Happy Death Day

Happy Death Day can be summed up with Groundhog Day with a slasher. This is not a bad thing.

Just like Groundhog Day, the protagonist, Tree – yes that is her name, is not sympathetic at first. But his changes as she goes through the day over and over.

The most annoying thing in the movie – her ringtone. And since the day is repeating, we hear the damn thing over and over.

The movie opens with Tree waking up hungover in some guy’s dorm room. She quickly leaves and returns to her sorority house. She interacts with her roommate and other members and goes to class. She is of course having an affair with a professor. All of this is basically setup to introduce us to the key characters in her life, the events we will be seeing variations of, and her crappy demeanor.

Then she gets killed. By someone in a Baby mask. Apparently, her college’s mascot is a baby. So there are a lot of people out and about in similar masks.

She wakes up and repeats the day. And she dies.

At this point, she begins working to figure out who is after her.

There is no real gore. It is a PG-13 rated movie, after all. But it was a nice fun movie. Not a sequel. Not a remake.

Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken, Rachel Matthews

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Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 picks up decades after the original Blade Runner. You do not need to have seen any of the cuts of the original film to watch 2049.

That said, 2049 is a slow slog. It is pretty and I did not have any issues with the actors’ performances. It just took a long time to get anywhere.

A long time.

I would wait for this one to hit Video on Demand.

I imagine there will be an extended, final cut at some point.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, Robin Wright, Sylvia Hoeks, Jared Leto

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a fun popcorn movie. While, I prefer the first movie, Golden Circle kept the over the top action and eccentric villains going.

We get some callbacks to characters from the first movie, A very fun role and performance from Elton John, and a fun (if sterotypical) turn on the American version of Kingsmen.

I think it is worth seeing in the theater.


It, 2017

It from 2017 was a fun remake/reimagining of the 1990 Made-for-TV miniseries and book from Stephen King.

They were able to up the gore considerably for this theatrical outing. Scenes hinted at in the 1990 version were shown in all their gorey.

It (2017) stays strictly with the kids. No flashbacks. No adult versions at all. It is set in 1989.

It opens with Georgie floating his boat down the street – as shown in trailer after trailer. We are then introduced to the Loser’s Club with all their painful existences. Bad things happen to them, most at the hands of a mulletted Henry Bowers. I like the setting of 1989 as we move away from the 50s-esque greaser Henry Bowers from the book and 1990 movie. Of course, each kid gets their own introduction to Pennywise the Dancing Clown.

As the summer of 1989 marches on, the Loser’s Club comes together when they stand up to Henry Bowers and his gang. They are able to enjoy their summer vacation a little bit … until Pennywise ups his game.

This culminates in the Loser’s Club confronting Pennywise on his home terrain. No giant spider puppet here. No Lovecraftian horror that cannot be translated to film. Just Pennywise. sort of.

Thankfully the scenes afterward from the book were omitted.

It was fun hearing all the younger audience members shout in surprise when they final card showed The End, Chapter 1.

While no one can hold a handle to Tim Curry, Bill Skarsgard did an excellent job portraying Pennywise. Genuinely creepy.

I would recommend seeing this in the theater. And if you haven’t read the book, check it out. Maybe after Chapter 2 hits theaters.

Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Nicholas Hamilton, Jackson Robert Scott

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard

I enjoyed the Hitman’s Bodyguard. It was a light, bloody popcorn flick for the end of summer.

There are no real surprises here. Samuel L Jackson play Samuel L Jackson. Ryan Reynolds plays Ryan Reynolds.

It was an enjoyable odd couple road movie. With gun play and mayhem.

Starring: Samuel L Jackson, Ryan Reynolds, Salma Hayek, Elodie Yung, Gary Oldman

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