Hubies Halloween

‘Hubies Halloween’ is a 2020 Netflix comedy exclusive from Happy Madison Productions. Anytime you see Happy Madison Productions you know Adam Sandler is bringing the whole crew, I love it. It’s like watching ‘American Horror Story’ and seeing what character your favorite actor/actress is playing this season. ‘Hubies Halloween’ stars Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, Maya Rudolph, Jackie Sandler, and the Big man himself Shaq, as per usual as most his movies. Outside the normal crew it also stars Ben Stiller (Dodgeball), Kenan Thompson (Kenan & Kel), Tim Medows (Son of Zorn), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), Michael Chiklis (Gotham), and Julie Brown (Modern Family). This cast is loaded.

‘Hubies Halloween’ follows Hubie (Sandler), a man who has been bullied by the entire town his whole life. Nevertheless, he still loves his town and feels it’s his duty to protect its citizens when weird things start happening on Halloween.

‘Hubies Halloween’ is a lighthearted, feel good, Halloween movie, think along the lines of ‘Ernest Scared Stupid’, but mixed with ‘The Warriors’, and ‘Halloween.’ Adam Sandler brings back his ‘Little Nicky’ style voice, which is a little annoying at times, it makes it hard to understand what he’s saying. I find Adam Sandler funnier without the voice, but some people might like it for nostalgia sake. I’m not one of those people. It’s also not as funny as I was hoping it would be, but in the end it pulls it all together, and teaches us to love one another no matter how different we are. I give it a 5.5/10

Vampires vs the Bronx

I love October, the fall weather, the changing of the leaves, the whole spookiness of the season. One of the best parts of the season is all the horror movies that come out during this time of the year. Unfortunately, Regal announced they’re closing down theaters across the board for the rest of the year, so not a lot of horror/thriller’s dropping this year. So we have to take what we can get.

There’s not a lot of great vampire movies out there, so I was pretty excited when Netflix announced this one. ‘Vampires vs the Bronx’ is about a local kid trying to save his neighborhood from going under as rent is being steadily raised. A real state company moves in offering to buy people’s businesses and homes, only problem is, they’re vampires.

‘Vampires vs the Bronx’ stars Sarah Gadon (True Detective), The Kid Mero (Desus & Mero), Jaden Michael (The Get Down), Gerald Jones III (Blue Bloods), Gregory Diaz IV (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), and Method Man (How High).

As I said earlier there isn’t a lot of great vampire movies out there, and unfortunately this movie falls into this category. They just didn’t seem to know what direction they wanted to go with it. At times it was a horror film, then a comedy, then a cheesy mixture of both. The vampires also looked like they were borrowed from ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, just a cheesy look. It just didn’t work, and in the end it’s a forgettable film. I give it a 5/10.

Welcome to Sudden Death

‘Welcome to Sudden Death’ is a 2020 action film staring Michael Jai White (SPAWN), Michael Eklund (The Call), and Gary Owen (Daddy Day Care). ‘Welcome to Sudden Death’ was released today 9/29/2020 and is a sequel to 1995 film ‘Sudden Death’ staring Jean-Claude Van Damme. I haven’t watched ‘Sudden Death’, so I can’t compare the two, I can only talk about this one.

Jesse (White) is a security guard who works at a professional basketball arena. He has taken his two kids to a game when a group of terrorist’s disguised as tech workers take over the arena. Unknown to them though, Jesse has an extensive background in special ops.

From what I’ve read about ‘Sudden Death’, ‘Welcome to Sudden Death’ doesn’t seem like a sequel but more of a remake. The main difference seems to be instead of a hockey arena, it takes place at a basketball arena. The acting is terrible, but no one watches a Michael Jai White film, or a Jean-Claude Van Damme for that matter, for quality acting. We know it’s going to be cheesy, we know the acting is going to suck, we watch it to see Michael Jai White kick ass. I love Michael Jai White, he’s one of the baddest dudes on the face of the planet. So a recap, this movie is cheesy, the acting is bad, and Michael Jai White kicks ass. Is it worth watching? Yes. Is it a quality movie? No. But it will kill an afternoon. You can catch this one on Netflix, I give it a 6.5/10.

The Last Shift

‘The Last Shift’ is a 2020 independent comedy/drama staring Richard Jenkins (Burn After Reading), Ed O’Neil (Modern Family), and Shane Paul McGhie (What Men Want). ‘The Last Shift’ is about an older white guy named Stanley (Jenkins), who has worked in the same fast food restaurant for the past 38 years. He’s finally going to leave his job, but first he must train his replacement, a young black guy named Jevon (McGhie).

‘The Last Shift’ looks pretty good from trailers, but that’s about it. There isn’t much comedy, just mostly drama, and unfortunately it’s a let down. The acting from O’Neil and McGhie is good, and they play their roles well, but the story just doesn’t go anywhere. They slide racial tension in the movie as well, but that doesn’t even really go anywhere. O’Neil and Mcghie butt heads throughout the movie, and how they both have it rough. In the end you see that Stanley has it worse than Jevon, then it just ends. ‘The Last Shift’ has a few flashes here and there but mostly there is no direction. In the end it’s a forgettable movie, I give it a 5.5/10.

Z

‘Z’ is a 2019 horror, exclusive through Shudder. ‘Z’ is a story about a kids imaginary friend named Z that begins to torment his family, his mother comes to realize Z is all to familiar. ‘Z’ stars Keegan Connor Tracy (Bates Motel), Sean Rogerson (Grave Encounters), Jett Klyne (Skyscraper), and Stephen McHattie (Come to Daddy).

‘Z’ has ‘The Babadook’ feel all over it, if you watch both, you could come up with comparisons all day. The mental illness, the suspense build up, the weird kid. Unlike ‘The Babadook’ though, ‘Z’ isn’t boring. I couldn’t even make it through ‘The Babadook’ it was so slow. ‘Z’ nails down the creepiness aspect and doesn’t let up. There aren’t many good creepy horror movies that come out, so ‘Z’ is definitely worth watching. I give it a 7.5/10.

The Babysitter: Killer Queen

‘The Babysitter: Killer Queen’ is the second movie to Netflix’s horror/comedy ‘The Babysitter’. I was more than stoked when Netflix recently dropped the second one. There’s not many good horror/comedy’s out there, the one that always comes to mind is ‘Tucker & Dale vs. Evil’. Now, ‘The Babysitter’ isn’t as good as Tucker & Dale, but it’s still a damn good movie.

Killer Queen brings back the same cast as the first movie, but adds Jenna Ortega (You). Also, instead of giving Samara Weaving (Ready or Not) the main role, she takes a back seat to Emily Alyn Lind (Doctor Sleep). Lind just doesn’t bring it the same way Weaving does, but they do a good job tying in why Lind is the main role and not Weaving. One major bright spot is Ortega, she’s a great actress, and honestly the best one in this film. I hope to keep seeing more of her in the future. Killer Queen isn’t as good as the first one, it’s still a great movie, and if you’re a fan of the first one, you’ll enjoy this one. I give it a 7/10

Freaks: You’re One of Us

‘Freaks: You’re One of Us’ is a new 2020 Netflix Original comedy/adventure superhero movie. It’s originally an international film that has been dubbed over to English. This film reminds me of a cross over between ‘Kick-Ass’, and ‘Freaks’. It’s about a poor meek waitress who lives in a world where people have superpowers. These people are referred to as Freaks, and the government provides little blue pills to suppress their powers for their own “good”. She realizes she’s one of these freaks and decides to quit taking the blue pills.

This is a great concept, the trailer makes it looks awesome, and the story is there. Unfortunately, that’s about as far as this movie goes. It has a few good parts here and there but overall it’s a hour and a half snooze fest. I paused this movie more than once just to see how much it was left, it’s not a painful watch, but pretty close. The dubbing is monotone and doesn’t match up to what’s going on. I always say Netflix originals are great but this one doesn’t fit the bill. I give this one a hard pass with a 3/10.

Words on Bathroom Walls

‘Words on Bathrooms Walls’ is a 2020 drama/ love story staring Charlie Plummer (Looking for Alaska), Taylor Russell (Lost in Space), Beth Grant (No Country for Old Men), Molly Parker (Lost in Space), Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight), and Lobo Sebastian (The Longest Yard). ‘Words on Bathroom Walls’ follows the story of Adam (Plummer) who is a high school student diagnosed with schizophrenia. None of the drugs or treatments are helping with the voices or seeing things that aren’t there. He starts a new trial drug that seems to be helping, and meets a girl he falls for at his new school, but how long can normality keep up?

This is pretty much your typical teen movie, high school kids fall in love and have something great to overcome. A typical them against the world situation, it just happens this time the situation is mental illness. ‘Words on Bathroom Walls’ does a good job at touching on the sensitive subject of mental illness. Which mental illness has it’s back turned on too much in our society, and it’s good to see movies touching on this subject. The acting is good and the movie is heart felt, however I was expecting a little more. I felt that it was dragged out and lagged in some parts. It’s not a bad movie, just a little disappointing. I give it a 6.5/10

Magic Camp

‘Magic Camp’ is a 2020 Disney family comedy that you can stream on Disney+, it stars Adam Devine (Workaholics), Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), Gillian Jacobs (Community), and Nathaniel Logan Mcintyre (David Makes Man). Andy (Devine) returns to a prestigious magic institute as a camp counselor where he was once a stand out magician. He has been given a bunk of newbies who struggle in magic. He must help them pull together and win the coveted golden hat that goes to the best bunk.

‘Magic Camp’ is a typical Disney movie where a rag tag team pulls together to accomplish their goal. What is surprising about this movie is their casting choice in Adam Devine, I love Devine, I find him hilarious. His comedy however, is very raunchy, just take ‘Workaholics’, ‘Jexi’, and ‘Game Over, Man!’ for instance, so Disney casting him in this is an odd choice. Devine plays a great part though, even with his comedy toned way down. ‘Magic Camp’ is a heartfelt movie that the whole family will love. I give it a 6.5/10.

Unhinged

First let me start off by saying, and I’m sure this speaks for movie lovers across the board, it is great to have movie theaters opening back up. It’s probably the best place to be for social distancing. We needed this, 2020 needed this, and ‘Unhinged’ is the perfect movie to kick things back off.

‘Unhinged’ is a 2020 thriller/horror staring The Gladiator himself Russell Crowe, Jimmi Simpson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Caren Pistorius (Mortal Engines), and Gabriel Bateman (Child’s Play). ‘Unhinged’ is the story of two people who are having a bad day, and road rage going horribly wrong. When Rachel (Pistorius) is running late for work she gets stuck behind a stranger (Crowe) at a green light. When the stranger continues to not move, Rachel becomes more and more aggravated until she lays on her car horn and goes around him. Little does she know the Stranger is having a worse day and now he’s hell bent on showing Rachel what a bad day really is.

‘Unhinged’ is relentless from start to finish. It will have you sitting on the edge of your seat the entire time. Road rage can happen anywhere, anytime, and that’s what makes ‘Unhinged’ real. Kuddos to Russell Crowe on bringing this one home. I have to go with a 10/10.