Movie Review: Joker

Simple Review: Why so serious?

It hasn’t been a good couple of months for your friendly neighborhood clown. First, he or she has had to deal with that storm drain dwelling Pennywise and now The Joker arrives in cinemas to make clowns the last thing any kid wants to see at their birthday party! It has gotten so bad I saw a clown today in his van trying to give away free candy, the poor fellow. The demise of your local jester, however, has benefited many a filmgoer and, after all, isn’t that what is important nowadays? So let’s turn our attention to the clown prince of crime to see what controversy he has unleashed on the innocent public. Throw on your cowl and cape and let’s track down that green-haired psychopath and ask him, ” What’s with that stupid grin?”

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Movie Review: Vice

Simple Review: Bale to the Chief, or The Vice is Right

There are some movies that are crowd pleasers that bring us all together to share a heartwarming story. Well, Vice is not that movie and writer/director Adam McKay doesn’t seem too interested in making one feel good about the subject matter. I have to admit as a frequent moviegoer it was nice to watch a movie that challenges you and makes you uncomfortable from time to time. Vice deals with periods in American history that lend themselves to controversial views as well as not painting the people in them as heroes to the country. It would be simple to show this time and these people in one ugly light but, to his credit, Adam McKay is able to bring more to the table than just bashing politicians. Does Vice win in a landslide, or does it have to give an awkward concession speech that no one will ever remember? The only way to find out is to meet me in the parking garage of this review where Deep Throat will give us the dirty details we want to hear. ( That is a historical reference and it sounds so dirty!! See I am smart and naughty as well) Continue reading “Movie Review: Vice”

Movie Review- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Simple Review: My spidey-sense is tingling! ( does that excite you?)

There are a few superheroes that are recognizable to even non-nerdy audiences. Most people know Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Spider-Man even if they haven’t read a comic book in their entire life, which explains why we have seen several incarnations of these characters on the silver screen. The ” big name” superheroes are able to appeal to most audiences by being characters that are relatable to each of us even though they have these extraordinary powers. Spider-Man is easy to connect with as he started as an awkward teen dealing with high school issues, that we have all had, and gains superpowers, yet he still has the everyday issues that even superhuman abilities cant help him solve. While we can’t climb up walls we have all been awkward teens and dealt with bullies, new love and getting a job! This week we have a new spin on the Spider-Man film series as we swing into the life of the latest candidate for the Spider-Man mantle, Miles Morales with the new animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Does the movie deliver great power and great responsibility, or should we hit this arachnid with a heavy dose of bug spray? Let’s squeeze into our spandex super suits and dispense some vigilante justice on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse! Continue reading “Movie Review- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Movie Review: Green Book

Simple Review: A safe drive

As we near the end of the year the studios start releasing their “awards” movies trying to get noticed by the voters for the various awards given out in the industry with the new year looming. This shameless strategy does have its advantages for us, the movie-going public, as we get to see some of the best actors and filmmakers in the business bringing their “A” game at the end of the year. This week I went to see Green Book a film that snuck up on me but with Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali as the main stars of this one, I knew I wouldn’t dare miss it. So, is Green Book a virtuoso performance, or is it off key? Well, put on your tux and meet me at the theater to behold this reviews brilliance! Continue reading “Movie Review: Green Book”

Movie Review- Bohemian Rhapsody

Simple Review- I’m going slightly mad

There have been few bands in the history of rock that are as instantly recognizable as Queen. From Brian May’s unique sounding Red Special electric guitar to Freddie Mercury’s amazing vocal acrobatics, Queen brought over-the-top fun and flamboyant artistry to the masses. As unique as their music is, their lead singer is the stuff of legend. Freddie Mercury may have left this world prematurely ( He didn’t pass away, he was just too awesome for this planet to contain) but he managed to set the bar incredibly high for those rock singers that followed him. This week we get to witness the incredible story of Queen and their famous lead singer with the film Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic showing the start of the band to their epic performance at Live Aid in 1985. Will this movie be ” Heaven for Everyone” or will it be a “Misfire”? Go ahead and rush ‘Headlong” into this review and ” Let me entertain you” “Dear friends”. ( Oh yes there will be a ton of Queen song titles in this review!) Continue reading “Movie Review- Bohemian Rhapsody”

Movie Review- BlacKkKlansman

Simple review- Welcome back Spike!

I have to give it to Spike Lee, he really surprised me with ” BlacKkKlansman”. There were so many directions this story could have went in, but Lee does a great job walking a line between dark comedy and powerful racial commentary. It has been some time since Spike has put out a film that really resonates with an audience, and as a movie goer I commend him on returning to form and delivering one of his best films. Continue reading “Movie Review- BlacKkKlansman”