Norwegian Day After Tomorrow. That’s really all I got.
Norwegian Day After Tomorrow. That’s really all I got.
Look, if you put Jackie Chan in a movie, I’m there. Johnny Knoxville also makes an appearance in this film I’m not sure what to think about that, but for better or for worse, this combination is exactly what you would expect it to be. We’ve seen it before with Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon. For whatever reason, Jackie Chan plays a great straight man opposite an eccentric wingman. I was mostly along for the ride, but I didn’t have high expectations. The best thing I can say is that this movie is that a good sense of humor about itself, but I probably won’t return to this movie for a while, if ever.
Side note: I’m convinced this movie was made for China and there’s nothing wrong with that. Dub better.
“I’m actually on a cleanse.” – Johnny Knoxville as Jackie Chan feeds him a goat testicle.
This movie starts and it does not stop impressing! I had a lot of fun and it just hit all the right notes for me. Funny, witty and an all around good time. It’s funny how easy it is to root for people who are breaking the law when their intentions seem right. I was rooting for Channing Tatum and Adam Driver the whole time! Adam Driver’s character has only one hand and in a particularly impressive scene, shows us that it is, in fact, possible for a one handed bartender to concoct a delicious martini.
I might consider this a return to form for Steven Soderbergh. This movie was definitely as good or possibly even better than Ocean’s Eleven. Happy Watching!
The Devil’s Candy was my most recent Netflix recommendation and it was definitely an interesting movie to sit through. There are a couple things that specifically stood out to me while watching this move. For instance, Pruitt Taylor Vince’s character (Ray) is very “one note” in this role, but he plays it simply brilliant. His mannerisms give him the facade of being a harmless person, but when we see his true colors, the result is horrifying. Made only more horrifying by the victims, who are all young girls. The Devil’s Candy is apparently young girls, or am I taking the title too literally? Either way, there are definitely satanic forces at work in this film, and they’re all connected by a house. A haunted house, if you will.
The second thing that stood out to me is the “protagonist” or lack there of in this movie. We have a family of three that moves into the haunted house, but we don’t know much about them besides the dad is a painter. I think he’s supposed to be the protagonist, but the movie doesn’t give me many reasons to root for him. He starts painting demons and fire, like the day after they move into the house! He also can’t seem to pick up his daughter from school on time, and there’s plenty of foreshadowing going on to remind us of that. The only reason that I can see to root for this guy is because I want him to save his daughter, but even then, I don’t have much faith in him. I found myself rooting more for the daughter once I realized how unfortunately incompetent her dad was.
Spoiler: There is a scene in this movie that I remember quite vividly. After one failed attempt, Ray captures Zooey (the daughter) and has her duct taped in a motel bathroom. At this point in the movie, we already know her fate because we’ve seen Ray do this with another victim. She wakes up to Ray above her and she begins to panic. Ray goes into the other room to change into his killing outfit and you can see Zooey’s panic evolve from hysteria to under control as she works to free herself. It’s a very intense scene and it feels like it takes an eternity for her to barely manage to wriggle her arms free and then her legs. The entire time Zooey is in the bathroom attempting to escape, we see Ray creeping closer and closer to the bathroom. I think the director succeeded very much in that scene if he was trying to terrify me.
Recap: I wouldn’t watch this with your children, but if you’re in the mood for a frightening film, you may enjoy this one!
Short post, but I thought I’d keep you updated. I’ve always been fascinated by movies. At a young age, I found solace in the vast worlds and intricate story lines and I never looked back. A movie’s sole purpose is to entertain; and while some movies are more or less entertaining than others, many of them have their shining moments that makes the journey worth while.
Up to now, I have always referred to movies as the “black sheep” when it comes to marketing. Movies have the unique selling proposition down, as there are no other identical substitutes. Are there substitutes? Sure, there are literally thousands of movies, but no two are exactly alike. Movies are a “black sheep” because of their flexibility when it comes to marketing. There are movies that have release dates this time next year, but they are already advertising with posters and trailers! If this was 90% of other products, people would not be patient enough to wait and just buy an acceptable substitute in the meantime. With movies, we are forced to wait and the anticipation only grows. If you’re excited about Avengers Infinity War, you’re not going to pop in Batman V. Superman and call it a day. You might do that, but it’s not going to make you want to see the new Marvel movie any less. I see this as a major advantage for movies and I foresee the amount of money spent on movies and their marketing campaigns to only increase.
As fascinating as the marketing standpoint is, I like to sit back and enjoy movies on their own. It was also brought to my attention that I usually have an opinion or two about whatever movie I’m watching. So without further ado, I’ve decided to expand this blog into my very own film diary! I’m excited to initiate these movie discussions and hope you’re looking forward to my movie posts as much as I am! Stay tuned and be well!