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Mank Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Release: November 20, 2020
Nicolas Cage takes a lot of flack for his acting choices. The man is likely the most inconsistent actor in the entirety of Hollywood, jumping from headlining critically acclaimed films like Leaving Las Vegas and Adaptation to headlining putrid, bottom of the barrel films like Next and The Wicker Man. But going through his filmography, sorting the good from the bad, and the bad from the unwatchable, you will find a good handful of films that are just meant to be silly and fun. This is where Drive Angry 3D resides.
John Milton (Cage) did some bad things, and was sent to hell as a result. After the death of his daughter and the kidnapping of his granddaughter at the hands of crazy cult leader Jonah King (Billy Burke), Milton escapes hell and becomes a man on a mission. As he hunts and searches for King, he brings the gorgeous Piper (Amber Heard) along for the ride to assist him in his quest.
Drive Angry 3D was unfairly trampled by critics when it was released just under a month ago, and it is a real shame it never was able to find a true audience. Just looking at the trailer should have suggested exactly what kind of film you were in for, and this one delivers at all turns. Right after its gory and explosion-filled opening, you get one ridiculous set piece after the next, moving at a near delirious speed through some of the most over-the-top sequences of the last decade. There is an almost automatic comparison to Grindhouse and more specifically, Death Proof, and it is well warranted. There is next to nothing to take seriously in Drive Angry 3D. There is no thinking involved. It was never meant to look or act like an Oscar-winner. All it wants is for you to strap in and enjoy the ride.
A lot of the fun and enjoyment comes from the 3D more than I would like to admit. The film is of the rare breed of actually being filmed in 3D as opposed to being post-converted, and you can tell in just how much stronger and better it looks as a result. There are no real dull or dark moments, and only a few instances where it feels like the gimmick it actually is. In most cases, it just looks natural and stylish – a natural progression for the grindhouse, B-movie genre. And though the special effects do look cheesy, they fit in almost perfectly with the visual motif and landscape the 3D provides for the film. But it is not just the elements that pop out and on the screen that are impressive. A flashback scene, with Cage flashing back in the foreground and the scene playing out in the background is of particular note, because it actually does something unique outside of what we have come to expect from the 3D effects Hollywood continues to pump out. It adds to the medium, and suggests that we may see some creativity out of this format yet.
The rest of the fun, when not laughing near maniacally at all the brutal carnage going on (the effects of "The Godkiller" are of particular note), comes from the goofy dialogue and delivery from the cast. They may look stone faced, but you can tell they are having a great time acting out this preposterous storyline. Burke and William Fichtner (who plays the Devil's right hand man, The Accountant) seem to be having the most fun hamming it up, and doling out ridiculous one-liners. Just watching them react and play their roles so deliciously over-the-top is more than enough reason to see the film on its own. Heard plays the drop-dead gorgeous blonde she has perfected over the years to a tee, adding in a bad ass rebellious attitude for good measure. While she does not wear those fantastic booty shorts for the entirety of the film, rest assured that you will not complain about her other outfit choices (if of course, that is a selling point to your watching the film).
Surprisingly, Cage plays Milton cool and monotone. He does the most outrageous things in the movie, and gets many of the great one-liners, but he seems very mellowed out in every instance. He seems to not be his over-the-top, absurdist self, which is saying a lot since he's made a habit in the last few years of making each character more unusually eccentric than the last (see The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans and Kick-Ass for proof). He seems perfectly comfortable playing his character as the closest thing to the straight man, while everyone else acts over-the-top.
What I disliked about the film was that it stumbles as it nears the finish line. Late in the film, David Morse is introduced merely as a means for the plot to advance to the ludicrous ending. And all his character does is stall the film, and make it run longer than it needs to. While his entrance sheds a bit of light on Milton as a character, by that point it is too little, too late. As stated previously, this is not the kind of film that benefits from characterization and explanation. It revels in saying and doing irrational and silly things. Why try to turn the movie around on its audience, who had been eating up every word and action until that point? It just makes the film run longer, and takes away some of the fun.
Granted you know what you are getting into, Drive Angry 3D is a ridiculously over-the-top and incredibly fun diversion. This not a serious movie in the least, and may even offend some people with how outrageous it is. But if you can handle the heat, this underrated gem may prove we cannot give up on Nicolas Cage just yet.
(This review also appeared on http://www.geekspeakmagazine.com).
Director: David Fincher
Cast: Gary Oldman , Amanda Seyfried , Lily Collins , Tom Pelphrey , Arliss Howard , Tuppence Middleton , Monika Gossmann , Joseph Cross , Sam Troughton , Toby Leonard Moore , Tom Burke , Charles Dance , Ferdinand Kingsley , Jamie McShane , Jack Romano
Wander Vodlocker (2020)
Release: December 4, 2020
I don't care if your a wrestling fan or not, this is a GREAT documentary. If you ARE a wrestling fan... this is an INCREDIBLE documentary. You really feel that by the end ECW was properly honored and properly vilified for all the right reasons. Paul Heyman... I want to have a drink with you, brother.
Not just talking heads but great moments of real wrestling legend. It's almost like watching a mythology explained by the people who created it. The only true downside is there was nothing about Joey Styles on it. He was the voice of ECW and I what like to have understood that voice better. Also, there are a few other people who I would like to have heard from, primarily some of the key fans. WATCH THIS FILM!!!
Director: April Mullen
Cast: Aaron Eckhart , Tommy Lee Jones , Katheryn Winnick , Heather Graham , Raymond Cruz , Brendan Fehr , Roger Dorman , David Gibson , Nicole Steinwedell , Colby Crain , Elizabeth Selby , Ian McLaren , Celine R. Lopez , Heath Hensley , Moses Munoz
Ammonite Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Release: November 13, 2020
Yes, you may think by reading the previous comments, this is a terribly made 'Zombieflick', but it's actually rather delightful. The characters (I Think),did their parts quite well, and brought the whole point of the plot home quite well.It may not be a 'Rob Zombie' or 'George A. Romero' classic but it held it's own as far as the Horror genre goes. Part of the set, an old fall-out shelter, was well done, which I imagined as quite a bit of work, if it was built for this movie, and if not, a great addition in discovery for the movie. Well worth adding to your collection if you are a Zombie fanatic. After all,we are all Zombie's at one time or another. We just don't eat brains. I give this a 6 of 10.
Director: Francis Lee
Cast: Sarah White , Liam Thomas , Sam Parks , Kate Winslet , Gemma Jones , Fiona Shaw , Claire Rushbrook , Alec Secareanu , James McArdle , Saoirse Ronan , Nick Pearse , Victoria Elliott , Beatrice Curnew , Susie Baxter , Gethin Alderman
After We Collided Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Release: October 2, 2020
Vodlocker After We Collided
It probably had to happen sometime, as it did a few months ago to HOMELAND, but at least that series took six seasons, not a mere two, to get around to self-destruction.
BILLIONS has always been a little too clever for its own good. Take the surreal dialogue, for example. Yes, the characters are supposed to be highly educated and accomplished. But the great majority of such people, in real life, don't talk like Aaron Sorkin high on cocaine and mushrooms, relentlessly dropping references and allusions and obscure foreign phrases which require internet searches to decipher them.
For all of his screenwriter's experience, Sorkin seems never to have learned one of the most important principles of his craft, namely that you don't make all of your main characters sound alike - that is, you don't make them all sound like yourself, on or off drugs.
And speaking of unbelievable dialogue, are we seriously expected to accept that, when referring to her pronominally in the third person, in or out of her hearing, all of the BILLIONS characters but one would call Taylor ("My name is Pat and I'm a very sexual being...") Mason "they" or "them"?
In fact, Asia Kate Dillon, who plays Taylor, insisted that this politically correct nonsense be incorporated into the series, and Hollywood being what it is nowadays, the BILLIONS producers humored her. Compare this to what happened twenty years ago during the production of L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, when Kevin Spacey was told to cool it after threatening to walk off the set because the movie's dialogue is realistically peppered with pejoratives commonly aimed at homosexuals in the 1950s.
But back to the shark...
As some of the other IMDb reviewers of this series have cogently noted, the entertaining tension of BILLIONS derives from the sympathy and animosity which the viewer feels for its two main characters, the self-made man/ruthless billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and the trust-fund baby/ruthless prosecutor Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti).
So what in the world were the screenwriters thinking when they involved billionaire Bobby in a plot to sabotage a fruit drink manufacturer's IPO, and thereby to bankrupt prosecutor Chuck, by tainting the company's product with a potentially fatal bacterium? Did Aaron Sorkin seriously think that we'd continue to be interested in Bobby's fortunes knowing that he's willing to stoop so low?
And having been told for two seasons about Bobby's cunning and skill at covering his tracks, are we now to believe that, no matter how much he hates Chuck, he'd engage in a scheme which could easily land himself in a federal prison for decades if only one of the scheme's many moving and unreliable parts failed him?
If the viewer were fabulously wealthy but nonetheless planning to poison a food product as comeuppance for a perceived injustice, would he or she turn first for help to a gaggle of indigent and compromised losers from the old neighborhood? Not bloody-stool likely!
The episode in question is "Golden Frog Time" and refers to a South American toxin so deadly that an arrow dipped in it can kill a second victim after passing through its first one. But in this case, the venomous arrow hit an unintended victim - BILLIONS itself.
Director: Roger Kumble
Cast: Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Louise Lombard, Dylan Sprouse, Candice King, Charlie Weber, Max Ragone, Selma Blair, Shane Paul McGhie, Rob Estes, Karimah Westbrook, Samuel Larsen, Khadijha Red Thunder, Pia Mia, Inanna Sarkis
Tenet Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Release: September 3, 2020
Cary Grant and Carole Lombard are more known for their light comedic prowess than for heavy-handed drama, so when IN NAME ONLY comes as a variation of a thousand recycled soap-opera plots complete with a silky-voiced other woman, somehow there's a minor bomb waiting to fizzle. Katharine Hepburn had been slated to play Julie Eden alongside Grant as the lead but her denouncement as "box office poison" clearly had her on the outs of RKO, so while she starred in the Broadway version of THE PHILADEPHIA STORY, Carole Lombard took her place and portrayed the victimized role in a way which has her look somewhat uncomfortable even when sharing scenes with Grant. It doesn't become her (and probably wouldn't have flattered Hepburn at all. Julie Eden as a woman is too lame, really.) The entire production seems somewhat adrift and hasn't dated too well due to the romantic subject matter, but it still retains a certain dignity and honesty that indicates it wasn't trying to be a major hit but a simple movie about two people who meet at the wrong time and the nasty woman in between them.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Elizabeth Debicki, Robert Pattinson, John David Washington, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kenneth Branagh, Cl�mence Po�sy, Fiona Dourif, Michael Caine, Himesh Patel, Andrew Howard, Wes Chatham, Dimple Kapadia, Martin Donovan, Yuri Kolokolnikov, Jack Cutmore-Scott
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Release: February 12, 2021
Vodlocker The Croods: A New Age
The prehistoric family the Croods are challenged by a rival family the Bettermans, who claim to be better and more evolved.
Director: Joel Crawford
Cast: Nicolas Cage , Emma Stone , Ryan Reynolds , Catherine Keener , Cloris Leachman , Clark Duke , Leslie Mann , Peter Dinklage , Kelly Marie Tran , Kailey Crawford , Chris Sanders , James Ryan , Gabriel Jack , Melissa Disney , Joel Crawford
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Release: November 25, 2020
Vodlocker The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two
Though I enjoyed the picture well enough, I kept getting sidetracked by events in the story that managed to distract. The main one had to do with the ages of the Elder Brothers, particularly John (John Wayne). The family Bible had a notation that Katie Elder married in 1850, so even if she were pregnant with her oldest son at the time, and John Wayne looking every bit of his fifty seven years, the story would have taken place around 1907!
That certainly wouldn't have been the case, so let's say John Elder was in his forties. A reference was made by youngest son Bud (Michael Anderson Jr.) about the Dalton Gang, saying he wanted to ride with brother John and become famous just like them. John's response was intended to give Bud pause, stating that the Dalton's were hung. But that wasn't correct either - Grath and Bob Dalton were killed during an attempted bank holdup in Coffeyville, Kansas in 1892 (another hint about when this story took place). Emmett Dalton was captured and sentenced to life in prison, though he was pardoned after fifteen years in 1907 (about the time John Wayne's character would have been fifty seven). So again, some simple math works against the picture if one wants to get technical.
Be that as it may, there's something to be said about the basic premise of the picture. The recently departed Katie Elder must have been a saint of a woman as every resident of Clearwater, Texas held her in the highest regard. On the flip side, three of her four sons wound up on the questionable side of the law, and Bud was headed that way if his siblings didn't send him back to college. But first, things have to be set right regarding the death of Bass Elder and the loss of the Elder ranch to Morgan Hastings (James Gregory).
What one might not expect in a film like this is the number of scenes written for humorous effect. The argument the brothers had about the Katie Monument was pretty comical, and Dean Martin's glass eye raffle was a hoot. It seemed only appropriate that Strother Martin would be the winner.
Probably the film's biggest missed opportunity came when gunman Curley (George Kennedy) was killed in the ambush at the bridge. His character was introduced as the antidote to gunfighter John Elder's presence in Clearwater, hired by Morgan Hastings in case the brothers got too close to the truth about their father's death and the ranch's new ownership. So the expected showdown that was suggested never became a reality. On top of that, Curley wasn't curly, and if I had to guess, a screen writer who saw this movie might have been inspired to give the same name to the Jack Palance character in "City Slickers".
Director: Chris Columbus
Cast: Joshua Blumhagen , Jahzir Bruno , Darby Camp , Milaina Chanel , Amanda Cleghorn , Serena Crouse , Julian Dennison , Danny Dworkis , Patrick Gallagher , Justine Gera , Tyrese Gibson , Goldie Hawn , Andrew Kyrzyk , Judah Lewis , Camille Marty
Blithe Spirit Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Release: December 26, 2020
Vodlocker Blithe Spirit
A spiritualist medium holds a seance for a writer suffering from writer's block but accidentally summons the spirit of his deceased first wife, which leads to an increasingly complex love triangle with his current wife of five years.
Director: Edward Hall
Cast: Isla Fisher , Dan Stevens , Leslie Mann , Judi Dench , Emilia Fox , Aimee-Ffion Edwards , Julian Rhind-Tutt , James Fleet , Simon Kunz , Michele Dotrice , Colin Stinton , Callie Cooke , Adil Ray , Dave Johns , Georgina Rich
Let Him Go Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Release: November 6, 2020
Vodlocker Let Him Go
A retired sheriff and his wife, grieving over the death of their son, set out to find their only grandson.
Director: Thomas Bezucha
Cast: Diane Lane , Kevin Costner , Lesley Manville , Kayli Carter , Booboo Stewart , Jeffrey Donovan , Will Brittain , Ryan Bruce , Adam Stafford , Bradley Stryker , Tayden Marks , Caillou Pettis , Connor Mackay , Greg Lawson , Aidan Moreno
Boss Level Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Vodlocker Boss Level
I caught this film on an ANA flight from L.A. to Japan as a previous poster had too. The plot is about 2 kids who grow up together in love but face difficulties, the main one being Takuma's heart condition that will not allow him to live past a certain age. The film's characters embraced their roles well and the 2 main characters had good chemistry with one another. The film had a good flow to it except for one part that felt a bit awkward (it was when Takuma meets Teru) but otherwise it was enjoyable. The kids who play the main characters in the beginning of the film are absolutely adorable and gives the film an innocent tone from the get-go. And yes, the film had me feel like I was cutting onions in certain scenes.
Director: Joe Carnahan
Cast: Mel Gibson , Annabelle Wallis , Michelle Yeoh , Naomi Watts , Frank Grillo , Ken Jeong , Will Sasso , Meadow Williams , Mathilde Ollivier , Sheaun McKinney , Selina Lo , Tyler Jon Olson , Eric Etebari , Carlos Aviles , Swen Temmel
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Release: September 11, 2020
Vodlocker The Broken Hearts Gallery
What if you saved a souvenir from every relationship you've ever been in? THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY follows the always unique Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan), a 20-something art gallery assistant living in New York City, who also happens to be an emotional hoarder. After she gets dumped by her latest boyfriend, Lucy is inspired to create The Broken Heart Gallery, a pop-up space for the items love has left behind. Word of the gallery spreads, encouraging a movement and a fresh start for all the romantics out there, including Lucy herself.
Director: Natalie Krinsky
Cast: Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Molly Gordon, Phillipa Soo, Suki Waterhouse, Sheila McCarthy, Bernadette Peters, Nathan Dales, Ego Nwodim, Megan Ferguson, Nikki Duval, Emma Hunter, Taylor Hill, Randy Choi
Fatman Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller
Release: November 17, 2020
This is far better than some make out and certainly more worthy of attention than it's low average score would suggest. However appropriate the title, I guess it does give the impression that there may be more blood and guts than there is and some may be disappointed in that respect. The direction is certainly uneven and the acting perhaps more so and maybe there could have been less driving about in the dark but I still enjoyed it. There are some standout scenes including two excellent lift sequences and the early scenes down the cave are pretty grim. I thought the crazy DJ was going to irritate but in the end I found his antics quite endearing, especially as we (and he) are anticipating the inevitable. Admittedly the film slows now and again but never for long and the great ending is worth the wait.
Director: Eshom Nelms, Ian Nelms
Cast: Walton Goggins , Mel Gibson , Marianne Jean-Baptiste , Chance Hurstfield , Shaun Benson , Paulino Nunes , Mark Day , Deborah Grover , Michelle Lang , Robert Bockstael , Bill Lake , Michael Dickson , Bill Turnbull , Ekaterina Baker , Mikael Conde
Release: August 21, 2020
Vodlocker Words on Bathroom Walls
I haven't seen this in many many moons but I'd give my eye teeth for another viewing! What I remember most about this production is the scene in which the Orangeman beckons the old guy to his window then punches him through the glass! I remember being shocked and repulsed as a child watching that scene. In retrospect, perhaps that's a good thing! I certainly don't support those tactics as an adult! Could this be why? Another scene that comes to mind is the one in which Jon Morrison discovers that the projectile he's been hit with is, well... something more likely to be found on the sole of your shoe than on your shoulder! All in all, excellent viewing, and the sequel was just as good if I recall correctly!
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Cast: Walton Goggins , AnnaSophia Robb , Andy Garcia , Molly Parker , Devon Bostick , Charlie Plummer , Taylor Russell , Beth Grant , Drew Scheid , Lobo Sebastian , Evan Whitten , Jared Bankens , Cruz Abelita , Aaron Dominguez , Sean Michael Weber
The Nest Vodlocker (2020)
Release: September 18, 2020
Vodlocker The Nest
This "film" should be presented at all levels of film courses especially the scripting ones because it has so many flaws in plot and lacks so many parts of a feature film that one can hardly imagine better tool for explaining what should the story for the movie be like.I don't understand that high ranking it got and some comments about other levels of depths of the story made me laughing loud.After first 20 minutes I was angry at myself because I picked the film for my friends but then I was enjoying every illogical turn of the plot, dialogue and acting of characters under given circumstances just for fun.I have no doubt that had Monty Python been still in action they wouldn't let this one pass unnoticed-one of the most absurd charcters was the policeman/detective -when he first appeared on screen -just what was this? At the end one of my friends added "and now there will be a shot on a raven and finish" and after it happened just that we laughed through the credits maybe trying to forget how dull and boring this french "masterpiece" was.
Director: Sean Durkin
Cast: Jude Law, Carrie Coon, Oona Roche, Charlie Shotwell, Tanya Allen, Tattiawna Jones, Marcus Cornwall, Michael Culkin, Adeel Akhtar, Annabel Leventon, Peter Hamilton Dyer, Bamshad Abedi-Amin, Oliver Gatz, Christian Jenner, Anne Reid
The Comeback Trail Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Release: November 20, 2020
Vodlocker The Comeback Trail
I can't help but chuckle every time I see this film, but I know that just the thought of something like this happening makes about 100 people with calculators sit up and start crunching numbers of the possibility of something like this happening.
John Goodman plays a down on his luck performer that, as it turns out, goes from distant family to the throne of England to instant family on the throne. The only problem is that he's had no refinement and leaves a lot to be desired in the courtesy department. If one plus one equals two, then this combination equals a comedy that can't be matched...on ANY level.
I'm not saying this is the best comedy of all time, but what I am saying is that this film, if you rent it, is a nice quiet evening that will not offend many people and leaves the lead actor in a familiar base for him: a place where he's supposed to seem unfamiliar. Everybody remembers him as Dan Connor, but how many of you reading this remember he was the head football coach in Revenge of the Nerds? Goodman was an excellent choice for this part because of his range as an actor and his on-screen chemistry with Camille Coduri was priceless, too, as I felt that they represented the kind of relationship that everybody would like.
So, hats off (or crowns, if you will) to David S Ward for this film. I just got in here to give this comment and my next stop is to see what else this director has done. 7 out of 10 stars.
Director: George Gallo
Cast: Robert De Niro , Morgan Freeman , Emile Hirsch , Tommy Lee Jones , Zach Braff , Patrick Muldoon , Malcolm Barrett , Natalie Burn , Eddie Griffin , Kate Katzman , Vincent Spano , Leslie Stratton , Nick Vallelonga , Michelle Maylene , Julie Lott
Vanguard Vodlocker (2020)
Release: September 30, 2020
Giving one star to this movie is like over over over-estimating this piece of s**t. The worst movie i have ever seen in my life. Why? Why? Why?
All the characters are like horribly terrible copies of Hollywood chick-flicks. Even Chetan Bhagat can write a better story than this. Watching Katrina is not as painful as watching each and every characters here. Songs are painful to ears. Sheer torture!
Since the lead character is a woman don't fool yourself in thinking it has any message to give in that front.
Ultimately its all about finding yourself by writing some crappy book and find the love of your life. One sick movie (?) it is.
Director: Stanley Tong
Cast: Jackie Chan, Yang Yang, Miya Muqi, Lun Ai, Dzavád Ramezání, Ruohan Xu, Zhengting Zhu, Desmond Aldridge, Nicole Atalla, Can Aydin, Sayed Badreya, Ilez Badurgov, Brahim Chab, Barret Coates, Keith Dallison
Greenland Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Release: September 25, 2020
A lot is already being covered about the virtues and flaws of this series in the press as it airs.
However a major concern is that the writer appears to be falling into an unforgivable trap with regards both it's ambiguously stated gay protagonist, Arthur Havisham as well as it's token ethnic-minority male, Artful Dodger. In both instances the writer, though appearing to be mold-breaking on the one hand ,has in reality, evoked the tired and well worn negative depictions of ethnic minorities and gays living in a straight white world, that belong to an era we should have moved away from.
The ambiguously asserted gay character, Arthur H, manages to adopt all the usual negative stereotypes assigned to a gay character for most of the 20th Century and widely castigated and made unpopular during the 70s and 80s. Havisham not only has no real voice as a gay individual, nor any active or satisfactory sexuality, but he's very much the victim, hysteric, corrupter, and corrupted all rolled into one. Usually the gay character with a negative stereotype has been assigned just one of these attributes. Yet Dickensian manages to roll all six into one. Not only is this unforgivable, It's totally anachronistic and homophobic.
Likewise for the token ethnic-minority male, assigned to the Artful Dodger. Despite all appearances of being ground breaking, what non- white male viewers can enjoy is the usual negative images of a black man (in this instance boy) already well versed in the antics of crime and actively untrustworthy and a suitable suspect for accusations of homicide.
As with LGBT depiction, this racist stereotype dominated for the best part of 100 years of moving image history, along side the more permissible image of the fun loving, cuddly, musical, cheeky but always servile black man. Artful Dodger appears to have been assigned something of all these negative stereotypes too. Here we are again, with the unconscious and unchecked racism of the writer and director who no doubt are both white and male, significantly, at a moment when there is uproar about this year's Oscars exclusion of ethnic minorities in the short lists of winners.
It's not a trade off either. Just because a portrayal of ethnically diverse adolescent romance is included, it doesn't mean the writer gets away with the failures described. In fact, the choice continues to affirm what is palatable to the white-male-heterosexual, being his access to the not-too-black pretty girl, alongside the denigration of the gay and non-white male, both who no doubt represent a threat to his power.
The series is still airing as i write, but one is now left speculating to what extent Havisham will escape an inevitable dismal ending (a nail- biter we've just gone through with the gay footman, Barrow of Downton Abbey)and the question of the degree of Dodger's immorality though of course where he'll be inescapably always bad. A good writer would have offered a different set of speculations.
If white heterosexual writers are going to write in LGBT & ethnic monitory characters, then they should at least be familiar with the mistakes and criticisms made against script writers of their profession in the past and undertake not to repeat them. It all boils down to very bad craftsmanship, not political correctness, a defence so often sited by the offending. It's time to grow up, we can't drag these cliché derogatory stereotypes into the 21st century.
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Cast: Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, Roger Dale Floyd, Scott Glenn, Randal Gonzalez, Rick Pasqualone, Nicola Lambo, Alan Pietruszewski, Scott Poythress, Claire Bronson, Madison Johnson, Gary Weeks, Tracey Bonner, Merrin Dungey, Brandon Miller
Come Away Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Release: November 12, 2020
Vodlocker Come Away
Call me a big softy or a melon head but it's hard for me to not like the B-Movies of my youth that I watched eagerly on shows like Chiller Theater,Jeeper's Creepers and Strange Tales Of Science Fiction. This one played in heavy rotation with Attack Of The Fifty Foot Woman and The Amazing Colossal Man. Part of the reason why this had such a strong juvenile appeal is that many kids were studying the Spaniards in the new world in school and this sparked a wild romantic fancy. This was long before shows on the Discovery Channel and Nat Geo were around to dispel myths about murderous soldiers from another era. Another good reason is that director Richard Cunha knew how to stretch a budget and keep things moving and absurd and interesting enough to keep ten year olds glued to their seats. A geologist and a Archaelogist and his hot daughter go hunting in Devils Crag to find traces of El Giant Diablo a sadistic Conquistador of great size. Strange things have been happening in the area like cattle mutilation and a fatal beating of one of the town folk. Now this is weird because the first time we see the comatose giant rise out of the ground is during a lightening storm so either the electricity brought him back to life or he did the murders and then covered himself up with mud and leaves before taking a snooze but it just makes a film like this more fun. The Title monster never utters a word and makes scary faces underneath veteran Jack Pierces make up which was pretty scary in kids terms at the time. Not a film to analyze too much but to just relax and enjoy it's wacky glory.If you like films like Attack Of The Killer Shrews and The Brain From Planet Arous you'll like this one as well.
Director: Brenda Chapman
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw , Carter Thomas , Ava Fillery , Jonathan Garcia , Keira Chansa , Jordan A. Nash , Reece Yates , Jenny Galloway , Anna Chancellor , Michael Caine , Savannah Read , Keith Chanter , Ned Dennehy , Harry Paul Newman , Oliver Frank Newman
Freaky Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Release: November 13, 2020
I have not read Margaret Atwood's book, and after seeing this film I initially did not want to. However, I then looked up reviews and synopses of The Robber Bride, which made the novel sound infinitely more interesting than this wretched film. This adaptation is so heavy-handed and moronic that it almost makes something like Basic Instinct stand up as a paragon of subtlety and imagination. The characters are almost uniformly unlikeable, but they're not even unlikeable in any kind of interesting way! And all of them behave like complete idiots. From synopses of Atwood's novel, it would appear that the frame story in this film (that of a crime/murder investigation) doesn't even exist in the book. If that's the case, then frankly, I think Atwood should sue over this travesty. I hope, at the very least, she got a hefty paycheque. That might make up for a lot. Don't waste your valuable time on this mind-numbing excuse for cinema. Really, really, really badly written and directed. Where's Atwood's sarcasm? Her sense of humour? Her sly wit?? Lost in bad writing and bad directing. I can't even blame the actors. They're doing their best with some outrageously bad material. Speaking of actors, MUST every film made in Canada star the same subgroup of thespians? Seriously? There's a lot of untapped talent out there. Imagine if Nicole Kidman starred in 90% of the films that came out of the U.S. How believable would you find her in anything, then? Wouldn't it make you tired? But I digress. Avoid the film version of The Robber Bride at all costs. Go read the real thing instead.
Director: Christopher Landon
Cast: Kathryn Newton , Vince Vaughn , Alan Ruck , Katie Finneran , Mitchell Hoog , Uriah Shelton , Misha Osherovich , Melissa Collazo , Kelly Lamor Wilson , Hannah Russell , Dana Drori , Celeste O'Connor , Charles Green , Patti Schellhaas , Deja Dee
The New Mutants Vodlocker (2020)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Release: August 28, 2020
Vodlocker The New Mutants
When this show first premiered in the 1960's, it was called one of the most violent shows in the history of television. However, if it were to come on today, it probably would just be given a TV-PG rating. Today's show push the envelope of blood and guts to a disgusting limit, but Mannix was mainly given that reputation because every show would feature a knockdown, drag out fight which usually would wind up with him ending up a bloody pulp and the other guy either dead or beaten worse than he was. However, this show, despite the violence was still one of the most popular shows of the late 1960's/early 1970's.
Director: Josh Boone
Cast: Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga, Adam Beach, Thomas Kee, Colbi Gannett, Happy Anderson, Dustin Ceithamer, Jacinto Vega SpiritWolf, Chuck, Marilyn Manson
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