Movie Reviews

Coraline (2009)

Coraline (2009)

Director:

Henry Selick

Writers:

Henry Selick

Starring:

Dakota Fanning

Teri Hatcher

John Hodgman

Blurb:

An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Review:

Coraline reminded me of Into the Spiderverse in that it was visually stunning. I was struck several times by how amazing this movie looked. In the opening scene, it looked real until you saw the dude climbing on the roof. It was beautiful and I loved that aspect of it.

I realize Coraline isn’t technically a Halloween movie but it’s definitely scarier than your average kid’s movie. I was freaked out more than once and while I’d love to watch this with my kids I’m not sure how they’d react. There were people with button eyes. They wanted her to gouge her own eyes out and sew buttons in their place. It was a trip in places.

Poison oak is a vine, not a tree.

Dowsing is a pseudoscience.

I was an annoying little shit while I watched this movie with a friend. Yet, I’m pretty sure she’ll still watch movies with me. Friends are awesome.

I enjoy Neil Gaiman’s works, Good Omens is one of my favorite books and the TV show was amazing. However, I have not read Coraline. After watching this I’m not sure if I will. It could be one of those rare instances where the movie is better than the book. I’ll let you know when I finally get around to it.

4/5

Boss Level (2021)

Boss Level (2021)

Director:

Joe Carnahan

Writers:

Chris Borey

Eddie Borey

Joe Carnahan

Starring:

Frank Grillo

Naomi Watts

Michelle Yeoh

Will Sassa

Mel Gibson

Blurb:

A retired Special Forces officer is trapped in a never-ending time loop on the day of his death.

Review:

Boss Level snuck in under my radar and I didn’t know it was even a thing until I was mindlessly scrolling through Hulu. It was a victim of COVID and despite costing $45 million ended up on Hulu and not in theaters. It was an entertaining action movie with the added bonus of the repeating day trope. Someone at Hulu seriously loves that trope and I am all about it. More, please!

Anyway, an incredibly dehydrated Frank Grillo does a great job portraying an ex-military man stuck in a loop where he dies every day. He has no idea what’s going on at first and spends the first 80 or so loops just fighting to survive before he tries to figure out what’s going on.

Surprisingly, Naomi Watts is also in this film. I was not expecting that, though, she isn’t in the movie a huge amount. She’s Grillo’s ex and the mother of his child. She also doesn’t seem to understand PTSD and just wants him to go back to being the man she loved before all the military killing and whatnot. It doesn’t go into his military background, much, so that’s just an assumption on my part.

Mel Gibson was a good bad guy, which makes sense considering who he is in real life.

The biggest surprise, for me, was Will Sasso being the heavy henchman. I’ve only ever seen him in comedic roles and while this wasn’t a super serious role it was definitely not a comic relief character.

Michelle Yeoh was in Boss Level as well. I’m so happy with her current popularity. She’s popping up in so many movies that I watch and enjoy. I will always love seeing her.

Boss Level was a nice break from my movie re-watch and I’m glad I checked it out.

3.5/5

The Suicide Squad (2021)

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The Suicide Squad (2021)

Director:

James Gunn

Writer:

James Gunn

Starring:

Viola Davis

Joel Kinnaman

Margot Robbie

Idris Elba

John Cena

Daniela Melchoir

David Dastmalchian

Sylvester Stallone

Blurb:

Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

Review:

At this point, I’m not sure if DC deserves to have their movies reviewed. Unless I’m angry at them.

This is the second Suicide Squad movie and it has nothing to do with the previous one, only it does? This one has a ‘the’ in the title, which is the only different thing. This one is a much better story, but personally, I think the music in the previous one was better. That was the only good thing about the first one, though.

The Suicide Squad was the best DC movie hands down, but the bar was really low. It’s also the best movie to come out in 2021, but again, the bar was low. It was not, however, James Gunn’s best. Still, if he’s at the helm for the first time in a long, long time I have some hope in DCs future offerings.

4/5

Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)

Netflix Movie

Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)

Director:

Navot Papushado

Writers:

Navot Papsuhado

Ehud Lavski

Starring:

Karen Gillan

Joanna Bobin

Lena Headey

Paul Giamatti

Carla Gugino

Angela Bassett

Michelle Yeoh

Chloe Coleman

Blurb:

Three generations of women fight back against those who could take everything from them.

Review:

It’s been a couple of weeks since I watched Gunpowder Milkshake. I needed time to let it percolate. I know that I enjoyed the movie, but I’m not sure how much. In parts, it reminded me of John Wick, but Sam was a little off. I’m not sure why and I’m trying to pinpoint it. She’s very good at being an assassin. She’s damaged because her mother left her at a young age. She’s capable, but still learning. She’s been doing her job for quite some time and is feared by her coworkers because of how good she is, however she still flounders in places. She’s not perfect and John Wick is, for the most part. Maybe that’s it?

Michelle Yeoh is amazing and I love her in everything. I was so happy to see her in this. I loved each of the matriarchs, with the exception of Sam’s mom, Scarlet. The lore was interesting and similar to John Wick, but female-led, which I liked.

I think what I disliked the most was that Sam ends up “killing” a person, but not really, and I didn’t like that. She’s supposed to be a “good guy” and even though she didn’t technically kill the person, she still kind of did. If she was the caliber of professional she was supposed to be I feel like she could have avoided the issue, but I could be expecting too much.

I always enjoy a child sidekick, so I had no issues with Emily. I do know that some people don’t like that, so be forewarned. Chloe Coleman plays a similar character to the one she played in My Spy, though, somehow more innocent.

I’m going to need to watch Gunpowder Milkshake again before I can come to a final opinion. It’s at least 3.5 stars, but it could be more.

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Director:

Frank Oz

Writer:

Howard Ashman

Starring:

Levi Stubbs

Rick Moranis

Ellen Greene

Vincent Gardenia

Tichina Arnold

Michelle Weeks

Tisha Campbell

Steve Martin

Bill Murray

Blurb:

A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

Thoughts:

Technically I should do a review of Little Shop of Horrors because I don’t own it, however, it’s such a classic that I don’t feel the need.

Seymour and Audrey have serious self-worth issues. They don’t believe they deserve anything more than the worst. Since they aren’t homeless and have jobs, no matter how horrible, they feel like they shouldn’t ask for more. Until one day, an alien plant comes into their lives and begins to give Seymour everything he wanted.

Seymour can not handle what Audrey II wants from him. He has absolutely no forethought and once Audrey II started drinking blood he should have known where things were going. The fact that he didn’t take a step back and reevaluate when Audrey II started asking for people says a lot about him. He’s a follower, not a leader, and didn’t have the will to question.

Poor Audrey I, I feel for her. After her songs and seeing her boyfriend, you can’t help but want her to have a happy ending. Even though Steve Martin’s parts were some of the best in the movie, you definitely don’t want him anywhere near her.

My favorite part had to be the final battle and the last song. I can relate more to Audrey II than the others, even though I sometimes struggle with my own self-worth. I loved hearing it go on it’s villain rant. I’m also glad the film ended the way it did. I would have not have liked the movie if it ended how the writers originally intended. Test audiences did us a solid there.