I had the pleasure of watching this family friendly movie the other day. The premise is cliche, but the addition of these little “Borrowers” makes it a fun time! I say it’s “cliche” because we’ve all seen movies where an evil banker or businessman is trying to evict an innocent family. It’s happened over a dozen times at least, but that’s not what bothers me about this movie. What I have issues with is how easy it is for the Borrowers to find a human ally. It’s apparent that the family’s son is obsessed with the fact that things keep disappearing from the house. He even builds little mouse traps because I guess he must know the Borrowers need some obstacles. That is a little too on the nose, but still not my main issue. Whenever the son does spot and catch a Borrower, they become friends almost instantly. I guess it can be tough for an only child. Anyways, nobody thinks to call… I don’t know, who do you call in that situation? John Goodman calls pest control, which might be evil of him, but at least he’s doing something!
All that aside, there are things I liked about The Borrowers. For instance, the movie doesn’t explain how or why the Borrowers are so small. We just kind of jump right in, but we don’t really need an explanation and I think that’s refreshing compared to many movies today. For example, if this movie was made this year, or even 10 years ago, I bet they’d make up a reason for the Borrower’s condition, no matter how ridiculous it may be (falling into a vat of chemicals, lab testing, genie in a bottle, etc.). An explanation like any of those would have really tied this movie down, but the movie doesn’t care, and it’s better off for it. I had fun with this movie, and I think you will to! Happy Watching!
Side Note: Pre-Harry Potter reunion much? Also, there’s a hair color requirement to be a Borrower (Red). Gingers rejoice!
This roller coaster of a movie is quick out of the gate and does not slow down! At first, that’s not exactly in the film’s favor, but if you can forgive how easily the main character finds the “Death Note”, you’re in for a wild ride! The notebook is connected to a death god, and kills whoever’s name is written inside. It’s a solid concept and it’s actually an adaptation from Japanese comics (manga). I never read the comics, but the movie is very engaging. My biggest issue is that once the main character figures out the powers of this “Death Note” book, he immediately tells his high school crush. Like seriously, the guy has known this girl for maybe a week or two and he goes and tells her about the crazy phenomenon that is the “Death Note”. That’s my main issue, but of course he only tells her so she can betray him later. That wasn’t much of a surprise, but the rest of the movie was very thrilling!
Lakeith Stanfield is someone to watch out for in the coming years. He is a regular on Donald Glover’s show Atlanta and he’s stared in a handful of movies already. His acting is superb and he’s one of the highlights in this dark movie.
This movie seemed oddly appropriate when I put it on the other day. Tarantino gives us a couple different perspectives in this masterpiece and they’re all very inspired. They also come together quite brilliantly later in the movie, but a haunting performance by Christoph Waltz sells me on this movie within the first 15 minutes. It’s hard not to praise this film and it’s directing. I think Tarantino does a terrific job of lingering on scenes for just the right amount of time.
“And once we’re in enemy territory, as a bushwhackin’ guerrilla army, we’re gonna be doin’ one thing and one thing only… Killin’ Nazis.”
I have a soft spot for comedies and this silly movie pulled me in from the get go. Zach Gallifinakis is as lovable as ever and I don’t get tired of watching his character fumble through situations. The entire cast is stacked with comedic power, so what’s not to like? Don’t take this movie too seriously, although it was based on true events. Happy Watching.
“That’s a good GooGoo Cluster!”
Side Note: It’s half the cast from the new Ghostbusters and twice as funny.
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.
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!