Halloween, 2018



Halloween 2018 is a sequel to the original Halloween from 1978. The other sequels and remake do not exist in this continuity. They are treated as embellished stories .

Michael, the Shape, is more brutal and violent in this entry. Body count is definitely higher than the original. You get nods aplenty to the original. No pet deaths. The only nudity is a bit of a flashback to Michael killing his sister from the first movie. But no one is safe from Michael. No one.

This movie also gives us a broken, but determined Laurie Strode. Someone dubbed “the new Loomis” who unfortunately does exactly what you expect him to. It is nice seeing 3 generations of Strodes on screen.

The movie does end with the possibility of a sequel in one fashion or another.

Synopsis: Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney, Nick Castle, Will Patton, Haluk Bilginer, Rhian Rees, Jefferson Hall, Toby Huss, Virginia Gardner, Dylan Arnold, Miles Robbins, Jibrail Nantambu, Omar J. Dorsey

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Tag



This was more touching than I expected it to be. It was not a laugh a minute comedy, but did showcase a group of friends using a game of tag to stay in each others lives.

The videos at the end show the real life men this movie is based on. Showing that part of the mall scene was based directly on real life events.

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, LilRel Howery, Jon Hamm, Annabelle Wallis, Isla Fisher, Hannibal Buress, Nora Dunn, Leslie Bibb, Rashida Jones

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Hereditary



I am not sure how I feel about this one. This is another movie you can take a face value – the events happened as we see them – or there is mental illness involved along the maternal line. Making just about everyone in the movie an unreliable narrator.

Hereditary is a slow burn, atmospheric piece. Definitely some WTF moments in the movie.

We start with the funeral of Annie’s mother. Someone she was not close to. After an accident and another funeral, events begin to spiral out of control.

During the course of the movie, we learn her mother had Disassociative Identity Disorder and Dementia. Her brother killed himself as a teenager. Her daughter has something going on. She herself slept walked and almost killed her kids a few years ago. All of this makes Annie and her kids unreliable narrators.

I prefer to think Annie experienced a psychotic break instead of the devil-cult ending we get.

Starring: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Ann Dowd

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Pacific Rim: Uprising



Pacific Rim: Uprising takes us to a world still recovering from the Kaiju attacks that ended 10 years ago.

We see the current state of the Jaeger program and how it is set to progress. We learn that even with the breach closed, the invaders are not done with us yet.

The trailer gives a lot of the action beats away. You see Jaeger fighting Jaeger. You see Kaijus voltroning themselves together.

Pacific Rim: Uprising is enjoyable enough. But it is missing that touch from the first one. Maybe its the lack of Ron Perlman…

Starring: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Burn Gorman, Charlie Day, Tian Jing, Rinko Kikuchi

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Wolf Warrior 2

Fun action movie.

I first heard about this movie on the Trick or Treat Radio podcast. I jumped onto this one without seeing the first entry in the series. I will probably catch the first one (streaming on Netflix as of Dec 2017).

You have the main character from the first movie, Leng Feng, heading to Africa after leaving the military. Some rebels attempt to take over the country he is currently in and Action Movie ™ ensues. We get enough plot to keep Leng Feng in the midst of the action.

The stunts and gun play were amazing. The CGI blood less so. Two words. Improvised Crossbow.

Starring: Jing Wu, Frank Grillo, Celina Jade, Gang Wu, Hans Zhang, Qian Yu, Nan Yu, Shanshan Chunyu, Haifeng Ding, Oleg Prudius, Heidi Moneymaker, Aaron Ly

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