. It will be interesting to see if this movie is up for any awards, considering the first one was pretty much ignored in its time.

What did you think? Let me know @RedeemBadMovies or e-mail me at redeemingbadmovies@gmail.com.

The House – I would not bet on it

The House.

When I first heard about it, I thought it would be a very funny movie. I mean, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, and Jason Mantzoukas. These are comedy giants, but they just couldn’t bring it. Not that they didn’t try. They did, they tried really hard. And that was part of the problem. They tried too hard. A lot of the jokes were what you would have expected, it was pretty formulaic. The big surprise in this movie was when Jeremy Renner showed up, but that couldn’t even save it. I’ve seen him be really funny and I feel like he was wasted in this movie. I rented the movie from Redbox, so it is definitely worth a watch if you can get it from there. Or maybe if it was reduced price on iTunes or Amazon. But I am happy I didn’t go to the theater for this one. Final verdict: Redbox Rent.

Thor: Ragnarok – Yes, it is as amazing as you think it will be!

Thor: Ragnarok. What can I say? This movie is highly entertaining. I judge movies based on their entertainment value and this scored an A+. It had everything: action, comedy, drama. You name it. Chris Hemsworth was amazing. Tom Hiddleston, amazing. Cate Blanchett, amazing. Have I mentioned that this movie is amazing? It is the highest rated Marvel movie so far, 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. And after having seen it, I can definitely see why. This movie sends a pretty powerful message too, women are just as strong as men. Our main villain, Hella, is a woman that destroys Thor’s Hammer (Mjolnir). Taika Waititi knocked this movie out of the park. Go see this movie. You will not be disappointed.

Redeeming Junior (1994)

Junior (1994) IMDB Rating: 4.6

Why did Junior get such a bad rap? Did people not have confidence that Arnold could carry a comedy? Did it have too much competition at the box office? Did viewers not notice Christopher Meloni? Let’s Redeem Junior! If you have a movie that you want to see #Redeemed, let me know on Twitter @RedeemBadMovies or Facebook or contact me at redeemingbadmovies@gmail.com. You can see the latest video upload on YouTube by clicking here.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Things I Learned from Director’s Commentary

Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 IMDB Rating: 8.1

You know what movie I find amazing? Guardians of the Galaxy. When this movie was first announced that it was coming out in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I was really hoping that it was going to open up the appearance of Quasar into the movies. I’m a huge fan of Quasar, but that’s not the point. I was really excited, but also a little apprehensive. I worried that it would fall flat since these characters were not really known. I think a lot of people shared this same view. But James Gunn delivered an amazing movie. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 just came out on DVD and Blu Ray yesterday (August 22) and in honor of that coming out, I went back and watched the first one with director’s commentary. I present to you:

JUST A FEW THINGS I LEARNED FROM WATCHING COMMENTARY!

James Gunn’s brother plays Yondu’s right hand man, but he also plays the part of Rocket Raccoon pre-CGI so that the other actors have someone to play off of when they are doing their lines. How crazy is that? His brother, Sean Gunn, had to play two roles throughout the film and only get credited for one!

The giant prison that in space that they were taken to, the Kiln, was a real set built to film in. It was huge. James Gunn said that it was tons of steel that was built in a circle and they only way they could afford was after they were finished filming, they melted it down and sold it back to recoup some of the money!

A lot of the antics on set by Peter Quill are just mistakes that Chris Pratt made while filming. One of the biggest examples is when the Guardians are visiting the Collector in Knowhere, Peter pulls the orb from his pocket and drops it. He quickly recovers and presents it to the Collector. That was not in the script. Chris Pratt actually dropped the prop when he pulled it from his coat, but was able to recover and keep a straight face so it made it into the film.

When casting Drax in the film, they needed someone imposing because Chris Pratt is actually a decent sized guy, coming in at 6’2”. When David Bautista auditioned, James Gunn didn’t know that he was famous for being a wrestler. But he did love the emotion he could convey through his face and the fact that he is 6’6” and almost 300lbs certainly helped.

So that was JUST A FEW THINGS I LEARNED FROM WATCHING COMMENTARY and I highly suggest you go and watch too! Commentary of a film can sometimes create a whole other film. One day I’ll get into one of my favorite commentaries (Tropic Thunder). That movie, I feel, is even better when listening to the actors. What movies are your favorite movies with commentary? Drop me a line on Twitter @RedeemBadMovies or redeemingbadmovies@gmail.com. Until next time, keep on Redeeming.

Redeeming Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011) IMDB Rating: 4.3

Why is Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance rated almost a full point below is predecessor? For that matter, why is the first Ghost Rider rated so low at a 5.2? Tonight we take a look at Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and offer up some scenes and behind the scenes that may be cause for a little higher rating. By the way, this movie has Nic Cage in it.  That should be worth more than 4.3 right? The man makes movies and gives 100%, 100% of the time! If you like what you hear, go ahead and subscribe by clicking here. And if you want to follow along on Facebook and Twitter, just give those words a click and it will take you right on over! Music featured in the podcast is from the opening titles in the movie and it is by Dave Sardy.

Redeeming Gigli (2003)

Gigli (2003) IMDB Rating: 2.4

Today we take a look at Gigli (2003) and try and find out why it is rated so low. “Bennifer”, as Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez were known, was in full swing and the public was a little tired of hearing about them. This most likely contributed to the box office bomb, but it was only compounded by executives getting involved and forcing director Martin Brest to change it to a romantic comedy to try and capitalize on the romance of the two stars. Subscribe to the podcast by clicking here. Follow me on twitter @RedeemBadMovies. Music in the podcast is from the opening title of Gigli and it is by John Powell.

Free for All Friday – August 11, 2017

Join me, Ronnie Obenhaus, as I present a special birthday episode of Redeeming Bad Movies. I wanted to do a free for all where we could talk about anything, and that’s what I did. Don’t worry, this won’t be the norm. It will either be a one off or maybe a once a month thing. It just depends on how it is received. So, let me know what you thought! You can hit me up on Twitter @RedeemBadMovies or e-mail RedeemingBadMovies@gmail.com. You can subscribe to the podcast by clicking here.

Redeeming Fantastic Four (2015)

Fantastic Four (2015) IMDB Rating: 4.3

Redeeming Fantastic Four. Join me, Ronnie Obenhaus, as I seek to redeem bad movies and raise them from obscurity to mediocrity! Subscribe by clicking here or follow me on Twitter @RedeemBadMovies. Music featured in the podcast is from the opening titles and it is by Marco Beltrami and Philip Glass.

Redeeming Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001)

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles was the final movie in the Crocodile Dundee trilogy. Join me, as we try and find out why this movie was received so poorly. Let’s try to find the Good in the Bad. Make sure to follow me on twitter @RedeemBadMovies. You can subscribe to the podcast by clicking here.The audio featured in the podcast is the “that’s not a knife” scene from the first Crocodile Dundee and the music at the end of podcast is featured in the movie and is the song Down Under by Men at Work.

Redeeming Sharknado (2013)

Sharknado (2013) IMDB Rating: 3.3

This movie definitely deserved higher than a 3.3. This was a fun movie that gave us entertainment for an hour and a half. For some movies, that is their goal. And I feel like this movie succeeded in that goal.

Make sure to follow me @RedeemBadMovies or drop me a line at redeemingbadmovies@gmail.com. The music at the beginning of the podcast is from the opening titles and is by Ramin Kousha.

Redeeming Supergirl (1984)

Supergirl (1983) IMDB Rating: 4.3

Join me as I redeem Supergirl. Why in the world it received a rating as low as 4.3? It is at least a solid 4.9, maybe even a 5.0. If you’ve seen it, perhaps you loved the banter between Selena and Bianca as much as I did. Join me as I try to find the Good in the Bad. Let me know if you agree or disagree by writing in to redeemingbadmovies@gmail.com. You can follow me on twitter @RedeemBadMovies. The music at the beginning of the podcast is from the main title and is by Jerry Goldsmith.

Redeeming Superman III (1983)

Superman III (1983) IMDB Rating: 4.9

Join me as I redeem Superman III. This movie was great back when I first saw it! Computers were brand new, we didn’t know what they were capable of. That is why when Webster’s sister becomes the computer villain, it was scary. But old Supes was able to overcome. This movie featured a lot more humor than the first two and it actually had a villain that would have been worth the Lex Luthor name, but his name wasn’t Luthor. It was Webster! Sit back and relax and listen while I try and find the Good in the Bad. Make sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter @RedeemBadMovies. The music at the beginning of the podcast is from the main title and it is by John Williams.