THE MEG  – Rated PG-13  – 1 hr. 53 mins

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This humble opinion is brought to by you T. K. Edwards

THE MEG  – Rated PG-13  – 1 hr. 53 mins

Director by:  Jon Turteltaub

Cast:  Jason Statham, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Bingbing Li, Cliff Curtis

A giant shark that was thought to be extinct manages to make its way to the surface and only one man has the knowledge to stop it before it dominates the entire ocean.

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(this will be my only JAWS reference – you’re welcome)

I really wanted to like THE MEG and I did go into the theater with a very (and I mean VERY) “open mind”, but the story just would not let me.  Now this has nothing to do with our leading man because I am a huge Jason Statham fan and have been ever since I saw him in LOCK, STOCK & TWO SMOKING BARRELS and I will continue to be one no matter what.  No, THE MEG was just not told correctly. There is one gigantic flaw in the story and if I told you about it now, then the entire movie would be spoiled, so as much as it hurts me to NOT say anything…my lips are zipped shut.  Buuuuut…what I will do is give a hint as to when this major plot hole happens and hopefully, you will see this big mistake and I will be able to sleep at night knowing that you found it. It happens right at the beginning of THE MEG and it’s sooo obvious that it’s hidden in plain sight.  Now, why am I focusing on this major story blooper, well that’s simple…because now that’s all I see when I think about this movie. And it hurts, because this was a fairly entertaining movie. It has everything you want out of an unbelievable story about an extinct 70 foot long shark that can swallow a group of people whole in one single gulp.  It has out of nowhere “holy shit” moments, decent actors pretending this giant creature actual exists, stupid comedy from a character that you know is going to buy it later or at least you hope they do and finally a super sized larger than life creature that only gets its kicks by eating people and ignores everything else in the world because let’s face it…only people are yummy.  LMAO. So in conclusion, if you’re someone that enjoyed watching movies like ANACONDA, ANACONDA 2: THE HUNT FOR THE BLOOD ORCHID, DEEP BLUE SEA, DEEP RISING, LAKE PLACID and PRIMEVAL, then by all means rush to the theater, buy your ticket, and go see THE MEG because you’ll love it…otherwise save your money and wait to watch this one at home. Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S. – There is no post credit scene, but you can stay and clean up if you want.

P.S.S. – I have read countless reviews on this movie and not one, NOT ONE sees this major flaw in THE MEG.  I don’t know if I’m bragging or complaining…could be both. LMAO. I hope you find it too. Happy hunting.

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU – Rated R – 1 hr. 45 mins. 

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SORRY TO BOTHER YOU – Rated R – 1 hr. 45 mins. 

Directed & Written by:  Boots Riley 

Starring:  Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Danny Glover, Terry Crews, Armie Hammer, Jermaine Fowler and Kate Beriant

As we venture into a pseudo present day Oakland, we meet young and ambitious Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield), securing a much-needed job as a telemarketer…trying secure a more appealing existence for himself, and his girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson).

And, as luck would have it, Cassius has been offered an opportunity to “the fast track” in his new job…which if he bites, will make the life he seeks, soooooo much easier to obtain…

But as our capitalistic society begins to squeeze on Cash ~ and his morals and integrity too ~ he must decide if this job is really the right path for his future, and for the life he seeks for those he cares about too… 

I give SORRY TO BOTHER YOU a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS ONE ON DVD.  Prophetically telling of our present-day societal downfalls, Riley puts a spin on the world in which we live, that will not only catch you off guard, but will have you stopping to evaluate the society we have ALL managed to create.  Stanfield is perfectly cast as the man searching to make his life better, regardless of what lines he will have to cross to gain self-acceptance, and a sense of security.  Thompson is also perfectly cast as Cash’s visionary girlfriend, who won’t compromise her beliefs or her ambitions, no matter what the cost.  Add in the spot-on performances by Glover, Crews, Beriant and Hammer, and you have one film that will tugging at your own morals, values, and societal acceptance throughout each and every frame.  It really took me a while to evaluate everything I had just experienced with SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, as it’s storyline feels focuses on the many attributes of what is WRONG with our society as a whole, as it also brings to light many aspects of our society that I have never been affected by, but sadly, many members of our society have to deal with every day.   Totally provocative, and artistically extreme, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU will be one of those films that moves many, while polarizing others who aren’t able to understand Riley’s storytelling views and objectives.  Regardless of where you fall within this spectrum, once you see it, you will join me in saying that SORRY TO BOTHER is destined to become one of this year’s totally original films, that will stand the test of time, as it becomes a true cult classic 😉

Kathy Kaiser        

Kathy vs. T.K’s View of ANT MAN and the WASP – Rated PG-13

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ANT MAN and the WASP – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 58 mins. 

DIRECTOR:  Peyton Reed 

WRITERS:  Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari 

STARRING:  Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Pena, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale, Hannah John-Kamen and Abby Ryder Fortson

As we venture back into the world of ANT MAN/a.k.a. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), it seems that he is still on house arrest from his missteps with Captain America, a couple years back…

Enjoying family life with his daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson), Scott can’t wait till he is free  to take on this fatherhood thing back into the outside world.  But it seems that Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and his beautiful daughter Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) are going to have to change Scott’s plans, as he is an integral part of their next mission, as they can’t seem to find a way to accomplish their operation without him…

I give ANT MAN and the WASP a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN:  Rudd’s endearing persona and charm are even more perfect as ANT MAN this time around, as his quest to be the perfect dad, and his feelings for Hope continue to evolve through every frame of this film ~ Plus, regardless if he’s BIG OR SMALL~Ant Man manages to DO IT ALL! Lilly is also absolutely fabulous all along the way as well, taking on a more significant role as the WASP, bringing to life the superhero partner that Ant Man can’t manage to function without.  And Douglas, Pena, T.I., Greer and Cannavale were also perfect this time around too, bringing back the magic of their characters from the original ANT MAN (2015), while adding the perfect cohesion to this film, every step of the way.

Add in the fabulous additions of Fishburne, John-Kamen, and Pfeiffer, playing Janet van Dyne to the storyline, and you have one absolutely marvelous film, leading the continuation of the MARVEL UNIVERSE into hyperdrive…

So, stay out of the summer heat this weekend and go catch ANT MAN and the WASP at a theater near you!  Rudd and Lilly are the perfect dynamic duo to make all your SUMMER MOVIE DREAMS come true! And don’t forget to stay until all the credits are over yet again… as the last frame of this one is as integral as it gets…

Kathy Kaiser

 

 

This humble opinion is brought to by you T. K. Edwards

ANT-MAN & THE WASP  – Rated PG-13  – 1 hr. 58 mins

Directed by:  Peyton Reed

Cast:  Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Hannah John-Kamen, Laurence Fishburne, Judy Greer

Trying his best to stay out of trouble and be a good father, Scott Lang once again gets pulled back into his role as Ant-Man, but this time he’s got a partner…The Wasp.

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Alright…let’s come back to normal text for my recommendation on this film.  If you haven’t guessed by now, ANT-MAN & THE WASP is definitely a MUST SEE on the big screen.  It’s worth every penny of your hard earned money and if you’re like me, you’ll have an absolute blast watching every minute of it.  Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S. – Make sure to stick around after the credits because there are 2 post credit scenes.  

 

THE FIRST PURGE – Rated R – 1 hr. 37 mins.

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THE FIRST PURGE  – Rated R  – 1 hr. 37 mins

Director by:  Gerard McMurray

Cast:  Marisa Tomei, Y’Ian Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Lauren Velez

The fourth installment of the Purge franchise shows how the Purge actually began.

THIS SEGMENT DOES NOT CONTAIN SPOILERS

I have always thought THE PURGE franchise was unique and creative.  I enjoyed the first and second film, but the third one started showing signs of the franchise going in a different direction.  It looked like they were just making a movie just to make one or because they knew they could squeeze a few more dollars out of a franchise that has run its course…for example:

  • SAW FRANCHISE
  • FINAL DESTINATION FRANCHISE
  • HALLOWEEN FRANCHISE
  • FRIDAY THE 13TH FRANCHISE
  • NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET FRANCHISE
  • INSIDIOUS FRANCHISE
  • PARANORMAL ACTIVITY FRANCHISE

But, to my surprise, THE FIRST PURGE really did keep my attention throughout the entire film.  It had everything you wanted in a PURGE movie including the perfect blend of violence, gore, a very good story, better than average action, and some very strong themes.  If you were to ask me to put THE PURGE films in order of best to worst, they would go as follows:

  1. THE PURGE
  2. THE PURGE: ANARCHY
  3. THE FIRST PURGE
  4. THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR

Moreover, THE FIRST PURGE has come out in theaters right at the perfect time.  With everything that is going on these days with Hollywood recognizing the amount “Whitewashing” its been doing and also not giving enough opportunities to more African American actors and directors, it was incredibly refreshing to see Gerard McMurray given as much “free reign” as they did.  You could tell McMurray had some strong feelings inside him that he wanted to get out and THE FIRST PURGE gave him that opportunity. I think he has a great voice and a bright future as a Hollywood director. In my opinion you should go see THE FIRST PURGE in theaters only if you’re a fan of the franchise, otherwise wait to watch this one at home – it’s still worth a look.  Until next time, thanks for reading.

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MORTAL ENGINES – In Theaters December 14, 2018

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Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved.  Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns.  Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar).  Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.

Mortal Engines is the startling, new epic adventure directed by Oscar®-winning visual-effects artist Christian Rivers (King Kong).  Joining Rivers are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies three-time Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, who have penned the screenplay.  The Universal and MRC adaptation is from the award-winning book series by Philip Reeve, published in 2001 by Scholastic.

On board as producers are Zane Weiner (The Hobbit trilogy), Amanda Walker (The Hobbit trilogy) and Deborah Forte (Goosebumps), as well as Walsh and Jackson.  Ken Kamins (The Hobbit trilogy) joins Boyens as executive producer.  Universal will distribute the film worldwide.

Genre:3D Epic Adventure

Cast: Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide and Stephen Lang

Directed by: Christian Rivers

Writers: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson

Based on the Book by: Philip Reeve

Produced by: Zane Weiner, Amanda Walker, Deborah Forte, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson

Executive Producers: Ken Kamins, Philippa Boyens

Meet Boots Riley. TEACHER. ACTIVIST. MUSICIAN. AUTHOR. WRITER / DIRECTOR. Now, Get to know SORRY TO BOTHER YOU’S writer and director before the film debuts in select theaters July 6th and everywhere July 13th!

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Synopsis: In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe.

Cast: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Terry Crews, Steven Yeun, Omari Hardwick, Jermaine Fowler, and Danny Glover

Director: Boots Riley

Writer: Boots Riley

Producers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, Charles D. King, George Rush

Production Company(s): Significant Productions, MNM Creative, MACRO, Cinereach

Genre: Comedy/Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Distributor:  Annapurna Pictures

Release Date: July 6, 2018 (Limited), July 13, 2018 (Wide)

Kathy vs. T.K.’s view of JURASSIC WORLD : FALLEN KINGDOM – Rated PG-13

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“Remember, these creatures were here before us and if we’re not careful, they are going to be here after…welcome to Jurassic World..” ~ Dr. Ian Malcolm

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 8 mins. 

Director:  J.A. Bayona 

Writers:  Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow 

Starring:  Jeff Goldblum, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, BD Wong, Isabella Sermon

As we venture back into Jurassic World, it seems the volcano that its built on is about to erupt, once again taking out these genetically formulated Dinosaurs from this earth…

Leading the team to save them from extinction is none other than our heroin from the 4th installment, the beautiful and brainy Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), at the request of multimillionaire, and dinosaur lover himself Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell).  And what’s a girl to do without the “Dino Whisperer” to help her on her quest…as she convinces Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) to assist her in getting these incredible creatures off the island, and to a safe, tranquil environment where they can thrive…and more importantly, not become extinct from this earth again, before their time… 

I give JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD!  Well, keep in mind that this is the 5th installment for this franchise ~ and with that said ~ they have tried very hard to keep the feel and integrity of this particular franchise ALIVE AND WELL, and Universal definitely deserves kudos for that.  It was also nice seeing our hero and heroin from Jurassic World back on the big screen, although I felt that this time around, Pratt wasn’t at his best, as it seemed he was just going through the motions all throughout this film L  Maybe he was filming as his marriage was falling apart, maybe he prefers playing the role of Star Lord ~ I’m not really sure what the issues were ~ all I know is that he is way better than he put down for this film.  I wasn’t totally sold on this particular storyline either (I’m leaving it at that to avoid any spoilers) – as I’m sure the people in Hawaii are feeling that this storyline might be a little close to home for them at the present too! And I must also caution the parents this time around – please heed the PG-13 rating, as this particular Jurassic film is particularly graphic and scary, made even more profound by young actress Isabella Sermon’s blood curdling scream! Although, I was super excited to see Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) back this time around, even though I wish that he would have gotten a lot more screen time than he did.  And seeing BD Wong back, and adding Rafe Spall this time around, did make for some very enjoyable scenes all throughout this film.  All-in-all, if you have loved the Jurassic films from the start, then you have no choice but to head out this weekend and catch JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM at a theater near you.  But, if you are in hopes that this one will be better than its predecessor, well, I wouldn’t go that far either…which may cause you to want to wait and catch this latest installment when it hits on DVD. But I must also share too, that this film it’s definitely better than the 3rd installment, by far! J And please don’t forget to stay past the credits too…because you don’t want to miss what’s lurking at the very end of this film either…

Kathy Kaiser

This humble opinion is brought to by you T. K. Edwards

JURASSIC WORLD:  FALLEN KINGDOM  – Rated PG-13  – 2 hr. 8 mins

Director by:  J. A. Bayona

Cast:  Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Toby Jones, Jeff Goldblum, Daniella Pineda, Justice Smith

The Jurassic World theme park and it’s remaining dinosaurs have been abandoned to deal with an erupting volcano that will destroy every living thing on the island, unless the rest of the world decides to save the dinosaurs once again from extinction.

THIS SEGMENT HAS NO SPOILERS – JUST DINOSAURS

The Jurassic Park franchise has always been one of my favorites.  I really do love all the movies, even though JP2 & JP3 are not what you would consider “amazing films”, they still had some very exciting action and loads of heart.  But the problem with both of those films was that each of their storylines were weak, which started me down the path of losing interest in the series, but lucky for me…that’s when JURASSIC WORLD introduced itself to me and my love for the franchise was rejuvenated.  After that film, I was ready for the sequel and JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM did not disappoint me at all. This movie had me tucked back as far into my theater seat as I could possibly go with all of the jump scares and “Raptor-Moments” we’ve had throughout the series.

Rap·tor(ˈraptər)-Mo·ment (ˈmōmənt) – noun;  This is a word made up by T.K. Edwards meaning any part in the JURASSIC PARK movies where a dinosaur (usually raptors) “pop up” out of nowhere and scare the balls out of you.  You usually know these parts because you’ve stopped breathing, you’re heart is pounding and you’re saying “oh shit” to yourself.

The moment JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM begins, you’ve buckled up for a ride in what feels like a rollercoaster of a movie.  The film takes you up slowly with a solid story, sends you screaming down with some very good acting, jerks you back and forth with thrilling suspense and finally turns you upside down over & over with crazy action.  I really enjoyed the first JURASSIC WORLD and I never believed they could come close to making a sequel with as much action as that one, but JURASSIC WORLD 2 comes close to beating its predecessor. And the special effects in this film are beyond what a viewing audience can prepare themselves for.  They… Are… INCREDIBLE!!! We have come a looooooong way since the first JURASSIC PARK and it is exciting to see what these filmmakers can do with CGI. I highly suggest you go see JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM in the theaters, it’s worth every penny of your purchased ticket, but if you need two more reasons to go see this movie, then here they are…1) Jeff… 2) Goldblum (LOL)!!!  Nuff Said? – Nuff Said. Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S. – Stick around after the credits.  There’s one post credit scene. You’re Welcome!

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Review of SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY – Rated PG-13

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SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY – Rated PG-13 – 2 hr. 15 mins

Director by: Ron Howard

Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Paul Bettany, Thandie Newton, Jon Favreau

Set prior to the original film trilogy, Han Solo tries to fulfill a promise he made to someone on his home planet, but ends up making a name for himself in his first STAR WARS adventure.

THIS SEGMENT WILL BE SPOILER FREE … I PROMISE…I LOVE STAR WARS TOO.

If I had to describe SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY in one word it would be…FUN!!! Man, I needed this movie to be good. After having my childhood heart broken by LAST JEDI and having FORCE AWAKENS story then ruined by Episode 8..I’ll repeat…I NEEDED THIS MOVIE TO BE GOOD!!! Thank you Ron Howard for taking over the reigns of this film and making such an enjoyable movie bring back the kid in me. This was exactly what I needed to get back into loving STAR WARS again. I think that’s because J.J. Abrams took one of my most beloved characters away from me, which i was NOT upset about because it made for a great story and was the only thing that was needed to move the current trilogy in a new direction (cough…Rian…rolling tear down my cheek). But then…from out of nowhere, Mr. Ron Howard (Captain BACKDRAFT, Mr. GRINCH, the CINDERELLA MAN himself, swooped in and gave him back to me (Birthday wishes really do come true everyone…you’re welcome…LOL). His vision was terrific. His tone was outstanding. And his direction was exactly what this story needed. Ron Howard was the perfect choice for directing SOLO and he did something i never thought could be possible…Ron Howard gave me back the Han Solo I haven’t seen since Episode 4! This time Solo’s sarcasm, subtle humor, and conceited charm was being performed by Alden Ehrenreich who didn’t let me down either. If I had one criticism though, it would be that it took him awhile to get into character. At the beginning he was just Alden, but then came the addition of one of my other favorite characters of all time…based on George Lucas’s dog named Indiana…none other than…da dada daaaaa…CHEWBACCA!!! Arrr(rolling L’s)rrrrrr!!! The moment Chewy joined Han the movie just took off with loads of action, comedy and heart. This movie would not have worked if these two characters’ chemistry didn’t pour out onto the silver screen. You had to believe they were friends and that they were having these conversations that only they could understand. Seeing them together is what makes this movie great! Push aside all the action (which SOLO has everything you want and more), all the comedy (this movie has some hilarious moments), all the other characters (Donald Glover was made to play Lando Calrissian) and all the easter eggs (there are soooo many easter eggs and fans are going to go out of their minds by what they bear witness to), this movie will always come back to Han Solo and Chewbacca being on screen together doing the things we only heard them talk about in the original trilogy. SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY is a fun ride from beginning to end and deserves a sequel as soon as possible. Go see this one in the theaters and wash out the LAST JEDI taste in your mouth. I don’t look forward to the new episodes anymore, but because of SOLO & ROGUE ONE I am now officially looking forward to just all the stand alone STAR WARS films. Until next time, thanks for reading.

Kathy vs. TK’s view of RAMPAGE ~

 

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RAMPAGE – Rated PG-13 – 1hr. 47 mins.  – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Director: Brad Peyton 

Cast:  Dwayne Johnson, Naomi Harris, Malin Ackerman, Jake Lacy, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, PJ Byrne, and Joe Manganiello 

Based on the RAMPAGE Video game, originally released as an arcade game in 1986 ~ We meet Primatologist David Okoye (Dwayne Johnson), joking around with his staff, and with his favorite gorilla in captivity, George.

When foreign debris comes falling from the sky, it seems that an experiment in genetic editing has gone awry, and it’s now infected not only George, but a Wolf, and a Crocodile too, as they all are growing at an unprecidented rate, and ready to take over Chicago…

As Okoye, and Dr. Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris) attempt to find the antidote to save George, and all of Chicago from annihilation ~ it may take a miracle ~ and the assistance of Agent Harvey Russell (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) too, to finally bring down these incredible beasts…

I give RAMPAGE a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN: Johnson is totally awesome, as always, bringing his bigger than life persona to the big screen once again.  Harris and Morgan are exceptional too, assisting in stopping these larger than life creatures before Chicago is removed from this earth.  Add in the slightly better –than- average portrayals by Ackerman, Lacy, Byrne and Manganiello as well, and you have an action-packed thriller that was actually a lot better than I was anticipating it would be, going in.  I mean, I have to give a glowing review to any film that highlights the Air Force base near my home (yeah SAFB), and gives a shout out to my home town too ~ as this little surprise on screen was too exciting not to take notice! If you loved the RAMPAGE video game “back in the day” or if you just love to view “the big guy” in everything he does, just like I…then you have to head out to a theater near you this weekend to catch RAMPAGE on the big screen, because catching all this BIGNESS on the small screen, just won’t give the GARGANTUAN MAGNITUDE of this film justice…

Kathy Kaiser


This humble opinion is brought to you by T. K. Edwards

RAMPAGE

Director by:  Brad Peyton

Cast:  Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

A primatologist teams with a geneticist to stop three genetically altered animals from destroying everything in their path.

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Just like the 1986 arcade game that RAMPAGE is based on, this movie is a lot of fun!  It has everything you want out of an action movie.  Three giant monsters…check! Terrific special effects…check!  Over the top action sequences…check! WWE wrestler, turned actor, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson…check!  This movie is what is and doesn’t apologize for it and that is what makes me enjoy it all the more. Peyton and Johnson were not out to make a movie that was going to win any academy awards.  No, that’s not what this movie is. This movie is strictly for the fans of the arcade game and for an audience that wants to be blown away by an unbelievable story and some amazing action. It’s no secret this has been a bit of a passion project for The Rock and I’m so glad he got it made.  I was hooked from the beginning of this film all the way to the end. I was actually thinking the story was going to be truly unbelievable, but I was surprised by the amount of effort that was put in to it. Now, I’m not saying this is a story that could happen, far from it. I’m just saying this movie doesn’t have that “slap together at the last minute” vibe I was expecting.  There was preparation made with this film and you can tell by all the special effects in it. Brad Peyton knows his stuff when it comes to making a movie that is over powered by CGI. He’s like a better version of Stephen Sommers. I was impressed by all of his choices and he really works well with Johnson. They really did a great job with their third collaboration and I’ll be the first to say it out loud…RAMPAGE SEQUEL PLEASE!!!  I mean, there are still some characters from the arcade game we could see in a sequel if they wanted to make one…like Boris & Ruby. More chaos and destruction is still waiting to be made and George could still be there to save the day…oh and The Rock too…LOL. In my opinion, this movie is definitely a lot of fun and does deserve a chance to be seen on the big screen, but no one is going to get their feelings hurt if you wait to watch it at home too.  Either one is fine. Until next time, thanks for reading.

Check out the NEW TRAILER for THE FIRST PURGE -The latest collaboration between Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures hits theaters July 4.

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A Nation Reborn. The latest collaboration between Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures hits theaters July 4.

THE FIRST PURGE – In Theaters July 4

Behind every tradition lies a revolution.  Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness.  Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge.

To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community.  But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.

Coming off the most successful film in the series, The Purge: Election Year, creator James DeMonaco (writer/director of The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year) returns alongside the producers of this worldwide phenomenon: Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Insidious series, Get Out, Split), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ouija series, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers).

The First Purge is directed by Gerard McMurray (Burning Sands), working from a screenplay once again written by DeMonaco. www.thefirstpurge.com

Genre: Thriller

Cast: Y’Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez and Marisa Tomei

Directed by: Gerard McMurray

Written by: James DeMonaco

Produced by: Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Sébastien K. Lemercier

Executive Producers: Steve Molen, Jeanette Volturno, Couper Samuelson

Kathy vs. TK’s view of READY PLAYER ONE – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 20 mins.

Ready Player ONe

READY PLAYER ONE – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 20 mins.

Director:  Steven Spielberg 

Writers:  Zak Penn & Ernest Cline 

Based on the Novel by Ernest Cline 

Starring:  Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, Simon Pegg, TJ Miller, Mark Rylance, Philip Zhao and Win Morisaki

Set in the futuristic world of 2045, we meet gamer Parzival, leaving his real world as Wade, and venturing into the virtual reality world of the Oasis as often as he can to escape the harsh reality of his real life.  Lucky for Parzival, he’s met some pretty cool dudes along the way in this alternate universe – like his friend Aech (Lena Waithe), and Daito (Win Morisaki) and Sho (Philip Zhao) too.

When the creator of the OASIS, Halliday (Academy Award Winner Mark Rylance) unexpectedly passes away, he opens up a game war amongst all his followers ~ and the prize???  An Easter Egg that will give its owner total power over Halliday’s virtual reality universe, and make them keeper of the inspirational finding that Halliday has uncovered over his years of research. But with new gamer Art3mis (Olivia Cooke) now entering the game, and all of Sorrento’s (Ben Mendelsohn) minions converging into this virtual war too…the race is now really on, like Donkey Kong, to see who can crack the codes, to become master of this virtual world…

I give READY PLAYER ONE a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN ~ Spielberg managed to bring together the nostalgic feel of the 80’s, and meshed it into the virtual reality world of today, in a fascinating, exciting, and very heartwarming way!  Sheridan is superb as Wade/Parzival…finding that the real world may end up being way better than he ever thought possible.  Cooke, Rylance and Mendelsohn are also perfectly cast, bringing their own vibrant and realistic presence to their roles.  I’m not sure if it was my love of the entirely reminiscent soundtrack, or if it was the overwhelming feeling that Spielberg’s storytelling was coming full circle ~ as portions of this film seemed reminiscent of how I felt watching ET, A.I. and Jurassic Park, right down to the epic music sequences throughout. I truly think you are going to have to watch this film more than once to catch all the incredible goodness that is strewn throughout.  It was also enjoyable to experience the positive message intertwined throughout the frames of READY PLAYER ONE purposefully placed there for viewers to take away, just like every other Spielberg film we’ve come to love over the years.  I mean, if your children love video games, and you, like me, grew up loving the 80’s, then rally the troops and head out to catch READY PLAYER ONE this holiday weekend ~ you’ll be totally excited that you did 🙂

Kathy Kaiser


This humble opinion is brought you to by T. K. Edwards

READY PLAYER ONE

Director by:  Steven Spielberg

Cast:  Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, T.J. Miller

In the not so distant future, a group of gamers hunt for an easter egg inside a virtual reality program that will give them instant fame and fortune, but an evil corporation is after the same egg and will stop at nothing to find it.

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Ready Player One was fantastic!  Steven Spielberg is by far one of my favorite storytellers/directors of all time.  Talk about someone who has morphed their craft with the changing of the times. He is not scared to try things that are new in the world of major motion picture film making, while still holding on to his usual style and tone that audiences have now grown to love.  Ready Player One does an amazing job of combining pop culture, realistic special effects, and live action. Spielberg’s camera angle choices always stop my heart because they are always incredible and come out of nowhere. You can tell he was having a ball making this film and the evidence is up there on the screen as proof.  As far as the pop culture icon references (i.e. King Kong, Back to the Future, Tears for Fears, Terminator 2, etc.) he didn’t add them just to add them. He placed all of them very casually and without focusing too much on one or the other. It felt like while I was watching Ready Player One, I was on my own easter egg hunt for all of my favorite icons.  I can’t wait to own this movie because I’m going to search through each frame to find something new every time I watch it.

Now, on to our players…

Tye Sheridan was great.  The first time I saw him was in the movie Mud and I knew that wasn’t going to be the last time I saw him.  Same goes for Olivia Cooke. I saw her in Bates Motel and knew she was going to be a name to look out for. Both of them have a Spielberg casting quality to them.  You see them in Ready Player One and truly believe you could place them in any other Spielberg film. This was a hard movie to do and both Tye and Olivia brought everything they had to their roles and NAILED them home.  Ben Mendelsohn is another brilliant casting choice for this film. He’s been hiding as a bit of a supporting actor in his films, but Ready Player One is going to change all of that. He does a fantastic job as the movies antagonist and proves, once again, his range as an actor has no limit.  In conclusion (if you haven’t guessed already…LOL), my suggestion is to GO TO THE THEATER and see this one on the big screen. Go see it twice because I guarantee you will not see EVERYTHING the first time you watch it. Annnnd…I also suggest you buy this one when it comes out on blu-ray (not dvd…this one deserves to be seen only on blu-ray or better).  Until next time, thanks for reading.