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QUESTION OF THE WEEK
What is your go to movie or show to watch on a rainy day?
MOVIES WATCHED THIS WEEK
The Wandering Earth (2019)
“As the sun is dying out, people all around the world build giant planet thrusters to move Earth out of its orbit and sail Earth to a new star system. Yet the 2500-year journey comes with unexpected dangers, and in order to save humanity, a group of young people in this age of a wandering Earth fight hard for the survival of humankind.”
This is one of those films that deserves to be watched in an IMAX theater and not on Netflix where it was a “surpise drop” this week. This Chinese Sci-fi end of the world flick has made $700 million worldwide but only $5 million here in the states. This is an absolute visual spectacle with some pretty amazing effects and graphics. Outside of that, this is nothing special. Stock characters with dubbed voices that takes some getting use to and your typical “last chance to save the Earth” type story. However, the style here is worth the watch alone. I highly recommend giving this a try on the biggest screen you can find. (3.25/5)
A Dark Song (2016)
“A determined young woman and a damaged occultist risk their lives and souls to perform a dangerous ritual that will grant them what they want.”
I heard a lot of good things about this film, but it failed to connect with me. If you like slow, two people in one setting films then this is for you. They are hit or miss with me and this one was a miss. I didn’t like either character and their back and forth became repetitive. It’s also a pretty deep and personal film that may hit home with some. I would say it’s worth a watch if you like these types of movies. (3/5)
“After returning to his childhood home, a disgraced children’s puppeteer is forced to confront his wicked stepfather and the secrets that have tortured his entire life.”
This toes the line of being almost too unnerving and grim. A very dark and drab film that takes a while to get going but settles in under your skin. Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible – Fallout) plays a tortured soul effectively with Alun Armstrong (Braveheart) playing a vile stepfather. (3.25/5)
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)
“A courtroom frenzy ensues and sweeps 1970s America when a young single mother reluctantly tips the attention of a widespread manhunt toward her longtime boyfriend, Ted Bundy.”
Zac Efron did a good job. That’s the only positive I have for this dreadfully boring film. Nothing remotely interesting happens here other than Efron doing a decent job of portraying Ted Bundy. If you didn’t know who Bundy was before watching this, you would think he was a swell guy who was being set up. A boring courtroom drama is not the movie I wanted to see here. Did I need to see the vile things he did to those innocent women? No, but you could have made a more interesting movie by telling his story without a drop of blood and portraying the monster he really was. I would avoid at all cost unless you are really interested in seeing Efron’s performance. (2/5)
SHOWS WATCHED THIS WEEK
Game of Thrones Season 8.04: “The Last of the Starks”
It’s kind of sad when the most talked about thing from your last episode is a “Starbucks” cup left on set especially coming off a pretty huge episode the week before. Some typical narrative being laid here with a couple of “big” happenings that didn’t have as much impact, at least for me, like they were hoping. Still intrigued to see where it’s going and hoping for some surprises.
What We Do in the Shadows 1.07: “The Trial“
I’m loving this show as it gets better with each episode. The show runners really out did themselves this past episode some all star vampire cameos that were simply hilarious.
For those unfamiliar with the premise, it is similar to The Office style mockumentary where camera’s follow the daily lives of vampires as they live in today’s Staten Island. The 2014 movie is one of the better horror comedies that I highly recommend.
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