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.

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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.

Top Seven Videogames I Want To Play

Since turning 25 this year I got to thinking about something that has been a part of my life, that being videogames and most importantly games and/or franchises that I haven’t played.

Metal Gear/ Metal Gear Solid (Some games): This one I am slightly cheating on since I have played a handful of Metal Gear Solid games, never to completion but still there have been some games that I have yet to play. Mainly since I never played them till PS2/PS3 era when I played Snake Eater and Guns of the Patriot, so that means that I still had at least several games still yet to play since that the franchise started on the NES which I never played since I believe my first console was the SNES. But a few years ago, Konami re-released Metal Gear – Peace Walker in a Legacy collection where it has all the games in between and hopefully I should be able to get it but knowing my luck when it comes to videogames, I think it will take time to get.

Resident Evil: A lot of the people that know me know that I love watching horror film but they should be surprised to know that I never played any games from the Resident Evil franchise since that I didn’t know where to even start with them. There is the original game that was on the PS1, then the was Resident Evil 4-6 on the PS3 that I now can get on the PS4 and now the latest instalment that came out last year in which I did play the demo for. But the two that do stand out for me would be the original game and Resident Evil 7 since that does attract me more since that they both make you feel isolated and this is something that I do enjoy about horror and was one of the things that I like about Until Dawn. But a good thing is that since Capcom have re-released the original games for the current gen consoles so there is another game that I could get my hands on.

Silent Hill: About a year or so ago, I played PT for the first time which was going to be the launch point for a new Silent Hill game for the PS4. However, things at Konami as we all know now, weren’t really going that well and the game was scrapped and Hideo Kojima leaving to work on new games with the first, Death Stranding, being a possible replacement for the Silent Hill sized hole that was left. But getting on with what had come before, I had never played any game. I had seen the films and reviews from the comic that Linkara had reviewed throughout portions of Halloween but they didn’t seem to hook me on that much. But I then saw some gameplay for it from a Let’s Play and it seemed to be rather interesting to me. But there is a slight problem on where I should start since I am unsure if Konami have or are planning on re-releasing the first game or that I should skip to play 2&3 since that I know that I can get a copy since that they are sold together for the PS3 port in which they had to apparently re-do.

Ratchet and Clank: My best friend introduced me to Ratchet and Clank and a few times when I went over to his house I found him playing Ratchet and Clank on a few occasions but the only time that I had ever played it was on a PS2 Demo disc and that was a long time ago. The only other time that I had much experience with Ratchet and Clank was the movie that came out and it I thought I was rather enjoyable of a film, but I didn’t even play the tie in game that came with that. Then I also have the same problem with this as I did with Silent Hill with not knowing where to start with the series since that there were PS2 games, but I don’t know if they got updated to either PS3 or PS4, or I skip to the PS3 games.

Crash Bandicoot: When I was growing up I played Spyro the Dragon over Crash Bandicoot so I never got to experience it back on the PS1. But when Naughty Dog announced that they were going to be re-releasing Crash for PS4 I was a little bit unsure whether to get pick up a copy and I might try and get it for Christmas to see if it is worth getting.

The Legend of Zelda: Even thought that I have owned a 3DS for a long time I have never picked up a Zelda game since I didn’t know what they were really like, but for the past few months since I picked up the 2DS XL I have been trying to find out A) which game to get and B) where to get them. I was thinking on getting Ocarina of Time since that is one of the most popular games from the franchise. But I also have a second option since that I am planning on buying a Switch in a few weeks and I did like the design for Breath of the Wild so there could be a chance that I could also pick this up around Christmas.

Final Fantasy Series: Like a lot from this list me not playing games is down to not knowing about games at the time or due to not knowing about the franchises till later in life. Final Fantasy is one of the franchises that I have slowly gotten into over the years and the most that I do know about the world is thanks to Kingdom Hearts and from what I have seen for Final Fantasy VII Machinabridge from TeamFourStar. I think that one of the games that I do want to play is VII since that it is going to be rereleased possibly next year but the version that I am going to get my hands on will be the original since it is on the PlayStation Store as a digital down load. But as for the rest of the franchise I am a little bit uncertain about getting, mainly down to not knowing the franchise enough. But XV could be another game that I could pick up since that it is the most recent game and if I do plan on picking up the remastered version on VII it would get me used to it since that it appears that it uses the same mechanics as XV, plus the weird Assassins Creed event that is currently happening seem to be rather interesting.