Friend Request (2017)
Maybe the corniest genre to horror films is the social media genre. We've 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.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
A lot of Hollywood series nowadays don't deserve to exist. From tiresome clichés, money grabs and unoriginal rides, so many reasons can be found as to why we don't need the series's that we have. After a hit of a first film and now a sequel in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, this seems like this is primed to be the next big series. Is the sequel the step in more of the right direction or a step backward? Do we really need this series?
American Assassin (2017)
Even though his filmography isn't much right now, I really do see a lot in Dylan O'Brien. A likable and normal guy who has a lot of charm in roles. His biggest role was in the TV department in the show Teen Wolf and in the film department, he's made good money off the Maze Runner series. These are roles that work for him now but these are only "teen roles" and he could be finding something better because he has more talent than what he's putting himself in. His newest lead role is in the CIA film The American Assassin. Something that much different from what he use to it and step into more adult roles but's its a mess of a film.
A Trip to Spain (2017)
Whatever plot you have and whatever director takes over that plot, it would seem to be very hard to mess up Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan together. Chemistry is so high between them, both can work a plot so well and both can be so funny in different ways. All of that is presented in their latest film together A Trip to Spain.
Sure, author Stephen King work has had it's a share of good adaptations. The early 80's you got films like The Shining (1980), Cujo (1983), Christine (1983). That ended when the decade ended and the 90's came about.
10 Cloverfield Lane
If you looked at Cloverfield (2008) from a 2016 film standpoint, it would seem like nothing. Found Footage films has lost it's charm. They all bring the same type of ending, plot ideas nor does do they work on a scary level. If you look at Cloverfield from the 2008 film standpoint though, it's well above average though. Cloverfield came out in a time when you had really only Blair Witch from 1999 like it. When we found out that we were getting a Cloverfield sequel or a spiritual successor of some sorts, you should have been worried. Those overdone Paranormal Activity sequel flashed in my brain or all these low end horror found footage films. 10 Cloverfield Lane is so different from what you should expect though and it's what a film sequel/spiritual successor should be.
To fully appreciate an Alfred Hitchcock film, you need to know films. His film set up genres, created different ways to move the camera, made charm unlike we've seen before and he left a mark on the film world for a reason. All his films had something going for them but Pyscho from 1960 is the one is his filmography to take the most notice of.
London Has Fallen
London Has Fallen is a pure Hollywood sequel at it's finest. It's predecessor Olympus Has Fallen from 2013 was such a simple blockbuster that left my brain immediately after watching it. A film that just threw at a lot of action at you and it followed the same format of director Antoine Fuqua's other filmography who's known for making action films. Olympus Has Fallen so much exceeded expectations at the box office so it only makes sense a sequel follows.
Eddie The Eagle
Next to the zombie genre, sports dramas are the most cliche genre. Most films use the same gimmick and same stories. I've seen too many football film and learned so many non-fiction and fiction stories. If I told you we were getting a ski jumping sports film, you would give me a dumbfound look
Gods of Eygpt
When you look at Hollywood, films set in Egypt follow two different formats. You have Egyptian film about religion like Exodus and Gods or the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark. Then you have the The Mummy series or the Scorpion King series which is Hollywood blockbusters.
Sitting through a screening of the heist film Triple 9, Heat from 1995 popped into my head immediately. Heat was directed by Micheal Mann, who had his fair share of good films. Heat has had its fan for so long after so many years due to its cast and it was well made above everything else. Triple 9 is directed by John Hillcoat who's had a nice quiet career in Hollywood. I've seen many films from many genres not work because they are too similar to something else. Triple 9 is not as good as Heat, nor as good as another similar heist film The Town from 2009. But Triple 9 works well even if doesn't have originality.