Monday, 23 October 2017

Cult of Chucky (2017)

Remember last week when I had plenty of hope for Cult of Chucky? Well, turns out I was right to put my trust in Don Mancini because this seventh instalment of the franchise isn't terrible. And it's way better than Muschieetti's It

It's stupid right from the beginning as it opens with Andy (Alex Vincent), the kid from the original film, going on a date doomed to fail because the woman googled him and knows everything about his past. Anyway, Andy goes back home and guess who's waiting for him? Chucky (Brad Dourif). Actually, Chucky's head, half destroyed because Andy finds incredible pleasure in torturing him. Then it shifts focus on Nica (Fiona Dourif), who is now in an asylum for killing her family. But she doesn't find peace in the asylum either as several good guy dolls make their appearance. And they all are somehow possessed by Chucky whose goal is to terrorize Nica. And then Andy comes back to stop Chucky but first he has to deal with Chucky's wife, Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) who is helping her husband to get his revenge.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Shrek 2 (2004)

Like I told you last week, Shrek was one of my favourite films when I was a kid because it was fun and made fun of fairy tales. It's pretty much the same with Shrek 2. And I don't know how people feel about this one, but for me it's one of those times the sequel is better than the original. 

Picking up when the first film left, Shrek (Mike Myers) and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) are now happily married and live in his swamp with the annoying Donkey (Eddie Murphy) who is having some marital problems with the dragon. But then a letter from Fiona's parents (John Cleese and Julie Andrews) arrives, inviting them to dinner to celebrate her marriage which brings a lot of unhappiness in their lives because, as if Shrek and Fiona's father not getting along wasn't enough, Prince Charming (Rupert Everett), the guy who was supposed to marry Fiona, returns from a failed attempt at rescuing her and works alongside his mother, the Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders), to separate Shrek and Fiona.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

Many years ago, I was zapping when I stumbled upon The Men Who Stare at Goats. I switched channel as soon as I realised George Clooney was in it (I couldn't stand him at the time). The weird title though got stuck in my head and, given that there's Kevin Spacey in it, I decided to watch it. Well, while I would have loved more Spacey, I found the film quite funny. Not smart funny though, but stupid funny. And now you'll understand why.

After the failure of his marriage, reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) goes on the job to Iraq to prove his ex-wife he is a real man and while trying to figure out how to get there, he meets by chance Lyn Cassady (George Clooney), a retired US Army operator who was part of a special unit, the Jedi Warriors, trained men able to walk through walls, read the enemy's mind, and stop the heart of goats only staring at them. Wilton decides to join Cassady hoping for a greater story and finds himself in tons of difficult situations but he also learns a lot about Cassady's past (it's told through flashbacks and it's easily the funniest and more interesting part of the story), and he finally has the chance to act like a man.

Friday, 20 October 2017

It (2017)

I'd be lying if I said It was one of my most anticipated films of the year. It just wasn't. I guess it's because I never saw the 1990s mini-series and I find clowns pretty stupid. Also, I didn't read Stephen King's novel up until recently. Reading that great book, however, made me interested in seeing it, especially when all the people I (virtually) know were saying what a great movie it was. That of course created some expectations Andy Muschietti's film wasn't able to meet, and instead of being happy and frightened, I left the movie theatre pretty unhappy and bored.