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Kong: Skull Island

Growing up, I use to watch all the old monster movies like King Kong, Godzilla, Gamera, etc. They were cool to watch as a kid, you had big monsters, but not scary, throwing down with each other and smashing up cities. It wasn’t until I got older that I started to notice things like special effects and what it took to make these monsters move.

Here’s what Kong: Skull Island is about. A team of scientists and military personnel are sent to the Pacific to explore an uncharted island. Once they get there, the scientists use explosives, developed by a seismologist, to map out the island. Unfortunately, once the bombings start, the team quickly realize that some of the inhabitants of the island may not be so keen on them being there.

The story that the writers (Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly, and John Gatins) came up with seemed pretty simple at first glance. They came up with a believable explanation as to why everyone winds up on the island, but once everyone gets there the story really takes off and turns into something far from a simple monster movie.

Overall, I got old-school feels from a new school film, which was seriously cool. If you haven’t seen Kong: Skull Island yet… you should!

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Flatliners

Flatliners

When I was younger I remember watching a lot of movies that were not age appropriate for a little boy. One of those flicks I remember was Flatliners. I remember it being slow and boring but it got scary a couple of times. At least that’s how I remember it. Honestly I probably haven’t watched it since I was about six or seven which was the benefit of going into this film. I had an idea about the film but not a clear picture. Perfect. As I began watching, I noticed some familiar themes (of course) yet slowly but surely I felt like I was watching a different film other than something titled: Flatliners.

Flatliners really fell flat for me (pun intended). Ms. Page’s portrayal of Courtney left me wanting more. I really felt like I was watching someone act in a movie – unlike when we saw her in Hard Candy. It didn’t feel real, and she seemed stiff and boring. Her character’s backstory never really went anywhere, and the only clue to why she wanted to explore the existence of an afterlife was a short scene where she was googling “Afterlife theories.” I’m guessing to try to communicate or see that her sister is ok. I don’t know?

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IT

IT

It isn’t necessarily the IT you remember, but it is something you won’t ever forget!

Stephen King has often said he never really felt that his novels translate well into full length movies, and with few exceptions, I agree with him. But when I heard he was making the miniseries for regular TV back in the ’80s, I wasn’t too thrilled. Nevertheless, despite the censoring, that iteration of IT has always remained a favorite, because I really loved the book. And regardless of what your millennial friends are pushing, Tim Curry is, and always will be, Pennywise the Dancing Clown. However, Bill Skarsgård certainly impressed me as his honorable heir, and this full-length feature film lives up to the  hype, IT is a must watch film!

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Apocalypto

Apocalypto

I once wrote that one can’t be a critic and a filmmaker at the same time because the former is reactive while the latter is proactive. Yet, here I am contradicting myself, at least in a sense. While Apocalypto is already known, I desire to produce such short analyses simply out of respect. In his case it is because I believe that Mel Gibson, while already respected as a filmmaker, is actually still underrated. He is on the threshold of deserving the same reverence in film, both as art and entertainment, as Spielberg and Scorsese as great living directors. The masterpiece that is Apocalypto reminds us of his vision and reach.

Apocalypto, directed by Mel Gibson, produced by his Icon Productions along with Touchstone Pictures and released in 2006, is a film about revelation and revolution. The film follows a young tribesman named Jaguar Paw (Youngblood) as his idyllic life is uprooted by raiders who enslave his people and prepare him and others for sacrifice to Mayan deity Kukulkan. Jaguar Paw’s goal is to survive and make his way back to his expectant wife and their child who are trapped in a pit. Stripped of his tribe and with no home, he transforms from hunted to hunter as he claims his identity in life.

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Nocturne

Nocturne

A non-linear, slick horror film that bends the limits of reality but makes sense when everything comes together. Also, I have said this in many reviews, never mess around with a Ouija board, and if you do . . . always, ALWAYS say good bye! Otherwise you have just invited in any spirit that wants to come in. Think of it like your house, you wouldn’t just leave your front door open and not kick out unruly guests, would you? Especially not invisible guests with terrible dark powers! If only these “high school” kids had gotten the memo. The question isn’t if they’ll all die, it’s when and if you’ll even realize when it is happening.

If you are looking for a fresh perspective on the somewhat overdone Ouija board horror genre, Nocturne provides it with a compelling, and a bit confusing story-line. There are moments where nothing will make sense, until the very end, and the film never gets boring. I was definitely entertained.

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