'Crazy Rich Asians' (2018) Review
It's August release time and if you know films, it's not a major release month. Summer blockbusters are over and school is back in session. So you would expect the new love story Crazy Rich Asians to be a trait film in some way. Really, what's to gain from this film if you just read the script because it's such a basic plot. Crazy Rich Asians comes together though in such a different way. Something much more that puts a lot of things into perspective, including a film that offers more than just a love story.
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
Twenty years after the classic and revolutionary original film in 1978, we got another sequel in the Halloween series in 1998 with Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. More importantly, Jamie Lee Curtis returns to play the character that helped her launch her career.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
After the SPECTACULAR blockbuster film in 1993, a part of the dinosaur film Jurassic Park legacy was ruined by its poor sequels in 1997 and 2001. With Steven Spielberg as the main director and around, you've would have hoped it would have turned into the fun Indiana Jones series that had fun sequels. Instead, it turned into an epic miss of a series with an epic first film. Flashforward to 2015 to which you get had Jurassic World, the new reboot series which was sloppy and smelled of a money grab but was enough to get by. Now in 2018, you have Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the sequel to Jurassic World. My oh my, this film.
Incredibles 2 (2018)
It feels like forever and even longer than 16 years but Incredibles was something in late 2004. At a time when Pixar Studios was being carved into what it was today, Incredibles was the animated superhero film that was different with how it dealt with the 1960's aspect, what being a family meant and coming from fame director Brad Bird, it's used a lot of his style. A film that did so much for Pixar in such a large amount. Incredibles 2 was long overdue. (Duh)
Tomb Raider (2018)
Over the years, the Tomb Raider video game series with the icon female Lara Croft character got lost with time. A series that has its fans surely to the extent. First coming out in 1996 with it spanning a series that was praised, it was basically a female Indiana Jones in my mind. With its fame came a film series starring Angelina Jolie in 2001. A series that spawned two films that were both sloppy and missed an opportunity. With a reboot video game that came out in 2013, it would only be time before a reboot film series was to follow. It's finally here.
‘Game Night’ Review
If you want to look back at board game adaptations for films, they don't work and why we have a lack of them. Battleship (2012) was a lame duck that seemly wasn't right from the start. A supposed Candyland film with Adam Sandler has been in development hell for sometime filled with lawsuits (yes, that bad). And the only board game film that was remotely successful was Clue and you have to go back to 1985 for that. But let's remember, they are films based on board games and really how do you get a story out of it? Game Night is New Line's latest comedy that puts a new spin on a gaming adaptation that channels something like Date Night (2010) to make something special.
More times than not when you see a film you know what you're getting into. You know trailers, you know what's it based off and you know the directors style but sometimes and not often as you would like, you get something different that you could never expect. Annihilation is that something different to 2018. Get ready to be stunned.
Bilal: A New Breed of Hero
Premiering at the Dubai Film Festival all the way back in 2015 followed by a release to MENA region in 2016, it's now taking only now in February of 2018 for Bilal: A New Breed of Hero to get to the states. An Arabic animation film telling the true story of Bilal ibn Rabah, a slave who rose to power through a lot in the 632 AD. Something VERY different to the start the year.
Thank You for Your Service (2017)
If you look at war films, they are all Hollywoodized all to a certain degree. It's not to say they are bad reflections of the wars but I would go to the History Channel or something along those lines for a more proper story of wars. The post-war and the effects that veterans suffer after the war including PTSD, struggling to find a job and depression has never been done in Hollywood. We see it for the first time in the new war film Thank You for Your Service.
Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017)
With everything going on in the media and as it get's older and older, it's being lost how big of a series Winnie the Pooh was and still is. Millions of books sold, many film adaptations, and an icon for young children for years to come. The latest Winnie the Pooh adaption is Goodbye Christopher Robin, an adaption unlike anything we've seen before for mainly all the wrong reasons.
Goodbye Christopher Robin
Only the Brave (2017)
If you been paying attention to recent news sadly, Calfornia wildfires are alive and well. It's an ongoing issue that seems to be only worse and obviously isn't good for California as a whole. It was only time Hollywood would make something off of it. That said, Only the Brave is a great film though showing respect and honors what great sacrifice firefighter do in forest fires. What a treat of film this is.
Battle of the Sexes
Friend Request (2017)
Maybe the corniest genre to horror films is the social media genre. We had the corny film Unfriended, horror dealing with the dark sides of Skype and Facebook. On a much smaller level, you also had the foreign film The Den (2013), dealing with webcams. It's a unique genre but I don't see how it can grow and will become so dated twenty-years from now. The worst film to the social media genre to this date and basically a rip-off in many ways to Unfriended is Friend Request out this weekend.