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REVIEW: Ghost Stories

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Ghost Stories’ sure received a lot of accolades, and certainly came with it’s fair share of buzz, but the movie presentation of a solid and intriguing plot fell far short of the mark.

To say this movie was plain terrible wouldn’t do any justice to this review, because the plot is actually really interesting.

The movie bumbles it’s way down a peculiar rabbit hole, struggling to stay on track, and even more so, seemingly confusing itself in the process.

The acting of Alex Lawther is tremendous, but it’s wasted on a a director who frustratingly spun this movie into the trash fast.

Martin Freeman does a solid job too, but at that point in the movie you’ve likely already started mentally checking out of this terrible flick.

The scares are few, so much so that I even debate whether this deserves to be filed anywhere near a horror classification.

The movie tells the story of Arch skeptic Professor Phillip Goodman, who embarks upon a terror-filled quest when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three cases of inexplicable ‘hauntings’.

The first story, Tony Matthews, is so slow and plodding that it threatens to put you to sleep before the “big scare” finally arrives, and sets a poor tone for the movie that simply gets worse as time passes.

the movie is confusing, unorganized, lacks suspense and drives away interest. It’s just a terrible job done by director Jeremy Dyson, who seems to be lost with what to do with this film throughout the movie.

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A waste of a great performance, a solid cast, great buzz, and an interesting plot line make 'Ghost Stories' one of the most disappointing films I have seen in a long time
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REVIEW: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

This past weekend, and with much anticipation, Andre Ovredal’s ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ hit theaters.

According to the synopsis: “The shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large in the small town of Mill Valley for generations. It’s in a mansion that young Sarah Bellows turns her tortured life and horrible secrets into a series of scary stories. These terrifying tales soon have a way of becoming all too real for a group of unsuspecting teens who stumble upon Sarah’s spooky home.”

Despite the promising premise, I couldn’t find anything to differentiate this film from the run-of-the-mill Goosebumps installment, which left it lacking in many areas, and buried it so deep in stupidity that not even their strong displays of special effects made this a worthwhile time investment.

I couldn’t find a reason to care about any of the main characters such as Stella (Zoe Margaret Colleti) or Ramon (Michael Garza) because this film simply failed to hold my attention.

Rooted in compelling horror stories that may have done well if done completely different, this fill clunked and bored it’s way from start to finish.

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REVIEW: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ tore up the box office during it’s first weekend, and for good reason.

Tarantino’s latest film pays homage to the rapidly changing landscape of Hollywood in 1969, where TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his long-time stuntman Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) are dealing with being fazed out of a Hollywood that, at one time, adored them.

The cinematography alone is brilliant, but the chemistry between both Pitt and DiCaprio is something truly memorable, as their characters fluidly weave from humor, to drama, and back again almost effortlessly.

While some have panned the movie for the glutton of nostalgia, which I had no issue with because it’s set in a specific time, and maybe their portrayal of Bruce Lee (Lee’s daughter has taken issue with the film), I found little to no warts associated with the movie.

Keeping within the context of the time, and understanding that everything was different, in every way, back then, it’s easy to connect with the characters, regardless if they make you love or hate them.

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ is simply a beautiful period piece, with impressive dialogue that keeps you engaged when the conversations are otherwise meaningless in the totality of the film.

Margot Robbie shines as Sharon Tate, so much so that Tate’s sister Debra, who has panned performances from others in the past (such as Hillary Duff), cried watching Robbie play her sister.

What makes Tarantino’s film so good, aside from all the meat and potatoes that make it up, is how, despite history, he gives the audience a bit of the karma that we wish saw play out in real life (sorry, won’t spoil that).

Plus, it’s good to see a pitbull play a hero role, despite the unfair reputation that has been create for them.

All in all, this will easily go down as one of Tarantino’s very best, and should garner award consideration for Pitt and DiCaprio, and rightfully so.

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'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' is simply a beautiful period piece, with impressive dialogue that keeps you engaged when the conversations are otherwise meaningless in the totality of the film.
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REVIEW: Crawl

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What is summer without it’s fair share of monster movies? Crawl decided to go the alligator route in their horror-thriller that hit theaters in July.

According to the film’s synopsis: “When a massive hurricane hits her Florida town, young Haley ignores the evacuation orders to search for her missing father, Dave. After finding him gravely injured in their family home, the two of them become trapped by the rapidly encroaching floodwaters. With the storm strengthening, Haley and Dave discover an even greater threat than the rising water level — a relentless attack from a pack of gigantic alligators.”

Coming to terms with what the movie is, prior to seeing it, didn’t help soften the blow of a moronic, predictable, and otherwise boring flick that seems to have won over a ton of critics, shockingly.

While it may seem moronic on my part to question the realism in a movie such as Crawl, I cannot help but express my irritation seeing the main character Haley (Kaya Scodelario) walking around during the initial touchdown of a Category 5 hurricane, with nothing but a raincoat, as if the high winds are merely a breeze, while others are evacuating.

From there Haley continues to stumble upon her incredible super powers, which apparently include finding passed out relatives under the foundation of a house….during a hurricane.

Yeah, the kills were cool, at times. But the balancing of killer alligators and a redemption story (of sorts) couldn’t save a movie that was completely unwatchable, and frustratingly boring.

While you’ll likely find more positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, IMD, and Google, I am just not in that boat.

This was terrible from start to finish.

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Coming to terms with what the movie is, prior to seeing it, didn't help soften the blow of a moronic, predictable, and otherwise boring flick that seems to have won over a ton of critics, shockingly.
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