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The Addams Family 2
Movies  |  October 17, 2021

The Addams Family 2

Where to start with this, I guess the best I can do is say that it’s not a terrible film to entertain children when it becomes available to stream for free. I don’t know where they went wrong with this, but it was a big swing and miss for me. I wasn’t a fan of the original animated film, and this one doesn’t do anything to impress me.  READ MORE...

Movies  |  October 10, 2021
James Bond: No Time to Die

James Bond: No Time to Die

“Bond, James Bond”… One of the most classic lines ever delivered in cinematic history, right up there with “No, I am your father.” The 25th film in the James Bond franchise, produced by Eon Productions, is also Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as the titular character of James Bond.

Movies  |  October 3, 2021
Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen

What does 2016’s “La La Land” (my favorite film of 2016 and one of my all-time favorites) as well as 2017’s “The Greatest Showman” (my favorite film of 2017 and one of my all-time favorites) have to do with “Dear Evan Hansen”? They all three had music composed by Pasek and Paul (Benj Pasek and Justin Paul,) an American songwriting duo who have also created incredible songs for a ton of Broadway musicals. Sadly, this is where the train stops, “Dear Evan Hansen” will not be my favorite film of 2021.

Music  |  October 3, 2021
Highway J Plays the Vineyard

Highway J Plays the Vineyard

Local musicians Highway J appeared at the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard on Saturday, September 25. If the band name sounds familiar, there is a reason for that: Highway J has appeared at the Vineyard many times throughout the years, this time around for the Summer Concert Series. Composed of 5 musicians, Highway J can be best described as an exciting fusion that brings together classic rock, a dash of country, along with contemporary hits.

Movies  |  September 26, 2021
Lady of the Manor

Lady of the Manor

The film was Justin & Christian Long’s directorial (and writing) debut. A cast straight out of the ’90s, including Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures,) Judy Greer (13 Going on 30,) Justin Long (Accepted,) Ryan Phillippe (Cruel Intentions,) Luis Guzmán (Boogie Nights,) & Patrick Duffy (Step by Step) this felt every bit as dated as you’d imagine. As much as I appreciate Justin Long’s acting in general, he picked a stinker to start with, unfortunately. 

Movies  |  September 19, 2021
Kate

Kate

From first-time feature film director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan comes a pretty standard action film. It isn’t to say it was good or bad, and this fits into an ever-growing list of movies that are cookie-cutter copies of each other. If you’ve seen “Gunpowder Milkshake” (which, based on my review several weeks ago, you probably wouldn’t have,) “Anna,” “Atomic Blonde,” “Ava,” “Hanna,” “Lucy,” “Salt,” “Aeon Flux,” “Wanted,” Colombiana,” “Ultra Violet,” “Violet & Daisy,” “Red Sparrow,” etc. then you’ve seen everything that “Kate” has to offer.

Movies  |  September 12, 2021
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Let me start by saying that this is a Marvel movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). If you go into this expecting anything else, I place the blame purely on you. With that out of the way, this will sound hypocritical, but I would say that this is more than a standard Marvel movie.

Movies  |  September 5, 2021
Habit

Habit

Before I get into the review, this movie has a lot of trigger moments. The film has so many moments that feel like shock moments, just to be shock moments. Constant swearing, blasphemous content, drug use, and more litter this film from start to finish; I knew that going into the movie, though, so if you’re going to watch this, do so at your own risk.

Movies  |  August 29, 2021
Bedford Falls Film Festival

Bedford Falls Film Festival

Film This past Saturday; I had the honor of attending (virtually) the Bedford Falls Film Festival. Bedford Falls Film Festival celebrates black and white cinema that was birthed at a very vintage and vibrant NYC venue. The founders wanted to pay homage to an earlier time in cinema where gents such as Jimmy Stewart and Jimmy Durante were captivating cinemagoers.

Movies  |  August 22, 2021
Free Guy

Free Guy

From the guy (Shawn Levy) who brought us six episodes of “The Secret World of Alex Mack,” three episodes of “Animorphs,” “Jett Jackson: The Movie (and 47 episodes),” “Cheaper by the Dozen,” “Real Steel,” and all three “Night at the Museum” films comes what is possibly one of the best “superhero” style films. In a nutshell, this was a fun and yet meta take that tackled many different things and did most of them well. They missed some moments, but overall, I would say the entire team succeeded in what they were going for. Some moments felt like they were playing in the larger video game/movie universes, similarly to how “Space Jam: A New Legacy” failed and how “Ready Player One” did so well.

Movies  |  August 15, 2021
The Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad

Okay, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. If this title sounds familiar, it’s because DC/Warner Brothers released “Suicide Squad,” a film with a very similar story just five short years ago. Just a few years later, why did they release another movie with the same name (plus the word “the”?) That is up for debate. Is this a remake, reboot, or sequel? So, there are returning cast members such as Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang (then 13 NEW members as well, that’s an issue for further in the review.)

Movies  |  August 8, 2021
The Exchange

The Exchange

Before I get into the review, I want to say that even though the film isn’t rated, it most definitely isn’t meant for children. While the language wasn’t terrible, some suggestive scenes would make it inappropriate for children.

Movies  |  August 1, 2021
Gunpowder Milkshake

Gunpowder Milkshake

What do you get if you combine “John Wick” and “Captain Marvel”? Well, unfortunately, you get a film that doesn’t hit a home run either way. There aren’t many successful “John Wick” rip-offs; most falter, except for “Nobody.”

Movies  |  July 25, 2021
Space Jam: A New Legacy

Space Jam: A New Legacy

The only way I can start this is by saying I’m still not sure who this movie was for. It’s not for fans of the original (they’ve aged out of the humor,) it doesn’t seem to be for diehard LeBron James fans, Looney Tunes fans may be upset about the drastic change in animation styles (and in my opinion, some of the worst voices for the Tunes.) There wasn’t anything I truly hated about this film, it wasn’t what I would typically call a “bad” movie, but it had few if any saving graces.

Movies  |  July 18, 2021
Black Widow

Black Widow

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” was released in theaters 737 days before “Black Widow,” resulting in the most prolonged delay between two Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films since the gap between “The Incredible Hulk” and “Iron Man 2” (693 days.) This time around was a bit different, being as though it was due to a worldwide pandemic. We also were given two entire MCU series (“WandaVision” and “Falcon and The Winter Soldier”) on Disney+ as well as almost the entirety of a third one (“Loki”). On that note, this is also the first time in history that we’ve received two MCU offerings in the same week, the newest episode of “Loki” and “Black Widow.”

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