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THIS WEEK ON MONSOONVISION
Movie: The Return of Swamp Thing (1989)
“In this tongue-in-cheek sequel, the benevolent bog creature falls for the vegetarian, plant-loving daughter of the evil scientist who created him.”
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MOVIES WATCHED THIS WEEK
Uncut Gems (2019)
“With his debts mounting and angry collectors closing in, a fast-talking New York City jeweler risks everything in hope of staying afloat and alive.”
I thought this was really well done and seem ultra-realistic with characters constantly interrupting or talking over each other to the point it was annoying in the right way. Everyone did a solid job and Sandler was really good but nothing Oscar-worthy. He was Adam Sandler without trying to be funny is all. I was engaged for the most part but it was a bit long and it dragged ass in the middle. The Safdie’s should be on everyone’s watchlist though. (4/5)
The Final Girls (2015)
“A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom’s most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film’s maniacal killer.”
In the decade of meta-horror films, this one tackles slasher films head-on and is an absolute delight. It is kooky while hitting all the right beats with all the characters playing their parts perfectly. Could have helped by being lunched up to rated R with some more gore and cool kills but this is a fun film. (3.75/5)
“Army doctors struggle to find a cure for a deadly virus spreading throughout a California town that was brought to America by an African monkey.”
This movie seemed fitting to watch and it is still cheesy melodramatic fun. I haven’t seen it since the 90s, but I thought it was bigger than just one town. I probably got it confused with something else. Sutherland is always great as a prick. I just can’t get into Dustin Hoffman at all as he elicits no emotion from me and I didn’t like his delivery of any single line during this movie. (3/5)
“A cult deprogrammer must help a couple whose daughter has recently joined a cult.”
This is a long 89-minute movie. I don’t think it is ever good but it is never awful. It’s more of slow rollercoaster that goes up and down between interesting and not interesting, back to this could be getting interesting again and finally pulls into meh station. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Lelan Orser make this worth a watch with decent performances. (3/5)
SHOWS WATCHED THIS WEEK
Devs S.1 Ep.1-3
I really want to like this show. I mean it has one of my favorite directors in Alex Garland as writer and director with an interesting concept. It also has one of my favorite people in Nick Offerman but I just can’t. The acting and the characters are just awful with the main lead lady being one of the worst actresses I have ever seen. I mean I have seen potatoes with more charisma than this chick. The concept is the only thing somewhat keeping me hanging on by a thread.
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