Sunday, August 11, 2019

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

Rated: PG-13 - Runtime: 111 min
tesg’s Rating: Three stars (out of four)

Let us take you back to Halloween 1968 where kids end up in a haunted house and take a book belonging to Sarah. Horror stories start to appear on blank pages in the book and then actually happen.

The movie looks pretty great and is paced relatively well. Guillermo del Toro had a minor hand in this so the monsters look pretty amazing. There’s a cool drive-in scene to boot.

At a PG-13 rating, I again have to wonder just how the hell Annabelle Comes Home ended up with an R. This is FAR scarier and more graphic.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)

Rated: PG-13 - Runtime: 138 min
tesg's Rating: Three stars (out of four)

Basically you've got two unlikely and mostly unwilling partners recruited by the CIA to bring down a guy who calls himself Black Superman (Black Six Million Dollar Man would have been more accurate). It's big and dumb and funny as hell and has some seriously impressive action scenes, particularly the climax scene with a helicopter. Idris Elba is a phenomenal bad guy, and Ryan Reynolds shows up a few times with a very Deadpool-like persona that is hilarious.

You will spend 75 percent of this movie grinning from ear to ear. This is a serious crowd pleaser popcorn movie.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

Rated: R - Runtime: 159 min
tesg's Rating: Two and one half stars (out of four)

There are great movies you can watch over and over again. There are great albums you can listen to again and again. Absolute classics. But hanging around watching them be created would for most people be like watching paint dry, and a lot of this movie feels like you're watching the creative process instead of the actual movie.

It's interesting at points, it has lots of very pretty women and things to look at, and a lot of interesting characters. But none of the supporting characters really get a chance to be showcased, and the whole thing just isn't as clever as you'd expect from Tarantino.