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Holmes & Watson (2018) Review

A SKETCH COMEDY DISASTER


 

The game is afoot” is the classic moniker catchphrase that’s accompany with the fictional character of Sherlock Holmes. Created by Sir Author Conan Doyle, the character of Sherlock Holmes (and his residence 221B Baker Street in London, England) has enchanted readers and viewers alike, following the clever English detective (usually set in the Victorian era) as he solves cases and mysterious. The character has plenty of other friends and enemies along the way, including Dr. John Watson (Sherlock’s faithful companion assistant), his brother Mycroft, and Scotland yard’s Inspector Lestrad, Sherlock’s landlord Mrs. Hudson, and his longtime rival Professor James Moriarty. Sherlock Holmes has become a classic literary character for decades, translating beyond the writing page as been feature in other mediums and facets, including the realm of TV and movies like 1939’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1959’s The Hound of Baskerville, 1985’s Young Sherlock Holmes, 1986’s The Great Mouse Detective, 2009’s Sherlock Holmes, BBC’s crime drama TV show Sherlock (2010 to present), and (most recently from the time of this post) 2018’s Sherlock Gnomes. Now, Sony / Columbia Pictures and director Etan Cohen present the latest cinematic iteration of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes with the comedy film Holmes & Watson. Does this find movie “follow the clues” to comedic gold or does get lost within its own mystery and paradoxical conundrum laziness? Read more

Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Review

A WORTHY “CYBERSPACE” SEQUEL


 

In 2012, Disney, after coming off the success of 2010’s Tangled and the mediocre release of 2011’s Winnie the Pooh, released their 52nd animated feature film titled Wreck-It Ralph. Directed by Rich Moore, the film, which starred the voice talents of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, and Alan Tudyk, tells the story of Ralph, a video game villain, who rebels against his “bad guy” preset role and dreams of being the “hero of the game”; setting in motion an adventure of discovering more about himself and the lives of others around him. Filled with colorful characters and classic video game arcade nostalgia, Wreck-It Ralph was critical and commercial success, with the feature grossing $471 million at the box office (against its $165 million production budget. Along with its monetary success, the movie won an Annie Award for Best Animated Feature as well as received nominations for the Golden Globes and Academy Awards for Best Lively Feature. Given how well-received the movie was, it was almost a forgone conclusion that a sequel would materialize on the horizon. Unfortunately, Disney then proceeded to produce other animated features following Wreck-It Ralph’s release, including Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Moana. Now, six years after its release, Walt Disney studios and directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston presents the long-awaited sequel to Wreck-It Ralph with Disney’s 57th animated feature Ralph Breaks the Internet (originally titled Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2). Does this second installment find its “connection” with its users (moviegoers) or does it get lost within its own digital database of internet / social media nuances? Read more

The Little Hours (MovieMan Dan’s Guest Review)

A GREAT PREMISE THAT DOESN’T

LEAD TO MUCH


 

Intro: Every year at Sundance, there are a number of break out films in the lineup that festival goers and film critics a like just won’t stop talking about.  They blog and converse about the films they liked most and they of course provide recommendations to their friends and followers while doing so.  Likewise, they also create some much welcomed free marketing of sorts for the filmmakers and distributors who pick up these titles and those in office positions love it.  It’s the same story with every film festival really but it’s most true at Sundance especially as the films at other big fests like: TIFF or Venice for example usually play in theatres a mere month or two after their premieres. Studio heads don’t mind though as the more buzz that can be created this way means the less money they will have to spend on the film’s advertising campaign.

It has proven so successful that today, distributors will even choose to hold these titles longer just so that the buzz can linger around online longer – creating more and more hype as the title finally secures a release date and eventually a trailer and some promotional material as well.  This happened most recently with “The Big Sick” *which is having great success – entering wide release this weekend* and now the folks at GunPowder & Sky *in the USA* and Mongrel Media * here in Canada* are hoping to see the same results with “The Little Hours” which is now entering its theatrical release a full 6 months after it’s festival premiere.  I’ve seen dozens of posts about this movie in the last few months leading up to the film’s release and it has definitely succeeded in getting me extremely excited for the film.

It’s not just me either – People are talking about the film and with all of the re-shares on Social Media more and more people are becoming aware of it and are thus wanting to go see it.

Some times the films will live up to the incredible hype and other times, moviegoers will walk away disappointed.  Which brings me to my review of “The Little Hours” which I unfortunately wasn’t a fan of. Before, I dive in further though, let’s first talk plot. Read more

Kong: Skull Island Review

DEAR BILLY…


 

It’s seems like every major studio in Hollywood is trying to establish their own cinematic universe. With the film industry trending on the idea of adaptations, prequels and, reboots / reimaginings, the ideal of shared cinematic universes are the popular rage with the latest blockbuster phases. From the realm of superheroes with Marvel’s (aka Disney) MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and Warner Bros’s DCEU (DC Extended Universe to Universal’s Pictures upcoming shared universe of Monsters (starting with the 2017’s reboot of The Mummy), these cinematic universes are seeing as profitable franchises, producing crossover events and interlinking these feature films to bring a certain inherit hype to the films. Now, continuing that share universe trend with 2014’s remake Godzilla, Legendary films and director Jordan Vogt-Roberts present the newest iteration of King Kong with the movie Kong: Skull Island. Does this latest feature deliver on “Giant Monster Mayhem” or is it a forgetful King Kong movie? Read more