Films I Want to See in 2018

Another year and more films to go and see, hopefully this year I will get a chance to see at least some of them.

Honourable Mention: The Greatest Showman: I am starting this list off rather cheating by picking a film from last year since that it came out around the Christmas season and it is something that I do like the look of. Hopefully I will get around to seeing the film, but if I can’t I will be picking it up when it comes out on DVD.

Insidious: The Last Key: I have loved watching the Insidious series since they do have a lot of good story telling engines with the first film discovering that the family is being haunted by spirits causing their son to be an open vessel to be possessed, the second film sees the husband to be possessed and then the story of him getting him back in his body, then the third film was a totally different setting, but it acts more of a prequel or a new chapter viewpoint. But this new one looks like that it going to step up the bar and I am looking forward to try and see it.

Tomb Raider: I am feeling rather uncertain about since I am a fan of the videogame series, especially the new games and I am always apprehensive when it comes to videogame adaptations since that it is hard to and why I think that the Metal Gear Solid film will be impossible to do, but that is a story for another time. I do like the look of the film and Alicia Vikander does look good in the role and what has been shown in the trailers does make it look like it is going to be interesting.

Pacific Rim: Uprising: It’s a film with Mechs fighting against monsters of course it is going to be a film that I am going to see this year.

The New Mutants: First of the superhero films of the year and we head over to 20th Century Fox with a new X-Men universe film and that is The New Mutants. I think that this is down to how they marketed the film and it makes me think that it is going down the supernatural roots and it is something that already interests me

Deadpool 2: I really enjoyed Deadpool and I think that Ryan Reynolds did an amazing job getting the first film over. I am also looking forward to seeing this film since it is going to be interesting to see what references that there are going to be with Deadpool and Cable since that the actor that is playing Cable is Josh Brolin, who also plays Thanos in the main MCU. Hopefully this will live up to the same calibre as the first film.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: I think that this could be a rather smash hit for Sony since that Spider-Man is a rather hot property when you think about all of the different mediums that Spider-Man is in, comics, videogames, cartoons. But this film is doing something a lot different, not only is it animated but we are getting a different focus on a different Spider-Man: Miles Morales. This is something that I have been wanting to see for a while because seeing the same old stich with Peter Parker gets rather old and boring rather quick, plus Spider-Verse is going to be a interesting setting since that it might mean that we are going to be getting even more Spider-Men/Women for the film.

Bohemian Rhapsody:  Out of the films that are coming out this year I think that this could be one of the best films to come out this year. A film focusing around Queen’s lead singer Freddy Mercury and leading up to their appearance at Live Aid (I think according to what is jotted on Imdb). It is something that looks interesting to me and it is something that I will be looking forward to seeing in… December, man that is going to be a long wait.

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Top Not-So-Great Films of 2017

To go along with the good there is also the bad/ not so great films I have seen this year.

The LEGO Batman Movie: Even though that this is a kid’s film, it is one of the worst representations that I have seen of Batman in a long time. He just seemed like to be an arrogant jerk to people even his villains he was a rather jerk to. He took on an orphan because he was too busy having the hots for the new police commissioner and just seemed to not even care that much about the Justice League. One of the things that did have me coming away from this is that this version of Batman seemed to take a few inspirations from Frank Miller’s Batman where he didn’t like the idea of Batman being a part of the Justice League. Oh, that’s another thing, you have the Justice League in this universe, but when Gotham City was being attacked by villains in the Phantom Zone THEY ARE NOWHERE TO BE SEEN and thus it’s up to Batman and his rouges gallery to save Gotham, which they do.

Beauty and the Beast: Luke Evans is an amazing Gaston and I think that is all the good that I can say about this film. The film was a pretty much a cut and copy format that they have done with previous remakes and it didn’t seem to be that entertaining. I still think that the music from the original version of the film was better than this as it didn’t seem to be that good. The acting was okay for the majority of the film and Emma Watson made an okay Belle.

The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Haunting: I preferred the television show that covered this topic because this film seemed to be more interested in building its own story instead of focusing on what had actually happened. The film was meant to tell the story on a spirit that has been haunting a family, but the film then takes a twist in creating its own narrative, this being the introduction to The Nun, who has been plaguing the main characters since that apparently is an omen yet to come and we will find out more about that character either next year or the year after with a movie about The Nun being made.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2: Wow there could have been potential for this film to be good, but boy was I wrong. I found that from this, Marvel tried to focus a lot on comedy to get their films through nowadays and for me not all of the jokes hit home for me, except for one. The only joke that I like was when Star Lord compared Yondu to Mary Poppins and you hear him say ‘I’m Mary Poppins y’all’. Two more things that I hated about the film was Ego, the first was that I found him to be a rather boring villain and the second he was a boring character. Ego was a very boring character and something else that bugged me had to do with events that happened in the first film, that being the Guardians being a combined force taking down Ronan and then Ego saying, ‘oh because you are part Celestial you used that power to wield an Infinity Stone’. That did annoy me but what annoyed me even more was the self-sacrifice of Yondu, which shouldn’t have happened since Star Lords mask does give him enough oxygen to survive in space, the same thing that Star Lord did with Gamora in the first film. Hopefully the Guardians will have a better outing in Infinity War and Vol 3 whenever it comes out.

Spider-Man: Home-Coming: Another Marvel film on the list and I got to say I was more disappointed with this film, mainly because I am a huge Spider-Man fan. I did like that this film didn’t focus on a origin story, but it did focus on being a direct sequel to Civil War and it spent a lot of the film with Peter being a whiny kid wanting the attention of Tony Stark and his Avengers team, but just keeps on getting annoyed and that got rather irritating rather fast. But I did have some enjoyment from the film and that comes in the form of Michael Keaton as Adrian Tooms (Vulture) and he was one of the best things about the film, but not just that, he was also a villain that is still alive at the end of the movie, and knowing the alias of Spider-Man. But there was something that bugged the crap out of me at the end and I still have no idea what the reason was for behind it was that they had a character in it called Michelle, just a rather normal name that could also be linked to a future love interest. But it was at the end of the film that annoyed me when she said for them to just call her MJ, this annoyed me because it just seemed to be a waste of a character and the waste of bringing MJ Watson into the Marvel Universe.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut: I am not saying that Blade Runner is a bad film, it is one of the most beautifully designed films that I have seen, and it reminds me a lot from the videogame Snatcher. I think that what did it for me was that the plot did seem to be rather confusing to follow at points and the final confrontation between Deckard and Roy Batty, with Deckard being chased around an abandoned building and it just seemed to be weird and just out of place.

Grimsby: I was watching this on Sky Cinema one day and I found it to be one of the stupidest, idiotic film I have ever had seen and it shouldn’t have been made in the first place. I mean who would ever think that England would win in the finals of the World Cup, but no seriously it is a really bad film. You have Mark Strong playing a Secret Agent who accidently gets set up by the involvement of his younger brother, Sasha Baron Conan, who he hasn’t seen is something like 20 years and they end up getting involved in stupid things that lead them across Africa and South America stopping evil plan on the finals of the World Cup and this also lead for his brother to join the same agency in the end where he ends up killing his team mates.

Justice League: This film had potential and boy did it go south rather fast. You have Batman and Wonder Woman recruiting a team to take down threats that are going to be coming to Earth from different places and the first main villain that they face is Steppenwolf, Darkseid’s General. But there is one thing that I did like and that was the story of when Steppenwolf first tried to attack Earth but was facing off against the combined forces of the Amazonians, Atlanteans and Mankind, but there was something even extra there and that was also the introduction of the Green Lantern Corp who also helped out. But from there on the film was a rather let down which led for Batman to go and resurrect Superman with the same machine that Lex used to create Nuclear Man, I mean Doomsday.

Star Wars Episode 8: One of the films that I was looking forward to watching this year and I have to say it was one of the films that seemed to be lacking. For instance, there didn’t seem to be that much of a time skip for the film, it seemed that days had only passed whereas in the rest of the series there were years that had passed. But the big thing that bothered me was the side quest filler that Finn and Rose were in since that it pretty much stops the film dead from the previous scenes and it didn’t sum up too much in the end since that the Rebellion had a plan in motion, but if the new commander had informed Poe on the information, we wouldn’t have gotten the filler and it would have been a better film. Hopefully Episode IX will be better.

Top Best Films of 2017

Back again with another list and like last year I will be covering my favourite films that I saw this year no matter what year that they came out.

Beyond the Mat: Starting off the list with something that I am surprised that I had just gotten around to watching, the wrestling documentary: Beyond the Mat in which Barry Blaustein documented events of three professional wrestlers, Jake ‘the Snake’ Roberts, Terry Funk and Mick Foley as well as things that happened in WWF at the time as well as ECW. But some of the best things that happened in the film was learning more and more about the real life of them. Dealing with some of the harder things in life, especially since that across the three there were a lot of interesting stories being told. With Foley story he was in the height of his career being in the main event stage for WWF, winning the championship as well as the infamous I Quit match in which was so brutal Foley’s family, who were in the crowd had to leave. With Funk’s story he was dealing with wanting to retire since he was at the time 53 and needing a new knee, but with Funk, he is a grizzly old vet and he still is wresting to this day. But the most saddening was Roberts, he was a coke addict and also had a lot of other problems, but the focus of his segment was that he wanted to reconnect with his estranged daughter which was achieved in the end. Overall it was a good documentary and I wish that there were more like this out, that weren’t just made by the company.

John Wick Chapter 2: Keanu Reeves is a badass in this film and I am looking forward to when they bring out Chapter 3, for the main fact that it will be John Wick vs the World and its something that is going to be very well handled.

Logan: So, I am very curious now on what they are going to be with Disney now bought Fox and what they are going to with the X-Men franchise. But this was one of my favourite X-Men films that I have seen since it pretty much was a good send off for the franchise and a great way to send off both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Steward’s characters with the death of Xavier being one of the parts that I found to be one of the saddest things about the film as well as a theory on what happened to the mutants. I guess that between the events of either Days of Future Past or more likely The Wolverine in which Onslaught had happened and had wiped a large proportion of the mutant population. But the end of the film was the other rather sad scene with Logan using all of the ‘BESERKER’ drugs and having a last stand off against Weapon XIII in which he managed to defeat him, but at the cost of his own life, and we see Laura mourning over Logan corpse along with the rest of the runaways heading over the border to Canada. The good news that I have heard from this is that there are plans to make a X-23 so that is something to look forward to.

Wonder Woman: Who’d thought that DC were able to make a good film because I had little hope going into it, but I have got to say it was a lot better than what I thought it was. The good thing about it is that the film took the same approach that Captain America took, that being set during the War and Diana wanting to be a part of it, but in her mind so that she can take down Ares, who she thinks is leading the Germans, but when the reveal happened it did have me thinking, really that’s who it is, but then started thinking more and more it made more sense, having a person that seemed to be an ally for the Allied Powers to then turn out to actually be Ares was a good move, misdirection. I also liked the scenes with Diana going through war torn France helping soldiers in the trenches and helping them win a few battles showing off her skills and becoming a beacon of hope for the soldiers that are fighting.

Ouija: Origin of Evil: For a sequel movie to be better than what came before it is usually a hard thing to come around, but this is something that I was surprised about. It was a rather good film and the story made a lot more sense than what the first film was. The story told the tale of what had happened to the previous occupants of the house from the first film and what happened to them to lead to the events that happened in the first film. I liked this since that there was more story to it and it made sense. The mother bought a Ouija board to help her with her charlatan act of communing with the dead, but her youngest daughter becomes more entranced by it when she starts calling after her father, but it turns out that there are darker forces at work when a spirit of an evil Nazi doctor uses his influence and then starts to go after her mother and elder sister. In the end the elder sister is forced to kill her sister and when the cops arrive, she is arrested for killing her family and then the film ends leading into halfway through the first film.

Shin Godzilla: I was so looking forward to seeing this film since that I am a huge fan of both the Japanese and America versions of Godzilla (with the Roland Emmerich version being an exception) and when I heard that this was going to be getting a limited release in the UK, I told my friend that we were seeing it and by god we weren’t disappointed. Godzilla was a massive destructive force in the film and it is something that I haven’t seen in a long time since that for the past few years before the film it was usually Godzilla vs Monster of the film, but this one was also a bit different. The film starts off with this weird looking monster coming out of the sea and it looks like a weird looking chicken and we were thinking on who the hell it was, then we get further in the film and see that it is actually the first form of Godzilla and we saw an evolution chain for him, which is rather cool to see. But the thing that I really did like about the film, beside the giant monster destroying most of Tokyo was the political side that we got, focusing on all of the destruction that is happening, trying to find where the monster had come from and most importantly how they were going to try and destroy Godzilla. It is a rather fun film and I have to try and pick it up since its now released for Home Entertainment.

It: I didn’t know what to think about this film when I saw trailers for it, but when I got around to seeing it, I found it to be a rather good film and for a remake as well it did a lot of things better than what the TV movie did. The thing that I did like most about this was that the entire film was focused around the Losers Club and that’s all the focus that we got, unlike the original version in which we had it set in modern days and then flashbacking to the past. Another thing that I liked about the film was that there were a lot more creative scares for the film for each member of the Losers Club since that it focused on weird and creative fears, but for more of that you can search back on my site for my Good/Bad Review that I did back in October. Hopefully when Part 2 comes out, it will be as entertaining as what the first part was.

Thor Ragnarok: Out of all the Marvel films that have came out this year, Thor Ragnarok was my most favourite of the year since that it did something that I found to be rather lacking from both Guardians and Spider-Man, that being the comedy was a lot better. One of my favourite jokes that was in the film was the centripetal force joke that was at the beginning of the film, it was a little bit nerdy, but it is one that I liked. The film on whole was entertaining, Chris Hemsworth was on point with his timing, a lot better than what he was in Ghostbusters and the rest of the cast was amazing. I am really hoping that Taika Waititi will be returning to the MCU since that he was an amazing director for the film as well as having a very amazing roll in the film.

Murder on the Orient Express: Another film that I wasn’t sure how to feel about, but I was blown away by the film. The film is one of the most beautifully shot films and the story telling engine was wonderful to be retold on the silver screen. Kenneth Branagh doing duo roles as director as well as playing Hercule Poirot in which I was a little apprehensive about, but he did do a good job playing the Belgium detective. The ensembled cast for the film was really great as well since you had people like Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Defoe, Daisy Ridley and even for the short amount of time that he was in the film Johnny Depp was good in it. But the ending is something that I found to be the best thing about the entire film, as it turns out everybody was behind the murder in all of an act of justice and Poirot decides to live a lie and lets all of the suspects escape.

The Princess Bride: This film is one of my favourites because it is a feelgood film that still holds up today. A film that mixes love and romance with action and adventure is something that I really enjoy. Plus, the story has a rather good narrative as the story is told as a story by Peter Falk to his grandson since that he is feeling under the weather and it was something that his father and grandfather did. The film is enjoyable, and my favourite scenes are pretty much any scene with Indgo Montoya in it since that he pretty much steals the film and my favourites are the duel that he and the Dread Pirate Roberts have near the beginning of the film since that it is entertaining and the duel that he has with Count Rugen so that he can finally get his revenge after Rugen killed his father.

It’s a Wonderful Life: I just watched this film for the first time ever just a few days ago and I wish that I had watched it earlier in life since that it does tell a very good story which is that even giving up your dreams means that you can have a wonderful life, but it did end up resolving our main character to try and commit suicide for him to realise what he had and that his life was better. I think the only problem that I had with the film was that a getting to the ‘wonderful life part’ since that part of the film has been done multiple times in different shows and mediums. For instance The Muppets did a version of this and it did focus a lot more on the Wonderful Life part. But nevertheless it was an enjoyable film and I plan on watching it again next Christmas.

Halloween Month: Top Five Horror Sequels/Prequels: Part 1

A few years ago, I did a list of my Top Five Horror films, so I thought that this time that I would focus on something similar and that being sequels and prequels.

Annabelle Creation: Starting off the list is the sequel to a film that I didn’t think should have even been made into a film, but I got to say this made up for a lot of the problems that I had about the first film. The film starts off with a family heading back from church, in which their car breaks down and their daughter is killed after running into the road. After a few years the parents take in a group of orphans and a nun to stay and they start noticing weird things going on and we see that the focus targets one of the girls Janice, who has Polio making her a weaker target than the rest of the girls. During several nights, she is awoken by the sounds of somebody running around and finds her way into the daughter’s room, in which she finds the Annabelle doll locked in a hidden room and thus the doll targets her with one case throwing her from the first-floor landing to the ground floor, manages to keep her wheelchair bound. Later in the film the mother reveals what happened after their daughter had died they contacted mediums to communicate with their daughter in which they found notes around the house and then later got permission to have her spirit be transferred into a doll, that doll being Annabelle. But it turns out that whatever entered the doll wasn’t their daughter but in fact a demon that began terrorising the family, even attacking the mother. They got a priest to bless the hidden room and had bible verses to be wallpapered around the walls to reduce the influence and power from the doll. In the end, the remaining orphans and the nun get out alive, but when the police go to find where Janice is and it turns out she escaped and left the doll there. But a few years pass and we find her in a new orphanage and she is taken home by the Higgins, who give her a copy of the original Annabelle doll. But the film makes an interesting turn as it ends with the film wrapping up for the beginning of the first film. Overall, I liked this film a lot better than the first film as the first seemed to be a slight rip off from Rosemary’s Baby and the scares weren’t that good. However, with this the scares were a lot better, with the scariest being when the girl is taken into the barn by a mysterious figure and is where she gets possessed by the doll.

Ouija: Origin of Evil: Another prequel from a recent film series, Ouija: Origin of Evil bring all the bad points for the first film and makes it a great film. The cast for the film is rather short since that it mainly focuses around a family of three, Alice, Lina and Doris, in which the mother is a medium that helps people connect with people who have passed but she is a charlatan. They then buy a Ouija board from a store and they decide to use it for their skits but it turns out that the daughter can channel spirits in which a dark force possesses her and it is during the final act to find out that their house used to belong to an evil Nazi scientist that tortured and killed people. They try to then kill the daughter by sewing her mouth so that the entity can’t speak, but during the process the mother dies and the only survivor being Lina get sent to a mental facility and then, like Annabelle Creation, the film ends with Lina being met by the lead from the first film. Overall, I like this film since that it built up a better story, the Doris being in contact with what appeared to be her father, who had died, but then the realisation that she has being used by the demonic being seemed to be rather sinister. Another thing that I liked about the film was that the films scares were dealt a lot better than the previous film.

Insidious Chapter 3: One of the things that I like about this film is that since it didn’t focus around the story of the original family from the first film since that their story was over and done with at the end, as well as Elise dying and being a spiritual guide for the Nether in both instalments. For this film, it is set years before the events of the first film, in which our main character Quinn trying to in contact with her mother, who had passed away (what a weird coincidence that all three prequels that I have picked have a revolving theme), and she goes to contact Elise but she says that she no longer does readings but she accepts this one but it goes pear-shaped in which a darker entity comes through and she stops the reading and tells her not to contact her mother again. But she ignores it and then a lot of bad things start happening to her, involving being hit by a car and breaking her leg. Then through the rest of the film her and her family start noticing weird things going on in their apartment including them seeing a ghost that is covered in goo. The family try to figure a way to get answers, first by getting a paranormal group to come in to find out the source of the problem, and then Elise comes into find out the problem and they manage to get rid of the evil entity with the help of the girl’s mother and all is right. This is then leads Elise to return to the paranormal investigations with the paranormal group and now is leading to a fourth instalment that is out next year, which I will be probably see. I like this film since that it shows Elise in a different light, knowing that she was sceptical about returning to do reading and the paranormal since that she had lost her husband and felt distant from the rest of the world. Another thing that I liked about this film was that with Quinn being confined is something that does make being scared, not being able to defend yourself from an unknown attacker.

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday: For a franchise that has gotten a lot out of hand over the past few instalments, with one film seeing a copycat killer and then seeing Jason being resurrected (by accident), this is one of the goofier but good films from the series. The film focuses around Jason possessing people trying to resurrect himself since that it turns out that Jason in fact has a sister, Diana as well as a niece Jessica and she has a child and the only way that he can resurrect himself is by taking over the body of his family. So, the main worry of the film was Jason being incarnated through the baby, but it then turns out that the dead body of his sister is in the old Voorhees house were Robert Campbell had stashed the body in the house for a television show he was making about Jason Voorhees. A lot of the film is rather interesting since that it deals with Jessica & Steven trying to reconcile as well as a bounty hunter who is also after Jason and he also gives a lot of exposition about how to deal with Jason. In the end Jason gets reburned from his sister’s body and is then killed by his niece. One of the things that I really do like about this film is the amount of references to other horror franchises, from Halloween with mentioning of the old Myer’s place, a package addressed from Antarctica for a possible link to The Thing. It is a fun film to watch as well as being the lead in to the crossover for Freddy vs Jason.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors: Nightmare 3 is one of my favourite films from the Nightmare franchise, it is one of the better told films as well as having more of the most creative ways that people have died. The film also brings back Nancy, from the first film, in which she now works with children/teenagers who have been dealing with nightmares and Nancy finds out that Freddy is back killing teenagers in their dreams again. In the end of the film the teenagers that survive at the end manage to defeat Freddy again, but it came at a cost as Nancy dies, but to make sure that this doesn’t happen again Kristen dreams her into a perfect dream, and we don’t see her again until one of the comic book adaptations where she returns. The things that I do like about the film is the way that Freddy makes his kills in the film with some of them being rather creative and the two that come to my mind are Phillip who starts sleepwalking but what the people that see this happening don’t see is that Freddy is manipulating him by controlling him like a marionette with strings made from his veins and kills him by cutting his strings, making the residents thinking that he had jumped. The second kill that I like in the film was with Jennifer in which Freddy basically forces her to watch television shows with a cameo from Zsa Zsa Gabor, but the best was when Freddy grabs her and hurls her into the TV and we see her body stuck head first in the television with them also thinking that she had took her own life, somehow also lifting herself about 3 or 4 feet off the ground.

Halloween Month: The Good, The Bad and Pennywise the Dancing Clown

When I heard that there was going to be a new version of the film It, I was a rather looking forward to it since that the original television movie for it, wasn’t that great in my opinion and was only regarded in having the best portion being the kids story, with the adults seeming to be rather okay. But with the new film being split up into two films, with the first chapter being focused around the kids and then the second the adults maybe this would make it better.

The Good: To start out for this with the good, the entire cast of kids for the film are really good since it appears to have the token characters that you would see in a film from the 80’s, since that is when this version of the film is set. But if I did have to say who my favourite from the series would be Bev Bill, Richie and Ben. The other friends seem to be alright but I did find them to be annoying and in the case for Mike, I didn’t find him to be part of the story that much and I hope that in Chapter 2, we see him with a bigger role to play.

The second thing that I liked about the film was the way that Pennywise used the fears of the children to his advantage. It did make him seem more of a threat than in the original version where he was vaguely terrorising the children and didn’t seem to do much else. However, in the film, they did get a lot more creative with the ways that he terrorised the children, going with the way that each child had a fear that made them different with the ways that the scares happened. The three that I liked the most, weirdly enough featured the three kids that I didn’t care for that much. The first was Stan who was freaked out about a painting that his father had in his office of a deformed woman playing the clarinet/ flute. The second was Eddie getting chased by a leper, who at first, I thought it looked like Stephen King but I could have been easily wrong. The third scare that for Mike, who had arms trying to reach out at him from behind a door that was on fire, and when we get the backstory on what happened to his parents it just gets even creepier.

The third thing that I liked about the film was the story since that it seemed to do a lot better of a job explaining the lore about the town of Derry in which we find that it seems to have larger numbers of missing people but most worrying children. Another thing that I liked about the story was that it seemed to be a lot more realistic in ways. This comes to it after (Anti-Germ Kid) ends up falling through a hole in the well house and breaks his arm, it then signifies the team breaking up since that some of them no longer want to do this since according to the lore, Pennywise will be going into hibernation and not appearing again for another 27 years. But when it turns out that Pennywise has captured Bev, it gives them the reason to reunite and take on Pennywise.

The Bad: With the good comes the bad and to start it off I did rather hate the bullies from the film. I just found them to be rather plain and boring since they didn’t seem to have that much of a character at all through the film except for one scene where he is recruited by Pennywise and then goes and kills his father. Lucky for the Losers Club is that he then ends up meeting a possible worse fate after Mike knocks him down the well and he is supposed to be dead. But the thing that has me rather curious is that in the original movie, Knives, is supposed to be alive and in an either a hospital or an asylum where Pennywise breaks him out.

The second thing that I though was bad about the movie revolves around Bev and her father since that it seemed to have a rather icky sub text. That being it seemed that she might have been forced into some sort of incestuous affair with her father. This is even more suggested since that the film, the scenes that we see between the two of them there does seem to be something dark going on between them. This does make more sense since that in the final confrontation with Pennywise, he changes his head into that of her father, but instead of being afraid, she just whacks him revealing that she isn’t afraid of him anymore. In the end of the film, Bev reveals that she is going to be moving to Portland (not sure which one) mainly what I believe is down to either her father’s actions or for the small possibility that he could be dead after she clocked him over the head with the toilet tank lid.

The third thing that I found bad with the film was the scoring for it. For a lot of the scenes that happened the music seemed to be rather over the top in which that it should have been more quieter and this way makes the scene have more suspense and makes it much scarier and the Nostalgia Critic brought it up in his review of the film. I also have a problem with music being used to score for building up jump scares and it is something that bothers me when I watch horror films in general. It just seems to be rather pointless and I think that the sound would be better to place in when the scare happens.

Overall: I think that this has been one of the best Stephen King films that I have seen and if Chapter 2 is going to be anything like this, quality wise, I will be looking forward to seeing it in 2019.

Top Ten Best Sequels That I’ve Seen

Continuing off from a list I did a few months ago of the worst sequels that I have seen, naturally there is going to be a list of the best sequels that I have seen.

10: The Purge: Anarchy: The Purge films aren’t good when you look at them, but the second film that they made I thought was a lot better than what the first film was. The films focus makes a lot more sense since that it takes place with viewpoints of different people on the day of the purge and how they survive the night, whereas the first film came off as more of a home invasion film. The view points for this is what makes it a good film since that in the end they all end up coming together through the film to act as a ragtag group trying to survive the night, except for one person. Leo Barnes, who is out there acting more as a vigilante and is also out to avenge the death of his son after the guy that killed him got off. The next part of the story gets rather interesting as the group is gathered by security forces that are gathering people in the street to be put into a theatre for the entertainment of upper class purgers who hunt them for sport. But then support appears in the form of the Anti-Purge group who manages to kill the purging team and Barnes uses this to leave and tries to get his vengeance, but that doesn’t happen as a Big Daddy shoots him but Big Daddy is then killed and Barnes manages to get rushed to hospital as he returns to the Purge in Election Day.

9: Friday the 13th Part 2: Set two months/ Five years after the events of the first film we get our introduction to one of the most recognisable horror icons, Jason Voorhees. The first introduction that we have of Jason is him getting his revenge on Alice who killed his mother, from the events of the first film. We then cut to the new batch of camp counsellors and we slowly get more information about the surrounding areas and what has happened, even with Crazy Ralph who warned them about Jason and he is also Jason’s second victim in the film. The next death comes to one of the sheriff who spots Jason and tries to follow him but instead discovers a shack that Jason lives in and he gets hammered. But then we get a good part of the film where we get to see what counsellors are going to be on the chopping block as the rest of them with Ginny and Ted head to a bar and then Jason starts his killing spree. Ginny and Paul return and find the place in disarray but then Jason attacks and Ginny is chased into the woods where she stumbles onto Jason’s shack where he tries to beat Jason psychologically but that ruse fails and Paul arrives for the save, but he gets overwhelmed. Jason goes to kill Paul bit Ginny stabs him in the shoulder ‘killing him’. They return to the cabin but an unmasked Jason appears out of nowhere and grabs Ginny for her to then wake up being loaded into ambulance and she calls out for Paul but there is no answer. I like this film since that I am a big fan of Jason and the way that they built up the kills seemed to be rather interesting.

8: Shrek 2: I think that there has always been the theory that a sequel is better than the first and third film and Shrek 2 is one of the reasons why. In this Shrek, Fiona and Donkey are invited to Far, Far Away after being invited by the King and Queen, Fiona’s parents, to meet Shrek since that they never went to their wedding. When they get there, the King seems to be rather displeased with what Shrek is since that he thought that he would have been at least human and not an ogre. This then leads the King to seek help from the Fairy-God Mother to woo Fiona and hires Puss in Boots to take care of Shrek. Shrek is convinced to take a potion that makes him turn into a human and the King manages to get Shrek imprisoned along with Donkey, who is now a horse, and Puss whilst Prince Charming is now posing as Shrek, but Fiona gets a feeling that something is off. But the most awesome part of the film is when Shrek and co gets broken out of prison and they construct a giant gingerbread man to help them storm the castle. In the end, Fiona manages to find out the truth and manages to hold off Charming, however when Fairy-God Mother shoots a spell aimed for Shrek but the King jumps in the way and take the shot turning him into a frog, God Mother then gets hit with a spell and disappears. It is a nice ending for the film since that the King realises that it isn’t looks and wealth that make the man but how much he loves her.

7: The Naked Gun 33 1/3: I love the Naked Gun franchise and this is one of my favourite instalments from the franchise since that it was also the last film. The film is based around Frank Drebin who is now retired from Police Squad but he feels now that unhappy now that he can’t take on criminals, legally, anymore. But his wife Jane tries to push him into having a child but Frank keeps putting it off and is then interrupted by Captain Hocken and Nordberg when they ask him to help with their investigation. Drebin agrees to help them as he goes undercover to gain the trust of Rocco Dillon, who plans to blow up something in the film and the first part of the mission ends up being a total fluke. But Jane becomes frustrated with Frank and leaves him where as Frank is placed in jail to help Rocco break out of jail. They manage to break out of jail and they are introduced to Rocco’s mother but Frank must wait a while to learn the plans of what they have planned. Meanwhile Jane goes on a road trip with a girlfriend and she realises that she misses Frank. Rocco then reveals the plan to Frank that they are going to attack the bomb is set to go off at that year’s Academy Awards for Best Picture. Frank and Jane reunite at the awards and they try to find the bomb but it was too late and Rocco and his mother recognise what happens and they kidnap Jane but he manages to save them with a lot of classic Police Squad hijinks including Nordberg assembling a helicopter. They manage to stop the bomb from going off and arrest Rocco and to top the cake, Frank and Jane have a kid. I like this since that it is a pretty stupid film and I love it.   

6: The Dark Knight: The second film in the Dark Knight trilogy sees the Batman face off against The Joker. In this film, we start out with a group of clowns robbing a bank where we find out that the lead clown is in fact The Joker who has been stealing mob money. This then leads Harvey Dent, Gordon and Batman to form an alliance to get rid of organised crime and it manages to work until the remaining gangs align themselves with The Joker and he starts his plan. Dent manages to arrest the mob and Batman goes and drags Lau back from Hong Kong to stand trial, but The Joker starts his threats to kill people unless Batman reveals who he is. He starts his killing by killing Commissioner Lobe, the judge presiding over the mob trial and tries to kill Mayor Garcia at a ceremony but Gordon takes the bullet for him ‘dying’ in the process and Dent finds out that Rachel is the next target. Bruce decides to reveal that he is Batman but Dent reveals that he is Batman and gets put into protective custody and transported where Joker attacks but Batman makes the save. Gordon, who is alive, manages to arrest Joker and interrogates them to find out that he has both Dent and Rachel and bombs are set to explode. Batman gets the location of one of them who he thinks is Rachel but it turns out that he has been sent to Dent’s location where the bombs go off and Dent gets disfigured and Joker manages to escape from jail with Lau but then kills him. Joker manages to convince Dent to seek vengeance and blows up a hospital killing hostages. Batman manage to find Joker and has him arrested but Joker says that with Dent’s rampage going on so Batman and Gordon go there to try and talk sense into Dent, but he isn’t listening to them. So, Dent shoots Batman but Batman knocks him off a building apparently killing him and Batman tells Gordon to make sure that Dent’s memories are kept intact and that he was the one behind the killing spree. I like this film since that the story was intriguing and that it seemed something that The Joker would do, destroying buildings and holding people hostage with insane deals.

5: Ghostbusters 2: I think that Ghostbuster 2 is a more interesting film than what the first film was. In this we get a more complex villain that Gozer since that we get to see what Vigo wants. The story for it is also interesting being set years after the events of the first film and that a lot has changed since that the Ghostbusters have been forced out of business with them starting new lines of work. But the team are reunited when Dana comes to Egon and Ray to help her and then this manages to drag Peter in as well where he starts to have a connection Dana’s child. They team then find that where the baby carriage went off the rails, Ray discovers a river of pink slime in where they manage to get a sample of it and Ray also accidently causes a city-wide blackout. The team gets arrested and put on trial for what they are doing and just as they are getting taken away, two ghosts get released after reacting to the outburst of the judge, the Ghostbusters manage to capture the ghosts and the charges get dropped. Later in the film Dana’s child gets kidnapped by her boss and the team go to take him down, by using the Statue of Liberty and the slime being positively charged to break into the museum. They manage to beat Vigo but he does try to possess Ray but the team blast him and they manage not only to save Ray but they also changed the portrait of Vigo into that of an image of the group protecting Oscar, Dana’s child. I like this above the first since the villain has purpose and I find the jokes and character development to better.

4: Aliens: I’ve went on a lot about why I like this film and I am going to keep this one more on the short side. I like this since that it is set years after the events of the first film and the main development of the film is about Ripley trying to become the surrogate parent to Newt since that during the beginning of the film she finds out that her daughter is dead, due to the passage of time, and it’s to fill the void that she couldn’t have done with her own. I also find the Space Marines getting killed by the aliens to be rather fun since they are going in blind. 

3: Star Wars Ep 5: The Empire Strike Back: Out of all the Star Wars films this is my favourite since that it had a good opening battle scene with the Empire assaulting the Rebel forces of Hoth with them bringing out their latest weapons the AT-AT Walkers and manage to force the Rebels to flee. This then sets up the rest of the film with Luke going off to seek Master Yoda after getting a vision from Obi Wan Kenobi to get trained. But not all things are going good since Han, Leia, Chewbacca and C3PO are trying to escape from the Empire but their hyperdrive system malfunctions so that they had to hideout in an asteroid field where Han and Leia grow closer together. On Dagobah, Luke manages to find Yoda and he starts to train him. Over with Han’s group they head to Cloud City where we are introduced to Lando Calrissian who has the tech to help repair the hyperdrive, however this turns out to be a set-up with Lando being aligned with the Empire and handing them over to Vader. Whilst training, Luke gets a vision of Han and Leia in pain and against Yoda’s wishes he heads to Cloud City. This then leads to three things, the first was Vader freezing Han in carbonite and gives him to a bounty hunter, Boba Fett, who plans to give him to Jabba. Second Lando turns on the Empire and rescues Leia and Chewie since Vader changed his mind on keeping the prisoners. Third, we had the first proper showdown with Luke and Vader and it was a nicely built up fight, for the time, and then the reveal at the end was one of the most historic in the franchise with Vader revealing himself to be Luke’s father. The film ends on a sad note with the Empire being on the upper hand and the Rebels retreating.

2: Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Out of the majority of the films that have come out of the Marvel Universe there have been only a few of the sequel films that have actually been good and for me Winter Soldier is one of my favourite sequels and films in this franchise. The film takes place after the events of Avengers with Captain America working for SHIELD and starts with a scene with Rogers and a STRIKE team rescuing hostages aboard a boat where he discovers Black Widow on a mission for Fury where Rogers confronts Fury and he gets read in to a secret SHIELD project called Project Insight. But the project seems have a lot of controversy since that Project Insight is three Helicarriers being linked together with spy satellites to take down threats, but since that SHIELD works for the government that means that they would tell SHIELD who their enemies were, which displeases Rogers. Fury then goes to one of the SHIELD officials, Alexander Pierce. We then find Fury being attacked by the titular Winter Soldier and is presumed dead when he gets to Rogers apartment and gives him a flash drive. Pierce confronts Rogers about any information Fury had gave him but he remains that he knows nothing and Pierce brands him as a fugitive and has STRIKE set out to get him. This then leads Rogers and Widow as fugitives against SHIELD to a secret bunker where they discover Arnim Zola who informs them that there have been HYRDA operators in within SHIELD and different governments wanting to take over the world. Later in the film we see Rogers and the Winter Soldiers first fight and Rogers then finds out something rather chilling and that is he know who the Winter Soldier is, being his best friend Bucky who died in The First Avenger. Rogers, Widow, Falcon, Hill and Fury, who faked his death come up with a plan to take down Pierce comes into action with them each going after a different Helicarrier and taking their systems down one at a time. But in the end, it comes down to round two between Rogers and Bucky but Rogers doesn’t want to fight and tries to talk it over but the Helicarrier that they are on starts crashing into the Triskelion and Rogers is thrown out, but Bucky manages to rescue him and disappear leading on to Rogers and Falcon to find him, in the next film. I love this films since that it was different to previous films for Marvel, with it coming off more political and dramatic.

1: Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan: This is one of my favourite Star Trek films of all time since that it was one of the most dramatic films of the series as well as being linked into the show. Set after the events of the Motion Picture, Kirk gets promoted to Admiral and oversees the Kobayashi Maru and wishes to be back in command. Later that day McCoy joins Kirk on his birthday when he advises him to get a new command and not be stick behind a desk. Meanwhile on the USS Reliant, they are looking for a planet to test on with a device called the Genesis Device, something that is designed to reorganise matter to create habitable worlds to colonise. Chekov and Captain Terrell head onto Ceti Alpha VI but they are then confronted by Khan Noonien Singh, who was marooned on this planet by Cpt Kirk fifteen years ago and ever since then he has been plotting his revenge with his other supermen and the first stage is implanting small creatures into mind controlled slaves Khan then finds out about Genesis where he then attacks Regular I where the device is being developed by Kirk’s ex-lover and her son David, who is also Kirk’s. Kirk receives a distress call from the space station and takes command of the Enterprise but on route they are attacked and crippled by the Reliant leading to death and injuries of the trainees and Khan reveals himself to Kirk. Khan gives Kirk an ultimatum where he will let them live if they give hive all information on Genesis but Kirk uses this to remotely lower the shields of the Reliant and manage to get off a counter-attack. Kirk, McCoy and Saavik beam down to the station and find Chekov and Terrell, but Khan tells them to kill the team but they able to stop themselves but Terrell died in the process. Khan teleports the Genesis device onto the Reliant and manages to have Kirk trapped on the planet below, with Khan delivering his Shakespearian line and Kirk shouting KHAN. They manage to get off the planet and onto the Enterprise where they lure the Reliant into a nearby Nebula and they have a fight where Khan gets mortally wounded and he activates the Genesis device and tries to kill Kirk and the Enterprise in the process. But there is a problem and that the ships warp drive in which Spock sacrifices himself for the crew and restores the power. The explosion of Genesis creates a planet and we see that after Spock’s funeral his pod lands on the Genesis Planet. I love this film since that Khan is a brilliant villain for the film and the way that Ricardo Montalban comes off is so amazing and chilling that I was rooting for him in the film.

How Suicide Squad Could Have Worked

So it has been nearly a year since the third movie in DC Extended Universe and there have been a lot of people that have slated the film, me included. With this I have decided to put down some of the points on what I think could have made Suicide Squad work as a better film.

Cast: One of my problems that I had with this cast was that it seemed to be pretty much a mixed bag and there were a few choices that I thought were either bad or okay. I thought that having Will Smith portraying Deadshot was a little bit weird since that his comic book counterpart was Caucasian but after seeing him in the film he was rather good. The rest of the cast was okay but I did have two problems. The first was Jared Leto as the Joker, he was decent but I did have a problem with him and that was mainly that he was useless in the entire film but I will bring my points back up later. My second problem was Cara Delevingne playing The Enchantress since like Joker I found her to be a rather pointless character and she was supposed to be the villain of the movie. Plus I do have a pet peeve when it comes to casting models in films. But there is one person that I really did like in the film and that was Jay Hernandez portrayal of El Diablo since that he seemed to be the only character that seemed to be only character that seemed to be true to the comic counterpart.

Plot: The plot of this film is rather boring, which is rather strange since that the Suicide Squad stories have been rather interesting. Amanda Waller recruits a team of convicts to be on stand-by if there was ever a time that would come where somebody like Superman (who had recently died) and once the film gets underway, The Enchantress turns on Waller and starts taking over Midway City and starts transforming the populace into monsters. Waller sends out her team and hijinks peruses with Rick Flag’s and his team along with Suicide Squad are sent in to extracting a high-profile target. A side story also involves Joker trying to get Harley out of the group by deactivating her nano-bomb in her neck. The squad finds out that Waller is the target for extract and the Joker reappears with Harley then runs off to be with Joker and manages to get her bomb disarmed but Waller orders her men to shoot them down where it appeared that Joker had died but it turns out that he hasn’t. Enchantress finds out that Waller is there and abducts her but Deadshot discovers her files on the squad and discovers the truth behind Enchantress and Flag reveals the truth and the team abandons him. But after a discussion at a bar they then decided that they are going to finish the mission which they do, managing to destroy Enchantress’s heart and rescued Waller and were sent back to Belle Reve with 10 years reduced off their sentence and Joker breaking Harley out.

I think that the film would have been a lot better if the main villain for the film would have been Joker. It would be a lot more interesting since that I don’t even think that even the casual DC fans or even causal movie fans would know who Enchantress was and having Joker being in the film just seemed to be an advertising ploy by DC to attract people to see the film. Having Joker as the villain would also cause more of a development Harley’s character by having her not knowing whether to trust Joker since that it was his fault that she ended up in Belle Reve. It would have been a lot more interesting than what we got in the film since that Harley seemed to be more interested in being madly infatuated with Joker since that there have been a lot stories more recently where Harley has become more independent which is something that I would have preferred to see.

Designs: I like the designs for a lot of the cast since that a lot seem to be rather practical and even the Joker’s was okay with the way that they were handling his character. But the one design that I hated the most was Harley Quinn’s design. I found it to be the worst out of the cast and I think that it could have been heavily been redesigned to not come of being rather skimpy since that what it pretty much was. I think that it could have been designed a lot better and I hope that in the future instalments for the series that they are going to alter the costume.