Thursday, December 14, 2017

Before I Wake Trailer


I saw the trailer for Before I Wake in 2015 and was intrigued because it seemed more supernatural than horror which may not seem like much of a distinction to some but for me it can make all the difference with this type of movie. Sadly I never saw it because Relativity Media filed for bankruptcy before the movie got a wide release. I would bet that director, Mike Flanagan, had given up on seeing his movie released but Netflix has now purchased Before I Wake which will premier January 6th 2018

Starring Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane and Jacob Tremblay (knock out performances in Room and The Book of Henry), Before I Wake is the story of a couple who adopt a young boy who seems to be able to bring his dreams (and obviously his nightmares) into the real world. I was particularly happy to read that the director wants this thought of less as a horror movie and more a fable or supernatural drama. That confirms what I hoped when I first saw the trailer.

Bright - Tolkien Brought to the Mean Streets of LA


I won't bury the lead here. I am excited to see the movie Bright because one of the stars is Noomi Rapace. I have been a big fan since first seeing her play the fearless Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.

Bright, directed by David Ayer and written by Max Landis, is the unlikely pairing of the gritty buddy cops genre with Narnia like fantasy.

Also staring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton it's premiering as a Netflix original movie on December 22cd. Netflix original movies have been a roller coaster ride of sorts in the quality and reactions but Netflix must have high hopes for Bright since it has the largest budget to date - $90,000,000.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Maze Runner : The Death Cure



You're young, generally attractive, athletic and living in a future where the world has most definitely gone off the rails. Chances are, you're a character in a teen lit movie adaptation and the future of humanity is on your shoulders. With the slightly cookie cutter plots,  you can be forgiven if not clear on whether you are in the big leagues such as The Hunger Games and Divergent or the minor leagues like The Giver.

Ok, I'm having a bit of fun with a genre that I generally have enjoyed as much as everybody else. The exact plot details of the first two Maze Runner movies is fuzzy but this trailer did catch my eye. I like the Mad Max vibe of the action and the cast is pretty good (Patricia Clarkson as a villain!).<br/>
U.S. opening date - January 26th.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

People You May Know (2017) - A Social Media Parable


Social media is the devil or so I've been told. One temptation in this fool's paradise is to craft an online life that is the envy of your peers. Every picture is perfect, all your posts are rays of sunny positivity and every experience is loaded with meaning and sentiment. While not always honest, I guess this is better than the TMI people who leave you not wanting more.

Jed (Nick Thume) the main character in People You May Know has avoided social media and it's traps like the plague instead opining about how authentic experiences seem to be of a bygone era. Ironically though his profession is to edit social media photos for other people. Want to get rid of that random rash? Need your package boosted for those beach vacation photos? He's the guy to call. Also Nick has hit an online pitfall of his own. While scrolling through so many other people's online posts, he occasionally photo shops himself into other people's pictures. His most prized piece of work has him partying in Las Vegas with Usher. Two women enter Jed's life to propel the plot forward. First is Tasha (Halston Sage) who catches on to Jed's handiwork and makes him a deal. With his skills and her savvy, she wants to see if she can turn him into a viral social media sensation. The other is Franky (Kaily Smith Westbrook), an aspiring actress stuck in the suburbs dreaming of her previous big city life. She is a retro sort of character who lies about her life in the real world and not online. Sparks fly between Jed and Franky and here you have a romantic comedy of sorts.

I wanted to like this movie. The trailer was funny in a modern, hipster sort of way and the roasting social media idea still seems fresh (for now). The Jed/Franky romance is easy going with lot's of chemistry and there is a lot of chuckle worthy humor. For example, don't miss the "locked room" experience. Chrissie Fit, an actress I have never heard of, delivers so many laughs, you will forget that it's supposed to be about Jed and Franky.

Did I like this movie though? Nope, sorry. Jed and Franky's deceits catches up with them. There is a weird Tasha really likes Jed sub plot. Suddenly there are arguments and tears but no laughter. I don't think me and my movie watching companions laughed once during the last twenty minutes. I get it that this part of the movie is about the fictions falling away and dealing with the real world but you can't sacrifice the whole tone of the movie to make a point.

There is a tacked on "thing" at the end in which Jed creates a viral truth telling, warm hearted hashtag but that doesn't work for me either. It's like all the characters at the end of an after school special telling you the lessons they learned.... so skip this one or at least watch in a way that doesn't cost you anything.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Please Stand By


If the words "Spock visits Deep Space Nine" mean something to you then Please Stand By may be the nerdy, warm, fuzziness you need. Starring Dakota Fanning, Toni Collette and a Klingon speaking Patton Oswalt, Please Stand By tells the story of a young autistic woman who runs away from her structured life to hand deliver her original Star Trek story to a writing competition. I predict a sweet, funny, road trip movie that will even be enjoyed by the pop culture challenged who mix up Star Trek and Star Wars. Release date January 26th.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Permission - One Last Fling Before the Ring?


According to the Internet, which never lies to me, "one last fling before the ring" is a real thing. Sounds like an awful idea in real life but let's see how it turns out for pretty people in pretty places. Stars Dan Stevens, Rebecca Hall, Jason Sudekis and Gina Gershon with an Feb. 9th 2018 release date.
 
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