Episode 71: The Small Screen

We talk about all of the TV shows we are watching in October 2020, and some of the anticipated releases.

 

 

 

 

 

It Chapter 2

It Chapter 2 felt rushed and far less captivating as the its predecessor.   It chapter two traded scares for humor, which is a huge disappointment for fans of the 2017 movie.  I was expecting an elevated experience with more nightmares.  What we received was an anti-climactic mess with a ton of plot holes.The writers and director had three hours to tell a story, but it goes absolutely nowhere and fails to answer any burning questions.   Instead of building on the incredible...

Sonic the Hedgehog

If you are searching for a fun escape, Sonic is the movie for you.  The adventure that ensues may not be a cinematic masterpiece, but as far as video game adaptions go, this one is a lot of fun. I was worried about Jim Carrey’s Dr Robotnick from the trailers, but Carrey’s insanity and over the top acting works here.  Carrey and Marsden have incredible on screen chemistry that leaves you wanting more back and forths between the two.  Sonic offers an endearing message about...

Tiger King

Where do I even start with this Dumpster Fire of a documentary.  The majority of documentaries we review have a point or story to tell, I am still at a loss for what Tiger King was about.  Tiger King sells itself on its increasingly bizarre twists.  My best guess is that Tiger King is a cautionary tale about letting feuds die quickly before they get out of hand.I was late to the Tiger King party and only started watching it to understand all the social media memes and comments. ...

Dracula

This Netflix miniseries follows Dracula from his origins in Eastern Europe to his battles with Van Helsing’s descendants in modern times. The first two episodes of Dracula we brilliant and captivating.  Claes Bang is amazingly talented and delivers a wild twist on Dracula.  The third and final episode felt rushed and hurt the overall story.  I feel that this story could have used a few more episodes to really flush out the characters they tried to introduce in the last...

Hunters

I am not sure why I put off watching Hunters, an Amazon original series for so long.  I was captivated within the first fifteen minutes of the episode one. Hunters follows Josh (Logan Lerman) a young Jewish man in the 1970s who is bent on seeking revenge for his murdered grandmother.  While investigating her murder he befriends a secret group of Nazi hunters organized by Myer (Al Pacino). Hunters offers a traffic cast along with an incredible story.  The performances are strong,...

Superman: Red Son

Superman Red Son is an entertaining adaption of one of Superman’s famous comic book stories.  It is fun to watch, but true fans of the graphic novel may be left wanting more. Red Son asks the question, what if Superman landed in the Soviet Union as a child instead of United States.  How would Communist ideology change Superman’s character?  Without standing for Truth, Justice, and the American way, what would he be a symbol of? The animation is good, but not on par with DC’s past...

Gemini Man

Gemini Man aspired to be more than just an action flick, however with lack of story and character development, the third act and movie falls flat.The trailer says it all, old Will Smith against young Will Smith.  The idea presented is that our own worst enemy is ourselves.  A great concept, but poor writing and plot holes causes the movie to feel very clumsy.  And worst of all, the special effects look worse than most TV produced movies.  The young Will looked odd at times and the...

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man is incredibly suspenseful and a surprising delight.  Elisabeth Moss plays Cecilia, who is on the run from here abusive ex who recently taken his own life, which she suspects is a hoax.  A series of coincidences turn lethal, and Cecilia works to prove she is being hunted by someone that no one can see. This movie if filled with thrills, suspense, and storytelling we hoped Universal’s Dark Universe would have delivered on.  What makes this story so scary is how...

Aladdin

Aladdin is a unique remake that should have been entertaining but feels empty and forgettable.  Will Smith did his best to fill the shoes of Robin Williams’s Genie, unfortunately he does not live up to the original.     The most off-putting part of this remake to me was the musical pieces.  They don’t seem to match the tones of the scenes they were forced into.  I didn’t mind the unnecessary subplots of the Geni’s romance or Jasmine wanting to lead her kingdom, but both felt forced...

Missing Link

There is absolutely no shortage of Fun in this movie.  Missing Link dazzles the eyes, will capture your imagination, and warm your heart.  Zach Galifanakis and Hugh Jackman shine as the new odd couple in this adventure. The story follows Mr. Link (Galifanakis) who recruits an explore Sir Lionel Frost (Jackman) to help find his long-lost abominable snowman relatives.  Adventure and hilarity then ensue.   The third act delivers a great message about friendship and humanity.  If you...

Happy!

This show focuses on Nick (Christopher Meloni), a burnt-out copy who can see a blue unicorn named happy (Patton Oswalt).  Happy is nick’s daughters Hailey’s imaginary friend who seeks Nick out when Hailey is kidnapped.  From there, the insanity ensues. This show is insane.  It is rude, cruel, violent, messy, and most of all funny.  Happy is at its best when it focuses on Meloni and Oswalt’s excellent chemistry.  The little blue horse is a magical creation that looks like it was...

Rambo: Last Blood

My first reaction after watching this movie, “oh man, Rambo Home Aloned them. “  Who asked for this movie and who wanted this movie?  Based on the box office, not many. Considering this is the fifth installment to a series that began in 1982, the 72 year old Sly shows he still has tons of action left in the tank.  Rambo fans will be pleased with the film and the continued story of the character that many love.  Action junkies will be pleased and shocked to find this new installment...

47 Meters Down: Uncaged

What is the one thing that every good shark movie needs?  The one thing that Jaws delivered on better than most movies.  Tension.  Uncaged fails to deliver this.  The standard jump scares can been seen coming a mile away. Uncaged is the textbook definition of disposable summer entertainment.  Weak characters and intermittent thrills.  Skip this unless you are really needing something outside of Shark Week.

Terminator: Dark Fate

Tim Miller had the daunting task of making Terminator relevant again.   Dark Fate borrows heavily from T2’s plot and has signs of heavy franchise fatigue. There are a few high points, such as Linda Hamilton reprising her role as Sarah Connor, one she was born to play.  The story doesn’t focus so much on the future that it forgets to tell the story of its current time period.  It also leaves out the messy timelines from the past three movies to keep the plot simple. Dark Fate has...

Fighting with My Family

This heartwarming comedy loosely follows the story of WWE superstar Paige (Saraya-Jade Bevis) and her journey to the WWE. Fighting with My Family beautifully captures the spirit of a family brought together by wrestling, and you'll find something to smile about whether you're a wrestling fan or not. And, if you are a fan, you will enjoy it even more. Don't fight it, this underdog story is a good movie.

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