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THIS WEEK ON MONSOONVISION
Movie: Basket Case 3: The Progeny (1991)
“Duane recovers from his delusional breakdown to find his freakish basket-bound brother Belial will soon become a father. But not everything is joyous as the once tight-knit brothers no longer seem to trust each other.”
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MOVIES WATCHED THIS WEEK
“Two young British soldiers during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldiers’ brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap.”
Immediately ranks up there as one of the best war films ever. Sam Mendes’s direction is stellar and the single takes are ambitious. Knowing that he was using the single take method going in, I was paying attention to it at first but then fully immersed into the action quickly. Great performances with some fun cameos and some breathtaking scenes help make this a top-notch film. (4.75/5) Read Lee’s full review here.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)
“The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.”
This was as bland as can be. Nothing here makes me care about anything going on on the human or the monster side. It was like a bad horror movie where the characters are underdeveloped and the kills are lame. The sound effects are about the only positive aspect of the film I enjoyed. (2/5)
A Monster Calls (2016)
“A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother’s terminal illness.”
The first two-thirds of this movie is nothing special. Pretty cliched. Kid is having issues at home. Kid gets bullied at school. Kid creates a fantasy to help cope. Line ’em up, knock ’em down kind of stuff. It’s all done with some solid performances and dazzling visuals, however, it is the last third of the movie that really packs a punch and makes it worth spending time on this story. Definitely worth a watch if you enjoy coming of age fantasy movies. (3.5/5)
Coach Carter (2005)
“Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.”
Solid basketball movie that is pretty inspirational. I remember hearing about the real-life story behind this movie before it came out and knew it would be on screen sooner or later. There is a good message here that is engaging even if you are not a sports fan. Yes, it is full of the typical sports cliches, but Samuel L. Jackson’s performance carries the film throughout. (3.5/5)
SHOWS WATCHED THIS WEEK
Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez
Being a huge football fan, it was impossible to not know about this story. Watching this was pretty eye-opening to some new reveals and insights but I don’t think it was worth spending three episodes on. There wasn’t enough to keep my interest in every episode. The information seemed very stretched in order to get more out of the whole story. It is still worth a watch for those who knew of the story or are interested in true crime stories.
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