Guuuuurl, let me tell you, I have hated me some Disney remakes this past couple of years. Cinderella was boring and forgettable. And Disney gave us what they thought we wanted with Beauty and the Beast, yet missed the mark (See my review of BATB here). But there’ve been a few diamonds in the rough. Most notably, Maleficent, with its spin on the Sleeping Beauty fairytale. I LOOOOOVE the mother-daughter connection in that film. I’ve also heard the Dumbo movie was alright; though, you’ll have to tell me, because I’m not brave enough to find out. (I cry ugly tears for that baby elephant.)
Two weeks ago, I flashed back to a few badass ladies from some old Sci-Fi/Fantasy shows. The first lady on the list was the incomparable Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Joss Whedon’s 90s-00s show on the WB/CW network. The show and character, which both premiered more than 20 years ago, still have a loyal following. Earlier this month, news hit the net that Joss Whedon is attached to a reboot of the show which is currently in the works. This time, however, the lead is to played by an African-American actress.
Of course, this news sent the interwebs reeling with mixed feelings, for various reasons. But then came a bit of clarification. With this additional info, I gotta say I’m totally on board for what’s supposed to be coming…
I, like most discerning movie watchers, skipped Jem when it came out last year. Another 80’s-cartoon-turned-modern-day-film just didn’t fit in my theater budget. Especially when there were no superheros or truly outrageous special effects to be seen in the trailer (See what I did there?). But on a random Thursday night, when I had a little free time and an extra 2$ to spare, I stopped at a Redbox and picked up last year’s box office failure. Something made me choose it over the critically acclaimed The Martian; fan favorite, The Mockingjay; or sillier fare, such as The Night Before and Daddy’s Home. And I missed ALL of those in the theater. So imagine my surprise, when Jem turned out to be an entertaining treat for the whole family. Sure, plot holes abound, and some of the acting was sub-par, but the music was on point, and I ended up ignoring all the flaws because of the sheer joy and good message the film delivered. Continue reading →
I have to admit, when a friend asked me to review this movie, the first thing I thought was, “Hmmm, I haven’t heard of it, does that mean its extra bloody and gutsy?” This movie proved that instinct wrong-this time anyway. Although Patrick: Evil Awakens does have its moments (flying shards of glass, a hand burning on a sandwich grill) I wouldn’t call it a gory movie. Continue reading →