Review of PET SEMATARY – Rated R

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

PET SEMATARY  – Rated R  – 1 hr. 41 mins

DIRECTOR:  Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer

STARRING:  Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, Jete Laurence

Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS BELOW

In 1989, I saw something that forever changed me, which was the original PET SEMATARY movie.  There were things in that movie that just never left my brain. Horrible images of a dead kid, a car accident victim with his head split open and a woman named Zelda that haunted my childhood nightmares for weeks, years and now it would seem, decades to come.  I thought they were gone and would never come back. I pushed them way down deep in my subconscious. I’m talking deep, deep in my subconscious. A dark place where the KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, EXORCIST, IT (1990), and GARBAGE PAIL KIDS: THE MOVIE lives.  And thanks to the success of the new IT movie, PET SEMATARY got a rebooted movie now too. Now all these suppressed memories of a demonic cat with glowing eyes, a head trauma victim, the kid from kindergarten cop trying to kill his parents, and F-ing Zelda are flooding back to me.  Welcome back nightmares! It’s’ been awhile! How ya been? Still horrifying. Good. Glad to hear it. The new PET SEMATARY film delivers on everything you’re expecting it to, but this time around the story is tweaked just a bit in parts to make it feel new and exciting, while also providing the audience with scares they may not see coming.  Here are a few things (Spoiler FREE) you will find out after watching the new PET SEMATARY:

  1. The movie is scarier if you were terrified of the original.
  2. Zelda is still creepy as balls!
  3. 1989 head trauma makeup looks just as disgusting as 2019 head trauma makeup.
  4. Dogs are better than cats.
  5. Checking out the traffic situation around your house before you buy it is always a great idea.
  6. You probably should’ve worn your brown pants to the movie.
  7. John Lithgow is a God!

I could go on and on about the things that are both horrifying and psychologically damaging in PET SEMATARY, but I’m late for my therapist appointment and I have to save some of this stuff for her…I mean I paid for a whole session I might as well use it.  If you love horror films and you’re a fan of Stephen King & the original film, then go see PET SEMATARY in the theaters. Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S. – There are no post credit scenes.

Tony vs. T.K’s thoughts on BUMBLEBEE – Rated PG-13

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Every Hero Has a Beginning

All I could think when a new “Transformers” movie was announced for Christmas 2018 was “oh no, here we go again!”  After the massively-successful “Kubo and the Two Strings”, Paramount placed Travis Knight at the helm; and man are they happy they did!  “Bumblebee” follows our titular hero (voiced by Dylan O’Brien) after escaping from Cybertron, being sent to Earth by Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) as the only hope of the Autobots’ chance of survival.  Once on Earth, he encounters a sergeant (John Cena) and his platoon during a training exercise but manages to escape.  In a small southern Californian town, Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) is navigating through her adolescence and dealing with the loss of her father.  She stumbles upon a dirty, rusty VW bug in the nearby scrapyard and she receives it as a gift for her 18th birthday.  After turning him on, his signal is tracked, and two Decepticons head to interrogate him to discover the location of Optimus and the rest of the Autobots.  With Dropkick (voiced by Justin Theroux) and Shatter (voiced by Angela Bassett) deceiving Sector 7, it’s up to Charlie, Bumblebee, and her friend Memo (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.) to stop the Decepticons and save the Earth from annihilation.

In a very crowded movie season, “Bumblebee” is great fun for the whole family and a very refreshing entry in the “Transformers” universe.  It’s no secret that the latest entries (arguably all of them since “Revenge of the Fallen”) have left much to be desired, essentially driving the franchise straight into the ground.  I’m not entirely sure what Paramount’s plans are for future installments, but they certainly are off to a great start with “Bumblebee”!   The film relies on mainly telling a story, resorting to using action spectacles as a story builder rather than the primary focus.  Have no fear, there is still plenty of action and explosions, but they add depth to the film; there aren’t any lens flares though!  In addition to the story is the surprising star of the film, its heart.  “Bumblebee” is full of heart, so much of it comes from Steinfeld who is remarkably charming and conveys an authentic connection to Bumblebee.  Cena balances the drama and comedy, but some of his lines just come off entirely-corny.  This is not due to Cena, but to the often-times predictable and cheesy dialog courtesy of the film’s screenplay.  Unfortunately, the services of John Ortiz are criminally-underused though.

“Bumblebee” also has its fair amount of fan service as well.  While the film doesn’t answer all of the questions, many of them are addressed, such as: how Bumblebee lost his ability to speak, his original form, and how he gets his custom Chevrolet Camaro look as well!  Accompanying the 1987 setting of the film is an excellent soundtrack, featuring the likes of: Tears for Fears, Rick Astley, A-HA, The Smiths, and many more; it’s sure to have you tapping your feet or even singing along!  While also cutting-down on the reliance of action and explosions, “Bumblebee” also benefits from the shortened running time of 114 minutes.  The film flows smoothly and abandons the more-is-more approach of the past films.  Paramount truly has a great achievement on their hands; a film for all ages, led-by a strong, talented Hailee Steinfeld, and is thoroughly entertaining from start to finish.  If superheroes and dramatic offerings don’t excite you, go see “Bumbleebee”!

Tony Mosello   

 

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

BUMBLEBEE  – Rated PG-13  – 1 hr. 53 mins

Director by:  Travis Knight

Cast:  Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker

In this Transformers prequel, a young girl discovers her Volkswagen beetle is really a giant robot from another planet.

THIS SEGMENT MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Before we begin and just In case you forgot, here’s the ongoing list of TRANSFORMERS films in the order of when they came out in theaters.

  1. Transformers (2007) – Shia LaBeouf & Megan Fox
  2. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) – Shia LaBeouf & Megan Fox again
  3. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) – Shia LaBeouf & No Megan Fox 😦
  4. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) – Mark Wahlberg w/ short hair
  5. Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) – Mark Wahlberg w/ long hair

Now…here are the differences between the new BUMBLEBEE movie and the rest of the films, which unfortunately, there are not many…actually only two that are obvious.  First, this new film is not directed by Michael Bay. This new film is directed by Travis Knight, whose only other film was KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, which does prove the fact that you don’t need Michael Bay to direct every single TRANSFORMERS movie you decide to do.  There are other directors out there that are just as good at blowing shit up and using camera angles that look down on the actors to show the size of giant robots. Second, is the CGI special effects. There is no doubt the new BUMBLEBEE movie has better CGI special effects than the other films.  Computer Generated Images in movies are like cell phones, every day they keep getting better, sharper, and more technologically advanced. If you go back and compare the first TRANSFORMERS movie to this new one you’ll understand what I mean. The problem with this film is not that it is a bad film, that’s not it.  I actually enjoyed it. The problem with BUMBLEBEE is that we’ve already seen this movie. It’s called TRANSFORMERS. The first movie of this franchise and this new film are almost carbon copies of each other. Both have the following:

  • An outcast kid gets a car for the first time.
  • Bumblebee is the car that is discovered by the outcast kid in BOTH movies.
  • A military that can’t quite grasp the fact there are good robots and bad robots.
  • And the outcast kid’s extremely unfunny parents that have way too many scenes.

I don’t know if they’re trying to reboot this franchise or squeeze just a little bit more money out of it, but either way – it may be time to stop making TRANSFORMERS movies.  Or here’s an idea, let’s take the human being element out of it and have a movie that is all about the giant robots fighting because let’s face it, that’s why we’re really going to see it.  So in my humble opinion, if you have seen and enjoyed all the previous films, then you should definitely go see BUMBLEBEE in theaters. But if you’re like me and bored with the same old story, then save your money and wait to watch this one at home.  Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S. – There is one post credit scene right away, but nothing at the end of the credits.

P.S.S. – If you want to see a really great giant robot movie that has loads of heart, tons of action, and fantastic special effects, then watch REAL STEEL starring Hugh Jackman and Evangeline Lilly.

 

Not for the faint of heart…  Watch the official trailer for mother!  Hits Theaters September 15, 2017

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Not for the faint of heart… 

Watch the official trailer for mother!

 

mother! is in theaters September 15. 

 

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer 

Written by: Darren Aronofsky

 

A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice. 

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Check out the Trailer for MONSTER TRUCKS – Hits theaters January 13, 2017

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Watch the trailer for Monster Trucks! Coming to theaters January 13, 2017.

Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.

Melding cutting edge visual effects and state-of-the-art CGI, Monster Trucks is an action filled adventure for the whole family that will keep you on the edge of your seat and ultimately touch your heart. January 2017 in theatres and RealD 3D.

A Chris Wedge Film.

Cast: Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Barry Pepper, Amy Ryan, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover, Thomas Lennon, Holt McCallany

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